Minister Angelkova held a workmeeting with the Greek Minister of Tourism in Spain

02 April 2019

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with Elena Kountoura, Greek Tourism Minister. The two spoke at the 19th Global Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit in Seville, Spain.

Greece is a leading inbound tourism market for us, ranking second among the top destinations last year, said Minister Angelkova. She specified that the visits from our southern neighbor in 2018 are more than 1.116 million. Bulgarians who traveled to Greece last year were 1.4 million.

The Ministry of Tourism works consistently to increase the number of tourists, the institution implements an integrated marketing campaign on the Greek market, in which Bulgaria is promoted with the opportunities for sea, winter, SPA and eco tourism.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and Greece have joint initiatives to attract more tourists from the distant markets in the region, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that one of them was approved at the end of last year and refers to the project „Innovative instruments for the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage in the cross-border region – TOURISM-e". Greece is also among the 11 countries that have joined the initiative to create the so-called common Balkan tourist route. It is expected to be implemented by the end of 2019, the Minister added.

An important focus of our work this year is attracting more investment in tourism, which is why on May 31st, 2019 in Sunny Beach the Ministry of Tourism organized an International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Investment, said Minister Angelkova. She invited her colleague Elena Kountoura to participate in the forum and specified that a special guest would be Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization at the UN in 2009-2017.

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