Most Foreign Visitors in Budapest from Italy, Greece & Germany During Christmas

  • 12 Jan 2024 8:13 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Most Foreign Visitors in Budapest from Italy, Greece & Germany During Christmas
Guest nights spent at Hungarian accommodations rose by 21% at Christmas and were up by 20% at New Year’s Eve from a year earlier, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) said.

Guest nights spent by foreign tourists climbed 27% on New Year’s Eve, it added. Between December 24 and 26 last year, 243,000 guest nights were spent in Hungary.

Foreign visitors spent 25% more guest nights and Hungarians spent 18% more than a year earlier. Three-quarters of Hungarian tourists spent the festive season at hotel accommodations.

Revenue of commercial accommodations increased above expectations. Outside of Budapest, revenues climbed by 23%. Budapest attracted the most foreign visitors — mainly Italian, Greek and German tourists – during the Christmas festivities.

At New Year’s Eve, it was also Italians, Germans and French visitors who spent the most guest nights. Outside of the capital, mostly Austrian, Czech and German tourists spent Christmas at commercial accommodations in Hungary, and Romanian, Czech and Austrian visitors spent the days around New Year’s Eve.

Outside of Budapest, Lake Balaton, the Mátra-Bükk hills, the cities of Debrecen and Szeged, and spa towns Bük, Sárvár, Hajdúszoboszló, Zalakaros and Eger were the most popular destinations.

Hungarian Tourist Numbers In Croatia Break 2019 Record

The number of Hungarian tourists visiting Croatia last year increased by 13% to a record 728,000 compared with 2019, the last record year, the Croatian National Tourism Board Office in Hungary said on Wednesday.

The number of guest nights spent by Hungarians in the neighbouring country last year went up by 10% to 3.6 million compared with 2019, the office said in a statement.

The increase in the number of Hungarian tourists was 30% in the months of February and May, and during the last three months of 2023, which shows that Croatia attracts Hungarians throughout the year for city visits, cultural programmes and active leisure activities, it said.

The most popular destinations included the regions of Kvarner, Istria, Zadar and Split with the cities of Crikvenica, Medulin, Opatija, Poreč, Rovinj and Vir.

MTI Photo: Bea Kallos

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