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Number of foreign guests up 7%

Some 1.9 million foreign guests stayed at commercial accommodations in Hungary in the first seven months of the year, up 7% year-on-year, the Central Statistics Office(KSH) reported on Friday. Foreign tourists spent over 5.94 million guest nights at hotels during January-July, up 2.4% from the same period in 2004. Almost 75% of foreign guests came from EU countries, who spent 4.5 million guest nights in January-July. Hungarian travelers spent 1.49m guest nights at hotels in Hungary in July, up 5.2 % year-on-year. There was an increase of travelers from Great Britain, and the number of foreign visitors increased mainly in central Hungary. (MTI; NG 2)