FINA chief lauds ‘best ever’ Aquatics Championships

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Hotels in Budapest during the two weeks of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships this July 14-30 had occupancy rates over 90% and average room prices were double the usual, according to state news wire MTI.

Around 485,000 spectators viewed sports events at five locations in Budapest and Balatonfüred as part of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships which concluded on Sunday, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták said on Monday. The fan zones at Margaret Island and the Danube Arena in Budapest had more than 400,000 visitors, he added.

In a separate report, MTI quoted Julio Maglione, president of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), as acknowledging Hungaryʼs government, the local councils of Budapest and Balatonfüred, the organizers and thousands of volunteers for contributing to the “best ever” FINA World Aquatics Championships at the eventʼs closing ceremony on Sunday.

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