Budapest, July 28 (MTI) – The presence of low-cost airlines and an abundance of entertainment options make Budapest one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, the head of the Hungarian Hotels and Restaurants Association said on Tuesday.

Akos Niklai told public news channel M1 that a recent report by the association showing an annual 8.2 percent increase in domestic guest nights and 3.7 percent increase in international guest nights in January-May this year reflected pre-season data. Niklai expects that by the end of the year, the number of domestic and international guest nights will be about equal. Despite a gradual increase in prices, international tourists still find Budapest among the least expensive destinations, he added.

The city is especially popular among young people who visit its many ruin-pubs and Budapest’s thermal baths are also among tourist favourites. The availability of direct flights and low-cost services further boosts tourism from the UK, China and Israel, he said.


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