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Netherlands' tourism board proposes travel bubble with Belgium and Germany

Christian Fernsby |
The Dutch government should consider a “three-country bubble”, including Belgium and Germany to at least secure some income from tourism, according to the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC Holland Marketing).

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This bubble, with countries that are economically important for the Netherlands, will be especially important for the Dutch economy if the European Union’s Digital Green Certificate is not implemented by the start of the summer, NBTC director Jos Vranken argued.

“When looking at the greatest need for our tourism economy before this crisis, then you see that German and Belgian visitors made up 40% of the total visitors, so they represent a serious interest and could also strongly contribute to the recovery that is really needed,” said Vranken on Tuesday to radio station BNR.

He added that he would present the issue to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs this week, as a bubble with Belgium and Germany could at least secure the arrival of visitors from those countries.

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