Here’s why visiting Amsterdam will cost you even more in 2024

The Dutch capital is set to have received around 20 million tourists by the end of this year.


Amsterdam is renowned for its canals, its cycling culture, museums, the red light district as well as … its tourist tax! It’s the most expensive one in Europe, and that’s not about to change. The city’s authorities announced this tax – which concerns visitors – was set to rise next year to 12.5%.

Concretely, this will mean adding 21.80 Euros to the price of a night’s stay if a traveler pays 175 euros for a room (compared to 15.25 Euros now). Currently, the tourist tax in Amsterdam is 7%, plus 3 Euros per night. This lump sum will be abolished if a bill is definitively adopted, reveals the Dutch capital’s local television station AT5.

This would allow the city to make 65 million Euros more from tourist taxes from 2027 onwards. This financial windfall would be used to cope with the extremely high tourist numbers, many of whom come from the various cruise ships that include the Dutch port in their itineraries.

It appears the balance is something those in the tourist industry in Amsterdam pay attention to as, this summer, a Visaguide.world study ranked the port as Europe’s most welcoming destination for travelers, finding their well-being is taken into consideration across several indicators.

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Amsterdam’s Tourist tax and over-tourism strategies

Amsterdam is set to have received around 20 million tourists by the end of this year.

“Tourist tax thus helps us pay for the city’s key missions. This allows us to tackle the consequences of over-tourism and focus on keeping the streets clean and solving acute problems in neighborhoods and districts,” said Amsterdam alderman Hester van Buren in a municipal statement.

The aim is to put in place the necessary strategies to regulate over-tourism.

In 2017, the city decided to ban the opening of any new souvenir stores.

This is not the first time that a rise in the tourist tax has been envisaged as a tool to limit the damage caused by over-tourism. A regulation that went into effect on 1 January 2020 had the same objective.

At that time, the rate was raised to 7% for hotels and camping sites (plus one euro per person per night). At the same time, the rate was raised to 10% for accommodation rentals such as those offered via Airbnb.

Proposed increase in Paris tourist tax

Amsterdam is not the only European destination thinking about raising its tourist tax, Paris could soon do the same.

According to a financial memorandum of understanding signed between the larger Paris region and the Ministry of Transport – as reported by Le Chef magazine – there are plans to triple the city’s tourist tax to finance transport in the region, in a context where improvement works are well underway just months before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In concrete terms, if the scenario becomes reality, the tourist tax would rise to 5.70 Euros for a room in a three-star hotel, compared with 1.88 Euros today.

In a five-star establishment, it would rise to 15 Euros per night and per person. Hotel industry associations decry the plan as detrimental for the sector’s competitiveness, as it would make Paris one of the cities with the highest tourist taxes.

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