Dutch Grand Prix fans to pay ‘fun tax’ 

Zandvoort City Council is set to implement a tax to cover the costs incurred by hosting the Grand Prix.

Fans attending the highly anticipated Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort next year will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets, as a new ‘fun tax’ will be implemented starting in 2024. 

The Zandvoort City Council, which governs the region where the race takes place, approved the decision this week, citing the need to cover expenses associated with managing the influx of visitors, including road closures, noise control, and waste management.

While the tax will not be enforced until next year, fans attending the event in 2023 will be exempt from the additional fee. 

However, beginning in 2024, the ‘fun tax’ will be charged to the event promoter, who will subsequently pass on the cost to attendees.

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Expressing their discontent, the Dutch Grand Prix promoters voiced concerns over the measure but reluctantly agreed to accept it if it was indeed implemented. 

Robert van Overdijk, the circuit director, argued that the event generates substantial revenue for the municipality and believed it could sustain them for years to come. 

He stated, “We do not agree because we think that we are bringing a lot of money with this event, and the municipality can live on that for years to come.”

The impact of this tax is not limited to Formula 1 fans alone. 

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Any event in Zandvoort that attracts more than 10,000 visitors will be subject to the additional charge. 

Considering the city’s population of just over 17,500, this measure is expected to affect a wide range of local gatherings.

Zandvoort secured its position on the Formula 1 calendar until 2025, but the introduction of the ‘fun tax’ may jeopardize its chances of retaining its spot. 

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As other countries, including South Africa, South Korea, and Colombia, reportedly vie for the opportunity to host a race, the added financial burden on fans may hinder Zandvoort’s aspirations.

Fortunately, the Dutch Grand Prix currently offers relatively affordable ticket prices compared to other venues. 

However, Formula 1 authorities are unlikely to view favourably the passing on of a government-imposed tax to its loyal fanbase.