Autumn tourism brings record

Friday, November 10, 2023


Tourism in Autumn brings record In September. International guests from 226 countries spent 1.8 million nights in Hungary.

This number is thirteen percent higher than last year, based on the data of the Hungarian Tourism Agency.

Overall results for the first month of autumn exceeded even pre-COVID figures, reports Magyar Nemzet.

Compared to September of last year, the first month of autumn this year saw a 10% increase in the number of tourists visiting Hungary.

The number of 1.4 million guests exceeded the pre-pandemic figure by 2.4%. Almost 11% more guests arrived in the Hungarian countryside compared to 2019.

Tourists spent 3.4 million nights in Hungary in September, which was almost 6% higher than this time last year.

National Tourism Data Supply Center Data provided this.

Budapest and Lake Balaton were the most popular destinations, while Hévíz was the most visited rural settlement in September.

The average capacity utilization rate of hotels, reflected the high season standing at almost 60%.

The data shows that the majority of the tourists were attracted to the countryside. 2.2 million nights spent in hotels outside the capital.

Thus, the first month of autumn has seen stronger rural guest flows than both last year and 2019.

In addition, more people decided to go on a holiday with a nearly 15% increase compared to 2019.

A large proportion of these visitors had interest in the rural tourism offer, with a total of 1.5 million nights spent in rural accommodation. It shows a 10% increase on the record year in 2019.

Compared to last year, accommodation establishments welcomed 22% more foreign travelers.

International guests came mainly from neighboring and nearby countries, but Israeli, Dutch, British, and Chinese tourists also stayed in the countryside.

In September, international visitors from 226 countries spent 1.8 million nights in Hungary, 13% more than last year.

The top five markets in September were Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Poland, and the United States.

The vast majority came to the capital where their one million nights spent were 17% up on a year ago.

Hotels in the capital experienced significant growth from all four main originating countries.

German tourist flows up by almost 20% Czech by 15%, and Polish by 26% compared to a year ago.

However, China and South Korea recorded the biggest increases.

The number of nights spent increased nearly fourfold and doubled respectively.

Lake Balaton also welcomed a large number of tourists in September with the most popular tourist region accounting for 19% of visitors.

Mátra-Bükk, the Budapest area and Debrecen and its surroundings followed this.

After Budapest, the top ten towns with the highest number of overnight stays were predominantly spa towns: Hévíz, Hajdúszoboszló, Balatonfüred, Bük, Siófok, Zalakaros, Debrecen, Zánka, Szeged, and Eger.

Balatonfüred, Zánka, and Hajdúszoboszló were the most preferred choices for Hungarian tourists, while foreigners preferred Hévíz, Bük, and Hajdúszoboszló.

Hotels were the preferred choice for tourists, with 49% of domestic nights in September and 56% of foreign nights in hotels.

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