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Tourism agency: Guest nights up by one-fifth in holiday season

Guest nights spent at Hungarian accommodations rose by 21 percent at Christmas and were up by 20 percent at New Year's Eve from a year earlier, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) said on Thursday.

Guest nights spent by foreign tourists climbed 27 percent on New Year’s Eve, it added.

Between December 24 and 26 last year, 243,000 guest nights were spent in Hungary. Foreign visitors spent 25 percent more guest nights and Hungarians spent 18 percent more than a year earlier. Three-quarters of Hungarian tourists spent the festive season at hotel accommodations. Revenue of commercial accommodations increased above expectations. Outside of Budapest, revenues climbed by 23 percent.

Budapest attracted the most foreign visitors – mainly Italian, Greek and German tourists – at Christmas. At New Year’s Eve, it was also Italians, Germans and French visitors who spent the most guest nights. Outside of the capital, mostly Austrian, Czech and German tourists spent Christmas at commercial accommodations in Hungary, and Romanian, Czech and Austrian visitors spent the days around New Year’s Eve.

Outside of Budapest, Lake Balaton, the Matra-Bukk hills, the cities of Debrecen and Szeged, and spa towns Buk, Sarvar, Hajduszoboszlo, Zalakaros and Eger were the most popular destinations.

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