Amsterdam wants to BAN any new shops aimed at tourists in blitz on low-rent holidaymakers 

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AMSTERDAM is banning any new shops aimed at tourists.

Stores selling items popular with visitors, like souvenirs, waffles and tickets will not be granted licences, in an effort to prevent the “Disneyfication” of the city.

 New tourist shops selling items, like souvenirs, waffles and tickets will not be granted licences in Amsterdam

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New tourist shops selling items, like souvenirs, waffles and tickets will not be granted licences in Amsterdam

The Telegraph reported that there are 280 shops catering for tourists in the town centre and locals have had enough.

Kajsa Ollongren, deputy mayor of Amsterdam: “Nowhere else in the world has such a decision been made.

“The balance is missing. We are only getting more of the same, and that is not good for our quality of life.”

Last month, the city also revealed plans to up tourist tax by as much as €10 (£9) a night.

 There are 280 shops catering for tourists in the town centre and locals have had enough

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There are 280 shops catering for tourists in the town centre and locals have had enough

The new rates would deter so many stag dos and other budget city breakers who are attracted to the activities in the Red Light District.

These types of tourists don’t bring much spending money, according to the local council.

City councillor Udo Kock told the Dutch newspaper Het Parool: “We need more people who actually spend money in the city.

“We would prefer people who stay a couple of nights, visit museums, have lavish meals at restaurants, to people who pop over for a weekend eating falafel while sauntering around the red-light district.”

 The city has also revealed plans to up tourist tax by as much as €10 (£9) a night to deter budget city breakers who are attracted to the Red Light District

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The city has also revealed plans to up tourist tax by as much as €10 (£9) a night to deter budget city breakers who are attracted to the Red Light District

Last year, 17 million people visited Amsterdam – that’s 20 tourists for every one of the city’s 850,000 residents.

The locals believe that they are being priced out of the city centre because of tourist accommodation.

Next year, tourists will pay a six per cent tax on the cost of their room, up from five per cent this year.

But the council is also looking at a fixed tax charge of €10, as well as a percentage of the final hotel bill.

 The local council say they want 'people who actually spend money in the city'

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The local council say they want ‘people who actually spend money in the city’

In May, Amsterdam Marketing chief executive Frans van der Avert told Travel Weekly that bargain-hunting tourists were damaging to cities like Amsterdam, because they only see them as party destinations.

Instead of buying tickets to museums and meals in nice restaurants, the visitors are instead spending all of their money on alcohol and cheap fast food.

According to the site Travel Weekly, Frans revealed that they have given up marketing Amsterdam as a destination because they don’t want any more visitors.

He told the site: “A lot of smaller historic cities in Europe are getting destroyed by visitors.”

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