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Amsterdam Bans New Hotels in Anti-Tourism Fight Against Mass

Amsterdam, Netherlands: In a bold move to address the challenges posed by mass tourism, the local government of Amsterdam announced on Wednesday that no new hotel constructions will be permitted. The decision is part of a broader initiative aimed at maintaining the city's livability for both residents and visitors.

In a statement, the government emphasized its commitment to combating over-tourism and ensuring a sustainable urban environment. The key measures outlined include a ban on new hotel developments and a cap on the number of hotel overnight stays by tourists to no more than 20 million per year.

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According to the statement, the restriction on new hotel construction is integral to preserving the city's character and managing visitor influx. Any new hotel projects will only be approved under specific conditions, such as if another hotel closes simultaneously or if the proposed hotel offers enhanced sustainability features.

Notably, the prohibition on new hotel construction does not affect projects that have already received permits prior to the announcement.

The city's efforts to control tourist numbers extend beyond halting new hotel developments. Authorities have actively discouraged activities associated with sex and drug tourism in the red-light district, which attracts millions of visitors annually.

Amsterdam's stringent measures reflect a proactive approach to maintaining its identity as a vibrant yet sustainable urban destination. By prioritizing the well-being of residents and the quality of the visitor experience, the city aims to strike a balance between tourism promotion and environmental preservation.

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