Budapest Hotels among Cheapest in Europe

Sep 25, 2012 0

A study conducted by STR Global about room rates, occupancy rate and revenue per available room in 31 European cities and countries has revealed that hotels in Budapest are among the cheapest in Europe. According to the study Hungary is placed in 28th place when it comes to the room rates which means that hotels are the 5th cheapest. Hungarian hotels have generated a total revenue of 74 billion HUF in the first 7 months of 2012 which is an increase of 13,4% year on year. Out of the 74bn HUF in total 39bn HUF ave been generated in Budapest which is an increase of more than 10% compared to the same period in 2011. The occupancy rate in Budapest has been 55,8% and 45,2% in Hungary both rose around 1% compared to 2011. This occupancy rate brings Budapest place 17 in the study. When it comes to revenue per ...

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Hungarian Diesel prices above & Super below European average

Aug 31, 2012 0

A recent study by AVD (Automobilclub von Deutschland) about petrol prices in Europe has revealed that Hungarian petrol is slightly cheaper than the European average, at least when it comes to “Super”. A liter of Super gasoline is 5 Euro cents cheaper than the average in Europe (Europe 1,61 Euro, Hungary 1,56 Euro). The highest prices are in the Norway with a whooping 2,11 Euro per liter whereas the lowest prices you can find Romania with just 1,33 Euro. When it comes to Diesel Hungary is 6 Euro Cents more expensive than the European average. For a liter of Diesel you need to put 1,57 Euro on the table which is among the top 10 in Europe. Also for Diesel you need to pay the highest prices in Norway with 1,93 per liter and the lowest prices are in Luxemburg with 1,32 Euro. The average in all European countries per ...

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New Car Sales in Hungary dropped 60%

Aug 3, 2012 0

A survey from June conducted by PwC has resulted in a 60% drop in car sales in 2011 compared to 2008. This year the expected new car sales number is 46.000 units which is no big change compared to the 2011 actual sales of 45.000 units. Main reason for this drop is of course the economical situation as well as the new car tax and car dealers are not expecting any improvement before 2014. These numbers go well with the 12 years average age of cars in Hungary which I have written about a few days ago. With the current new car registration rate it would take Hungary 60 years to replace all passenger cars. The bad situation obviously forces people working in the car industry to cut jobs (64% plan to do so) or marketing investments (69% plan to do so). Another interesting number is that 9% of the ...

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Sziget Festival 2012 LiveStream on Youtube

Aug 2, 2012 0

You want to see Europe’s Best Major Festival, the Sziget Festival, 5 days live and not miss one act? Than you should head over to the official Youtube Channel of the Sziget Festival where you will be able to stream the 3 biggest stages (Pop/Rock Main Stage,World Music Party Main Stage and the A38 stage) live on your computer or even mobile / tablet and watch top concerts such as Placebo, Korn, Hurts, Deus and many more. The service is available daily from 3pm till dawn when the last concert ends and of course free of charge. So if you are in the unlucky situation that you are not able to make it to this years Sziget Festival the stream might be an alternative for you to watch the festival live, pop up a bottle of beer with your friends and enjoy your favorite bands on screen at least. In ...

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31% of Hungarians are “very pessimistic” about their Retirement

Aug 1, 2012 0

A survey conducted on behalf of Aegon in nine countries has resulted in the finding that Hungarians have only plans for savings but no actual savings. Hungarians are worrying about their retirement fundings. A whooping 55% have serious doubts about their future pension benefits and 31% are very pessimistic about their retirement. “Only” 57% of Hungarians are aware that they need self responsibility to secure their retirement which in reverse means that almost half of the population is not even aware of that and will maybe run into trouble when being retired. Two other interesting numbers out of that report are that 83% of Hungarians believe that the value of the state pension will lose value while 78% believe that the retirement age will even increase. Scary numbers if you ask me and I must admit that I am among those who believe that the pension will lose value. What ...

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Hungary Forecast: 13% decrease in hiring in Q3

Aug 1, 2012 0

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Study 13% of employers expect a decrease in hiring in Q3 2012, still 11% of the employers expect an increase while 71% do not see any change coming in 3rd quarter.Manpower Country Manager says: “Most Hungarian employers are still keeping hiring on hold. Even where vacancies are published, employers are taking their time, and the selection and decision making process take longer than ever.” Hungary is next to Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy among the weakest employer hiring expectations. For you to know which sectors are expecting a growth, strongest hiring prospects are in transport, storage, communication, wholesale and retail trade businesses. In case you want to apply for a job in Budapest try these sectors for a successful application. ...

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Hungarian Mothers – Longest paid maternity leave in CEE

Jul 31, 2012 0

According to a survey by Accace Hungarian mothers have the longest paid maternity leave in CEE. The region CEE in this study includes next to Hungary the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine. The longest a mother can go to maternity leave in Hungary is 3 years out of which for 168 days she is paid with 70% of her original salary which is paid by the state. After this period a mother is entitled approximately 100€ per month for the child. But the payment is not what I am looking at here, it is rather the time a mother can stay with the child after birth. The study points out that  Ukrainian mothers are in the worst position being allowed only 56 days to stay home after birth. It is a bit more complex than that, it depends on more factors such as how many children the ...

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Average Age of Hungarian Cars is 12 Years

Jul 31, 2012 0

Did you know that the average age of Hungarian cars is 12 years? According to a study conducted by Medián in 2008 nearly one-third of the cars in Hungary have been 5 years or younger. This number has changed dramatically across all age and social groups so that today less than 10% are 5 years old and younger. The average age went down to 12 years in average. This of course has to do with several crisis and a change in mindset but this also brings a positive side, used cars are cheap as never before and that also attracts foreign car dealers buying used cars in Hungary. However I think that 12 years is a fairly scary age for a car where a lot has to be invested into maintenance and also security standards have not been as high as they have been in 2000. But as long as ...

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Kürtoskalács makes it to New York

Jul 31, 2012 0

You might know Kürtoskalács from a festival in Budapest or from the Christmas market, the popular chimney cake originated in Transilvania which is topped with different flavors such as nuts, sugar or cinnamon. Kürtoskalács is very popular among young and old for different occasions and in some families it is even home made in the garden above the open fire. Now this Kürtoskalács made its way over the Atlantic Ocean straight to New York as The Hungarian Girl reports in a recent post. I have heard of many things being carried over to the US from Europe but I would have never thought that Kürtoskalács makes its way anywhere across the borders. Now it is available in the Chimney Cake Bakery in Long Island New York. Open daily till 6pm you can have your Kürtoskalács dose as Hungarian abroad or as New Yorker and try something new. I definitely recommend ...

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Hungarian Wine – Regions, Culture & Bars

Jul 19, 2012 1

Hungarians are very proud of their wines and that is for a good reason, the quality of the wine from Hungary is superb. Most famous among the Hungarian wines is the sweet dessert wine from Tokaj in North-Eastern Hungary which is comparable to the Port Wine in terms of publicity, just it is a white wine. The reason for the missing popularity abroad, though it is rising, is the simple fact that a small country like Hungary cannot produce as much wine as larger countries such as Italy or France. So it is a quantity matter, not quality, that Hungarian wine is not sold around the globe though it has the requirements to do so. Most of the wine produced in Hungary is consumed in Hungary as well but some bottles or barrels make it across the border. There are several wine regions in Hungary which you will read about ...

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