A whopping 25% of respondents said they would visit less often, with 9% never coming to Amsterdam again. Amsterdam could ban tourists from buying cannabis, A look back at Amsterdam's '90s red light district - In pictures, Eurostar to finally launch direct Amsterdam-London train in April, What it’s like onboard the first Amsterdam-London Eurostar train, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. In a recent letter to city councilors listing the survey results, Halsema said the city government should focus on "reducing the attraction of cannabis to tourists" and making the Amsterdam cannabis market more transparent. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium.
The study — performed in August 2019 in the city’s Singel and Wallen districts where the Red Light District and most coffee shops are located — targeted 1,161 foreign visitors between the ages of 18 and 35. Join us on a 12-month journey to see them all. "It is understandable that Amsterdam residents want to preserve their beautiful historic center, and also go about their daily lives without constantly being confronted by rowdy tourists," she tells.
British tourist Allan Claydon, 24, agrees with this take -- and says he doesn't think curbing coffee shop culture would change Amsterdam's appeal for visitors. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.
Meanwhile, 34% indicated they'd come to Amsterdam less often if they weren't able to visit coffee shops, and 11% said they wouldn't come at all. that Amsterdam does not have any plans to ban foreigners from coffee shops.
It is, however, researching policies that could make them less attractive and reduce tourist nuisance. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Still, Amsterdam's tourist survey suggests that the most common reason for visiting Amsterdam isn't the coffee shops, the Red Light District or even the varied museums and cultural attractions -- it's actually the pretty wholesome appeal of walking or cycling around the city. The reports about Amsterdam banning tourists from coffee shops you’re seeing stem from a briefing that Halsema sent to the members of the city’s General Affairs Council Committee. Guided tours of city’s red light district featuring sex workers’ windows already banned, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. In the document sent to the council committee, Halsema summarizes the results of a study that the city commissioned to investigate “the extent to which coffee shops, (window) prostitution and budget flights contribute to the appeal of Amsterdam’s city center to foreign tourists.”. every year, and the city has, for years, looked at options to reduce the attraction of its liberal drug policy. Amsterdam is considering banning tourists from entering its famous coffee shops, CNN reports. Journalist Isabelle Gerretsen grew up in Amsterdam, and she's seen first hand the impact of mass tourism in the city.
To add to the slightly confusing set up, buying cannabis from a coffee shop is legal in the Netherlands, but producing cannabis remains illegal. Some 115 guided tours pass through the district every day.
“They cite walking or cycling through the city less often as the main reason (21 per cent) and more often indicate cheap travel as the main reason (11 per cent compared to six per cent on average).”. Amsterdam wants to curb tourists to its Red Light District.
The survey, by the Research, Information and Statistics Department, revealed 34 per cent of people would visit the city less often and 11 per cent would never go again if they were barred from entering its coffee shops.
The new Amsterdam survey points out that barring non-residents from the coffee shops doesn't necessarily translate to a reduction in visitors, or a reduction in cannabis use. "I don't think the banning of cannabis would decimate tourism," he tells CNN Travel. Of the visitors surveyed, 29% said they would turn to other routes in search of their drug fix -- getting a resident to buy cannabis for them, or via street trading, for example. For a third of those surveyed, a ban on access to coffee shops would be reason never to visit Amsterdam less often, while 11% said they would never return to the city. Francesca Street, CNN • Updated 18th February 2020 (CNN) — Amsterdam is considering banning tourists from its infamous cannabis-vending coffee shops as …
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