International arrivals still power tourism
In January–September 2023, domestic guests spent 7.0% less and foreign ones 13% more tourism nights at tourist accommodation establishments than in the same period of the previous year.
In September 2023 the number of tourist arrivals was up by 9.4%, while that of tourism nights by 5.8% in total at tourist accommodation establishments. 72% of tourism nights were at commercial accommodation establishments, where turnover was 3.9% higher than a year earlier. Private and other accommodation establishments registered 11% more tourism nights than a year earlier.
The number of domestic tourist arrivals increased by 0.6% and that of domestic tourism nights decreased by 1.2% compared to the same month of the previous year. Tourist arrivals numbered 762 thousand and the tourism nights spent nearly 1.7 million at tourist accommodation establishments, within which commercial accommodation establishments registered 564 thousand tourist arrivals and 1.2 million tourism nights. 67% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 3.8% lower than a year earlier. The number of domestic tourism nights spent at private or other accommodation establishments was up by 1.4% compared to September 2022. The two most popular tourism regions2, Lake Balaton and the Eger tourism region, registered 26% and 10%, respectively, of domestic tourism nights, while Budapest’s share was 11%.
The number of international tourist arrivals rose by 22% and that of international tourism nights by 13% compared to the same month of the previous year. The 663 thousand guests having arrived at tourist accommodation establishments spent 1.8 million tourism nights there, of which commercial accommodation establishments registered 500 thousand guests and 1.3 million tourism nights, respectively. 78% of the latter were spent at hotels, where the number of tourism nights was 12% higher than a year earlier. The number of international tourism nights spent at private or other accommodation establishments grew by 21% compared to September 2022. Tourist accommodation establishments in Budapest accounted for 57% of foreign tourism nights, and the most popular tourism region was Lake Balaton with a 13% share.
A total of 25,697 tourist accommodation establishments, within which 2,779 commercial and 22,918 private or other accommodation establishments welcomed guests.
Of commercial accommodation establishments, 982 hotels and 1,152 boarding houses were open for part or all of September.
The total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments amounted to HUF 55 billion, which was 21% higher at current prices than a year earlier.
Széchenyi Recreation Card was used by cardholders to spend nearly HUF 2 billion, 5.9% less at current prices, at commercial accommodation establishments.
In January–September 2023 compared to same period of previous year, tourist accommodation establishments registered 1.2% more, a total of 32.5 million tourism nights.
Domestic guests spent 7.0% less and foreign ones 13% more (respective 17.4 million and 15.1 million) tourism nights at tourist accommodation establishments.