Budapest welcomes more tourists than ever
According to portfolio.hu, the number of tourists coming to Hungary has been growing in the past decades, which is due to affordable accommodation possibilities, low-cost flights, and the many tourist attractions. Besides traditional sights, there are more and more people who also look up special attractions, like a good restaurant, a unique building, or a peculiar programme.
Hungary’s tourism in numbers
The country welcomes tourists with several natural and cultural sights. Lake Balaton, the thermal baths and the historic cities are all attractive tourist destinations. However, Budapest remains the leading destination, as almost 70% of the tourists come here.
Most visitors prefer to stay for a weekend, which is also shown by the data: the average length of stay is less than 2.5 days, and this hasn’t changed in the past years. Although there’s a slight increase in the amount of money spent during the stay, currently an average foreign visitor spends somewhat more than 14 thousand forints (EUR 45) a day.
But there are big differences in the amount of money spent based on which country a tourist comes from. Russian and Ukrainian tourists are the least likely to save money, they spend around 30-35 thousand forints (EUR 96-112) a day. They are followed by Australian and American tourists who spend 25-30 thousand forints (EUR 80-96). Visitors from western countries generally spend 15-25 thousand forints (EUR 48-80), while this rate is 5-10 thousand (EUR 16-32) in the case of East European visitors.
The best data is that the number of nights spent in Hungary by tourists has tripled since the change of regime, which is not due to longer stays but the increasing number of visitors. Aside from the first year of the crisis – since 2009 – the number of tourists visiting Hungary has been dynamically growing.
Where is increasing tourism leading us?
“Budapest is already popular among tourists with its current attractions, but all big cities try to close any “attraction holes” and develop unique elements. Budapest’s repertoire is currently missing very modern elements that can be enjoyed by groups, and easily consumable attractions, built on local elements like a person, a story, a brand or a food” said László Puczkó, touristic expert.
The location and the services of the parks all contribute to the informing of visitors about the history of the city, the life of locals. These are places, where people can slow down and enjoy nature and cultural experiences. They also add to the growth of the days spent in a city, thus, increasing the amount of money spent, as well.
Neat environment serves tourism
The abundance of sights helps tourism prosper, but the development of these places can make everything even more visitable and popular. A neater Danube coast, renovated public places, and renewing parks all influence the opinion of tourists in a positive way. All in all, the sights determine the touristic popularity of a city or country, but their condition, approach also have an effect on the experiences of visitors.