Tourism nights down 93% y.o.y. in December

Tourism

As a result of border crossing restrictions and COVID-19 protection measures, tourists spent 93% fewer tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments compared to the same period of the previous year, according to data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

Some 33,000 domestic guests (92% decrease) spent 104,000 tourism nights (89% decrease). About 58% of nights were spent in hotels. The turnover in boarding houses and community hostels was nearly one third (29% and 32% respectively) of the turnover in December of the previous year. The Balaton tourism region saw the largest decline.

The number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights fell by 97% and 96% respectively, with 14,000 guests spending 44,000 tourism nights in accommodation establishments. Most guests stayed in hotels, however, the number of nights spent there decreased to 3.4%. Budapest and the Balaton tourist region recorded the largest declines (99% and 98%, respectively).

Total gross sales revenues were down by 93% (to HUF 2.9 billion) at current prices.

In December 2020, 1,221 commercial accommodation establishments, including 451 hotels and 544 boarding houses were open for part or all of the month.

In January-December 2020, 58% fewer, a total of 13 million tourism nights were registered at commercial accommodation establishments. Domestic guests spent 39% and international guests 77% fewer tourism nights (9.6 million and 3.7 million respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments. Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 59% at current prices and amounted to HUF 228 billion.

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