Hungarian ambassadors take in top tourist spots

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Pictured at Tourism NI’s Belfast headquarters are (L-R) Istaván Pálffy, Hungarian Ambassador to Ireland; Stephen Finlay, Tourism NI Director of Corporate Development and Peter Szabadhegy, Hungarian Ambassador to the UK.

The Hungarian ambassadors to the UK and to Ireland have been introduced to some of Northern Ireland’s iconic tourism attractions.

During a two-day fact finding visit the ambassadors also met senior Tourism NI officials for a briefing on the recent success of the tourism industry and its plans for future growth.

Peter Szabadhegy, Hungarian Ambassador to the UK and Istaván Pálffy, Hungarian Ambassador to Ireland, took in Titanic Belfast and a guided tour of the set of Game of Thrones at the Paint Shop Studios during their stay.

The Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery and Royal Portrush Golf Club, announced earlier this month as the venue for the 2019 Open Golf Championship, were also on the ambassadors’ itinerary.

The visit to understand Northern Ireland’s tourism journey was arranged by Ken Belshaw, Honorary Consul to Hungary in Northern Ireland.

Stephen Finlay, Tourism NI Director of Corporate Development, said: “Northern Ireland’s iconic scenery and attractions, including Titanic Belfast and the Giants Causeway, together with our world famous golf courses, mean we have much to offer visitors from Hungary and other central and east European countries, and these are overseas markets we would certainly like to see prosper and grow.

“We had a very useful meeting with the Ambassadors and I look forward to continuing to build tourism links between Northern Ireland and Hungary.”

Peter Szabadhegy said, “Every time I visit Northern Ireland I experience a perfect balance between professionalism and extraordinary hospitality.”


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