More and more Hungarians can afford a holiday!
According to the left, Lake Balaton is only accessible to the Fidesz Oligarchs, and in reality to twice as many people as at the time of their regeneration.
While in 2010 35 percent of Hungarians could afford to go on vacation, now 58.5 percent have the financial means to do so - said Bence Rétvári, EMMI's parliamentary secretary of state.
Rétvári: This year you get a holiday for several people
According to Eurostat, in ten years, between 2010 and 2019, nearly 2.5 million more people could afford to go on holiday than before, the parliamentary secretary of state at the Ministry of Human Resources said at a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday.
Bence Rétvári recalled: before 2010, families were in a difficult financial situation, unemployment increased, wages in the public sector fell, pensioners' one-month pensions were taken and the cafeteria was taxed at 25 per cent, families spent on living instead of on holiday.
However, after 2010, especially after 2013, due to the government's policy, unemployment decreased, the number of employees increased by 800,000, domestic travel was made popular and accessible with the Széchenyi Holiday Card system, and the Elizabeth camps helped children, families and the elderly to relax.
According to Eurostat data, 35% of Hungarians could afford a holiday in 2010, up from 58.5% last season, meaning that nearly 2.5 million more people could afford to go on holiday in ten years.
In addition, there was much more money for holidays: in 2010 it was HUF 247 billion, last year it was HUF 393 billion - added Bence Rétvári. He noted that the left interpreted Eurostat data out of trend, while it was essential to examine the trend.
Bence Rétvári noted that Eurostat data also show that the largest increase in household expenditure last year was in the field of hospitality and culture.
He added that other data also support that more and more Hungarians can afford a holiday and there are fewer and fewer who cannot go on holiday for financial reasons. He mentioned as an example that
the number of guest nights spent increased by 61 percent.
The proportion of those who have reserves has increased
He also said that according to Eurostat, the number of people living in severe material deprivation decreased by 1.5 million in Hungary, while the proportion of those who have a 70-90 thousand forint reserve for unexpected expenses increased by almost 4 million.
In the European Union, the proportion of those with reserves increased the most in Hungary, he added. Bence Rétvári emphasized that the measures of the period since 2010 have successfully reduced material deprivation, reduced the number of people living in deprivation and deep poverty, and opened the possibility for more and more people to have financial means even for a holiday. He noted that it is therefore important to continue "an economic policy that is not based on austerity".