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Tourism nights up 70% y.o.y. in September

Tourism

The number of tourism nights spent in Hungary in September 2021 went up by 70% compared to the same month of 2020, according to data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

Approximately 522,000, domestic guests (up 24% y.o.y.) spent 19% more, 1.2 million, tourism nights. Some 68% of nights were spent in hotels, up 17% from a year earlier. Turnover was 6.3% higher in boarding houses and three times higher in community hostels, the latter largely due to the organization of large-scale events. Bungalow complexes recorded 14% and camping sites 26% fewer tourism nights than in September last year. Lake Balaton was the most popular tourist region, accounting for nearly a quarter of domestic tourism nights.

Domestic guests accounted for 61% of all tourism nights. Cardholders used their Széchenyi Holiday Cards at commercial accommodation establishments to pay 6.5% more than in September 2020, totaling HUF 2.8 billion.

Seven and a half times more, 271,000, international visitors spent nearly five and a half times more, 729,000, tourism nights in accommodation establishments. Hotels accounted for 82% of guests, with the number of nights spent in hotels up six-fold compared to September 2020. Budapest recorded the highest (almost tenfold) increase.

Total gross sales revenues at current prices increased by 92% to HUF 37.5 billion.

Some 2,350 commercial accommodation establishments, including 795 hotels and 891 boarding houses, were open for part or all of September 2021.

January-September tourism nights still behind 2020 levels

In the first nine months of the year, commercial accommodation establishments recorded 9.6% fewer nights compared to January-September 2021, totaling 11 million. Domestic guests spent 5.7% and foreign ones 19% fewer tourism nights (8.2 and 2.9 million respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross revenue decreased by 4.7% at current prices to HUF 197 bln for commercial accommodation establishments.

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