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Tourism should regain its status as a key industry

Efforts will continue this year to help tourism regain its status as a key industry in Hungary, the deputy director general of the Hungarian Tourism Agency said on Friday.

László Könnyid said on Facebook that special attention will be paid this year to developing tourism services for expatriates and improving the restaurant industry, religious tourism and health tourism.

Considering that “the country was almost closed for half of 2021”, it was a huge success that tourism reached an all-time high for the year, he added.

Nearly 10 million customers spent 29 million nights in Hungarian accommodation services last year, which represents an increase of 20% and 25%,

respectively, compared to the previous year, he said. Revenue from commercial accommodation exceeded 360 billion forints (1 billion euros) after a 22.5% increase last year and revenue from catering companies increased by 36% to 970 billion forints, a- he added.

Spending with SZÉP cards, a low-tax benefit employers can give their employees, was up more than 55% last year from 2020, he said.

Thanks to changes to the tourism law last year, accommodation services are classified under a standardized system, which now results in a more transparent and user-friendly market, he said.

Significant resources are channeled to

the renovation of the thermal baths this year,

while special attention will be given to improving the quality of jobs in the sector, with better opportunities for education and career development, he added.

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Source: MTI