Revitalization

A derelict building is seen at a former Soviet army base, which now serves as a commercial airport and receives flights from Germany as well as Russia, in Sarmellek, 117 miles west of Budapest, Hungary. Locals have welcomed the new Russian "invasion" of tourists who fly into Sarmellek to head to the spa town Heviz, saying they have brought money, new jobs, and even boosted the moribund real estate market during a deep, economic downturn.

( BERNADETT SZABO, REUTERS / April 30, 2013 )

A derelict building is seen at a former Soviet army base, which now serves as a commercial airport and receives flights from Germany as well as Russia, in Sarmellek, 117 miles west of Budapest, Hungary. Locals have welcomed the new Russian "invasion" of tourists who fly into Sarmellek to head to the spa town Heviz, saying they have brought money, new jobs, and even boosted the moribund real estate market during a deep, economic downturn.

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