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Number of tourists up 3 percent in first half of season

The first half of the holiday season saw the number of visitors rise by 3 percent year on year to 2.7 million, and the number of guest nights was also above that in the same period last year, at 6.7 million, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) said on Thursday.

The number of nights spent by foreigners was up by 16 percent, MTU said.

In June, the number of guests rose by an annual 4 percent to 1.6 million. They spent 4 million nights at accommodations nationwide, slightly fewer than last year, MTU said. The number of foreigners was up by 25 percent, spending 14 percent more guest nights in Hungary than in the same period last year, it said.

In the first half of the season, between the beginning of June and mid-July, the number of foreign guests jumped by 22 percent while that of domestic visitors fell.

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