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Hotels In Budapest Full For Next Weekend As Preparations Underway For 30th Hungarian Grand Prix – Gallery!

By Tamás Székely // 2015.07.23.

Hotel occupancy has shot up in Budapest for the weekend when the 30th Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Hungaroring near the capital, daily Napi Gazdaság said on Thursday. The event this year is expected to draw 10% more visitors than in 2014, most of them coming from abroad, the paper said. The Budapest Grand Prix last year attracted a record number of 247,000 spectators, it said.

Hotels and commercial accommodations in Budapest had 90-100% occupancy last year during the race in general with major hotels in the capital fully booked, István Kovács, secretary-general of the association of Hungarian hotels and restaurants, told the paper. We expect a large number of guests at all types of accommodations this year, he said. Huge demand has allowed hotels to increase their room rates by 5-10% which is interesting from the point of view that this has still left Budapest’s international ranking untouched as the cheapest capital for tourists, Kovács said.

The next Formula One race, the Hungarian Grand Prix, is to be held between 24-26 July in Mogyoród, 26 kilometres from Budapest. The Hungaroring has become classical race track over the past years, since it was built almost three decades ago as a rarity, the first one beyond the Iron Curtain, and now it is still special as the third behind Monte-Carlo and Monza to have continuously featured in the race calendar.

via and; slideshow photos: Tamás Kovács and János Marjai – MTI; cover photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images –