Financial crisis hits Amsterdam tourist industry

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An Amsterdam tourist agency predicts that hotel occupancy will fall in 2008 and 2009.

25 November 2008

AMSTERDAM - The global financial crisis is causing problems for Amsterdam's tourist industry.

The Amsterdam Tourist and Congress Board predicts that hotel occupancy rates will fall by three percent in 2008 and two percent in 2009. There was a significant drop in the number of US and British citizens visiting the Netherlands in 2008.

In 2007, the number of people spending a night in the Dutch capital rose by two percent. The Amsterdam Tourist and Congress Board expects that tourism in and around Amsterdam will recover in 2010.

The tourist board says more hotel rooms need to be built in order to increase the number of visitors to the capital. There are already plans to increase capacity by 1200 rooms in 2009.

The ATCB is also planning a new campaign to promote Amsterdam.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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