Strong growth in Dutch hotel industry
The number of overnight stays at hotels and motels in the Netherlands increased strongly in 2007.25 February 2008
LUXEMBOURG – The number of overnight stays at hotels and motels in the Netherlands increased strongly in 2007. The Netherlands comes in fifth on the list of EU countries showing strongest growth in this area.
The Dutch growth of 8.3 percent is much higher than the EU average of 3.1 percent. Hotels and motels in the Netherlands hosted a total of 34.4 million overnight stays by guests.
The Netherlands comes in eighth of the 27 EU countries in terms of overnight stays at hotels. This emerged from figures published by European statistics bureau Eurostat on Monday.
Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions already reported in January a higher number of visits from Belgians, Russians, Chinese and Brazilians.
Eurostat says that growth in the Netherlands can largely be attributed to an increased number of hotel stays by the Dutch themselves. That percentage grew 13.9 percent to 18 million overnight stays. The Dutch most likely opted for hotels rather than campgrounds last year because of the wet summer weather.
Spain remains the largest hotel country in the EU. Hotels and motels counted 272 million overnight stays in the country. Spain is followed by Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
A total of more than 1.5 billion overnight stays in hotels were booked in the EU in 2007.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news