Ukraine Crisis: War dampening tourism demand in Hungary
The effects on tourism of the Russo-Ukrainian war are far more complex than one might first think, according to business daily Világgazdaság.
Talking to experts in the sector, it turns out that from a great distance, Hungary is being blurred with the front line since tourism from North America, which had just begun resuming, seems to have stopped, the paper reports.
This is well illustrated by the fact that Air Canada, which recently announced the resumption of its Montreal-Budapest flight, canceled it in the days following the start of the war.
Most Canadians and Americans are reportedly either postponing their trip or, as the rise in bookings there shows, prefer to travel to England and France, which are at a safe distance.
Even more surprising is that several experts, mainly from Budapest and its surroundings, said that the booking of several prominent German groups in Hungarian hotels and restaurants had been canceled, citing the nearby armed conflict.
During the high season, the lack of well-paying travelers from the two embattled countries will also present a significant challenge to Lake Balaton and Hévíz, which focuses heavily on Russian and Ukrainian guests.
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