Amsterdam toughens up new hotel ban, takes it city-wide

Amsterdam is expanding its ban on new hotels to cover the whole city as the next step in its ongoing battle to reduce the number of tourists coming to the Dutch capital.

The halt came into effect in 2017, although there were a large number of exceptions, but city officials have now decided no more hotels will be built, unless one closes.

However, plans for 26 more are still in the pipeline and will go ahead because they have already been licenced or because local zoning laws allow them, city tourism chief Sofyan Mbarki said on Wednesday.

Official Amsterdam policy is to limit the number of hotel stays in the city to under 20 million. However, last year, the total reached 20,665,000 excluding cruises and holiday rentals.

Earlier this week the city announced plans to halve the number of river cruise moorings per year to 1,150 within the coming five years. A review of the contribution of ocean going cruise ships to the city’s economy is also under way.

The city has also launched a “stay away” campaign targeting young tourists out to party, has introduced including earlier closing times for bars, a crackdown on alcohol sales in the red light district, and a ban on smoking cannabis in public. 

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