Amsterdam declares war on tourists

Local authorities want to introduce more ban on tourists in order to reduce the number of strangers who suffocate the city.

Amsterdam authorities have warned British and Dutch tourists who spend too loud on the streets of the city, threatening them with severe fines in a campaign to deter alcoholic parties in the streets of the city, reports AFP, taken over by Agerpres.

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The campaign targets those aged 18 to 34, increasingly attracted by the smell of light beer and light drugs in the Dutch metropolis and its red neighborhood.

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Attracted by cheap city-trip flights over the weekend, groups of British or Dutch youth walk around the streets of the 165-channel city by touring the bars or celebrating the end of a bell tower.

With an estimated 18 million tourists visiting Amsterdam each year, more than the country's total population, the Amsterdam marketing organization has warned that there is "a high price for inappropriate behavior."

The display of this campaign, broadcast on online booking sites, has spread all the corners of the city, especially the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein markets, the favorite spots of nightclub tourists.

"A pressing need?" writes on a poster showing a red-painted urine on a street showing prices of '140 euros', the amount for the fine. Another poster shows that joking and drinking without a measure can cost '95 euros' out of pubs.

Municipal authorities have announced that they want to ban so-called 'beer bikes', street-mounted pubs equipped with beer mugs, raising holiday taxes and restricting private accommodation.

The Amsterdam authorities have a wider plan to limit the flow of tourists invading the streets of the city annually, including measures to limit accommodation choices and raise taxes.

A plan aimed at "seeking a new balance"was set by the new municipal coalition, according to AFP. " Tourism is part of the international culture in Amsterdam, which we must continue to appreciate ," says the plan.

But, " discomfort, affluence and garbage exert extreme pressure in some neighborhoods , " the document points out. Amsterdam is primarily a city meant to be inhabited and work in it , "the document added, adding that tourism is barely 'second' .

Starting in 2019, visitor fees will be increased, and local authorities will look for new ways to limit the number of rooms available for accommodation.

Hire of short-stay dwellings could be banned in certain areas and the design of a new terminal for large-scale cruise ships would be revised. Local authorities announced in January that they will limit their rent of housing by sites like Airbnb R to 30 days starting next year, the source quoted.

Amsterdam is not the first city that wants to limit the number of tourists invading them. Tourists are an important source of budget money, and each country would like to attract as many as possible to consume and spend money. But for some destinations, tourism has turned into a chore.

Residents in several European cities in the top tourist destinations are increasingly disturbed by hordes of tourists, who make noise, pollute the environment and contribute to rent increases.

Cities such as Barcelona, ​​Venice, Dubrovnik and Prague woke up invaded by foreign tourists, thanks to cheap flights by airplane, the expansion of accommodation services like Airbnb or, in the particular case of Croatia, thanks to the shooting of Game of Thrones.

Amsterdam lost one if it's symbols

The capital of the Netherlands has lost one of its tourist symbols after the huge letters "I am Amsterdam" have been removed from the Museum Square, an initiative of the municipal council that seeks to halt the growth of tourism.

With a height of three meters and 23.5 meters wide, the red and white letters were one of the biggest tourist attractions and were in front of the Rijskmuseum for 14 years. The word game "I am Amsterdam" had become a symbol of the city, hundreds of thousands of tourists posting on Facebook and Instagram with him. Now the letters have been taken to a city hall warehouse, the city council being of the opinion that it no longer represents the Dutch capital's vision. "The" I am Amsterdam "message is that we are individualists in this city, but we would like to show something different - diversity, tolerance, solidarity," one of the council members motivated, according to inews.com.uk . In addition, the huge letters were a good way to promote the Dutch capital and contributed to the massive growth of tourism, which in recent years has left negative footprints on the inhabitants and the city. The withdrawal of the sign was also a consequence of the overwhelming increase in the number of tourists faced by Amsterdam.

In addition, the huge letters were a good way to promote the Dutch capital and contributed to the massive growth of tourism, which in recent years has left negative footprints on the inhabitants and the city. The withdrawal of the sign was also a consequence of the overwhelming increase in the number of tourists faced by Amsterdam. The city with 850,000 inhabitants was visited by more than 21 million tourists in 2017, leading to overcrowding of streets, cafes and restaurants. "These letters in the Museum Square have become a symbol of mass tourism that has negative effects," said councilor Udo Kock.

Removal of the sign is the latest in a long series of measures taken to halt "invasion of tourists". In May, the Dutch government announced that cruise ships are no longer allowed to stop in the center, and boat trips and bicycle tours will be banned, while tourist tax will increase by up to 7%. However, the board does not exclude the possibility of returning "I am Amsterdam", but in another place. The author of the slogan said he was shocked by the authorities' decision: "I do not understand the message at all. I'm a part of Amsterdam. Both as a citizen and as a visitor. Together we are Amsterdam, the city of which everyone wants to belong to. "I am Amsterdam" connects people, gathers people. "



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