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Guest nights in Budapest fall at slower rate than in other capitals in 2009

The number of guests and guest nights spent by visitors to Budapest fell about 11% in 2009, but the drop was still smaller than declines in the capitals of other countries in the region, Budapest deputy mayor Imre Ikvai-Szabó said at a press conference on Friday.

The number of travelers who stayed in the capital last year fell 11.2% to 2.3 million, and the number of guest nights dropped 11.1% to 5.4 million, Ikvai-Szabó said. The number of guest nights fell a steeper 11.4% in Prague, 20.3% in Bratislava, 16% in Ljubljana and 14.9% in Tallinn, he added.

László Fekete, managing director of BTH, the capital's tourism agency, said revenue from tourism in Budapest fell 15.7% in 2009. Within this, gross revenue from accommodations was down 15.5%.

Tax revenue from tourism in the capital was down by about one-quarter, or HUF 1 billion, in 2009, Ikvai-Szabó said, answering a question. (MTI-Econews)