Unprecedented number of Americans visit the Netherlands

09/08/2007 15:00

In 2006, an unprecedented over 1.3 million tourists from North and South America spend the night in Dutch lodging accommodations. After the trough in 2003, the number of American tourists visiting the Netherlands has risen in recent years and is now back to the level prior to 9/11.

American guests and nights spent in Dutch accommodations

American guests and nights spent in Dutch accommodations

More nights spent in hotels

The amount of nights spent in the Netherlands by American tourists increased by more than 10 prcent from 2.1 million in 2005 to 2.4 million in 2006. 

The increase is partly due to an increase in the number of overnight stays in hotels. Unrated and four-star rated hotels showed the most substantial increase in 2006. The number of overnight stays in zero, four and also five-star rated hotels has risen sharply since 2003. The hotel star rating system reflects the quality of Dutch hotels and shows that hotels in the upper price range and budget hotels are becoming increasingly popular among American tourists.

Overnight stays of American guests in Dutch hotels by star grading

Overnight stays of American guests in Dutch hotels by star grading

Large cities popular destinations

The most popular destination for Americans visiting the Netherlands is the province of North Holland and more in particular the city of Amsterdam. In 2006, more than three quarters of American visitors stayed in North Holland. Over two thirds spent the night in one or more of the large cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague or Maastricht.

American tourists by holiday destination

American tourists by holiday destination

Tourism in the Netherlands

In the annual publication Tourism in the Netherlands, the use of accommodations the reader can find additional information on the number of guests and overnight stays in Dutch tourist accommodations. This publication also provides information on capacity and occupancy rate of Dutch hotels, holiday parks, camping sites and group accommodations.

Jamilja van der Meulen