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Eight EU-supported “priority” tourism projects to be completed in 2010

Eight EU-supported “priority” tourism projects could be completed in Hungary next year, business daily Világgazdaság reported.

The Nyíregyháza zoo is to complete a HUF 1.6 billion complex development project, with half of the costs covered by EU funds. The zoo hopes the investment will boost annual visitor numbers from 300,000 to half a million. It aims to recoup the investment in ten years.

The HUF 8 billion Aquapolis spa complex in Szeged is scheduled to open in February 2010. EU funding and state co-financing will cover HUF 3 billion of the cost. The spa will have capacity for 2,500 guests and is expected to draw 400,000 visitors a year. The investment will be recouped in 20 years.

The Hajdúszoboszló bath complex is undergoing a HUF 4.8 billion expansion, supported with HUF 2.25 billion in EU funding. The project is expected to raise visitor numbers by one-third from an annual 1.3 million. The investment will be recouped in 25 years. (MTI – Econews)