This is evident from figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The number of Dutch people who went on holiday in their own country rose by 12 percent last summer compared to a year earlier. On the other hand, the number of foreign guests fell by 13 percent.
12.8 million guests
All in all, hotels, group accommodations, campsites and cottage parks received 5 percent more guests than a year earlier. Yet that is still less than before the corona crisis. In July, August and September the total number of guests was 12.8 million. In the same months in 2019, 14 million people vacationed here.
The Germans and Belgians in particular stayed away from the Netherlands during the summer months. This is probably because the corona infections here increased rapidly at the beginning of the summer. The Netherlands turned red on the European corona map and as a result, according to CBS, ‘may become a less attractive holiday destination’.
Hotels, cottage sites and group accommodations received more guests last summer than a year earlier, while campsites were faced with a decline. This is because the campsites attracted far fewer foreign guests. Germans in particular stayed away from here.
The provinces of Groningen, Limburg and Friesland attracted fewer guests last summer than a year earlier. Drenthe received almost as many guests and the other provinces had to deal with an increase. The increase was relatively largest in Utrecht, at 19 percent. Noord-Holland, of which Amsterdam is a part, had by far the largest number of guests.