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No obligation to refund cancelled Egyptian trips

Hungarian travel agents have no obligation to compensate tourists who cancel their trips in the wake of last weekend's terrorist attacks, as the Foreign Ministry chose not to downgrade Egypt's security rating from the current description of "a country carrying an increased security risk", daily Magyar Hírlap reported. As was the case in tsunami-stricken Southeast Asia last Christmas, very few Hungarian holidaymakers are changing their vacation plans - either because they will not let terrorists intimidate them, or because they would lose too much money if they canceled their trips at their own discretion, daily Magyar Hírlap commented. While in other EU countries many tour operators have offered alternative destinations to clients who have already paid for their vacations, this is not widespread practice in Hungary, according to the newspaper.