ISTANBUL (IGFA) – In an effort to reduce the number of visitors and pollution, the municipality of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has banned the parking of large cruise ships in the city center.
Politicians have said that large ships are not suitable for the city’s sustainability goals.
The decision meant the closure of the IJ cruise ship terminal next to Amsterdam’s main train station and is one of the latest measures taken to prevent mass tourism in the capital.
According to news published by BBC News, Amsterdam, a victim of its own popularity, has received 20 million tourists a year.
The centre-right D66 party, which runs the city alongside social democrats and environmentalists, said in a written statement that “large pollution-causing cruise ships are inconsistent with our city’s sustainable development goals,” while emphasizing that cruise ships are incompatible with a new bridge planned to be built between the historic south and north sections of the city.
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