Sturing op toeristische gentrificatie in stadscentra: Lessen uit Amsterdamse stadsstraten

Translated title of the contribution: Steering tourism gentrification in the urban centre: Lessons from the city streets of Amsterdam

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The extensive growth of urban tourism is influencing the living environment of urban citizens worldwide, which is among others due to changes in the range of commercial amenities. For example, the existing supply of retail and hospitality services is gradually changing from a focus on inhabitants to the tourist. As a result, the call for municipal intervention grows. However, little is known about the steerability of this development. In this article we therefore asses how tourism affects the range of commercial amenities in city streets, and what local policy responses are most suitable. The research builds on the concepts of tourism gentrification and different types of ‘policy-instrument fit’. Our case study of the city centre of Amsterdam, including a media and policy document analysis, as well as in-depth interviews with stakeholders, show that some problems caused by mass tourism require 'hard' forms of government control, while others require a 'softer' process approach, linking local parties to jointly improve a city street. The presented steering perspectives are not only relevant for the city of Amsterdam, but also for many other towns within, and beyond, the Netherlands, that are struggling with the growth of tourism.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)126-148
Number of pages23
JournalB en M: tijdschrift voor beleid, politiek en maatschappij
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Urban governance
  • policy fit
  • tourism gentrification
  • city centre
  • Amsterdam

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