In the midday hours on May, 7. 2015., a press conference was held to the opening season of baths, swimming pools, healing waters in Budapest and throughout the country at one of the most exclusive mineral bath and swimming pool at the „Gellért” in Budapest.
At the event were present … Assistant Secretary of State for Tourism – Ádám Ruszinkó, Péter Faragó – Executive Director of the Tourist Office, Gábor Kardos – Head of the Lake Balaton and Surroundings, Gyula Czeglédi – President at the Hungarian Spa Association, László Selmeczi – president of the Hungarian Confectioner Industry Board whom welcomed the press and media representatives.
Assistant Secretary of State for Tourism – Ádám Ruszinkó, gave a short overview of last years figures concerning visitors to the open-air spas, open-air bathe and healing water in Hungary, by saying more than drew 40 million visited these complex. He mentioned, there are more than 200 baths operating in Hungary and added 1/3 of the bookings in Hungary are connected to health healing and/or enjoying the wellness services. These bookings sites are already open the doors to many foreigners working, staying, visiting Budapest and throughout the country. Naturally, more-and-more Hungarians chose to stay at these baths and open-air pools.
Péter Faragó – CEO Hungarian Tourism Agency, told that the national agency advertise the whereabouts of many services relating to health tourism throughout Hungary. Added, the national agency has a lists of 200 activities to choose from each weekend and longer stay on their website.
Gyula Czeglédi – President at the Hungarian Spa Association, underlined there are many discounts and savings optional from a bunch of bathe/pools from the beginning of May in Budapest, and throughout the country. From May, 1 opened already for the sun and water lovers the „Gellért”, „Palatinusz”, „Dagály bathe to hop over, have a splash, enjoy the superb healing mineral hot baths or just to simply watching the world go by during sunbathing on these terrace or beside the pools. The other pools will be open mid-May and a couple by the end of the month. This year reopening from June, 13., the „Pünkösdfürdő” and having its last year great success for the pooling folks they can enjoy a bit of outside area from Budapest.
This summer the baths, open-air pools, healing waters will be open until 8 p.m. and on weekends some with extended opening hours.
It was also emerged at the press gathering by Gábor Kardos – Head of the Lake Balaton and its surrounding, that the real season at the Lake Balaton starts off when the temperature of the lake reaches 20 °C, which is expected to happen before the water of the Adriatic reach its suitable temperature for swimming. Here at the „Hungarian Sea” so the Hungarians call Lake Balaton is certainly a place for a bunch of activities for sporty enthusiasts. The abundant supply of water sports, Hungarian food specialities, wine cellars and so forth are just palm’s reach.
The „Palatinusz” and „Dagály” open-air pools will also participate in the annual „Night” program as „Pools Night” – June, 19., until next day till 2 a.m. “Will be at the Ball” at the open-air pools, bathing, movie screenings, music and to be holding spectacular presentations, said Tibor Ferenci – CEO of the Budapest Spas and Hot Springs Company.
At the end of the press gathering László Selmeczi – confectioner invited to taste the special ice-cream brought to the venue.
Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter