The Lake Balaton area continues to be the most popular domestic tourist destination, followed by the Danube Bend, the Tokaj region, and Sárospatak in the hills of northern Hungary.
A survey has found that Hungarian vacationers are more likely to travel to domestic destinations than spend time on a beach in other countries this year due to the coronavirus.
According to a Lounge Group survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU), 36 percent of all participants in the survey said they would be taking trips inside of Hungary, while only 15 percent said they were planning to take a holiday abroad.
The study found that 43 percent of the representative sample of 4,000 said they had canceled trips planned for this year. One-third of them did so because of concerns over the coronavirus epidemic, while another third said that their destinations had become unreachable.
The epidemic has created “uncertainty and fear” in travelers, according to the survey which showed that half of respondents were concerned about traveling after the epidemic and 40 percent were worried that they would need to cancel future trips, too.
According to the report, the Lake Balaton area continues to be the most popular domestic destination, followed by the Danube Bend, the Tokaj region, and Sárospatak in the hills of northern Hungary.
Hévíz-Balaton Airport in Sármellék, Green Hotel and university campus
Although the coronavirus has meant a huge loss of revenue (due to the loss of international visitors, budget cuts by some families, and closures during the epidemic), developments are still underway in Hévíz and other parts of Lake Balaton.
At the Hévíz-Balaton Airport in Sármellék, for example, the construction of an international pilot school via an investment of HUF 6.6 billion will begin soon, while a free B + R car park is being built in Keszthely.
The developments will continue in Füred on the north shore of Lake Balaton, including a four-star, 80-room, solar-powered hotel with a green roof, a project that won funding under the Kisfaludy Accommodation Development Program to the tune of HUF 2.7 billion The new knowledge center of the University of Technology and Economics is also a highly anticipated project for the city, with a total investment value of HUF 1.2 billion.