The China National Tourist Office opened a regional sub-office in Budapest on March 4, 2014. The ceremony was held in the Vigadó Concert Hall, writes turizmusonline.hu.
Among others, the ceremony was attended by Péter Faragó, CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Ltd., Tamás Glázer, the company’s deputy CEO for tourism, Deputy State Secretary for Tourism Ádám Ruszinkó, dr., and Deputy State Secretary for Economic Development and Regulation István Lepsényi as well. The guests were introduced by Liu Cheng, director of the Budapest office of the China National Tourist Office.
Duan Jielong, the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) ambassador to Hungary said that more and more Chinese are interested in Hungary and other Eastern and Central European countries, and China also welcomes tourists from the region. Jielong added that the China-Hungary relation is really good, which was proved by the opening of the Central and Eastern European Tourism Coordination Centre in Budapest in 2015.
Jielong characterized Asia’s and Europe’s relation with a Chinese phrase “The more frequent relatives visit each other the further they get, but the more frequent friends visit each other the stronger their friendship will be.” Jielong added that it’s important for Asia and Europe to understand each other, to communicate, and to boost up cash flow.
István Lepsényi stated that there’s a huge potential in international tourism adding that between 2010 and 2030 the national tourism will grow by 3.3% per year, and the Silk Road should play an important role in this growth. In order to do that both regions have to cooperate, and the first step was the opening of the China National Tourist Office’s regional sub-office in Budapest.
The director of the China National Tourist Office said that Budapest was the first to open a sub-office in the East-Central region, because they were open to discussion and development. Hungary has proved to have a good relation with China by actively promoting the country among tourists, and by having a direct flight from Budapest to Peking by Air China since last year.
The China National Tourist Office is located in the Roosevelt 7/8 office building, and coordinates the Chinese relations of 15 other East-Central European countries besides Hungary. The sub-office is led by Liu Cheng, who formerly worked in several other CNTA offices.
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