Tourism is an important part of the Dutch economy

Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017

indexTourism accounts for a significant part of the Dutch economy, contributing about 3.9% to GDP last year, a 25% rise from 2010, according to the national statistics office. In total, tourists spent €76m in the Netherlands last year, which is an increase of 4% from 2015.


Spending on hotels, museums and souvenirs by foreign tourists went up by 7% year on year, but Dutch tourists accounted for the bulk of the spending with €45bn. The number of people working in the tourism sector has also gone up. The total tourism workforce increased 2% last year, and there was a 1% increase in jobs.


In the Netherlands, around 542,000 people work in tourism, but a large proportion of them has part time work. These figures not only include people working in museums, hotels and souvenir shops but in public transport, taxis and retail. However, due to excessive tourism in many places, tourism is now seen increasingly as a ‘growing nuisance’. This is particularly the case in cities like Amsterdam, Venice and Barcelona. However, looking at the number of overnight stays, they are increasing far more rapidly in Amsterdam than in the rest of the Netherlands. In Croatia, Italy, France and Spain tourism accounts for a larger share of GDP than the Netherlands.


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