Budapest (MTI) – Hungary has got top marks as a European tourist destination, with the largest increase in the number of tourists visiting in 2015, the Hungarian tourism promotion agency Magyar Turizmus said, citing a report by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) from December last year.
Hungary recorded an increase of 19.1 percent in the number of foreign tourists arriving in the country in the first three quarters of 2015, compared with a 6.6 percent rise in the central and eastern European region and 5.1 percent in Europe as a whole, according to the World Tourism Barometer.
Slovakia finished second on the UNWTO’s top 50 list with 13.3 percent, and Ireland was third with 12.8 percent growth. Hungary recorded 11 million visits of at least two days from foreign tourists in January-September last year. The tourists spent 95.6 billion forints (EUR 302.8m) in this period, 15.2 percent more than in the same period in 2014.