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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 5:07 PM
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Amsterdam To Hit Back At 'Disneyfication' Of The City

Amsterdam to ban Airbnb and bump up tourist tax as it hits back at 'Disneyfication' of city


May 17 2018

BY SENAY BOZTAS

Read More: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/...cation-of-city

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Amsterdam, city of red lights and cannabis cafe's, may soon be pulling the plug on the party. Following the examples of Barcelona and Venice, Amsterdam's main political parties have announced radical measures to turn down the volume of tourism and reverse the "Disneyfication" of the Dutch capital. A coalition of four parties, negotiating to form the new city government, yesterday issued a pledge of agreed reforms to provide "balance in the city".

- It will ban Airbnb short-term rentals in busy areas, divert cruise ships from docking in the centre, and crack down on "fun rides" like Segways, beer bikes, and boozy boat trips. The tourist tax will also rise from between 4 and 6 per cent to a flat 7 per cent - raising $105 million a year by 2022. --- The news comes a month after Eurostar announced a direct train service from London to Amsterdam, cueing heavy promotion. It follows measures such as city permits and turnstiles on busy streets in Venice, a ban on private rentals to tourists in Palma, Majorca, and a bar on new hotels in Barcelona. --- Amsterdam, one of Airbnb's top locations, has seen a huge rise in tourist numbers, with 18 million people expected to visit this year - up from 11 million in 2005, according to the research bureau SEO. Last year the city announced heavy fines for exceeding Airbnb limits, and a ban on new tourist shops. From next year the number of days permitted for Airbnb-type hire will be halved to 30.

- The new coalition document includes cleaning up the city and controlling advertising. Tour boats will have to board and unload outside the centre and tour guides outside the red light district will need a permit. "Amsterdam is a city to live, stay and do business. Only after this is it a tourist destination. We want to spread the nuisance and needs of tourism better." --- Hofman added that since GroenLinks, D66 and the Labour and Socialist Party are not opposed to cannabis cafes, the document does not deal with cannabis: "There are lots of tourists who only come to the city for this, so we need to ensure it isn't a nuisance for residents." The document also says that the Amsterdam Marketing body will need to be revamped to promote cultural tourism, congresses and spreading visitors.

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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 6:35 PM
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I'm glad Amsterdam is deciding for itself but this is sorta stupid. The city seems to make a lot of money from tourism. Why screw that up?
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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 6:46 PM
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I'm glad Amsterdam is deciding for itself but this is sorta stupid. The city seems to make a lot of money from tourism. Why screw that up?
There are several reasons. In part it's because AirBnB proliferation takes housing units out of circulation, driving up the cost of those units that still do remain for actual city residents to rent. It's an artificial restriction of supply in the face of steady need. That phenomenon also results in iconic city neighborhoods being given over to the tourists, while the residents have to live elsewhere or farther out. In another part it's because the police and fire and medical services of a tourist town aren't just taking care of the population -- they're taking care of the tourist population as well. In my city's case, that means the fire, police, and EMS services of a city of 90,000 must also be able to accommodate the needs of the ten million tourist my city receives every year.

(Fun fact: the ER of the hospital here in my little city of 90,000 is the 18th busiest ER in America, due in large part to having to take care of millions of tourists who are diligent in their efforts to find new and ever dumber ways to hurt themselves.)

However, Amsterdam isn't screwing anything up. Nothing short of an outbreak of plague will make Amsterdam unattractive to tourists. Minor restrictions on tourism, and attempts to make tourists pay a fairer share of their costs to the city aren't unreasonable. They're just a means of putting the needs of the citizens over the needs of the visitors, which is as it should be.
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You don't want to end up like Venice. But Amsterdam, unlike Venice, is a lot more than tourism. It's the most populous city in the Netherlands and its cultural and financial capital. It will take a lot more tourists to overrun the city and turn it into another Venice.

But these regulations seem aimed at younger tourists, attracted to Amsterdam's nightlife and coffee shops. One thing to consider: as legal marijuana continues to expand, there will be fewer tourists coming solely for the coffee shops, so there's that.
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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 9:33 PM
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More hookers should do the trick.
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Old Posted May 17, 2018, 9:34 PM
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Also it’s a little unfair to include a photo that is clearly of King’s Day, which is like the Amsterdam equivalent of Carnivale in Rio or St Patrick’s Day in Chicago.
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Just bring out the magic mushrooms to separate the strong from the weak!

That'll thin out those numbers!
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does amsterdam have dozens of (Nepali?) selfie stick vendors milling around all the sites/squares/etc, like Rome or London?
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Unpopular opinion, but this seems kind of snobby and unfair and also sounds like a very rash populist measure.
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As said in the article. "Amsterdam is a city to live, stay and do business. Only after this is it a tourist destination."
A city shouldn't develop according to the need of tourists.
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As said in the article. "Amsterdam is a city to live, stay and do business. Only after this is it a tourist destination."
A city shouldn't develop according to the need of tourists.
Unless it’s Las Vegas. There tourists are the only game in town.
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I support this. One of the aspects I don't like about Amsterdam is how extremely tourist oriented it is. Literally a good half of people on the street are from abroad. It does feel a little Disneyfied.
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