Amsterdam is going to ban guided tours of its red-light district as part of an effort to limit impact of mass tourism on the historic city centre, and because “they are not respectful” to sex workers.
Amsterdam city councillor Udo Kock said that in this day and age it is no longer acceptable to consider sex workers as a tourist attraction.
With the medieval city centre becoming increasingly unliveable, Amsterdam city council has taken several measures aimed at reducing the overcrowding and nuisance caused by tourism. Streets are now being closed on busy evenings so that they may be cleaned, while city hosts direct visitors to different directions.
The Dutch capital has also launched initiatives to curb the number of shops targeting visitors, clamped down on Airbnb, called a halt to new hotel developments and increased taxes on tourists.
The ban, which will come into effect on the 1st January of next year, will cover paid and free tours, which according to the city council have “a magnetic effect” on visitor numbers.
The maximum number of people allowed on organised tours of the rest of the city centre will be reduced from 20 to 15, and guides will need to obtain a council permit and quality check and observe strict rules of behaviour.
Via The Guardian