Budapest, January 7 (MTI) – Visitor numbers at the capital’s thermal baths increased by 15 percent and revenue was up by 17 percent in 2015 compared with 2014, the Budapest bath operator’s chief executive said on Thursday.
Visitor numbers reached 3.9 million and revenue rose to 11.93 billion forints (EUR 38m) last year, said Laszlo Szoke. The operator, BGYH, expects at least 4 million visitors in 2016.
Szechenyi Gyogyfurdo was responsible for around 35 percent of the company’s traffic. BGYH saw a significant increase in visitor numbers at Rudas, Dandar, Gellert, Csillaghegyi and Dagaly baths. During the summer open-air baths registered a 110-200 percent growth in visitor numbers.
As the operator had an operating profit in 2015 of around 2 billion forints, this opens up investment opportunities, the Szoke said.
The company plans to develop its mineral water bottling plant and upgrading Csillaghegyi bath this year, followed by the upgrade of the Gellert baths next year.