Edition 2023

Foto omschrijving: Hotel staff bringing champagne to a room and changing bedsheets.

How many nights are spent in Dutch hotels?

Dutch and foreign guests spent 52.5 million nights in Dutch hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation (B&Bs) in 2022. This is 22 million nights more than in the previous year, but still below the number in 2019, the last year pre-COVID. Over half of all overnight stays were booked by Dutch guests. Foreign guests came mainly from Germany.

Hoeveel nachten sliepen gasten in Nederlandse hotels? How many nights are spent in Dutch hotels? Nederlandse gasten / Domestic guests Buitenlandse gasten / Foreign guests 25,32 mln 27,22 mln

According to provisional CBS figures, there were 4.2 thousand Dutch hotels, guest houses and B&Bsnoot1 in the Netherlands in 2022. Together they catered for 28 million guests in that year. On average, guests spent just under two nights in one of these forms of accommodation. Dutch hotel guests accounted for most of these overnight stays. Before the COVID crisis, guests from abroad accounted for most nights spent here.

Foreign guests spent 25 million nights in Dutch hotels, guest houses and B&Bs in 2022. This was more than the year before, but 16 percent down on the last year before COVID-19.

Overnight stays at Dutch hotels (million)
Jaartal Domestic guests Foreign guests
2018 23.74 27.87
2019 24.27 30.13
2020 18.45 10.30
2021 21.82 9.05
2022* 27.22 25.32
*Provisional figures

German guests spend 6.2 million nights in Dutch accommodation

German guests spent more nights in Dutch hotels, guest houses and B&Bs (6.2 million) than any other foreign nationality in 2022. But there were fewer Germans than in 2019. Foreign guests also included large numbers from the United Kingdom and the United States, but again, fewer than pre-COVID.

Origin of guests at Dutch hotels (million)
Perioden 2022* 2019
Germany 6.2 6.3
United Kingdom 2.8 4.5
United States 2.3 2.9
Belgium 2.2 2.4
France 1.5 1.6
*Provisional figures

The province of Noord-Holland catered for most overnight stays in 2022: 23 million overall. But Zuid-Holland and Utrecht were also popular.

Foreign guests stayed mainly in Noord- and Zuid-Holland. Although most provinces received more foreign guests than in 2021, numbers were still lower than before COVID.

More foreign guests visit The Hague

The Hague welcomed more Dutch and foreign guests in 2022 than before the coronavirus outbreak. In the other largest cities – Utrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam – only the number of Dutch visitors was higher. In Utrecht the number of nights spent by Dutch guests was even 50 percent higher than in 2019. Most nights were spent in accommodation in Amsterdam, followed by Utrecht and The Hague.

Overnight stays at Dutch hotels, 2022* (% change relative to 2019)
Stad Total Domestic guests Foreign guests
The Hague 32.8 28.2 36.8
Utrecht 15.0 50.5 -13.0
Rotterdam 2.3 11.5 -6.6
Amsterdam -14.6 7.2 -18.7
*Provisional figures



The article refers to Dutch hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation (B&Bs) with at least 5 beds.


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