Figures - Leisure

The number of overnight stays at hotels, hostels and bed and breakfast accommodations has gone up in recent years; the same applies to holiday parks. Camping as a recreational activity has become less popular in the Netherlands, however. The number of campsites has also declined in recent years, while the number of beds at hotels and holiday homes has risen.

Of all overnight stays in the Netherlands in 2016, 63 percent are on account of Dutch guests.
In the province of Noord-Holland, it is just the other way round: foreign guests there occupy a share of 65 percent. Noord-Holland is also the province with the highest number of overnight stays.
These are mainly hotel stays in Amsterdam. Amsterdam had 14 million overnight stays in 2016.

The Dutch tend to go on holiday during summer (May through September) rather than winter season (October through April), although the number of winter holidays has increased: from 8.8 million in 1992 to 14.7 million in 2016. Winter holidays spent within the Netherlands have grown more popular at the same rate as holidays outside of the country. The number of holidays spent abroad during summer has increased from 7.3 million in 1992 to over 10.6 million in 2016.

There is no significant increase in the number of domestic summer holidays, in spite of a brief rise around 2000: just as in 1992, the total was slightly over 10 million in 2016 with a peak in 2001 of more than 12 million holidays.


Over the past 25 years, Dutch holidaymakers have taken more and more trips abroad. Foreign holidays stood at 11.4 million in 1992 but reached almost 18.0 million in 2016. The most popular mode of transport is the car. Car holidays abroad rose by nearly 3 million to a total of 9.7 million in 2016. Holidays by air more than tripled over this period, from 2.1 million in 1992 to 6.8 million trips in 2016.

More and more Dutch people have at least basic computer and internet skills. A large group even possess more than the basic skills in ICT. The percentage of Dutch people with low or no skills has decreased in 2016 relative to 2015.
Here, percentages refer to the share of respondents who said they had used the Internet in the three months before the survey. This explains why they do not add up to 100: not everyone went online in these three months.

Smartphones and laptops were the most frequently used internet devices used by households in 2016. Eight in ten households have one or more smartphones and three-quarters have a laptop. Especially smartphones have gained a lot of ground in recent years: in 2012, only 50 percent of households possessed one or more smartphones.

In 2016, 73 percent of the Dutch population aged 12 or older had ever made a purchase online. This is 9 percentage points more than in 2012. As in previous years, the most frequently made purchases included sports equipment, travel and holiday packages as well as tickets to events.

About half of the Dutch population aged 15 years or older engaged in volunteer work last year, including both men and women. They do, however, prefer different types of organisations: men most often volunteer for a sports club while women are more often involved in school or care activities.

Over three out of ten Dutch people aged 15 or older have daily contact with relatives who do not live with them. A more or less equally large group are in daily contact with friends. Fifteen percent see neighbours on a daily basis, but 12 percent seldom or never talk to their neighbours. The level of social contact has hardly changed over the past few years.


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