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>> Beer bikes, cannabis caffes, red light district romps. All these things are commonly associated with a vacation in Amsterdam. But a new government entering city hall says it's gone too far, and they're promising sweeping new measures to tame it's wild tourism. Here's Toby Sterling from the Reuters Amsterdam Bureau.
>> People who live in the city center are complaining things have become unlivable. Some of the party boats that sail around the city all night long, pumping loud music. People complain about drunken tourists urinating in their flowerpots or even vomiting on the street corners. There are a lot of stores in the city center that cater only to tourists.
You can't really do groceries any more, and the city has determined that it wants to crack down.>> The whole thing spewed a lot of animosity toward tourists among many who live here. Some of the proposed measures include caps on how many hotel beds are allowed in the city, and curtailing use of airb&b.
Tax hikes, bans on alcohol use in the waterways, and stopping it's tourism advertising campaign are also planned. For the tourists who show up anyway, the city wants to spread them more evenly toward more traditional venues like museums.>> Of course, not all the measures are necessarily gonna actually be put into effect.
Amsterdam has a long tradition of resisting rules. And for business people to find a way, even around formal bans, and that's the way the city's famous weed tolerance and prostitution tolerance policies got started in the first place. But I do think that there's kinda a political will to make this happen now.
>> Either way, don't expect the beer bike to go quietly.