Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Continuous Holiday Survey
Continu Vakantieonderzoek (CVO)

Social, Civic and Cultural Engagement
Relevance for this Topic
Country Netherlands
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Contact information

Department of Labour, Income and Living conditions
Statistics Netherlands
Henri Faasdreef 312
2492 JP Den Haag
Phone: Infoservice: 003188 570 70 70
Email: info(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Type of data


Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of the same sample

Data gathering method


Access to data

NBTC-NIPO Research

Conditions of access

Contact data administrator (see contact information)


Anonymised microdata

SPSS (default)

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Data was collected between 1990 and 2012. Data collection is ongoing and is scheduled to continue at some point in the future. Until 2002, the total sample size used was of around 3,000 individuals. From 2002 onwards, it was increased to 6,500 individuals.


Random sample


Population with Dutch nationality in non-institutional households

No age restrictions

Representative of the population with Dutch nationality.

Brief overview of: Holidays; destination, duration, expenses, mode of transportation, type of accommodation.


Linkable to other person databases through anonymised personal number

Data quality

Survey errors. Data are checked and corrected for internal inconsistencies. Some of the missing data are imputed.

Methodological improvements introduced in 2002.

Consistent method


Strengths: The survey provides long time series and coherent data. The observations are also equally spread over the year. Weaknesses: None

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Frank P. Pijpers
  • (see Partners)