Households annually spend 6 thousand euros on leisure activities

09/07/2015 15:00

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, Dutch households annually spend 6 thousand euros on leisure activities, i.e. 18 percent of total household spending. They spend most on holidays and in hotels, restaurants and pubs.

On an annual basis, households spend 2,200 euros on holidays

On an annual basis, households spend 2,200 euros on holidays, including travelling expenses, food and drinks at their holiday destination and souvenirs. Hotels, pubs and restaurants account for 1,300 euros. In addition, households spend 1,500 euros on games, toys, plants, pets, TV sets, cameras and books. The remaining amount is spent on services and activities like music lessons and visits to amusement parks.

Household expenditure on leisure activities, 2013*

Proportionally, under-65 singles spend more in hotels, restaurants and pubs

Under-65 singles spend a bigger part of their leisure budget in hotels, restaurants and pubs than other types of households. Single parents, on the other hand, spend more on books, magazines and other recreational goods. Couples with adult children have the highest holiday budgets. They spend 44 percent of their budget for recreational activities on holidays. Couples and single-parent families with young children spend most on recreational, sports and cultural services and activities. They also spend a bigger part of their budget for recreational activities on toys and pets compared to other types of households.

Household expenditure on recreational activities by composition of the household, 2013*

Figures on recreational expenses are based on Statistics Netherlands’ Budget Survey.