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Hungary guest nights drop 12.1% in January-May

Guest nights spent at commercial accommodations by Hungarian and foreign tourists fell 12.1% to 5.486 million in January-May 2009 compared to the same period last year, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Monday.

Guest nights in May fell 14.1% to 1.632 million from a year earlier. The drop accelerated from April, when guest nights decreased 4.3% yr/yr after a drop of 19.4% in March.

Foreign guest nights fell 14.9% in May, while domestic guest nights fell 13.1%. In April foreign guest nights fell 8.3% and domestic guest nights rose 1.0%.

The number of foreign guests at commercial accommodations in Hungary decreased 15.6% yr/yr to 1.016 million in January-May, and they spent 2.817 million guest nights in the country, 14.2% less than a year earlier. With the exception of Austria, guest numbers fell from all the five most important sender countries - Germany, Romania, Great Britain and Italy -, with the steepest, 33.0% fall registered in the number of British guest nights. The number of US guest nights fell 31.0% yr/yr in January-April.

The number of domestic guests fell 9.2% yr/yr to 1.252m in January-May and they spent 2.669 million guest nights at commercial accommodations, 9.7% less than one year earlier.

Gross revenue from accommodation and related services dropped 11.8% to HUF 78.237 billion (€288.5 million) in January-May. Revenue from accommodations, excluding catering, amounted to HUF 43.592 billion, down 11.7% yr/yr.

Foreign guests accounted for HUF 27.538 billion of gross revenue in January-May, 14.0% less than in the same period one year earlier. Revenue from domestic guests decreased 7.4% to HUF 16.054 billion.

Catering prices were up 5.9% yr/yr in the first five months of 2009 and prices for accommodation rose 5.5%, KSH said. The increases compared to a 3.2% consumer price inflation in the period.

Hungary's commercial accommodations' occupancy rate was 32.6% in the first five months of 2009. The occupancy rate was the highest, at 51.3%, in spa hotels although it was still down 5.9 percentage points from a year earlier. Commercial accommodations' occupancy rate rose to 37.9% in May from 35.6% in April. (MTI-ECONEWS)