January 16, 2021


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“Second Corona Wave Homicide for Group Accommodation”

"Second Corona Wave Homicide for Group Accommodation"

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The revival of the new coronavirus threatens the end for entrepreneurs who offer group stays for vacations. Since they can only receive small groups, they miss between 70 and 90 percent of normal sales, according to the industry organization HISWA-RECRON.

According to Geert Dijks, director of HISWA-RECRON, the decline in sales due to the corona pandemic is outside the normal business risk. At the same time, he foresees that, if it is possible again in the future, people will be happy to rent a vacation room for larger groups for weekend trips or school camps.

Another problem for the entire leisure sector is that hardly any foreign tourists come to the Netherlands. Since September, when Germany and Belgium declared large parts of the Netherlands to be a risk area, holiday accommodation and water sports companies have had to reckon with a 99 percent decline in foreign spending. As a result, the industry expects sales losses of 1 billion euros throughout 2020.

HISWA-RECRON hopes that the cabinet will help the affected companies with a special time-out scheme, also known as hibernation. Basically healthy companies should be given the opportunity to temporarily suspend all activities without going bankrupt so that they can do business again in later times.