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Go West – Go Key West … Rolling Onward & Upward!

Key West – Florida – USA

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day the United States of America Embassy  partnership with the Discover America Hungarian Committee (DAC for short), organized a workshop on Florida Keys and Key West tourism in Budapest. The DAC  was founded in 2010, as the mission of the Discover America Hungary Association to actively support American tourism. The association widely promotes the amazing tourist attractions and activities offered by the United States of America, inspiring travelers to explore the country. DAC works closely with the Budapest’s US Embassy’s Office of Commerce and the US as a tourist destination marketing organization, Brand USA.

The Florida Keys and Key West representatives held previously similar workshop in two countries, earlier in Belgium and Austria before coming to Budapest. They said, last year the number of entries significantly, more than 15 percent increase from Hungary, so they see more potential for local entrepreneurs to Hungarian tourists. The Hungarian invited guests were introduced to the sights, activities and hotels and Florida’s famous Overseas Highway, undoubtedly breathtaking Seven Mile Bridge, or 7 miles (which is actually 6.79 miles, or 10.93 kilometers on trans-sea pillars connecting crowds of tourists to visit the small Island of the population of cca. 28,000.

A while ago was the Annual World Tourism Day.  It’s non better time to plan and visít, escape from the cold winter weather heading to  the “Bracelet of Islands” to a little paradise on our Globe from Hungary.

During the presentation we took an imaginary journey, with video, map sheets, booklets which really made the appetite for many to visit Key West right away. A place full of adventures, with a large scale of venues and to stay at one of the magic hotels at six ideal locations.  By-the-way here are around 527 hotels and other lodging accommodations, so having plenty from 3 to 5 stars for a perfect vacation. Traveling across the bridge arriving to the cities the Island offers unique experience … Colonial-style chalets, palm trees, bars, tropical archipelago, soft breeze. Key West is also called the southernmost settlement of the United States and the only “Caribbean island”.

In brief a couple of venues not to be missed … Key Largo accomodations are tailored for everyone … boutique lifestyle hotel – the Gates Hotel Key West – relaxing in lush tropical gardens, also having entirely smoke free stay, cozy and standard rooms to family cottages with kitchens or enjoy – the Waterfront resort Key West – right on the Histroic Habor. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Key West Aquarium and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary venues fun for everyone, not just for kids. The Key West is also notable for its landmarks like Mallory Square, Southernmost Point. Though Key West is not well-known for its beaches, there are a few charming areas where both travelers and locals can completely unwind while sunbathing, skipping in the white sand beach and enjoying fun water sports. Have a close look on the Duval Street and enjoy Fort Zachary Taylor. The Mallory Square located on Wall Street in Key West’s historic Old Town, just west of Duval Street Islamorada – Divers Paradise … History of Diving Museum – featuring one of the world’s largest collections of international diving helmets and artifacts, this museum is a must stop for anyone who love to scuba dive. Watch the Caribbean sunset at the still waters off the coast, jam to the Island beats by live musicians. As the sun goes down hundreds of locals and tourists gather to watch the beautiful sunset and also to enjoy exhibits of arts and crafts and street performers like clowns, jugglers. The Hemingway Home & Museum is a must-see landmark, especially for literature aficionados and certainly is  one of the top visited venue at Key West, Florida with its beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture mansion built in 1851 from rock, native to the area. A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park with its spectacular 19th Century Fort Jefferson and to drop over to Vandenberg where the former United States Navy ship was intentionally sunk in 2009 to create an artificial coral reef. The Turtle Hospital – Sea Turtel Center – rescue – rehab – release  – will most probably steal the hearts of the visitors on the Island of Marathon. This hospital is dedicated since its opening in 1986 specifically to the treatment of sea turtles. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a marine sanctuary, there is also a mock-up of the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory called Aquarius. Taking adventure off the coast of Key West by sailing on a katamaran choose the glass bottom boat from the Island and watch dolphins swimming and jumping alongside. Keeping eyes wide open enjoy in the shallow-water snorkel above and the coral reef.

There is no better way to get closer to a new place than rolling BY FOOT around its beautiful streets and alleys gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of its charming Caribbean architecture.There are many interesting houses built out of coral-rock or salvaged ship-boards that will amaze every history and architecture enthusiast. Discover the Island BY BIKE explore the cool spots. Renting a bike would be a fantastic idea to explore alone, if the visitors prefer driving around the island in getting closer to the past and the present of Key West. The Island is rather small in  terms of driving.  BY DRIVE the whole landscape can be seen in one day, of course rolling on the 2 or 4 wheels. For those who don’t want to explore it alone by guided tour. BY FLIGHT to Key West first of all, getting to Key West is easy and depending on how long your vacation is going to be. In addition, there is also BY BUS to take you from Miami to Key West … the rolling wheels takes around 4 hours.

Make a Key Plan to Key West surely will be remembered as a lifetime holiday. Yes, but to have it, first to make that trip to cherish the memories.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

New Modern Aircraft and Launch Flights to 3 New Destinations from Budapest in 2020

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Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air will launch flights from Budapest to Brussels International Airport,  to the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Lviv, from the 1st of June 2020, Stephen Jones, Wizz Air deputy CEO and managing director of Wizz Air Hungary, said  during the morning hours at the press call on Tuesday. The low-cost airline’s new generation narrow-body aircraft will be launched for the first time at the Budapest base.

Also added that the Wizz Airʼs fleet is becoming increasingly environmentally friendly as it continues to acquire new aircraft, the airline. The first Airbus A321neo aircraft arrived at the Budapest base this year in March. Currently, a total of six such planes are in service in Budapest. Wizz Air is the “greenest” airline. The new generation of engines in the Airbus A321neo, together with industry-leading cockpit innovations, in fuel consumption decrease is 20%. The new generation of engines in the Airbus A321neo, together with industry-leading cockpit innovations, may deliver up to a 20% decrease in fuel consumption. The Airbus A321neoʼs noise pollution is nearly 50% lower than previous models, while its nitrogen oxide emissions are also 50% lower than its predecessors. With CO2 emissions of 57.7 g per passenger/kilometer, Wizz Air has the lowest ecological footprint among all the European airlines.

With the arrival of the new A321neo, Wizz Air’s Budapest fleet will expand to 14 members, while the airline’s Debrecen base will serve 2 aircraft. The airline indirectly supports the creation of more than 4,000 jobs in Hungary. In addition to the new destinations, Wizz Air will significantly increase the frequency of flights to Eindhoven, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv and Edinburgh starting in December. With this capacity expansion, Wizz Air will increase its domestic capacity to 6.7 million in 2020.

 Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

The Birth … Life … Death – Ancient World Time Tracking – Ipolytarnóc – Hungary

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Volcano Day – Ipolytarnóc – Hungary
06/01/2019.

Nope  … Don’t want to persuade you for special survival tours!

The high-quality of in-and-outside exhibition of the ancient remains of Ipolytarnóc is called “The Hungarian Pompeii”, but as for young generation for them clearly seen as the Hungarian Jurassic Park.

The ITM and Bükk National Park Directorate organised a joint press conference an Open Day of European Union Development in presenting the day connected to the Volcano Day. Within this week colorful programs offering for local and foreigner visitors to the unique Europe’s GeoPark. developments.

The invitation was to herald news about the developments by the Bükki National Park Directory jointly with the State Secretary for European Union Development. Within the presentation was told by Director of Bükk National Park that this is the first mountainous National Park of Hungary that was open on the January, 1. 1977,  and lays on 38.774.6 hectares protected area. It is the third national park in Hungary. The Bükk mountain is the most extended member of the Northen Medium mountains, having the biggest average height situated. The majority of the mountain rocks consists of marine sediments which were formesome 310-330 million years ago from the 2nd part of the carbon period … but coming back to the to-day’s event continued saying the following Q.: “So although the highest peaks of Bükk do not reach the thousand meters,  more than 13 billion HUF worth of development has been implemented by the Bükk National Park Directorate during the last two European cycles of Europe. The developments partly served to preserve nature conservation and partly to promote cultural value and ecotourism development and last but not least is to protect the characterictics and diverse image of the Bükk Mountains and its natural values and favorable natural properties.” The Ministerial Commissioner emphasized the government will spend about 40 billion HUF  in the 2014-2020 period within the development of the National Park Directorates in the Széchenyi 2020 program. The event promotes the developments that contribute to the preservation and promotion of the natural values ​​of Hungary said on Saturday.

An interactive demonstration led by Miklós Joó nature guard  followed. Viewed the Ipolytarnóc Ancestral remains with guidance, demonstration of developments and experience elements.

Was named the Volcanic Day … Need not have had been afraid … of course … there is no longer operating volcano here in the 21st century!

Upon arrival to the venue visitors will realize ancient world tracking back in time of our old continent, whereas the attention was focused on volcanoes. By-the-way Ipolytarnóc’s is considered as the “Ancient World Pompeii”. The visitors can find themselves at the volcanic eruption preserved by the footprints of the animals, shark teeth,  petrified trees at that time. The whole area holds remnants of Nature Conservation. It is a breathtaking venue of the world-famous Prehistoric Site. Just 140 kms. from Budapest which shows one of the most complex and spectacularly built-up remains of our continent. The world-renowned nature reserve declared in 1944 is the pearl of our geological heritage, an unparalleled site of ancient worlds destroyed by a volcanic catastrophe 20 million years ago.

Traveling back to 23 million years ago, twirling in the time spiral and arriving to the waters once upon a time called the Pannonian Sea. The Pannonian Sea was Miocene-Pliocene formed in an extensional basin system behind the compressional arc of the Carpathians. Its size and depth were comparable to those of the Caspian Sea. Subsidence began in Middle Miocene times, forming deep, pelagic basins, separated by reef-bearing ridges. Clastic influx filled the marginal basins during Middle Miocene time. The time tracking continued on the second leap by hopping over to the 17 million years ago at Ipolytarnóc, where at that time being baby-beasts were rushing along the river while bloody predators lurked on them.

A volcanic catastrophe destroyed the environment of ancient Ipolytarnóc 20 million years ago. The grey volcanic rock, rhyolite tuff, which demolished the paleohabitat, appears on the surface on both sides of the geological trail towards the Great Hall. It contains the charred remnants of the ancient vegetation as well.

Time travel also assisted by 3D projection on a 4D cinema or by rolling on the paths together on geological trail, while in the Miocene forest, can meet the original animals that once lived in this area – eg. can admire some of the 7 million-year-old marsh cypresses found at the entrance area of Bükkábrány.

Within a brief note … sharing some interesting facts … Some 23 million years ago the place of then present day Mediterranean was occupied by the western part of the Tethys Ocean. It had a bay that time called Paratethys shallow Sea, that ruled the area of “Ipolytarnóc. The sediment once the ooze at the bottom of the shallow sea became sandstone.The rhino footprints are the most abundant at Ipolytarnóc … 45% At the Great Hall 1298 examples of 676 specimens belong to the extinct rhinoceros. The annual rings of the old tree can be clearly seen on the polished surfaces. The rings show a thickening every 6-7 yrs. caused by the sunspot activity of that period.Tropical and subtropical rainforest dominated the landscape 20 million year ago. The annual average temp. of the region was cca. 20-25C with precipitation of 1000-3800mm/year.

Its a place where the remains of our Globe are found, will rest till the end of time.

Walking around the venue and buildings of the excavations can take a look at the world as it was known 20 million years ago and feel the atmosphere that has changed nothing since then. The duration of the tour is approx. 60-80 minutes. Guided tours in English are subject to prior arrangement.

So by visiting this precious heritage sight, leave your troubles … if any… behind, take a deep breath and cross the gate back in time to a place where paths are unwritten but the venue speaks for its own! 

The design and development of touristic venue was supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Update and snaps  Aggie Reiter

Craft Beer Festival @ City of Gyula – Hungary – 2019

Gyula Castle Garden

Várkert  Street – Gyula

Opens each day from 3 p.m.

Just within a week from  June, 7-10. 2019 the City of Gyula will hold for the second time the Craft Beer Festival.  During these four days, artisan masterpieces and street food will not just in the air but at the fingertips of the  locals and foreigners arriving to the venue.

Mark the dates cause Beer and Music are tailored with each other.

At the festival, 25 small-scale breweries will to offer for the thirsty ones to taste hundreds of craft beer. As it turned out, a total of 215 specimens were nominated for the competition, among others from Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia and Belgium. The items were judged by an international jury. This year, not only draft beers on the tap, but also in bottled form will be presented. Many of them are specially made for the visitors to take home some and enjoy the tastes later on. Most of these beers will be coming around next year so do not miss to be there this year. There will be during the festival gift box packaging for those who wish to share and/or give the products as a gift.

The “Central European Beer Awards-2019” Beer Competition was announced as an accompanying event for the festival, for small breweries and home-made brewers.

The essential music festivals program will not be missing the day’s live music concerts that will highlight the evenings mood to the event.

Maybe not too many people know, but Gyula has a tradition of making beer for three centuries. Not yet have not tried/taste the local beers then it is your time to do so.

The City of Gyula is one of the most popular tourist destination, all year around the healing thermal spa, the attractions and the gastronomy definitely worth to visit Gyula!

Advance purchase tickets are sold out, there are only day tickets available on the spot!

Update Aggie Reiter

Hungexpo Travel Fair @ Budapest – 2019

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It is up to you … Travel around in Hungary and/or around the World!

 Hungexpo Travel Fair from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

District, X., 10. Albertirsai Rd.

Hungexpo by now has grown up as an adult considering it has been organizing Local and International Fairs for over 40 years  having the Travel Fair as one of the most popular events.

This week-end needn’t have to drive, neither catch a train, nor reserve a seat on the air plan to visit local and international sights just need to visit the Hungexpo Travel Fair. On the spot several exhibitions such as: the Travel Fair, the Budapest Boat Show, the Africa Expo and Fair, the Caravan Show is all on the venue at the visitors fingertips. The international  participants of 300 exhibitors from 30 countries attending as well.

Between February, 21-24, 2019 at the Hungexpo Travel Fair focus on gaining fun experience, establishing personal connections and information for visitors. Wide range of foreign destinations, Hungarian tourism regions and travel-related service companies representatives are present to offer personally guides, information on destinations and highlight holiday resorts, accommodation facilities and at the same time the visitors receive answers to their questions.

This year the foreign guest of honour is Algeria showcasing the country’s multitude of interesting famous sights. The country to the Hungarians  is a kinda white sheet not  too familiar by many. Guiding information available on the spot.

This year’s local guests of honour is  from southern Hungarian county of Bács-Kiskun county and its seat Kecskemét, and are present with 28 municipalities and 6 organizations to introduce their colorful region in highlighting local health, wine and gastro tourism. The area is rich in healing thermal waters, and their special culinary upon the county’s traditions. Kecskemét is one of the most dynamically developing cities in the country, where business tourism is significant due to the car factory and many conferences. It opens the Kecskemét airport for civilian use after two years. The slogan of the county “Bács-Kiskun makes you happy”. The county has the most thermal baths and spa facilities in Hungary, and is the largest cellar village in Europe, with its 1200 cellars. They also brought tasting from their hungaricums. Find out more at their stand.

The Day1 was the professional day and official opening. The representatives in brief talked about the following three days programs, local and foreigner exhibitors and about Budapest which this year is officially the European Capital of Sport. It was also mentioned that throughout 2019 Budapest will host over 365 sports events, including community, national, regional, and international competitions.

Throughout the fair is organized a forum for international and domestic B2B meetings, tourism-related presentations and workshops. The featured theme of 2019 will be sport tourism.

At  India exhibitor area the visitors  are called to stop by Incredible India, at least here in Hungary, look around, tastefully furnished exhibition space calling and receive information along where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthrall and diversity delights. A land of vivid landscapes, magnificent historical sites, royal cities, misty mountain retreats, festivities throughout the year and much more. A kaleidoscope of traditions, rich culture and vibrant geographies, India speaks for itself as a soul-stirring journey that must be visited at least once in the lifetime.

The slogan goes “Dominika has it all” …  adventure culture, leisure, swim with whales… A real Caribbean country. A place for architecture and history lovers by visiting venues such as:  historic Spanish fortress was built to protect Puerto Plata from the British and the Dutch, as well as French pirates back in the 1500s and many more to explore.Indonesia never sleeps … has more 485 ethnic groups living in the land of beauty among the exciting seas, waiting visitors to explore and feel its warm hospitality. It is a country of thousand islands with variety of culture and traditions. A lot of information awaits the visitors. Daily have culture programs with dancers as well.

Day2 and Day3 visitors may stroll around and make their plans  to visit  sights-and-sounds around the Globe may it be  Spring, Summer, Fall and/or even Winter.

The Travel Fair’s co-event is the Budapest Boat Show which has been for over 28 years. It is Hungary’s largest land port, sailing and water sports exhibition,  where the entire range of Hungarian sailing, motor and electric boats  can be viewed.

At the Caravan Travel Ltd. there is also opportunity to buy supplies and accessories and receive information about camping service from the providers.

Throughout the 3 days local and foreigner exhibitors are coming up with entertainment programs  to entertain the visitors.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Leisure and Pleasure … Come Rain Come Shine!

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To-day Neckermann Travel Tours – Hungary held a presentation regarding to introduce the variety options of the Thomas Cook Tourist Agency offers to the “New Generation of travellers”. These were … Sentido … a little luxury, CC Cook’s Club … New Generation Hotels, Sunwing … Tailored for Kids, Sunprime Hotels … Adults, Casa Cook Hotels …Bohemian lifestyle, Sun Connect Resorts … Families … Family vacation , Smartline … Vacation wisely.  Both partnership goes back to 2001 to Germany when Thomas Cook Travel Agency  joined Neckermann group. Thomas Cook family, one of the best known and respected brands in the travel industry operating 21 markets and offer holidays to most countries around the world.

Cook’s Club Design Hotels… Cook’s Club builds on the success of the boutique hotel: youthful style, demanding care and services to meet the needs of the digital generations at a price that can attract a wider audience.

Looking for a laid-back spirit … for like-minded people to revel, lower stress levels, explore or enjoy some well-needed downtime not too mention having tasty farm-to-table ethos, sharing food.  Thomas Cook’s Club – “New Generation Hotels” … unique color palette for each hotel … well-being for the body, mind and soul … locally sourced menu, inspired by destination. Not only do these hotels focus on good music, great drinks and fantastic food, but can find an incredible atmosphere that’ll define the guests.  Love seeing what’s under the waves?  Find the most inspiration and will not be boring. Visiting the most breathtaking natural attraction? Thomas Cook hotels have change their in-and-outside style from the hotels that “looked like hospitals” from in-and-outside. They refurnished the rooms with more friendly Swedish made products. Upgraded with unique color palette for each hotel kept in mind, well-being for the body, mind and soul. The food is not just the usual old buffet style served, but from locally sourced menu, inspired by destination. The guest may have a chat with the local chief about the food received on their table … where the ingredients are from. DJ’s are to comfy the guest whether morning, daytime, evening or late night.

Retreats to value-for-money possible to choose from many different types. Whether skipping away from the daily routine to a land of striking ancient ruins, glorious emerald coasts, enjoying  stunning holiday resorts and so much on the travelers mind,  The beautiful sandy beach is also great for „Y” generation. These trips can be for short stays depending the time to spend out of the daily rush at home.  Retreats to value-for-money possible to choose from many different types. Whether package holidays, last-minute offers, reaching the dreams, travel with their new premium brand Thomas Cook Signature will take their travelers to the most beautiful hotels in the world to relax with the signature comfort.

In a nutshell: The Thomas Cook Group is the oldest and best known name in leisure travel with a history of innovation that started in 1841. By the end of 1850 Thomas Cook began to contemplate foreign trips to Europe, the United States and the Holy Land. Expanded his business in Britain and Europe in 1855. In the coming years traveled almost throughout the globe. In the 21st century launched the largest travel groups, with new logo and brandy identity. Today, Thomas Cook one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups. Thomas Cook’s vision is to be the best-loved holiday company, delivering inspiring, personalized holiday experiences for all its customers.

Update Aggie Reiter

Pope Francis – Pilgrim Trip – Csíksomlyó -Transylvania

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At the royal waiting room of the Western Railway Station Budapest  representatives of the MÁV-START Ltd. jointly with the Mission Tours Travel Agency announced the following: Keeping the tradition for over the past 8 years to  travel to Csíksomlyó/Transylvania Pentecostal pilgrimage is kept in 2019 as well. The traveling route time is around 20’H and thereafter a short walk to the venue itself. This year for the first time there will be separate wagons for the disabled individuals and for bicycles. Families can also travel comfortably. The travelers may receive jointly spiritual healing from a spiritual leader on the train, giving the travelers peace and harmony during the travel. There will be two wagon to carry the needy, orphan, children with foster parents.

The Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage is to honor the miraculous Virgin Mary statue held at Pentecost every year, and the papal to visit for the first time this year to Csíksomlyó where many Hungarians live will hold a mass at the venue one week earlier this year. Pope Francis visit is due to June, 1. 2019.  The pilgrimage train to Csíksomlyó is especially organized in connection to this event.

The Blessed Virgin Pentecostal Pilgrimage Train to Csíksomlyó, will operated by three-piece assembly, complemented by a multi-purpose InterCity + wagon in the morning hours.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter