Published on: 7 August 2020

Number of tourism nights fell by 75% in June

In June 2020, as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, international tourists spent 93% and domestic tourists 59% fewer tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments (hotels, boarding houses, camping sites, bungalow complexes and community hostels) compared to the same period of the previous year. 87% of all tourism nights were spent by domestic guests. Total gross sales revenues declined by 77% at current prices in commercial accommodation establishments. Due to the lifting of epidemiological restrictions at the end of May, the number of domestic tourism nights increased dynamically in June to more than fourfold compared to the previous month.

In June 2020, compared to the same month of the previous year:1

The number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights both fell by 93%, with 41 thousand guests spending 101 thousand tourism nights in accommodation establishments. The number of nights in boarding houses reached one-fifth of the value measured in the same month of the previous year, while in other accommodation types it was between 3% and 14%. The largest decrease (98%) took place in Budapest. At Lake Balaton, less than a tenth of the previous year's turnover was realized.

285 thousand domestic guests (60% decrease) spent 672 thousand tourism nights (59% decrease), with the latter falling most in community hostels and least in boarding houses. Domestic guests spent most (every third) night at Lake Balaton, where the number of nights recorded by accommodation establishments in June was almost half of the previous year's value.

Total gross sales revenues were down by 77% (to HUF 12 billion) at current prices.

In June 2020:

2,275 commercial accommodation establishments were open for part or all of the month; one-tenth of them had no guest traffic.

In January-June 2020, compared to the same period of the previous year:

61% fewer, a total of 5.2 million tourism nights were registered at commercial accommodation establishments. International guests spent 66% and domestic guests 54% fewer tourism nights (2.3 and 2.9 million respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 59% at current prices and amounted to HUF 99 billion.

Summary data, June 2020

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
June January–June June January–June
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands1012 259–93.2–66.4
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands6722 920–59.2–54.5
Tourism nights, total, thousands7725 179–75.2–60.6
Revenues, total, billion HUF a)1299–77.0–58.7

a) At current prices.