The number of tourists in Hungary grew by more than 5 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period a year before, while accommodation revenues increased by more than 10 percent, the Cabinet Office said, noting the latest data released by the Central Statistical Office on Thursday.
Domestic tourism is the driving force behind the growth and indicates that Hungarian families are doing better financially, the statement said.
The government is fully supporting Hungarian tourism with direct subsidies, infrastructure developments and information campaigns so that tourism can continue to grow apace, it added.
Whereas in 2010 the government spent 7.6 billion forints (EUR 24m) on tourism developments, this amount has increased to 53 billion forints, the Cabinet Office noted.
Tourism is not only about the economy but also a main pillar of patriotism, since it provides the opportunity to preserve the country’s cultural values and its natural heritage, the statement said.