Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan made an unusual suggestion earlier this year for a man responsible for a major European city: tourists should sleep elsewhere.

Residents have been moaning about the visitor influx, blaming them for raising prices, making noise and — most unforgivably in a cycling-crazed city — crowding out the bike paths.

Sadly for the complainants, few seemed to listen and hotel stays in Amsterdam rose 9.6 percent in the first half, grabbing about a third of all nights booked in the country.

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Photo Credit: Hotel stays in Amsterdam increased 9.6 percent in the first half of 2016. Pictured is the Canal Parade in Amsterdam on August 6, 2016. City of Amsterdam