Amsterdam Implements Radical Measures to Combat Overtourism

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 22, 2024 16:30 PMNews
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View from the bridge to the canal in Amsterdam
View from the bridge to the canal in Amsterdam. Source: pixabay

Amsterdam, a city renowned for its picturesque canals and vibrant culture, is taking decisive steps to address the challenges posed by overtourism. In a recent announcement by the city's government, it was revealed that Amsterdam will impose stringent restrictions on the establishment of new hotels, signaling a significant shift in its approach to tourism management.

Effective immediately, Amsterdam will implement a ban on the construction of new hotels, with exceptions made only if an existing hotel shuts down elsewhere in the city. Furthermore, any new hotel ventures must adhere to stringent criteria, prioritizing modernity and sustainability.

One of the most notable measures introduced by Amsterdam is the imposition of a cap on overnight stays by tourists. The city will limit the total number of overnight stays to 20 million per year, a considerable reduction from previous years. This proactive approach seeks to strike a balance between catering to tourists and preserving the city's unique character for its residents.

In tandem with these measures, Amsterdam has also opted to increase its tourist tax to 12.5%. This tax applies to both overnight visitors and those arriving via cruise ships, providing a sustainable source of revenue to support local infrastructure and amenities.

Amsterdam's proactive stance against overtourism mirrors similar efforts undertaken by cities worldwide. From Venice's implementation of day-tripper fees to Kyoto's restrictions on non-residents in certain districts, municipalities are exploring innovative strategies to manage tourist influxes responsibly.

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