Amsterdam just raised its tourist tax. On January 1, the tax rose by an additional three euros per night for short-term rentals and hotel stays. This is a per-person and not per-room tax, though children under 16 are exempt from the tax. This is on top of a seven percent tax the city already charges.
Not only will those staying in hotels be affected by the tax, but those staying in an Airbnb will also feel the bite. Guests at bed & breakfasts will be required to pay the additional three euro tax, too, though campers will have to pay an extra euro per person per night.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a very popular tourist destination and already has a very high tax compared to other popular destinations in Europe. While fewer than one million people call Amsterdam home, it takes in roughly 20 million visitors every year. To combat overtourism, the city banned short-term Airbnb rentals in busy areas, and banned the opening of any new shops in the historic center aimed at tourists. Amsterdam is also cracking down on Segway tours as well as red light district tours.
While Amsterdam is often overflowing with tourists, it isn't the only city in Europe that is trying to fill its coffers by taxing tourists. Starting July 1, day travelers who visit Venice, Italy, will have to pay more to visit the unique city. In fact, visitors who just enter the city will pay up to 10 euros during the busiest times and three euros during slow times. Overnight visitors have already been paying a tourist tax.