Amsterdam To Shut Down A Cruise Terminal To Limit Tourism

The city council of Amsterdam has decided to shut down a cruise vessel terminal in its center in its latest attempt to curb mass tourism in the Dutch capital. Polluting cruise vessels aren’t in line with the sustainable goals of the city, stated a statement from D66. This center-right party operates the city with PvdA, the social democrats, and GroenLinks, the environmentalists.

The party said that the passage of cruise vessels was incompatible with plans of constructing a new bridge between the historic southern district of the city and the Noord district, the prime focus of the latest development projects.

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Other recent steps to restore quiet in the city’s historic center have incorporated a ban on smoking cannabis on roads of the red light district. And in March this year, Amsterdam reportedly introduced a “Stay Away” campaign to discourage tourists from planning alcohol and drug-fuelled parties.

The city has long been striving to curtail rowdy behaviors, such as stag parties, close to the red light area where the sex workers operate.

The campaign, mainly targeting young British men, involved several online advertisements warning individuals searching for getaways to Amsterdam of the consequences of antisocial behavior and excessive alcohol and drug abuse. The campaign states they include fines, criminal records, arrests, hospitalization, and other health issues.

Reference: BBC, The Guardian

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