Kvarner newsletter / no 16

Kvarner in Budapest
Only five hours by car …

The famous Nagyvasarcsarnok Central Market Hall, which is daily visited by more than twenty thousand people, was chosen as the venue for the fifth road show presentation of Kvarner in Budapest. This was a fine opportunity to remind visitors from Hungary, who are traditionally fond of Kvarner, about the natural and cultural landmarks of this region, and also of the fact that Kvarner can now be reached in only five hours' drive by modern motorway.

The presentation of Kvarner in Budapest in the period from the 7th to the 9th of May was organised by the Kvarner County Tourism Office in collaboration with the Hungarian Representative Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Economy – Regional Chamber Rijeka, Association of Private Accommodation Providers. The visitors had the chance to view the promotional film “Kvarner – Shores, Islands, Highland” and various advertising materials including a leaflet in Hungarian language with the message “Kvarner – only five hour’s drive”. Particularly interesting was prize draw for free stays on Kvarner, which was organised by the Kvarner County Tourism Office in collaboration with companies Jadranka Campsites from Mali Lošinj, Liburnia Riviera Hotels from Opatija, Grand Hotel Bonavia from Rijeka, Kostrena Diving Centre etc.
At the same time there was an exhibition entitled “Hungarian Memories of Rijeka”, organised by the Szechenyi National Library, Petőfi Literature Museum, and the author of the exhibition, the famous Hungarian journalist Csaba Skultety. The common motif of all photographs is the town of Rijeka. The importance of this event and the level of friendly connections between Croatia and Hungary and the fondness towards the Kvarner region become clear if we know that the exhibition was opened by the President of the Republic of Hungary László Sólyom. István Monok, director of the Széchenyi Library, Ivan Bandić, Croatian ambassador in Hungary, and Gian Battista Campagnola, Italian ambassador in Hungary, also held speeches at the opening.