All smoking sections in Dutch restaurants, cafes and bars must close, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The ban on smoking sections in the Dutch hospitality industry takes effect immediately, though when enforcement will start, is not yet clear, NOS reports.
The annual staff turnover in the Dutch hotel and catering industry is 40 percent. This costs the sector 1.4 billion euros per year, or around 6 percent of its total turnover, ABN Amro said in a report on Tuesday. Better working conditions can reduce this, according to the bank, NU.nl reports.
Consumers can expect to pay more at hotels, restaurants, bars, and campsites next year, according to economists at ABN Amro. The Labor Market In Balance Act, which will be implemented in January, will increase labor costs, which turn will increase prices, NOS reports.
Amsterdam is using a new method to crack down on money laundering in the hospitality industry. The administrative court ruled that the burden of evidence can be switched. Which means that Amsterdam can ask new restaurants or pubs to prove their money is clean before issuing a permit, NOS reports.
Amsterdam's ban on new tourist stores and beer bikes in Amsterdam city center, is resulting in more and more tourists flocking to Amsterdam West. The district therefore plans to implement similar measures, to keep the area livable for its residents, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam West wants to ban new bars and cafes, new tourist shops and beer bikes.
Hotels, restaurants and bars in the Netherlands saw a turnover increase of nearly 2 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to the first quarter, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. The hospitality industry's turnover has been increasing steadily for four years.
All parts of the hospitality industry saw a turnover increase in the second quarter. Fast food restaurants - which includes snack bars, lunchrooms, meal deliverers and ice cream shops - saw the biggest growth at 2.5 percent.
More and more young Dutch end up at the youth crime intervention office HALT for using a fake identity card, according to figures NOS received. Last year a total of 428 young Dutch were sent to HALT for using a fake ID, compared to 350 in 2015. In the first four months of this year, HALT already gave alternative punishments to 147 teenagers for using a fake or borrowed ID.
The members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are increasingly meeting in pubs and restaurants in the Netherlands, Zwolle mayor Henk Jan Meijer said to newspaper AD. According to him, this is due to the closing of clubhouses.
Meijer is chairman of a national consultative group that is working to address the problem of motorcycle gangs in the Netherlands. The group is made up of representatives from, among others, the Public Prosecutor, tax investigative authority FIOD, police and local authorities.
Union CNV is launching a hotline where workers in the hospitality industry can report exploitation. This follows whistleblower Tiberiu Palade revealing appalling abuses in an number of Amsterdam cafes and restaurants, ranging from threats and intimidation to salaries below the minimum wage, on Brandpunt on Tuesday. Palade called the situation "modern slavery", Het Parool reports.
In recent years the turnover of Dutch hotels, restaurants and bars increased more than the European Union average, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. The Dutch hospitality industry's sales are currently at a record high.
Non-smokers' interest group Clean Air Nederland (CAN) is filing a lawsuit on Thursday in an effort to completely ban smoking in the hospitality industry, including bars, restaurants and hotels
The turnover of hotels, restaurants, snack bars and cafes increased by 5.7 percent last year, when compared to 2014. That is the biggest growth for the hotel and catering industry in 15 years, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday.
People are finally eating at Dutch restaurants and staying over in hotels again after the financial crisis in 2008, but bars and pubs are still struggling. Most parts of the traditional hospitality industry are seeing recovery in their turnover volumes, but bars are more than 25 percent below the level of 2007, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Monday.
Oranje's threatening elimination from the European Championships after the 3-0 loss against Turkey could cost parts of the Dutch economy tens of millions of euros.
Dutch hotels saw an increase in sales of 5 percent compared to the same period of last year. Foreign tourists in particular spent more money on overnight stays in hotels, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. These figures exclude overnight stays in room rented out by individual through sites like Airbnb, which is still seen as a growing threat to "old-fashioned" hotels.
More than 60 percent of cafe- and restaurant owners have been blackmailed with negative reviews from customers. Customers would negotiate a substantial discount or demand a free cup of coffee in exchange for not posting a bad review on influential rating sites like yelp.com, lens.nl and Thuisbezorgd.nl.
Doggy-bags are slowly gaining popularity in the Netherlands, with nearly 1 and 5 Dutch people having asked for a doggy-bag more often over this past year. Half of the Dutch population also became more aware about the amount of food that they throw away. Yet restaurants still through away about 51 thousand tons of food - roughly equal to 77 million hot meals.
The number of Japanese restaurants in the Netherlands is increasing, while the number of Chinese restaurants is on the decline. However, a large proportion of Japanese cafes actually have Chinese ownership, according to a report by AD.
The hospitality industry showed a slight increase in turnover in the first quarter this year. But despite this, pubs seem to be selling fewer drinks.
Both the occupancy rate and the average room rate in Dutch hotels increased in 2014, according to newly-released research conducted by hospitality industry expert Horwath HTL. Further growth is expected in both areas for 2015 as well.
More than half of Dutch employees would like to change their job in the next year, according to new research released Wednesday. Roughly 68 percent of people in the hospitality industry alone want a new job, the highest of any sector, the Loonwijzer and Monsterboard Wage index states.
Business owners in the hospitality industry received 1,578 fines from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) last year for failing to comply with the national smoking ban. The number of fines increased by 191 from the previous year, and written warnings jumped from 379 in 2013 to 619 last year, NU reports.
The Good Hotel, a floating boat hotel, will dock in Amsterdam in May 2015 hiring 100 unemployed Amsterdam residents for a year. The hotel will serve as an educational working environment with proper training facilities for previously unemployed workers without a specific training in hospitality industry, the group organizing the hotel said.
About 26 percent of nightclubs and bars still do not comply with the ban on smoking. This is according to a study done by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority in September and October last year. The study was done among approximately 900 establishments in the hospitality industry.