Minister Angelkova discussed tourism partnership with leaders of Vladimir Oblast

25 May 2018

Bulgaria is increasingly cooperating with Russian regions to attract growing numbers of tourists from the Federation. We are prepared to expand that partnership with the institutions and businesses from Vladimir Oblast. Thus stated the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Alexei Konoshov, First Deputy Governor of the Oblast. The conversation took place during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), with the participation of Rinat Chegaev - Deputy Governor, Andrey Shohin – administration manager, and Elena Pereskokova – chair of the Tourism Committee.

Minister Angelkova recollected that Russian Federation tourists remain among the most numerous visitors of Bulgaria and that their interest in our country as a destination remains high. She emphasized that Bulgaria offers very good conditions for organized children’s camps and is known for its cultural-historical tourism. To promote that potential even more actively, we are starting a communication campaign on the Russia market at the beginning of this summer, she announced, adding that the ministry is ready to sign a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Oblast, as it did with another Russian administrative unit, the Altay Kray.

Future activities envisage more showcasing of Bulgaria’s tourism capabilities, a photo exhibition entitled Bulgarian Customs and Traditions, industry level forums, short itineraries for the underage, under the initiative entitled „По болгарским дорогам памяти“ (On the Bulgarian Memory Paths) about the 140th anniversary of our country’s Liberation, etc. Another thing of interest is the foreign languages program during the organized vacation of Russian children and youths in our country.

There is also perspective in the contacts between secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Bulgaria and Vladimir Oblast, which train future tourism staff, explained Minister Angelkova. Young Russians are increasingly interested in vacationing in our country, preferring seaside and mountain vacations, city tours, etc. Another focus of the bilateral partnership will be contacts in regional tourism – restoration of cultural ties, exchange of delegations, joint festivals, competitions, celebrations, etc.

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