At the event, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Debrecen must have a significantly higher accommodation capacity for visitors so that the city can become a regional center.
Gyula Szűcs, Chairman and CEO of Bajcsy-Invest Kft. said that the new Mercure hotel will be the first international hotel in Debrecen; Mercure is the largest mid-range hotel chain in Europe.
Péter Horváth, CEO of Kisfaludy 2030 Tourism Nonprofit Development Ltd., emphasized that the Hungarian government supported the development with more than HUF 3.4 billion through the Kisfaludy program.
With the help of the program, 103 private accommodations were renovated in Debrecen and 1,300 in the region with a grant of more than HUF 4 billion, the CEO said, adding that in addition to the 4,100 rooms renovated, another 350 rooms were established or renewed in 33 boarding houses in the area for more than HUF 1 billion.
With the construction of the hotel, we are renovating a very old property, so this development is also an important investment from the point of view of urban rehabilitation, said Lajos Kósa, a member of parliament, at the laying of the foundation stone. He added that further improvements for the people of Debrecen could follow, such as an investment by Mathias Corvinus Collegium, the construction of parking lots or the renovation of the Jewish quarter.
The 3,300-square-meter hotel will have 155 rooms on four floors for 310 guests; a restaurant, bar and lounge with nearly 120 seats; and a restaurant/terrace. In addition, a 120-seat conference room and an underground garage will be built.
Mercure was founded in France in 1973 and purchased by Accor in 1975. It operates 810 hotels in 63 countries.
The business hotel in Debrecen should be completed by next summer.