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Hungary-Serbian cooperation in tourism has “enormous potential”, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said in Novi Sad (Újvidék), in northern Serbia, at the LORIST international fair for hunting, fishing, tourism and sports. Hungary, a guest of honour, is showing at two stands at the fair. A 50sqm stand at the hunting and fishing exhibition is meant to promote the 2021 World Hunting and Nature Expo, to be hosted by Budapest. The other, 200sqm stand is at the tourism exhibition, which opened on Thursday. Speaking of the 2021 Hungarian expo, where Serbia will be a major guest, Semjén said that Hungary has invited over 150 countries to participate. The events will focus on “showcasing the great hunting and game farming culture of Hungary … and central Europe,” he said. The expo will also feature related topics such as equestrian sports, archery, gastronomy shows and others, he said.

State secretary Zoltán Kovács, the commissioner responsible for organising the expo, noted that besides Budapest, the towns of Vásárosnamény, Hatvan, Gödöllő and Keszthely will host complementary events.

On the sidelines of the event, Semjén met Serbian government officials to discuss cooperation in wellness tourism and hunting, fishing and outdoors tourism. Calling Hungarian-Serbian relations “excellent”, Semjén said that the European Union’s enlargement is one of Hungary’s priorities. The aim is that Serbia should become a full member of the EU, he said.