‘Last year, the international turnover of 2.8 million tourist regions exceeded the 2019 figure by 3 percent, while the 19.3 million domestic nights practically repeated the figure,’ the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) said in a statement on Friday.

After Lake Balaton, the Mátra-Bükk, the Budapest area, Debrecen and its surroundings, Tokaj and Nyíregyháza were the most popular regions for domestic visitors.

According to data from the National Tourist Information Centre (NTAK), Zánka, Visegrád and Zalakaros received the most guests in relation to the total population, they added.

‘Of the 27.3 million nights spent in rural areas in 2023, 81% were spent in the 11 tourist regions. The three most popular regions – Lake Balaton, the Mátra-Bükk and the Budapest area – account for more than half of the total number of overnight stays outside the capital. The same regions also generate the most revenue for rural accommodation,’ the MTÜ said.

The largest increase in the number of guests and guest nights compared to 2022 was recorded in the Győr-Pannonhalma region.Compared to 2019, the largest increase in the number of guests was recorded in the Tokaj and Nyíregyháza region, with over 16%, while the number of guest nights increased the most in the Budapest area, with an increase of almost 10%.

The growing desire to travel among foreign visitors has had its effect in the countryside as well. 

After Lake Balaton, foreign guests spent the most guest nights in Debrecen and its region, as well as in the Bük-Sárvár region.

Czechs and Germans were the most numerous in Hungary’s  rural holiday region, while Poles and Slovaks were the most numerous in the most popular mountainous destination.

After the Hungarian sea, most domestic guests chose accommodation in the Mátra-Bükk, around Budapest, Debrecen and its surroundings, Tokaj and Nyíregyháza.

Among them, the favourites of the citizens of the capital were Lake Balaton, Mátra-Bükk, and Budapest and its surroundings, where they preferred to stay at hotels in Siófok, Eger and Visegrád.

Nearly one fifth of rural accommodation turnover, more than 5 million nights, took place in settlements outside tourist areas. Among them, Kecskemét, which has a significant business tourism sector, had the highest number of overnight stays in 2023, while the city of Szarvas had the highest growth (+15 percent), according to the MTÜ’s summary.

According to the NTAK data, in terms of population, the highest number of visitors, based on the annual number of visitors of the settlement, were in Zanka, Visegrád and Zalakaros. ‘The five most popular top attractions in terms of day visits were the main square in Vác, the Aranypart open-air beach in Siófok, the Sóstó Spa in Nyíregyháza, the Hungarospa Spa in Hajdúszoboszló and the Eger Basilica,’ MTÜ  said.

Source: Dehir.hu

Author: Debrecen4U