Airport Acquisition 'Indispensable' for Tourism Growth - Tourism Agency

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The Hungarian Tourism Agency welcomed the state's purchase of a controlling stake in Ference Liszt International operator Budapest Airport in a statement issued on Friday.

The return of the airport to state ownership is "indispensable" for ensuring tourism sector growth targets are met, Hungarian Tourism Agency head Zoltán Guller said.

By 2030, the agency aims to raise the annual number of tourists to 20 million and the number of guest nights to 50 million, adding billions of euros to Hungary's foreign exchange balance and boosting the sector's contribution to GDP to 16%, he added.

The agency said the acquisition would pave the way for infrastructure developments and more flights, including direct long-haul flights to destinations in America and Asia.

Last year, travelers spent close to 41 million guest nights at tourism accommodations in Hungary, data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH) show.

Guest nights spent by foreign visitors came to 19.7 million, the tourism agency said, based on figures from the National Tourism Data Service Center (NTAK).

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