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Number of foreign visitors to Hungary rises 0.7% to 14.16m in Q3 2009

The number of foreign visitors to Hungary rose 0.7% in the third quarter of 2009 from the same period of last year to 14.16 million, while the number of Hungarians travelling abroad fell 4.3% to 5.35 million, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Friday.

Hungary's tourism surplus was HUF 158 billion in the third quarter, up 38.6% from the same period of 2008, resulting from tourism exports of HUF 393 billion and imports of HUF 235 billion.

Spending by foreign visitors in Hungary rose 15% to HUF 938 billion in Q1-Q3 2009, while spending by Hungarians abroad increased 11% to HUF 614 billion.

Hungary's tourism surplus rose almost 25% to HUF 324 billion in Q1-Q3.

The number of foreign visitors in Hungary was up 3% at 32 million. The number of Hungarians travelling abroad fell 2.2% to 13.2million. (MTI-Econews)