The tourism industry in Venice has significantly suffered over the past 3 months, with high tides leading to major flooding in November, starting mass cancellations and impacting on average daily rate and occupancy.

More recently, the country has been hit by the largest outbreak of Coronavirus outside of Asia.

The forthcoming Carnival period saw hotel bookings reach 95%, but the first Italian Coronavirus fatality in the region, and some of the first positive cases in Venice’s historic centre, led the regional president to close the Carnival celebrations with two days to go.

Venice is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting more than 1 million visitors from China alone annually, but the cancellation of the carnival and the postponement of the Bienalle have driven down the amount of tourists visiting the city.

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