Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands,

4.68 million Efteling visitors in 2015

New dive coaster Baron 1898 as main crowd-pleaser

Efteling received 4.68 million visitors during the last year. The year before this was 4.4 million. The increase is largely due to the investments in 2015 in the new attraction Baron 1898 and in Holiday village Efteling Bosrijk, as a result of which visits are being spread more evenly over the 365 days of the year.

Fons Jurgens, President of the Board of Directors: “With this increase in visitor numbers we have made an important step towards the 5 million visitors we would like to welcome in 2020. Last year's investments in the new attraction Baron 1898 and in our holiday village increase our capacity and prove to be successful. We have set ourselves the target to grow into an international destination instead of a one-day attraction. The efforts we made for this are paying off in the increase in overnight stays and the number of visitors from abroad compared to last year. Finally, the very nice weather certainly also played its part.”

Visitors from many countries
During 2015 Efteling saw more Dutchmen as well as foreigners come through the entrance gate. The increase in foreign visitors from Germany, France and England in total is +10%. The number of (mostly Dutch) visitors for special events, such as Efteling Midsummernight, Efteling Summer Festival and New Year's Eve, increased as well.

Phased growth
Efteling wants to grow to 2020 in a phased manner. The theme park has rounded off the first phase of this step-by-step strategy with the arrival of Baron 1898 and the completion of the expansion of Holiday village Efteling Bosrijk in 2015. The second phase has already been announced and is planned for completion during 2017: the opening of Holiday village Efteling Loonsche Land and the new dark ride Symbolica.

About Efteling
Since the opening in 1952, more than 120 million visitors have experienced an unforgettable day at Efteling, in the south of Holland. Over the years, Efteling has grown to become one of Europe’s biggest theme parks, with a unique fairytale atmosphere, natural surroundings and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions. Efteling is open all year round, and makes an ideal family short-break destination with the Efteling Hotel and the Holiday village Efteling Bosrijk just a stone’s throw away.

For further information please visit: www.efteling.com/en