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Budapest has been selected to host the official celebrations of this year’s World Tourism Day on Sept. 27, under a decision of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

The focus of this year’s event will be innovation and the digital transformation in tourism, the director of the Budapest tourism center (BTFK), Teodóra Bán, told a press conference on Friday.

BTFK will coordinate UNWTO programmes and organise 46 of its own events that include sight-seeing on board a classic Ikarus bus and guided tours of museums, galleries and historic buildings, she said.

She noted the launch of the English-language information website.

“Foreign tourists have discovered Budapest and Hungary for themselves; their number has doubled since 2010,” the city’s deputy mayor said.

Both 2016 and 2017 were record years, Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky said, adding that 2018 was likely to set a new record.

World Tourism Day has been celebrated on Sept. 27 since 1980.

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