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New Hotel Openings Banned in Amsterdam to Tackle Overtourism

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Photo: New Hotel Openings Banned in Amsterdam to Tackle Overtourism. Source: Unsplash
Photo: New Hotel Openings Banned in Amsterdam to Tackle Overtourism. Source: Unsplash

The authorities in the Dutch capital have announced an extension of the existing restrictions on hotel openings within the city since 2017. According to the new directive, no new hotels can be built in the Dutch capital unless an old one is closed, reports The Mayor

Amsterdam's official policy aims to reduce the number of tourists in the city and limit hotel stays to 20 million per year. However, last year saw 20.66 million stays, not including cruises or holiday rentals. Therefore, the ban on new hotel openings is seen as part of a broader strategy to limit tourist numbers, especially those prone to unacceptable behaviour.

The new restrictions also require that any new hotel meets certain criteria. Specifically, the number of beds in a new establishment should not exceed that of the one it replaces. Additionally, the new hotel must be of higher quality, such as being more environmentally friendly.

Despite the new ban, Amsterdam plans to open 26 new hotels soon. These establishments have already obtained licences before the new ban takes effect.

Previously, The Gaze reported that the Amsterdam authorities plan to increase the maximum age for free access to public libraries from 18 to 27 by 2025. Additionally, access to libraries will be free for all teachers in the city. The Amsterdam City Council aims to involve all public libraries as partners in a program focused on improving overall reading levels and language skills among the city's youth. One of the main projects is the creation of a library database that caters to the needs and interests of young people.

Local authorities also plan to address digital inequality in society. Approximately 20% of Amsterdam residents lack digital skills, and 14% of those with low incomes do not own gadgets. Libraries will provide these groups with access to digital support and information about new technologies.



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