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500,000 tourists expected to visit lake Balaton

According to a survey by Hungarian Tourism Zrt (MT), 41% of the households schedule their vacations for the May-September period in 2007. 58% of them plan domestic trips and 13% plan to visit other countries as well, said MT CEO Balázs Szűcs at a press conference on Tuesday.

About 50% of domestic trips will be visits to the lake Balaton region, 13% to North-Hungary and 12 % to the North-Alföld region. The average duration of the domestic travels is expected at 5.5 nights. In 2006, 53% of the guest nights around the Balaton were resrved by domestic tourists and the guest nights yielded a total of Ft 17.7 billion ($95 million), 10% up year-on-year, Szűcs added. MT had also conducted a comparative survey on the prices at Balaton and its waterside rivals and found that food and accommodation are still cheaper at Balaton than on the beaches and lakesides in Europe, e.g. a high-quality beer costs about €2 ($2.7), while in Austria or Italy or Turkey it is over €3 ($4). (Gazdasági Rádió)