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Hungary guest nights rise slight 0.4pc in January-July

Guest nights spent at commercial accommodations were up 0.4pc at 10.489m in January-July from a year earlier, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Thursday. Foreign guest nights rose 1.8pc to 5.138m and domestic guest nights were down 0.9pc to 5.351m.

In July alone, guest nights fell 0.9pc yr/yr. The fall followed a 3.6pc yr/yr drop in June, a 0.3pc rise in May, a slight drop in April and rises in the first three months of the year. The number of guest nights fell almost steadily yr/yr between November 2008 and December 2009.

In January-July this year, the number of guests at commercial accommodations rose 0.9pc to 4.027m. Foreign guests numbered 1.842m in January-July, up 5.6pc from a year earlier.

The number of guests at commercial accommodations was 963,000 in July, up 0.5pc in one year.

The average hotel occupancy rate was 42.7pc in January-July, up 2 percentage points in one year. The occupancy rate was 54.4pc in July alone.

Five-star hotels had an average occupancy rate of 57pc and four-star hotels registered 47.9pc average occupancy in January-July. Spa hotels had an above-average occupancy rate of 54pc.

Gross revenue from accommodation rose 0.2pc yr/yr to HUF 126bn in January-July at current prices, while the consumer price index of accommodation services rose 1pc. Gross revenue from accommodation included HUF 69bn from accommodation charges, HUF 30bn from catering and HUF 28bn from other services.

The gross average price of a hotel room was HUF 13,902 in January-July 2010, and the gross REVPAR (revenue per available room) was HUF 5,938, dropping 8.6pc and down 5.4pc, respectively, from a year earlier. In terms of foreign guests, accommodation revenues were also influenced by the fact that the forint was an average 5pc stronger yr/yr in the first seven months. (MTI Econews)