In the context of high inflation, residents' incomes have shrunk, some Hungarians have reduced their vacation plans in the country during this summer's vacation, and Hungary's domestic tourism industry has also been affected.
In Lake Balaton, a famous tourist attraction in western Hungary, the bustling scene of the past is no longer there, and there are some tourists scattered in the lake and on the shore. Some tourists say the high cost of travel has forced them to rethink the way they vacation.
Tourists: Last year, I stayed in a hotel for 5 nights on vacation, spending about 120,000 forints (about 2,500 yuan), and this year the same time costs about 400,000 forints (about 8,200 yuan), no matter where to search for hotels, our family of 4 has to spend these money, so if we can borrow to stay at a friend's house, we are not ready to travel this holiday.
Hungary's tourism industry has been hit hard by a decline in tourists. The data shows that hotel occupancy in Lake Balaton is down 10% to 15% compared to the same period last year. Some insiders said that there are two reasons for the decline in the number of tourists, one is high inflation, the other is the recovery of outbound tourism, and more and more people choose to vacation in places with lower costs abroad.
Data showed that Hungary's consumer price index (CPI) rose 17.6% year-on-year in July. This is the first time since September 2022 that Hungarian inflation has fallen below 20%, but it is still the highest among EU member states.
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Editor: Zhang Yafang