Airbnb is a major player in Utrecht. According to calculations by Utrecht University, per year about 40 thousand people book an overnight stay from a private renter in the city via Airbnb. That is about 15 percent of all overnight stays, AD reports.
The ongoing political spat between the Netherlands and Turkey resulted in hundreds of Dutch travelers rebooking their vacations to another destination, Arjan Kers, CEO of travel agency TUI Nederland, said to BNR.
"There are now several hundred, most of which found an alternate in Greece or Spain", Kers said, but added that "because a few hundred thousand Dutch annually go to Turkey on holiday, these numbers are not too bad."
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey, due to current political tensions between the two countries. The Dutch government does not advise against going to Turkey, but does warn Dutch travelers to watch out for gatherings and avoid public places, ANP reports.
These warnings are on top of the already in place advice of risks in Turkey due to terrorist attacks and political tensions.
Since autumn last year Amsterdam imposed a total of 526,500 euros in fines for illegal vacation rentals, mostly through sites like Airbnb and Booking.com, the Telegraaf reports.
Last year Dutch Airbnb landlords received a total of 1.4 million guests, according to a report the home sharing site released. The report has no figures for the Netherlands for 2015, but last year the Netherlands received way more guests than the 75 thousand of 2012, NOS reports.
There are currently 31 thousand apartments, houses or rooms in the Netherlands available to rent on Airbnb. A large proportion of them are in Amsterdam. According to the site, the average Airbnb landlord rents out his house for 28 nights a year and earns about 3 thousand euros.
Spending a night in a hotel in the Netherlands is becoming increasingly expensive as economic conditions continue to improve, according to ABN Amro's economic agency. Last year the price of a night in a Dutch hotel increased by about 8 percent, and the bank expects the prices to continue increasing this year, ANP reports.
The musicality of Amsterdam would be wise to increase its cooperation with house sharing platforms like Airbnb, economists at ABN Amro said to the Telegraaf. "In the capital tourism is expected to continue growing rapidly in the coming years, but since this year there is a reluctance on hotel policy whereby new hotel plans will often be rejected", industry economist Sonny Duijn said to the newspaper.
Amsterdam is increasing tourist taxes in the fight against crowds in the city. According to D66 alderman of Finance Udo Kock, this measure will not only deter "budget tourists" - people visiting the city on a low budget specifically for things like stag parties - but also bring in millions of euros to the city treasury, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam activists have taken to writing on the walls in protest against the vast number of tourists in the city. At least two homes spray painted with the words "Stop mass tourism". The homes involved - a houseboat on Lijnbaansgracht and a house on Egelantiersstraat - are believed to be illegal hotels.
It seems that Naples wants to take some of the tourists Amsterdam is often complaining about off the Dutch capital's hands. Visitnaples.eu playfully launched an attack on Amsterdam with a video comparing the two cities.
In the video, posted on various social media platforms, the Italians compare the food, entertainment and museums in the two cities, and their prices. For example, visit to Caravaggio will cost 8 euros,compared to18 euros to visit the Van Gogh in Amsterdam.
A number of Amsterdam city center residents and entrepreneurs, united under the name d'Oude Binnenstad, sent a letter to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan complaining about the growing nuisance of tourists and the tourist industry. Tourism is taking over the city and Amsterdam is becoming uninhabitable, they write.
Tourism is an ever increasing industry in Rotterdam. According to Rotterdam City Marketing, the number of tourists increased by 23 percent up until May this year, bringing Rotterdam to 2nd place on the list of most tourist-visited city in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is in 1st place
The city of Amsterdam is looking at tightening the rules surrounding vacation rentals - renting your home out to tourists. The city is also increasing the penalties for not following the rules - from now on the fine for a first offense will be 20,500 euros, instead of 13,500 euros. And an inspector can close a house immediately, instead of only at fire hazard
The tourism sector is playing an increasingly prominent role in the Dutch economy, according to Statistics Netherlands. Last year tourism spending in the Netherlands amounted to 72,7 billion euros. Growing 5 percent for the second consecutive year.
A record number of foreign tourists is expected to visit the Netherlands this year, according to figures from the Dutch board of tourism and conventions NBTC
Americans and Japanese tourists are avoiding Amsterdam due to the threat of terrorism in Europe, according to NBTC, Amsterdam Marketing and various hotels in the Dutch capital
German vacationers, day trippers and business travelers spent 4.9 billion euros in the Netherlands last year, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. German visitors accounted for nearly half of the 10.2 billion euros foreign visitors spent in the country in 2015.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan thinks that social housing tenants should also be able to take advantage of Airbnb. Social housing tenants get all of the burdens, but none of the benefits of the increasing tourism in the city, the mayor said in the talk show Heyu Urbans, Het Parool reports.
More Dutch are choosing to stay in the Netherlands for their summer vacation, according to a survey done by the Dutch board of tourism and conventions NBTC-NIPO
The number of foreign tourists visiting Amsterdam dropped sharply in recent weeks. Several tourism companies and tourist attractions report a decrease in foreign visitors, especially Chinese and Japanese visitors
Many Volendam residents are fed up with day-tourists coming into their picturesque village on a tour bus, taking pictures of them and their homes and then leaving after a few hours to go to the next attraction. "As if it is an open air museum", one resident complained to Dutch newspaper AD.
Tourists to the Netherlands, clutching years-old guide books no doubt, are expected in somewhat larger numbers on Friday and Saturday to celebrate Queen’s Day. They will quickly discover that the country has not enjoyed a national party on April 29 and 30 since Willem-Alexander became king in 2013, when his mother, Beatrix, decided to hand over leadership of the country.
Renting out rooms to tourists through Airbnb can at least partly be blamed for the skyrocketing housing prices in Amsterdam and the increasing gap between rich and poor in the city, according to a study done by ING's Economic Bureau
It seems many guidebooks written about the Netherlands either haven't been updated in several years, or some travellers simply refuse to buy new editions, as online travel agency Expedia is seeing a sharp increase in hotel bookings to the Netherlands for April 30, a representative told the NL Times. The date has not been celebrated in the Netherlands as Queen's Day, since Beatrix abdicated the throne for her son, Willem-Alexander on April 30, 2013.