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Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017
This was said by the head of Hungarian Tourism Agency Zoltán Guller. Among the projects are revamping of 48 beaches at Lake Balaton for about 1.86 billion forints (EUR 6m), and substituting the pleasure boats on the lake with electric ones. Wine routes will be built in the Sopron region and the Széchenyi Palace in the nearby Nagycenk will be refurbished. 23 billion forints will be spent on developing tourism facilities around Lake Fertő (Neusiedler See), the lake straddling the border with Austria.
In northern Hungary, more than 90 billion forints will be spent on developments in the Tokaj Hegyalja region. In this region, the 700-metre glass bridge of Sátoraljaújhely will be the longest structure of its kind in the world. Guller also specified that 2017 would be the year of sport tourism for Hungary with 5,500 rooms already booked across 31 hotels in Budapest and 3 in Balatonfüred by visitors coming in for sports events.
The agency is also fortifying domestic tourism and attracting foreigners to other parts of Hungary besides the capital. The Hungarian tourism industry had its best ever year in 2016 and it is hopeful for this year as well. The number of tourist arrivals in Hungary increased by 7.1% last year, according to data from the UNWTO.