PARTY-LOVING tourists on bargain mini breaks are ruining some of Europe’s oldest cities, according to tourism experts.
Tourism chiefs are warning that popular destinations like Amsterdam are suffering because the huge numbers of visitors mean locals no longer wants to live in the city centres. Tourism chiefs are warning that popular destinations like Amsterdam are suffering because of the huge numbers of visitors They are blaming low-cost airlines like Ryanair, as well as the rise of AirBnB.
Amsterdam Marketing chief executive Frans van der Avert told Travel Weekly that bargain-hunting tourists are damaging to the cities, because they only see them as party destinations.
Instead of buying tickets to museums and meals in nice restaurants, the visitors are instead spending all of their money on alcohol and cheap fast food.
According to the site Travel Weekly, Frans revealed that they have given up marketing Amsterdam as a destination because they don’t want any more visitors.
He told the site: “A lot of smaller historic cities in Europe are getting destroyed by visitors.” Locals want to increase the quality of visitors – they want people who are interested in the city, not who want it as a backdrop for a party He continued: “We don’t […]