In 2017, tulip production in the Netherlands will break the boundary of two billion for the first time. Last year, the production of cut tulips amounted to 1.9 billion, with an export value of €250 million.
TPN President Arjan Smit said: "National Tulip Day has grown into a world-class event, with around 17,000 international visitors each year. It also attracts a great deal of attention from the national and international press, and tulips have been a trending topic on social media. We could not have imagined a better start to the tulip season."
The theme for National Tulip Day was 'Dutch Design', as expressed in the garden design by Floris Hovers.
Dutch tulips are currently cultivated primarily in water instead of in potting soil, without the use of chemicals.