Holidays; key figures, 1990-2016

Table description


This table contains information about the number of holiday participants, number of holidays, destination, accommodation type, means of transport and holiday expenses.

Data available for 1990-2016.

Status of the figures:
Figures are final.

Changes as of 23 July 2019.
None, the table has been discontinued.

When will new figures become available?
Not applicable.

Description topics

Holidays in the Netherlands
In the period 1990-2001, a holiday was understood to mean:
Staying outside the home for leisure or pleasure with at least one overnight stay other than in accommodation of family, friends or acquaintances.
From 2002, a holiday means:
Staying outside your own home for relaxation or fun with at least one overnight stay. This concerns both domestic and foreign holidays. Staying in accommodation of family, friends or acquaintances abroad is also incorporated in the concept of vacation.
A stay in accommodation of family, friends or acquaintances in the Netherlands, however, does not count, unless the host was absent the whole time or most days.
Total holiday expenditure
These are the specific costs incurred for the holiday itself, i.e. travel costs, accommodation costs, food expenses and other costs directly related to the holiday such as insurance, entrance fees, souvenirs, photo and film material. Spending on durable recreational goods, such as caravans, tents, boats, camping equipment and the like, has not been taken into account, because they can not be allocated to one holiday. This also applies to the rental of a permanent stand or berth, which is also used for an unknown number of holidays.
As of 2012, the single demand for holiday spending has been slightly modified. As of 2012, separate requests are made for spending on accommodation, food & beverages and on durable & valuable goods. As a result, the figures from 2012 onwards are not fully comparable with those before 2012.

Holidays abroad
In the period 1990-2001, a holiday was understood to mean:
Staying outside the home for leisure or pleasure with at least one overnight stay other than in accommodation of family, friends or acquaintances.
From 2002, a holiday means:
Staying outside your own home for relaxation or fun with at least one overnight stay. This concerns both domestic and foreign holidays. Staying in accommodation of family, friends or acquaintances abroad also comes under the concept of vacation.
A stay in accommodation family, friends or acquaintances in the Netherlands, however, does not count, unless the host was absent the whole time or most days.

Total holiday expenditure
These are the specific costs incurred for the holiday itself, i.e. travel costs, accommodation costs, food expenses and other costs directly related to the holiday such as insurance, entrance fees, souvenirs, photo and film material. Spending on durable recreational goods, such as caravans, tents, boats, camping equipment and the like, has not been taken into account, because they can not be allocated to one holiday. This also applies to the rental of a permanent stand or berth, which is also used for an unknown number of holidays.
As of 2012, the single demand for holiday spending has been slightly modified. As of 2012, separate requests are made for spending on accommodation, food & beverages and on durable & valuable goods. As a result, the figures from 2012 onwards are not fully comparable with those before 2012.