Tourism Nights Increase in September

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The number of both tourist arrivals and tourism nights spent in Hungary increased in September 2023 compared to the same period of the previous year, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

The number of tourist arrivals was up by 9.4%, while that of tourism nights by 5.8% in total at tourist accommodation establishments compared to September 2022. 

Some 72% of tourism nights were at commercial accommodation establishments, where turnover was 3.9% higher than a year earlier. Private and other accommodation establishments registered 11% more tourism nights than a year earlier.

The number of domestic tourist arrivals increased by 0.6% and that of domestic tourism nights decreased by 1.2% year-on-year. Tourist arrivals numbered 762,000 and tourism nights nearly 1.7 million at tourist accommodation establishments, within which commercial accommodation establishments registered 564,000 tourist arrivals and 1.2 million tourism nights. About 67% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 3.8% lower than a year earlier.

The number of domestic tourism nights spent at private or other accommodation establishments was up by 1.4% compared to September 2022.

The two most popular tourism regions, Lake Balaton and the Eger tourism region registered 26% and 10%, respectively, of domestic tourism nights, while Budapest's share was 11%.

International Arrivals Jump Significantly

The number of international tourist arrivals rose by 22% and that of international tourism nights by 13% compared to the same month of the previous year. The 663,000 guests staying at tourist accommodation establishments spent 1.8 million tourism nights there, of which commercial accommodation establishments registered 500,000 guests and 1.3 million tourism nights, respectively. Some 78% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 12% higher than a year earlier.

The number of international tourism nights spent at private or other accommodation establishments grew by 21% compared to September 2022. Tourist accommodation establishments in Budapest accounted for 57% of foreign tourism nights, and the most popular tourism region was Lake Balaton with a 13% share.

A total of 25,697 tourist accommodation establishments in the first fall month of 2023, within which 2,779 commercial and 22,918 private or other accommodation establishments welcomed guests.

Of commercial accommodation establishments, 982 hotels and 1,152 boarding houses were open for part or all of September.

The total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments amounted to HUF 55 billion, which was 21% higher at current prices than a year earlier.

Széchenyi Recreation Card was used by cardholders to spend nearly HUF 2 bln, 5.9% less at current prices, at commercial accommodation establishments.

Foreign Guests Lift Tourism Sector Performance in Jan-Sep

In January-September 2023, tourist accommodation establishments registered 1.2% more, a total of 32.5 million tourism nights than in the same period of 2022.

Domestic guests spent 7% less and foreign ones 13% more (respective 17.4 million and 15.1 million) tourism nights at tourist accommodation establishments.

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