More Germans, fewer Chinese
The number of foreign overnight stays was slightly higher than the number of domestic stays, but the growth rate for both categories was about the same.
German hotel guests have topped the list for many years. In the first six months of 2016, the number of German overnight stays in hotels rose by 5 percent. The biggest growth was recorded among foreign guests: the amount of British and American overnight stays grew by 10 and 17 percent respectively.
The amount of Chinese travellers had risen rapidly in 2015, but declined over the first six months of 2016. The same applies to guests from Brazil and Russia. This is an ongoing trend.
Amsterdam on top of the list
Amsterdam accounts for the highest number of hotel stays in the Netherlands; nearly one-third of total, more than half of foreign and 11 percent of domestic hotel stays are booked in Amsterdam.
In the first half of 2016, the number of overnight stays in Amsterdam rose by nearly 10 percent. These figures include hotels, guesthouses and bed-and-breakfast accommodations. Excluded are overnight stays in private accommodations booked online. CBS has no information available about internet bookings.
In all northern provinces save Flevoland, there was a rise in overnight stays in hotels. The province of Drenthe boasted an increase by more than 25 percent, although the share of provinces remains relatively small.
For the sake of comparison: the increase in overnight stays in Amsterdam in the first six months alone was higher than the total number of overnight stays in Drenthe during the same period.
Higher turnover and better corporate results
More hotel guests boost turnover. In the first half of 2016, turnover growth was 5.5 percent relative to the same period last year. Hotels have achieved better turnover results since the summer of 2013.
The business operating result, defined as revenue minus expenditure, grew by 50 percent in 2014 to 432 million euros. With an average increase of 19 percent, the entire hospitality sector performed well in 2014 (more recent figures are as yet not available). The results achieved in the hotel branch were even better; the more than 67 thousand people employed in hotels accounted for an annual turnover of approximately 4 bn euros.