Netherlands attracts record number of tourists

Netherlands attracts record number of tourists

The Netherlands had its best year ever for tourism in 2011, with most of the tourists coming from Germany and Belgium according to official figures released on Thursday.

The total number of foreign tourists visiting the Netherlands reached 11.3 million in 2011, official data said.

The Netherlands attracted 3 percent more visitors from abroad compared to last year, according to Dutch Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC).

The organization expects more tourists this year. “The Netherlands benefit from more Germans and Belgians tourists who stay closer to home in economically uncertain times” said general manager Jos Vranken of NBTC.

Also the relatively weaker euro makes the Netherlands more attractive and the growing tourist flow from emerging countries continues.

The almost 400,000 more tourists who visited the Netherlands last year, generated 160 million Euros more income to a total of 4.5 billion Euros. There were especially more Germans and Belgians, but also more Americans visited the Netherlands.

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