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Tourism agency: Chinese tourists visiting Hungary again

Chinese tourist groups are returning to Hungary and will help restore the country's tourism to levels in and prior to 2019, a Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) official said on Wednesday.

The first official group of Chinese tourists since the outbreak of the pandemic arrived in Budapest at Ferenc Liszt International Airport on a direct Air China flight from Chongqing, Zsofia Jakab, the agency’s deputy director general for marketing and communications, said in a statement.

A small group of 17 people arrived in Budapest, and further groups are expected, with 36,000 Chinese tourists expected this year, based on pre-bookings, Jakab said.

Chinese tourist groups are now spending 8-10 days in Hungary as against 2-3 days earlier. As well as Budapest, they are likely to visit Debrecen, the Hevíz spa resort and areas around Lake Balaton, she noted.

The agency is launching a Chinese roadshow in mid-April, Jakab added.

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