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Mass tourism challenges the way we live. It starts as a whisper, some time in early spring, when the lines in front of the Rijksmuseum get a little longer, and the weekend shopping crowds in the Negen Straatjes begin to test your bike-navigation skills.
You crash into a distracted tourist, and the whisper becomes a curse: In the famed Dutch documentary I Love Venice a tourist asks: In his Booker-winning novel AmsterdamIan McEwan describes his protagonist walking down the Brouwersgracht thinking: Even the shopkeepers looked like professors, the street sweepers like jazz musicians.
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Criminals operate with impunity; the police can no longer protect citizens; ambulances struggle to reach victims on time. The narrow streets on the canals are simply too crowded.
But at least, as McEwan noted, our street furniture remains understated. There are several ways to react. One is to leave town. Many feel this is no longer a city to raise kids. Another response is to try to make as much money off the tourists as you can. And so anything remotely connected to the city gets branded as such: It is not just about the logistics of managing a crowded city.
The Dutch have always been proud of their liberal laws, allowing the use of soft drugs and the legalisation of prostitution. But those ideas of personal freedom are under strain. And one reason is that activities connected to the tourism boom have grown to such an extent that they appear uncontrollable.
The red light district is filled with women forced there by traffickers. The soft drugs market is so large that some legal experts describe the Netherlands as a de facto narco statewhere one can produce and sell drugs with only the slightest chance of ever being apprehended.
It feels like people are missing — and as it turns out, they are. Are you staying home this summer? But 21st-century mass tourism comes with a twist. The tourist wants to find something new and unique, but will find only places already found, and mapped, by other tourists.
So every tourist is a competitor: Throughout Europe the same stores sell the same stuff to the same visitors. Tourism is the Great Equaliser, replacing national identity with global uniformity. You can go to Paris or London and get a sense of repetition.
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The local government of Amsterdam is making an effort to promote tourism. It is obvious this city welcomes tourist, for instance, the spread of tourist information office and tickets centres, English introductions in major tram lines to entertainment area.