The tourism industry in Delfzijl wasn’t exactly huge before the outbreak
Remarkable news about the economy of northern Groningen: Delfzijl, together with Almere, is the region in the Netherlands that was least economically affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. The economy in the Delfzijl region has shrunk by 6 percent due to the virus, the same percentage as that of Almere.
This is in stark contrast to the region that has most been affected: Haarlemmermeer (Schiphol). The economy there shrank by 27 to 29 percent. That fall is mainly due to the aviation sector, which was hit hard. Amsterdam was also hit hard: the economy there shrank by 12 percent: due to the collapse of the tourism sector, GIC.nl reports.
The fact that Delfzijl is doing so well probably has a lot to do with the fact that there is no aviation industry, and tourism is very limited. There are many companies in the chemical industry and energy in Delfzijl, which have been able to continue operating. Of course, there are also companies in Delfzijl that have had a hard time, but compared to other regions in the Netherlands, it is as bad.
Image via Chemiepark Delfzijl