Overtourism has been a hot topic all throughout 2019, and European cities have it worse than any other place around the world. Overtourism is what happens when millions of people think “yeah, Rome in the summer is a good idea.” Then you actually go to Rome in the summer and it turns out not to be a good idea because everybody and their mother had the same bright idea and now you can’t see the Fontana di Trevi because hundreds of other tourists are posing in the way, hitting you in the face with their selfie sticks. Now, tourists aren’t that happy and the government is definitely not happy about all the side effects and negatives of tourists flocking the city. From Italy making up new interesting laws to Paris banning tourist buses in the city centre, cities are now trying to get back in control and limit the problems of overtourism.
Amsterdam is a city of bicycles, weed, fries, and hundreds of tourists. What would bring the number of tourists visiting the city to a bearable level? Taxes. And Amsterdam is doing just that. The Dutch capital has increased its tourist tax for visitors who choose to spend the night in the Venice of the North, whether it’s in a hotel, hostel, guesthouse, or an Airbnb. The new tourist tax is being charged as of this January and it could be considered the highest in Europe with a flat fee of €3 per person per night on any visitor spending the night in a hotel. If you’re staying in an Airbnb, the increased tax is 10 percent of the rent per night, while for a campsite, it’s €1 per person per night -- that’s all on top of the current 7 percent tourist tax.
And it’s not just Amsterdam, Venice will also start imposing day-trippers tax for travelers who pass by the Italian city without spending the night as of next summer. If increasing taxes is the city’s way of ensuring cleanliness and order, well then, they gotta do what they gotta do.
Source: Lonely Planet