In The Netherlands is full , a TV series by Jeroen Pauw, last night it wasabout tourism. Numerous people from the tourist industry gathered about thecrowds in our country – outside of corona time – but perhaps a story by aresident of the Amsterdam Red Light District was the most striking.
On Twitter, the hashtag #Nederlandisvol mainly produces messages about asylumseekers, but that is not what presenter Pauw on NPO 1 is about. It recentlywent into The Netherlands is full about flying and the meat industry,yesterday about (mass) tourism in Amsterdam and beyond.
Figures in the Netherlands is full
Jeroen Pauw kicks The Netherlands is full – yesterday good for almost700,000 viewers, always with numbers. Now he did that sailing on the alwayscrowded waters of Giethoorn. The figures before corona: in 2019 there were45.9 million in our country, of which slightly more than half from theNetherlands itself (a tourist is someone who spends at least one nightsomewhere). More days off, price comparison sites on the internet and pricefighters in aviation ensure that there are more and more. But especially therise of Airbnb meant that we all went out even more massively than in previousyears. The figures are expected to grow much faster towards 2030.
The Netherlands earns 91 billion euros a year from the tourism industry. Morethan 800,000 compatriots work in tourism, whether or not part-time. Where mosttourists go and spend their money? Amsterdam, by far.
Ver-cream potization and full Red Light District
In The Netherlands is full a number of problems came up. For example, the’room-potisation’ of holiday parks was discussed. The power of Airbnb, whereMember of Parliament Sandra Beckerman (SP) thinks that this phenomenon hasbeen nice. And also ghost villages because people buy houses as holiday homesand then never stay there.
But when it comes to really busy, we’re talking – and The Netherlands isfull also – of course about red light De Wallen district in our capital.Entrepreneurs from outside earn their (lots of) money there and have nofurther nuisance when they are in bed. For residents of De Wallen, however, acompletely different story applies. Mass tourism in Amsterdam is in any caselimited to a small area in the center of the city. Jeroen Pauw, walking pastsex shops, prostitutes and catering: “Tourism not only brings a lot of good.”Journalist Sander Heijne walks with him: “The benefits and burdens are veryunevenly distributed. People who live here and earn their money elsewhere inthe city experience a lot of nuisance. Of people gossiping, spitting andpissing on the streets.”
Resident enjoyed the time of corona
Amsterdam resident Bert Nap, who claims to ‘live in the epicenter’, knows allabout it. “I really enjoyed De Wallen in the time of corona. And early in themorning it is also quite a nice city. Only as the evening progresses do yousee the madness increase.”
“What exactly is the madness?”, Jeroen Pauw wanted to say The Netherlands isfull – table know. “When do you think what a bad night this is again?” BertNap: “On the one hand, the madness is the crowds, which puts a lot of pressureon the city. On the other hand, a certain kind of visitor who comes to thecity with the idea that they can go on holiday morally. That’s what we callit.” Pauw: “Like: anything is allowed here.” Nap: “Yes, they come to town todrink, to er… (Pauw: “Yes, what are you going to call that word?”). They evenwalk through the neighborhood with nitrous oxide tanks and are then no longerapproachable. And they leave behind anything you don’t want to find. But Ilike it.”
“Are those people getting too wide a job?” Jeroen Pauw wanted to know. BertNap: „Yes, the city started managing it too late. That is with many problems.It has to get really bad before it is recognized that there is a problem. Oncethe problem is on paper, it still has to change on the street.” Yet Napremains faithful to his Amsterdam: “I will continue to live there, because Ido not want to experience Staphorst on Sunday morning.”
Going next week The Netherlands is full – yesterday’s broadcast can be foundhere – about traffic.