Legal Survey Results
At the 2012 congress, the federations who were present at the General
Assembly indicated that they wanted the INF to track legal issues that
affect naturism around the world. Obviously we needed the assistance of
the individual federations who are most aware of what is happening in
their country. For this reason, we created a survey and asked for
responses from our member federations. The online survey was published
on the internet using SurveyMonkey.com and distributed by email.
Reminders were also published in the June and August editions of Focus.
The survey was open for responses for four months – from June to
The results have now been tabulated. Of course, not all countries responded. But here are the answers given by those who did:
Legal Survey Results(EN)
Legal Survey Results(DE)
Legal Survey Results(FR)
If you are aware of any changes to the legal status in your country or
if any important issues arise, please let us know. We will share the
information through this newsletter.
Completely Updated Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Exhibition) Gives the Travel Sector a Boost
Europe Increasingly Popular, Desire for Luxury, Enthusiastic Campers
The completely new Vakantiebeurs has generated a lot of interest among
Dutch holidaymakers and given the travel sector a boost. One of the many
‘firsts’ this year was a presentation of the most popular types of
holidays in six, much-visited Plazas, provided by specialist
international exhibitors. Thanks to the combination of these Plazas and
the clear geographical layout of the exhibition by country, it was easy
for visitors to find their way around the Vakantiebeurs, which was held
from Wednesday 15 January – Sunday 19 January in the Jaarbeurs venue in
VNU Exhibitions Travel Market Manager Editha Hoogenberg, organizer of
the Vakantiebeurs: ‘’It’s great that, together with our participants, we
were able to give the travel sector a boost this past week. Our
exhibitors have given us lots of positive responses to the quality level
of the visitors, many of whom actually booked their holiday right there
at the Exhibition. As an organization we are proud that we were able to
make such an excellent start to the travel season together with our
participants and partners.’’
A total of 117,073 holidaymakers visited the Exhibition, which is a
significant increase of 13% compared to last year. Many of the visitors
take several holidays a year. One of the noticeable findings from the
evaluation of the Exhibition organizers is the growing interest in
European holidays. Of course this doesn’t change the fact that a large
proportion of the visitors were also looking for destinations elsewhere
in the world. At least one in five visitors came to find out
specifically about short trips or longer holidays in the Netherlands.
When asked about their anticipated spending level for future holidays,
the visitors of the Vakantiebeurs indicated that on average they will be
spending nearly 3300 euro per person per year on holidays. This is
three times as much as the amount of just over 1100 euro the average
Dutch holidaymaker spent on holidays last year.
Visitors named Italy, France and Germany/Spain as the top 3 popular
destinations in Europe. Greece rose significantly in popularity and
comes 4th, followed by Austria/Switzerland in 5th place. The most
popular destinations outside Europe are Asia, the United States/Canada,
Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean respectively.
Desire for Luxury
The main reasons for people to visit the Vakantiebeurs were: collecting
specific information, finding inspiration, selecting a holiday, a day
out and entertainment, the exclusive exhibition offers and finding
additional information about a holiday they have already booked. The
holidaymakers’ preference for a hotel as the most popular accommodation
shows a clear desire for a bit of luxury during the holidays, followed
by camping, a guesthouse/B&B and an apartment.
Camping by Night
There were plenty of camping aficionados among the visitors, who like to
go exploring with their caravan, camper van, pop-up camping trailer or
tent. To be able to give this group – and especially the non-campers, a
sense of the real camping experience a spectacular and highly visited
Camping by Night exhibit had been set up in a darkened hall of the
Vakantiebeurs. Avid campers will also be able to look forward to and
research the 50th edition of the Camping and Caravan Fair scheduled to
be held at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht from 8-12 October.
Germany was the Guest Country at the Vakantiebeurs and made every effort
to promote their country, the regions and the cities among the
visitors. Among other things the country surprised the visitors with a
wine tasting and was also present in all the Plazas with the most
popular types of holidays, to draw attention to the country’s enormous
variety as a tourist destination.
The themes ‘Sail’ (Cruises & Sailing), ‘Active’ (Bicycling &
Walking), ‘Together’ (Families & Children), ‘Discover’ (Adventure
& Remote Destinations), ‘Outside’ (Camping) and ‘Look’ (Cities &
Culture) were selected for the different Plazas. The ‘Look’ Plaza was
the most popular, followed by ‘Discover’, ‘Outside’, ‘Active’,
‘Together’ and ‘Sail’. The cruise options in ‘Sail’ constitute only a
small segment of the total holiday sector, but still attracted the
attention of 1 in 5 Vakantiebeurs visitors.
Other ‘firsts’ were the participation of UNESCO with a focus on World Heritage, the Zoom.nl photography
pavilion, the Vakantiebeurs Photo Competition and the Culinary Route
with tasty traditional snacks and drinks at six varied destinations. For
the first time in the history of the Vakantiebeurs the Dutch Railways
put on two extra trains for Exhibition visitors. This ‘Vakantiebeurs
Express’ ran on Saturday from Zwolle to Utrecht via Amersfoort and
delivered the passengers in an excellent mood and fully informed about
the Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht.
The public days of the 2015 Vakantiebeurs will be Wednesday 14 January – Sunday 18 January.