January 07, 2008

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Tourists are avoiding the Netherlands because of the expensive euro



7 January 2008


LEIDSCHENDAM – American, Canadian and Japanese holidaymakers are avoiding the Netherlands because of the expensive euro. This emerged from the annual figures for 2007 from the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions.


The number of visitors from the US fell by 3 percent last year. That was a smaller decline than in the number of visitors from Canada and Japan, which came to 11 and 15 percent, respectively.


The decline in the number of visitors from North America and Japan was largely compensated by the increase of the number of visitors from countries like Belgium (up 11 percent), Spain (10 percent), Finland (10 percent), Russia (14 percent), China (14 percent) and India (13 percent).On balance the number of foreign tourists to the Netherlands rose by 3 percent in 2007. In total more than 11 million foreigners spent their holidays here, compared to 10.7 million in 2006.

http://www.expatica.com/nl/articles/news/Americans-and-Japanese-avoid-the-Netherlands.html

28 comments:

Netherlands are becoming part of America's past said...

The Netherlands are becoming part of America's past -- the WWII and the Cold War. The small European country is no longer attractive and romantic to the future Obama American generations and tourists. The cold case of Natalee Holloway has made Netherlands look very cold, unfriendly, lawlessness and unsafe to travel. Tne decline of tourists from North America will continue at a much faster pace in year 2008, as the scandal between the Dutch oil company and Queen Beatrix will begin unraveled. The Dutch oil company controls about 55% of the American oil market and has forced the price of oil over $100 per barrel.

Beatrix is CEO de facto said...

The Dutch oil company is disguished as a group of foreign oil companies operating at the American gas and truck convenience store stations. These small franchises buy their health, fire and flood insurances from the affliated Dutch insurance companies. Queen Beatrix is the sole major stockholder of the Dutch oil company, and CEO de facto

johnny said...

Aruba is the clearing house for all the Dutch oil company transactions made in North America. Aruba is well connected to NYC and Boston. Many Dutch oil company employees are regular American tourists and timeshare owners. Some illegal drug trafficking money are mixed into the oil money for the undetectable and untouchable money launderinag.

glenda said...

NFI and FBI divided up the crab trap cages for forensics identifications. If the DNA indicators show male positive, the associated cages go to NFI in Holland. The rest of the crab cages will be tested by FBI in Virginia. So far, over a hundred crab cages have been recovered by the Persistence after so many search trips. Aruba is very upset.

paper chase said...

JetBlue's stock is now trading at about $5 per share -- down a whopping 64% over the past 52 weeks. JerBlue might have to drop the empty seats Aruba line soon.

tidal wave said...

At Amsterdam, 60% of the young people want a new Aruba and want the Natalee cold case resolved as soon as possible before the next new Prime Minister election.

rudy said...

The youth in Holland are touched by the youth voters movement in USA. The Dutch youth voters want a new Queen and a new Aruba.

change now said...

Everywhere in USA, people are talking about CHANGE new. If Aruba doesn't change it's evil image, it will perish.

Finished? said...

The record turnout of voters in New Hampshire is putting a lot of pressure on next year's Dutch Parliament elections. The young college students demand the new change in the Dutch judicial system. The students want the Dutch judges to be electable and can be fired by a Parliament judicail oversee commission. To take away the judge annointing power from the queen.

donald said...

Half of Dutch willing to break ties with Antilles 07/01/2008 00:00

Half of the Dutch support a call from the PVV to break political ties with the Antilles.

7 January 2008

AMSTERDAM – The appeal from the Freedom Party PVV that the Netherlands break all political ties with the Netherlands Antilles has the support of 49 percent of the Dutch. This emerged from an opinion poll by Maurice de Hond on Monday among 1,500 people, commissioned by free daily paper DAG.

The islands that want to stay with the Netherlands should be under direct Dutch government, says 60 percent of respondents. A minority of 37 percent wants to keep the Antilles in the Kingdom of the Netherlands no matter what. The majority of Rita Verdonk, Geert Wilders and VVD-supporters are in favour of a ‘divorce,' according to the survey. One in three CDA and PvdA voters are also of this opinion.

The Parliamentary Consultation on Kingdom relations (POK) is on the agenda on the Antilles on Monday, during which Dutch MPs and their Antillean counterparts will discuss future political relations.

It is unclear however whether the meeting will take place. Antillean politicians have been threatening over the past few days to boycott the talks. They are demanding an apology from PVV MP Hero Brinkman, who described the government on the island recently as "largely a corrupt gang of thieves."

According to the timetable, the relations within the kingdom are set to change come the end of 2008. It has been agreed that Curaçao and Sint Maarten will then be granted autonomous status, like Aruba. Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba will become special municipalities of the Netherlands. The Dutch government is taking over part of the debt, but wants in exchange more influence in financial and judicial matters.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

donald said...

No talks on future of Antilles 08/01/2008 00:00

The parliamentary consultation on kingdom relations (POK) on Curaçao will not go ahead.

8 January 2008

WILLEMSTAD – The parliamentary consultation on kingdom relations (POK) on Curaçao will not go ahead. The Dutch delegation leader Willibrord van Beek announced this on Monday afternoon.

The parliamentary delegations of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and the Netherlands were due to discuss a number of political and financial topics.

Earlier in the day the Antillean parliament passed a motion banning Freedom party PVV MP Hero Brinkman from entering the islands until he apologises for his description of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba as a "corrupt nest of thieves."

Despite this motion Van Beek hoped that talks with the leaders of the Antillean and Aruban delegation could lead to an accord on holding the consultation. "This did not succeed. And we find that extremely unfortunate," Van Beek said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

self-centered and selfish tears said...

She cried, her busband cried after the windfall, and Joran cried too. All these cries are self-centered and selfish tears. They would trick the naive nature of women to vote for her. The question is, if she can't stand the presidential hopeful pressure with her 35 years of experience, how could she handle Aruba if she ever bacame first woman president?

Anonymous said...

I've miss you Michelle... you've been gone too long!

perverse satisfaction said...

It is the evil of humanizing effect of teary eyes during the interviews past and present of denying and campaigning, and to the suspicion that RU voters get a perverse satisfaction from doing the opposite of Iowa voters.

those who gain from the status quo of coverup said...

The upset loss of Natalee's cold case in Aruba was a reminder change was not easy and would be resisted by those who gain from the status quo of coverup, sex scandal, same corrupt Aruban judge by someone like Taco. Aruba want to corrupt and mutate the Dutch Antillies into a United States of Antillies (USA)

The young politicians don't like the status quo said...

The Dutch government will pay for the 25 miles survey around Aruba. The Persistence has to make a living and pay the bills. The expenses in Aruba are high. Plus the Dutch government want to leave all the forensic evidences at the seabed. They will used the collected data and build a body dumping case against Aruba. There is a big investigation of the Aruban government corruptions and coverups. The young politicians don't like the status quo of the Kingdom of Netherlands. They would not allow the Odubar gangs to steal the Antillies from the Dutch government. The Dutch government allow the US Coast Guard ships to enter the Aruba harbor of the free trade zone despite of the protest by Aruban government.

Michelle Says So said...

Wow! I'm touched! You are too sweet. Yes, I've been away too long. Winter blahs...

They want to cage him in a crab trap said...

Joran would not return to Amsterdam because the teenager street fighters are waiting for him. They want to cage him in a crab trap and piss on him in a video DVD. The medical bills would be too high for his father Paulus to pay.

betty said...

Deepak's Aruba internet cafe is constantly monitored by FBI since taking over Natalee's cold case in international waters. There is a 75% chance that the fish trap cage will be found. Some tips were picked up from the recent Deepak internet traffic with Dr. Phil's lawsuit.

rich said...

The New York Senator dodged the question of her self-centered ego exposed at her NH win rally. She associated herself with Jimmy Carter, but JC didn't cried in the coffee shop when things went peanuts. There is no deceit in Obama. John Kelly can see the true leadership of change and transformation in Obama, and he endorses Obama today at the South Carolina rally.

marry Monica Lewinsky said...

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky will soon publish her new book about her sexual relationship with former President Bill Clinton. The rich elders at the Democractic Party are seriously alarmed. They just have decided to embrace Obama just like John Kelly did today. Bill Clinton failed his promise to file a divorce and marry Monica Lewinsky.

flying fish over at the lighthouse said...

The new grid is based on the newest tip picked up by FBI on Deepak's Internet to his Chicago lawyers. "There are no sharks but flying fish over at the lighthouse". Deepak quipped.

3 miles out to the ocean. said...

To be able to see the flying fish, you have to be 3 miles out to the ocean.

Natalee's crab cage is currently located. said...

Hundreds of crab cages of corpses are found scattering over the 57 sq miles northwest of the California lighthouse. The Dutch government is well pleased by the hard work of Persistence. The hump of the dark blue contour line points at the cross legged ravine where Natalee's crab cage is currently located.

Aruba seeking independence said...

Natalee has been located. Dutch government want Persistence to keep it secret for a few more days and stay out at sea as much as possible. Aruba is at the eve of seeking independence with a militaried ALE. Dutch Parliament is preparing the Dutch military force to put down the rebellion in Aruba. No American tourists should travel to Aruba now, it's a very dangerous civil start to explode

suppress the Aruban government treasons said...

The excessive corpse dumpings and criminal activities at sea are the major causes for the Dutch government to suppress the Aruban government treasons and execute the removals of all the corrupt officials and judges like Odubar, Rudy, Julia, Witt and Smid.

to count all the dumped corpses said...

The Dutch government said as long as it takes for Persistence to count all the dumped corpses in and around the Aruba sea. The Dutch government are fully vested in the Aruba cleanup project even though it may cost them millions of USD. That's the only way to make Aruba a good and safe attraction for the American tourists.

Anonymous said...

I can see how this fits nicely into your little boycot strategy, but you delude yourself if you think we see getting less Americans in our country as a negative thing.