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Tourism nights down 70% y.o.y. in March

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The number of tourism nights spent at commercial accommodations in Hungary dropped by 70% year-on-year in March, as a result of COVID-19-related lockdown measures and border crossing restrictions, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

The decrease in the observed indicators is even more significant compared to the period before the outbreak, with 89% fewer tourism nights compared to March 2019.

In March 2021, 42,000 domestic guests (76% decrease compared to March 2020) spent 136,000 tourism nights (66% decrease). About 62% of nights were spent in hotels, a 71% decline. The turnover in boarding houses and community hostels was just over half (59% and 55% respectively) of the turnover in March of the previous year. The Balaton tourism region saw the largest decline.

Domestic guests accounted for 61% of all tourism nights.

The number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights fell by 79% and 74% respectively, with 24,000 guests spending 88,000 tourism nights in accommodation establishments. Most guests stayed in hotels, however, the number of nights spent there decreased to 23% compared to March 2020. Budapest and the Balaton tourist region recorded the largest declines (95% and 82%, respectively).

Total gross sales revenues were down by 70% (to HUF 4.5 billion) at current prices.

Some 1,208 commercial accommodation establishments, including 483 hotels and 523 boarding houses were open for part or all of March 2021.

Tourism nights down 86% in January-March 2021

In January-March 2021, commercial accommodation establishments registered 86% fewer tourism nights (a total of 579,000) compared to the first three months of 2020.

Domestic guests spent 82% and foreign guests 90% fewer tourism nights (374,000 and 205,000, respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 87% at current prices and amounted to HUF 11.1 bln.

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