Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with the new Ambassador of China to Bulgaria HE. Dong Xiaojun

18 June 2019

The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova accepted the newly appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of China to Bulgaria HE. Dong Xiaojun and discussed with him the prospects for bilateral cooperation in the sector.

China is an extremely important and promising market for us, which attracts the attention of other Balkan countries to create joint tourism products for the Asian country, said Minister Angelkova.  We intend to work with You and Chinese business representatives to create products that are attractive to Chinese tourists. I am convinced that Bulgaria also attracts interest as an investment destination for Chinese entrepreneurs, said Minister Angelkova.

In the conversation, she highlighted the international investment forum held at the end of May this year in Sunny Beach, with representatives of the tourism sector from China.

Minister Angelkova noted that our rich material and spiritual heritage and diverse folklore have attracted the interest of Chinese tourists and that is why we are striving to make our country more aware for them. In 2017, the Ministry of Tourism opened the first Bulgarian information center in Shanghai. Two years earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Tourism and the Chinese National Tourism Administration. It is implemented consistently and successfully, Minister Angelkova recalled. She said that the Ministry is preparing to open more Bulgarian information centers in China, which will facilitate the convergence of business and tourists on both sides.

Bulgaria has many advantages - exceptional nature, beautiful cities and great hospitality, said Ambassador Dong Xiaojun and shared his impressions of the cities of Karlovo and Kazanlak, to which Chinese tourists are very interested.. H.E. expressed his strong desire and readiness for joint initiatives to further develop tourism between the two countries. He thanked for the wishes of Minister Angelkova for a successful term in Bulgaria.

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