The Dutch who go on holiday this year prefer the car over the plane as a means of transport, stay close to home and prefer to go outside. That's what the big travel companies say. They see a major shift in the type of holidays that Dutch people book.
The ANWB sees that car holidays in their own country are much more popular than in other years. People like to go camping or to a holiday park. At the beginning of June, all holiday parks offered by the ANWB were already fully booked for the entire summer.
"People want to be outside," said an ANWB spokesperson. "They think it is safer. And when they go abroad, they often opt for an active holiday and for example go hiking in the Alps."
The branch organization ANVR also sees that the Dutch are less happy to get on a plane. According to a sample, 52 percent of the Dutch opted for a flying holiday for the corona crisis and 36 percent opted for the car. In mid-June that ratio was completely different: 47 percent opted for the car and 42 percent for the aircraft.
People think it is safer to go on holiday by car, says an ANVR spokesperson. "They feel freer and think that they will come home easier if the number of infections at their holiday destination goes wrong."
Carefully back to Greece
According to travel organization TUI, people were therefore not immediately jumping to get on the plane when that was allowed again. The first flight that the travel company performed was relatively empty. "Now that the first sheep have crossed the dam and come home enthusiastically, we see that interest in flying holidays is increasing again," said a spokesman.
"This is also due to the weather in the Netherlands. People who planned to stay in the Netherlands now see that it is raining for a whole week and then look at what the last-minute options are."
Sunweb also speaks of a "run on last-minutes". Although the travel organization still receives 30 percent fewer bookings than last year and travelers prefer car holidays, more and more people are opting for a week in Greece or Spain.
Corendon recognizes this image, but mainly as an alternative to destinations that people cannot yet visit: Turkey and Egypt. Because of the travel advice, there are still almost no Dutch people in the hotels.