Traffic organization ANWB expects a busy evening rush hour on Friday. Schools in the central and northern regions of the Netherlands are closing for autumn holidays on Friday, and many vacationers are expected to hit the road, ANWB reports.
Dutch travel agency FlyOrange is filing for bankruptcy. All FlyOrange flights will be canceled in the coming weeks. This involves dozens of flights from Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Brussels to destinations in Morocco. Hundreds of travelers will be affected, RTL Nieuws reports.
FlyOrange director Roy Smit confirmed to RTL that the company is filing for bankruptcy on Friday. "We are debt-free, but we do not have any assets at this moment because of a payment arrears from our partner Aviatrade." Aviatrade carries out flights for FlyOrange.
Schiphol is preparing for a busy time during the upcoming autumn holiday. Around 3 million people will travel through Schiphol in the coming days, 6 percent more than the autumn holiday of last year. The airport is taking additional measures to make traveling through Schiphol as pleasant as possible, ANP reports.
Over 16 percent of Dutch households say they have too little money to go away on holiday one week per year, according to figures from Eurostat. That is well below the European Union average, where 33 percent of households can't afford a vacation, NOS reports.
The Netherlands is ranked 6th on the list of EU whose residents go on holiday most. Sweden counts the most vacationers - only 8 percent of households stay home year round. Luxembourg, Austria and the Scandinavian countries are also above the Netherlands on the list.
Dutch residents went on vacation more often in 2016, though more of them stuck to vacationing in the Netherlands rather than going abroad, according to figures from NBTC NIPO Research. Dutch also paid closer attention to safety last year, avoiding places with terrorism threat or political unrest. Turkey in particular was a place to avoid for the Dutch last year, with visits there decreasing by 30 percent, NOS reports.
The Wadden Sea islands are a very popular holiday destination, especially among the Dutch themselves. Last year 1.3 million tourists found their way to the islands, 80 percent of whom were from the Netherlands, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
After years of spending vacation pay to settle debt or replace broke appliances, Dutch people are finally spending it on what it was meant for again this year - going on vacation, according to the National Institute for Budget Information (Nibud)
This year's two-day Pentecost holiday was the coldest the Netherlands had since 1951 and the fifth coldest since temperature measurements started in the country in 1901, according to weather service Weeronline.
From this autumn travel agencies' trip information will include data on how much damage consumers' vacations will cause to the climate. Travel industry association ANVR is currently researching how to best make this information available.
Dutch traveller’s association ANWB is warning of high traffic volumes this weekend as much of the Netherlands enters the first holiday season of the year. Some 300 thousand people are expected to depart for the alps, which could cause major traffic jams from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
Tourism in the autumn season remains popular among the Dutch, as 1,3 million people plan to take a few days to themselves. More than 700,000 will remain in the Netherlands, while 600,000 will go abroad, reports NBTC Holland Marketing.
With the Dutch summer holiday season expected to kick into gear this weekend, travel association ANWB is predicting heavy traffic around the country. The organisation told newspaper AD they expect people to be disappointed if they plan to leave town tonight thinking they will beat the traffic on Saturday, especially if headed south.
For the second year in a row, more Dutch people are choosing not to go on vacation According to ING Economic Bureau, one percent fewer people are traveling this year compared to 2013. The blame lies mainly in unemployment and an unstable labour market.
More than 700,000 Dutch opted for a holiday further from home this year which is 100,000 more than previous years. The USA will receive most Dutch tourist with 239,000 people visiting the States and neighboring country Canada will be seeing a lot more Dutch tourists as well this year. Tropical destinations such as Indonesia and the Netherlands Antilles are very high in demand as well.
The VVD believes that every two weeks of holiday for those on welfare must be preceded by six months of job hunting. The liberal party is now trying to constrict holiday rights for those living off the state.
A big information screen for public transport will be placed in the arrival hall of Schiphol in September. The digital board, which size can be compared to the old information screen in Utrecht central station, needs to give travelers clear information on where busses and trains depart from. This was announced in Spl!t magazine.
On Tuesday heavy storms blew away tents and made trees fall at the camping site De IJzeren Man in Weert and the nearby natural campsite Wega. The storm created widespread panic among the visitors. No one was injured.
In no time campsite Wega was flooded on Tuesday due to severe thunderstorms with hail. Tents blew away, others were flooded. Most of the 150 campers decided to discontinue their holidays prematurely. “In a wet sleeping bag you can not sleep,” said one of them.
On their first working day the new king and queen of the Netherlands said goodbye to their guests after breakfast in the Palace on de Dam in Amsterdam.
Parool.nl reported that Sinterklaas will arrive for the first time in the northern city of Groningen this year, on the 16th of November. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel announced on Tuesday that his long-cherished wish had been fulfilled.