Chinese tourist groups have made a return to Hungary which will help restore the country’s tourism to levels seen in and prior to 2019.
Zsófia Jakab, from the Hungarian Tourist Agency (MTÜ), said the first official group of Chinese tourists since the outbreak of the pandemic arrived in Budapest at Ferenc Liszt International Airport on a direct Air China flight from Chongqing. A small group of 17 people arrived in Budapest, and further groups are expected, with 36,000 Chinese tourists expected this year, based on pre-bookings, Jakab said. Chinese tourist groups are now spending 8-10 days in Hungary as against 2-3 days earlier. As well as Budapest, they are likely to visit Debrecen, the Hévíz spa resort and areas around Lake Balaton, she noted. The agency is launching a Chinese roadshow in mid-April, Jakab added.