Amsterdam is actively looking for ways to reduce overtourism in the heart of the medieval city. This city, famous for its red light districts and plenty of pot cafes, has been overwhelmed with overnight visitors.
There has been so much tourism to this area that it has come to the point that residents are complaining about their reduced quality of life and overburdened municipal services. The issue of overtourism is even causing damage to many of the historical sites.
While all guided tours of the city's red light district will be regulated beginning April 1, officials are still considering whether or not to ban tourists from the city's famous cannabis cafes.
Officials have been surveying tourists to see what brings them into the area and what would prevent them from visiting Amsterdam. Majority of those aged between 18 and 35 have stated that if they lost access to the cannabis cafes, they would be less likely to revisit Amsterdam frequently, with some going as far as saying they would no longer visit Amsterdam at all.
For the city officials, reducing the number of visitors to these sites would be exactly the solution that they would desire. Overnight visitors to these areas are often rowdier and cause more trouble than visitors to historic sites and other tourist areas of the city.
At this time, there is no definitive solution to the overtourism problem that Amsterdam is experiencing. Officials are continuing to review different options and will make their announcement as to how they can protect their historical city at a later date.
And as of right now, rules regarding coffee shops a.k.a. cannabis cafes are not standardized across different municipalities in the Netherlands.