Dutch food safety authority NVWA placed a total of 129 restaurants in the Netherlands under increased supervision between November 2015 and December 2016. This happens when a restaurant gets at least three fines, one of which for poor hygiene standards or rotten food, in a period of two years. Over 30 of the affected restaurants are located in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports based on data received from NVWA after appealing to the freedom of information act.
With Airbnb locations booked solid and hotels filled to capacity, Amsterdam city hall has authorized the use of a police traffic management plan normally rolled out exclusively for massive events. A constant stream of tourists dragging suitcases behind them could be seen all Friday morning and afternoon, while restaurants, shops and attractions in Leidseplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt were bursting at the seams.
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.
Between 10 and 20 percent of Dutch bars, restaurants and clubs fail fire safety checks, the Netherlands' national fire department Brandweer Nederland said to BNR. This is impossible for consumers to know, as only Rotterdam puts fire safety inspection reports online. Safety experts are therefore calling that publishing inspection reports on fire safety becomes the norm in the country, the broadcaster reports
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.
The hospitality sector is feeling the Netherlands' improving economy. In the third quarter, the turnover for hotels, restaurants, snack bars and cafes increased 2.6 percent compared to the previous sector, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Wednesday. Compared to the third quarter of last year, the hospitality sector saw 8.8 percent of growth.
This is the biggest turnover increase in this sector since 2007, according to Statistics Netherlands.
Restaurants' association Koninklijke Horeca Nederland is concerned about the independence of top review site IENS. Since the site was taken over by TripAdvisor, restaurants are no longer listed by positive reviews, but those who have a reservation deal with the site are listed first, the association said to the Telegraaf.
A new app just launched in Amsterdam solves restaurants' problem of what to do with left over food and late night eaters' problem of where to find something to eat. With ResQ restaurants can sell leftover food at reduced prices after closing time.
After five years of decreasing, the number of "rapid growth" companies in the Netherlands is back on the rise. Last year there were 7,460 rapid growth companies in the Netherlands, an increase of 10 percent compared to the previous year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
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 Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA did fewer inspections to make sure that pubs, restaurants and hotels are enforcing the smoking ban. Fewer fines were also issued, according to figures NU.nl received from the NVWA.
According to animal welfare organization WakkerDier, very few restaurants choose for animal friendly chicken. And that has to change. The organization therefore launched a campaign on Sunday in which restaurant visitors can help make menus battery farm chicken free
Amsterdam residents and visitors looking for an unique dining experience, can look forward to March 31st. On that night the capital city will be the host of seven popup restaurants in strange and special locations, including one behind a window brothel in the Red Light District.
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.
A total of 100 thousand Dutch people signed a petition asking restaurants in the Netherlands to put tap water on the menu. Star chef Richard van Oostenbrugge of two star restaurant Bord'Eau Restaurant Gastronomique in Amsterdam will be handing the petition over to Martijn Naberman, who represents the fuure of the hospitality industry as director of Tio Hotel School in Amsterdam, on Monday, tap water company Dunea announced.
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.
Not a single restaurant in the Netherlands lost its Michelin stars this year. Fiver restaurants were given their first Michelin star, two restaurants got their star back and one received a second star at the ceremony in the De La Mar theater on Monday,
Rotterdam has notched up fifth place on the LonelyPlanet website’s Top 10 Cities list. The city was hailed for its futuristic architecture, nightlife, drinking and dining venues, and the all-round innovative developments of culture and design incorporated by the city.
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.
A cafe where visitors can decide themselves what they are paying for a meal is planning to open a venue in Amsterdam after summer. Previously the entrepreneurs tested the concept of the Geef ("GIve") cafe for six months in a pop-up restaurant in Rotterdam.
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.
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.
Muskrat meat should be put on restaurant menus. This is according Henk Lammers, party leader for the CDA Waterschap Reest en Wieden.