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MTÜ: Domestic tourism to drive recovery

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

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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.

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