Tourism in the Netherlands

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Tourism in the Netherlands is a relatively small sector of the country's economy with a total contribution of 5.4% to gross domestic product and 9.6% to employment. In 2017 the Netherlands was visited by 17 million foreign tourists (with more than 5 million coming from Germany), making it the 20th most visited country in the world. [1] [2] [3]


Arrivals by country

Within Europe

Most visitors staying in all forms of accommodation in the Netherlands on short-term basis are from the following countries of nationality with the majority of tourists coming from within Europe itself. [4] [5]

1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 5,190,0004,628,0004,283,0003,894,0003,495,000
2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2,240,0002,124,0001,965,0001,828,0001,673,000
3Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2,195,0002,043,0001,967,0001,857,0001,680,000
4Flag of France.svg  France 825,000784,000750,000725,000680,000
5Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 565,000525,000543,000503,000461,000
6Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 445,000445,000432,000396,000395,000
7Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 285,000264,000271,000256,000231,000
8Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 175,000130,000152,000196,000203,000
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 160,000156,000154,000142,000142,000
10Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 160,000144,000155,000141,000144,000
11Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 125,000115,000132,000125,000127,000
Total foreign17,610,00015,834,00015,007,00013,925,00012,783,000

Other continents

In 2017, the United States (1,414,000 tourists, a 20% growth from the 1,182,000 Americans who visited in 2016), China (364,000 tourists, a 22% growth from the 297,000 of 2016), and Canada (180,000 tourists, a 16% growth from the 155,000 Canadians tourists of 2016) are the major non-European homelands of international tourists coming to the Netherlands. The total of foreign tourists visiting the Netherlands in 2017 was 17,924,000, a 13% growth from the 15,829,000 foreign people who visited the country in 2016.

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