January 28, 2023

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Pot ban in city center: Amsterdam plans to ban party tourists

Banning weed in the city center
Amsterdam plans to crack down on party tourists

Smoking weed in Holland, a bachelor party in Amsterdam, letting off steam on a pub crawl in the Dutch metropolis – all this is a thorn in the minds of those in charge in the capital. The celebratory tourists are now set to be met with restrictions and an “incentive campaign”.

Some tourists still see Amsterdam as a drug haven, but the city now wants to ban smoking and curb harassment in the center. The city announced stricter rules to keep Amsterdam residents livable and protect against excessive party tourism. Amsterdam’s open and free nature gives many visitors the false impression that “anything goes, anything is allowed.”

Activities mainly affect nightlife. Gastronomy and window prostitution should be closed early and strict action should be taken against bachelor parties and organized pub crawls. The “discouraging campaign” is aimed at international tourists who “want to blow off steam” in the capital.

A planned weed ban in parts of the inner city does not target sales at coffee shops. Instead, the “Blowverbod”, like the existing prohibition, was intended to prohibit open consumption in certain squares and streets, otherwise risking huge fines.

The ban is part of a series of measures aimed at protecting Amsterdam against “overtourism”, meaning an unbearably high number of tourists who flock to the city. More than 18 million visitors are expected by 2023. The municipality explained that this meant that it had almost reached its self-imposed limit of 20 million tourists. Amsterdam has a population of 900,000. Tighter rules are due to be decided by the city council just before Christmas.

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