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Hungary boosts region's share of global tourism market

Europe's share of the global tourism market, in terms of numbers of visitors, fell from 80% to 76% in the past decade, but the share of Central and Eastern Europe grew on the back of arrivals to Hungary and Ukraine, Hungarian tourism agency Magyar Turizmus said, citing a report by the European Travel Commission (ETC).

The number of foreign visitors to Hungary rose from 33.9 million in 2004 to 40.6 million in 2009, data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows. The number of foreign visitors who spent just one day in the country rose from 21.7 million to 31.6 million but the number who spent several days fell from 12.2 million to 9.1 million during the same period.

Spending by foreign visitors rose from HUF 821.8 billion in 2004 to HUF 1,200.6 billion in 2009. (MTI-Econews)