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More than 550,000 guest nights spent over Easter weekend

Tourism

Over the Easter long weekend, 553,000 guest nights were spent at domestic accommodation establishments, exceeding all expectations, according to a press release by the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ).

Bookings in the capital were mostly made by foreigners, while in the countryside they were made by domestic guests. Budapest, Lake Balaton, Mátra-Bükk, and the area around the capital were the most popular destinations.

There was a balanced distribution of domestic and international travelers, with domestic guests spending 337,000 (61%) nights in Hungary and foreigners 216,000 (39%).

A quarter of the turnover was concentrated in Budapest (139,000 nights), the majority of which (85%) came from foreign guests. In rural Hungary, 77% of the 414,000 nights spent in Hungary were by domestic travelers, with the most popular destinations being Hajdúszoboszló, Balatonfüred, Zalakaros, Gyula, and Eger. Foreigners travelled mostly to Budapest, Hévíz, Bük, Sárvár and Hajdúszoboszló.

At the national level, half (49%) of nights were spent in hotels and more than a third (35%) in private and other accommodations. The share of guest nights spent at hotels was higher in the capital (55%). Capacity utilization of hotels was highest on Friday and Saturday (April 15 and 16) in four- and five-star establishments, reaching nearly 80% in the capital and 70% in rural hotels.

Over the Easter long weekend, hotels realized a turnover of HUF 9.6 billion of which HUF 5 bln was attributable to domestic guests. The turnover of catering establishments exceeded HUF 18 bln.

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