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Hungary guest nights drop 7% yr/yr in December, down 8.4% in 2009

Guest nights spent at commercial accommodations in Hungary fell 7.0% to 913,000 in December 2009 from a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Monday. Foreign guest nights fell less, by 3.5% to 441,000 in December and domestic guest nights fell 10.0%.

The fall slowed from 10.7% in December. Hungary guest nights have been down year-on-year each month since November 2008.

Guest nights in 2009 dropped 8.4% from 2008 to 18.287 million, including a 9.8% fall in foreign guest nights to 9.029 million. Guest nights fell 1.5% in 2008.

The number of guests at commercial accommodations fell 5.9% yr/yr, less than guest nights did, to 413,000 in December and fell 8.3% to 7.013 million in 2009.

Foreign guests numbered 186,000 in December 2009, 1.2% less than their a year earlier, and their full-year number fell 9.7% in 2009 compared to the previous year to 3.175 million.

The average hotel occupancy rate was 30.4% in December after 39% in November. The average rate for 2009 was 43.0%. The monthly rate dropped after reaching a 2009 peak at 58.3% in August.

Gross revenue from accommodation dropped 9.0% yr/yr at current prices to HUF 127.5 billion in 2009. (MTI-Econews)