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Amsterdam bans construction of new hotels to fight overtourism

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Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands has banned the construction of new hotels to battle overtourism. The city’s council in a X post said on Wednesday (April 17), “Our aim is to maintain the city’s livability for both residents and visitors. This entails: combating over-tourism, halting new hotel developments, and capping tourist hotel stays at 20 million annually.”

According to reports, a new hotel will only be built in the tourist capital of Europe if another hotel shuts down. According to a release shared by the city council, if the total sleeping accommodations remain unchanged, and if a new establishment improves upon existing standards, such as enhanced sustainability, then it will be allowed to be built. The new regulation excludes hotels that have already obtained construction permits.

The city has been actively pursuing measures to curb tourist influx, which reaches millions annually, primarily by discouraging sex and drug-related tourism in its red-light district.

Intentions of tourists visiting the Dutch capital have been repeatedly questioned by locals. In 2023, a staggering 49.7 million guests chose accommodations in hotels, campsites, and holiday parks across The Netherlands. This marked an 8.1 percent surge compared to 2022, setting a new record.

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It has set a new threshold of 20 million as the maximum number of overnight hotels stays by tourists the city is prepared to accommodate each year.

Often hailed as a paradise for sex enthusiasts, The Netherlands is one of the most popular global sex tourism destinations. Prostitution is legal and regulated in the country. De Wallen in Amsterdam stands out as the largest and most famous red-light district, attracting international sex tourists seeking cubicle-based experiences.

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