Hotels, registered b&bs report 7.5% more guests so far this year


Despite complaints about holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb, the number of people staying in Dutch hotels and registered bed and breakfast accommodation rose 7.5% in the first six months of this year.

In Amsterdam, where complaints about unfair competition from Airbnb are strongest, there was a 10% increase in hotel and b&b stays compared with the same period last year.

Foreign tourists and business travellers account for around half of the stays. While the number of German guests rose 5%, there was a 10% rise in British tourists and a 17% rise in guests from the US. But there were fewer visitors from China, Brazil and Russia, national statistics office CBS said.

Hotels and official b&bs booked a 5.5% rise in turnover over the first half of 2016. Hotel sector turnover has now been rising steadily since summer 2013, the CBS said.

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