The commercial and technology hub of central Europe, Budapest is a cosmopolitan city where people and ideas have met for centuries. Combining culture, history and creativity with fast-paced innovative development, it’s the ideal location for ITU Telecom World 2019.
ICTs in Hungary
Budapest has a long tradition of embracing and promoting innovative ICT solutions that stimulate the economy, encourage growth and positively influence the standard of living. The ICT industry is one of the strongest sectors within Hungary’s growing, export-oriented economy, accounting for 20% of national GDP.
Government initiatives aimed at supporting the ICT industry include the Digital Success Programme to extend digital literacy and cooperation between different sectors; the 5G Coalition pushing Hungary to become one of the leading players in introducing 5G; and programmes focused on super-fast broadband and developing SMEs through strengthening capacity, skills, access to funding and corporate partnerships.
ITU Telecom World 2019 will enable government, businesses, and entrepreneurs to showcase their knowledge, make new connections, explore new partnerships – and build the next generation of leaders in the Hungarian ICT industry.
What to do and see in Budapest
Budapest is the cosmopolitan capital of Hungary, the creative heart of Europe, with a diverse and vibrant landscape, culture and living folk heritage. Known as the Pearl of the Danube, the city offers a magnificent combination of tradition and innovation in its architecture, museums, galleries, festivals, cafes, bars, thermal baths, spas and culinary highlights.
Long a major tourist destination, Budapest boast UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the majestic Heroes Square, the magnificent Buda Castle and the impressive Danube banks. Museums and national galleries are home to contemporary and classical art collections, inspiring both lovers of the old masters and seekers of new talent.
The ruin pub movement, where entrepreneurial, creative young people transform abandoned apartment buildings into profitable and fashionable hangouts, has become the hub of Budapest nightlife, while the city’s café culture stretches from the fin du siècle gilded splendour of the New York Palace and the Central Café to the new wave of barista heavens offering selected single plantation beans with free wifi.
From small local eateries with chequered table cloths to fine Michelin-starred restaurants, from rich and colourful Hungarian dishes to fusion cuisine, culinary delights abound in Budapest. And wine-making has been part of Hungarian culture since ancient times, with Tokay and Sopron, two of the country’s 22 wine regions, recognised as world heritage sites.