The city of Amsterdam implemented stricter rules on guided tours through the Red Light District on April 1st. These rules are intended to reduce crowds in the busy area, and to help protect sex workers' privacy.
The municipality of Amsterdam is taking extra measures to manage the crowds of tourists expected to visit the city over Easter weekend. Last Easter weekend 20 to 25 percent more tourists visited the Dutch capital than the year before, Het Parool reports.
Extra trams will run during Easter weekend, from March 30th to April 2nd. Lines 1, 2, 5, 5 and 9 will run on an extended timetable. The city will advice visitors with cars to park on a site on the outskirts of the city, and to use public transit from there.
Around ten people were injured in an overcrowded nightclub in the Noord-Holland town of Schagen on Thursday night. Panic arose on the second floor of nightclub Alpha when someone became unwell in the massive crowd. The club was evacuated for a time, local safety office Veligheidsregio Noord-Holland-Noord said on Twitter
One victim was taken to hospital with pain in the chest. Seven to ten people sustained minor injuries and were taken to a nearby fire department barracks to be checked over by paramedics.
The Netherlands' major attractions are increasingly being flooded by international tourists, according to Dutch tourism office NBTC. The hotspots suffer under traffic jams, crowds and problems for residents. "The necessary distribution of tourists is stagnating", NBTC CEO Jos Vranken said to the Telegraaf.
Last year the Netherlands had 17.6 million foreign visitors, an 11 percent increase compared to the year before. This year NBTC expects more than 18.5 million international visitors, increasing to over 20 million by 2020.
The measures the Amsterdam municipality is taking against crowds in the city center are not reducing problems for residents, Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond said in a new report. The inner city is "a jungle at night, in which survival of the fittest applies and in which the government is intolerably absent", the Ombudsman said, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam is implementing stricter rules for guided tours through the Red Light District from April, the city announced. The new rules, which are intended to reduce crowds in the busy area and to protect the privacy of sex workers, include a ban on tour groups larger than 20 people, and not allowing photographs to be taken of sex workers.
"The number of organized tours has increased considerably in recent years. At the busiest moments, such as between 11 and 12 in the morning, 27 groups visit the Oudekerksplein in an hour", the city of Amsterdam said in a statement.
From next week KLM will be diverting tourists away from the busiest places in Amsterdam with a new gadget called the Care Tag - a talking luggage tag containing tips about the Dutch capital. The Care Tag contains over 300 tips about the Dutch capital, triggered by its GPS location. If a visitor finds himself in a notoriously crowded spot, the Care Tag will advice him about a less busy place to visit, Het Parool reports.
Tourism in Amsterdam is growing faster than in other, comparable cities and it contributes 2.7 billion euros to the prosperity of the Dutch capital, according to a study by SEO Economic Bureau. Tourism income and employment are increasing, the negative effects of the industry are not, the study concludes, Het Parool reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam asked SEO, which is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, to try and answer the question of whether the benefits of tourism are bigger than the disadvantages. SEO thinks that they are.
In an ongoing effort to reduce the number of tourists in Amsterdam, the municipality decided that no new tourist shops will be allowed to open in Amsterdam Centrum, the city of Amsterdam announced in a press release on Thursday.
The increasing number of tourists and day visitors in the city center, goes hand-in-hand with an ever increasing number of shops focused only on visitors. The result is that the the store offer in the city center is shrinking, and with it the ease of life for local residents, according to the city.
Next year Amsterdam is investing 425 million euros into the city, Finance alderman Udo Kock announced with the city's budget for 2018 on Wednesday. Amsterdam is investing in solving budget problems in various parts of the city, security measures, the work brigade, dealing with teacher shortage and art in public space.
It seems that crowded halls, long lines and hours of waiting times at Schiphol airport are here to stay. According to CEO Jos Nijhuis, travelers face at least another 100 "black Saturdays" at the airport this year, and the coming two years will probably be busier. There is no escaping it, he said according to newspaper AD.
Amsterdam is getting overcrowded with tourists and forecasts show that this will only get worse. According to the PvdA, the many tourists is a risk for the attractiveness of the city and something has to be done.
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