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Luzern may tax buses to reduce strain of mass tourism

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Every year Luzern receives around 9.4 million visitors, or roughly 25,000 a day, according to a university study. © Marekusz | Dreamstime.comTourism is putting a strain on the city, bringing traffic to a standstill and creating crowds in public spaces. In addition, many visitors arrive on buses, tour the town, and leave without spending a night, which generates little for the economy and little to invest in additional infrastructure. According to the broadcaster RTS, the municipality is in favour of a bus tax, one of the ideas in a proposal aimed at dealing with the challenges of mass tourism. In March, the city’s government asked for an evaluation of a plan to charge CHF 120 per bus parking in the town centre, a charge aimed at reducing the problem and contributing to

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Every year Luzern receives around 9.4 million visitors, or roughly 25,000 a day, according to a university study.

© Marekusz | Dreamstime.com

Tourism is putting a strain on the city, bringing traffic to a standstill and creating crowds in public spaces.

In addition, many visitors arrive on buses, tour the town, and leave without spending a night, which generates little for the economy and little to invest in additional infrastructure.

According to the broadcaster RTS, the municipality is in favour of a bus tax, one of the ideas in a proposal aimed at dealing with the challenges of mass tourism.

In March, the city’s government asked for an evaluation of a plan to charge CHF 120 per bus parking in the town centre, a charge aimed at reducing the problem and contributing to infrastructure costs.

Several infrastructure ideas have been discussed. One, a new underground parking area north of the town linked to the centre by a metro, has been dismissed by the authorities because they think it is unrealistic and costly.

The municipality plans to unveil a new tourism strategy at the end of 2019.

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