Travel organizations TUI and Corendon are sending a total of eight flights to Gambia today to pick up some 1,600 Dutch vacationing in the African country. Unrest threatens in Gambia because president Yahya Jammeh is refusing to make way for his elected successor, ANP reports.
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.
Last year was a good year for real estate in the Netherlands. In 2016 investors spent a massive 13.15 billion euros on Dutch real estate, breaking the 13.15 billion euros record set in 2007, on the eve of the global property bubble burst, Financieele Dagblad reports based on figures from real estate advisor CBRE.
According to the newspaper, the record year can be attributed to a combination of an abundance of capital, a lack of alternative investments, the exceptionally low interest rates and a strong economic recovery.
A flower farm in Ethiopia owned by Aalsmeer company Esmeralda Farms BV was attacked by rebels earlier this week. According to a statement on the company's website, the rebels set the farm on fire and caused an enormous amount of damage.
The Public Prosecutor is in favor of extraditing Turkish drug smuggler Ayhan S. back to his home country, despite the political unrest currently going on in the country, he said in the court in Amsterdam on Thursday
Thirty percent more homes were sold in the fourth quarter of 2014 than in the same period the year before. The average price of an abode sold in the Netherlands now stands at 215,000 euros which is 3.5 percent higher than last year and 5 percent higher than during the worst times of the economic crisis, according to NVM brokers in their latest figures.