Published on: 9 September 2021

Number of tourism nights up by nearly 10% on July 2020 and down by 36% on same month in 2019

The number of nights spent by domestic guests at commercial accommodation establishments1 (hotels, boarding houses, camping sites, bungalow complexes and community hostels) increased by 8.1% in July compared to the same month in 2020 but was 11% lower compared to July 2019, the corresponding month in the year before the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of nights spent by foreign tourists in Hungary rose by 16% compared to July 2020 and decreased by 70% compared to the same period in 2019. Compared to the previous month, the number of domestic tourism nights was 1.2 million and that of international ones 350 thousand higher.

In July 2021 compared to same month of previous year:

The number of domestic tourist arrivals became 5.3% and that of domestic tourism nights 8.1% larger. The number of arrivals reached 802 thousand and that of tourism nights spent in Hungary 2.3 million. 59% of the nights were spent at hotels, where the increase was 7.6%. About the same number of nights as in the same month last year were registered for boarding houses, while 2.0% and 6.6% less for bungalow complexes and camping sites, respectively. As summer camping restarted, the number of tourism nights at community hostels was up by four-fifths. The most popular tourism region was Lake Balaton, for which over a third of domestic tourism nights were registered.

The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 29% and that of international tourism nights by 16%. The 218 thousand guests who arrived at accommodation establishments spent 571 thousand tourism nights there. Most of the guests stayed at hotels, and the number of nights they spent there expanded by nearly one-third compared to July 2020. Budapest saw the largest (nearly two-fold) increase.

Total gross sales revenues rose by 25% at current prices, to HUF 47.5 billion.

In July 2021:

2,662 commercial accommodation establishments, including 860 hotels and 1,009 boarding houses were open for part of or all over the month.

80% of all tourism nights were spent by domestic guests.

In January–July 2021 compared to same period of previous year:

Commercial accommodation establishments registered 29% less, a total of 5.6 million tourism nights. Domestic guests spent 14% and foreign ones 57% less (respective 4.4 million and 1.2 million) tourism nights at commercial accommodation establishments.

The total gross sales revenues of commercial accommodation establishments decreased by 28% at current prices and amounted to HUF 101 billion.

Summary data, July 2021

Indicator Value Change compared to same period of previous year, % Change compared to same period in 2019, %
July January–July July January–July July
Tourism nights spent by domestic tourists, thousands2 2904 4318.1–14.1–11.1
Tourism nights spent by international tourists, thousands5711 20216.2–56.9–70.0
Tourism nights, total, thousands 2 8625 6339.6–29.1–36.1
Revenues, total, billion HUFa)4810125.3–27.9–24.7

a) At current prices.