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Oct 29, 2019

Hungary's tourism sector is “enjoying a golden age”, says official

Zoltán Guller said that by 2022 the number of guest nights in commercial lodgings would reach 50 million and the tourism sector would account for 16 percent of the country’s GDP.

The head of the Hungarian Tourism Agency has said the country’s tourism sector is “enjoying a golden age”.

Magyar Turisztikai Ügynökség’s head Zoltán Guller said the sector had never been as well funded as it is now. He added that the number of tourists visiting Hungary last year was 1.5 times the country’s population.

According to MTI, Guller told the Tourism Summit 2019 conference that the rise in the income of hotels exceeded the global average and the number of foreign tourists visiting Hungary was double the European Union average. Occupancy rates at four and five-star hotels average around 80 percent, he added.

Guller said that over the coming years the agency would carry on with its planned developments and engage in more modern marketing activities.

The agency is set to begin designing and building new sightseeing boats for the river Danube and Lake Balaton. Next summer, it will organize “Europe’s most beautiful fireworks display” and in the autumn it will open the Hungarian pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai.

Guller also said that by 2022 the number of guest nights in commercial lodgings would reach 50 million and the tourism sector would account for 16 percent of the country’s GDP. From then on, the goal will be to improve the quality of life of the sector’s workers and local residents through tourism, he added.

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