Every year Luzern receives around 9.4 million visitors, or roughly 25,000 a day, according to a university study.
Tourism is putting a strain on the city, bringing traffic to a standstill and creating crowds in public spaces.
In addition, many visitors arrive on buses, tour the town, and leave without spending a night, which generates little for the economy and little to invest in additional infrastructure.
According to the broadcaster RTS, the municipality is in favour of a bus tax, one of the ideas in a proposal aimed at dealing with the challenges of mass tourism.
In March, the city’s government asked for an evaluation of a plan to charge CHF 120 per bus parking in the town centre, a charge aimed at reducing the problem and contributing to infrastructure costs.
Several infrastructure ideas have been discussed. One, a new underground parking area north of the town linked to the centre by a metro, has been dismissed by the authorities because they think it is unrealistic and costly.
The municipality plans to unveil a new tourism strategy at the end of 2019.