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Summer tourism season breaks pre-pandemic record

Hungary's summer tourism season broke records set in 2019, the year before the pandemic, the head of the Hungarian Tourism Agency said on Wednesday.

Zoltan Guller said more than 6.2 million visitors were accommodated in June-August, up 6 percent from the summer of 2019, with more than 17 million guest nights spent (up 3 percent). Revenue grew by 27 percent to 312 billion forints, he added.

The market was essentially equally divided between foreign visitors and domestic travellers.

The number of tourists from Czechia, Poland and Romania “rose significantly”.

Around 2.6 million foreign tourists spent 7.2 million guest nights in Hungary in June-August, while around 3.6 million domestic travellers spent 9.9 million nights.

Fully 1.5 million guests stayed in the capital, with revenue of 110 billion forints. In August, occupancy rates were around 78 percent.

Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association head Tamas Flesch said the hotel industry had finished a “profitable season”.

Guller said bookings registered with the National Tourism Data Service Centre (NTAK) indicate guest nights hitting 3.4 million in September, 3 million in October and 2.4 million in November.

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