Amsterdam taking new measures to control mass tourism

Published on : Thursday, August 9, 2018

AmsterdamAmsterdam, Netherland’s capital closes its red light district temporarily in order to clean the city.



Amsterdam attracts a great number of international visitors for its Red Light District and canal tours. Unfortunately, the number of international visitors is also paired with the amount of mess left behind on the streets of the city. This year Amsterdam’s 850,000 inhabitants will see an estimated 18.5 million tourists flock to the city – up 11% on last year. By 2025, 23 million are expected. Last week the city’s ombudsman condemned the red light district as  “lawless jungle” at weekends.



For this some parts of the streets will be temporarily closed off during busy nights so that the civil administration can be cleaned up the city.



In addition to the proposed cleaning breaks, the Amsterdam city council will be keeping an eye on visitor numbers in the Red Light District, so that streets can be closed off if it gets too busy.


It is also noted that the city council can also issue fine to the visitors for public urination for example, they can pay this straight away, as enforcement officers will be equipped with a mobile payment device.



In the Dutch capital, boats for canal tours will also be monitored more closely when using busy waterways through the city centre. By implementing all of these measures, the Amsterdam municipality hopes to limit the jostle at the Red Light District during the busy tourist season.



The measures will be implemented this month. However, they are not the answer to all of the city centre’s problems, a spokesperson for the mayor stressed.


The visitor numbers will also be closely monitored and if too many people have packed in, crowd control measures will be introduced and some streets may be closed off.



The street wardens will also be given mobile payment machines so that tourists can pay fines for dropping litter or public urination directly. More wardens will also be put on duty to monitor pleasure boats and fine those which sail too fast or break other rules.



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