In recent years, more and more foreign people arrive to Budapest either as a spectator or participant of sports events. Think about FINA, the ’water world cup’ and some other internationally renowned running competitions. These not only draw sports tourists to Budapest from Europe but even from the farthest points of the world.
Globoport.hu wrote that tendencies show that the most rapidly developing segment of the capital’s tourism is sports tourism, which in a few years, thanks to the ongoing projects and investments can increase the income of such events to four times its original – as it turns out from the surveys of BDO.
Hungary was the home of two major sports events in recent years. Take for example 2017’s FINA Swimming World Cup which was held in July. The event was a huge success for Hungary and helped to develop a good assessment of our capabilities of organising sports events. Budapest also hosted the fourth leg of the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup series between 4th and 6th October. Thanks to the huge success of the events, the International swimming body FINA decided that Budapest will host the 2024 short course championships.
Concerning the World Wrestling Championships, Nenad Lalovics, President of the United World Wrestling thanks Budapest for the superior organisation of the 2018 World Wrestling Championship, and he highlighted that Hungarians organised the best event in the history of the sport.
“I am extremely pleased, as we are going in the right direction and the Hungarian organizers gave rise to an exquisite event. […] Excellent, precise and one of the best organization I ever experienced.” – said Nenad.
Richárd Kiss Róbert sports journalist said on Hungarian television that the sports events arranged in Hungary have proved to be well-organised and successful. The infrastructure is also sufficient for conducting events that attract large crowds of people.
The specialist highlighted the security of Budapest as well and said that visitors can choose the Hungarian capital as their destination with peace of mind.
Experts estimate the income generated by sports tourism to 1.5 Billion € worldwide. Techavio’s forecast also shows that in 2021 this income could quadruple. The leading sport is football which attracts the most spectators as it is one of the most popular sports. According to the estimations of Russian Tourism Agency, 5 Million tourists have attended the summer football world championships, 3 Million of which were Russian citizens.
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