Published on: 12 November 2019

Number of tourism nights decreased by 1.3% and sales revenues increased by 6.9%

In September 2019, the number of nights spent by international tourists increased by 1.4% and that of nights spent by domestic tourists fell by 4.7% compared to the same period of the previous year in commercial accommodation establishments (hotels, boarding houses, camping sites, bungalows and community hostels). Considering seasonal and calendar effects, the number of foreign tourism nights grew by 2.0% and of domestic tourism nights declined by 2.0%. Total gross sales revenues rose by 6.9% at current prices in commercial accommodation establishments.

In September 2019, compared to the same month of the previous year:

The number of international tourist arrivals increased by 2.6% and of international tourism nights by 1.4%. 577 thousand guests spent nearly 1.5 million tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments. The number of the latter ones increased slightly in hotels and boarding houses and significantly in community hostels. Foreign guests spent six-tenths of their tourism nights in the Budapest-Central Danube region, 3.0% more than in the same month of the previous year.

Domestic arrivals and tourism nights were down 3.5% and 4.7% respectively to 527 thousand arrivals and 1.1 million tourism nights. The value of the latter indicator declined in hotels, community hostels and camping sites, and increased in boarding houses and bungalows. The regions - with the exception of Lake Tisza and Southern Transdanubia - showed a decline. Every fifth tourism night was registered at Lake Balaton.

The occupancy rate of hotels was 66.4%.

Total gross sales revenues were up by 6.9% (to HUF 52 billion), within which accommodation fee revenues grew by 6.7% (to HUF 31 billion) at current prices.

With Széchenyi Recreation Card, cardholders paid a total of HUF 2 billion in commercial accommodation establishments, an increase of 72%.

On 30 September 2019, compared to the same date of the previous year:

73 units fewer, 3,179 commercial accommodation establishments were in operation with 90 thousand available rooms and 294 thousand bed-places.

In January–September 2019, compared to the same period of the previous year:

The number of tourism nights registered by commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 0.2% to a total of 24.7 million. International guests spent 0.1% more and domestic guests 0.5% fewer tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments (12.2 million and 12.5 million respectively).

Room occupancy in hotels was unchanged at 62.3%.

The total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments were HUF 421 billion, 8.0% more at current prices.

Summary data, September 2019

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
September January–September September January–September
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands1 48012 1741.40.1
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands1 11312 501-4.7-0.5
Tourism nights, total, thousands2 59324 676-1.3-0.2
Revenues, total, billion HUFa)524216.98.0
In hotels: gross average room rate, HUFa)24 01822 3018.18.2
REVPAR, HUFa) b)15 95413 8917.68.1
TREVPAR, HUFa) c)26 48923 3987.58.0
room occupancy rate. %66.462.3-0.3d)0.0d)

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.