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Budapest will host the World Hunting and Nature Exhibition in 2021

Budapest will host the "One with Nature" World Hunting and Nature Exhibition between September 25 and October 14, 2021.

The “One with Nature” exhibition will take place at the renovated Hungexpo building. The HUF 55 billion renovation of Hungexpo is almost over and will deliver an area of ​​more than 70,000 square meters by the end of spring 2021.

Zoltán Kovács, the government commissioner responsible for organizing the exhibition and the related series of events, said that Hungexpo is not just being renovated because of the world hunting exhibition. Other major events will be held there next year as well, including the International Eucharistic Congress in September 2021.

The World Hunting and Nature Exhibition can realistically expect one million visitors, two-thirds of whom may be domestic.

There are 670,000 anglers and hunters in Hungary, and some 1.5 million people, including their family members, are involved in hunting and fishing, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said. He added that hosting the exhibition will also help boost tourism.

It is important to deal with hunting, as without it, there is no sustainable nature management. Where it is banned, the balance of nature has been upset, and certain species are now on the verge of extinction. 

“The world exhibition will be held on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 World’s Fair in 2021 and will offer an opportunity to talk about how sustainable hunting and nature management is not possible without legal, but regulated and strictly professional, hunting,” Zoltán Kovács said.

Officially, the exhibition is not being organized under the management of the International Exhibition Bureau (BIE), but will be supported by it. The agreement with the organization will be followed by a government-level agreement in September-October. The organizers will cooperate with all leading organizations, holding five conferences and international symposia in 20 days.

Visitors will be able to see a Hungarian and international trophy exhibition or learn about traditional hunting methods, such as falconry, hunting with agár dogs (a type of sighthound), hunting with front-loading guns and archery. One of the main attractions will be the Hungarian exhibition, which covers the 1000-year history of the Carpathian Basin; the European Preparatory Championship also promises to be spectacular.

Three commercial-type events are also being planned in cooperation with FeHoVá and Hungexpo at the same time: one about weapons, horses, dogs and agriculture; a food-related one; and an innovation workshop presenting the 21st century in the spirit of sustainability and related technologies.

Zsolt Semjén emphasized that they would like the event to present the country’s natural values, in addition to hunting values, to strengthen tourism.

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