Published on: 7 April 2021

The number of tourism nights decreased by 90% compared to February 2020

As a result of border crossing restrictions and Covid-19 protection measures1 for commercial accommodation, domestic tourists spent 86% fewer tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments2 (hotels, boarding houses, camping sites, bungalow complexes and community hostels) compared to the same period of the previous year. International guests spent 94% fewer nights. 68% of all tourism nights were spent by domestic guests. The number of domestic tourism nights increased by 8 thousand compared to the previous month. Total gross sales of commercial accommodation establishments, calculated at current prices, were 90% lower than in February of the previous year.

In February 2021, compared to the same month of the previous year:

42 thousand domestic guests (90% decrease) spent 123 thousand tourism nights (86% decrease). 61% of nights were spent in hotels, an 89% decline. The turnover in boarding houses and community hostels was about one third (36% and 33% respectively) of the turnover in February of the previous year. The Balaton tourism region saw the largest decline.

The number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights fell by 95% and 94% respectively, with 19 thousand guests spending 58 thousand tourism nights in accommodation establishments. Most guests stayed in hotels, however, the number of nights spent there decreased to 5.9% compared to February 2020. Budapest and the Balaton tourist region recorded the largest declines (99% and 96%, respectively).

Total gross sales revenues were down by 90% (to HUF 3.5 billion) at current prices.

In February 2021:

1,210 commercial accommodation establishments, including 473 hotels and 538 boarding houses were open for part or all of the month.

In January-February 2021 compared to the same period of the previous year:

Commercial accommodation establishments registered 90% fewer tourism nights, a total of 355 thousand. Domestic guests spent 86% and foreign guests 94% fewer tourism nights (238 thousand and 117 thousand, respectively) in commercial accommodation establishments.

Total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 90% at current prices and amounted to HUF 6.7 billion.

Summary data, February 2021

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, %
February January– February February January – February
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands123238–85.7–85.6
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands58117–93.5–93.5
Tourism nights, total, thousands181355–89.7–89.7
Revenues, total, billion HUFa)3,56,7–89.6–90.2

a) At current prices.