Tourist overnight stays in Hungary plunge in May due to coronavirus

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-07 19:28:42|Editor: huaxia

BUDAPEST, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Tourism nights spent in Hungarian commercial accommodation establishments plunged by 92.7 percent year-on-year in May, according to the data published by Hungarian central statistical office (KSH) Tuesday.

"In May, as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, international tourists spent 98 percent and domestic tourists 86 percent fewer tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments compared to the same period of the previous year," KSH informed in a statement.

"The number of foreign arrivals and foreign tourism nights in May decreased by 99 percent and 98 percent respectively, with 4,000 guests spending 22,000 tourism nights in accommodation establishments," KSH added.

Domestic tourism in Hungary restarted operations in May thanks to the gradual lifting of the coronavirus restrictions, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) said earlier.

"International arrivals for tourism purposes were almost completely missing in May," the MTU said, adding that the coronavirus has had a demonstrable effect on Hungary's tourism industry as tourist groups have not left China for European destinations.

"Chinese tourists represented 5-6 percent of the total guest traffic, most of whom arrived in Budapest in groups," it said.

According to the China National Tourist Office in Budapest, 277,389 Chinese tourists visited Hungary in 2019, an 8.36 percent increase year-on-year. Enditem