Guest nights spent at commercial accommodations in Hungary were up 7.3% in December 2010 at 990,000, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Monday.
The rise came after a sharp 15.9% increase in November and a low 2% rise in October. Guest nights declined yr/yr in the three summer months.
Foreign guest nights rose 2.8% from a year earlier to 457,000 in December, and domestic guest nights rose 11.6% yr/yr to 533,000.
In the entire year 2010, guest nights were up 1.5% compared to the previous year, totaling 19.03 million.
Foreign guest nights rose 1.4% to 9.36m last year, while domestic guest nights were up 1.6% at 9.67m. The number of foreign guests at commercial accommodations was up 4.8% at 3.39 million in 2010, including a 3.6% twelve-month rise in December alone to 195,000. The number of domestic guests was down 0.5% at 3.92 million in 2010 from the previous year, and their number rose 6.9% in December alone, to 246,000.
The average hotel occupancy rate was 44.8% in 2010, up from 43.1% in 2009. The rate was 33.1% in December alone.
Five-star hotels had an average occupancy rate of 59.9% in 2010 and 45.8% in December alone, while four-star hotels had an average occupancy rate of 50.2% in 2010, and 37.9% in December alone. The average occupancy rate at spa hotels was 56.1% in the 2010.
Gross revenue from accommodation rose 4% to HUF 234 billion in 2010. The figure included HUF 127 billion in accommodation charges. Annual accommodation revenue from foreign visitors rose 1.5% to HUF 78.6 billion and revenue from domestic guests fell 5.5% to HUF 48.9 billion, resulting in 1.3% less revenue. The 2% strengthening of the forint against the euro last year had an impact on revenue from foreign visitors during the period.
The gross average rate charged for a hotel room was HUF 14,223 last year, down 4.6% yr/yr, while the gross REVPAR (revenue available per room) was HUF 6,375 in the period, 0.5% less than a year earlier. (Econews)