Minister Angelkova: We are planning to set up a new tourism information centre in China

14 December 2017

Setting up a new tourism information centre in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was discussed during a work meeting held between the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, and a delegation from the Chinese province of Henan, which was led by Su Fugun, Chair of the province’s tourism association. The opening of the third information centre is planned for as early as next year, in the 9-million city of Zhengzhou. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Economy PhD Stati Statev, rector of the University of National and World Economy (UNWE).

„We are working actively to also set up a centre in Beijing, which will be the second one, after the first was founded in the financial capital, Shanghai, announced the Minister of Tourism. She supported the need to boost bilateral relations in tourism with the latest stats on tourist flows between the two countries.

„In the course of this year’s first 10 months we welcomed over 24 000 China tourists. We registered a 44,5% growth compared to the same period of 2016. The data on Bulgarian travel to China are positive as well. During the January-October 2017 period they grew by over 12%“, Minister Angelkova announced to her guests.

Another discussion topic was the opportunity to open a flight between Sofia and the Chinese province of Henan. „Annually, we are sending over 3 mill. tourists from this province alone, who travel worldwide“, said Su Fugun.

Also discussed was the arrangement of a high-level tourism forum between Bulgaria and China, which will be held in Beijing in spring 2018. The event will take place during  Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. Thus, the EU-China 2018 European initiative dedicated on tourism will be emphasized. The delegation representatives welcomed the initiative and stated willingness to assist in its arrangement.

„China is among the priority markets for us. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism has taken on the initiative to create joint tourism products with Serbia and Greece for the PRC“, announced Minister Angelkova.

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