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Hungarian Parliament Standardizes Star Rating of Accommodations

Csongor Szij 2021.06.17.

The Hungarian Parliament passed an amendment of the Tourism Act on Tuesday. The amendment brings many changes but most importantly the unification of the star rating system.

Within the new system, every accommodation will be rated with a number of stars from 1 to 5. All other types of symbols will be omitted. The new scheme will be enacted in January 2022. This means that tourists will have a clear picture of what to expect when choosing between hotels and other accommodations.

Another aspect of the amendment is the development of the already existing National Tourist Information Center. From now on, other hospitality services and tourist attractions will also be included in the system.

“This will help the development of Hungarian tourism with the most comprehensive, real-time big data portfolio in Hungary, enabling the launch of targeted marketing and sales campaigns,” stated the Hungarian Tourism Agency. Therefore, those who search for possible tourist destinations will now be able to find many more opportunities in that area.

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Finally, there will be an opportunity to give settlements a title of special importance in order “to continue to develop them and to become even more prominent in marketing and sales activities.”

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Máthé/MTI