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2005 best for tourism in last 5 years

Hungary's tourism in the first eight months of 2005 has posted its best results since 1999 with the number of visitors up 4% and guest nights growing 2%, state secretary Béla Pál told a conference on Thursday. He said the biggest growth was registered in the capital and central and northern Hungary. Thermal and wellness spa centers were particular attractions, while low-cost airlines also played a big part in bringing over 1.5 million visitors compared to 88,000 in 2003, he said.