Tourism nights in May tripled year-on-year


Easing protection measures for commercial accommodation taken to contain the pandemic meant that domestic tourism nights spent in commercial accommodation establishments in May tripled compared to the same month in 2020, but were still 56% lower than in May 2019, the year before the outbreak, according to data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).


In May 2021, some 211,000 domestic guests (up 128,000 compared to May 2020) spent 522,000 tourism nights (up 336,000). About 72% of nights were spent in hotels, where the increase was nearly fourfold. Guest nights in boarding houses and community hostels exceeded the previous year's turnover by 57% and 29% respectively. The Northern Great Plain tourism region recorded the highest increase (more than four times).

Domestic guests accounted for 81% of all tourism nights.

Foreign arrivals increased by 34,000 and tourism nights by 100,000 compared to the same period of 2020. The 39,000 guests who arrived at accommodation establishments spent 125,000 tourism nights. Hotels accounted for a large share of guests, with nights spent there increasing more than fivefold compared to May 2020. Budapest saw the largest increase (more than eight times).

Total gross sales revenues at current prices were up HUF 8.9 billion year-on-year, reaching HUF 12.6 bln.

Some 1,945 commercial accommodation establishments, including 691 hotels and 769 boarding houses were open for part or all of May 2021.

Tourism nights in January-May still below 2020 levels

In January-May 2021, commercial accommodation establishments registered 68% fewer tourism nights than in the same period of 2020, totaling of 1.4 million. Domestic guests spent 55% and foreign guests 81% fewer tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 68% at current prices and amounted to HUF 28.1 billion in January-May.


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