The media was all abuzz with the news that Venice, Italy was planning to ban wheeled suitcases. Tourists and potential tourists alike were all up in arms. After all Venice is still the number one tourist destination for many people and not being able to wheel your suitcase through the city would create all kinds of problems. Traveling to Venice is expensive enough without having to invest in a new suitcase.
“I want to deny with the greatest firmness that the city of Venice has ever considered banning wheeled suitcases,” City Commissioner Victor Zappalorto said.
Zappalorto stressed the draft proposal currently under consideration was designed only to control the movement of commercial trolleys that cause “noise pollution” when they move their merchandise through the city on pedestrian paths. He continued to say that in addition to being noisy these trolley’s cause severe erosion to Venice’s historic paving.
There is no question that wheeled suitcases are noisy and no doubt cause damage to Venice’s fragile infrastructure. Anyone who has ever tried to sleep with their windows open in Venice knows just how loud these suitcases can be.
Despite the denial, Zappalorto said he hoped the furor surrounding reports of restrictions on wheeled luggage would prompt the tourism industry to address the issue of noisy bags.
It would make no sense for Venice to ban wheeled suitcases. Venice needs more tourists who stay in their hotels, eat in their restaurants and shop at their stores over a period of days. What they don’t need are more tourists coming in on over sized cruise ships where they spend the day in Venice but don’t spend any of their money. Banning wheeled suitcases would cause an increase in the wrong kind of tourism.