MTÜ: Domestic tourism to drive recovery


Domestic tourism hotspots such as Lake Balaton are expected to drive the recovery of the tourism sector this year.

Photo by Vera Petrunina /

Domestic travelers are expected to take center stage in the recovery of Hungary's tourism sector in the summer, the head of the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) said in an interview published in business daily Világgazdaság. 

"Thanks to the success of the government's vaccination rollout, we're on the road in the direction of our normal lives [...] The summer will basically be about domestic tourism, and that will play a big role in the speedy recovery of the sector," Zoltán Guller told the paper. 

"International tourism is more complicated. We don't really see a chance for the return of [tourists from] far-away markets such as the United States, China, Israel, and Russia before 2022," he added. 

He said the sector is waiting with "great anticipation" for the issue of a common European Union COVID immunity certificate, which has been promised for the summer, while noting that Hungary's government has also reached bilateral agreements on recognition of immunity certificates with seven countries and is working to do the same with several others. 

Guller said bookings have "jumped" after the government announced the easing of pandemic restrictions but added that Hungarians are planning only for the short term at present, booking accommodation no more than a week in advance.

Paks II Work 'Rumbling Ahead,' Says Szijjártó Power

Paks II Work 'Rumbling Ahead,' Says Szijjártó

Hungary to Host Next EPC Summit Int’l Relations

Hungary to Host Next EPC Summit

New Tenants at Academia Offices Office Market

New Tenants at Academia Offices

Sziget Announces FutureGrounds Zone, Starts Build-up In Budapest

Sziget Announces FutureGrounds Zone, Starts Build-up


Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.