Hungary’s travel companies aim at Azerbaijani market

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 3

By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:

Three large Hungarian travel companies intend to enter Azerbaijani market, Ambassador of Hungary to Azerbaijan Imre Laszloczki said in an interview with Trend Nov. 3.

Hungary’s leading travel companies “1000 ut”, “Robinson Tours”, “Vedi Tour” consider mutual revival of tourist relations between the two countries and studying of Azerbaijani market, the ambassador said.

In November 2014, an agreement on cooperation was signed between Hungary’s National Economy Ministry and Azerbaijan’s Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Currently, Moscow branch of Hungarian Tourism Agency is responsible for tourism development with Azerbaijan, Laszloczki noted.

But considering the fact that Hungarian company Wizz Air has been implementing Baku-Budapest direct flights since March 2016, Hungarian travel companies started to show interest for Azerbaijani market, the diplomat said.

He added that large-scale joint touristic presentation of the Visegrad Group countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) held in April in Baku, which kindled interest of Azerbaijani travel companies, contributed to Hungarian travel companies’ interest for Azerbaijani market as well.

Until recently, Azerbaijani travel companies were associating Hungary with Budapest and Lake Balaton, but currently, the interest for combined tours (for example, Budapest-Vienna), as well as for health and spa tours to Hungary has also arisen, the diplomat added.

It is encouraging that Hungarian tourists’ interest for Azerbaijan increased as well, he noted.

In January 2016, BLS International LLC opened a visa center of Hungary in Baku at the initiative of Hungary’s Embassy in Azerbaijan.

The decision to open the center was made by Hungary in order to strengthen relations between the two countries, establish direct relations between the citizens of Azerbaijan and Hungary, as well as develop tourist relations and meet the needs of the increased tourist and businessmen flow thanks to the direct flights of Wizz Air company.

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