Published on: 12 June 2018

0.8% decrease in tourism nights at accommodation establishments

In April 2018, the number of nights spent by international tourists decreased by 2.2% due to the high base in the same period of the previous year, but that of nights spent by domestic tourists increased by 0.9% compared to the level a year earlier. Total gross revenues grew by 6.6% at current prices in accommodation establishments. In January–April 2018, accommodation establishments saw a 7% growth in tourism nights and a 12% rise in gross revenues.

In April 2018, compared to the same month of the previous year:

The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 0.8% to over 476 thousand. The number of tourism nights they spent was 1.2 million, which was 2.2% less than in April 2017. In hotels accounting for nearly nine tenths of tourism nights, the rate of decline was 2.7%. In Budapest-Central Danube Region and Western Transdanubia accounting for 78% of arrivals, the number of foreign tourism nights fell by 2.3% and 15% respectively. In other tourist regions, the number of tourism nights increased or did not change substantially compared to the same period of the previous year.

The number of domestic tourist arrivals increased by 2.6% and that of domestic tourism nights grew by 0.9% to more than 1 million. The turnover measured in tourism nights grew in boarding houses, holiday houses and camping sites and decreased in hotels and community hostels. Accommodation establishments saw an around 5% growth in some tourism regions (at Lake Balaton, in Northern Hungary, Western Transdanubia and Budapest-Central Danube Region) and falls of 2–12% in other regions.

Room occupancy in hotels increased by 0.3 percentage points to 61.2%.

The total gross revenue of accommodation establishments increased by 6.6% to HUF 39 billion; within this, accommodation fee revenues increased by 4.5% (to HUF 23 billion), catering revenues by 23% (to HUF 9 billion), while other revenues fell by 2.4% (to HUF 7 billion) at current prices. The amount of accommodation fee revenues from foreign visitors increased by 4.1% and those from domestic visitors by 5.3% compared to April of the previous year.

Széchenyi Recreation Card holders spent nearly HUF 1.4 billion, 5.2% less in accommodation establishments. Guests could pay with SZÉP card at 1,938 accommodation establishments.

On 30 April 2018, compared to the same date of the previous year:

The number of accommodation establishments operating in Hungary increased by 84 to 2,799. The number of available rooms grew by 1.0% to nearly 82 thousand.

In January-April 2018, compared to the same period of the previous year:

The number of tourism nights grew by 7.0% to a total of 7.4 million in accommodation establishments. Foreign guests spent 4.6% more (3.8 million) and domestic guests 9.7% more (3.6 million) nights in accommodation establishments.

Room occupancy in hotels increased by 2.7 percentage points to 53.4%.

Total gross sales in accommodation establishments grew by 12% at current prices to HUF 125 billion. Within this, accommodation revenues increased by 11% and exceeded HUF 69 billion.

Summary data, April 2018

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
April January–April April January–April
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands 1 2133 823–2.24.6
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands1 0173 5540.99.7
Tourism nights, total, thousands2 2307 378–0.87.0
Revenues, total, billion HUF a)391256.612.0
In hotels: gross average room rate, HUF a)20 15518 1703.33.7
REVPAR, HUF a) b)12 3319 7113.79.2
TREVPAR, HUF a) c)20 93217 4225.810.6
Room occupancy rate, %

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.