Published 10:50 AM EST Jan 2, 2020
Visitors to Amsterdam will now pay more to stay overnight in hotels, for Airbnb rentals and even to camp in the Dutch city.
It will cost visitors an additional 3 euros ($3.37) a night at hotels and short-term rentals, on top of an existing 7% tax. Campers will pay an extra euro ($1.12) a night.
Amsterdam ranks among popular tourist destinations that have far more visitors than people. It already had one of the highest tourist taxes in Europe.
It isn’t the only city attempting to manage its tourism demand by charging visitors.
On July 1, visitors to Venice, Italy, will also pay more to visit, even for just the day. Tourists will pay 10 euros ($11.22) during peak periods and 3 euros during off-peak periods. Overnight visitors already pay a tourist tax.
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Entire countries have adopted tourist taxes as well.
A year ago, Japan began charging international tourists a 1,000 yen ($9.21) “sayonara” tax to leave the country. That tax is intended to fund infrastructure improvements and public services ahead of this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
New Zealand began charging visitors NZ$35 ($23.53) last year to pay for infrastructure improvements. People from Australia are exempt from the fee.
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