Sex, drugs and drink: Amsterdam tourism campaign wants to discourage ‘nuisance’ British tourists

Sex, drugs and drink: Amsterdam tourism campaign wants to discourage ‘nuisance’ British tourists

Amsterdam has launched a tourism campaign aimed at keeping “nuisance” tourists away.

The “discouragement campaign” wants to keep out visitors who come to the city principally for drink, drugs and sex.

It is particularly aimed at British tourists, who are considered some of the worst behaved visitors to the Dutch city.

The advertising campaign comes after Amsterdam authorities introduced a series of measures to curb disruptive behaviour.

Amsterdam wants ‘nuisance’ Brits to stay away

Amsterdam is hoping its new tourism campaign will change the city’s reputation as a destination primarily for drugs, alcohol and prostitution.

City councillors are concerned that the red light district is attracting a vulgar and voyeuristic kind of tourism unwelcome in the city.

Authorities will start a “discouragement campaign” next spring targeting foreign visitors that engage in offensive behaviour.

“The aim of the discouragement campaign is to keep out visitors that we do not want. If we love the city, we must take action now, said Sofyan Mbarki, the city’s deputy mayor who is implementing the tourism measures.

“Action is needed to prevent nuisance and overcrowding. Amsterdam is a world city and bustle and liveliness come along with this but to keep our city liveable we need to choose limits instead of irresponsible growth.”

Amsterdam’s red light district is famed for its legalised brothels and window displays of sex workers.

But residents say the area draws intoxicated tourists who create an uncomfortable and unsafe atmosphere.

The city’s cannabis coffee shops also attract rowdy groups of hen and stag parties.

The “stay away” tourism campaign will initially focus on British visitors, the Times reports. If successful, the advertising will also target travellers from other countries.

Amsterdam introduces new restrictions to curb disrespectful tourist behaviour

The advertising campaign comes after the Dutch city announced a series of new measures to tackle offensive visitor behaviour.

Deputy mayor Mbarki introduced restrictions including a ban on smoking cannabis in city centre streets.

The measures will also see a limit on bachelor parties and pub crawls and a reduced number of river cruises.

There are also plans for a new “erotic” centre on the outskirts of town. The council hopes to relocate around 100 brothel windows from the city centre to the multi-story structure.

The aim is to “clean up” the city’s reputation and focus tourism on its historic buildings and romantic canals instead.

Authorities have a long-term plan to reduce tourism numbers - below 10 million overnight stays a year - and limit Airbnb rentals.