The number of visitors to Budapest’s spas rose almost 13 percent year-on-year to more than 5 million in 2019, Hungarian news agency MTI reported on Friday.
“Budapest Spa operator BGYH will see its revenue exceeding 18.3 billion forints (60.8 million U.S.dollars) in 2019, up 20 percent from a year earlier,” MTI informed.
MTI attributed the results mainly to the continuous development of the baths and the ever increasing tourist traffic to Budapest. Compared to 2010, guest traffic increased by 72 percent, it said.
Széchenyi thermal bath saw the biggest rise of its turnover in 2019. The spa welcomed nearly 1.8 million guests last year, accounting for more than 35 percent of BGYH’s total turnover.
In December alone, Széchenyi Bath’s daily ticket sales increased by nearly 14 percent compared to December of the previous year.
Budapest is well known for its thermal baths. Its unique facilities were fully recognized by Roman legionaries over 2,000 years ago.
According to available records, there were then 14 baths in the city at that time, some of whose remaining foundations and walls can be seen in Obuda (northern part of Budapest) to this day, BGY said on its website.(1 U.S. dollar = 300.84 HUF)
Source: Xinhua – Budapest