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Domestic tourism up, foreign tourism down in Hungary

Hungarian tourists have spent 8%-9% more and foreign tourists 2%-3% fewer guest nights at Hungarian tourist accommodations so far in 2006 as compared to last year, Zoltán Somogyi, undersecretary at the ministry responsible for tourism, said on Friday.

Foreign guest nights were up 2%-3% during the summer as compared to last year, but the “disturbances of September and October unfortunately disrupted this tendency,” Somogyi said. Somogyi claimed that Hungary lost about 40,000 foreign guest nights at hotels in Budapest in September and October, costing them approximately Ft 700 million in accommodation fees and Ft 1.5 billion in total.
Somogyi also said that tourists had spent 10.5 million guest nights in 747 Hungarian hotels over the last ten months, generating hotel revenues from accommodations fees of Ft 87 billion. Hotels had an occupancy rate of 49.5%, Somogyi noted.