Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Gondoliers risk losing licenses for fleecing tourists


Venice, February 13 - A top Italian consumer group
has called for dishonest gondoliers to be stripped of their
licenses for fleecing tourists at above-market rates.
"Bland measures and fines are not enough," said Codacons.
"Those who have ripped off trusting tourists need to be punished
by never getting their permits back".
The group spoke out after Italian TV program Striscia la
Notizia caught some gondoliers on tape demanding exorbitant
prices from Carnival tourists, and others ending the trip after
only a few minutes.
Codacons called on the city of Venice to open an
Venice tourism councilor Roberto Panciera called the
behavior of the filmed gondoliers "shameful to the profession
and the city of Venice," and called on the local gondolier
authority Ente Gondola to impose suspensions and fines.
Ente Gondola President Nicola Falconi said he was
"dismayed" by the program's findings and said he was organizing
an outside disciplinary committee.
"The committee has the power to impose heavy sanctions,
temporary suspensions and to permanently strip licenses," he

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