Dutch cannabis coffee shop ban, harms tourism
The new Dutch government decision to ban foreigners from buying cannabis in Dutch cannabis coffee shops will have a negative impact on foreign tourism to the Netherlands. “And especially to Amsterdam, according to the Dutch Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC).
The organization is currently doing an immediate investigation into the economic impact and image of the capital.
A quarter of the tourists also visit a coffee shop, while one in ten especially come to Amsterdam to visit coffee shops. According to head of the largest Dutch tour operator TUI, the decision would clearly make an negative impact for Amsterdam.
“The coffee shops belong to our culture”. Like the Red light district. It is a huge tourist attraction for the city. “That will really hit the city bad. Also many young foreigners after their first visit will not return at an older age when they have more money.
The Netherlands has one of Europe’s most liberal soft drug policies and its coffee shops are a popular tourist attraction, especially in Amsterdam and border cities near Belgium and Germany.
Amsterdam, home to 223 coffee shops, is already in the process of closing some in the red light district to tackle criminal activity in the area, and was studying the government proposal.
The government‘s plans for a tourist ban, whereby only holders of a resident’s pass would be allowed to buy hash, has not yet been formally put into law and no timeframe has been proposed.