Tourism nights down 85% y.o.y. in November 2020


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The number of tourism nights fell by 85% in November 2020 compared to the same period of 2019, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

In November 2020, the number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights fell by 96% and 93% year-on-year respectively, with 20,000 guests spending 75,000 tourism nights in accommodation establishments. Most guests stayed in hotels, the number of nights spent there decreased to less than a tenth. The decline was more than 75% in bungalow complexes, camping sites, boarding houses, and community hostels. Budapest and the Balaton tourist region recorded the largest declines (98% and 95%, respectively).

Some 94,000 domestic guests (down 80% year-on-year) spent 238,000 tourism nights (76% decrease). Of the five types of commercial accommodation, 58% fewer nights were registered in boarding houses and 76% fewer in bungalow complexes. Two-thirds of nights were spent in hotels, an 80% decline. The turnover in community hostels and camping sites was one third (33 and 34% respectively) of the turnover in November of the previous year. The Balaton tourism region saw the largest decline.

Compared to November 2019, total gross sales revenues were down by 85% (to HUF 6 billion) at current prices.

In November 2020, some 1,765 commercial accommodation establishments, including 679 hotels and 717 boarding houses were open for part or all of the month.

In the first 11 months of 2020, a total of 13 million tourism nights were registered at commercial accommodation establishments, some 55% fewer than in January-November 2019. International guests spent 75% and domestic guests 36% fewer tourism nights (3.6 million and 9.5 million respectively) in Hungary. Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 57% at current prices and amounted to HUF 225 billion.

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