Summer Tourism Season Breaks Pre-COVID Record

Tourism

Hungary's summer tourism indicators have beat records set in 2019, the year before the pandemic, Hungarian Tourism Agency head Zoltán Guller said on Wednesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Assessing the summer months, Guller said over 6.2 million visitors stayed at tourism accommodations in Hungary in June-August, 6pc more than in the summer of 2019. The number of guests nights was over 17 million, almost 3% more than in 2019, while revenue of accommodations climbed 27% to HUF 312 bln, he added.

He said the share of foreign and domestic travellers was nearing a "healthy 50%-50%" balance.

Among foreign visitors, the number of tourists from Czechia, Poland and Romania "rose significantly", while around 800,000 guest nights were lost due to the war in Ukraine, he added. 

Around 2.6 million foreign tourists spent 7.2 million guest nights in Hungary in June-August, while around 3.6 million domestic travelers spent 9.9 million guest nights at tourism accommodations. 

The number of guests who stayed in the capital reached 1.5 million and the revenue of accommodations there climbed to HUF 110 billion. In August, occupancy rates were around 78%.

Tamás Flesch, who heads the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, said the hotel industry had finished a "profitable season".

Guller said bookings registered with the National Tourism Data Service Centre (NTAK) suggest guest nights could reach 3.4 million in September, 3 million in October, and 2.4 million in November.

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