Tourism is breaking records everywhere in Hungary this year, Magyar Nemzetreports. The latest national figures approach or even surpass the best year of 2019, the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday in Tarcal (northern Hungary).
Gergely Gulyás, speaking at the inauguration of the more than three-and-a-half-kilometer-long communal vineyard road, renovated as part of the Tokaj-Zemplén regional development program, stressed that there are still incredible opportunities in the sector and that there are parts of the country that have not yet been sufficiently explored.
The government is determined to support local plans and developments in the region, and Tokaj-Hegyalja as one of the most beautiful regions of the country will also receive the recognition it deserves in the tourism sector in the coming years.
The road renovation, financed by the government with almost HUF 620 million (EUR 1.6 million), is a new tourist project that will allow both farmers and landowners, as well as tourists coming to Tokaj-Hegyalja, to access the vineyards by bike or on foot.
The more than three-and-a-half-kilometer-long municipal dune road on the outskirts of Tarcal, renovated in the framework of the Tokaj-Zemplén Regional Development Program. Photo via MTI/Vajda János
Zsófia Koncz, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Fidesz Member of Parliament for the region, said that in addition to the development of infrastructure, the construction of roads and bicycle paths, the accommodation and related services in Tokaj-Hegyalja have been expanded and developed in recent years. Four and five-star hotels have been built, and the services and attractions are constantly being developed and expanded.
Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia. It is also one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary. It covers 88,124 hectares. In 2002, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed it on the World Heritage List as the Tokaj-Hegyalja Historic Wine Region Cultural Landscape.
According to the Central Statistical Office, the number of guests in June was 3.8 percent higher and the number of overnight stays was 0.8 percent lower than last year.
The number of overnight stays by domestic guests fell by 10 percent, while the number of overnight stays by foreign guests rose by 14 percent. From January to June 2023, domestic guests spent eight percent fewer nights and foreign guests spent 13 percent more nights in tourist accommodations than during the same period last year.
The most popular tourist regions include Lake Balaton, being particularly popular with foreign guests, and the Mátra and Bükk Mountains.