Overnight visitors to the Dutch capital will now have to pay about $3 (€3) per person per night when they stay in a hotel — in addition to the current tax that charges seven percent of the nightly hotel rate. The additional fine is set to begin early next year.
“It will likely make Amsterdam's the highest overnight tax in Europe, on average,” Tim Fairhurst, director of policy for the ETOA (European Tourism Association), told CNN. And you won’t be exempt from the fine if you’re booking a night in an Airbnb. The existing tax for those rentals will be raised to 10 percent the nightly rate.
Children under 16 are exempt from the tax. Campsites won’t charge as much, only €1 per adult.
The tourist tax is a popular way for many cities around the world to maintain their tourism sectors. Revenue gathered from the tax is pumped back into tourism, funding the efforts of the tourism board or helping to protect natural resources or restore ancient attractions. The tax is especially popular in cities where tourists come in droves, and perhaps do damage to the city in the process.
The tourist tax in Venice, a city known for its rampant overtourism, began charging an entrance fee earlier this year that would put it on par with Amsterdam. Day trippers are required to pay a €3 entrance fee to help maintain the city. There is already a nightly fee for those who stay overnight.
In Paris, the tourist tax ranges anywhere from €0.20 (for 1- and 2-star campsites) to €4 (for palaces) per person, per night.
In Bhutan, tourists pay a different kind of fee. They pay anywhere between $200 and $250 per day they’re in the country — however, that fee includes accommodation, transportation around the country, a guide, food and entry fees to attractions.