How many overnight stays?
In 2019, 45.9 million guests stayed 123 million nights in an overnight accommodation in the Netherlands. Nearly 26 million of these guests came from the Netherlands. The province of Noord-Holland received most tourists, approximately 15 million.
CBS considers overnight accommodations to include all hotels, motels, guesthouses, hotel apartments, youth accommodation and bed and breakfasts with five or more beds, campsites with at least four tourist pitches and holiday parks and group accommodation with at least ten beds.
More foreign guests in particular
Both the number of Dutch and foreign guests rose in 2019 compared to 2018. At 8 percent, the rise was strongest among foreign visitors, from 18.8 million to 20.1 million. The number of Dutch guests rose by 3 percent to almost 25.8 million. The largest group of foreign visitors came from Germany (almost 6.2 million). There were also many guests from the United Kingdom (2.5 million) and Belgium (2.4 million).
Hotels most popular
Nearly 6 out of 10 guests from the Netherlands slept in a hotel, guesthouse or youth hostel. This represents a total of 15 million guests, accounting for over 24 million overnight stays. A quarter of the Dutch guests chose to stay in a holiday park, representing 6 million guests and almost 28 million overnight stays. Over three quarters of foreign guests opted for a hotel, guesthouse or youth hostel, which amounts to 15 million guests and over 30 million overnight stays.
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Most guests in Noord-Holland
Noord-Holland is the most popular province among tourists. In 2019, approximately 15 million guests stayed in overnight accommodation in Noord-Holland, 9 million of these in Amsterdam. The smallest number of tourists stayed overnight in Flevoland, almost 700 thousand. The largest increase in the number of guests relative to 2018 was seen in Noord-Holland and Noord-Brabant. Groningen, Fryslân, Flevoland and Overijssel, on the other hand, welcomed fewer guests than in 2018. In most provinces, the decrease was caused by a decline in domestic tourism.
Because the number of overnight stays grew faster than the number of guests, the average length of stay per guest increased. This increase can be seen across all provinces, with the exception of Noord-Brabant.
Amsterdam in the lead
Of the four large cities in the Netherlands, Amsterdam welcomed the most tourists in 2019: over 9 million. The majority of these visitors came from abroad. Far fewer guests stayed in Rotterdam (1.2 million), The Hague (1.0 million) and Utrecht (449 thousand). The ratio between Dutch and foreign tourists in these cities is more or less equal. The figures for large cities only count guests who stayed in a hotel or related accommodation.
July and August
July and August are the busiest months in Dutch overnight accommodations. These months drew almost 10 million guests, accounting for almost 35 million overnight stays. 4.4 million guests came from abroad, most commonly from Germany (35.5 percent). In July and August the majority of guests (5.8 million or 59 percent) spent their nights in hotels, guest houses and youth hostels. Nearly one-third of overnight stays (11 million or 32 percent) were spent in such accommodations. Two million guests, 60 percent of whom came from the Netherlands, stayed overnight in a bungalow park. Altogether, these visitors spent 11.5 million nights in this type of accommodation. 1.8 million guests stayed overnight on a campsite, with most campsite guests (72 percent) being Dutch.