The development of quality tourism, attracting foreign guests, the ability to pay is the purpose of the new tourism development concept, which will be completed by the end of the year … with these words started the press conference by Gustav Bienerth – tourism commissioner on Sunday at the Szamos Marzipan Gourmet House in Budapest. Gustav Bienerth continued, that in 2015, 3.8 million tourists visited the capital, of which 3.2 million arrived from abroad. This means 2/3 of foreigners main target is Budapest and 1/3 visit Lake Balaton and its surroundings. The Government regards the Hungarian tourism is underpriced, bringing up as an example to the rates in Vienna only for Euro net 100.6, 79.1 Euro in Prague and in Budapest 73.5.Euro.
He also emphasized the goal of the Hungarian Agency for Tourism (MTÜ), is to have tourism development based on the price competition, and also serve the development of quality tourism, which is indeed necessary to win the ability to pay for foreign guests.
He highlighted the capital’s tourist image of a cultural, entertainment, sporting events, such as the magnificent venue of the Red Bull Air Race (taking place to-day at its 9th occasion in Budapest), the 2017’s water world championships, the 2020 European Football Championship, the 2024 Summer Olympics Games and many forthcoming major events to be hold in Hungary.
Last but not least mentioned the concept that fits into the Hauszmann-plan for the renovation of the Castle District, and also take into account the opportunities such as in the field of building a brand new conference center in order to attract the conference tourism. Keeping that in mind there are already plans to build a brand new conference center to be able to accommodate for 4000 individuals to organize mass conferences.
For not only opera lovers, here is an upcoming date better to keep in mind … August, 10 – Tenor Plácido Domingo will hold a concert free of charge at the St. Stephen’s Basilica – Budapest.
Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter