Amsterdam could ban tourists from cannabis cafes and red light district – world news


Amsterdam seems ready to prevent tourists from buying cannabis in the city’s famous cafes as they try to reduce overcrowding.The red light district will also be an area closed to groups because the Dutch city has difficulty coping with the volume of visitors.

More than 17 million people travel to Amsterdam each year - many will make the most of his political drug tolerance.

Mayor Femke Halsema has now proposed a plan to restore order to the Dutch capital.

It wants to downsize in order to clean up Amsterdam’s shabby reputation to benefit its 1.1 million permanent residents.

A hundred people aged 18 to 35 were interviewed, 57% saying that cafes played a big role in their decision to visit Amsterdam.

Thousands flock to Holland to enjoy city cafes

The Amsterdam research, information and statistics office suggests that almost half of Britons say they would be less likely to visit the city again if they were prevented from using its famous hash coffees.

Mayor Helsema said she wants to commission "a study this year to reduce the attractiveness of cannabis for tourists and (local) back door regulations."

"A clear separation of the markets between hard drugs and soft drugs is very urgent due to the tightening of the hard drug trade," she wrote.

Now the red light district could be banned

In a separate announcement Thursday, the Amsterdam city hall said that a ban on group visits to the red light district would come into effect on April 1.

Visits to other parts of the city that contain windows of sex workers will also be prohibited.

Guided tours elsewhere in the center require a permit.

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Currently, up to 115 guided tours pass through the red light district daily, with residents complaining of inconvenience and sex workers claiming that tourists are often abusive and take photos without consent.

The council voted to limit the size of visits to 15 people and prohibit them from stopping in crowded places.

Deputy Mayor Victor Everhardt said it was "disrespectful to treat sex workers as a tourist attraction."


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