Published on: 15 January 2021

The number of tourism nights fell by 85% compared to November 2019, the number of domestic tourism nights decreased by 65% compared to the previous month, based on adjusted data

As a result of border crossing restrictions and Covid-19 protection measures1 for commercial accommodation, international tourists spent 93% 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. Domestic guests spent 76% fewer nights. 76% of all tourism nights were spent by domestic guests. Total gross sales of commercial accommodation establishments, calculated at current prices, were 85% lower than in November of the previous year. The number of domestic tourism nights decreased by 65% compared to the previous month, based on seasonally and calendar-adjusted data.

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

The number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights fell by 96% and 93% respectively, with 20 thousand guests spending 75 thousand tourism nights in accommodation establishments. Most guests stayed in hotels, the number of nights spent there decreased to less than a tenth. The decline was more than 75% in bungalow complexes, camping sites, boarding houses and community hostels. Budapest and the Balaton tourist region recorded the largest declines (98% and 95%, respectively).

94 thousand domestic guests (80% decrease) spent 238 thousand tourism nights (76% decrease). Of the five types of commercial accommodation, 58% fewer nights were registered in boarding houses and 76% fewer in bungalow complexes. Two-thirds of nights were spent in hotels, an 80% decline. The turnover in community hostels and camping sites was one third (33 and 34% respectively) of the turnover in November of the previous year. The Balaton tourism region saw the largest decline.

Total gross sales revenues were down by 85% (to HUF 6 billion) at current prices.

In November 2020:

1,765 commercial accommodation establishments, including 679 hotels and 717 boarding houses were open for part or all of the month.

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

55% fewer, a total of 13 million tourism nights were registered at commercial accommodation establishments. International guests spent 75% and domestic guests 36% fewer tourism nights (3.6 million and 9.5 million respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 57% at current prices and amounted to HUF 225 billion.

Summary data, November 2020

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
November January–November November January–November
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands753 650–93.1–75.1
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands2389 535–76.3–35.8
Tourism nights, total, thousands31313 185–85.0–55.3
Revenues, total, billion HUF a)6225–84.7–56.5

a) At current prices.