VENICE is considering charging day trippers a fee for entering the city – so should the historic capital of Scotland do the same?

The Italian city, famed for its canals, is set to introduce the €5 charge in a bid to curb overtourism, amid warnings the Unesco World Heritage site was in danger due to excessive numbers of visitors and climate change.

Despite its tiny size, Venice is one of the most visited cities in Europe putting extra strain on its infrastructure and services. 

According to statistics collated by local groups, beds for tourists outnumber those for residents, the BBC reported. 

We told earlier this year how Edinburgh was the second most popular tourist destination in the UK, behind London in 2022. 

The capital took in 1.8 million out of a total 3.23m visitors to Scotland last year.  

Given Edinburgh is home to two World Heritage sites – its Old Town and the New Town – should a similar scheme be implemented in the capital?

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