Tourism in the Netherlands


Tourism in the Netherlands is a relatively small sector of the country's economy with a total contribution of 5.4% to gross domestic product and 9.6% to employment. In 2017 the Netherlands was visited by 17 million foreign tourists (with more than 5 million coming from Germany), making it the 20th most visited country in the world.[1][2][3]

Arrivals by country


Within Europe

Most visitors staying in all forms of accommodation in the Netherlands on short-term basis are from the following countries of nationality with the majority of tourists coming from within Europe itself.[4][5]

Rank Country 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
1 Germany5,190,0004,628,0004,283,0003,894,0003,495,000
2 Belgium2,240,0002,124,0001,965,0001,828,0001,673,000
3 United Kingdom2,195,0002,043,0001,967,0011,857,0001,680,000
4 France825,000784,000750,000725,000680,000
5 Italy565,000525,000543,000503,000461,000
6 Spain445,000445,000432,000396,000395,000
7  Switzerland285,000264,000271,000256,000231,000
8 Russia175,000130,000152,000196,000203,000
9 Sweden160,000156,000154,000142,000142,000
10 Denmark160,000144,000155,000141,000144,000
11 Norway125,000115,000132,000125,000127,000
Total foreign17,610,00015,834,00015,007,00013,925,00012,783,000

Other continents

In 2017, the United States (1,414,000 tourists, a 20% growth from the 1,182,000 Americans who visited in 2016), China (364,000 tourists, a 22% growth from the 297,000 of 2016), and Canada (180,000 tourists, a 16% growth from the 155,000 Canadians tourists of 2016) are the major non-European homelands of international tourists coming to the Netherlands. The total of foreign tourists visiting the Netherlands in 2017 was 17,924,000, a 13% growth from the 15,829,000 foreign people who visited the country in 2016.

See also


References


  1. Tourist numbers top 16 million visitors, rose 5% in 2016, Dutch News. Accessed 14 February 2018.
  2. "UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2013 Edition". United Nations World Tourism Organization. 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. "Netherlands Economic Impact Report". World Travel & Tourism Council. 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  4. Toerisme in perspectief 2017 (in Dutch).
  5. Toerisme in perspectief 2018 (in Dutch).