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More and more foreign tourists to Rotterdam

More and more foreign tourists to Rotterdam

Foreign tourists visit increasingly Rotterdam. In the first five months of this year increased the number of foreign visitors in hotels by 20 per cent, of has 167,000 to 201.000 guests.

In the number of overnight stays in Rotterdam is a similar picture is visible, from 283.000 to 332.000.

The city was last year tipped by Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. “That must be related to the fact that we are high on the good lists are maintained”, says Maarten Struijvenberg, on behalf of Leefbaar Rotterdam (liveable Rotterdam councillor Employment and the Economy. “In the past we were happy if there is a time an article about our city in a foreign newspaper. Today we gather a bible and reports from newspapers and magazines, appear in foreign countries.”

It is, according to him, with the tourism sector and the hospitality industry, that benefit from the appeal of architectural icons such as the Market hall, the building De Rotterdam and the new Central Station.

More tourists to Rotterdam

Foreign tourists visit increasingly Rotterdam.
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In the first five months of this year increased the number of foreign visitors in its hotels by 20 percent.
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The city was last year tipped by Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.
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the World’s most popular travel guide Lonely Planet put Rotterdam in October 2015 on the fifth place in the top 10 of most attractive cities.
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the World’s most popular travel guide Lonely Planet put Rotterdam in October 2015 on the fifth place in the top 10 of most attractive cities, behind Kotor (Montenegro), Quito (Ecuador) and Dublin (Ireland). Lonely Planet named Rotterdam “one of the most exciting cities” and “an open-air museum for modern and contemporary architecture”. The Rough Guide put the city a year earlier in the top 10.

The recommendations miss their effect in the foreign country, thus Struijvenberg. “We are as a city, absolutely in the picture. The growth rates are excellent and show a steady way up.”

He points to the arrival of approximately seventy cruise ships to the port city, which has an economic value of 500,000 euro per ship mean. The hustle and bustle by the known river cruise is even so great that because of the traffic flow is studied on an alternative landing place. “But the place in the middle of the city near the Erasmusbrug, of course, is an attraction in and of itself,” said the alderman.

The city is, however, not silent. Is there a new plan to the 4.864 available hotel rooms to expand. That may in the former, historic post office next to the town hall.

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