Published on: 11 October 2017

3.0% increase in tourism nights at accommodation establishments

In August 2017, the number of nights spent by international tourists increased by 3.8% and that of nights spent by domestic tourists by 2.3% compared to the level a year earlier. Total gross revenues grew by 15% at current prices in accommodation establishments. The prices of hotel rooms were 12% higher at the national level and 21% higher in Budapest than a year earlier.

In August 2017, compared to the same month of the previous year:

The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 3.5% and that of international tourism nights by 3.8% (to 2 million). The turnover measured in tourism nights increased in each type of accommodation with the exception of community accommodation establishments. The growth was 1.9% in Budapest realizing half of all foreign tourism nights. Foreign tourists spent 10% more nights at Lake Balaton than in the same month of the previous year.

The number of domestic tourist arrivals increased by 1.9% and that of domestic tourism nights by 2.3% to nearly 2.4 million. Except for the region of Lake Balaton, the number of tourism nights has increased in each tourism region. Of domestic tourism nights registered at accommodation establishments Lake Balaton accounted for 36% and Northern Hungary for 12%.

Room occupancy in hotels increased by 1.6 percentage points to 73.8%.

As a result of the significant price increase of room prices and accommodation services, the revenues of accommodation establishments grew more dynamically than tourist arrivals. The total gross revenue of accommodation establishments increased by 15% to HUF 56 billion; within this, accommodation fee revenues increased by 16% (to HUF 37 billion), catering revenues by 13% (to HUF 9 billion) and other revenues by 14% (to HUF 11 billion). The amount of accommodation fee revenues from foreign visitors increased by 20% and those from domestic visitors by 12%. While foreign guests accounted for 46% of all tourism nights, 55% of the total accommodation revenue came from them.

Széchenyi Recreation Card holders spent HUF 3.2 billion, 2.3% less in accommodation establishments. In all types of accommodation other than holiday homes, the amount paid by SZÉP card was lower than a year earlier.

On 31 August 2017, compared to the same date of the previous year:

3,375 accommodation establishments were in our country, almost the same as at the same date of the previous year. The number of available rooms increased slightly and was close to 99,000.

In January–August 2017, compared to the same period of the previous year:

In the first eight months, accommodation establishments registered 6.9% more, i.e. a total of 20.9 million tourism nights. International guests spent 8.9% more (10.3 million) and domestic guests 5.1% more (10.6 million) tourism nights in accommodation establishments.

Room occupancy in hotels increased by 3.8 percentage points to 59.8%.

Accommodation establishments achieved gross revenues of HUF 310 billion, i.e. a total of 17% more at current prices. Within this, accommodation fee revenues grew by 19% and exceeded HUF 188 billion.

Summary data, August 2017

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
August January–August August January–August
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands 2 04910 3253.88.9
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands2 39010 5972.35.1
Tourism nights, total, thousands4 43920 9223.06.9
Revenues, total, billion HUF a)5631015.216.7
In hotels: gross average room rate, HUF a)21 06619 90911.810.8
REVPAR, HUF a) b)15 55711 90114.318.3
TREVPAR, HUF a) c)24 45519 70413.516.4
Room occupancy rate, % 73.859.81.6d)3.8d)

a) At current prices.
b) REVPAR: gross room revenue per available room.
c) TREVPAR: total gross revenue per available room.
d) Change in percentage points.