Modest growth for hotels and restaurants

  • Volume hotel and restaurant sector 0.2 percent down
  • Lower turnover for pubs and bars
  • Turnover slightly up for restaurants and cafeterias

Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that turnover in the Dutch hotel and restaurant sector was 1.5 percent higher in the second quarter of 2012 than in the same quarter last year. Compared with the first quarter of 2012, turnover growth has halved. The volume of turnover fell slightly, by 0.2 percent.

Pubs and café-bars booked less turnover in the second quarter than twelve months previously. Partly on account of the poor weather, turnover fell by 2.2 percent for these establishments. The fall was entirely accounted for by the volume decrease of 4.4 percent. Prices rose by just over 2 percent. 

Turnover in restaurants, cafés and cafeterias was 2 percent higher than in the same period last year. In the first quarter of 2012, turnover grew by 5 percent. The increase in turnover is mainly accounted for by higher prices. The increase in volume was small: 0.4 percent. The volume of turnover in cafeterias and cafés fell by 0.8 percent. It was the first time in five quarters that turnover volume was down in this branch.

Within the overall hotel and restaurant sector, hotels did better business. Their turnover was 3.3 percent higher than in the second quarter of 2011.