The number of foreigners in the Netherlands for overnight stays fell last year by 13 percent annually, according to figures provided by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
The same shows that in the past year there has been an increase in the number of local guests, approaching pre-pandemic levels, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to data provided by CBS, a total of 32 million Dutch and international tourists stayed in overnight accommodations last year, or 17 percent compared to the previous year, yet still 30 percent lower compared to 2019 figures.
In 2021, 6.3 million foreign guests stayed in Dutch tourist accommodations. All accommodation types showed a decrease in overnight visitors last year, except for group accommodations. “On an annual basis, the largest drop was among hotels, or 14 percent,” the statement read.
According to a CBS report, the number of domestic guests also fell annually by 28 percent to 25.7 million, about the same number before the outbreak of the Corona virus.
The number of guests from Germany and the United Kingdom continued to decline.
In 2021, there were again fewer guests from Germany and the UK at Dutch overnight accommodations. Compared to the previous year, the number of guests from Germany decreased by 24 percent to 2.5 million,” the report shows.
Visitors from the UK fell 65 per cent to 210,000.
As for visitors from Germany, compared to 2019 figures, the number of visitors from Germany has decreased by 60 percent.
The number of guests from Belgium saw an overall decrease of 56 percent compared to 2019 figures.
Guest rates related to other European countries are up 15 percent year-over-year. Compared to 2019, this was still 64 percent lower. The number of guests from the rest of the world decreased by 6 per cent. The statement revealed that it was 84 percent lower than it was in 2019.
However, the report revealed that the number of visitors increased significantly in the province of Zeeland, an increase of 30 percent to reach 2.6 million. Meanwhile, Groningen was the province that recorded a decrease in occupancy rates, or a decrease of 4 percent.
The spread of the Corona virus and its new strains has caused severe damage to many industries, especially the travel and tourism sector.
An earlier report published by the European Travel Council (ETC) showed that travel across the European Union was 63 percent lower in 2021, compared to 2019 figures.