The Essentials

2024: Year of the Fee

With overtourism still a topic in some destinations, 2024 is now shaping up as the year of the fee.


In an attempt to control the number of visitors, cities and countries across the globe are about to charge for the privilege of going there.


Venice has already announced an entrance fee if you can’t prove you’re staying at a hotel.


In Mexico, the state of Quintana Roo will charge $18 to go to Cancun and Playa del Carmen.


New Zealand’s fee is $19.


Sometimes, the fees don’t work.


Last year, Bhutan was charging a whopping $200 per night for visitors. But fewer people came than the government wanted. So they just lowered the tax to $100 a night. But it’s still an expensive fee.