Amsterdam explains cruise tourists tax, Antwerp, example not

Cruise passengers who visit Amsterdam from next year tax to pay. The city council wants to eight euros per day per person levy.

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The tax is new for this group of tourists. The Dutch capital is expected this two million euros annually on ironing. In Antwerp, where cruise tourism is also popular, the measure does not follow.

Until now, it was only tax charged for overnight stays. The proposal is part of the approach to the hustle and bustle in the city better control. By the imposition of the tax on passengers of sea and river cruises, bear the financial contribution to the city.

‘Cruise passengers now pay no tax, while they were in the city overnight, but not in a hotel but on a ship,” says responsible alderman Udo Kock. ‘To cruise passengers is also a contribution for the stay in Amsterdam, we undertake this new dagtoeristenbelasting tonight euro per person per day.’

Figures from the Port authority, that the tax is going to collect, it appears that each year about 250,000 cruise passengers in Amsterdam do. The city council must still approve the proposal of the board of mayor and aldermen.

Not overrun by cruise tourists

The city council of Antwerp, will let know in a comment the Dutch example for the time being not to follow. ‘Antwerp has to contend with the drukteprobleem of Amsterdam,’ says alderman for Tourism, Koen Kennis (N-VA), which suggests that the real big zeecruiseschepen (>350 m, and >5,000 passengers) in Antwerp not to land by a limitation of length of 265 meters on the river Scheldt. “That restriction makes us focus on smaller, often more luxurious ships, the so-called boutique cruises”, continues Knowledge. ‘On average, a zeecruiseschip that docks in Antwerp for 700 to 1000 passengers on board. The largest ships in Antwerp have up to 2,000 passengers on board. This also means that our town is not overrun by cruise tourists.’

Knowledge refers to the tourists of the “boutique cruises” a major source of income for the local restaurants and merchants in the historic city centre. ‘There is currently in Antwerp, then also no tax for cruise passengers of the application,” he says. ‘We see that, for example, Zeebrugge is already a passengerfee, and now Amsterdam. We will follow these trends in other cities in function of the future development of the cruiseponton and the cruise terminal in The Stone.”

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