Extreme weather risk won’t impact on most Dutch holiday choices

Storm clouds over Greece this summer. Photo: Dutch News

Over a quarter of Dutch holidaymakers had to deal with extreme weather conditions this summer but only 40% of them will take this into account when booking for next year, according to a survey of six countries by Dutch tourism board NBTC.

Two-thirds of people in the survey who had to deal with extreme weather conditions are looking at going somewhere different next year because of the weather, Jos Vranken, director of Dutch tourism bureau NBTC said.

“But this does not mean they are making more environment-friendly choices,” he said.

In fact, just 39% of the Dutch said it is important to take the environment into account when booking a holiday, compared with 56% of the French. In Belgium and Germany, the figure was around 45%.

The survey also showed that holidaymakers are slightly less worried about busy airports than before, but the Dutch are most concerned, with 32% saying they had looked at alternative forms of transport.

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