A Wednesday, April 23, 2008 photo from files showing a woman on a bicycle using her cellphone as she rides past a city map in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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Some 17 million visitors flock to Amsterdam every year, but the tide of tourists is now threatening to swamp the historic city famous the world over for its picturesque canals.Today, Amsterdam, which grew from a small fishing village into a major trading hub in the 16th and 17th centuries, has become a victim of its own success. Every year the flow of sightseers flocking to the city of 165 canals grows by some five percent as the result of an impressive marketing campaign.For the city's 830,000 permanent residents, the tourist numbers threaten to become a major annoyance.Visitors spend about 10 billion euros ($11 billion) a year in the country and the tourist industry supports over 100,000 jobs in Amsterdam.The city is also trying to attract more people outside of the summer season, with such things as the Christmas winter light show along the canals.
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