Amsterdam, the hippy haven of 1970 has become the young tourists' transfer point for this year.
GV ZOOM OUT Schiphol Airport building
GV ZOOM TO Spartax charter aircraft on tarmac & GV Pan Am jumbo (2 shots)
SV Young American tourists leaving terminal (2 shots)
GV Tourists walk to bus and board (3 shots)
CU Sign on coach "Amsterdam Central Station"
CU Coach departs.
GV People walk in street in centre of Amsterdam
SV Girl smoking walks along street
CU Two girls with rucksacks along street (2 shots)
SV PAN "American Express" sign
CU PAN FROM Sign "Ride wanted to Copenhagen" to tourists holding signs
CU Girl with sign "Ride to Paris"
SV Shopkeeper moves two men from front of shop
LV PAN DOWN War memorial in Dam Square to young people sitting among flower beds
CU Group playing musical instruments
LV ZOOM TO Girl sleeping
GV PAN People sitting
SV PAN Group with dog and kitten.
LV ZOOM TO Police remote camera lookout in roof top of building
SV Policeman patrols square
GV PAN ACROSS Street to tourists sleeping
SV Tourists entering gateway
LV Tourists across yard and into doorway (2 shots)
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Background: Amsterdam, the hippy haven of 1970 has become the young tourists' transfer point for this year. Taking advantage of new cheap charter and even cheaper student concession air fares, thousands of young Americans are expected to flock to the Dutch city this summer. Last year they were drawn by stories of drug freedom, but following clashes with police in August last year, the devoted drug taking hippie moved on, and apparently the major exodus has been to Copenhagen. This year the young American tourist, intent on seeing Europe as cheaply as possible, is making Amsterdam his first port of call. The Dutch government has set up cheap hostels, some of them costing no more than two gilders (about 50 cents) a night. Dam Square, the centre of last year's riots, no longer resembles a hippy commune. The war memorial is still a favourite haunt of long haired youths, but they are no longer allowed to sleep on the square. As a result most of the young people there today are "in transit" spending a few days in Amsterdam before moving on.