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Tourism agency: June guest nights top pre-pandemic levels

The number of guest nights in June grew by 15 percent compared with record-breaking 2019 numbers, the National Tourism Agency (MTU) said on Tuesday, citing figures from the national tourism data supply centre (NTAK).

NTAK’s system, which provides daily updates on the turnover at every Hungarian place of accommodation, recorded 4 million guest nights in June, 50 percent more than last year, MTU said. Nights spent by domestic travellers grew by 15 percent, and foreign tourists spent three times as many nights as they did in June 2021, the agency said.

Accommodations in the Lake Balaton region drew 28 percent of all guest nights and Budapest facilities 23 percent, with the mountain region in northern Hungary recording 7 percent, and Debrecen and the surrounding area in eastern Hungary 6 percent. Accommodations around Budapest accounted for 5 percent of guest nights and popular thermal spa area Buk-Sarvar for 4 percent, MTU said.

Most bookings, 42 percent, went to hotels, and 37 percent to private accommodations. Campsites (7 percent), bread and breakfasts (6 percent), community accommodations (5 percent) and self-catering accommodations (2 percent) made up the rest, MTU said.

Hungarian accommodation providers registered 15.5 million guest nights in January-June, two and a half times more than in the same period last year. The number of nights spent by domestic guests doubled and those spent by foreigners grew five-fold, MTU said. In total, guest nights in the first half of 2022 trailed those in the same period in the record-breaking year of 2019 by only 9 percent, the agency said.

Most visitors arrived from Germany, Czechia, Romania, Austria, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Poland.

The MTU forecast guest nights to be around 3.2 million in July and 2.3 million in August.


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