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Toluna

  1 month ago

Will Amsterdam stop tourists from visiting its coffee shops?
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Amsterdam is considering measures to ban tourists from its infamous coffee shops as the city tries to find new ways to balance the quality of life of its residents with the demands of visitors.

A recent study, commissioned by Femke Halsema, the city’s mayor, found that more than half of young tourists visit the capital of the Netherlands because they want to experience a coffee-themed cannabis experience.

The survey, conducted in August 2019, included 1,100 international visitors between the ages of 18 and 35, during their visit to the city's Red Light District - an area that has been the focus of Amsterdam's most recent tourism regulations. From 1st April 2020, a package of measures will be implemented to limit the extreme behaviour of tourists. The measures include a fine of EUR 190 for anyone who violates the new regulations.

About 57% of respondents of the survey said that coffee shops are a major reason for which they visited Amsterdam.

At the same time, 34% responded that they would visit Amsterdam less frequently if they were not able to visit a coffee shop, while 11% would not go back to the city.

In recent years, Amsterdam has been struggling to cope with the growing problem of hyper-tourism, as the city has been called upon to manage the increase in visitors and their misbehaviour.

But, according to the city’s tourism bureau (in 2016, Amsterdam received 17m tourists, up from 12m in 2012), one in four tourists to Amsterdam intends to visit a coffee shop during a vacation there. Holland’s soft drug policy has always been one of “tolerating” rather than legalising.

What do you think of the mayor’s decision? Do you think banning tourists from the coffee shops will have a negative effect on tourism in the Netherlands?

Would you visit the Netherlands just for these famous coffeeshops?

Does your country have problems with hyper-tourism?

Let us know in the comments below!
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mbranfor

  1 month ago
I have a short but not so sweet response - sounds like the "City" should be renamed "AmsterdamNation".
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M3381576g

  1 month ago
no they probs wont people aka tourists will still go there
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gehymers

  1 month ago
Not helping those with a drug/alcoholic problems at all. I find it all very disturbing.
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koorawatha49

  1 month ago
No and when you read this you can see why they are visiting - to experience cannabis - just pathetic and no wonder the place is having trouble - let people take mind altering drugs and then see what happens - the place is a venue for all the worst kinds of human behaviour you can think of - prostitution with them sitting in shop windows, and drug laced environment. Some of its own inhabitants not long ago during their elections were lobbying for the age of consent to be lowered to 12. They were a legitimate political party - needless to say they did not succeed in getting into parliament but they did have their supporters. All paedophiles - yeah they can blow the place up for all I care _ I am not interested in supporting the place at all.
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rolfie13

  1 month ago
I only drink tea.
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CILLY0

  1 month ago
No, they would love to have this problem of hyper-tourism. Wish Amsterdam luck.
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WoodyP

  1 month ago
Hypertourism might be welcomed in Australia at the moment! I think their proposals might be too dangerous for tourism.
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pagalu

  1 month ago
Tourists go there to buy Weed and the locals are running out. The price is going up. I read this.
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ForeverYoung50

  1 month ago
If they're just relying on these cafes for tourism... doesn't say much about Amsterdam's tourism! I don't believe it will take a downturn, as there are many more attractions to bring in the tourists!
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swingoffakable

  1 month ago
Well the coffee isnt that good is it..be honest..?!!
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