The proposed tax on hotel beds in Venice has likely been delayed, according to the European Tour Operators Association.

The tax was supposed to take effect on July 1, as reported by Travel Weekly earlier today.

"Following scenes of protest, walkouts by certain counselors and ultimately a lack of quorum, the debate and vote on Venice's proposed accommodation tax was delayed on Monday evening [June 20]," ETOA said in a report on Wednesday.

The Commune of Venice this month had agreed to impose a hotel bed tax of 1 euro per person, per night, per star category for a maximum of five nights, according to an ETOA report released earlier this month.

But according to the organization, protests to the proposed tax have pushed back a final vote on the matter and if approved, the new tax likely won't be implemented before Aug. 23.

"Rome and Florence have caused a lot of bad will by introducing these taxes in a very haphazard, last-minute way," Nick Greenfield, head of tour operator relations at ETOA, said in a statement. "Perhaps, belatedly, Venice will now recognize the need for dialogue and clarity."

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