Officials from The Netherlands were given a tour of the Avalon beachfront on Wednesday. After Hurricane Sandy struck in October, Dutch officials were approached by the U.S. government to exchange ideas and techniques on beach protection. Rob de Vos, Consul General of The Netherlands, spoke at a press conference and shared some of his country’s mitigation strategies. One technique is called a “Sand Motor”, that uses winds and tides to naturally complete the beach restoration process. Cape May County Director of Tourism Diane Wieland also spoke about the popularity of the beach for summer tourists. She said that 89 percent of Jersey Shore visitors come because of the beach, and generate $5.2 billion of taxable revenue each year.