Destinations

Amsterdam mulls ban on tourists buying cannabis

Amsterdam is considering banning tourists from buying cannabis products from its famous coffee shops.

The city’s mayor, Femke Halsema, is seeking to reduce the number of visitors to the crowded red-light areas by revealing a third of foreign tourists and nearly half of its British tourism trade would cease if they were barred from buying cannabis.

Amsterdam is beginning to buckle under the masses of visitors to the city centre, to the point where its attractions have ceased to be promoted, according to the Guardian.

See also: Amsterdam launches new campaign to ban excessive “puking” partiers

17 million tourists flood the city each year, which is about 16 times its population. To prevent disruption to locals, Halsema has announced her intention to implement a plan to reduce the attraction of drug use to tourists, dissuading them from taking advantage of its policy of tolerance towards cannabis.

Halsema is using stats from a survey from Amsterdam’s research, information and statistics office to win political backing by revealing the intentions of tourists if they were to ban them from buying cannabis products.

The survey participants included 100 visitors aged between 18 and 35. The majority said coffee shops played an important role in their choice to travel to Amsterdam.

34 per cent of international tourists said they would visit the city less if they were not allowed to buy the products including 42 per cent of British tourists. 40 per cent said they would no longer use the products if they were banned, 22 per cent said they would let someone else go buy it for them and 18 per cent said they would find another way to buy it.

The city also announced last week that group tours through the main Wallen red-light district would be banned from 1 April and all other guided tours would require a permit.

The deputy mayor for economic affairs, Victor Everhardt, said the red-light district tours had been banned because it was “disrespectful to treat sex workers as a tourist attraction”, according to the Guardian.

City council also voted to cap the size of group tours to 15 people and ban them from stopping in busy places or face a €190 ($322) fine.

Featured image credit: iStock.com/sbostock

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Cover-More CEO exits

The global travel insurance provider has waved goodbye to its chief, but not before signing him up to a premium policy.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Afterpay makes online travel play

If COVID-19 wasn’t already enough of a challenge for travel agents, a new OTA has entered the ring.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Malaysia’s new Aussie director on the destination’s big marketing shift

by Huntley Mitchell

The destination is placing much more of a focus on its digital presence and “smart partnerships”, as it looks to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

How are high flyers dealing with coronavirus? A new jet-to-yacht service seems to be the answer

Are you or your clients keen to avoid cattle class (or any class for that matter) on your first post-coronavirus flight? Start saving your pennies for this new service.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

STUDY: More than half of Aussies are keen to get travelling in the next six months

Find out where, when and how Aussies will hit the road once restrictions are lifted with this handy set of survey results.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Pandemic could push consumers to use agents over OTAs, says Barry Mayo

by Ali Coulton

The TravelManagers chairman has also predicted more bricks-and-mortar agents will make the switch to a home-based model, given the risk of further lockdowns.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Team behind Addicted to Maldives launches domestic-focused DMC

The new offering aims to help curate your clients’ domestic escapades so that you can give them their perfect post-lockdown getaway.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: CLIA offers training to non-members, more lines extend pause in operations + MORE

Travel Weekly staff dread Cruise Wrap days because they usually result in our deputy editor singing Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”, until we lock her in a cupboard.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Australian adult entertainer removed from flight over comments about George Floyd protests

This story has a bit of everything – an airline, an adult entertainer and even the ongoing George Floyd protests in the US.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Uber to offer ‘world-first’ car rental option Down Under

by Christian Fleetwood

You’d assume the bosses over at Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, and Europcar won’t be too pleased to read this news.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Club Med’s Marnie Blanchetier

We sat down with Club Med’s head of marketing and director of sales for a chat and a few episodes of The New Pope, until she began to give us spoilers.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

REVEALED: The final two bidders for Virgin Australia

by Huntley Mitchell

Virgin Australia’s administrators have made a decision on which two bidders have made it through to the third and final round.

Share

CommentComments