Korda Studios fully booked till year-end

Budapest, May 9, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Hungary’s Korda Studios on Monday said its capacity is fully booked until the end of 2011.

All facilities have been reserved for the remainder of 2011 since March, “exceeding prior expectations”, the studios said. Sales of spaces for 2012 were begun in April, it added.

Two big television productions are in pre-production at the studios: Showtime’s The Borgias, which has returned for production of its second season, and the USD 43m miniseries World Without End, based on the novel by Ken Follett.

Korda Studios will open a HUF 1.19bn tourist attraction in June. The Korda Filmpark will feature a museum dedicated to the work of the Korda brothers, an interactive filmmaking exhibit and a restaurant. The attraction is expected to draw 50,000 visitors in its first year.

Korda Studios was awarded a HUF 595m grant from the New Hungary Development Plan for the Korda Filmpark.

Korda Studios is in its fifth year of operation.

(HUF 100 = EUR 0.3789)

source: mti.hu

Fidesz to boost ties with China, says official

Beijing, May 9 (MTI) – A senior official of the governing Fidesz party held talks on Hungarian-Chinese relations and inter-party ties in Beijing on Monday.

Lajos Kosa, the party’s deputy leader, held what he called fruitful talks with Chen Fengxian, deputy head of the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign affairs office, on developing inter-party ties and preparations for a visit by Fidesz leader Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister.

Kosa confirmed Hungary’s commitment to developing economic, trade and scientific cooperation and becoming the eastern gate for China to Europe.

He said Hungarian universities and colleges would be glad to receive more students from China.

Kosa visited the academy of traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing, and held talks with businesspeople on Chinese investment in rural tourism, airport development and vehicle production.

On Tuesday Kosa is scheduled to leave for Chongqing, and then to visit Shanghai.

source: mti.hu

Christian Democrats propose work-free Good Friday

Budapest, May 9 (MTI) – Good Friday should be made a public holiday from 2012 on, according to an MP of Hungary’s co-governing Christian Democratic (KDNP) party.

Laszlo Varga has submitted the proposal to parliament, arguing that Good Friday is a special day of Christian culture, which forms part and parcel of the European identity.

It is a holiday in several European countries, including Germany, Austria, Italy and Portugal, he said.

Last week, KDNP’s Jozsef Michl proposed making August 15, feast day of the Assumption of Mary, a public holiday.

source: mti.hu