Thermal baths of Budapest – main attraction among foreigners?
According to turizmusonline.hu, the traffic of Budapest baths has reached outstanding rates in the past ten months, because they have been visited by 15% more guests compared to the previous year. The Budapest Gyógyfürdői Inc. recently conducted a survey in the Széchenyi, Gellért, Rudas and Lukács Baths to find out more about the visitors.
The company conducts a survey like this every year, to learn about the visitors of the baths of Budapest. They ask about sex, nationality and the age of the guests.
According to the main result of the survey, 61% of the four greatest baths’ visitors come from abroad.
This rate is especially high in the Széchenyi and Gellért Baths, where more than 70% come from abroad. Besides European countries, the ten most common countries of origin also include Asian countries like China and South Korea.
The top ten countries where foreign visitors come from: Great Britain, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, China, Russia, Sweden.
Concerning Hungarian guests, the survey found out that 80% of them were from Budapest, while 10% live in other settlements of Pest County.
Almost 60% of guests are women, except for the Rudas Bath, where the thermal section reminiscent of Turkish times is mostly visited by men.
In contrast with the misconception, more than 30% of bathers are under the age of 30, so baths are not only visited by the elderly wishing to recover.
However, most of the young visitors are foreigners. The circle of Hungarian guests is still dominated by the 50+ age group.
It also turned out from the survey that, while Hungarian guests tend to visit the historic baths of Budapest alone, foreigners usually go with their partners.