Amsterdam has been struggling with extreme mass tourism for some time now. In a new strategy to keep the number of visitors below 20 million per year, the city council has introduced a whole series of measures. Drinking tourism is also being tackled. Striking: there is talk of a potential ‘blow ban’ to suppress cannabis tourism. Coffee shops should also no longer be allowed to sell marijuana on weekends. This is reported by Het Parool, among others. By Redactie Online & nbsp- 2/12/2022 at 18: 00 The College of Mayors and Aldermen of Amsterdam has drawn up a vision ‘Visitor Economy 2035’. Alderman Sofyan Mbarki (Binnenstad) wants to tackle the nuisance that mass tourism creates every year. He not only focuses on bachelor parties and pub parties, but also on cannabis tourism. For example, Mbarki suggests that a ‘blow ban’ would be introduced in various parts of the city. Joints should no longer be smoked in those zones. In addition, the closure of coffee shops during the weekend may be planned. For example, Het Parool states that Mbarki ‘wants to see if there should be a ban on selling hashish and weed after 4 p.m., from Thursday to Saturday, as it already applies to alcohol.’ In the city center, alcohol is now only sold if it is offered in a café or dining establishment. Drinking tourism Other measures are also striking. In the Red Light District, the catering industry and window prostitution will have earlier closing hours, while the option of introducing a reservation system is also being investigated. In addition, Amsterdam also wants to act against alcohol tourism: they also want a potential ban on organized pub crawls. In addition, they also want to tackle bachelor parties. They want to “discourage international visitors who want to let loose in Amsterdam.” “We will remain a metropolis and tourists will continue to come. But everyone also wants a beautiful and livable city,” concludes Sofyan Mbarki. At this point, however, it’s all about planning. The city council will discuss the measures further on December 21. Some of the pass away measures may take effect immediately. source
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