Daily News Hungary | Feb 22, 2019 | 1
Hungarian bath tourism skyrocketing in spring
Budapest’s baths have increased their traffic by almost 20 percent during last March. Medicine waters seem to be attractive for tourists, which is proven by the fact that 60 percent of them also buys a ticket for some of the baths in the capital, according to VG.hu.
Budapest’s bathing places are becoming popular because of multiple factors. One of them is that their management successfully made them attractive to the younger generations as well. According to statistics, while most of the guests were older than 60 in 2010, now the majority is under 30. This information was shared by Szilvia Czinege, who is the merchandise and marketing manager of Budapest Gyógyfürdői és Hévizei Ltd. The overall success of Budapest in the field of tourism is also shown in the increasing number of guests in the first quarter of 2018. The guests of the baths come from within and outside the border at an approximately equal rate.
The medicine waters of Budapest have become a very tempting sector of the capital’s tourism.
Travel agency TripAdvisor names Széchenyi Bath as the third most popular scene in Budapest after the Parliament and the Fisherman’s Bastion. The income of the historic baths during the winter come from the foreigner tourists in 70-90 percent. This mainly affects Széchenyi Bath and Gellért Bath. Meanwhile, Dandár Bath’s traffic consists almost exclusively of local guests.
The sales of daily tickets increased by 21 percent in January, 12 percent in February and 18 percent in March. This tendency was higher than 10 percent in each of the nine baths that are open for the whole year. Gellért Bath produced 34 percent increase compared to the March of 2017, while this rate was 17 percent in Rudas and 14 percent in Lukács. Palatinus’ opening was also quite favourable, mostly due to the local people fleeing from the high traffic of the most popular historic baths.