Hungary to introduce New Rating System for Tourist Accommodations and lifts most restrictions from Today

All tourist accommodation in Hungary will be classified from one to five stars on the basis of uniform criteria, the CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) said on Saturday, outlining a bill being submitted to parliament.

The aim is to ensure that guests receive reliable quality whether they stay at a hotel or in private accommodation, Zoltán Guller said.

The new rating system, which operates in more than ten countries, is scheduled to be introduced from January 2022, and the costs of the rating will be covered by the tourism agency until 2024.

The amendment, which lawmakers are due to vote on next week, will require online data reporting from accommodation establishments as well as restaurants and providers of tourism attractions, Guller said.

The intention is that tourism and hospitality should not be managed on the basis of intuition but on the basis of data, ollowing the example of western European and American multinational companies, he added. Guller also noted that, based on current occupancy rates, an bigger upswing can be expected this year than last summer.

Guller said the vaccination card would continue to play a key role in the sector, adding that Hungary was likely to have 6 million people vaccinated by the summer so they would regain their previous freedom.

“Goodbye masks!” – Hungary lifts most restrictions

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a Facebook video posted on Saturday, that mask wearing in public spaces and on the streets are no longer obligatory.

Since Hungary has reached five million inoculated, most of the coronavirus restrictions will be lifted starting from today:

  • The curfew is over, you can be on the streets anytime
  • Opening hours of stores and restaurants are no longer restricted
  • Ban on outdoor individual and team sports is lifted Up to 50 people can attend private and family events
  • Up to 200 people can attend weddings

Furthermore, cultural events, such as dance and music events, sports events and other larger than 500 person events can still only be visited by people with immunity certificates or by underaged children supervised by such person. Outdoor events under 500 guests can be visited by anyone.

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