Amsterdam May Hike Tourist Tax
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Amsterdam's city council is reportedly considering a substantial hike to tax on tourist stays in the city to generate funds for infrastructure investment and to discourage budget tourism.
There is currently a five percent tax on tourist accommodation in the Dutch
capital. However, according to Dutch newspaper Het Parool, the council is mulling
the introduction of a flat tax of a few euros on top of the existing room tax.
Udo Kock, the council member responsible for finance, told Het Prool that the
idea behind such a tax increase was to discourage budget holiday makers who
use cheap accommodation and spend little money in the city, of which he said
there are an increasing amount.
"The number of visitors will grow from 17 million to 23 million in the
coming years and that means more cleaning and a greater police presence in the
streets. And I want Amsterdammers to profit from the success of the city,"
Kock was quoted as saying by Het Prool.
"We need more people who actually spend money in the city. We would prefer
people who stay a couple of nights, who visits museums, have lavish meals at
restaurants to people who pop over for a weekend eating falafel while sauntering
around the red light district," he told the paper.