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Sharp Fall of Tourist Numbers in Netherlands Compared to Pre-Pandemic

The Dutch Tourism and Convention Council (NBTC) revealed that only seven million foreigners were registered in accommodation facilities in the Netherlands during 2020, 13 million fewer guests compared to 2019.

According to the latest report by NBTC, the main reason for the 45 percent drop in tourism is the COVID-19 pandemic and travel rules imposed to and from countries in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading further.

Moreover, around six million visitors were registered in the Netherlands for inbound tourism, some ten million fewer than last year. This means that 90 percent of all visitors in the Netherlands last year arrived from other European countries, which is a 10 percent increase over the previous year, reports.

Of the 90 percent, about 75 percent of foreigners visiting the Netherlands came from the European Union and the United Kingdom, and German tourists registered a slight decrease compared to 2020. About 3.2 million Germans stayed longer than one day on Dutch soil last year.

However, Belgian visitors fell by 58 percent, with just over a million visitors. The biggest shortage of British visitors was revealed, with just 585.000 visitors, representing a drop of 76 per cent.

“Travel inbound from the US and Asian countries decreased on average by 83 per cent. The report reveals that the largest drop in tourist arrivals is 86 per cent from Australia and Oceania, and the smallest drop is 75 per cent from African travelers.

Moreover, the report reveals that in 2020, the average vacationer spent around €595 per stay while the average business traveler spent €1045. Total revenue from international visitors was 4.6 billion euros.

Nearly 33,000 people were employed in the tourism sector, generating an economic value of €3.9 billion.

Moreover, NBTC shared some potential scenarios regarding the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibility of tourism resuming to pre-pandemic levels. They expect entry restrictions to be eased, and therefore, travel within Europe will return from October.

The other scenario predicts that the pandemic will continue to affect tourism in 2021, and the industry will not recover much than it did in the previous year.

Moreover, the report reveals that the number of international arrivals worldwide has decreased from 1.4 billion in 2019 to 388 million in 2020, down by more than one billion.

The hardest hit continent in the global spectrum is the Asia-Pacific region, with a decline of 83 percent, receiving only 61 million tourists. Tourism in the Middle East lost about 46 million tourists (-76%) in 2020, counting only 15 million international tourists.

Both America and Africa recorded a 73 percent drop in arrivals. However, the former lost about 160 million tourists compared to the previous year.

The European continent recorded the lowest percentage point of the total (-69 percent), but the countries that suffered the largest loss in the number of tourists amounted to about 513 million of them.

In accordance with the current entry rules for the Netherlands, the country previously decided to end quarantine requirements for high-risk countries, affecting travelers from more than 50 third countries.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 1,997,885 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the Netherlands, with 1,411 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

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