Tourism Nights Down 9% y.o.y. Compared to March 2022

Tourism

In March 2023, 667,000 guests spent 1.7 million tourism nights at commercial accommodation establishments in Hungary. The number of guests was 5.8% and that of tourism nights was 9% less than a year earlier.

According to the Central Statistical Office (KSH), the number of domestic tourist arrivals decreased by 11% and that of tourism nights by 17% compared to the same month of the previous year. The number of domestic tourist arrivals was 367,000 and that of tourism nights 825,000. Some 78% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 13% lower than a year earlier.

Tourism nights were down by 27% at boarding houses and by 29% at community hostels compared with March 2022. The two most popular tourism regions, the Budapest–Central Danube Region and Lake Balaton, recorded 25% and 18% of domestic tourism nights, respectively.

On the other hand, international tourist arrivals rose by 1.4% and tourism nights by 1.2% in number compared to the same month of the previous year. The 301,000 guests at accommodation establishments spent a total of 839,000 tourism nights there.

Some 83% of these were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 0.7% higher than one year earlier. The most popular tourism region was the Budapest–Central Danube Region, where 68% of international tourism nights were registered.

Total gross sales revenues amounted to nearly HUF 36 billion, which was 26% higher at current prices than in the same period of the previous year.

Cardholders paid 6.6% more, HUF 2.2 bln, with their Széchenyi Recreation Cards at commercial accommodation establishments.

Some 2,018 commercial accommodation establishments, including 845 hotels and 900 boarding houses, were open for part or all of the month.

Total tourism nights spent in Hungary were split 50%–50% between domestic and foreign guests.

Tourism Nights up Slightly in January-March 2023

In January-March 2023, commercial accommodation establishments recorded 1.3% more, a total of 4.5 million tourism nights. Domestic guests spent 9.6% less and foreign ones 15% more (respective 2.3 million and 2.2 million) tourism nights at commercial accommodation establishments.

The total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments increased by 41% at current prices, amounting to HUF 97 bln, KSH notes.

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