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The data available on tourism and leisure are plentiful, organizations across all sectors are engaged in research on these issues. However, it is not always easy to find the precise information you need. One of the core activities of the Research Centre for Coastal Tourism, is gathering relevant facts and figures. In the Netherlands, the various provinces are required by agreement to make use of the same data sources as much as possible, for the purpose of efficient comparison. This agreement involves a memorandum written in 2009: the ‘Landelijke R&T standaard’. These standards have been set by KennisAs by order of the InterProvinciaal Overleg. More information on the background of these data can be found on this page.


The ‘ContinuVakantieOnderzoek’ (continuous holiday surveys, CVO) is a large-scale survey of the holiday behaviour of the Dutch, which is carried out four times a year among a panel of 6,500 Dutch people. The surveys are carried out by NBTC-NIPO Onderzoek and provides a broad and in-depth insight into the developments and trends in the Dutch holiday market, based on its long history (from 1980). CVO continuously records both long and short holidays in the Netherlands and abroad. The surveys identify a large number of aspects of holidays undertaken, including destinations, lengths of stay, booking organizations, booking methods, types of holidays, activities undertaken, spending, modes of transport, and forms of accommodation.

More information can be found on the website of NBTC-NIPO Research.



The ‘ContinuVrijeTijdsOnderzoek’ (continuous leisure surveys, CVTO) has been carried out by NBTC-NIPO Onderzoek twice a year since 2004. It is a large-scale survey of the leisure behaviour of the Dutch population and it addresses a wide range of activities on a continuous basis, spread throughout the year. Leisure activities are defined as ‘all leisure / recreation activities that are undertaken outside the home, with a minimum duration of one hour (including travel time)’. Visits to friends and relatives and activities undertaken while on holiday do not fall into this definition. 

More information can be found on the website of NBTC-NIPO Research.


Statistics Accommodations

‘Statistiek Logiesaccommodaties’ is a survey carried out by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and it aims at providing statistics on the supply and usage of holiday accommodation facilities in the Netherlands. CBS collects the data from the accommodation facilities themselves, as opposed to the CVO and the CVTO. The research population consists of all holiday accommodation providers in the Netherlands with at least 5 beds (hotels or guesthouses) or at least 20 beds (camping sites, holiday resorts, youth or group facilities). Marinas and privately owned accommodation, such as permanent sites or second homes, are not part of the research population. Random samples are drawn from the population, the accommodation facilities in the sample are approached on a monthly basis. In this way, numbers of guests are recorded (including nationality and length of stay). Data on both Dutch and foreign guests are recorded.

More information can be found on the CBS website.



LISA Vestigingenregister

Since the tourism and recreation sector incorporates a multitude of subsectors and business activities, the employment size of the sector as a whole is difficult to determine. Making a selection of branches allows for a clearer insight. The ‘LISA Vestigingenregister’ is a data file containing data on all the establishments in the Netherlands where paid employment is undertaken. For each business location, the branch code and the amount of employees are known. Consequently, LISA supplies branch-level data at any geographical level. The data are collected annually, in most provinces on 1 April. As a result, seasonal employment is hardly addressed. 

More information can be found on the LISA website.   



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