Amsterdam hotels forced to cut prices
Amsterdam’s hotels have become considerably cheaper, probably as a result of the economic crisis. Hotel prices in the Dutch capital and around Amsterdam Schiphol airport fell by an average of 13 percent in 2009.
Research by accountants KPMG, published in Amsterdam's newspaper show prices for hotels in the rest of the country also fell, but less dramatically than in the capital.
The only section of the Dutch hotel trade to do well was the three-star sector. Businesses are said to have economised because of the downturn, insisting that employees travelling on company business take three-star rooms only rather than more expensive accommodation.
Last season, over eight percent of Amsterdam’s hotel guests came from Asia. Most came from China. The number of visitors from the United States fell by about one-third to around 11 percent. A further 25 percent of hotel guests came from other parts of the Netherlands. In 2008, Dutch out-of-towners accounted for a mere 14 percent of the capital’s visitors.
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