On 15-16 April 2015, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri is on an official trip in Hungary. The Minister signed a tourism agreement with Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga during a high-profile meeting in the building of Hungary’s Parliament. The MoU aims to bolster bilateral tourism relations under the “Opening to the South” policy.

According to the document the ministers signed, the parties support and promote the exchange of up-to-date information and knowledge of the sector by Hungarian and Egyptian tourism enterprises and experts, Mihály Varga stated after the ceremony.

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The agreement centres around the exchange of experiences regarding the regulatory system and the mutual sharing of travel statistics. The Egyptian party showed interest in the SZÉP voucher system and Hungarian thermal spas, which are expected to gain popularity among Egyptian tourists.

Following the signing ceremony, Sameh Shukri said that he greatly appreciates Hungary’s attitude towards the recent revolution in Egypt and he expressed gratitude for Hungary’s gesture that during this period, the country did not upgrade its travel warning level on Egypt for Hungarian tourists.

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Both parties voiced hope that closer cooperation will mutually bolster economic growth in the two countries. They also expressed confidence that Wizz Air’s decision to launch a regular weekly Budapest-Hurghada flight as of 16 May will add momentum to tourist traffic between Hungary and Egypt.

(Ministry for National Economy)