Dutch cut back on winter holidays
Travel agencies say bookings for winter holiday destinations are down 11 percent compared to a year ago.28 October 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Travel agencies throughout the Netherlands say bookings for winter holiday destinations are down 11 percent compared to the same time in 2007.
The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators believes that many consumers are postponing a winter holiday this year, or arranging one closer to home. For those who are booking a European holiday, Austria is the most popular destination.
The association says holidays involving a flight are the most severely affected, and that bookings have fallen 8 percent. However, trips to the United States remain an exception, chiefly because the value of the euro against the dollar is still sufficiently high to tempt holidaymakers.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]