Amsterdam tourists duped as only 1% of bulbs bloom

Tourists are being ripped off at Amsterdam’s famous flower market, with just 1% of bulbs sold at the floating bazaar ever producing a blossom, investigators have said.

An inquiry commissioned by the Dutch capital’s municipality and tulip growers also found often only one flower resembled the pictures on the packaging, and that there were fewer bulbs than advertised.

“The probe showed that there is chronic deception of consumers,” at the sale of tulip bulbs at the flower market, the Royal General Bulb Growers’ Association (KAVB) said.

“Millions of tourists and daytrippers are being duped,” the KAVB chairman, Rene le Clercq, added.

Read more at The Guardian

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