Holiday starts with plane journey

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4 July 2007, RIJSWIJK – The Dutch spent a total of almost EUR 13 billion on holidays in 2006. The number of holiday flights has increased sharply over the past few years. More than 80 percent of the Dutch took a long or short holiday last year.

4 July 2007

RIJSWIJK – The Dutch spent a total of almost EUR 13 billion on holidays in 2006. The number of holiday flights has increased sharply over the past few years. More than 80 percent of the Dutch took a long or short holiday last year.

This percentage has been stable since 2002. Three quarters of the population takes a long holiday, four in ten take a short one, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.

People more often take a plane to reach their holiday destination these days. In 2006 37 percent of long holidays abroad started with an aeroplane journey. This figure was 30 percent in 2002.

People tend to fly more frequently for shorter holidays as well: 14 percent did so in 2006, compared to 10 percent in 2004.

Over 16 percent of the long holidays abroad were spent in France. This figure was 20 percent in 2002. Despite the decline, France is still the most popular foreign destination. Germany comes in second (12 percent) and Spain in third (11 percent).

For Dutch planning a short holiday abroad Belgium is the most popular destination, though its popularity has been waning somewhat over the past few years. Germany comes in a very close second.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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