Hungary wants to turn tourism into strategic area of co-op with Azerbaijan (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Hungarian travel companies are showing increasing interest towards the Azerbaijani market, ambassador of Hungary to Azerbaijan Viktor Szederkenyi said in an interview with Trend and Azernews.
"Just like in the case of Azerbaijan, Hungary wants to develop tourism as a strategic economic field. "Tourism diplomacy" became an essential part of our job, and our embassy, too, will do its best to promote it through disseminating information and organizing specific events," said he envoy.
The direct budget flight operated by Hungary’s WizzAir company between the capitals of the two countries obviously contributes to the tourist flow, he added.
"In 2014, a cooperation agreement was signed in the field of tourism, between Hungary’s National Economy Ministry and Azerbaijan’s Culture and Tourism Ministry. Hungarian travel companies are showing increasing interest towards the Azerbaijani market. Until recently, Azerbaijani tourism to Hungary was primarily focusing on our capital, Budapest and our Lake Balaton, but currently, the interest for combined tours (for example, Budapest-Vienna), as well as for health and wellness tours to Hungary is also increasing," noted Szederkenyi.
A record high number of tourists arrived in Azerbaijan in 2017, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a message Jan. 8.
The number of foreign citizens who arrived in Azerbaijan in 2017 increased by 449,215 or 20 percent compared to 2016, and reached 2,691,998, said the ministry.
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