Despite the ever-increasing prices, more people are spending the holidays travelling than in recent years. The average price per person per night at Christmas has increased by nearly 23.5 percent compared to last year. There are more bookings for New Year’s Eve and the first two months of next year than this time a year ago. Budapest and Eger are the most popular destinations for guests booking on Szallas.hu for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the beginning of the new year.
According to Szallas.hu booking data, the proportion of end of the year and beginning of next year bookings has increased compared to previous years. “Although we cannot predict what is in store for tourism next year, we expect that as long as travel is not restricted, the desire to travel will remain,” explained Lili Kelemen, Szallas.hu’s press officer, “At the same time, travel habits may change, interest in domestic destinations will continue to grow, we will opt for nearby destinations and even spend less on a holiday by reducing the number of nights.”
The number of bookings for the Christmas period, received by 19 December, increased by 30 percent compared to last year and by 3 percent compared to 2019. The average price per person per night is HUF 16,000 (EUR 39.69), an increase of 23.5 percent compared to last year and 45 percent more expensive compared to 2019. Half of those spending Christmas away from home chose a spa accommodation. 48 percent of bookings were for hotels, 23 percent for apartments, 16 percent for guesthouses, 10 percent for pensions and 3 percent for other types of accommodation.
Budapest, Hévíz, Eger, Gyula and Zalakaros have so far proved to be the most popular destinations. Other top 10 destinations include Cserkeszőlő, Pécs, Siófok, Hajdúszoboszló and Szeged. Among the largest Hungarian tourism regions, Northern Hungary (20.55%), Lake Balaton (15.46%) and Southern Great Plain (13.95%) are the most popular destinations for Christmas bookings. In the North-Hungary region, Eger, Miskolc, Szilvásvárad, Parádfürdő, Egerszalók and Miskolctapolca are the most popular towns.
All of the above-mentioned destinations offer a wide range of activities for those who want to relax and unwind. There will also be live music evenings, star guest singers, magicians and comedians. Of course, there are also activities for the little ones, such as gingerbread decorating and other types of creative handicraft workshops. And adults can warm up with mulled wine.
More people ring in the New Year away from home: the number of advance bookings has more than doubled so far compared to last year, but there has also been a 20 percent increase compared to 2019. Most people are toasting at midnight in Eger, Szeged, Pécs, Gyula and Siófok.
The first two months of the new year seem to be encouraging as well, with twice as many reservations already as this time last year, and a nearly 10 percent increase in advance bookings compared to 2019.
Top 10 domestic destinations for Christmas 2022:
Top 10 domestic destinations on New Year’s Eve 2022: