Amsterdam to increase tourist tax to reclaim city for residents

Officials consider radical tax proposals to squeeze out low-spending visitors and prevent city becoming ‘Venice of the north’

Amsterdam is planning to increase taxes on tourists by as much as €10 a night, as the authorities attempt to limit stag weekends and visitors to the red-light district and reclaim the city for residents.

About 17 million people visited the city of 850,000 residents in 2016, up from 12 million five years earlier, and the trend is expected to accelerate.

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