“My Marrying Julian for a day probably isn’t going to make Amsterdam a better place but, symbolically, this union between a resident and a tourist does have a strange poignancy,” said Deborah Nicholls-Lee, Tourist. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay

If you’re planning to visit Amsterdam there’s an interesting endeavour you can be a part of. You can marry a local for a day, go on a date and also eat a city pigeon. Amsterdam, in an attempt to reduce the impacts of over tourism, has come up with this notion.

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Untourist Guide to Amsterdam is an initiative that focuses on combating over-tourism by ensuring that the rising number of tourists contribute positively to the city. They have introduced a list of measures to bring the tourists and the locals closer, marriage being one of them.

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Over-tourism is spreading rapidly and ends up being an inconvenience to the locals residing at a particular place. Amsterdam with a local population of about a million is entertaining about 19 million tourists at present. Experts predict that this number will rise to 29 million in the next decade.

The administration released a statement that it would stop actively promoting as the city wobbles heavily under the huge number of tourists. Deborah Nicholls-Lee who is a tourist married Amsterdam local Julian du Perron (30) and told her story to the Guardian. “Eventually, I relax into it. After all, the wedding is as fake as the flowers that frame the arch above us, and our marriage is for just one day,” she said.

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These weddings seek to strengthen the bond between a local and tourist and it also includes a brief honeymoon where the temporary couple can explore the less-crowded and less-popular tourist destinations.

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