The number of foreign visitors rose yr/yr in Q1 the second time since Q4 2009 and the number of Hungarians travelling abroad rose for the second time since Q2 2009. Both increases started in Q4 last year.
Hungary’s tourism surplus fell 21.2 percent yr/yr to 74.9 billion forints (EUR 278.44m)in the first quarter of 2011 as spending by foreign tourists (tourism exports) fell 4.2 percent to 207.86 billion forints and Hungarians’ spending abroad rose 8.6 percent to 132.95 billion forints. Some 131.44 billion forints or almost two-thirds of the amount spent by foreign tourists was related to tourism consumption. Of tourism imports, 80.22 billion forints or 60 percent of spending was related to tourism consumption.