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Tourism In Hungary Still On The Rise As Budapest Set For Hotel Boom

By Tamás Székely // 2017.02.10.

The number of guest nights in Hungary’s commercial lodgings grew by an annual 14.4 percent to 1,747,000 in December 2016, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) reported on Friday.

Nights spent by Hungarian tourists rose by 8.6 percent to 853,000, while those spent by foreign visitors jumped 20.5 percent to 894,000 due to a low base related to the migrant crisis. Nights at Budapest hotels were up 22 percent. Revenue grew by 16.5 percent to 30.9 billion forints.

Meanwhile business daily Világgazdaság reported on Friday that between 20 and 25 hotels could be built in Budapest over the next six or seven years. The construction of the hotels would add 2,500-2,700 rooms to the local market, Attila Hegedűs, a partner at BDO Magyarorszag Hotel es Ingatlan, told the paper. Between 2014 and 2016, 15 hotels with almost 1,100 rooms were built in the capital.

At present there are about 19,000 hotel rooms in Budapest. Last week Budapest’s Aria Hotel was named the best hotel of the world by Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

via MTI and; cover photo: British actor Ralph Fiennes in US movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel”