Zoltán Guller, the managing director of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, pointed out that 1.2 million Hungarians were on holiday in July this year, surpassing last year’s number.
He recalled that in 2018, 55 beaches in 40 settlements received HUF 2 billion in support, while in the second phase, HUF 4.4 billion was spent on the development of 43 free beaches. Then, during the third phase in 2020, 90 beaches received a total of HUF 3 billion in support at Lake Balaton, the Danube Bend, the Tisza and Lake Velence.
In the fourth phase of developments, HUF 3 billion will be spent on the development of open-air beaches at Lake Balaton, Lake Tisza, along the Danube and Lake Velence. The goal is to increase the quality of basic services, green spaces and information boards at these locations, Guller pointed out.
Government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi reported that the importance of the tourism sector can easily be shown by the fact that it provides a livelihood for 400,000 families and tens of thousands of businesses work in this sector. Prior to the epidemic, the sector was growing by 22 percent compared to the previous year.
According to Szentkirályi, in the current epidemic situation, Hungary is considered one of the safest countries in the region — largely due to the effective measures of the government.
State measures have led to preferential credit programs, contribution reductions, a credit moratorium, and preferential taxation of the Szép Card (electronic vouchers from employers).
The possibility of developing private accommodation is also of great importance, and 14,000 could now be renovated by the end of the year, she added.