Hotels in the Randstad are looking for a quiet autumn holiday. After the loss of German and Belgian tourists, Dutch people are now also staying away from the big cities.
“ Its unprecedented,” says a manager of Grand Hotel Amrâth in Amsterdam. Over the past few months, most of the hotels bookings have been cancelled. “For the autumn holidays we see a small rise, but nothing is more certain in these times. Everything can be cancelled again.” Its very quiet on the street anyway, says the manager. “When I look out the window at the Prins Hendrikkade, I usually see droves of tourists. Now its extinct.” At Hotel ibis next to Central Station, they notice the same thing. “Its quiet, very quiet.”
Also in the hotel The James in the centre of Rotterdam, according to a receptionist, it is “much quieter than usual around this time.” Luckily, many businessmen from other regions and north of the country come to Bastion Hotel Rotterdam Alexander. “During the week it will continue to run”, says a receptionist. “But on weekends its pretty empty. When we have 20 of our 105 rooms filled its a lot.” The Van der Valk Hotel in Utrecht also gets some customers from business customers during the week. “We still have quite a lot of room reservations for small meetings.”
The Mercure Hotel in The Hague welcomes most guests on weekends. “During the week, we occupied 10 of our 159 rooms, 30 to 40 on weekends,” says a receptionist. Normally in the autumn holidays many Dutch people come to the hotel next to Germans, but this year everyone stays away. “In the summer we were fully booked, but from September it collapsed completely. The cancellations will continue to arrive.”
Where hotels in the cities are struggling, colleagues in the outskirts are doing good business this autumn. According to a spokesman for the Fletcher hotel chain, who has most of his hotels outside the cities, it is even busier than usual. “In our hotel in Amsterdam it is quiet, but locations on, for example, the Veluwe, the Wadden Islands and at the beach get a lot of bookings. Lots of last-minute and all of the Dutch”, says a spokesman. He expects that the end of October will calm down again. “Then we usually have to have it from Germans on autumn holidays. But of course they will stay away this year.”