How many tourists stay overnight in the Netherlands?
In 2020, 27.3 million guests stayed overnight in Dutch accommodations, compared to 45.9 million in 2019. Of these, 20.0 million were Dutch guests, almost 6 million less than in 2019. The number of foreign guests was considerably lower: 7.3 million compared to 20.1 million in 2019. The number of guests is higher than the number of actual tourists because tourists sometimes stay overnight at multiple accommodations and are then more often registered as guests.
Compared to 2019, the number of guests in 2020 was lower in all types of overnight accommodationnoot1 particularly in hotels and group accommodations. Hotels welcomed 47 percent fewer guests than in 2019. This is mainly due to foreign guests staying away: their number decreased by 67 percent compared to 2019. Foreign visitors who stayed in the Netherlands were mainly from Germany and Belgium. The 2020 figures for other types of accommodation (campsites, holiday parks and group accommodations) also lagged behind compared to 2019. However, the decline is limited to 17 and 26 percent for campsites and holiday parks, respectively.
|verblijf||Dutch guests||Foreign guests|
|Total overnight accommodations||-22.3||-63.9|
Largest decline in Noord-Holland
Noord-Holland is the province where most tourists usually stay. With 5.2 million guests, this was also the case in 2020. Overnight accommodations in Flevoland attracted the fewest guests: 134 thousand. The relatively high number of guests in accommodations in Noord-Holland is mainly due to the location in this province of Amsterdam, the city that usually attracts most (foreign) tourists. The decrease compared to two years ago is especially noticeable in Noord-Holland (59 percent). With 16 percent, Fryslân experienced the smallest decrease in the number of tourists compared to 2019. This limited decline is due to more Dutch people spending their holidays there.
Hotels in Amsterdam particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis
Tourist accommodations in the major cities mainly consist of hotels and related accommodations (guesthouses, B&Bs, youth hotels, etc.) and are largely dependent on foreign guests. These accommodations are therefore severely affected by the coronavirus crisis; hotels in Amsterdam received 2.1 million foreign guests in 2020, a drop of 72 percent compared to 2019. Hotels in other large cities also welcomed significantly fewer foreign guests: from a drop of 65 percent in Utrecht, to 50 percent fewer guests in The Hague.
|Stad en jaar||Dutch guests||Foreign guests|
|The Hague, 2020||267||250|
|The Hague, 2019||533||499|
Total overnight accommodations
Hotel, motel, guest house, apartment with hotel services, youth accommodation or bed & breakfast accommodation, campsites, holiday parks and group accommodation.