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Bowman’s Travel Brief: Amsterdam’s Big Changes


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In an effort to battle overtourism, Amsterdam continues to make some big changes. 

The latest moves include banning new hotel construction and reducing the number of river cruises allowed to enter the city.

Previously, the city made changes to the popular Red Light District in an effort to limit the crowd of rowdy travelers making disturbances.

Eliminating drunken, crazy tourists makes total sense. Cutting back on river cruises is a bit perplexing to me.

River cruise travelers are the opposite of rowdy. They’re absolutely the type of traveler you want visiting your destination.

Cutting back on cruisers will result in a loss of nearly $80 million to the regional economy. Hotels will take a hit on filling up rooms with fewer river cruisers arriving early or staying after, so the ban on construction becomes an afterthought for hoteliers I bet. 

Locals want the city more livable. But what about those local residents who depend on tourists for their livelihood?

The balance between pleasing the two is a challenging ordeal.

What do you think of Amsterdam’s latest moves?

Let me know your thoughts and follow me on social media: @EricBowman_


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