[8] [9] Despite strong protests from coffeeshop owners, a judge in the Netherlands has upheld a new law to ban foreign tourists from entering cannabis cafes. The Dutch city is famous for its coffee shops and dispensaries where cannabis can be smoked and eaten. Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, commissioned a study to see the affect a cannabis ban would have on travellers. The Dutch are officially kissing millions in revenue goodbye in a final farewell, as tourism will be headed for other worldwide destinations. Amsterdam is considering banning tourists from entering its famous coffee shops, CNN reports. Foreign visitors will be banned from cannabis-selling coffee shops in southern Netherlands from January 1 to combat anti-social behaviour among tourists. The mayor of Amsterdam says he will not ban foreign tourists from using the city's famous cannabis cafes, after months of argument over new drug laws. The Dutch government will go ahead to introduce the “weed pass” (wietpas) to prevent tourists from buying marijuana in coffee shops in the Netherlands. However, reports from reputable sources indicate that the affected Amsterdam coffee shops – only a small minority of the total number of coffee shops in Amsterdam – will only be required to close during school hours. Amsterdam is famous for many, many things. Amsterdam is considering a coffee shop ban for tourists and to ask an entrance fee for those visiting the red-light district in an attempt to curb tourism. In defense of the Netherlands, lawmakers in Amsterdam have … Not only will this reduce the influx of tourists, but it will relieve the pressure on the housing crisis in Amsterdam. Moreover, according to the poll results, if tourists were banned from buying cannabis, at least a third of respondents would be less likely to visit the city. It’s a great treat for visitors, but maybe, a hassle for locals. A Dutch judge has ruled that tourists can legally be banned from entering famous Dutch marijuana cafés, in a bid to end drug tourism to the Netherlands. The ins and outs of Amsterdam's booming cannabis tourism . Currently home to 1.1 million people, the city attracts almost 17 times their population in visitors per year. It is, however, researching policies that could make them less attractive and reduce tourist nuisance. Tourism Taking Over. Europeans are permitted to purchase small quantities of cannabis at coffee shops in the Dutch city thanks to the EU’s freedom of movement laws. For more TPG U.K. news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. As the coronavirus pandemic raged in March and April, the 500-year-old Amsterdam city-center became a ghost town: The scantily clad sex workers in … going to amsterdam next week (first week of January) and am wondering if tourists are banned from amsterdam coffee shops then? "If tourists are denied access to coffeeshops, illegal sales and drug dealing on the streets of Amsterdam will increase," said a statement from I Amsterdam, a consortium that includes the city and the Amsterdam Tourism and Convention Board (ATCB). This resident-only system is already used by other cities and means only people who live in the Netherlands and possess a valid ID can access a … Talk about leaving things high and dry.. Amsterdam is considering banning tourists from entering its famous coffee shops, CNN reports.The stores, small shops where you can purchase recreational cannabis, are known for being favorites of locals and tourists alike.. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. More Like This More Like This 1 of 6 A Dutch judge has ruled that tourists can legally be banned from entering cannabis cafés, as part of new restrictions which come into force in 2012. The research notes: "For British visitors, coffee shops by far are the most frequently mentioned main reason to come to Amsterdam (33%). According to the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board, 10% of tourists even mention this … Anybody know anything? There have been efforts to forbid tourists from consuming at coffee shops, a money-losing proposition given that approximately 65 percent of travelers ages 18—35 said that cannabis was the primary motivator for their visit (caveat: this number was unearthed pre-COVID). The decision-makers in Amsterdam are now contemplating banning all tourists from the cannabis shops out of support for the life of the locals. Cracking down on guided tours isn’t the only big change set to impact tourists in Amsterdam. Tourists are banned from Coffee Shops in Amsterdam when they are minors or if they are causing a disturbance by being a public nuisance. Europe: 50 (+6) countries, 230 languages, 743M people… 1 subreddit. The reports about Amsterdam banning tourists from coffee shops you’re seeing stem from a briefing that Halsema sent to the members of the city’s General Affairs Council Committee. i was considering going to Holland to go to these coffee shops but wont go if this happens. It will destroy the tourism industry for them, well part from the hookers. Amsterdam could soon ban foreign tourists from buying cannabis in the city.. Visitors from all over make time to visit the world-famous cafes and smoke up or eat an edible. [10] Plan. WTF Wednesday: Tourists to be Banned from Coffee Shops This entry was posted on February 8, 2012, in Blog , Europe , Infogasms , Netherlands , WTF Wednesday and tagged Amsterdam , Coffee House , Infogasm , Netherlands , WTF Wednesday . Many tourists visit the city to go to the coffee shops … The results of the study showed that over half (57%) of those surveyed indicated that they were in Amsterdam exclusively to visit a cannabis coffee shop. Amsterdam police will turn a blind eye to foreigners buying cannabis in its famous "coffee shops" when a national ban comes into force next year, the city's mayor said on Wednesday. The decision-makers in Amsterdam are now contemplating Amsterdam & Partners has urgently recommended the immediate banning of holiday rental homes, like Airbnb, throughout the city. I read somewhere the ban starts in 2013 in amsterdam-- just want to confirm that. A citizens’ initiative to ban tourists from coffee shops has not been passed by Amsterdam council because only the mayor can make a ruling on this subject. The stores, small shops where you can purchase recreational cannabis, are known for being favourites of locals and tourists alike. Brits to be banned from Amsterdam's cannabis coffee shops post-Brexit Back to video. Amsterdam could be banning tourists from their cannabis-friendly coffee shops in an effort to improve locals’ quality of life. The ban for foreign tourists started in three southern provinces on 1 May, and is due to go nationwide by the end of 2012. Cities in the Netherlands' border provinces that have the i-criterium for "coffee shops" in red, and some examples of towns where tourists are welcome to buy weed in green. ... 220 coffee shops in Amsterdam… A 2007 report by Amsterdam’s Department for Research and Statistics shows that of the 4.5 million tourists who spend the night in Amsterdam during a given year, 26% visit a coffeeshop. In recent months, residents, businesses and tourists organisations have called for measures to change the image of Amsterdam in the eyes of tourists. is their any type of forms (or facebook page) i could sign to try and stop this from happening. Including cannabis-vending coffee shops. After 6pm and on the weekends, these coffee shops can open to tourists and locals just like the hundreds of others in the city. tourists have been banned from amsterdam coffee shops by the end of the year. Well, it may be a distant memory in the future as two researchers, Tops and Tromp, think Amsterdam should ban tourists from coffeeshops. It’s a great treat for visitors, but maybe, a hassle for locals. Under the plan, all foreign tourists would be banned from the shops, a move that Amsterdam officials feared would deter some of the estimated 7 million tourists who visit the Dutch city each year. The idea to ban foreign visitors from Amsterdam’s infamous coffee shops was first reported in Dutch local media earlier this month. Amsterdam could ban foreign visitors from buying cannabis in its famous coffee shops in an effort to reduce tourism.. Entering its famous coffee shops was first reported in Dutch local media earlier this month earlier... 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