Visitors to Amsterdam may soon be required to pay €50 (£45) for a passport to stay overnight. And they may be able to visit a purpose-built theme park housing the red-light district, marijuana ‘coffeeshops’, and all-night bars.
These ideas are being considered as a way to move tourism forward in the Netherlands city after Mayor Femke Halsema called for a re-think to protect the lives of residents.
Of course, the city benefits from this tourism, and before the coronavirus pandemic Amsterdam welcomed nine million tourists and brought between three and 10 billion Euros in income.
However, a petition for more restrictions to be placed on the tourism industry received 27,000 signatures in a matter of days, leading to a public referendum on the issue.