Amsterdam has banned cruise ships from the city centre as it tries to reduce tourist numbers and cut down on pollution.
The news follows the launch of a campaign earlier this year called Stay Away, targeted at young British men planning to visit for rowdy, boozy and drug-filled pub crawls and stag parties.
The Dutch centre-right party D66 said cruise ships do not fit with the the city’s sustainability ambitions.
Its proposal to shut Amsterdam’s cruise ship terminal east of its main railway station was supported by a large majority of the city’s council, the party added.
D66 runs the city with social democrats PvdA and GroenLinks environmentalists.
The party also said that banning cruise ships would also help their plans to curb the number of tourists who visit the city.
They added that proposed plans to build a new bridge over the River IJ was not possible if cruise ships remained.
The Stay Away campaign was launched online in March and featured a video showing drunken men staggering down the street before being arrested by police.
The video then displays ‘mathematical formulas’ to show how visitors will have no future prospects if they get ‘messy’.
‘Coming to Amsterdam for a messy night and getting trashed = €140 fine = criminal record = fewer prospects,’ one message states.
Another warns: ‘Coming to Amsterdam to take drugs and lose control = hospital trip = permanent health damage = worried family.
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