Dutch ‘staycationers’ ensured a record autumn season for the tourism sector as coronavirus restrictions limited their travel options.
Campsites and bungalow parks were the main beneficiaries as visitors booked 74,000 more nights than last year, when the previous record was set. By contrast, hotels, which are more dependent on foreign visitors, saw bookings fall sharply, according to the statistics agency CBS.
The relaxation of lockdown rules during the summer holiday helped the industry recover from the low point in April, when bookings were down by 93 percent on the previous year. Groningen and Gelderland, two provinces mainly popular with domestic visitors, saw their bookings up by 33.5 percent and 21 percent respectively, while Noord-Holland, which is heavily dependent on Amsterdam’s international pull, recorded a drop of 34.1 percent.
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