Cruise ship company MSC Cruises will no longer stop in Amsterdam from next year, due to the new tourist tax of 8 euros per day for passengers for whom the Dutch capital is a stopover. The company does not want to recover these costs from its customers, NH Nieuws reports.
Most of the Eindhoven residents who rent out their homes through Airbnb do not pay tourist tax, according to ANG, a specialized company hired to inspect Airbnb accommodation in the Noord-Brabant city. This means that the city treasury is missing out on a large sum of income, NOS reports.
Over the past month ANG contacted more than a hundred Airbnb landlords and inspected 38 Airbnb locations. "Only 30 to 40 addresses paid the sum of 3.50 euros per person per night", the company said.
The new Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen will also be tough on tourism. The coalition negotiations between GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP are still ongoing, but the parties reached an agreement on their tourism plans, they announced on Wednesday morning, Het Parool reports.
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.
A group of Amsterdam residents marched through the Kinkerbuurt on Thursday night to protest against the gentrification of Amsterdam West and the problems caused by tourism, Het Parool reports.
They carried banners and megaphones, shouting slogans like "Amsterdam, not for sale!" and "Who's city, our city!". The procession stopped at various locations, including at Jan Pieter Heijestraat, where there are plans to build a long-stay hotel with apartments, instead of housing.
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.
Amsterdam is increasing tourist taxes in the fight against crowds in the city. According to D66 alderman of Finance Udo Kock, this measure will not only deter "budget tourists" - people visiting the city on a low budget specifically for things like stag parties - but also bring in millions of euros to the city treasury, Het Parool reports.
Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam are in talks with the Ministry of Economic Affairs on tightening the rules and restrictions linked to renting your home, or part thereof, through Airbnb
Statistics Netherlands expects that Amsterdam will collect 46.4 million euros in tourist tax over 2016, a 25 percent increase compared to last year. For all municipalities in the Netherlands proceeds from tourist tax are expected to increase by 8.6 percent to 188.6 million euros.
The city of Amsterdam is launching a new digital investigating method in the fight against illegal hotels and housing fraud through sites such as Airbnb, the city announced on Monday. The new method will be implemented in April this year.
The municipalities of The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht are in talks with accommodation site Airbnb about paying tourist tax through the website for the temporary rent of accommodation
Airbnb expects to pay about 5.5 million euros in tourist tax to the city of Amsterdam this year. This is the result of a tax treaty made between the city and the tourist housing website, the company announced today.
Airbnb and the City of Amsterdam today announced that they have entered into an agreement on home sharing. This agreement aims to simplify the payment of tourist tax for hosts in Amsterdam and also promote responsible home sharing.
Amsterdam will earn a considerable amount of money from tourist taxes in 2013. Parool.nl reported that with an eye on the inauguration and the re-opening of museums the city increased taxes with ten percent.