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Premiere in Hungary: Rakuten Viber – instant money transfer service powered by Mastercard

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So it was announced at the Bestia Budapest Restaurant the new service, named “Moneytou”, which had been developed in Hungary and will initially operate with cards issued in Hungary, rolled out from October, 3. 2019. Easily send money to each other using a brand new feature available in the Viber mobile app.  and  within plans for it to be out in other markets as well as on a global scale. The new feature, which leverages Mastercard’s Send technology that is a result of an exceptional cooperation of Rakuten Viber and Mastercard allows users to send and receive money immediately through the app in a secure, fast and easy way. The innovative service behind Moneytou has been developed by NeoPay with the aim of making the service available to customers of most Hungarian banks from the very start.

Ms Cristina Constandache – Chief Revenue Office at Rakuten Viber said: Q.: “We’re happy to announce the upcoming launch of Moneytou, a strategic project launching in Hungary, which will offer a unique payment solution for all our users in the country. Partnering with Mastercard and NeoPay has enabled us to offer Hungarians the ability to easily send, receive and transfer money to friends and family with just a few taps. Continued saying Q.: “Our mission has always been to bring valuable solutions to our users by opening up our platform to allow for partnerships with innovative companies. We are excited and eager to roll out Moneytou in more countries by the end of the year.”

Customers will be able to benefit from the speed of transactions, with funds being transferred within a matter of minutes, including evening hours and weekends. As Saturday’s are the Party Time for many young adults, this service will most probably be number1 to gain money in just a wink in use of this transfer mood with special discount on Moneytuo. This discounted rate ends at the end of 2019. On these days transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 49 HUF and for higher amounts it will be 49 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF. From Sundays to Fridays the transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 79 HUF; while for higher amounts it will be 79 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF.

The transferred amount will appear in the recipient’s balance and is immediately available to spend by card or withdrawn in cash. To launch the app feature, consumers will need to tap a separate Moneytou icon within the Viber app. Once they have done this, they’ll be able to send money to friends or family members without having to use their bank account number or waiting for the transfer to go through. For easy trouble shooting the feature’s online chatbot is always ready to help.

“Leveraging Mastercard Send technology and NeoPay’s new service, Rakuten Viber’s customers will be able to benefit from near-instant money transfers, meeting the consumer demand for an always-on payments network. Whether customers want to split a bill, pay back money to a friend or put their children’s pocket money directly onto their card, Moneytou can enable this instant transaction in an easy and secure way for all Viber users” said by Gabriel Ghita, Vice President, Business Development at Mastercard.

 “The good thing about Moneytou is that is works incredibly easily: users only need to register once, and from then on, money is “just one of the many things” that they can share within Viber. The transaction takes place between the cards of two private parties which means that Moneytou is not a “wallet” application. Our company’s goal in the first phase of expansion, is to also appear in more than 25 million Rakuten Viber users’ apps in Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria” outlined by Gergely Benda, NeoPay’s founder-executive.

The service’s financial and technological background is provided by Libra Internet Bank and Wirecard with the use of Mastercard and VISA instant payment systems. This kind of partnership is perfectly suited for our organization, as we are highly customer oriented, agile and digital intensive” said by Emil Bituleanu, CEO Libra Internet Bank.

“The cooperation of these outstanding partners and the innovative payment technology developed by NeoPay have attracted GB & Partners Investment Management. The Exim Crossborder Fund managed by GB & Partners invests in NeoPay thus providing the financial background for the launch of Moneytou first in Hungary and then potentially in neighboring countries” added Gábor Bürchner investment director of GB & Partners.

Rakuten Viber’s groundbreaking money transfer feature is now available for consumers, adding another really important application of payments to our innovative range: peer-to-peer transfers” commented Endre Eölyüs, Country Manager of Hungary and Slovenia at Mastercard.

Source: Press Release

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Design Week – Designs Wanted – Trade Show @ Budapest – 2019.

Friday, October, 4. 2019 – Sunday, October, 13, 2019.

This year, the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – will be honored guests of the festival.


For the sixteenth time now, Budapest Design Week festival awaits visitors with 250 programs at 150 design locations during the period of October, 4 – 13., similarly to previous years in its structure but with many new features a number added to the content.  The aim of the biggest design event in Hungary is to encourage cooperation between designers and companies beyond the formation of attitudes, thus strengthening the economic role of during the period of  the Hungarian design ecosystem.

The organizers will be waiting for the participants with several programs aimed at economic recovery. In a series of lectures tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized creative industries, experts will answer the most common strategic, financing, commercial, copyright and communication issues.

The program series includes events for the general public … exhibition openings, children’s programs, thematic tours, workshop visits, professional events, round-tables, professional presentations, conferences, awards gala and many more activities.

The Service Design Day program … a series of lectures and workshops illustrating the relationship between strategic planning and design, will be held this year, as well as the Design Management Awards, which recognizes successful practices of design management-oriented corporate governance by the Hungarian Design Council.

Constant programs, rural events … the permanent program elements: insight allowing designers Open Studios, guided tours of the city’s interesting sites Design, founded forty years ago this year, the Hungarian Design Award and the transfer of the Design Management Award.

The number of partner cities in the countryside is also expanding this year: besides the already successful cities of Debrecen, Győr, Pécs and Sopron, the city of Eger will be added as a new entrant, so in 2019 there will definitely be local designers, institutions and businesses Relationship Design Week.

The patron of Design Week Budapest is sponsored by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, organized by the Hungarian Design Council.

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HERALD NEWS: All that’s Jazz @ Jazzy Festival 2019.

Get set – Go – Follow the Beat is Rhythm!

MOM Cultural Center
District, XII., 18. Csörsz Str. Budapest

The Hungarian 90.9 Jazzy radio awaits fans of stylish, passionate and quality music every fall. Ain’t different this coming weekend. Brings the best representatives on October 4-5 at the MOM Culture Center starting at 7.30 p.m.

The Jazzy Festival is a festival of stylish and sophisticated music. This year’s festival is organized jointly with the Palozik Jazz Picnic.

Jazz rhythms can be heard from some of the best representatives on October 4-5 at the MOM Culture Center – Budapest. The Jazzy Festival  annually organized as a festival of stylish and sophisticated music.

On October 4, Bálint Gájer will be performing in a band with an orchestra. His show has long range colorful music, from the classical swing through Latin acquisitions beats up to the well known pop songs.

Thereafter, the Club Des Belugas feat takes the stage bringing on a mix of jazz-swing-Latin rhythms. Also joining the band will be by Anna Luca – Swedish-German singer, one of the newcomers to the international jazz scene, who performed already several times with the Club des Belugas. Anna Luca in her unique way, representing the jazzy world of the genre Nu Jazz combine electro, lounge and Nu Jazz styles of Brazilian beats, swing and African-American music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.

On October 5, Kraak & Smaak Live Band mixes acid jazz with house music. The Dutch trio within a couple of years have reached great career. The band have had already played at major festivals around the world, such as the Coachella, Bonnaroo and Sziget festivals. During their concerts, they mix live music and DJ sets.

Before the Dutch Concert, The Blue Rabbit Hammond Band plays a unique line-up of organ int he field of jazz-funk-blues on the Hungarian scene. Mátyás Premecz – leader of the band on keyboards – his trademark complemented Hammond organ  and by Andy Hefler‘s characteristic vocals  makes it special. Within their program consists of own compositions, which will complete the processing of some classic tunes.

Ticket can be purchased on the spot as well and/or … for Friday October, 4.:

and for Saturday, October, 5.:

Mind you for the Saturday’s concert there are only seats to be purchased for the concert.

Only VIP tickets are available for the gallery!

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Part2 – OMÉK – 1 Drop Pálinka (1 Csepp Pálinka) – Hungexpo

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At the OMÉK on the campaign rumbled at the Pálinka National Committee Booth, whereas Béla Géza Master of Pálinka – Member of the National Pálinka Council gave a lecture and tasting of “1 Drop Pálinka” (1 Csepp Pálinka) made from different plums grown in Hungary.

The “1 Drop Pálinka” received the most prestigious achievement the “Best Hungarian Pálinka” in 2015 and the “Most Successful Pálinka Distillery of Hungary” in 2018 and had also received awarded medal rating of 9 gold 5 silver 5 bronze. The pálinka distillery was founded in 2013 and housed in the 105-year-old “Machine House” which was renovated at Hegykő in the area of ​​Fertő-Hanság National Park. Familiar environment has the tradition of making pálinka with the most modern technology.

Upon the tasting time by Béla Géza Master of Pálinka – Member of the National Pálinka Council were served ten Pálinka all made from plums growing in Hungary.  A couple in nutshell: The Besztercei  Plum Palinka made from best type sweet plum. This old traditional Hungarian pálinka is most people favorite strong spirit. It appeared in Hungary at the end of the Middle Ages. Presumably of Syrian origin. The Stanley plum Pálinka produced from quality plums. Origin 30 km in the Körös valley. It has a slightly yellowish color, a pleasant taste and smell. It was told, “It brings love out of the heart!” It featured high quality and it faithfully reflected the fragrance and flavor of the fruit. The Nepocita plum origin from Kisvárda with the fruity typicality, with a strong presence of chocolate, spicy notes, discreet but warm fruit sweetness and a mild background seed flavor characteristic of stone nuts.

It is an old Hungarian and especially true saying … “That what can be used to make jam is also good to make Pálinka.”  Of course there is a long way to go for real delicious Pálinka. Excellent Pálinka can only be made from first-rate mash, and the base of the mash bringing excellent fruity taste Pálinka.

Overall …  Pálinka is part of cultivated alcohol consumption and is a complement to gastronomic delights.

Pálinka is part of Hungarian culture, Hungaricum!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Part1 – OMÉK – An Appertizer to the “Catch it!” Booth – Hungexpo

The National Agricultural and Food Industrial Exhibition and Trade Fair (OMÉK – ’79) – venue HUNGEXPO. still until Sunday, September, 29. 2019., not worth to miss!

Giant aquarium and a show kitchen “Catch it!” Booth – Hunexpo – Budapest

The appetite maker to the “Catch it!” Booth is in the “A”pavilion, 104/Stand)

The Agricultural Marketing Center (AMC) awaits visitors to the booth at the 79th National Agricultural and Food Exhibition and Fair (OMÉK) with a twenty-thousand-liter giant aquarium, visual kitchens and tastings. September 26-29, 2019 between fish consumption in the areas of HUNGEXPO not only serve the audience with fine cuisine and delicious fish dishes framework of incentives “Catch it!” campaign, also made professional presentations representatives of the fishing industry. Twice Michelin-starred chef Jenő Rácz  makes  fish finger foodies by his own recipes and the visitors may have a taste on the spot.

The OMÉK on the campaign rumbles on in promoting fish and fish dishes with a show kitchen twice a day on the spot  so said Péter OndréManaging Director of the Agricultural Marketing Center.

Ferenc LévaiMember of the Board of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Trade Union (MA-HAL), drew the attention of visitors to the booth for some programs that are of interest to the professional and the general public. Among other things, visitors can learn about freshwater fish found in Hungary.

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OMÉK – Hungexpo – 2019.

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The National Agriculture and Food Exhibition and Fair (OMÉK) is the largest and oldest agricultural event in Hungary, with rich traditions and more than a hundred years of history. In many respects, the 79th OMÉK will be a novel event offering a wider selection of programs than the last one, which took place two years ago. This year’s guest exhibitor country is Morocco.

The National Agricultural and Food Industrial Exhibition and Trade Fair (OMÉK – ’79)  at  HUNGEXPO (Congress and Exhibition Center). September 26-29. 2019., not worth to miss!

Pavilion A: Departments and background institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture, partner country Morocco, international partners, agro-food companies and professional organizations.

Pavilion B: animal husbandry and veterinary demonstration programs.

Pavilion D: Horticultural Exhibition and demonstrations, plant breeding technologies.

F Pavilion: Opening ceremony, professional programs, conferences, large stage shows and concerts, interactive programs.

G Pavilion: Treasures and small farmers of the Carpathian Basin, children’s stage and playground, interactive adventure economy.

Gastro Passage: Food and Hospitality.

Indigenous courtyard: Indigenous animal show and equipment exhibition.

Outdoors: exhibition of agricultural machinery, agricultural machinery and equipment.

Update and Snaps Aggie Reiter