Dutch cafes lose their buzz

3rd January 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The number of cafés and cafeterias in the Netherlands has fallen drastically in the last 10 years, according to a new report.

3 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The number of cafés and cafeterias in the Netherlands has fallen drastically in the last 10 years, according to a new report.

The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said the number of cafés in the Netherlands has dropped 17 percent in the last 10 years, while the number of cafeterias fell by 15 percent in the same period.

The CBS said there are 11,500 local cafés and 9,000 cafeterias in the country at the moment. The area worst hit by the decline is Gooi-en Vechtstreek, where café numbers fell from 170 in 1994 to 120 last year. This is a drop of 29 percent.

The Hospitality and Catering association said it was not surprised by the finding. It singled out the "greying" of customers as the major reason for the decline of the local café. Younger people, the organisation said, prefer to travel to larger towns nearby to socialise.

Flevoland was the only province to experience modest growth in the number cafés in recent years. But the population growth of 42 percent far out-stripped the 5 percent growth in cafés.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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