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Hungary & Balkan Countries Eager to Welcome Back Travellers From China

Hungary, together with Balkan countries are eager to welcome back tourists from China, thus positively contributing to the tourism sector in these states and helping them recover from the financial losses and the devastating situation caused by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants.

It has been emphasised that the Balkan countries are eager to welcome tourists from China once again, based on a report of CGNT, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Regarding the issue, Viktor Vereb, from HISEAS International Tourism Group, also shares the same opinion as confirmed for CGTN.

“The Chinese travellers’ impact on the global tourism industry is massive pre-pandemic. The Chinese made 170 million international trips,” Vereb pointed out in this regard.

A previous report provided by Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries revealed that the number of direct flights between China and Hungary increased notably recently.

According to the deputy chief executive officer of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, Zsofia Jakab, the increase in the number of direct flights is in line with her country’s eagerness to open their doors to visitors from the Asian country.

“It is very important that we restore as many direct flights as possible between China and Hungary,” Jakab pointed out in this regard, stressing that the resumption of the services is expected to permit a return to pre-pandemic tourism levels.

Before the spread of the Coronavirus, authorities in Hungary welcomed about 280,000 visitors from China, while in 2021, a total of 5,000 tourists reached China. At the same time, Jakab said that last year a total of 16,000 tourists from China visited Hungary.

“We welcome our travellers from China with a diverse gourmet experience in the capital city and the countryside alike,” she said.

According to the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 98,726,098 people in China have tested positive for the Coronavirus, which caused the death of 117,743 people.

WHO figures also show that a total o 3,465,113,661 vaccine doses have been administered in this country.

Recently authorities in China have been struggling with a significant surge in the number of COVID-19 infections, while many countries worldwide started to reimpose additional requirements for arrivals from China.

Last month, the European Union Member States agreed to recommend all Member States to impose pre-departure testing for arrivals from China and random testing on arrival in order to contain the further spread of the virus and protect citizens’ lives.

Besides, the EU countries were also urged to recommend all travellers on flights to and from China to wear face masks and also issue advice regarding personal hygiene and health measures.

Source: Schengen Visa