How would you feel if you were asked to pay to get into a city? This may become a reality as the Italian government has drawn up draft plans to charge tourists an entrance fee into Venice.
Tourists arriving in Venice via plane, train or cruise ship would be charged the fee which, although the amount hasn’t yet been discussed, is thought to be as low as one euro.
Is tourism tax a step too far?
Opinions are varied. Some say that many of the city’s estimated 20 million annual tourists visit just for one day, therefore not providing Venice with enough revenue to keep the city sparkling.
Others believe that charging people to enter will encourage tourists to think of Venice as a theme park rather than a place people live, and that the at times overwhelming number of tourists to the city should bring in enough revenue via expensive cafés and attractions.
There’s no doubt that a tourist tax will cause controversy if it goes ahead.
if you were asked to = ak by vás požiadali o/aby
if you were asked to pay ak by vás požiadali zaplatiť | ak by ste mali zaplatiť
become a reality = stať sa realitou
draw up plans = plánovať, navrhovať plány
draft = návrh, draft
...is thought to be ... = domnievame sa, že bude | predpokladá sa, že bude
fee = poplatok
charge a fee = účtovať poplatok
be charged = mať zaplatiť
as low as 1 EUR = iba 1 EUR
opinions are varied /əˈpɪnjən/ / ˈveərɪd/ = názory sa líšia | sú rôzne
Is XXX a step too far? = Znamená XXX krok vpred? | Pomôže XXX?
therefore /ˈðeə(r)fɔː(r)/ = preto
provide Venice with enough revenue
/ˈrevənjuː/ = zabezpečiť Benátkam dosť prijímov
keep the city sparkling = udržať mesto živé/trblietavé/skvostné
theme park /θiːm/ = zábavný park
overwhelming number /əʊvə(r)ˈwelmɪŋ/ = prevažný počet/číslo
there's no doubt /daut/ = pochybnosť
cause controversy /kənˈtrɒvə(r)si/ = vyvolať polemiku
go ahead = prejsť, pokračovať
(source text shortened, by Katie Silcox, Lonely Planet, http://inside-digital.blog.lonelyplanet.com/2010/10/20/tourist-tax-for-venice)