Tourism Nights Fall but Int'l Arrivals Rise in July

Tourism

The number of tourist arrivals in Hungary rose by 4.3% in July compared to the same month of 2022, while tourism nights fell by 1%, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) writes.

The number of domestic tourist arrivals decreased by 3.6% and that of domestic tourism nights by 8.4% compared to the same month of the previous year.

A total of 1.3 million domestic tourists spent some 3.9 million nights at tourist accommodation establishments. Commercial accommodation establishments registered 837,000 arrivals and 2.3 million nights. Some 57% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 9.4% lower than a year earlier.

The number of domestic tourism nights spent at private or other accommodation establishments was down by 8.2% compared to July 2022.

The two most popular regions, Lake Balaton and the Eger tourism region registered 42% and 8.2%, respectively, of domestic tourism nights, while Budapest's share was 4.8%.

On the other hand, international tourist arrivals rose by 19% and international tourism nights by 13% year-on-year.

The 907,000 international guests having arrived at tourist accommodation establishments spent 2.6 million tourism nights there, of which commercial accommodation establishments registered 628,000 guests and 1.6 million tourism nights, respectively. Some 65% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 8.0% higher than a year earlier.

The number of international tourism nights spent at private or other accommodation establishments grew by 22% compared to July 2022. Tourist accommodation establishments in Budapest accounted for 45% of foreign nights, and the most popular region was Lake Balaton with a 24% share, the statistics office notes.

A total of 33,803 tourist accommodation establishments, within which 3,034 commercial and 30,769 private or other accommodation establishments welcomed guests in July.

Of commercial accommodation establishments, some 1,005 hotels and 1,203 boarding houses were open for part or all of the month. The total gross sales revenues of these establishments amounted to HUF 75 billion, which was 15% higher at current prices than a year earlier.

Széchenyi Recreation Card was used by cardholders to spend HUF 5.6 bln, down 8.9% at current prices, at commercial accommodation establishments.

In January-July, tourist accommodation establishments registered 0.6% more, a total of 22.4 million tourism nights.

Domestic guests spent 8.1% less and foreign ones 13% more (respectively 12 million and 10.4 million) tourism nights in Hungary.

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