Amsterdam is set to increase its existing tourist tax levels, essentially making it that little bit more expensive for tourists just to stay in the city.
While a number of other cities and regions around Europe have a minimal tourist levy – basically an extra amount payable at the accommodation level that ultimately goes to upgrade a city’s tourism infrastructure – or in the process of planning one; the Dutch city is well ahead of the game and is set to become the first to increase its prices.
The planned increase to 12.5% for tourists staying overnight in the city will give Amsterdam the most expensive tourism levy in Europe.
Amsterdam’s tourist tax stands at 7%, currently. The rise to 12.5% will boost the extra paid on an average room from just over €15 to around €22.
Those visiting via cruise ships will see their extra cost go from €8 to €11 per day.
The city is expected to welcome 20 million foreign visitors this year; an increase of around 3 million from last year. The tax will be used to improve city amenities instead of taxing locals for the cost.