Amsterdam wants to triple tourist tax rate to 15 pct.

Tourists in Amsterdam (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Steven Lek). Tourists in Amsterdam (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Steven Lek)

Amsterdam alderman for public space Abdeluheb Choho (D66) wants to increase tourist tax in the city from 5 percent to 15 percent, he said to the Telegraaf. The money made by the increase can be used to make Amsterdam a more pleasant place for residents.

According to Choho, raising the tourist tax several advantages. "It does not hit the ordinary Amsterdammer and the money you collect with this can immediately be reinvested into the city", he said to the newspaper.

Choho is making this proposal not as alderman, but as candidate leader for the D66 Amsterdam in the upcoming municipal elections.