Hungary has become the first central European country to open a consulate in Miami. It was opened in a ceremony Tuesday by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.
“Florida is the U.S. state with the fourth highest economic performance, with which Hungary realized 230 million dollars in trade flow last year,” Mr. Szijjártó explained. “The economic policy priorities of Hungary and Florida are very similar: we both practice foreign trade orientated economic policies and build on low taxes, small and medium-sized enterprises are extremely important with relation to economic performance, and we have both recognized the need for continuous innovation and modernization,” he said.
“In addition, there are some 110 thousand Hungarians or people of Hungarian descent living in the area, who live a very active community life, and who regard contact with their native country as extremely important. The second largest event on the calendar of Hungarians living in the USA, the Hungarian Festival, is held in Florida each year,” he explained.
There are already seven European Union states with consular offices in Miami, but until now most were from the west (except Greece), including Germany, Italy and Holland.
Szijjártó said that Coral Gables was chosen due to the high number of consular offices already there. There were 19 countries with consulates in Coral Gables, he said.
Miami is also a major travel destination for Hungarians, he said.
Last year, American Airlines said that Miami was the top connecting destination for a newly added flight from Philadelphia to Budapest.