Coronavirus decreasing Chinese tourism to Netherlands
The outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19 means that tourism from China to the Netherlands will decrease even more than previous estimations, according to the Netherlands' office for tourism and congresses NBTC. Last month the agency said that the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Netherlands would decrease from around 380 thousand last year to 300 thousand this year. Now NBTC expects the decrease to be even stronger, NOS reports.
The Covid-19 outbreak resulted in travel restrictions and measures from the market. Airlines like KLM are no longer flying to China. Every month that air traffic to and from China is halted, the European tourism sector misses out on 1 billion euros, the European Commission calculated this week. According to ING, the Dutch tourism sector misses out on around 40 million euros a month.
While that is a lot, it is not massive compared ot the total amount of tourism spending in the Netherlands, at 13.5 billion euros, Thijs Geijer of ING said to NOS. Around two percent of the total hotel stays booked by foreign tourists in the Netherlands are booked by people from China. "That is really only a small share," he said.
While entrepreneurs from other sectors may eventually be harder hit by the virus, its effect on the tourism sector is immediately noticeable, Geijer said. Travel agencies are already noticing that Dutch people are delaying vacation plans.