Untourist movement in Amsterdam

I love this idea! Bless the Dutch.

“Tourists visiting the Dutch capital are being invited to marry an Amsterdammer for the day as part of a new initiative to improve relations between locals and visitors.

Nuptials will take place in the city’s vibrant “Latin Quarter” – De Pijp – where happy couples will be kitted out in second-hand wedding clobber. Plastic flowers will add to the ersatz sense of occasion.

And the honeymoon? A day spent skipping around Amsterdam, exploring the hidden nooks that pass most visitors by, sharing ideas and cultures (and possibly other things if the one-day marriage goes well).

The Marry an Amsterdammer initiative, which launches next week, is part of a wider movement to engage more visitors in the Dutch capital proper, steering them away from the tourist trail and hooking them up with local people who are trying to make the city – and the world – a better place….

The Untourist Movement was founded to counter the negativity surrounding tourism in Amsterdam, where 800,000 inhabitants are swamped by around eight million overnight visitors annually.

‘It’s a new way of thinking about tourism that can be helpful in Amsterdam and other cities struggling with this problem,’ explained Simons.”

These are three of the untourist activities:

1. Plastic fishing in canals

2. Feed the Dutch picnic

3. Laughing with Locals

For the rest of this article, see: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/articles/a-very-dutch-response-to-overtourism/