Published on: 7 May 2020

Number of tourism nights fell by 65% in March

As a result of the coronavirus epidemic, in March 2020, the number of nights spent by international tourists fell by 68% and that of nights spent by domestic tourists by 61% compared to the same period of the previous year in commercial accommodation establishments (hotels, boarding houses, camping sites, bungalow complexes and community hostels). Total gross sales revenues declined by 60% at current prices in commercial accommodation establishments.

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

The number of international tourist arrivals decreased by 74% and of international tourism nights by 68%. 107 thousand guests spent 316 thousand tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments. All accommodation types and regions saw large declines. Accommodation establishments in Budapest and Western Transdanubia recorded a decrease of almost 70% in the number of tourism nights. Compared to March 2019, the number of tourism nights fell to a third from Europe and to less than a quarter from Asia and America. The number of Russian and Ukrainian tourism nights roughly halved with a lower-than-average decline. Guests from our most important sending country, Germany, spent 62% fewer nights in Hungarian accommodation establishments.

Domestic arrivals and tourism nights were down by 64% and by 61% respectively to 166 thousand arrivals and 381 thousand tourism nights. Compared to March 2019, the number of tourism nights fell by more than half in all regions and by more than two thirds in the Budapest-Central Danube region and at Lake Tisza.

Total gross sales revenues were down by 60% (to HUF 14 billion) at current prices.

In March 2020:

2,101 commercial accommodation establishments were in operation, mostly in the first half of the month.

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

19% fewer, a total of 4.1 million tourism nights were registered at commercial accommodation establishments. International guests spent 18% and domestic guests 20% fewer tourism nights (2.1 million and 2.0 million, respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 11% at current prices and amounted to HUF 82 billion.

Summary data, March 2020

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
March January–March March January–March
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands3162 120-68.1-17.7
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands3812 029-61.0-19.7
Tourism nights, total, thousands6974 149-64.6-18.7
Revenues, total, billion HUF a)1482-59.7-11.4

a) At current prices.