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Guest nights rise 6.2% yr/yr in Hungary in September

Guest nights spent at commercial accommodations in Hungary were up 6.2% in September 2010 at 1.75 million, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Monday. The rise followed three months of yr/yr decline and was the biggest increase since a 10.5% rise in March.

Foreign guest nights rose 6.7% from a year earlier to 1.04 million in September, and domestic guest nights rose 5.4% yr/yr to 714,000.

January-September guest nights were up 0.1% in one year at 15.38 million.

Foreign guest nights rose 0.7% at 7.57 million in the first nine months of 2010, while domestic guest nights were down 0.4% at 7.81 million.

The number of foreign guests at commercial accommodations was up 4.6% at 2.68 million in January-September of 2010, including a 11.1% twelve-month rise in September alone to 378,000. The number of domestic guests was down 2.2% at 3.076 million in January-September from a year earlier, and their number rose 1.0% in September to 306 million.

The average hotel occupancy rate was 46% in January-September and 52.9% in September alone.

Five-star hotels had an average occupancy rate of 60.3% in the first nine months of 2010, including 74.8% in September, while four-star hotels had an average occupancy rate of 51.6%, and 57.8% in September alone. The average occupancy rate at spa hotels was 58% in the first nine months.

Gross revenue from accommodation rose 2.3% to HUF 179 billion in January-September, including HUF 99 billion in accommodation charges. Nine-month revenue from accommodation fell 3.3% as revenue from foreign visitors dropped 1.1% to HUF 60.9 billion and revenue from domestic guests fell 6.6% to HUF 38.1 billion. The 3% strengthening of the forint against the first nine months of last year had an impact on revenue from foreign visitors during the period.

The average rate for a hotel room was HUF 14,087 in the first nine months of the year, while the gross REVPAR (revenue available per room) was HUF 6,478 in the period. (MTI-ECONEWS)