Despite rising costs, Dutch are booking vacations galore

Many Dutch are booking vacations even though life is getting much more expensive. This is the result of NOS research by various travel organisations. The latest figures from the Dutch Association of Travel Agencies (ANVR) confirm this picture. In January, more than three million Dutch booked travel abroad through an ANVR travel agency.

Travel agents say they charge higher prices due to increased costs, but that doesn’t result in fewer bookings. Corendon and Booking.com received more bookings in January than ever before. TUI also did a good job.

The Sunweb says holidays are about 15 to 25 percent more expensive this year than a year ago. “This is because of increased costs such as airport taxes, fuel and personnel.”

Traditionally, employment

According to TUI, many Dutch people book their summer holidays, usually at the beginning of the year. Sunweb Group states, “About 80 percent is booked in the period from January to March.” That has changed in recent years, he says. “During the corona pandemic, many Dutch waited longer to make a reservation. Now the first months of the year are busy again as usual.”

TUI announced that more trips will be booked compared to 2022. “Last year we’ve seen enthusiastic booking behavior from people who haven’t been on vacation in two years. Then there were lots of expensive luxury travel bookings and we saw a high average spend. This is now back to normal, but the overall cost of travel is still high due to rising costs.”

TUI says all-inclusive holidays are also more popular this year. “We did extensive research on consumer needs in December. This has shown the increasing popularity of all-inclusive holidays. Consumers are highly price conscious and want more control over their holiday budgets. With an all-inclusive vacation, you have more control over the total cost of your vacation.”

Turkey and Curacao

According to the travel industry, Turkey and Curaçao are particularly popular. TUI says it has many great all-inclusive hotels in Turkey. This formula seems to be gaining ground in more and more countries.

Source: NOS

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