The party is over: Amsterdam plans to keep tourists “in penis attire” away | Netherlands


Amsterdam said it would not allow a return to the “massive nuisance and crowds” the city endured before the pandemic, sending a stark warning that visitors “whose intention is to drink and misbehave, dressed like a penis “should go elsewhere.

As much of the EU prepares to open up to tourists who have been vaccinated, recovered from the coronavirus or can provide a negative test from July 1, the town hall of the Dutch capital said in a press release he was taking “additional measures” to discourage excess.

With more than 19 million tourists in 2018 in its narrow 17th-century streets, locals have long complained that the busiest parts of the city center, including the red light district and major nightlife areas, were becoming unlivable.

“Visitors who respect Amsterdam and the people of Amsterdam have always been welcome,” the town hall said. “Visitors who treat our residents and our heritage with disrespect are not welcome. The message for them is: don’t come to Amsterdam.

Additional police will be deployed to deter visitors from sleeping in their cars by issuing fines on the spot using a mobile credit card terminal, the statement said, and efforts will be stepped up to block parked vehicles more quickly. illegally.

More ‘hosts’ in the city will help police deal with revelers, particularly on weekend nights, with plans to close the streets if necessary, while owners of short-term rentals will be vetted more rigorously for ensure they meet an annual 30-day limit, and the city’s canals will also be closely watched for waterborne violations.

Temporary bans on alcohol, laughing gas and sound systems can and will be imposed when the concentrations of people get too high, the city has warned. The mayor of the city, Femke Halsema, told the newspaper Het Parool that Amsterdam couldn’t refuse people, but was trying to encourage more cultural tourism and reduce nuisance levels.

The city’s promotion agency, amsterdam & partners, is launching an online poster and information campaign to raise awareness of “desired behaviors”. The city “doesn’t want nuisances caused by bad behavior – like noise, urine in public, drunkenness on the street,” a spokesperson said. says Dutchnews. “We are therefore launching an activation campaign targeting the type of behavior we want. “

Halsema last year unveiled plans to ban non-residents from its 166 cafes selling cannabis after commissioning research that showed 58% of foreign tourists visiting Amsterdam come primarily to consume the drug.

She also submitted proposals to build a five-story “erotic center” outside the city with two bars, 100 small venues and a place for “erotic entertainment” as part of a plan to shut down many sex worker windows. in the current red light district.

Rob Hofland, adviser to the Progressive D66 party, told DutchNews it was “only a matter of time” before tourists started to return in droves, adding: “If you intend to see the most beautiful city of the world, come to Amsterdam. If drinking and misbehaving dressed like a penis is your intention, look elsewhere!

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