Amsterdam Set To Ban Tours Of Its Red-Light District

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On January 1, 2020, the new guidelines of banning guided tours of its red-light district will come into force in the hope that it will enable shield and conserve the city’s historic district, De Wallen, from the effects of more than-tourism triggered by tours.

Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reports that more than 1,000 tour groups quit in Oudekerksplein every single week, causing significant overcrowding at peak instances. Amsterdam has 850,000 residents, but an influx of vacationers meant that in 2018 visitor numbers rose to 19 million. 

Along with the mass tourism trouble, red-light district tours are negative for the organization of sex workers. Primarily based on survey benefits, 80% of sex workers stated gawping vacationers puts off prospective clientele.

Udo Kock, deputy mayor of the city, said in a statement that it was no longer acceptable or proper to “see sex workers as a tourist attraction.”

“We are banning tours that take guests along sex workers’ windows, not only mainly because we want to avert overcrowding in the red-light district, but also mainly because it is not respectful to sex workers,” he stated.

In addition, the new restrictions also indicate that absolutely free tours of the red-light district will be prohibited and all guides must conform to new accreditation guidelines. Organized tour groups will be permitted to take a maximum of 15 folks (a lower from 20) and all guests on pre-arranged trips ought to now spend an entertainment tax.

In additional measures to shield its cultural history and citizens, Amsterdam city council has improved tourist taxes, along with introducing restrictions on tourist-centric shops and boutiques in the city centre, as effectively as renting out Airbnbs.

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