In the first quarter of 2017, Hungarians have gone on more vacations than last year, szallas.hu reports. The majority of people went on 1-2-night trips, and the 4 and 5 star hotels were the most popular. Among the cities, Budapest, Eger and Szeged attract the most visitors.
Although, in the first three months of the year there was only one long weekend, more people went on domestic vacations than in previous years. Domestic tourism increased by 8pc, but the low number of nights indicate the absence of non-working days, says József Szigetvári, director of szállás.hu. More than 80pc of the stays were only one or two nights long.
Unlike in previous years, when 3-star hotels were the most popular, this year people chose the higher quality, 4 and 5 star hotels mostly. Expenses increased by 17pc, but people still prefer packages under 50 thousand forints (160 euros). Packages between 50 and 100 thousand forints (160-320 euros) were still popular, but those above 100 thousand were rarely sought after.
Budapest continues to be the most popular domestic destination, followed by Eger. Szeged made it into the top 3, and Zalakaros also made it into the top 10 for the first time.
Top 10 domestic destinations in the first quarter of 2017
(last year’s ranking in brackets)
- Budapest (1.)
- Eger (2.)
- Szeged (7.)
- Pécs (6.)
- Hévíz (5.)
- Hajdúszoboszló (4.)
- Debrecen (10.)
- Gyula (3.)
- Miskolctapolca (9.)
- Zalakaros (-)