As of the January 1, 2020, visitors to Amsterdam will be hit with a new tourist tax in addition to the city’s current rates.
The tourist tax will apply to tourists staying overnight in hotels, AirBnBs and even people camping. This will mean, cruisers looking to include pre or post stays in the city will be hit with additional costs.
The tax will cost an additional €3 ( euros ) a night at hotels and short-term rentals, on top of a 7 per cent tax. Campers will have to pay an extra 1 euro a night.
The city which is a popular embarkation and disembarkation point for river cruises, as well as ocean ships, already has one of the highest taxes in Europe.
Amsterdam, which is one of the most visited places in Europe, most recently started taxing day visitors from cruise ships from January 1, 2019.
Cruise operators were charged €8 per person for visitors staying 24 hours or less, which was then passed onto passengers.
Other places around the world have also introduced tourist taxes to curb overtourism.
From July 1, visitors to Venice in Italy, one of the most famous ports for river and ocean cruising, will also have to pay more to visit for the day.
Tourists will pay an €10 during peak periods and €3 during off-peak periods. Overnight visitors already pay a separate tourist tax.
Other countries like New Zealand and Japan have also introduced taxes for infrastructure projects.
Japan, for example, charges visitors a 1,000 yen “sayonara” tax to leave the country. The country’s intention is to use the money to fund infrastructure improvements ahead of the summer 2020 Summer Olympics.
Last year, New Zealand began charging visitors NZ$35 for infrastructure improvements. But on the upside, Australians are exempt from the fee.