Canal trips more popular

20th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2006, AMSTERDAM – Companies running boat trips around Amsterdam’s canals did exceptionally well last year, according to the Dutch Tourism and Congress Bureau (NBTC), which compiles an annual list of the country’s top 20 tourist attractions. Its latest list was released on Thursday.

20 July 2006

AMSTERDAM – Companies running boat trips around Amsterdam’s canals did exceptionally well last year, according to the Dutch Tourism and Congress Bureau (NBTC), which compiles an annual list of the country’s top 20 tourist attractions. Its latest list was released on Thursday.

An increase in the number of tourists visiting Amsterdam resulted in an increase in the number of boat trips taken by 300,000 to 2.8 million. Amsterdam’s boat trips were second on the list, after attraction park De Efteling. The attraction park last year drew some 3.2 million visitors.

The other runners-up on the list were Burger's Zoo (1,505,000 visitors), Diergaarde Blijdorp (1,479,000) and the Van Gogh Museum (1,417,000).

Walibi World, an attraction park in Biddinghuizen (Flevoland), revealed its visitor numbers for the first time. The park, formerly called Six Flags, last year drew 900,000 visitors, good for an 11th place.

Among the losers were the Noorder Dierenpark in Emmen and De Keukenhof in Lisse. The zoo sank from fifth place to eighth and sold 1,260,000 entrance tickets last year, as compared to 1,410,000 in 2004. De Keukenhof drew 693,000 visitors as compared to 738,000 in the year before.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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