Zeehavendagen Amsterdam shows upward trend

Zeehavendagen Amsterdam is on its way up with double the number of visitors compared to 2022. It is the only event that lets visitors experience the port at work and on the water. Now that growth has set in and the appreciation of the public and participants remains undiminished, the organization is already looking forward to the next edition.

A parent and child stand on the deck of a ship. They look over the railing

Amsterdam Seaport Days 2023 welcomed 11,000 visitors, which almost doubled from the first edition last year. The organization owes this growth to, among other things, the expanded employment program for young people, more opportunities to view the port from the water and an increase in the number of tours at port companies and on ships.

Most popular "attraction" this year was the arrival and "open ship" of the Zr.Ms.De Ruyter. The Navy frigate welcomed nearly two thousand visitors in a day and a half. The welcome on the IJ by a number of ships with aboard, was also watched by several hundred spectators. Some of whom had holed up on the new quay on the IJ side of Amsterdam CS. A popular eye-catcher in the fleet was also the 1951 seagoing tug Holland, which will again be in attendance in 2024.

The visitor figures also show a great interest in the rich history of the Amsterdam and Zaanse ports. All tours on this subject were sold out and the sailing tours offered from Het Scheepvaartmuseum/Museumhaven are popular attractions that visitors are eager to see again.

Zeehavendagen Amsterdam was frequently featured in all kinds of print and online media leading up to and during the event. The organization also received photos of the posters from our outdoor campaign from all directions. In cooperation with Zeehavendagen Amsterdam, NH Nieuws produced a nice summary of the four-day event. The impression shows both the enthusiasm of the participants and the visitors. A good reason to return annually and share the past, present and future of the port with the public.