Popular holiday destination to have Europe’s highest tourist tax

Amsterdam is set to have Europe’s highest tourist tax after officials confirmed the city’s tax would rise by 12.5 percent in 2024.

Tourists staying overnight in hotels, short-term rentals or guesthouses will be impacted by the rise with cruise passengers also affected.

Holidaymakers currently pay a seven percent tax on a stay in the Dutch capital but this will increase to 12.5 percent in 2024.

That means the average tax per person on an average room will rise from £13.22 per night to £18.90.

Cruise passengers will now pay a whopping 11 euros (£9.54) per day, up from eight euros a day (£6.94).

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The new tax will make Amsterdam’s charge the highest in Europe, dwarfing similar schemes in cities such as Barcelona and Paris.

The tax is expected to lower the number of visitors following Amsterdam’s struggles with mass tourism.

Many local residents have complained of loud noise, rowdy scenes and drunk tourists in the city centre.

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Earlier this year, Amsterdam launched the ‘Stay Away’ campaign to discourage young rowdy tourists from visiting.

The campaign was designed to ward off stag and hen parties, thought to be responsible for much of the bad behaviour.

Hester van Buren, Amsterdam’s deputy mayor for finance, said: “Visitors will thus help to pay for the city to carry out its tasks.

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“This allows us to to address the consequences of overtourism and direct additional resources to keep the streets clean and solve acute problems in neighbourhoods and districts.”

Amsterdam will also ban cruise ships from entering the city centre in a move to crack down on visitor numbers.

Still planning a visit to Amsterdam? Find out how to explore the Dutch capital on a day trip from the UK.

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