- 6 Feb 2019 6:10 AM
- Hungary Matters
More than half million travellers voted for their favourite European destinations between January 15 and February 5, and Budapest won first place.
No other previous winner received as many votes from abroad as Budapest, with 77% of supporting votes submitted from other countries, mostly the UK, the US, Germany, France, Austria and Italy.
Budapest alone received more votes than Paris, Athens, London, Florence and Geneva combined.
From The Budapest Festival and Touristic Centre:
77% of the votes in support of Budapest came from outside Hungary, in particular the UK, USA, Germany, France, Austria and Italy. Budapest has thus delivered a smashing victory,” the notification states.
What does the title mean for Budapest?
European Best Destinations – whose purpose is to promote European tourism and culture – has shown world travelers the way for ten years, closely cooperating with the continent’s biggest destination and tourism offices, as well as the EDEN network, established by the European Commission, and has provided assistance to tens of millions of tourists on selecting the most appropriate travel destination.
This recognition can thus be turned into tangible benefits very easily; we need only consider the nearly 500,000 people from 153 countries who followed the voting with interest this year to find out what the best place to book a flight to next is.
The best destination receives year-long promotion on the European Best Destinations website, in the most prestigious international travel, business and lifestyle media outlets, and on numerous social media platforms and travel portals – on the basis of previous experience, the number of tourists visiting the best destination is expected to increase due to the year-long campaign from the company, which organises the competition.
The city voted best travel destination can use the “Best European Destination” title and logo for a year.
Photo: Botond Horvath
Click here to visit European Best Destination's website online