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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 30, 2011

A new tourism tax of up to five euros per person, per night, went into effect last week in the Italian city of Venice. The charges are based on the star rating of the visitor’s hotel, location and time of year, and can range from one euro ($1.45) per person, per night, at a one-star property to five euros  ($7.25) per person, per night, at a five-star hotel in the city's historic center. This fee is in addition to the 9 percent VAT already charged on hotel rooms in the city.