Hungary marks 15% increase in tourist overnight stays in July

The number of international tourists and tourist nights spent in Hungary more than doubled after a total of 493,000 international guests spent 1.4 million tourist nights in the country.

About 63% of tourist nights were spent in hotels, which means an increase of more than double compared to July 2021, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Data provided by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) revealed that the number of tourist nights increased by 15% year-on-year in July 2022, with a sharp increase in the number of nights spent in Hungary by international customers as well.

These data also show that the number of domestic tourist arrivals decreased by 8.9% and that of tourist overnight stays by 10%.

In this regard, KSH indicates that the number of domestic tourists was 827,000 and that of tourist overnight stays was 2.4 million.

The same source also reveals that around 58% of overnight stays were spent in hotels, while their number decreased by 8.9% compared to 2021. In addition, local customers accounted for more than 63% of tourist overnight stays.

As for turnover in dormitories and community hostels, the number decreased by 19% and 3.1%, respectively, compared to July of the previous year.

Among the most popular tourist regions, the Budapest-Central Danube region stood out, where 47% of international tourist overnight stays were recorded.

In July, total gross receipts from sales at current prices increased by 26% to HUF 61 billion. As a result, cardholders paid 35% less, or HUF 6 billion, with their Széchenyi entertainment cards at commercial accommodations.

About 2,906 commercial accommodation establishments were open in July, including 946 hotels and 1,201 guesthouses.

Between January and July, the number of tourist nights spent in commercial accommodation increased by 106% to 14.6 million compared to the same period in 2021.

Around 55% of domestic customers spent more nights in commercial accommodations and foreign customers also almost tripled to 8.6 and 6 million respectively.

As a result, total gross receipts from commercial housing sales at current prices increased by 140% to HUF 239 billion.

Earlier, About Hungary revealed that the number of bookings in commercial accommodation in Hungary marked a significant increase for the months of September and October compared to 2021.

According to the data, the figures show that overnight stays in the fourth quarter could exceed the levels recorded in 2019.