A temporary lookout tower and a lift to take people to it are planned for the Dom Tower in Utrecht. The managers of the tower hope that this will still attract tourists to the Dom Tower now that it is being renovated. "At a height of 95 meters there will be a kind of crow's nest which you can get to with the elevator", manager Jaap van Engelenburg said to RTV Utrecht.
Airbnb has been suspended from the Amsterdam Economic Board’s Network Council and is in jeopardy of being terminated from the Board altogether. The site is accused of refusing to reduce the number of days that homes can be rented from 60 days to 30 days a year – the current vacation rental limit in Amsterdam – as the Board has requested. As of July 22, Airbnb was suspended as a member of the Network Council.
Hotels in Amsterdam had a strong start this year. In the first four months of 2019 there were 12.5 percent more overnight hotel stays in the Dutch capital than in the same period last year, De Telegraaf reports based on figures from ABN Amro's economic bureau.
Amsterdam is the 32nd bucket list destination in the world, according to a ranking by global travel site Big 7 Travel. The site surveyed 1.5 million people about the destinations they most want to visit before they die. Bali in Indonesia came in first place, followed by New Orleans in the United States and Kerry in Ireland.
After nine years in operation, the Amsterdam Underground tour - started by the De Regenboog Groep, an NGO that works with homeless people - will now be in the hands of the formerly homeless guides who have lived the experiences the tour aims to illuminate to tourists. De Regenboog made the decision to form a cooperative for the four current volunteers to own the business and have full control of their narratives.
A 36-year-old Dutch man was fined 550 euros for taking coins from a fountain on Piazza Navona in Rome. The police caught him red handed as he was getting out of the Fontana del Moro during the early hours of Sunday morning, NOS reports.
Amsterdam and nine other European tourist cities want more support from the European Union in their fight against tourist rental through online platforms like Airbnb. They issued a joint statement in response to a ruling by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice stating that Airbnb is an informal service provider and therefore needs to take little to no responsibility for complying with holiday rental rules, NOS reports.
Tourism in the Netherlands is less and less dependent on the season, largely thanks to hotel accommodation, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. Seasonal fluctuation at Dutch hotels is disappearing, with the number of overnights being nearly the same all year round.
The Hague is working on luring smaller, luxury cruise ships with wealthy tourists to the city. With special tours, the city wants to get tourists excited about coming to visit. According to Economy alderman Richard de Mos, tourism is an important pillar of the city's economy and one in ten residents earns money from it, NOS reports.
Amsterdam is changing its Housing Regulations in an effort to tackle the problems in the local housing market. Some of the main changes proposed for 2020 include a quota on Bed & Breakfasts, banning holiday rentals in certain areas, giving young locals and healthcare and education staff priority for rental housing, and limiting room-based rentals to create more space for families, the city said in a press release.
The public transit strike left train stations throughout the Netherlands largely deserted on Tuesday morning. People gathered in the stations were largely tourists who did not know about the strike.
Tourists Rachel, Angie, and Acqua were caught by surprise when they arrived at Amsterdam Central Station. They have a hotel booked in Rotterdam. A volunteer from Red Cross explained the strike to them.
Domestic tourism in the large Dutch cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht increased by 54 percent since 2012. This seems to show that Dutch are not very sensitive to the consequences of mass tourism and therefore avoiding the large cities, ABN Amro's economic office reported on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
Flower park Keukenhof in Lisse closed its doors for the year this weekend. In the 60 days it was open this year, the Netherlands' biggest flower park attracted a record number of 1.5 million visitors, almost double the 800 thousand tickets the park sold in 2013, the Telegraaf reports.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema will not ban alcohol on the city's canals. Barely a week after such a ban was suggested by the city council, Halsema described it as undesirable and disproportionate.
"Measures [to combat nuisance] serve to enable Amsterdammers to enjoy their city freely. Only misconduct is curbed", she said in a letter to the city council, Het Parool reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a partial alcohol ban is possible on the water in the city. That would mean that it will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol on boats in certain parts of the city, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Amsterdam city council approved a ban on guided tours in the Red Light District. The ban will be implemented on January 1st, Het Parool reports.
After years of growth, the use of Airbnb in Amsterdam fell for the first time last year, according to real estate adviser Colliers based on figures from research agency AirDNA. Airbnb itself has not yet released figures for 2018, NOS reports.
The number of Airbnb overnight stays in Amsterdam fell by 5 percent to 1.98 million last year, according to Colliers. The number of accommodations decreased by 8.3 percent t 25,380. Airbnb's market share compared to hotels and other accommodation providers decreased from 11.6 percent in 2017 to 10.4 percent in 2018.
The past days' summery weather resulted in a very successful Easter weekend for Keukenhof. Over 200 thousand people visited the flower park over the past weekend. A great deal more than the 80 thousand visitors the park received last Easter, when Easter weekend fell almost a month earlier and temperatures were a lot colder, NU.nl reports.
De Keukenhof received so many visitors on Saturday and Sunday that the flower park in Lisse was inaccessible by car on both days. On Sunday morning, people even stopped on the emergency lane on the A44 to take photos of the flower fields, NOS reports.
The park's parking lots were overflowing with cars. And cars stopping on the A44 caused quite a traffic jam near Kaag. Public works department Rijkswaterstaat had to call on road users to not stop on the highway. The shuttle bus to Keukenhof was temporarily halted on Saturday, Arriva said.
One million tourists are expected to visit the Netherlands during the Easter weekend, 150 thousand more than last year, according to the Netherlands board of tourism and convention NBTC. Mainly tourists from the Netherlands' neighboring countries will visit this weekend, NOS reports.
Around two thirds of the Easter visitors come from Germany and a quarter from Belgium, the NBTC estimates. In addition, some 350 thousand Dutch people will also go on holiday in the Netherlands this weekend.
A campaign is being launched to keep tourists out of the flower fields in the Bollenstreek. Banners, signs, barriers and volunteers must all ensure that tourists don't crush the flowers while trying to take a nice photograph. "Everyone is welcome, but we want it to remain fun for everyone", flower bulb gower and initiator Simon Pennings said to Omroep West.
"I've been growing bulbs for 40 years, but it's actually getting worse", Pennings said to the broadcaster. "They walk across the fields and jump from path to path. That causes damage, they trample the tulips."
Amsterdam will ban guided group tours along the window brothels in the Red Light District, the city announced in a press statement. The municipality is currently working out how to legally implement the ban.
The municipality of Amsterdam plans to put an end to the rapidly increasing number of ATMs belonging to American company Euronet. These ATMs are mainly aimed at foreign tourists, and are more expensive to use than Dutch banks' ATMs as Euronet charges a hefty fee per cash withdrawal and uses unfavorable exchange rates, NOS reports.
In the space of a few years, dozens of these Euronet ATMs have popped up in shops in the Amsterdam city center. It must be noted that people with a Dutch bank card can use Euronet machines for free, according to the broadcaster.
NS turning its attention to tackling chaos at train ticket machines at Schiphol airport, caused by foreign tourists with no public transit cards who want to buy tickets to travel to Amsterdam. The Dutch rail company is approaching international travel providers to convince them to sell online train tickets to and from Schiphol to tourists in advance, the Telegraaf reports.