Economy & water
De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk’s ambition is to generate economic activity on and around the Afsluitdijk. In order to achieve this, we are working out various ambitions. Expanding the tourist attractions and, as a result, the appeal of the Afsluitdijk is one of these ambitions. Another ambition relates to the expansion of the lock at Kornwerderzand. This expansion will provide a significant boost to the northern economy.
The Afsluitdijk attracts about 250,000 visitors each year, making it a unique and significant crowd puller. The new ambitions relating to energy and water, and nature and water also strengthen the unique character and the appeal of the Afsluitdijk. Now that we’re about to renovate the dam, we are discovering even more tourist and educational opportunities.
By improving and expanding the tourist facilities, we can ensure that tourists remain in the vicinity longer. This results in higher expenditure at hotels, camp sites and marinas, leading, in turn, to more employment in the region. The expansion of the lock at Kornwerderzand will also generate a large number of additional jobs, in the shipbuilding sector among others.