Since the Crimean crisis, not many Russian tourists have come to Hungary, and the fall of the ruble further reduces the number of travels. István Kovács, the president of the Hotel Association of Hungary told Napi Gazdaság that at the end of October, 10% less Russian tourists arrived compared to the same period of the previous year.
The loss of Russian tourists mean a huge loss of income for Hungarian tourism. Last year, foreign visitors spent 1263 billion HUF – 5-6% of which were Russian guests’ spending.
According to Gábor Pap, the mayor of Hévíz, one of the most sought-after towns, Russians could leave much more money here, as they spend 70-80% more than the Western-Europeans. Last year, Russian guests spent 768 nights in Hungary, almost exclusively in hotels.
based on article of index.hu translated by Vivien Pásztai