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Hungary guest nights drop 6.2% yr/yr in September

Guest nights spent at commercial accommodations by Hungarian and foreign tourists fell 6.2% to 1.639 million in September 2009 from a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said. The fall widened from 4.5% in August but was still less than the double-digit drops experienced in the spring. Hungary guest nights has been down each month since last November.

Nights spent by Hungarian tourists fell by 5.8% to 669,000 and those by foreign guests decreased by 6.5% in twelve months to 970,000 in September.

Guest nights in January-September fell 8.4% yr/yr to 14.928 million, after decreasing 1.5% last year from 2007. Domestic guest nights in the first nine months fell 6.0% to 7.608m and foreign guest nights dropped 10.8% to 7.320 million.

The share of conference tourism or job-related trips fell 3%-point from a year earlier to 27% of all guests in January-September. Health tourism represented 11%. Spa and wellness hotels received 16% of all foreign guests and a 39% share of all domestic guests in the first nine months.

The average hotel occupancy rate was 49.5% in September and 44.4% in January-September. The rate dropped after reaching a 2009 peak at 58.3% in August.

Gross revenue from accommodation and related services dropped 12.2% yr/yr to HUF 20.7 billion in September and dropped 9.2% to HUF 172.3 billion in January-September. Revenue from accommodations, excluding catering, amounted to HUF 100.8 billion in January-September, down 7.9% yr/yr, following a 7.4% drop in January-August. The share of foreign tourists in gross revenue from accommodation was 60%, exceeded their 49% share in all guest nights. (MTI-Econews)