Budapest, September 8 (MTI) – Domestic tourism continued to increase both in the first half of 2016 and during the peak tourist season, daily Magyar Hírlap said, citing experts.
Hungarians increasingly chose to spend their holidays in their home country rather than going abroad. Domestic demand grew by twice as much as the international one, general secretary of the association of Hungarian restaurants and hotels István Kovács told the paper.
Hotel revenues grew by 6.7 percent in the first six months, including an 8.5 percent increase in domestic guest nights and a 3.4 percent increase in foreign guest nights. Lower household debt, higher wages and the popularity of the “Szép card” holiday vouchers played a significant role in the trend, Kovács said.
The drop in international tourism was in part triggered by fear of terrorism. Tunisia and Egypt used to be popular Hungarian tourism destinations but the number of charter flights to them dropped significantly. At the same time, spas in western Hungary have become increasingly popular among Slovak and Czech tourists in addition to Hungarians, Russians and Ukrainians.
Head of the tourism department at the Pallas Athéné University Márta Kóródi said the number of domestic holidays comprising seven or eight guest nights steadily increased. Thanks to hotel developments in recent years, Hungary now offers sufficient accommodation options to provide an alternative to foreign holidays, she added.
Source: MTI/Magyar Hírlap