The compilation showing the 50 most influential persons of tourism has been published for the third time. It includes doctors, Olympic gold medalists, teachers, film directors and clerics as well, wrote.

The jury of 20 professional organizations’ representatives and the associates of Turizmus Kft. chose last year’s most influential people in tourism. The list eventually contains 55 people, but the publication shows people representing one company in pair.

There is no sequence, but many people are included on the list for the third time, including Károly Gerendai, founder of Sziget Festival.

The compilation is dominated by men; there are only 7 women on the list, four of them for the third time. Most of the professionals are economists, but even Olympic gold medalists, engineers, lawyers and doctors are represented. presented 7 short portraits.

Zoltán Boldizsár and Balázs Klemm

The owners of Service 4 You Hotel Management are listed for the first time. They started their joint venture with the operation of Palace Hotel Hévíz that had many problems. Now they have 13 own and 3 partner hotels. Last year they took over 5 hotels and started serious developments; as a result they will open the Gyula Hotel Komló and the 4-star Hotel Yacht Wellness & Business of Siófok soon.

Asztrik Várszegi and László Veiland

According to, Asztrik Várszegi was born as Imre Várszegi. The appointed abbot went to the abbey as a secondary school teacher in 1991. Later, he became prior and the auxiliary bishop of Esztergom. Várszegi regards the economist László Veiland as the secular representative of the abbey. They created a complex touristic product while still keeping the Benedictine spirit.

Clavie Gilles

The publication reports that the French professional could be listed among the best Central and Eastern European experts as well. He manages the Orbis Hotel Group, which has 70 hotels and more than 12 thousand rooms. The company took over the operation of all brands of AcoorHotels in Central and Eastern Europe last year, so it has become the largest hotel corporation of the region.

Göktas Merdol

When Merdol visited Hungary for the first time in the early nineties he was a folk dancer. He founded the Turkey-specialist Green Travel in 1995, which is now one of the biggest Hungarian tour operators. The Green Group owns Green Air, Green Holidays offices, Green Cars, Orange Tours and the software developer Orange Technology as well. Last year they launched a visa center called Orange Viz in Turkey, which resulted in even more Turkish tourists visiting Hungary.

Szabolcs Juhász

Szabolcs Juhász began his career as a guide and he started to deal with domestic spa developments after he received his economist degree. He became the director of Aqua World in 2010 and the Secretary of the Hungarian Bath Association in 2011.

Katalin Pintér

Katalin Pinter has been listed for the third time, and she also received the Restaurant owner of the year award in 2015. Her place called Émile became a restaurant from a cake shop. The economist is also the managing owner of Gerbeaud House. The company has two foreign units: one in South Korea and one in Japan, told.

József Váradi

The CEO of Wizz Air airline is on the list for the third time. He started his sales carrier at Procter&Gamble, then he switched to Malév (the former Hungarian airline). Half a year later he became the manager of Malév, but he left the company in 2004 to find Wizz Air.

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