Guest nights up in April but still behind 2019 levels

Tourism

The number of guest nights spent in Hungary grew nearly seven-fold in April compared to the same month of 2021, but fell by 28% compared to the fourth month of 2019, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

The number of domestic tourist arrivals grew more than seven-and-a-half-fold and that of tourism nights nearly five-and-a-half-fold compared to April 2021. The former was 384,000 and the latter 844,000.

Some 76% of the nights were spent at hotels, their number rising seven-fold compared to a year earlier. Turnover in boarding houses and community hostels grew 2.4-fold and 2.9-fold respectively compared to April last year. The most popular tourist regions were Lake Balaton and the Budapest-Central Danube Region, which accounted for 22% and 17% respectively of domestic tourism nights.

The number of international tourist arrivals rose more than 12-fold, to 313,000, and that of international tourism nights nearly nine-and-a-half-fold, to a total 822,000.

About 84% of tourism nights were spent at hotels, which was a more than eleven-fold growth compared to April 2021. The most popular tourism region was the Budapest–Central Danube Region, where 64% of international tourism nights were registered.

Total gross sales revenues grew nearly eight-fold, to HUF 38 billion at current prices.

Cardholders paid more than 12.5 times more with their Széchenyi Recreation Cards at commercial accommodation establishments, a total of HUF 2.2 billion.

Recovery of tourism clear in Jan-Apr

In January-April 2022, the number of guest nights registered in Hungary grew four-and-a-half-fold year-on-year to 5.1 million, KSH notes.

Domestic guest nights grew three-and-a-half-fold, while international tourists spent almost six-and-a-half times as many nights in Hungary (2.7 million and 2.4 million, respectively).

The total gross revenue of commercial accommodation establishments at current prices increased more than five-and-a-half-fold to HUF 116 billion.

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