After a strong start to the year, spring is off to a particularly good start, according to data from the National Tourist Information Center, the number of domestic guest nights booked through March 26 increased by 7 percent compared to 2022 for the first long term. weekend. According to the national distribution of advance bookings, foreigners (72 percent) will be the majority in Budapest, while in rural areas three-quarters of bookings come from local guests.
Among the tourist areas, most travelers have chosen Balaton, Mátra-Bükk or Bük-Sárvár as the place to spend their Easter holidays.
“The beginning of the year was very impressive even in international comparison. Based on Eurostat data, for example, in January Hungary managed to show one of the largest increases in traffic in Europe compared to the previous January. This is now confirmed by the Easter data.
Traffic is expected to be stronger than last year at accommodation facilities across the country, and this year the sector can also count on foreign guests to a greater degree.
– said Peter Horvat, CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ), based on advance reservations.
Foreigners are booked here
According to the data, the largest number of bookings from our overseas markets to the capital came from Israel, Germany and Spain, while accommodations in rural destinations will be filled mainly by Czech, Slovak and German guests, who will mainly travel to Lake Balaton and the Bük-Sárvár and Mátra-Bükk regions. . Among the rural settlements, Hévíz, Bük and Sárvár can count on the most foreign guests, MTÜ reports.
It is a favorite of the Hungarians
In addition, Hungarian guests also relax spring stress at Lake Balaton and in the Matra Bock region, but many of them will go to explore Budapest and its surroundings during this period. Of course, the spa towns are the most popular destinations after the capital: most people head to Hajdúszoboszló, Zalakaros and Heviz between April 7 and 10.
Most of the rest are in hotels
67 percent of Easter bookings are for hotels, 20 percent for private and other accommodation, 5 percent for boarding houses, 4 percent for community accommodation, 2 percent for holiday homes and 2 percent for campsites. Over the weekend, two-night bookings are most popular, with most bookings coming in on Holy Saturday and then Good Friday.
(Cover photo: Péter Komka/MTI)
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