Hungary: 75% less nights spent by international tourists in July 2020

In July 2020, as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, international tourists spent 75% and domestic tourists 18% 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.

82% of all tourism nights were spent by domestic guests.

Total gross sales revenues declined by 41% at current prices in commercial accommodation establishments.

Foreign arrivals fell by 76%

The number of foreign arrivals and tourism nights fell by 76% and 75% respectively, with 166 thousand guests spending 478 thousand tourism nights in accommodation establishments.

Most guests stayed in hotels or camping sites. The number of hotel nights fell to almost a fifth.

57-60% declines were seen in camping sites, boarding houses and bungalow complexes, and a 91% fall in community hostels. Budapest recorded the largest, 88%, downturn.

Domestic guests fell by 12%

758 thousand domestic guests (12% decrease) spent 2.1 thousand tourism nights (18% decrease). Six out of ten nights were spent in hotels, where the rate of decline was 8.6%.

Unlike hotels, boarding houses registered 2.5% more nights. The number of campsite arrivals was at two thirds of their last July level. Lake Balaton was the most popular region.