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Hungary’s Guest Nights in June Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels

Péter Cseresnyés 2022.07.06.

The number of guest nights in June grew by 15 percent compared with record-breaking 2019 numbers, the National Tourism Agency (MTU) said on Tuesday, citing figures from the national tourism data supply center (NTAK).

NTAK’s system, which provides daily updates on the turnover at every Hungarian place of accommodation, recorded four million guest nights in June, 50 percent more than last year, according to MTU. Nights spent by domestic travelers grew by 15 percent, and foreign tourists spent three times as many nights as they did in June 2021, the agency found.

Accommodations in the Lake Balaton region drew 28 percent of all guest nights and in Budapest facilities 23 percent, with the mountain region in northern Hungary (Mátra-Bükk) recording 7 percent, and Debrecen and the surrounding area in eastern Hungary 6 percent. Accommodations around Budapest accounted for 5 percent of guest nights and the popular thermal spa area Bük-Sárvár for 4%.

Most bookings, 42 percent, went to hotels, and 37 percent to private accommodations. Campsites (7%), bread and breakfasts (6%), community accommodations (5%) and self-catering accommodations (2%) made up the rest.

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Hungarian accommodation providers registered 15.5 million guest nights in January-June, two and a half times more than in the same period last year. The number of nights spent by domestic guests doubled and those spent by foreigners grew five-fold.

In total, guest nights in the first half of 2022 trailed those in the same period in the record-breaking year of 2019 by only 9 percent.

Most visitors arrived from Germany, Czechia, Romania, Austria, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, and Poland.

The MTU forecast guest nights to be around 3.2 million in July, and 2.3 million in August.

via MTI

Featured image: illustration Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI

 


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