Tourism numbers in The Hague are on the rise and the upward trend is expected to continue. A record of more than one million hotel stays by domestic and foreign tourists is expected this year. Currently, tourists book nearly 60% of the city’s hotel rooms, compared to only 48% five years ago. The Hague’s touristic appeal is clearly growing alongside its traditional role as a business destination and hub of politics and international diplomacy.
Dutch visitor numbers up
While more and more foreign tourists are opting for The Hague as a destination, domestic tourism is also on the rise. It’s expected that there will be a 7% increase in visitor numbers. These developments mean that hotels are less dependent on the summer months, when tourists from abroad descend on the beach at Scheveningen to enjoy the surf. The demand for hotel rooms increased more than the supply of hotel rooms between 2012 and 2018: 44% to 17%. The number of hotel properties even dropped by two in the same period. International brands opened a number of large hotels, replacing many small ones. The Marriott chain acquired the old Bel Air Hotel, and Indigo Hotels, Ramada by Wyndham and Novotel Suites each opened a property in The Hague.
Many new hotels to open
Even more rooms will be added in the years to come. No fewer than 13 hotel projects are slated for completion by 2022, adding a total of 1,553 rooms to the supply. Hotel brands including Aloft, Moxy, Inntel, Residence Inn and Mövenpick are already in the advanced planning stages for new properties in The Hague. These new developments will provide a huge quality boost to the supply of hotels. The municipality will actively monitor the project quality and the balance between budget and expensive hotels in order to ensure that new properties complement the current range of accommodations.