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Venice Strikes to Restrict Tour Group Sizes

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Right this moment’s podcast seems at Venice’s new velvet rope, an AI shutdown, and China and Thailand’s new tourism settlement.

Good morning from Skift. It’s Wednesday, January 3. Right here’s what you might want to know concerning the enterprise of journey at present.

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Officers in Venice have not too long ago authorized a measure to cap tour group sizes to assist town higher handle vacationer arrivals, writes World Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam. 

Tour teams of greater than 25 folks will likely be banned from town middle and three of its islands beginning June 1. An area tourism official stated that limiting massive group excursions would assist protect Venice’s infrastructure and cut back overcrowding. Habtemariam notes town can also be banning transportable loudspeakers utilized by tour guides. 

Journey investor Greg O’Hara stated finally 12 months’s Skift World Discussion board that Italians have been deterred from visiting Venice partially due to the massive crowds it attracts.

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Subsequent, Tripnotes obtained quite a lot of buzz in 2023 as one of many first ChatGPT-powered AI journey planners. However by December, it offered itself and shut down the location, writes Journey Know-how Reporter Justin Dawes. 

Dawes notes that Tripnotes was one of many first journey firms to decide to constructing a generative AI-powered journey planner. Tripnotes co-founder Matthew Rosenberg stated he was wanting to make use of customized suggestions and in-app journey reserving to reinvent metropolis guides. Nevertheless, Dawes studies that whereas Tripnotes had buzz, it wanted cash – which wasn’t simple to boost in 2023, particularly after Silicon Valley Financial institution collapsed in March. Restaurant reservation startup Dorsia finally purchased the corporate. 

Subsequent, China and Thailand have reached a reciprocal settlement that can  completely waive visa necessities for residents of the 2 nations beginning in March, studies Asia Editor Peden Doma Bhutia. 

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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin stated on Tuesday that the settlement would assist strengthen the connection between Thailand and China. Thailand presently permits Chinese language guests to remain within the nation visa free for 30 days. Nevertheless, Beijing hadn’t granted Thai vacationers an identical remedy till now.

China was Thailand’s second-largest tourism market in 2023, with 3.5 million Chinese language vacationers visiting the dominion. 

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