Ryanair condemns Amsterdam Marketing CEO for his remarks

Published on : Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RyanairIrish low-cost airline Ryanair hit out at Amsterdam tourism company Amsterdam Marketing after statements made by their CEO Frans van der Avert about budget airlines and house sharing destroying European cities, naming Ryanair and Airbnb in particular.

Speaking at the World Tourism Forum in Lucerne, Switzerland, Amsterdam Marketing CEO Van der Avert said that European “cities are dying from tourism” and that “no one will be living in the historic centers anymore.” He added that Amsterdam’s plan is to no longer increase the number of visitors, but rather “increase the quality of visitors”. He said, “We want people who are interested in the city, not who want it as a backdrop for a party. We see lots of visitors with no respect for the character of the city. Low cost carriers create a problem. Ryanair – they are the loudest.”

In response, Kenny Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer, Ryanair said that Amsterdam Marketing is disrespecting the 14 million tourists who visit Amsterdam every year by saying that they are of low quality. He also pointed out that Ryanair only flies about 525 thousand people to Amsterdam every year, and half of those are Dutch.

However, Van der Avert sent out a written response saying that his statements at the World Tourism Forum were taken out of context. He added that Amsterdam Marketing knows that there is no stopping the increasing flow of visitors, as he said in his speech.


“This is due to growing prosperity, organizations like Airbnb and the low-cost carriers, such as Ryanair, making it easier and cheaper to book city trips (also for Amsterdammers). The connection between Ryanair and nuisance causing visitors was not made by me in my story.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 07 thehotelshowsaudiarabia 2019
  • 07 WTM Africa 2019
  • 09 travelmeetasia 2019
  • 10 Asia Pacific 2019
  • 10 Hotel Management Thailand 2019
  • 11 Bar and Restaurant Investment 19
  • 11 Digital Travel 2019
  • 12 kitf 2019
  • 12 Routes Europe 2019
  • 13 Food Hospitality2019
  • 14 SWTF 2019
  • 15 PATA 2019
  • 17 AITF 18
  • 17 getglobal 19
  • 17 itehk 19
  • 18 UITT 2019
  • 30 PATA


    1. ibtm ARABIA

      March 25 - March 27
    2. Medical Travel & Wellness Conference 2019

      March 26 - March 28
    3. Deluxe Travel Market Ukraine

      March 26
    4. UITT 2019

      March 27 - March 29
    5. Deluxe Travel Market Kazakhstan

      March 29
Get our toolbar!
Review www.travelandtourworld.com on alexa.com