PM Orbán in Magyar Nemzet: Together we will succeed again
The following is the official, English-language transcript of Prime Minister Orbán's article in conservative daily Magyar Nemzet.Read more
The Lake Balaton area has been the most popular domestic tourist destination, and the government’s goal is to provide support for establishing the infrastructure needed for visitors to enjoy experiences throughout the year around Central Europe’s biggest freshwater lake.
After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, from one day to the next, the tourism sector collapsed worldwide. But with the largest economic protection package in its history, the Hungarian government has done everything in its power to provide the support needed to relaunch tourism here at home.
Since mid-December, the number of tourists has grown even faster than in previous years. Downtown shops, shopping malls and Advent markets are very popular and over the past week alone there has been noticeable growth in retail sales.
“The more we love our country, the more interested the world will be in us,” the PM said. “This way, our love for our country will also be expressed in terms of guest nights, jobs, rising wages and rising profits.”
Speaking of the upcoming 2021 Hungarian expo, Deputy PM Semjén said that Hungary has invited over 150 countries to participate. The events will focus on “showcasing the great hunting and game farming culture of Hungary … and central Europe,” he said.
Correspondent Nathan Kay describes Budapest as one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Europe, thanks to the 118 natural thermal springs that deliver 70 million liters of therapeutic waters each day
During an official visit to Shanghai, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, revealed that a 45 billion HUF (141 million EUR) power plant project will be built in Hungary, and air passenger links between the two countries could expand
If you haven’t been to Budapest lately, you should do yourself a favor and visit. One of Europe’s great capitals is going to get even better in the coming years, and this week, Hungary embarks on its first-ever tourist campaign to promote Budapest as one of Europe’s best destinations.
Tourists coming from more remote parts of the world tend to go on tours involving several countries, and they are more inclined to visit the Central European region as a whole rather than individual countries
The international interest in Debrecen has increased of late. Not only has there been development of the airport there to include new international destinations but funding has also been allocated to the city
In the article, titled “The Best Places to Go This Winter”, the author says, “almost thirty years after the fall of communism, Hungary’s capital has reclaimed its title as Paris of the East” and calls Budapest the “crown jewel of the Austro-Hungarian Empire"
PM Orbán revealed that guest nights were up by 50 percent last year compared with 2010, and revenues increased by over 115 percent. He also noted that the sector employs more than 360,000 people and accounts for 10 percent of the country’s GDP
Hungary welcomes more than 35 million tourists annually – 21 million from abroad – and the number is growing rapidly. The year 2016 was another record breaker with foreign tourists adding an estimated eight percent of revenue to the federal budget. The summer’s international sporting events, FINA and Formula 1, 2017 are expected to boost the numbers even higher.
Despite the summer heat, tourists have flooded the streets of Budapest and the Hungarian countryside. Tourism remains one of the leading sectors of the Hungarian economy, and the numbers are growing exponentially.
Hungary did not only pass the test with flying colors as the organizer of the FINA event, but also as a host and tourist destination over the past couple of weeks. Billions will flow into tourism thanks to the tournament
Hungary has many internationally renowned sights that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to Budapest and the countryside, such as Parliament, Buda Castle, Heroes' Square, Lake Balaton, the many spas and much more
Tourism arrivals were up with regard to both foreign and domestic guests in November 2015. Accommodation establishment revenues generated by domestic guests rose by 17.3 percent year-on-year, as domestic tourism traffic saw further stable growth. Thus, in spite of the light drop in the number of tourism nights by foreigners, the total number of tourism nights grew by 2.4 percent.