Minister Angelkova gives the start to the 36th edition of Sliven Rally

02 September 2016

Some 10 to 15 000 are expected to attend the 36th edition of Sliven Rally during the three days of its conduct. The event’s official start was given today by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Sliven, Stefan Konduzov, the Municipal Council chair Dimitar Matev, Maria Belova, MP, the Regional Governor, Tatyana Petkova and her Deputy, Kamen Kostov, etc.

"Seeing so many people here today convinces me yet again of the sports tourism prospects. Its potential can be used for the balanced development of the regions, because when people travel to see a sports event, they also visit many of the tourist attractions in that area", Minister Angelkova said. Sliven is part of one of the 8 cultural-historical destinations developed by the Ministry of Tourism, with more than 20 sites in the area having been included in the online Registry of Tourist Attractions.

Responding to reporter queries, Minister Angelkova announced that during H1 of 2016 over 23 000 tourists have stayed in accommodation facilities with 10+ beds within Sliven region. The night-stays achieved exceed 38 000 and the revenues generated therefrom amount to nearly BGN 1.5 mil. "These numbers indicate that there is a good foundation for us to build up with joint efforts ", she added.

37 crews are taking part in Rally Sliven, the fourth round of the national championship, which is also a round of the European rally trophy, Balkans region. The tournament starts today (September 2) with an official opening and a rally stage on the city streets, followed by 12 high-speed sections on September 3 and 4. This year’s participants include the leader in our national championship, Yordan Atanasov (navigator Angel Bashkehayov, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), the winner of Rally Bulgaria, Rasheed Al Ketbi (navigator Carina Heperle), as well as the pilot, who won two of the Bulgarian championship’s first three rounds – Plamen Staykov (navigator David Kvaratshelya, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX).

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