Cities thrive on the income generated by tourists, but can tourism become too much? In Amsterdam, it has. Rowdy tourists partying in the red-light city is being interrupted by city officials and the city’s motto “residents come first” is gaining momentum.
Overtourism is ruining much of Amsterdam’s heart and soul. According to figures from NBTC Holland Marketing, 17.6 million people visited the Netherlands last year, which is an increase of 11 percent from 2017. Many of Amsterdam’s residents are distraught and feel helpless about the influx of tourists that grows each year. From tacky tourist shops to drunken visitors who run wild in the streets, Amsterdam’s residents are fed-up with the non-stop party.
“There’s a feeling that those who are left are not living in their own neighborhood anymore,” Amsterdam resident Bert Nap said. “Amsterdam is starting to look like a playground for visitors; what people call, Disneyfication,” Amsterdam is, after all, a place where people live and not a tourist museum.