Tourism in the Netherlands is less and less dependent on the season, largely thanks to hotel accommodation, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. Seasonal fluctuation at Dutch hotels is disappearing, with the number of overnights being nearly the same all year round.
Four campsites were evacuated due to a large forest fire in the Drenthe town of Wateren on Tuesday afternoon. Around 75 hectares of heathland burned down. The fire department got the fire under control around 9:00 p.m., but some 150 firefighters worked throughout the night to extinguish it completely, RTL Nieuws reports
A group of 30 children and 16 adults camping in nature reserve 't Zand had to flee from a forest fire on Sunday evening. Although the flames did not actually reach their tents near Fransebaan, the fire came very close. The kids and their minders fled the forest with what they could carry, Brabants Dagblad reports.
Airbnb and other home-sharing sites like Wimdu and HomeAway cause stress for the owners of traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites in the Netherlands, according to a survey by Statistics Netherlands. The survey showed that a quarter of Dutch accommodation owners experience competition from home sharing.
A 58 year old resident of a Gelderland town was arrested on a campsite in Renesse on Thursday evening after he was caught taking pictures of a young woman in a shower.
The twenty-year-old who struck a group of pedestrians with a car on Wednesday in Hoornsterzwaag, has now returned home, according to Leeuwarder Courant. The driver was interrogated the whole of Thursday by the police but was released in the evening after consulting with the Public Prosecutor.
The police arrested three suspects on suspicion of involvement in a stabbing incident at a campsite in Ter Aar on Saturday. The suspects are believed to be from Poland.
An outbreak of the norovirus at a Brabant campsite left over 60 guests sick last week, the regional office of health agency GGD has confirmed. Authorities were alerted when more than 60 guests reported gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea and diarrhea, after holidaying at the Prinsenmeer campsite.