In 2013, more than 34 million guests stayed in overnight accommodations in the Netherlands, 700 thousand (2 percent) more than in 2012. Together, they spent 96 million nights in overnight accommodations, i.e. an increase by 3 million relative to 2012. Forty percent of guests are foreigners as Statistics Netherlands announced today in the publication Tourism 2014.
Guests in Dutch overnight accommodations
The number of foreign guests grew by 580 thousand in 2013 and continued to grow in 2014. Provisional figures indicate that the number of foreign guests as well as overnight stays increased by 11 percent over the first six months of 2014 relative to the same period in 2013. The corresponding figures for Dutch guests were 4.8 and 3.5 percent respectively.
Germany and Spain in particular accounted for the growth of foreign guests in 2013. Traditionally, most tourists visiting the Netherlands come from these two countries. The number of tourists from Asia (including China) also grew. Statistics Netherlands published earlier that foreign tourists spent 15 billion euros in the Netherlands in 2013.
More Germans and Belgians, fewer Spaniards, Greeks and Americans
Eighty percent of foreign tourists stayed in hotels. The number of guests from Germany, Belgium and - to a lesser extent - the United Kingdom, is growing. Proportionally, the number of guests from China, Russia, Indonesia, Turkey and Poland increased, but the market share of these countries in the total number of foreign hotel guests is still small, i.e. less than 2 percent per country. The number of hotel guests from Spain, Greece and the United States declined substantially.
Amsterdam most popular tourist destination in the Netherlands
Nearly half of all foreign hotel guests spent one or more nights in Amsterdam. A significant part of foreign guests came from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and Asia. Amsterdam has a vast array of cultural experiences on offer, which tend to attract many tourists.