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Minister Angelkova: “We will foresee through the Law on the Structure of Bulgarian Black Sea Coast /LSBBSC/, to regulate the access of people with disabilities to the beaches and the sea
2018-08-17T19:05:00
I undertake to add in the Black Sea Coast Act a change that defines the accessible beach environment for people with disabilities for which the responsibility of the beach owners. This will also be done by grouping beaches. We continue meeting with representatives of organizations of people with reduced mobility and I want to thank them for their cooperation. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova, who participated in the accessibility check-up on the “Bourgas-sever” beach along with Greta Asparuhova and Hristina Nacheva who are fighting for an accessible environment.The Minister announced that last year, through annexes to the contracts it was requested from the concessionaires and strip tenants to provide favorable conditions for people with disabilities to be able to rest comfortably on the beach. At some of the beaches, the concessionaires have already provided trolleys, which are extremely important. So once on the beach, people with disabilities can bathe in the sea. Such are available on the “Slanchev bryag - yug” beach, it was became clear from the words of the Minister. This is one of the few stripes where a person with disabilities can best enjoy the beach, as far as absolutely all additional equipment and facilities are provided.Minister Angelkova reminded that there is no clear regulation now, and that a legal basis is really needed in order for the tourist administration to oblige concessionaires and tenants to ensure this accessibility. Certainly, this will be done with the change of the LSBBSC, whose project is publicly debated. At the beaches for which an annex are signed with us on the rent and concession contracts and must ensure accessibility, we will issue prescriptions the real situation to be checked in order to actually serve the people, she said.Minister Angelkova said that for the Central Beach in Burgas a prescription for the old path to be changed will be also issued. It is very important to provide a legal framework that is for the sea beaches only. You know that there is a requirement for the accessibility to be ensured also under the European regulations. The inspection with the participation of the Minister Angelkova continued later on at the Sunny Beach-South, where the concessionaire created the most favorable environment for persons with disabilities. A total of 82 beaches are currently constructed, 53 of which are in the Bourgas region, the Minister said.
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9.7% is the growth of the revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria for the period January-June 2018.
2018-08-17T17:16:00
Over EUR 1.3 billion are the revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria for the first six months of this year. They increased by 9.7% compared to the January-June period earlier, according to the data of the Bulgarian National Bank. In June alone, the revenues from international travel exceeded EUR 490 million, an increase by 8.1% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.The results are extremely good and once again prove that tourism in Bulgaria is growing steadily and that with the joint efforts of the state and the tourism industry, Bulgaria is positioned as a destination offering a quality and diverse tourist product, said Minister Nikolina Angelkova.BNB data on the revenue growth were expected as at the end of July the NSI reported that 3 644 791 foreign tourists have chosen the destination Bulgaria for the first six months of 2018, an increase by 8.9% compared to the same period of 2017.
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tourism.government.bg:6304:2018-08-17T17:16:00
The Minister of Tourism Angelkova at a roundtable in Burgas: “In October, we will present the approved by the branch and the local government wine-culinary destinations”
2018-08-17T15:02:00
We will use the trademark "Share Bulgaria" to promote the project on the international exchangesWe developed the wine-culinary destination project in order to establish Bulgaria as recognizable for year-round tourism. With their support, we will direct the attention of tourists to our main services - winter and summer tourism, as well as to the other types of tourism that the country can offer. We plan in October, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forest, to present the approved by the branch and the local authorities wine-culinary destinations. This was announced by the Minister Nikolina Angelkova at the fourth roundtable under the project, which was held in Burgas. She said that once finalized, they will be included in the Annual National Tourism Promotion Program for the next year. The wine-culinary destinations are envisaged to be added to the various brochures and leaflets that promote the country. They will be digitized and added to the iLoveBulgaria platform.The forum was attended by Dimitar Nikolov, Mayor of Bourgas, Krassimir Koev, Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Vine and Wine, representatives of the tourism and wine business and MPs. The event is part of the second stage of the project "Share Bulgaria", which envisages the creation of the destinations. The concept includes 12 wine-culinary destinations that pass through the territory of the whole country. They involve more than 50 municipalities and more than 100 tourist sites, said the Minister of Tourism Angelkova. She pointed out that through public discussions we want to help businesses and local communities to enrich and upgrade the concept of destinations in order to create a comprehensive and useful product that will assist the tourism and agribusiness, and thus the development of the region. We already have a trademark and a logo "Share Bulgaria", which will help promote the project and present the country as a place for a variety of tourist products, said the Minister Angelkova. She added that it could be provided to the municipalities to use it to promote their cultural and historical heritage and the food and drink typical for the regions.The Minister urged all interested parties to submit proposals for destinations to create a useful and working project which to support the activities of businesses, the municipalities and the ministry and to contribute fully to the tourism development.At the height of the summer, I want to say that the data for Burgas region are very positive, the Minister said. Between January and June 2018, the number of people staying in the accommodation with 10 or more beds was increased by 10% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching nearly 480 000. The overnight stays were over 2.48 million, an increase by 10%. Revenues from the overnight stays were over BGN 112.6 million, recording an increase by 7.8% compared to January-June 2017. Almost every second tourist who stayed in the accommodation with 10 or more beds in the whole country for the period January - June 2018, has chosen a 4- and 5-star hotel.The total number of persons in the accommodation with 10 or more beds in the whole country was more than 3.165 million, of which in the 4 and 5 stars hotels were over 1.63 million. Both indicators show an increase by 6.8% and 8.5% over the same period last year. This proves that the country is increasingly recognized as a destination offering high quality tourism at a reasonable price, said Minister Angelkova. She also pointed out that this is thanks to the joint efforts and the teamwork between the state institutions, the local government and the business.This summer season we also expect about 5% increase of the foreign tourist visits compared to the last year, the Minister said. She expressed the hope that the rainy weather in July did not have a tangible effect, which will become clear from the statistics to be published at the end of the month.On the questions of journalists before the start of the event, the Minister commented that she will today file a lawsuit for defamation following the attempts to involve her name and the name of the institution in relation to possible criminal offenses on the occasion of the speech of the former Deputy Minister of Tourism Branimir Botev. It is quite ridiculous to make such absurd statements bordering on the sanity, Minister Angelkova said definitely. She added that it is absolutely unacceptable to undermine the prestige of the institutions and make suggestions. This is very damaging to the image of tourism, she said. I do not think that a person who has worked for Bulgarian tourism can have such attitude to its achievements in order to attract media attention, said the Minister on the occasion of the opinion expressed by the former deputy minister of tourism.
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tourism.government.bg:6305:2018-08-17T15:02:00
Cultural events give tourism an added value
2018-08-04T12:11:00
Deputy Minister Lyuben Kanchev welcomed the participants and the guests of the second edition of the Summer Evenings of the Opera and Baba Vida BalletCultural events give tourism an added value. That is why the culture and tourism need to be developed together for the common progress and sustainable growth in the sector. This was said by the Deputy Tourism Minister Lyuben Kanchev at the opening of the second edition of the Summer Evenings of the Opera and Baba Vida Ballet. He congratulated the Mayor, the participants and the guests of the cultural event and wished success on behalf of the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. We firmly believe that such initiatives have a serious positive effect on the overall development of tourism, said the Deputy Minister Kanchev. And he pointed out that for this reason the ministry has created 8th cultural historical destinations. Vidin is included in them with a number of sites, including Baba Vida, Osman Pazvantoglu Mosque, Exarch Antim I Mausoleum and Ethnographic Museum "The Cross Barracks". The Baba Vida Fortress became the winner of the Grand Prize "The Choice of the Bulgarians" in the second annual tourism awards that the ministry organized last year. The municipality is also involved in the project for 12 wine-culinary destinations, which is jointly developed between the Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture, Food and Forestry. These attractions are impressive and have a serious positive effect on the image of Vidin Municipality and the development of tourism in the region, the Deputy Minister said. The results for the January-May period are very positive, with revenues from the sleeping accommodation of 10 and more beds in the area being BGN 2.192 million in the first 5 months of 2018, an increase by 11.4% compared to the same period a year earlier. The total number of the tourist nights spent increased by 21.1%, reaching over 57 thousand. On a national scale, the foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria for the first six months of the year amounted to more than 3.6 million, an increased by 8.9% compared to the same period lat year. The excellent indicators in tourism are the result of the joint efforts of the state, the local government and the branch, said the Deputy Minister Kanchev and assured that the Ministry of Tourism will support all initiatives supporting the sustainable development of the sector. He wished success to the participants and many exciting experiences to the audience in the summer evenings of the Opera and Baba Vida Ballet.
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tourism.government.bg:6306:2018-08-04T12:11:00
By the wine-culinary destinations we promote the interior of the country and prolong the active seasons
2018-07-31T16:36:00
The project was discussed with the local government and the business at a roundtable in Gabrovo By the project for 12 wine-culinary destinations, we promote the interior of the country before the tourists. It will also contribute to widening the wings of the season and attracting more visitors beyond the active months for trips. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva at a roundtable held in Gabrovo today. In April and May 2018, the foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria amounted to more than 1.24 million, an increase by 11.5% compared to the same period of the last year. Data for the season wings illustrates that the consistent policy and initiatives of the ministry, among which is the project of the wine-culinary destinations, have the effect, said the Deputy Minister Georgieva. On behalf of the Minister Nikolina Angelkova, she said that it is important for the ministry to finalize the project, together with industry and local authorities, to help them promote the tourist and agricultural products in the regions.The District Governor of Gabrovo, Nevena Petkova, took part in the forum, which welcomed the idea of a roundtable in Gabrovo, the District Governor of Veliko Tarnovo, Prof. Dr. Lyubomira Popova, who invited the two ministries for the next forum, the Deputy Mayor of Gabrovo, Nella Rachevitch, Eng. Krassimir Koev, Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Vine and Wine, and Malin Bistrin, representative of the Ministry of Tourism. The main focus of the discussion was placed on two of the destinations - Eastern Thrace and Old Capitals. The initiative is part of the project "Share Bulgaria", which is being developed jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.The 12 wine-culinary destinations are spread on the territory of the whole country. They include over 50 municipalities and over 100 tourist sites. The Eastern Thrace destination covers the municipalities of Stara Zagora, Sliven, Yambol and Karnobat and 8 emblematic tourist sites in the region, including the Neolithic dwellings - Stara Zagora, Karanovka Settlement Mound, Sinite Kamani Natural Park (The Blue Stones), Halkata Rock Phenomenon, Zheravna, Kotel, Skoka Waterfall - Medven and Markeli Fortress.The other destination on which the focus was placed today is one of the longest in the project, passing through seven municipalities. This is the Old Capitals, which includes Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Shumen, Targovishte, Pliska, Veliki Preslav, Gabrovo. It includes another 13 tourist sites - the historical hills of Tsarevets and Trapezitsa, Arbanassi, Hotnitsa Eco-Trail, Emenka Eco-Trail, Daskalolivnitsa - Elena, Slaveikovo School - Targovishte, Shumen Fortress, Madara Horseman, Osmarski Rock Monasteries, Hankrum Rock Monasteries, Pliska, Veliki Preslav and Nicopolis ad Istrum.We plan the final wine-culinary destinations to be announced in the autumn this year. They will then be digitized and uploaded to the web-sites of the two ministries, explained the Deputy Minister Georgieva.We foresee the 12 wine-culinary destinations to be recognized by the industry and the municipalities to be included in the iLoveBulgaria platform, which currently contains over 500 tourist sites and is used by more than 17 000 users. It is planned that the established business and local communities to be included in the Annual National Tourism Promotion Program next year.The ministry forecasts that the number of tourists will increase in the summer by about 5% compared to the last year, when the foreign guests in Bulgaria were 5.3 million, said the Deputy Minister Georgieva. The results for the six months of 2018 were also extremely positive. Over 3.6 million foreign tourists have chosen the destination Bulgaria, an increase by 8.9% compared to January-June 2017.The data shows that we are on the right track in the promotion of the country and its recognition as a four-season tourist destination. We need to look for more and more innovative products to complement the range of services offered, said the Deputy Minister Georgieva. She explained that the initiative for 12 wine-culinary destinations could also help in the development and popularization of the so-called slow tourism. Its concept is related to preserving traditions and culture, focusing on the local food and regional customs. They would help tourists to learn about typical wines and foods in the given region. In Bulgaria, this is still not widespread tourism, but in many European countries it is very widely developed. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/wine-culinary-destinations-we-promote-interior-country-and-prolong-active-seasons
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tourism.government.bg:6307:2018-07-31T16:36:00
Over 3.6 million were the foreign tourists in Bulgaria for the period January-June 2018, which is an increase by 8.9%
2018-07-27T14:35:00
3 644 791 foreign tourists have chosen the destination Bulgaria for the first six months of 2018. Thus, for the period January - June, an increase by 8.9% was marked compared to the same period in 2017, according to data from the National Statistical Institute.Only in June 2018, the foreign visits to Bulgaria were increased by 4.7% compared to the same month of the last year. In June 2018, 1 208 397 foreign tourists have visited our country.The data confirms that the tourism growth is sustainable and Bulgaria is becoming a preferred destination, offering quality service at reasonable prices. It is very important for us that our guests, who saw the country for the first time, should come back again, said the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova.In the first place in the inbound tourism for the six months of 2018 was Romania with 575 609 visits, a 21.1% increase over the same period of the last year. Greece ranks second with 523 046 visits, and in third place was Turkey, from where 318 735 tourists came here.Significant growth rates were noted by the markets included in the top 50 compared to the first six months of 2017. The UK visitors were by 19.2% more, the Polish tourists - by 38.4%, and the Israeli tourists - by 27.6%. From Ukraine, the increase was 24%, and from France and Spain, the number of foreign visits increased by 20.8 % and by 22.7 %, respectively.
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Minister Angelkova in Varna: The project for SPA destinations is a way of using the Black Sea resort during the four seasons
2018-07-27T13:51:00
The project of the Ministry of Tourism to create 7 Balneo- and SPA destinations in the country, including the Black Sea, is part of the strategy for establishing Bulgaria as a year-round destination. The initiative is implemented jointly with the branch and the local government and is extremely important for the Black Sea region because it will help the hotel base here to be used during the four seasons. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in Varna at the third meeting of the series of discussions about the Balneo- and SPA destinations.She thanked the inter-departmental working group engaged for the project, which analyzed the related proposals received from the municipalities also for the support rendered to the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism. The aim was to create a basis for discussions with the business to upgrade the existing and provide a comprehensive quality product, the Minister Angelkova said.The SPA destinations will be advertised at all major forums with the participation of the ministry and on the iLove Bulgaria Internet Platform. The ministry is also working on a project that examines the current attitudes in the demand for tourism products. For example, German tourists associate Bulgaria predominately with the beaches and seaside holidays, while the Balneo- and SPA services are ranked 5th in their preferences. That means we have to develop this type of tourism and strengthen its demand, Minister Angelkova said. And noted the information received by the tour operator Thomas Cook, that Bulgaria is increasingly preferred as a destination and its tourists growth is close to 30% compared to the last year.Minister Angelkova also drew attention to the link between the destination project and the health tourism. We cooperate with the Ministry of Health that works on the transposition of the Cross-Border Patient Care Directive. I hope that after we focused on the health tourism and these issues at the first international conference, held in Sofia last year, we will now discuss them again at its second edition in October, the Minister said. She recalled that Bulgaria is extremely rich in mineral springs and occupies the second place after Iceland by its reserves. Through the SPA destinations, the ministry supports the efforts of the municipalities and tour operators. The purpose is what has already been created as a product to be more intensively advertised in order to attract the attention of tourists, including the great potential of the Black Sea region.In order to expand the wings of the active seasons and make Bulgaria a year-round tourist destination, we chose three concepts, the Minister added. One project is related to the 8th operative cultural and historical destinations that have greatly increased the number of tourists. The other project with which the SPA destinations can be combined covers the 12th wine-culinary destinations.The meeting for the SPA destinations in Varna was attended by the regional Governors of Varna - Stoyan Pasev and of Dobrich - Krasimir Kirilov, the regional Deputy Governor of Burgas - Vladimir Krumov, Mayors from all Black Sea municipalities, entrepreneurs, tourist organizations and others. Minister Angelkova thanked the Varna Mayor - Ivan Portnih for his commitment to developing high quality tourism products and pointed out that the city and the region completely meet the concept of a 4-season destination.In response to the media questions, Minister Angelkova said that the inspections at the sea region are very intense. By two beaches, as average, are inspected for observance of the free / paid area ratio and are surveyed by surveyors. On receipt of a signal that the free zone does not meet the requirements, an additional inspection is carried out. The inspection of the Golden Sands showed that the free zone was 52%, i.e., more than the regulated one. The “Nesebar-yug” beach area has also been monitored and the requirements are met there. We will do another monitoring, said the Minister Angelkova and assured that they continue to inspect the hotels in order to establish how the requirements of the Tourism Act are complied with for the correspondence between their category and the quality and volume of the services offered.
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The CEO of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser, to Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is attracting ever more tourists with diverse services
2018-07-24T15:15:00
We are working jointly and actively with businesses to attract more solvent tourists to Bulgaria with diverse services. It is very important to us that the first-time guests in our country return again, we are helped in this regard by the successful partnership with global tour operators, such as Thomas Cook. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a London meeting with the company’s CEO, Peter Fankhauser. This was the third business discussion between them over the last three years.As a year-round destination Bulgaria essentially offers any type of tourism, registering record-breaking stats in recent years. In 2017 our country was visited by nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016. Last year, revenues from international tourism saw an even bigger growth – in absolute terms they are nearly BGN 6.9 bill., which is 9.3% more compared to 2016, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She noted that this interest has also resulted in more chartered flights to Bulgaria by low-cost and other airlines.The Bulgarian minister informed the head of Thomas Cook of the diverse opportunities at the most visited resorts in our country, such as Sunny Beach, Golden Sands, etc., which offer rest and active recreation to clients with various needs – family type vacations, entertainment, party events, sports, etc. This is why we plan to regulate product zoning at our national resorts, so that all customer preferences may be fulfilled – from children to seniors.Peter Fankhauser congratulated Minister Angelkova’s team on its achievements, pointing out that despite intensifying competition, Bulgaria is attracting ever more tourists and has great potential to sustainably develop any type of services in the sector. The CEO paid attention to the need for high quality of the products in order to keep user interest active.Opportunities to expand bilateral business contacts in tourism were also discussed during the meeting. The representatives of Thomas Cook showed interest in the potential for new tourism investments in Bulgaria as a developing strategic market for the company.Thomas Cook is one of the leading global tour operators with 12 mil. unique online users of its website on a monthly basis. Those visiting the company offices and its partner network number 40 mil. In 2017 the number of tourists traveling to Bulgaria via Thomas Cook was 404 698, an 18% growth compared to the previous year (over 61 000 persons more). During the January-April period of 2018 they exceeded 264 000, but summarized results for the strongest summer months are upcoming. In 2018 a 61% increase is expected in the capacity of the company’s airline passengers from the UK, Germany, Belgium, and Scandinavia.
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tourism.government.bg:6167:2018-07-24T15:15:00
H.E. Irith Lilian, ambassador of Israel, to Minister Angelkova: Thank you for developing cultural tourism and attracting ever more visitors from Israel
2018-07-19T15:45:00
We are reporting an over 31% growth in Israeli tourists during the five months of 2018Bulgaria can offer a lot more than just sun, sea, and partying. I thank the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, for developing cultural tourism and making such places of interest more accessible both to Israeli tourists and to all visitors in your country. Thus said H.E., Irith Lilian, ambassador of the State of Israel to Republic of Bulgaria during a meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. H.E. Irith Lilian further explained that the market is longing for cultural places of interest, with Bulgaria being selected increasingly often as a travel destination by families with children. She added that on the meeting’s day there were 14 flights from Israel to Bulgaria, a large part of the travellers being tourists, since our country is a preferred destination for Israelis.We are reporting a 31.8% increase of Israeli tourists during the period January-May 2018, compared to the same period of last year, with the visits totally exceeding 73 000. Over the past 10 years the number of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria has grown by almost 90% - from 97 000 tourists in 2008 to over 178 000 in 2016 and over 208 000 in 2017, Minister Angelkova stated during the meeting. She clarified that last year Israel ranked 12th among the top markets for inbound tourism to Bulgaria. The conversations were also attended by the CEO of Sunny Beach PLC, Zlatko Dimitrov, and representatives of Israeli tour operators.The Minister said further that a consistent policy is implemented to attract ever more Israeli visitors, with customized products being develop in alignment with their demand. This is one of the ways to enhance the quality of the tourism products we market, she commented. There is a tangible trend of the greater part of Israeli nationals coming to our country during the May-October period, meaning that the tourists come not only to the seaside but are looking for opportunities for a short vacation, recreation, and sight-seeing in our country, explained Minister Angelkova.Given the huge importance of the Israeli market for Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism regularly takes part in the IMTM tourism exhibition in Tel Aviv. Bulgaria took part in this year’s edition of the tourism exchange with an information stand of 49 sq. m., with the Ministry presenting the country as a year-round tourism destination, focusing on winter- and summer vacation, medical spa opportunities, cultural get-to-know tours, entertainment travel, etc. The Israel market is crucial for us, therefore, we will continue to take part in the Tel Aviv exhibition, the minister stated categorically.Minister Angelkova and H.E. Irith Lilian also discussed the opportunities for bilateral cooperation in tourism, as well as the development potential for tourism types other than the traditional summer and winter ones. They reached mutual agreement for cooperation between the two countries, stating their preparedness to support the implementation of future initiatives. We rely a lot on Israel’s expertise, this is why we hope to retain the successful partnership going forward, stated Minister Angelkova.The Ministry of Tourism is working hard to expand the season fringes, the Minister explained, adding that the institution has developed 7 medical spa & spa destinations, with 12 wine-culinary destinations having also been set up jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, thus complementing our efforts to attract more visitors outside the active travel months.Prior to their meeting, Minister Angelkova, H.E. Irith Lilian, and the Pomorie mayor, Ivan Alexiev, visited the ancient tomb near Pomorie. It dates back to the 2nd – 3rd century AD, according to scholars, pagan religious rites and rituals were performed in its circular, rotund-type hall, which were dedicated to the sun cult. It is also the biggest cupola tomb discovered in Bulgarian lands, the only one of its kind in the Balkans.The Israeli ambassador was impressed by Bulgarian culture, nature, and customs, with the two sides agreeing to have the tomb included in the itineraries of Israeli tour operators.
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tourism.government.bg:6168:2018-07-19T15:45:00
Minister Angelkova talks to Mehmet Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey
2018-07-16T16:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a phone conversation with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, Mehmet Ersoy. Turkey is among the top 10 markets for inbound tourism to Bulgaria, emphasized Minister Angelkova, congratulating her counterpart on taking up his office. She added that during January-May of this year over 264 000 Turkish nationals visited our country, registering a 9.1% growth compared to the same period of 2017. Last year, tourism visits from Turkey were more than 636 000, registering 12.5% growth, while over the last 5 years Turkish tourists visiting Bulgaria grew twofold, announced the minister.Development of the so-called Balkan Route was one of the topics discussed by the two ministers. They shared the opinion that this product will be exceptionally useful in attracting tourists from remote destinations to both countries. Minister Angelkova emphasized that it is crucial to provide a personalized service, thus responding to the needs of visitors from remote countries, such as China and Japan. She added that this would build upon on the tourism products marketed in both Bulgaria and Turkey, recalling that its creation was proposed and supported during a summit meeting of the ministers of tourism of the EU member-states entitled Tourism & Economic Growth and organized during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.Minister Angelkova invited her Turkish counterpart to be a part of the second International Congress of World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. It is being organized under the aegis of the World Tourism Organization and will be held on November 14-16 in Sofia.Minister Mehmet Ersoy commented that he relies on the two neighbouring countries continuing their fruitful cooperation in tourism. He added further that he will support and assist the arrangement of any initiatives, which will contribute to the successful development of the sector.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-talks-mehmet-ersoy-minister-culture-and-tourism-republic-turkey
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tourism.government.bg:6166:2018-07-16T16:12:00
Minister Angelkova at a business forum within the framework of the „16+1“ meeting: Chinese tourists will increase at 5% each year up to 2023
2018-07-07T16:50:00
Chinese tourists will increase at 5.1% a year up to 2023. This demonstrates how significant that market’s potential is and how active we need to be in promoting our country’s tourism opportunities in China. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the opening of a discussion panel on the opportunities for cooperation in tourism. The discussion forms part of the international business forum held in Sofia within the framework of the „16+1“ meeting. The event is under the aegis of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the Chair of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang.Some 10 mil. visitors from China travelled in Europe during 2016. Last year, Chinese tourists in Bulgaria exceeded 26 000, registering a 41.2 per cent growth compared to a year before, said Minister Angelkova. During the period of January - May 2018 Chinese tourists in our country numbered 8 234, a 4.1% growth compared to the same period of the preceding year.Tourism is a leading driver in the development of the global economy and among the chief contributors to the GDP growth. Last year, some 500 mil. tourism visits were made in Europe, thus, tourism accounts for some 10% of the European GDP, said Minister Angelkova. Explaining that the sector provides 12% of the jobs in the country.Last year, proceeds from international tourism in our country were nearly BGN 6.9 bill., a growth of 9.3 per cent. International tourist visits were nearly 8.9 mil., registering a 7.3% growth, the Minister said further. There are more than 27 000 firms in tourism and its associated sectors. The sector creates 13% of Bulgaria’s GDP, ranking it among the top 5 economic sectors, said Minister Angelkova.Creation of specialized tourism products and a marketing campaign are parts of the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy to attract more Chinese tourists to Bulgaria. The Minister explained that work is being done on the creation of the so-called Balkan Route, which is specifically intended to promote the tourism opportunities in the region. It is a joint project among 11 Balkan countries, which are Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Republic of Macedonia. The Minister recalled that the idea for the Balkan Route was discussed and proposed during a meeting of the EU ministers responsible for tourism, which was held in February in Sofia.It is not the first Ministry intended specifically for the Chinese market. The institution has been consistent in its efforts to promote the travel opportunities in our country, with the first Bulgarian tourism information centre having been opened in Shanghai last year. Minister Angelkova added that work is now being done on the preparations to open a centre in Beijing, as well as in other areas, such as Henan, Sichuan, and Yunnan.The Ministry of Tourism is preparing a second International Congress of World Civilizations and Ancient Routes to be held in Sofia in November, with one of the main topics being the link between China and Europe, announced Minister Angelkova.
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tourism.government.bg:6165:2018-07-07T16:50:00
Minister Angelkova before a conference on Eurostandarts in tourism: We work with the biggest tour operators, our priority is product quality
2018-06-28T12:04:00
Bulgaria achieved nearly 8.9 mil. Visits of international tourists last year, Germany being among the three leading markets for inbound tourism in our country. This is motivating us to work ever harder to offer a high-grade, competitive product. This is the principle we have set up in our partnership with leading global tour operators, including the biggest ones from Germany.This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Varna, before the participants in the European Standards for Tourism in Bulgaria conference, which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Conrad Adenauer foundation. The official guests of the forum include Klaus Schlie, Landtag Chair of Schleswig-Holstein, and Thorsten Geissler, head of Conrad Adenauer foundation for Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova thanked the guests for the exceptionally high grade, which our country received for its presidency of the EU Council. We proved that with Prime Minister Borisov in the lead we are a strong team, which can be relied upon and is a good mediator in problem resolution. We can successfully tackle challenges and be a loyal partner, she said further.The minister emphasized that the Bulgarian tourism product is a very diverse one. Our country has huge potential not only in terms of sea- and winter tourism, but also for spa and medical spa services, and cultural-historical routes. We developed various theme-based destinations, which stimulate the operations of tour operators and expand the active seasons. During the first five months of 2018 an over 11% growth in international tourists was achieved, with growth of the German ones being 18.5% compared to the same period of 2017, announced Minister Angelkova.She commented further that the Ministry has undertaken, jointly with the industry and with the government’s support, a number of legislative initiatives to reduce the administrative burden, develop the infrastructure, better train the tourism staff, etc. The sector was upgraded to a national priority, last year alone, the number of employees in tourism and its related economic operations stood at nearly 336 000. The Ministry is also preparing the establishment of a Training and Retraining Centre under its aegis, in order to enhance the tourism product’s quality, Minister Angelkova said further, pointing out Bulgaria’s role in the cooperation within the Danube Strategy framework, with an annual forum in Sofia upcoming under that initiative.Klaus Schlie, a first-time visitor in our country, shared his exceptionally positive impressions from Bulgaria, congratulating it on its professionalism in its conduct of the EU Council presidency. She stated that cooperation with Bulgaria will continue and deepen, with many new opportunities for convergence to the Eurostandards in tourism to be discussed during the forum in Varna. We all see how positive are the signals coming from your country as regards the common European future, he said categorically.Thorsten Geissler also congratulated Bulgaria on the successful EU Council presidency and emphasized that the country has a European spirit and a great potential to elaborate concepts for the long-term, sustainable development of Europe. In this regard, tourism in Bulgaria provides some very good examples with double-figure growth values and a positive image not only as a sea destination. One can stay in your country at any time of the year. There are few countries in Europe, which have as many open doors to the Germans, which I thank you for. They feel comfortable and keep returning here, summarized the head of Conrad Adenauer foundation for Bulgaria.
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The Ministry of Tourism welcomed the participants in the first Bulgarian-Chinese Seminar on management of the sector
2018-06-23T17:30:00
I am happy today with the start of the first-of-its-kind joint initiative in tourism between the Ministry of Tourism and China’s Ministry of Trade. Thus said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Lyuben Kanchev, upon commencement of the first 2018 Bulgarian-Chinese Seminar on management of the tourism. 25 participants representing municipalities, tertiary institutions, the Ministry of Tourism, and businesses departed on a training seminar in China. The visit is taking place with the support of China’s Ministry of Trade and is fully funded by the Chinese party.One of our priorities is to attract tourists from remote markets, China being key among such markets. I am convinced that your involvement in that seminar will help you acquire priceless experience and impressions about China and the local tourism market, stated Deputy Minister Kanchev.The China market is among the top 50 countries for inbound tourism to our country. In the first 4 months of this year Chinese tourists in our country were nearly 4 500, registering an over 3 per cent growth, compared to the same period of last year. In 2017 visits from that distant country were over 26 000, growing by 41.2% compared to a year before.One initiative of the Ministry of Tourism is to set up a Balkan Tourism Route for remote markets. The idea was put forward during a meeting of EU ministers responsible for tourism, involving 11 countries from the Balkan region.Deputy Minister Kanchev thanked the Chinese embassy for the attention and help in the arrangement of the seminar and stated his belief that our fruitful partnership will continue going forward.
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Minister Angelkova presented the priorities and strategy in tourism before representatives of the Christian Democratic Union in the Stuttgart area
2018-06-22T18:29:00
Germany was a top market for international tourists in our country last summer, we are expecting a circa 5% growth in summer 2018The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, presented the priorities and strategy in tourism before representatives of the Christian Democratic Union in the Stuttgart region. The delegation was led by the Chair of the provincial CDU chapter, Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer, the participants also include a Union chair for the Stuttgart area, as well as former and current mayors.Germany was a top market for international tourists in our country last summer. During June-September 2017 over 700 000 German visitors came to our country. This summer we are expecting a circa 5% growth of German tourists, stated Minister Angelkova before the guests.During the first four months of this year travel of international tourists from Germany were over 18 000. Last year they exceeded 870 000, registering a 5.3% growth. Thus, our country ranks third in the top markets for inbound tourism to the country.The minister noted that Germany is a priority market for us and that we are working actively to develop it. We have fruitful cooperation with the large-scale tour operators, as well as a dedicated marketing campaign. She outlined to the guests Bulgaria’s ability to offer a rich tourism product, from sea and winter tourism, through cultural-historical and spa tourism, to golf and adventure tourism.Minister Angelkova also touched upon the share of Bulgarian tourism in the country’s GDP – circa 13%, noting that the sector is a top 5 industry. In 2017 revenues from international tourism travel to Bulgaria amounted to EUR 3.5 bill., registering a 9.3% growth compared to 2016. It is very important that our country is a secure destination, which gives us solid ground for sustainable development of the sector, the Minister noted further. One of the government’s priorities is to reduce the administrative burden; in pursuance of that policy the Ministry of Tourism introduced changes in the secondary legislation, thus considerably relieving the operation of businesses, explained Minister Angelkova. She clarified that amendments to the Tourism Act removed 19 types of documents, thus facilitating certification and the registration regimes.Jointly with 11 countries in the Balkan regions we are developing a tourism product to attract remote market tourists, Minister Angelkova informed further, explaining that through the Balkan Route project the region will promote its cultural-historical heritage. That initiative is one of the successes achieved during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, the Minister commented further.Responding to questions from the guests about the tourism strategy, Minister Angelkova said that there are plans to attract more guests to the country’s regions and interior. The institution’s purpose is to establish our country as a year-round destination. Both the Ministry and local governments have a number of activities conducive to the development of high-grade tourism product, Minister Angelkova said further. She cited as an example the multitude of sporting events on a global scale, which are hosted in our country, as well as the selection of Plovdiv as a European Capital of Culture next year. These help promote the opportunities for diverse tourism in Bulgaria, we have many initiatives to that end, added the minister.
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Minister Angelkova at the season’s opening in Sunny Beach: We are expecting a successful summer and growth in tourists
2018-06-16T10:09:00
We are expecting very solid growth in tourists in summer’2018, which we couldn’t hope to achieve without active partnership with businesses. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the opening of the new season in Sunny Beach. She predicted a 5% growth of international visits this summer compared to the record-breaking 2017 and predicts growth from markets such as Germany, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, France, even USA, where a digital advertising campaign for our country took place last year for the first time ever.The Minister indicated that travel for summer vacation at the Black Sea coast is among the most preferred by tourists in our country. This makes sea tourism a fundamental and key product for the entire sector’s sustainable development. Over 70 per cent of all tourists come to Bulgaria for their summer vacation, she emphasized recalling that during the June-September period of 2017 visits of international tourists exceeded 5.3 mil. We also expect that Bulgarians traveling during that period will increase to 1.9 mil., compared to 1.6 mil. the year before.Minister Angelkova congratulated the local government and state enterprises’ administration for the efforts to develop our biggest resort complex as an even more hospitable and attractive one. More visitors are expected here as well this season. One of the indicators is the increased number of booked flights to Bourgas Airport. The current stats indicate 18% growth in flights, there are more booked flights from Germany, Poland, UK, Czech Republic, and Israel. Last summer, over 756 000 spent nights in accommodation, wits the overnight stays exceeding 5 mil. The growth in revenues from overnight stays is nearly 6%, almost reaching BGN 270 mil.Minister Angelkova wished successful operation to the businesses and promised assistance in the resolution of all issues relating to service quality and high-grade servicing. We are selling high-grade quality at affordable rates, becoming an increasingly preferred summer destination, despite facing huge competition in the region, she concluded. The opening ceremony was also attended by the CEO of Sunny Beach PLC, Zlatko Dimitrov, the MP’s Dimitar Boychev and Diana Savateva, the Deputy Governor of Bourgas region, Sevdalina Turmanova, etc.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is a crucial factor for the sustainable development of tourism in the Black Sea and Danube regions
2018-06-15T12:07:00
Bulgaria is an active participant in two very important multinational initiatives in the framework of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the Danube Strategy. As a coordinator of Priority Area 3, To Promote Culture, Tourism, and People-to-People Contacts, within the Danube Strategy, and of the Tourism Cooperation task group of OBSEC, the Ministry of Tourism is working towards intensification of regional cooperation and enhanced visibility of both regions, which was among the priorities of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council in 2018. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism at the opening of the second day of the conference on the role and significance of the Black Sea region and its link to the Danube Strategy. The forum is being held in the Albena resort, with the participation of Michael Hristides, Secretary-General of OBSEC, and many other officials.We are lucky to be among the few countries where the Black Sea and the Danube regions cross each other. Over 330 mil. live around the Black Sea and over 115 mil. in the Danube region. We are making consistent efforts to encourage understanding and partnership among them, including in tourism, emphasized the Minister.She recalled that yesterday a meeting was held in Varna of the ministers responsible for tourism in the OBSEC member-stated, a class A event in the agenda of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The participants expressed their preparedness to work towards creation of a common Black Sea tourism brand and development of intra-cruise tourism in the Black Sea. They signed a joint Varna declaration aiming to increase tourist flows between the destinations and turn sustainable tourism into one of the major drivers of social-economic development in the region.We will also be working together for the creation of a common product, bringing together wine, gourmet, cultural, spa & medical spa tourism, indicated Minister Angelkova, adding that Bulgaria has already initiated the setting up of a common Balkan Route, the first of its kind project of trans-border cooperation among the region’s countries. It would have a positive impact on the measures to attract more tourists from remote and promising markets to South-Eastern Europe, she predicted.Minister Angelkova pointed out that it would be difficult to implement all those initiatives without direct involvement of businesses. Since the very establishment of the Ministry as a standalone administration, communication with businesses is maintained permanently and openly as regards each key decision in the sector. Through the amendments to the Tourism Act and following the priorities of the government’s governance agenda, we reduced the administrative burden for businesses and citizens by removing 19 types of documents in the area of tourism, which up to now had to be submitted in hard cover. We are also working to enhance the quality of the tourism products marketed in order to attract higher end tourists. To support the businesses, we also created a Map of Tourism Investment Projects in Bulgaria jointly with the municipalities; it comprises over 30 promising locations that are important for tourism, announced Minister Angelkova. She cited the record-breaking stats in the sector in recent years as evidence that the path taken is the right one. Last year Bulgaria was visited by nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists, which is 7.6% more compared to 2016 – a record-breaking year for the entire history of tourism statistics in our country. The 2017 revenues from international tourism amount to nearly BGN 6.9 bill., which is also a record and amounts to over 9 per cent growth compared to 2016. Nearly 4.5 mil. of the tourists hail from member-states of OBSEC, a 6.5% growth compared to 2016. Nearly 3.5 mil. tourists from countries featured in the Danube Strategy visited Bulgaria in 2017, a 4.7% growth compared to 2016.  During the first 4 months of 2018 over 1 mil. of the tourists visiting the country hail from member-states of OBSEC and over 580 000 hail from countries featured in the Danube Strategy. Here too, we register an 11% growth compared to the first 4 months of 2017. Those results encourage us to work ever harder towards sustainable development of the tourism industry and to bring together the people from those regions, concluded Minister Angelkova. In 2016, the Ministry of Tourism took up coordination of OBSEC’s Tourism Cooperation task group. Yesterday’s Varna meeting essentially concluded Bulgaria term in office in that function. Our country will also be chair of the Danube Strategy until October 2018, with the holding of its annual forum due to take place in Sofia on October 18-19. The event’s main topic will be economic growth and territorial convergence via investment in tourism. On October 18 a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the Danube region will be held in Sofia, they will make a common statement on the significance of culture and tourism as a driver of economic growth and creation of jobs.
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Minister Angelkova in Varna: the Black Sea countries are creating a common tourism brand
2018-06-14T15:55:00
The market in the region has 333 mil. users and a total GDP of USD 2.8 trillionWe will work jointly to create a common Black Sea tourism brand of the intra-cruise tourism in the Black Sea. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Varna where a meeting was held of the ministers responsible for tourism in the member-states of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC). The event is in the highest, A class, which is included in the agenda of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.One of the initiatives on which we will be working is the creation of a common product bringing together wine, gourmet, cultural, spa & medical spa tourism, indicated Minister Angelkova. She announced that one result of the meeting is the signing of a Joint Varna Declaration of the Ministers Responsible for Tourism in the Member-States of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC), clarifying that the document provides the framework for joint activities going forward. Therein the OBSEC countries declare their intentions to work towards growth of tourist flows between the destinations and towards turning sustainable tourism into one of the major drivers of social-economic development in the region. The forum was attended by Michael Hristides, Secretary-General of OBSEC, Bratislav Djordjevic, executive manager of OBSEC, and Assaf Hadjiev, Secretary-General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, as well as representatives of OBSEC member-states.Guided by the understanding that the Black Sea countries must make full use of their common potential, the Bulgarian presidency is attempting to increase the region’s visibility, the Minister commented further, indicating that tourism is undoubtedly one of the key sectors for a region with a populace of over 333 mil. users and a total GDP of USD 2.8 trillion, which accounts for 14% of the entire European economy, as well as 4% of the global one. The area of the OBSEC countries is 423 000 sq. km. In recent years the region has asserted itself as a leading tourism destination visited by 115 mil. people in 2016. This equates to 19 % of all tourism visits in Europe, noted Minister Angelkova.During the meeting she also reported on the presidency of the Organization’s Tourism Cooperation task group. Bulgaria took up coordination of its activities in July 2016, with its term in office expiring this July. In the course of those two years the Ministry of Tourism held, jointly with the Permanent Secretariat of OBSEC, three meetings of the task group, indicated Minister Angelkova. We put the focus on the tools to achieve competitiveness of the tourism sector in the region via a common approach to its development, introduction of innovations, and consolidation of the image of Black Sea as a tourism brand for visitors from both the nearby European market and from remote destinations, such as China, South Korea, Japan, USA, etc.During Bulgaria’s term, OBSEC and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) also joined efforts in WTO’s Along the Silk Route program.The way to develop tourism in the region is to make use of our shared cultural and natural resources by relying on the development of common tourism products, initiatives, and specific projects involving businesses from the OBSEC member-states, commented the Minister, citing as an example the initiative to set up the so-called Balkan Tourism Route, which aims to promote the region’s cultural-historical heritage to remote markets. This initiative is also linked to another priority of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, namely the Balkans, with 11 countries taking part in its inception this May, noted the Bulgarian, adding that there was complete consensus among participants that improving regional connectivity, exchanging information and best practices, and implementing joint marketing campaigns are indispensable prerequisites to the successful creation of the common Balkans brand.Responding to post-meeting media questions, Minister Angelkova explained that the Ministry of Tourism’s proposal is to set forth the status of national resorts and key operations therein in an ordinance to the Tourism Act. We have proposed that the mayors and the local industries determine which is best for their development. We want to take the path of decentralization, while local governments are best aware of the specifics of national resorts in their territory.  Thus, various types of tourism will continue to be developed in Bulgaria the way the industry wants them to, noted Minister Angelkova, adding that it was the only way to achieve the desired balance. We have received strong support from the global tour operators, from tourism organizations, and from mayors, noted the Minister. I was notified by over 30 tourism organizations that the subject matter needs broad public discussion. National resorts are an image for our country, the voice of the ministry and of tourists has to be heard, and we have expressed their opinion. The decision will be made by the MP’s, summarized Minister Angelkova.
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The Ministry of Tourism receives an award as a government institution supporting the small and medium businesses
2018-06-08T10:30:00
The Ministry of Tourism was bestowed an award in the Government Institutions Supporting the Small and Medium Businesses category at the competition of the Association to Support Small and Medium Businesses  - United Business Clubs. The ceremony was held within the framework of the 2nd Balkan Conference on Small and Medium Businesses.It is a recognition for the work done by our entire team and for the active communication with the businesses that we have been engaging in since our establishment as a standalone institution. Small and medium companies are prevalent in tourism and good care for them is a prerequisite for sustainable development of the sector and high quality of the tourism product, commented Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, on account of the event.She recalled that the number of businesses involved in lodging and dining in our country stands at circa 27 000, while those employed in tourism and its associated economic operations stood at 335 500 in 2017, i.e., nearly 11% of everyone employed in Bulgaria.To many of those people tourism is not just a profession but a destiny and we are grateful for their dedication and initiative, emphasized Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova: Beds in the 4- and 5-star hotels in our country have increased by 24% during the 2014-2017 period
2018-06-07T12:41:00
The Minister opened the third international Hotel&Tourism Investment ForumAn ever growing number of tourists in Bulgaria are opting for accommodation facilities offering high-grade services. In 2017 those spending nights in 4- and 5-star facilities exceeded 3.7 mil., 32 per cent more compared to 2014. Such growth also took place in the overnight stays during that period, with the 2017 revenues from them exceeding BGN 919 mil. – a nearly 49% growth compared to 2014. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the opening of the third international Hotel&Tourism Investment Forum. She emphasized that it is especially important for the tourism administration to operate in direct communication with the industry organizations and the large-scale international tour operators, who are also among the leading investors in the sector – such as Hyatt, Marriot, Review Pro, Avvio, Choice Hotels, Louvre Hotels, IDeaS a SAS Company, STR, etc., who took part in the forum.Bulgaria is interesting not only for its nature and culture, but also for a place to do business, our legislation providing for a number of tax reliefs to such end and incentives for sizable investments, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She recalled the record-breaking results in the sector as evidence of sustainability. In 2017 Bulgaria was visited by nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists, which is a lot more than its own populace and an over 7% growth compared to the hitherto record-breaking 2016. We registered a very good start in 2018 and are expecting an at least 5% growth in tourists compared to the previous year’s records, she said further.Minister Angelkova announced that beds in 4- and 5-star accommodation facilities have increased during the 2014-2017 from almost 121 000 to some 150 000, a 24% growth. Deluxe hotels were 369 in 2014 and in 2017 their number already stood at 418. These are venues and beds, which run out fastest during bookings, while summer 2019 is already getting booked now. As a share in the total number, the 4- and 5-star hotels take up some 43 per cent of the beds in facilities with 10+ beds in our country, the trend being a sustainably upwards one, the minister added.Nikolina Angelkova provided specific examples of how Bulgaria is becoming an increasingly recognizable destination. During the meeting of the G20 ministers responsible for tourism in Argentina’s capital I had the honour of holding numerous conversations, where we discussed many options to promote investment. I welcome the interest of chains such as Marriot, Hyatt, etc. to invest in the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, she stated, reminding of the government’s policy to reduce the administrative burden.Amendments to the Tourism Act have removed 19 types of documents in the area of tourism, which up to now had to be submitted in hard cover. A unit was established at the Ministry of Tourism, which focuses on the measures intended to attract more investment, together with the Ministry of the Economy and its agencies.To facilitate entrepreneurial interest in tourism our ministry created, in partnership with municipalities, a Map of Tourism Investment Projects in Bulgaria. It comprises over 30 locations that we are presenting to international investors, at international expositions and tourism forums, clarified Minister Angelkova. The map is an open initiative and interest in it is significant. The Ministry is already preparing part two, with updates and more specifics regarding the investment intentions aimed at attracting entrepreneurs.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is in the top 5 of preferred destinations for Russian tourists
2018-05-31T13:38:00
We are preparing the announcement of 2019 as the year of tourism of Russia in Bulgaria and of Bulgaria in RussiaBulgaria is in the top 5 of the destinations preferred by Russian tourists with a significant growth potential for the number of visitors from the Russian Federation in our country. There were very important steps, which were supported on a top political level by the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the President Vladimir Putin in the context of the current geopolitical situation and competition from countries like Turkey and Egypt. This was stated before media in Moscow by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, following discussions during the visit of the Bulgarian government delegation headed by the Bulgarian prime minister. It was again pointed out during the meetings that our country offers a very high-grade tourism product, especially as regards family and child tourism. We are holding on to the top stop as regards demand in these aspect, according to the evaluation of National Geographic Traveler, she added.Minister Angelkova also met the Russian Federation’s Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinskii, whose institute also covers the tourism sector. She also spoke to the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (FAT) – Oleg Safonov. We have wonderful relations with Mr. Safonov and again confirmed the good mutual cooperation in the development of various type of tourism. Apart from the key seaside vacations, visitors from the Russian Federation also display great interest in the pilgrimage-, cultural-historical, spa and medical spa, festival-, and other specialized services. We should also not leave out the child camps, which have long-standing traditions in our relations, emphasized Minister Angelkova.She recalled that the recent years, 2016 in particular, were record-breaking in terms of visits of Russian tourists to Bulgaria. Back then there was growth of circa 20 percent, last year we maintained that sustainability. We are hopeful to solidify these results in 2018 and welcome some 550 000 Russian tourists, she said further.We undertook to arrange joint initiatives in both Bulgaria and Russia of the two ministries and FAT, but the most important thing is we received the exceptional support of both Prime Minister Borisov and President Putin in how important it is to develop tourism, commented Minister Angelkova. They supported our proposal to announce 2019 as the year of tourism of Russia in Bulgaria and of Bulgaria in Russia; based on this we are planning to sign a special agenda until the year’s end. It is the first time that this is happening in the relations between the two country and I am convinced that this will further stimulate the sector. We already have a confirmation of a visit of Oleg Safonov to Bulgaria this fall, during the International Congress of World Civilizations and Ancient Routes that we are now organizing, then we will formally announce the decision made, it was made clear by the Minister.Nikolina Angelkova further explained that it was pointed out during the meetings between the Prime Minister Borisov and President Putting what an important and safe destination Bulgaria is for Russian tourists. I am very thankful to both for their support because this will play a part in further promoting the flow of tourists. I advised our hosts that we are starting a special communication campaign as of June 1 for the Russian market on all media channels. We received a lot of positive feedback and support for our work with the Federation’s regions. We are focusing actively our bilateral relations with them because there is marked interest in Bulgaria not just from the bigger cities, the Bulgarian minister added.
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Minister Angelkova discussed tourism partnership with leaders of Vladimir Oblast
2018-05-25T14:29:00
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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The head of Russian tourism, Oleg Safonov, during a Minister Angelkova in Saint Petersburg: Interest of Russian tourists in Bulgaria is keeping its levels
2018-05-25T14:07:00
Our country is preferred among our nationals, our relations have been and continue to be wonderful, said the Chair of Russia’s Federal Tourism AgencyThe interest of Russian tourists in Bulgaria is staying at levels similar to those of recent years. This was stated by Oleg Safonov, Chair of Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency, during a meeting with Minister Nikolina Angelkova in Saint Petersburg. The two conversed during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which was held during May 24 - 26.Bulgaria is sought as a very good price performance and as a secure destination, said Safonov, adding that the allegations about an expected reduction of the number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria are not realistic.He stated his gratitude to Prime Minister Borisov and to Minister Angelkova for the good conduct of summer 2017. The leader of Russian tourism cited as an example the swift and adequate reaction of Bulgaria’s government in resolving a problem with Russian children at a Black Sea camp. At that time, the vacation of the group of children in Obzor could have been foiled due to the sudden death of a camp owner but after the Bulgarian authorities intervened the vacation was not only not interrupted and was concluded successfully, but even the next batch of vacationers was accepted. Safonov emphasized that close cooperation with the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism continues.Minister Angelkova also confirmed that she is not expecting a reduction of the number of Russian tourists. Safonov confirmed that Bulgaria is a preferred destination for Russian nationals. They were both unanimous that more active work is required to advertise Bulgaria in Russia. As of June first we are starting a new communication campaign in the Federation, added Nikolina Angelkova. The Russian Federation remains one of the most important tourism-generating markets for Bulgaria, with stats from businesses indicated that interest in our country remains sustainable, it was made clear by her words. Last year Russia ranked 5th in terms of numbers of tourists visiting Bulgaria – 557 915, with over 450 000 Russian nationals now having a second home in our country. During the May holidays Bulgaria was in the top 5 of the destinations chosen by Russian tourists. Our country is established as one of the most demanded locations for family vacations. In 2016 Bulgaria received the award of National Geographic Traveller as the best family vacation destination for Russian tourists, and the country is maintaining those levels of attention, it was made clear by the minister’s words. Bulgaria is among the 10 destinations (including Russia), which are the most demanded for summer vacations by Russian tourists, according to April 2018 stats.Minister Angelkova thanked Mr. Safonov for accepting the invitation to participate in the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in November 2018 in Sofia. She invited him to also attend the meeting of the Cooperation in Tourism task group of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC) on June 13, 2018 in Bulgaria.
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The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in a Tourism & Exports discussion, a part of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
2018-05-24T17:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in a Tourism & Exports discussion, a part of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Official guests of the event included, among others, Oleg Safonov, head of the Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturism), Petar Ivanov, Director General of the Federal Passenger Company; Ruslan Novikov, Director General of the Argumenti & Fakti company.Russia is key to Bulgaria in terms of tourism, so it is crucial for us to have not just partnership relations, but ones of close friends, in order to support bilateral development of the sector, indicated Minister Angelkova. The Russia market is among the key tourism-generating ones countries for our country. During the first three months of this year visits of Russian tourists to our country exceeded 27 000. Last year they were almost 558 000, with Russia ranking 5th in terms of tourism visits in Bulgaria.The minister added that a consistent policy is implemented to attract ever more Russian tourists, we are elaborating tailor-made products aligned to their demand. We are also working under a specific marketing campaign to promote the Bulgaria destination in Russia, she indicated further. There is also an active hotline at the Ministry of Tourism, where Russian guests in our country may obtain information or file a signal. All these efforts prove the significance of this market and I can assure you that we will keep working as intensively going forward, so that Bulgaria may become a magnetic destination for ever more trips of Russian nationals, stated Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova and Anatolii Artamonov, governor of Kaluga oblast, discussed the opportunities for cooperation in tourism
2018-05-24T16:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, and Anatolii Artamonov, governor of Kaluga Oblast, discussed the opportunities for cooperation in tourism. The two conversed during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.They commented on the opportunity to have visits of Bulgarian representatives of tourism businesses in Kaluga Oblast, sharing the opinion that this would support bilateral development of the sector. Other topics of discussion included the opportunities to present Bulgaria in the Kaluga Oblast, present the Oblast during exhibitions in Bulgaria, and intensify contacts between Oblast and Bulgarian tourism businesses.Minister Angelkova indicated that the Russia market is among the key tourism-generating ones for our country, ranking 5th last year in terms of international visits to Bulgaria. It is crucial for us to build on the good partnership and keep offering an ever improving and upgrading product to Russian tourists, stated the minister.Anatolii Artamonov said that he would support and assist the implementation of each initiative, which can help increase the two-way tourist flow, as well as to enhance the recognition of the Bulgaria destination in Kaluga Oblast. He also added that he is prepared to visit the country and get to know first-hand the tourism opportunities. 
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Minister Angelkova took part in the opening of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
2018-05-24T14:34:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the opening of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. The event was held during May 24-26 in Saint Petersburg. The minister attended at the personal invitation of the hitherto deputy prime minister and chair of the forum’s organizational committee, Sergey Prihodko. The forum was opened by the Saint Petersburg governor, Georgii Poltavchenko.The event has been held annually since 1997, having been under the aegis of the Russian Federation’s president since 2005. It involves over 10 000 participants from over 120 countries each year. The main forum audience are established Russian and international companies and business representatives, heads of state, prime ministers, ministers, and political leaders.The international event’s major objective is to be in support of businesses and help overcome the geographic and information barriers between Russia and the rest of the world. Key issues for the entrepreneurs are discussed and tailored decisions are sought.
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Minister Angelkova to WTTC: Over the last two years, tourism in Bulgaria has reported an over 25% growth
2018-04-20T19:01:00
Each tourism development project involved the locals, the municipalities, and the industryOver the last two years, tourism in Bulgaria has reported an over 25% growth. There were nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists in our country in 2017, 5.3 mil. of whom chose to visit the Black Sea coast. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, before the delegates of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). She took part as a panellist in a panel dedicated to the topic of the major role of local communities in the development of tourism. The minister stated further that work is presently going on to separate the country into nine distinct tourism areas. The Black Sea coast, for example, will be divided into two areas – Northern and Southern one. All local establishments will be involved in the creation process – municipalities, local organizations, and businesses, explained Minister Angelkova. We offer quality – not just a single tourism project, but an experience. Which goes hand in hand with the warmth and hospitality of the locals.The minister commented that travel helps people to communicate and getting to know each other. Tourism also has an educational component, due to which understanding among nations is being fostered, she added further.In most countries there are more tourists in the large settlements, while there aren’t as many in the smaller, countryside settlements. The same is also true for Bulgaria. Therefore, the ministry’s goal is to focus on attracting tourists countrywide. So, we have focused on our cultural-historical heritage. Bulgaria ranks third in Europe in terms of artefacts discovered. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism elaborated 8 thematic routes comprising over 150 culture sites in more than 70 locations in Bulgaria, stated the minister, explaining that the cultural-historical destinations are accessible on the Ministry ‘s website. The creation and promotion of those destinations plays a major role in developing the local attractions, since owing to them some of the sites along the routes report a 90% growth in visits, Minister Angelkova indicated further. She highlighted that promotion of the destinations offers an opportunity for local communities to ensure employment in those areas and create social-economic stability. It is an important step towards increasing the competitiveness of the entire sector and the sustainable development of tourism, the minister added further.
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Minister Angelkova conversed in Buenos Aires with the president of Emirates Airline, Gary Chapman
2018-04-20T14:07:00
Tourism can contribute to the global economy’s growth because it is a leading sustainability factor. Traditionally, it has been one of the top drivers of welfare and prosperity, developing at accelerated rates in recent years. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with the president of Emirates Airline, Gary Chapman. The two conversed in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council.The minister emphasized that Bulgaria is reporting a nearly 17% growth in international tourists during the December 2017 - January 2018 period. She pointed out that the growth in revenues from international tourism during the December 2017 - January 2018 period was over 11 percent. This, revenues during a large part of the winter season reach nearly BGN 796 mil.It was made during the meeting that the Emirates company may schedule flights between Dubai and Bulgaria in its new flights program. Minister Angelkova explained that the Fly Dubai company is already active on the Bulgarian market, while Mr. Chapman commented that his company is cooperating closely with Fly Dubai. In his opinion, there is room to increase the flights to the United Arab Emirates via Fly Dubai and other airlines. Nikolina Angelkova emphasized that the Ministry of Tourism is working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies, and Communications, as good transport links and aviation in particular are crucial to the development of tourism and to attracting visitors from near and remote markets.Minister Angelkova introduced to her interlocutor the Ministry of Tourism’s initiatives to develop high-grade tourism product to establish Bulgaria as a four-season destination.
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Minister Angelkova to her Mexican counterpart Enrique de la Madrid Cordero: Exchange of experience in summer tourism will be very beneficial for us
2018-04-20T13:49:00
Exchange of experience in summer tourism between the two countries will be very beneficial for us, considering Mexico’s huge experience in this area. This was indicated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, to Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Mexico’s Tourism Minister. They met during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which is held in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.The minister presented to her interlocutor the Bulgarian potential for tourism development, mentioning that summer tourism is the major type, accounting for some 60-65 per cent out of the overall international tourist flow. According to her, our country was visited last year by nearly 8.9 mil. international guests, whose number may grow to 10 mil. this year, according to projections. Minister Angelkova explained some 62% of tourists arrive from our neighbouring countries, such as Serbia, Greece, Romania.Minister Angelkova invited her counterpart Enrique de la Madrid Cordero to attend the summit meeting during the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The forum is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization, with CNN’s anchor, Richard Quest, having been invited to moderate the forum.
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Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with Michael Frenzel, Honorary Chair of the Global Tourism & Economy Forum
2018-04-19T19:21:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Michael Frenzel, Honorary Chair of the Global Tourism & Economy Forum (GТEF). They conversed during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which is held in Buenos Aires. The two discussed the opportunities for joint initiatives in tourism to expand travel from China to Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova presented to Michael Frenzel the projects that the country is working on, one of them being the preparation of the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The forum is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and UN’s World Tourism Organization. The Bulgarian government and the Ministry of Tourism are consistently implementing a policy to establish the country as a four-season destination, stated the minister, explaining further that hard work is going on to achieve sustainable, year-on-year growth in tourism.China is among the major markets for Europe, especially in the tourism sector. This year, the Old Continent’s focus is on the 2018 – EU-China Tourism Year initiative. Over 12.4 mil. tourism visits from China were reported in the European countries in 2017, a 17% growth compared to 2016. Over 180 mil. Chinese are traveling the worlds.Development of joint products and routes with Greece, Serbia, and Croatia was also discussed during the meeting, with the intention of attracting tourists from remote markets, such as China. Ways to encourage Chinese investments in Bulgaria were also discussed, which in turn be a premise for attracting even more tourists.
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Minister Angelkova to Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airport: This summer we are expecting significant growth of international tourists
2018-04-19T16:09:00
This year we are expecting significant growth from all our top generating markets, it is an indicative fact that at the airports of Varna and Bourgas alone, the flights scheduled for the 2018 summer season are nearly 22 more than the flights carried out during summer 2017. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airport. The two conversed during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which is held in Buenos Aires.The minister reported that revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria from January to August 2017 alone stood at nearly BGN 5.2 bil., a nearly 10% growth compared to the same period of last year. Angelkova stated that the proceeds from the summer months of June to August exceeded BGN 3.7 bil. which is 8 per cent more compared to the same period of last year.The Bulgarian minister said that the Ministry of Tourism is working with the large tour operators and that our country is present on the map of major international forums and exhibitions.The opportunities for promoting Bulgaria as a tourism destination were also discussed during the meeting.
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Minister Angelkova met Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook Group, in Argentina
2018-04-19T15:08:00
„Partnership with large tour operators, such as Thomas Cook, is very important to us and I am happy that it has been yielding such good results over a limited time“. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook Group. The two conversed in Buenos Aires, during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council. The minister emphasized that during this season Bulgaria is establishing itself as one of the most preferred destinations in the region, with significant growth being reported in a number of markets, Germany being among the more considerable ones. It was made clear during the meetings that there is a 10% growth in the tourists choosing our country for their vacation via Thomas Cook.Peter Fankhauser emphasized that it is very important to keep up the work in Bulgaria to ensure the tourism product’s quality. The two discussed the investment opportunities at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, as well as the development of combined types of tourism – medical spa with summer tourism or marine tourism with cultural-historical tourism, which will expand the summer season’s duration.The Bulgarian minister emphasized that 2017 was a record-breaking year for the entire history of the sector in our country and that she is hopeful that the growth in the number of tourists and in revenues would still be exceeded this year.Minister Angelkova emphasized that her institution’s marketing activities were yielding increasingly better results. Last year, revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria stood at nearly 6.9 bil., a 9.3 per cent growth compared to the hitherto record-breaking year 2016The Russian market is exceptionally important for incoming tourism to Bulgaria, indicated Angelkova, announcing that in 2017 Russia ranked 5th in terms of tourism visits in our country, with some 558 000 visits.Remote and new markets are also important to us because Bulgaria is still not very popular there as a 4-season route, said Minister Angelkova. She cited China as an example, as it generated over 26 000 tourism travels to Bulgaria in 2017, an over 41 per cent increase, compared to 2016. The potential, nonetheless, is much bigger, therefore we are prepared, together with other countries in the region, to offer joint tourism routes.
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Minister Angelkova to the President and CEO of Marriott Group: Bulgaria is increasingly asserting its image as a country of high-grade tourism
2018-04-19T14:49:00
The chain sees significant development potential in the country, assured Arne SorensonBulgaria is increasingly asserting its image as a country of high-grade tourism. It is not by chance that 4-star and especially 5-star hotels are the first ones to sell out, currently, the high-category hotels are almost full for summer 2018. Thus commented the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with the President and CEO of Marriott Group, Arne Sorenson. The meeting took place during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. The minister emphasized that 72% of the international tourists prefer 4- or 5-star hotels, adding that this is causing investment interest in our country.Minister Angelkova pointed out that promotion of domestic tourism is a Ministry priority, with the capacities for spa and medical spa tourism being upgraded for that purpose. The Ministry of Tourism elaborated 7 spa and medical spa destinations covering the entire country. The minister explained that the season fringes are expected to expand as a result of the initiative. Our country ranks 2nd in Europe in terms of mineral springs, whose number exceeds 600, emphasized Minister Angelkova, noting that the Ministry of Tourism continues its hard work to reduce the administrative burden in the sector.It is very important for me that the world’s biggest hotel chain - Маrrіоtt Іntеrnаtіоnаl, which started building a facility in Sofia, is planning to work on more projects in our country, indicated the minister. Mr. Arne Sorenson stated in turn that the Marriott hotel chains see a significant potential for their development in Bulgaria.Opportunities for investments in top winter resorts were also discussed during the meeting.
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Minister Angelkova to Cathy Fallon: Bulgaria is an excellent place to invest in tourism
2018-04-18T20:23:00
Bulgaria has a huge potential to develop various types of mass and niche tourism, offering excellent conditions to invest in the sector. This is evidenced by the 25%+ growth of international tourists reported over the last two years. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Cathy Fallon, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at Hilton. The meeting took place in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).The Bulgarian government upgraded tourism to a national priority, placing significant focus on the development of tourism infrastructure, she emphasized. Our country is becoming an increasingly attractive tourism investment location due to the country’s financial stability and legislation, which is supportive of large-scale investors. Bulgaria’s advantages also include a 10% corporate tax rate and a 10% income tax, political stability, GDP growth of 3.4% in 2016 (fifth highest in EU) and the second lowest government debt-to-GDP proportion within the Union. A trend of growing demand for high-category hotels is registered in the country, indicating a growing number of high-end tourists. 90 per cent of the 4- and 5-star hotels have already been booked for summer 2018.We are expecting Hilton to expand its investments in Bulgaria, which would have a beneficial effect on the overall development of tourism in our country, indicated Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova converses with Kazuo Yana, Deputy Minister of Land Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan
2018-04-18T19:41:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Kazuo Yana, Deputy Minister of Land Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan. The two conversed during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in Buenos Aires.Japan is in the top 50 generating markets for Bulgarian tourism, stated Minister Angelkova, explaining that this is due, among others, to the opening of Bulgaria’s tourism information centre in Tokyo. It was implemented by virtue of an agreement signed between the Ministry of Tourism and Japan South-Eastern Europe Business Association (JSEEBA). Last year the Japanese tourists in our country were nearly 14 000, growing by 6.7 per cent. The stats for the first two months of 2018 indicate that Japanese visitors have increased by over 70%.It is an important priority for us to transform Bulgaria into a year-round tourism destination, as well as attract tourists from remote markets, which is why we set up 8 cultural-historical destinations and are in the process of completing 12 wine-gourmet and 8 spa and medical spa destinations, stated Minister Angelkova, clarifying that our country is also working actively on the creation of the so-called Balkan Route proposed during the summit meeting of the EU member-states’ Ministers of Tourism, which was entitled Tourism and Economic Growth and was organized during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. Joint routes with countries such as Serbia, Greece, and Croatia aim to attract tourists from remote target markets, such as China, Japan, and some Latin American countries.The minister also informed her interlocutor about our country’s investment potential due to the favourable conditions and the tax policy.Kazuo Yana stated that the interest of Japanese tourists in Bulgaria has expanded considerably. The two agreed to sign a tourism cooperation agreement during the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. The event will be held in mid-November in Sofia and is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and UN’s World Tourism Organization.
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Minister Angelkova to the CEO of TUI Group: We are establishing Bulgaria as a year-round destination, Germany is one of our top 3 tourism generating markets
2018-04-18T14:21:00
We are working towards establishing Bulgaria as a year-round destination, relying on digital marketing and internet communications. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Friedrich Joussen, CEO of TUI Group. The two conversed during the G20 tourism ministers’ meeting in Buenos Aires. A crucial priority is to expand the fringes of the high season, we therefore set up 8 cultural-historical destinations and are in the process of completing 12 wine-gourmet and 8 spa and medical spa destinations, thus aiming to attract more visitors beyond the active travel months, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She announced that Germany is one of our top 3 tourism generating markets for Bulgaria. In 2017 German tourists in our country exceeded 870 000, their number growing by 5.3 per cent compared to 2016. The stats for the last winter seasons are very good as well. During the December 2017–February 2018 period the visits of German tourists in our country were 41 804, with the growth being 7% compared to December 2016–February 2017, added Minister Angelkova.“Bulgaria is a constantly expanding tourism destination”, emphasized Friedrich Joussen. The CEO of TUI Group assured that the company will continue to work jointly with the Ministry of Tourism in promoting Bulgaria as a vacation destination to its customers worldwide.The two also discussed the opportunities to arrange a joint workshop in Bulgaria, with topics relating to upgrading the tourism product’s quality and the opportunities for joint projects with the TUI group to be potentially discussed during such an event.
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Minister Angelkova converses with Wei Hongtao, Deputy Chair of China’s National Tourism Administration
2018-04-17T19:41:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, conversed with Wei Hongtao, Deputy Chair of the National Tourism Administration and member of the ruling party of People’s Republic of China. The two discussed the cooperation opportunities during the meeting of the G20 line ministers for tourism, which is held in Buenos Aires. China is among the top 50 markets for tourism generating for Bulgaria, announced Minister Angelkova, adding that the country ranked 32nd during this year’s first two months. Last year over 26 000 Chinese visited our country, registering an over 41 per cent growth, the minister said further.This year one of the major highlights is the 2018 – EU-China Tourism Year initiative, with the Chinese market’s potential being so huge, Minister Angelkova. According to 2017 stats, European countries reported over 12.4 mil. tourism visits of Chinese nationals, the growth being 18%, compared to 2016. Visits of Chinese tourists are expected to keep growing in the coming years, commented the minister, informing her interlocutor that a general meeting is planned for next month to discuss the so-called Balkan Route, whose establishment was proposed following the summit level meeting in Sofia of the line ministers of tourism of the EU member states, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that the event was of the highest A class in the agenda of Bulgaria’s EU Council presidency, which the country took over for the first time since its accession in 2007.Mr. Wei Hongtao congratulated Minister Angelkova on the goal-oriented policy to attract more Chinese visitors to the country and Europe, adding that a better way to promote the country is exactly through tourism products, which are tailor made for China.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with her Indian counterpart in Argentina
2018-04-17T19:02:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Alphons Kanaanthanam, India’s Minister of Electronics, IT, Culture, and Tourism, during the summit meeting of the G20 line ministers, which is held in Buenos Aires.The two discussed the tourism cooperation opportunities between the two countries and shared the idea that development of digital technologies and modern-era marketing are hugely important for tourism.India is among the top 50 tourism markets for Bulgaria, with nearly 22% more Indian tourists have come to our country last year, compared to 2016. Indian guests take interest in cultural-historical and festival tourism, medical spa and spa programs, city tours, event tourism and other types of tourism. The opportunities, though, are even bigger because remote markets are among the prospective priorities in the ministry’s marketing policy, explained Minister Angelkova.She also noted our country’s record-breaking performance in tourism over the last two years, highlighting Bulgaria’s potential to attract growing investments in the sector as a four-season destination. Our country’s advantages include one of the lowest corporate tax rates, which encourages entrepreneurs to make business in our country. For the purpose we set up a map of investment projects in tourism, which we are now building on with a second stage and new proposals, said the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism.
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Minister Angelkova took part in a meeting of the G20 ministers responsible for tourism in Buenos Aires
2018-04-17T18:10:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the 8th meeting of the G20 ministers responsible for tourism in Argentina’s capital. The high-level guests of the forum include, inter alia, HRH Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, a prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and India’s Minister of Tourism, Alphons Kanaanthanam. The major speakers are Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO), Daniel Reymondi, Argentina’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, line ministers from all over the world, and delegates. One of the major forum topics is The Leading Role of Tourism in Sustainable Development: an Employment Driver“.Bulgaria supports UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and works in promotion of its ideas both in country and internationally, said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the G20 ministerial meeting. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism created a concept for tourism zoning, thus enabling a more successful development of local communities, which is a sustainability fundament, said the Bulgarian minister, adding that the institution has also elaborated a strategy for sustainable development of tourism until 2030. She stated her certitude that the fact of Bulgaria taking over the EU Council presidency for the first time since its accession in 2007 will also contribute to tourism development in the region.
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Minister Angelkova conversed with the Saudi Arabia prince during the summit G20 tourism ministers meeting in Buenos Aires
2018-04-17T16:57:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met His Royal Highness, Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, a prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The two conversed during the G20 tourism ministers meeting, which is held in Buenos Aires. A highlight of their conversation were the opportunities to build on the exceptionally good cooperation in tourism between the two countries.Minister Angelkova focused on the country’s capability to develop various types of tourism - spa, cultural-historical, health, and marine. She noted that some of Bulgaria’s advantages as a destination include political and financial stability, and the legislation, which is supportive of large-scale investors. Minister Angelkova recollected that in recent years our country has registered sustainable growth in the sector. There were nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists in our country in 2017, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016. Revenues from the visits of international tourists were nearly BGN 6.9 bil., an over 9 per cent growth. During the first two months of this year the visits of international tourists were nearly 11% more compared to the January–February 2017 period.We are promoting Bulgaria as an attractive tourism destination, assured prince Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud.Bulgaria welcomes the interest of investors, including Saudi Arabian ones, in the development of 5-star hotels due to the rising interest of an increasing number of high-end tourists, Minister Angelkova said further. The preparedness of both countries to support various initiatives in promotion of the cultural and historical landmarks in their territory, as well as exchange experience in marketing and tourism, was reiterated during the conversation.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos
2018-04-16T18:45:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos. The two conversed during the G20 tourism ministers meeting, which is held in Buenos Aires.Minister Angelkova invited Gustavo Santos to participate in the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization. CNN’s anchor, Richard Quest, has been invited to moderate the event.Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism is working actively on the creation of the so-called Balkan Route proposed during the summit meeting of the EU member-states’ Ministers of Tourism, which was entitled Tourism and Economic Growth and was organized during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, said Minister Angelkova. Joint routes with countries such as Serbia, Greece, and Croatia aim to attract tourists from remote target markets, such as China, Japan, and some Latin American countries, such as Argentina.Minister Angelkova and и Minister Santos discussed the opportunity of presenting a Bulgarian tourism product before leading tour operators in Argentina.
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Strong interest in Bulgaria as a partner country at the AITF international exhibition in Baku
2018-04-10T12:36:00
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev visited the info booth of our countryBulgaria presented itself as a year-round tourist destination with increased interest by professionals and guests during the AITF international tourism fair in Baku, which took place last week for the 17th time.This year Bulgaria was a partner country on the Azerbaijan international exchange. AITF is the leading international tourism fair in the Caucasus region. Bulgaria has demonstrated its cultural, historic, spa, wine, gourmet, summer and winter tourism opportunities with an info booth of 63 sq.m, organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The info booth was honored with an award at the show.At the opening of the AITF Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva congratulated the participants on behalf of Minister Nikolina Angelkova and noted that our country has many opportunities for mass and specialized tourism of high quality.The opening of the forum was also attended by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization at the United Nations. The official guests of the ceremony were Bulgarian Members of Parliament - members of the Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.Personally, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Vice President Mehriban Alieva visited the info booth of Bulgaria. They spoke with the Bulgarian representatives and welcomed efforts to promote bilateral relations in the field of tourism between the state institutions and the business. Mr. Aliyev stressed that the two countries have friendly relations and noted that it is extremely important that they develop in the future. He noted the results of the visit of the Bulgarian governmental delegation headed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in January this year. The President of Azerbaijan paid special attention to this year's direct airline Baku-Sofia and its role for developing bilateral relations and increasing tourists between the two countries.
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Minister Angelkova: Priority is given to cultural and historical, wine-culinary and SPA tourism, so more visitors will be attracted to the interior of the country
2018-04-05T17:52:00
We envisage to waive 19 types of documents related to the services that the Ministry of Tourism provides to the business. They will be supplied through official channels aimed at easing the work of the branch. These measures are in line with the government priorities to reduce administrative burdens. We are also preparing a change in the regulation on the categorization and re-categorization of the accommodation places, with which we will disburden the industry from unnecessary requirements. At the same time, we are looking for a way together with the business to identify mechanisms for motivating the tourism staff. This was announced by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova at a discussion entitled "Prospects for the Development of Cultural and Historical Tourism in the Kardzhali and Eastern Rhodopes Region". She explained that the waiving of the 19 types of documents will be made with amendments to the Tourism Act, which are to be discussed at second reading. By changing the categorization regulation, the 4- and 5-star hotels will be relieved from requirements that do not affect the quality of the service. We adhere to the international requirements for accommodation places, but we will keep on the quality of the product, definitely stated Minister Angelkova.We plan together with the Ministry of Education and Science since 2019 to create a training and retraining center for tourism staff to the Ministry of Tourism which will be fully focused on the practice. It is foreseen to invite internationally recognized lectures in the sector, the Minister also specified. The center will be able to train staff regardless of their age as long as they meet the terms for graduation.The Ministry of Tourism has created 8 cultural-historical destinations. Online maps and brochures were created in 6 languages for them. As a result, a 90% increase in the number of tourists was registered to the sites included in the destinations, said Minister Angelkova. She pointed out that the cultural-historical, wine-culinary and spa tourism play an important role in expanding the wings of the season and attracting more visitors to the interior of the country. These are top priorities in the work and policy of the ministry.In 2017, the total overnights spent in categorized accommodation sites with 10 or more beds across the country were more than 26 million, an increase of 3.4% compared to a year earlier. The district of Kardzhali has also enjoyed a successful year in the sector. Over the last year, over 76,000 overnight stays in the categorized accommodation places with at least 10 beds were realized and their revenues amounted to nearly BGN 2,7 million, which is a 3.2% increase compared to 2016, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that the cultural and historical tourism in the region is the main contributor to this interest.According to latest data provided by the Regional Museum of History in Kardzhali, a 48% increase was registered in visitors to the Perperikon Archaeological Complex. In 2016, they were 43,651 while in 2017 they reached 64,586. The Minister congratulated the local community for actively promoting this heritage. The discussion was also attended by the district governor of Kardzhali - Nikola Chanev, the chairman of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association - Atanas Dimitrov, Dr.Fahri Idris - Chairman of the AT Perperikon Management Board and representatives of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists - Kardzhali.The interest in Perperikon is not only for Bulgarians, but also for guests from France, Japan and Russia. The sacred site also gathers foreign archaeologists from Spain, Israel, the United States, Germany, and Greece.The region was also involved in the new initiative for the establishment of 12 wine-culinary destinations, developed by the Ministry together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Kardzhali participates in the Rhodopes destination together with Haskovo and Ivaylovgrad. The project, which is currently being discussed in a series of roundtables in the country, together with the business and the local authority, includes traditional wine and typical local food, specified Minister Angelkova.Before the community in Kardzhali, Minister Angelkova announced that a second stage of the investment map will be launched, which the ministry has developed based on the proposals from the municipalities. After the realization of its first stage, 32 sites were included. The investment card was presented by the Ministry of Tourism and representatives of the Qatar Investment Fund.
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Minister Angelkova and the Chair of the Bulgarian Red Cross discussed texts for amendments to the Water Rescue Ordinance
2018-04-02T19:19:00
It is proposed that the rescue posts are within 150 meters of each other on the beaches outside the national resortsTourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the President of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Acad. Hristo Grigorov on the occasion of the joint proposals of the two institutions for amendments to the Ordinance on Water Rescuing Activities and the Safety of Water Areas. Changes are in the process of preparation and the main aim is to update the texts according to the new realities. The current Water Rescue Ordinance was adopted in 1996.One of the experts' suggestions is that the distance between the rescue posts to be up to 150 meters, except for the beaches in the national resorts for which the requirement so far remains - the posts are up to 100 meters. Another change that has been discussed is that after the adoption of the Ordinance a possibility to be provided also for certified rescuers from other countries to practice their activity in our country.It is planned that the rescuers will start working from 8.30 am. The experts are definite that the requirements for the necessary mandatory equipment of the rescue stations will be updated to ensure greater opportunities for protection of the life and health of Bulgarian and foreign tourists.Perhaps there will be sanctions for beach keepers if the rescuers they employ perform activities other than their direct water rescue duties. The reason for this text was the received during the summer signals that rescue workers were engaged in collecting umbrella fees on the beach. These and other changes to the Water Rescue Ordinance will be prepared jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the Bulgarian Red Cross. Because of the importance of the document on the life and health of tourists it should enter into force as early as this summer season, commented Minister Angelkova and Academician Grigorov.
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Minister Angelkova discussed with Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev a pilot project for the establishment of a training center for the tourism staff
2018-03-28T18:48:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the Minister of Education and Science Krasimir Valchev. They discussed alternatives for launching a pilot project through which the desired direct link between the tourism business and the training of executives for the sector to be realized. Ministers Angelkova and Valchev and the legal teams of the two ministries will specify the mechanisms for setting up the first Center for Qualification and Re-qualification at the Ministry of Tourism.Securing the sector with qualified personnel is crucial for the even more successful development of the sector in the country, Minister Angelkova said and added that they are working hard to solve the problem permanently, and such practices for qualification centers exist in a number of countries with highly developed tourism such as Spain and Italy.Minister Valchev stated that he understands the importance of the implementation of this project and will contribute to its timely implementation.
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Minister Angelkova: Each tourist site will have its own identification number
2018-03-27T16:17:00
The first meeting of the Public Council with the Minister of Tourism was held with representatives of the branch and scientific circles  We plan to create an identification number for each tourist site - each accommodation, catering and entertainment place will have its own unique number by which a uniform classification of tourist sites will be made and will help to improve the functioning of the Unified Tourist Information System and eliminate duplication with the same names of sites. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the opening of the first meeting of the Public Council with the Minister of Tourism. It includes representatives of the tourism industry, the scientific community and the tourism organizations. The first meeting of the Council was attended by nearly 60 people. The site identification number will be introduced through changes in the Law on Tourism, being currently prepared. The amendments to the Law on Tourism will include the important texts related to the status of the national resorts, said Minister Angelkova. The regulation will help solve the problems of financing, development and maintenance and management of the related tourist infrastructure, said Minister Angelkova.She definitely stated that the intensified checks on the work of tour operators and travel agents will continue. It is therefore important for the ministry to have more powers in the subsequent administrative control. This could be achieved by setting up an inspectorate at the ministry so that they can make timely inspections of the sites without waiting for alerts until the situation becomes intolerable, the Minister said. She gave an example with the Chiflika Hotel with falling ceilings and damp in the walls, where the tourists have been also accommodated in the basement. The control of observance of consumer rights in the future will continue to be performed by the Commission for Consumer Protection, the Minister said.We expect the amendments to the Law on Tourism to create a mechanism for uniting the tourist industry and developing sustainable and environmentally-friendly mountain and ski tourism. The new texts will include the decisions of the expert groups that have been working on the project for more than a year, Minister Angelkova said. She announced that the final proposal for the Amendment and Supplement Act (ASA) of the Law on Tourism will be uploaded on the official website of the Ministry within 2 weeks. It will then be subject to a one-month public consultation during which all interested parties will be able to send their comments and suggestions. The final ASA will be submitted for discussion to the Council of Ministers.Minister Angelkova presented to the Public Council the main changes that the experts prepare in the Ordinance on the requirements for the accommodation, catering and entertainment sites. In line with the government's priority to reduce the administrative burden on businesses, there will be substantial relief in some requirements. It is planned that there will be no special condition for the volume of the rooms in the four-star and five-star hotels, the rules for a certain size of the rooms remain, but as square area, it became clear during the Council’s meeting. Possibly, the obligation will be waived for having air conditioners in the rooms of mountain hotels, it is likely that high-class hotels will choose whether to have a currency exchange office or not, explained the experts from the Ministry of Tourism. However, the changes will be discussed with the branch. Its representatives will be able to indicate the texts that are not currently operative and need to be changed. For me, however, in the first place the quality of the tourist product is important. So, when re-evaluating the existing requirements will remain those that guarantee the good customer service, the minister definitely stated.She added that active work is being done for establishing a direct link between business and education, as the hiring of worker from third countries is only a temporary solution.The Public Council to the Minister of Tourism has a key function - it has to discuss the main policies in the sector, said Martin Zahariev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the National Tourism Council.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgarians have spent 9 million overnights in hotels in Bulgaria in 2017
2018-03-24T16:08:00
We expect 450,000 compatriots to travel on Easter and the quality control of tourism will be continuousMore and more Bulgarians choose to travel in Bulgaria. In the past year, our compatriots have spent about 9 million overnights in accommodation places with 10 or more beds. This was said by the Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova before the Darik Radio Weekly News. She stressed that one of the main policies of the Ministry of Tourism was the promotion of domestic tourism. Only in the summer in the period July-September nearly 2 million Bulgarian citizens aged 15 and older made tourist trips. Of them, over 1.6 million people have chosen to visit a place in the country and less than 300 thousand have traveled abroad. About 29% of Bulgarians traveling in the country choose where to stay on the basis of whether there are cultural and historical sites, the Minister explained. He added that the first campaign, which was implemented by the Ministry, was for cultural and historical tourism. During its implementation, 8 cultural and historical destinations were created for which are available online maps and brochures in 6 languages. This has led to an increase of between 10 and 90% in visits to tourist attractions, said Minister Angelkova. She added that the transformation of Bulgaria into a year-round destination is a major goal of the Ministry.We expect more than 450,000 Bulgarian citizens to travel around the upcoming Easter holidays, the Minister said, specifying that they include travels in the country and abroad. It is mainly planned that the trips will be directed from the big cities in the country to the small town and the villages. At the same time, we foresee that there will be many foreign visitors, who will travel mainly to the bigger cities, said Minister Angelkova and added that the opportunities for balneo- and SPA tourism are being improved. The building of 7 balneo- and spa destinations was started, covering the entire territory of the country. The second stage of the investment card is also being developed, which facilitates and encourages investments in tourism. Separately, the discussions were also initiated on the joint project with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - "Share Bulgaria", which includes 12 wine-culinary destinations, Minister Angelkova informed. She explained that following all these initiatives they expect the season wings to expand and more and more tourists to travel after the active months. A Festival of Events Register was also established, which includes 1278 events and festivals, of which 99 are of international and 358 of national importance. It can be found on the Ministry’s official website, and we will also create a special QR code in order to further facilitate the tourists, the Minister said.Regarding the continuing winter season, the Minister announced that the visits of foreign tourists were nearly 895 thousand between December 2017 and January 2018, an increase of 17% compared to the same period a year earlier. We expect for the other months of the season to achieve an increase, she said.Asked about the Unified Tourism Information System, Minister Angelkova said that its introduction is a key priority for the government and the ministry and explained that the commission should choose a contractor within a month and a half. It is envisaged that by the end of the year the unified system to be launched if there is no delay in the appeal procedure.We consider that it is important and necessary to set up a tourist inspectorate at the ministry, Minister Angelkova said. It will be responsible for the subsequent administrative control and thus the quality control of tourism will be permanent. She gave an example with the Chiflika Palace Resort & SPA in the Troyan village of Chiflik, which should be closed, but in order to take action to remove the stars, the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) should alarm the Ministry. The hotel was twice inspected by the CPC and these checks revealed that there is no hair salon and even a vase, but not the vase is so important for the tourists but the rooms located in the basement, the walls of which are damp and the ceilings are cracked. Such situation was established from the inspection of the Ministry of Tourism after the alerts. It was also clear from her words that she was awaiting a letter from the CPC proposing a procedure for removing the stars of the "horror hotel" because that is the requirement of the Law on Tourism. If the Ministry had the possibility of subsequent administrative control, it would not wait for alerts, but would carry out continuous inspections as it does at the sea beaches, the Minister added.A total of 328 inspections of sea beaches were performed by the Ministry of Tourism last year. The penalties imposed are BGN 93 thousand, all of them collected. In addition penal decrees were issued for BGN 70 thousand. In 2017, penalties from previous years amounting to BGN 131 thousand were collected. The total amount collected is BGN 224 thousand.For the injured Bulgarians in Egypt, the Minister said that the tour operator Abaksa reacted promptly and did the right thing, as the relatives of the victims were immediately informed. The tour operator has immediately alerted the insurer so that to be able to react as quickly as possible, she added. Minister Angelkova also said that everyone must check whether her/his chosen tour operator has insurance and whether the same is registered in the National Tourist Register.
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Minister Angelkova to the Tourism Council: In partnership with the business and municipalities, we raise the quality of tourism and attract higher-class visitors
2018-03-23T19:07:00
I welcome the efforts of all of you, of the business and the local authorities, which have helped to increase the quality of the Bulgarian tourist product, and so Bulgaria reported a higher class of visitors. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelova at the next meeting of the National Tourism Council (NTC) in Pamporovo resort.She drew attention to the active work of the tourism administration to attract more investment in the sector - both of recognizable brands and investments to meet the increased needs of holidaymakers. Our analyses show that the 4- and 5-star hotels were mostly occupied in Bulgaria, and the same for the summer of 2018 were almost entirely booked yet at the end of the last active season, the Minister said. She pointed out that in the year 2017 the overnight guests in 4- and 5-star hotels in the country total more than 3.7 million, which is a 5.5% growth, and the revenues from the overnight stays total more than BGN 919 million (a 12% increase compared to that for 2016).We are working on an extremely important topic - the creation of a Unified Tourist Information System (UTIS), which will link online via protected channels and in real time hotel booking systems with the databases of the Ministry of Interior, the National Revenue Agency, the Ministry and this will not only increase the security of the tourists but will also enlighten the sector, Minister Angelkova said. We had almost a year and a half for appealing against the procurement procedure, but we have already overtaken this stage. Seven Tenderers have submitted their tenders and the following year we hope the system will be launched. With the amendments to the Law on Tourism (LT) we reduced the administrative burden and when it comes into force there will be a change in the regulations, especially for categorization and re-categorization of the places of accommodation, the Minister Angelkova said.She warned that also this summer the control on the part of the Ministry will be increased. You know that we deleted in the National Tourist Register and ceased the activity of 116 tour operators and tourist agents for violations. We will be zero-tolerant when implementing the Ordinance on categorization and re-categorization, in order to prevent instances of violated rights of users, the Minister was definite.As far as electronization is concerned, she expressed her confidence that by the end of the year electronic documents could be submitted to the department for categorization and re-categorization of the sites. A QR code will also be introduced which will inform users about a tour operator or hotel, referring to their details in the National Tourist Register. We place a great emphasis on the digitization of tourism, which is a leading component of the Bulgaria's marketing and advertising as a four-season destination. In this sense, it is important for each region to show its strong tourist destinations. Three tourist regions have already been set up, five more are to be established, she said.The Mayor of the municipality of Smolyan - Nikolay Melemov also welcomed the participants in the NTC and thanked Minister Angelkova and her team for the efforts to develop tourism in the Pamporovo area. He said that for the last year the number of foreign tourists in the resort is nearly 85 thousand, while the total income from the overnight stays of Bulgarians and foreigners amounts to over BGN 15.3 million, which is nearly a 25% growth. Tourism is a sphere in which, if the efforts are not united, there is no way forward. That's why the results here are so good because we work together with the state, he added.The meeting was attended by representatives of the tourism business, mayors, members of public and non-governmental organizations.
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Minister Angelkova: The winter season is extended and the revenues for the first two months amounted to BGN 567 million.
2018-03-23T10:40:00
We will have an extended winter season, perhaps by the end of April, and at the moment it goes very successfully. In total for the first two months of the winter - December and January, the revenues from the international tourism are close to BGN 567 million, an increase of over 15% compared to the same period last season. For the same months, the tourist visits by foreigners to Bulgaria amounted to almost 895,000, an increase of 17% compared to this period in 2016-2017. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the morning block of BTV.Asked whether the complicated international situation would affect the tourists from Russia, she was adamant that, in the words of the head of the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia - Oleg Safonov, during their meeting in Moscow this month, Bulgaria would be a preferred destination for the Russians. With regard to other markets, the Minister Angelkova added that our country is becoming an increasingly competitive destination and for example the number of exchanged tourists between Greece and Bulgaria is almost equal.The government is making a lot of effort for the attractiveness of the beaches and the cleanliness of seawater. Water treatment plans have been built or modernized in almost all resorts on the Black Sea coast, the Minister said. She announced that together with her colleague Nino Dimov they will again check how these facilities work and how the expansion and modernization of the treatment plant at the Golden Sands is going on.Minister Angelkova paid attention that the concern about the beach stripes is among the main accents in the work of the department. There are clear rules on how to conduct the concession or rental procedures. These are competitions conducted under all rules. Laws must be respected and anyone can go to any beach to which pedestrian access should be provided, said Nikolina Angelkova.We will continue with the inspections of possible irregularities on the beaches under the approved scheme and for the location of removable sites. We will continue to demand the removal of all irregularities, she said and reminded that at Sunny Beach-North such 190 sites have already been removed. This summer we will also work to have no stands in the streets of the resort located in front of pavilions in the private properties of hoteliers. Their commodities should not be placed on the street, but inside the pavilions, the Minister said.Setting up a Unified Tourist Information System, she also stressed, is a priority for the Ministry since the second Borisov Cabinet. One and a half years ago appeals were filed by companies which did not even apply for a public procurement contract, and we have to wait for the court to complete the procedure, it became clear from her words. The tender committee is currently working on this matter and within a month and a half it shall pronounce its decision. If there are no appeals, the deadline as per the technical specification is 6 months and I hope the system will work by the end of the year, Nikolina Angelova predicts.
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Minister Angelkova: The growth of foreign tourists in Bulgaria is 25% compared to 2015
2018-03-22T17:35:00
Visits by foreign tourists to Bulgaria in 2017 are 25% more than in 2015, which shows that our country is steadily improving the results achieved and becoming an increasingly desirable destination for four seasons. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at a meeting with representatives of the management of the Bulgarian Construction Chamber, headed by the Chairman of its Management Board, Mr. Iliyan Terziev.The Bulgarian builders, who make our resorts more attractive and comfortable for their guests, are also contributable for these successful results, the Minister said. She pointed out that the record highlights of the incoming tourism in Bulgaria lead immediately to the necessity of building new five-star hotels, as the high class of tourists is growing steadily. One of the leading accents in our policy is to attract solvent customers of tourism services that require excellent service, the minister said.Nikolina Angelova stressed the importance of high quality in the sector, which is directly related to the image of our country in front of the world. It predicts 5 to 10% growth in foreign tourists over the coming summer and highlights the importance of well-trained professional teams to make this growth possible.The staffing problem is among the main in our tourism industry and we are working actively with all interested institutions and business to cope with it, said the Minister. She recalled the timely legislative changes that have allowed since the last year to provide executives for the sector from third countries. This is however a short-term solution. This is why we have undertaken a joint initiative with the Ministry of Education and Science for establishing a Training and Retraining Center for the tourism staff, where the experience of other countries will be used, the Minister Angelkova explained.The Ministry of Tourism and the Chamber will continue to actively cooperate in the construction and maintenance of a high-quality material base in tourism, on which is largely dependent the safety and comfort of the consumers.
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Minister Angelkova: A special QR code will inform the users of their chosen tour operator, hotel or mountain guide
2018-03-21T17:21:00
The Minister received a prize from the Union of Veterans of Bulgarian Civil AviationA special QR code will forward users to the National Tourist Register in order to be informed of their chosen tour operator, hotel, catering and entertainment establishment or mountain guide. The code will be placed on the statutory certificates required by law to be obtained by all of them in order to perform activity. When scanned, it will forward the tourists to the data of the respective site in the registry. This way, anyone who travels will receive the information they need through their smartphones. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the Club - Museum of Aviation.Minister Angelkova explained that through the code the users will be able to verify if their chosen tour operator has the statutory insurance. They can currently do this but through the website of the Ministry of Tourism, by entering the National Tourist Register. In the month before the expiration of the insurance, the name of the tour operator "lights up" in orange, and after it expires - in red. This helps tourists to orient themselves when deciding to make holiday reservations, the minister said. She also said that the administration would also receive a signal when the tour operator's insurance limit was raised sharply. In this way, we will provide additional protection for tourists because the practice of recent years has shown that often after a sharp increase in the limit, tour operators declare insolvency.At the annual meeting of the Bulgarian Airlines Association (ABA), the Minister Angelkova received a prize from the Union of Veterans of Bulgarian Civil Aviation for contribution to the preservation of the historical heritage of Bulgarian Aviation and the honorary sign of ABA on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Bulgarian Civil Aviation. I cordially thank for the awards, they are a high recognition, which I accept not only as a personal evaluation of my work but also for the team of the Ministry of Tourism, the Minister added.Last year, the total number of visits by foreigners in Bulgaria was nearly 8.9 million, which is by more than 1.5 million over our population and we reported a growth of over 7% compared to 2016, said the Minister Angelkova. The results of the first month of 2018 are very good, with more than 437,000 foreign tourists visiting Bulgaria in January, 19% growth over the same month a year earlier. She added that only Sofia airport had served nearly 6.5 million passengers and reported a growth of 30%.Air transport is one of the safest and fastest transport links preferred by billions of tourists, Minister Angelkova said. We should not forget also the activity of the local authorities to open up more and more airlines, which will ensure more tourists and investors for the country, the Minister Angelkova said. She highlighted the successful work of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications for the development of aviation and all modes of transport in the country. We all have a common interest that our country is a recognizable and preferred destination and we will unite our efforts in building its positive image", the Minister said.
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Minister Angelkova: We support the Bulgarian children, who have chosen to become professionals in their country’s tourism
2018-03-20T15:53:00
The staff training centre will start operation as a pilot project in Sofia with the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of EducationWe congratulate you and support you for choosing such important and demanding specialties for your vocational training. They are crucial to the sustainable development of Bulgarian tourism and the quality of the services marketed. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Velingrad during her meeting with pupils and teachers from the Aleko Konstantinov Vocational Secondary School of Economy and Tourism. She emphasized that the image of our country as a year-round destination largely depends on the highly skilled teams, which is particularly true for the town – the spa capital of the Balkans.The Minister pointed out that the lack of sufficient well-trained staff is tourism is one of the major issues but is a challenge that we need to tackle with joint efforts. The record-breaking growths reported by Bulgarian tourism over the two most recent years mean a lot more efforts in welcoming and servicing our guests, therefore, it is very important to make the link between businesses and education an effective one, said Nikolina Angelkova. She announced that using the example of Spain, Italy, and other countries, the institution is planning to set up a Tourism Staff Training and Retraining Centre jointly with the Ministry of Education and Science. We have support and expect to start the pilot project in Sofia next year. Should it progress successfully, we will also open up branches in the country, she added.We can also support the sector via the short-term option of recruiting seasonal workers from third countries, which we have been applying since last year, but it matters to us that Bulgarian can have a career in their own country. We set up the Interdepartmental Council for Tourism Staff in order to resolve these issues in a coordinated manner. We also have a scheduled meeting with the Association of Vocational Secondary Schools and we want to cooperate with it as well and achieve tangible results, the minister announced further.The Vocational Secondary School of Economy and Tourism in Velingrad is among the most up-to-date and preferred ones in the country to have such profile. Future staff are trained here after grades 7 and 8, following secondary education, and on part-time basis. Significant care is also paid to hands-on training – the school has three workshops for cooks and confectioners. There is a serving room, as well as workshops for snacks and confectionery, which are sold both in the school and outside. A state-of-the art workshop for cookery is set up with European standards, under the Bulgarian-Austrian TOUR-NET project. Apart from cooks, waiters, bakers, and confectioners, hoteliers, accountants, and managers for the catering establishments are also trained here. Classes with intensive teaching of English and German have been opened up under the Bulgarian-Austrian BAK-TOURMAN project. One of the three multimedia computer rooms is a training desk with embedded hotel management software.
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Minister Angelkova: The categorization and recategorization documents will also be filed electronically
2018-03-20T14:48:00
The Ministry of Tourism is working to make electronic the services, so that the categorization and recategorization documents may also be filed electronically. It is about the basic services at the Ministry of Tourism –categorization of accommodation locations and of catering facilities, of spa, medical spa and wellness centres, and the registration documents for tour operators and travel agents. This will further reduce the administrative burden for both businesses and citizens. Also set up was a Public Council under the Minister of Tourism, with changes in the categorization and recategorization legislation also scheduled for discussion. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Velingrad during a meeting with representatives of the local government and tourism businesses in the area.She emphasized that Velingrad’s award as the spa capital of the Balkans, which was bestowed in 2008 by the global industry organization of hoteliers and restaurateurs, IHRA, is very important to the municipality and the country. Minister Angelkova also congratulated attendees on the establishment of the Managing Organization of the Rhodope tourism region, which also includes Velingrad. This is the first such establishment in the country pursuant to the Tourism Act’s requirements, it will provide many new marketing opportunities for the region to showcase its tourism potential, addedMinister Angelkova.She recalled that her institution has already established 8 cultural-historical destinations and has now developed jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture 12 wine-culinary destinations, which are presently discussed at roundtables country-wide, Pazardzhik Region being in one of them – Western Thrace. Velingrad will also feature actively in the upcoming 7 spa & medical spa destinations currently being developed, announced the Minister.Velingrad Municipality is very active in the exhibitions where various parts of the country are promoting themselves with new visions. Digital marketing is an important focus in our policy and should be the next step in the operations of the managing organizations of tourism areas, it was made clear by Minister Angelkova. Special attention will be paid to municipalities identified as resort centres or national resorts, so that they may make use of priority funding.Nikolina Angelkova recalled Bulgaria’s successful performance at the prominent INTURMARKET tourism fair in Moscow this month, where an invitation was extended to the Bulgarian mayors to more actively promote our countryas atourism destination offering high-grade tourism services in all four seasons. During the fair in the Russian capital, Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism, pointed out that Bulgaria is a preferred destination for Russian tourists. For us Russia is one of the 5 most important markets for incoming tourism, highlighted Minister Angelkova.Upcoming amendments and additions to the Tourism Act will introduce a voluntary quality protocol in the sector, she said, adding that the institution was working on the public procurement to set up a Single Tourism Information System (STIS), which is to link real-time the hotel registers to the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Interior, the National Revenue Agency, and the municipal administrations. I believe that within 6 months we will demonstrate the system’s demo version, commented the Minister.The Ministry of Tourism will support the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Velingrad being declared as the spa capital of the Balkans on September 1 and 2.
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Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with Albania’s ambassador in our country
2018-03-13T17:29:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Albania in Bulgaria, H. E. Kiryako Kureta, and discussed with him the opportunities to expand mutual cooperation in the sector. In 2017 over 34 000 Albanian tourists visited Bulgaria, ranking that country 27th in terms of our international visitors. The two pointed out, however, that the opportunities are much bigger because our peoples and countries still do not know each other well in terms of history, culture, and tourism potential. Therefore, the upward trend in the two-way tourism flow is a fact.Minister Angelkova stressed that one of the priorities of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2018 are the Western Balkans integration and the economic prosperity of countries in that part of Europe. This may also be achieved with input from tourism, which is reporting promising results in trans-border partnership, she made clear.Nikolina Angelkova announced that the Ministry of Tourismis ready to initiate very soon a meeting of the tourism ministers from the region’s countries and the setting up of an international task group to create a common Balkan route. The initiative will focus on promoting the peninsula countries on common markets, including remote ones, she explained.Ambassador Kureta supported the idea, stating that his country would also joint such a meeting, which would promote tourism and economic contacts, the impetus having been provided already by the successful Sofia meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism, entitled „Tourismand Economic Growth“ within the framework of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council. He also stated readiness to also set up a bilateral joint committee to share experience in the sector.Minister Angelkova recalled that our country will host in November 2018 the 2ndInternational Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes jointly with the UN’s World Tourism Organization. She extended an invitation, via the ambassador, to the Albanian Minister of Tourism and the Environment, Blendi Klosi, to become involved in the forum and expressed her hope that bilateral contacts in the sector will develop upwards and at sustainable pace.
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Minister Angelkova: With the 12 wine-culinary destinations project we expect to draw more tourists to the country’s interior
2018-03-12T14:49:00
Business and municipalities support the idea, the Struma Valley and the Mesta Valley were discussed at the first roundtable  We expect to draw more tourists to the country’s interior through the 12 wine-culinary destinations project. The Ministry is following a consistent policy, aiming to create interest in more Bulgarians to travel to various corners of the country. This was announced in Bansko by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the first roundtable to discuss the wine, gourmet, and tourism project, which is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forests. The forum was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Rumen Porozhanov, by Georgi Ikonomov, mayor of Bansko, Eng. Krasimir Koev, executive director of the Executive Agency on Vine and Wine, and MP’s. The first and second destinations - the Struma Valley and the Mesta Valley – were the focus of discussion.We believe that the project will contribute to Bulgariabeing asserted as a 4-season destination, emphasized Minister Angelkova, adding that positive impact would thus be exerted on the development of a number of municipalities, not just tourism-wise but also as regards improving the quality of life of the locals.When we were developing the concept we chose to have 12 wine-culinary destinations – as many as the year’s months. They include traditional wine beverages and the cuisine typical for each region, covering some 50 municipalities and some 100 tourism sites in the country, announced the Minister, explaining that the first two destinations, which were primarily discussed today, cover 9 municipalities and over 15 tourist attractions.This roundtable sets off stage two of the project, which envisages a total of 6 regional roundtables country-wide. Thus we expect to obtain detailed feedback from businesses and supplement and build on the proposals we have developed, announced the Minister. She also made it clear that businesses now come to the fore in order to build on what was initiated by the Ministry. She will propose to the Regional Development Minister, Nikolay Nankov, to place indicative signboards directing and informing tourists about the destinations.There is ongoing work to establish a Share Bulgaria trademark. A procedure has already been initiated for the purpose at the Patent Office. We have also carried out the relevant checks to reserve the mark, said the Minister.I had the opportunity to showcase the wine-culinary destinations project to Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism, who responded very well to the idea and commented that it would have a generally positive effect on the development of tourism in Bulgaria, announced Minister Angelkova. The idea was also taken onboard with great interest in Berlin, during the ITB international exhibition.The finalized wine-culinary destinations are expected to be announced in the fall of this year. They will then be digitalized and uploaded on both Ministries’ websites. The 12 wine-culinary destinations, as acknowledged by the businesses and municipalities, are expected to also be incorporated into the iLoveBulgaria platform, which currently contains over 500 tourism sites and is used by over 17 000 users, explained the Minister.The 2017 results in tourism were exceptional, suggesting that we are on the right path, said Minister Angelkova.Stats about the winter season’s first two months are good, we are expecting the visits of international tourists to grow by some 10-15 percent meanwhile, announced Minister Angelkova, adding that during the December 2017 -  January 2018 period the visits of international tourists to Bulgaria totalled 895 000, a 17 percent growth, compared to the December 2016 -  January 2017. During those two months of the winter season, tourists in Bansko municipality were nearly 116 000, growing by 14.8 percent compared to the same period of the year before. The number of night-stays has, on the other hand, increased by 18.5%, reaching nearly 377 000.The first stats about this year are promising, we expect to achieve sustainable growth in 2018 as well, commented the minister, quoting the NSI stats, according to which in January the total number of visits of international tourists to Bulgaria was over 437 000, growing by nearly 19% compared to the same period of the year before.The first analysis of the project is taking place currently, said Minister Rumen Porozhanov, indicating that the project is open to building up and that many municipalities have tabled proposals to include sites in the destinations. Minister Porozhanov also added that it is important how the businesses conceptualize the destination and that it is their and the local government’s job to make the necessary arrangements. He called on the stakeholders to table their ideas so that the project may be built upon in due time.
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Minister Angelkovareceives award for professional partnership at the Intourmarket international tourism fair
2018-03-11T10:42:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, received an award at a ceremony held in Moscow during the 13th Intourmarket international tourism fair. The distinction is bestowed for “long-standing cooperation, large-scale participation and creative approach in organizing the exhibition’s operation”. The award is signed off by Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism, with whom Minister Angelkova held a fruitful meeting during the exhibition.Russia is a tourism-generating market for Bulgariaand is among the five countries sending the most tourists to our country. In 2017 nearly 558 000 Russians preferred our country for vacation and travel, with over 400 000 Federation nationals having a second home in Bulgaria, stated Minister Angelkova during her awarding.Bulgaria, on the other hand, is among the top 10 preferred destinations for Russian tourists, solidifying its image as a family destination among them. Tour operators from the Federation, who are active on the Bulgaria market, announced 15-20 percent stronger demand currently for summer 2018 compared to last year’s March.Intourmarket is one of the biggest international tourism fairs for trade professionals. This year over 1400 exhibitors from over 130 countries took part in it, as well as Russian regions and national tourism representative offices. According to interim data, the forum, which was held on March 10-12, will have been seen by over 74 000 visitors. Bulgaria presents on its national stand diverse opportunities for sea, cultural-historical, medical spa, and wellness tourism. 
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Minister Angelkova took part in the opening of the Day of the Altai Krai at the Intourmarket tourism fair
2018-03-10T15:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the opening ceremony for the Day of the Altai Krai. The event was held within the framework of the Intourmarket-2018 tourism fair in Moscow.Russia is the 5th ranking market for incoming tourism to Bulgaria in 2017 with nearly 558 000 tourists, indicated Minister Angelkova. Our countryis a preferred vacation location due to its clean nature, numerous cultural and historical monuments, medicinal water and wonderful cuisine, she added.We are working on the approval of 12 wine-culinary and 7 spa and medical spa destinations for the territory of Bulgaria to attract Russian tourists. Digitalization in tourism is an important highlight in our work, said the Minister, noting that Bulgariaranks first in EU in terms of high-speed internet coverage. This makes tourist awareness and tourist access to tourism services easier.I believe that the Ministry of Tourismof Republic of Bulgariaand the administration of the Altai krai will continue working to activate the cooperation between our two countries and promote the natural and cultural landmarks, added Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova: Over 19 000 Russian tourists have chosen Bulgaria for their winter vacation in two months
2018-03-10T14:21:00
Over 19 000 Russian tourists visited Bulgaria in December and January of the current winter season, registering a 1,3% growth compared to the same period of last year. Thus saidthe Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova,during a meeting with Mikhail Maltsev, Executive Director of the Ural Tourism Association, adding that Russia is traditionally one of the main tourism partners of our country.During the meeting the two discussed the expansion of opportunities for the Russian users to make use health packages in our country or corporate vacations of Russian institutions and companies. One of the highlights were the way to promote on the Russian market typically Bulgarian medicinal and convalescence practices and unique methods and procedures not encountered elsewhere. A good starting point for this are the unique qualities of mineral water and medical clay in Bulgaria. Minister Angelkovastated that there are over 600 mineral springs with various characteristics in the country, which are suitable for treatment of many of the most common diseases.Presently, Ministry experts and representatives of businesses are developing spa destinations, which will help promote the opportunities for convalescence tourism in Bulgaria, said the Minister, explaining that the destinations are 7 and span the entire country. They provide information about the general characteristics and qualities of water in a given area, about the climate and tourism attractions. She invited her interlocutor to visit Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Black Sea coast during summer.Mikhail Maltsev indicated that he is welcoming the Ministry’s efforts to set up a specialized tourism product, which would be helpful to Russian guests, adding that the Association will support any good idea, which supports the development of tourism in both countries. „I am hopeful that going forward thecooperation between the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and the Ural Tourism Association will deepen and develop“, noted Mr. Maltsev.
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The head of Russian tourism to Minister Angelkova: Russia is interested to see its tourists spend their vacations in Bulgaria
2018-03-10T13:51:00
Russia is interested to see its tourists spend their vacations inBulgaria. This was stated by Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourismat a meeting with the Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, adding that this year Russian tourists are expected to grow in number. The two conversed during Intourmarket, the international tourism fair in Moscow, where Bulgariawas presented with a national stand. MinisterAngelkova indicated that Russia is among the strategic tourism markets for Bulgaria, ranking 5th last year in terms of number of visits to our country, with nearly 558 000 visits. During this year’s January Russian tourists to our countrywere over 9 600.The Visit Russia national marketing centre is expected to be unveiled in Bulgaria this year, stated the Minister. The idea about the Centre, which will accelerate the development of tourism between the two countries, has come from the Bulgarian minister.Oleg Safonov commented further that ways are being sought to deepen cooperation in the sector. One of these opportunities is to have joint action in cruise tourism, which will be discussed by a joint task group. A promising idea is also to create and assert a Black Sea cuisine project, said Safonov. He and Minister Angelkova were united around the idea that such initiatives would be very beneficial in attracting more Russian tourists.The 2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes will be held in Sofia in November this year, announced Minister Angelkova, inviting Mr. Safonov to take part.Bulgariaand the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism have traditions in partnering in initiatives supporting tourism development.
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Minister Angelkova opens the Bulgarian stand at the Intourmarket international fair
2018-03-10T10:46:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, unveiled the Bulgarian stand at Intourmarket the international tourism fair for professionals. The forum was held on March 10-12 in Moscow, for the 13th year running.Bulgaria is presented at the international fair with its national stand of 100 sq. n. Along with the Ministry of Tourism, co-exhibitors include Bulgarian municipalities and representatives of businesses. A major focus in our country’s showcasing are the opportunities for sea, cultural-historical, spa, medical spa and wellness tourism. These are the most in-demand travels for Russian tourists in Bulgaria, noted Minister Angelkova, adding that presentation at the tourism fair is very important for our country because Russia is among the top markets for international visits.Visitors to the national stand will be able to taste traditional dishes and see typical crafts and elements of our folklore. Tasting of products typical for the Razlog area has been scheduled. The visitors will also be able to taste quality Bulgarian wines. An eye-catching group from Gorno Dragalishte village will be making Pushets, woollen thread balls, and will be re-enacting authentic Bulgarian customs. During the exhibitions there will be performance of Bulgarian folk songs and dances.Along with Bulgaria, over 1 400 exhibitorsfrom 130 countries and all Russian regions will be participating in this year’s Intourmarket. Over 74 000 visitors are expected.
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Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, opens a press-conference themed Four-Season Bulgaria in Berlin
2018-03-08T18:09:00
Bulgaria has the potential to be a year-round destination, with globally renowned winter and sea resorts. This was stated in Berlin by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, during the opening of a press-conference themed Four-Season Bulgaria in Berlin, which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism.At ITB Berlin, the most significant tourism forum worldwide, Bulgaria is presented via a national stand of 400 sq. m., which was arranged by the Ministry of Tourism, stated Deputy Minister Georgieva. The major products and services targeting both professionals and end users include, inter alia, summer/sea vacation offers, cultural and historical itineraries, wellness and spa services, eco and rural tourism, etc., added the Deputy Minister, indicating that during the exhibition the guests can expand their idea about Bulgaria and rediscover it as an ancient country with rich history and beautiful nature, a country offering various forms of tourism.During ITB-Berlin, the Ministry of Tourismalso took part in initiatives relating to EU Strategy for the Danube region, emphasized Deputy Minister Georgieva, adding that Bulgaria is presented via a national stand during the Danube Hall, which is traditionally held in the Federal Province of Baden Württemberg. That forum also includes a discussion relating to Bulgaria’s role as a Chair of the EU Strategy for the Danube region in 2018.Bulgaria is chairing the EU Council for the first six months of 2018. During the presidency we will be working actively to achieve important priority objectives, such as the future of Europe and its young people, the prosperity and economic growth of European countries, Deputy Minister Georgieva indicated further.In 2017 Bulgariawas visited by nearly 8.9 million international tourists, with growth exceeding 7% compared to 2016, stated Deputy Minister Georgieva. Last year over 870 000 German tourists visited Bulgaria, thus registering a 5.3% growth. The German market ranks 3rd in the national ranking of international tourist visits and we will continue to position Bulgariaon it as a preferred year-round destination, the Deputy Minister said further.
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Minister Angelkova presents destinationBulgaria at the Berlin economic forum
2018-03-08T13:27:00
As a representative of the country now chairing the EU Council, I’d like to emphasize that we live in challenging times for Europe and the entire world, which could, however, be transformed into great opportunities. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, before the highly esteemed Berlin economic forum, which is organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. The event is concurrent with ITB,the largest-scale international tourism exhibition worldwide, in the German capital.Minister Angelkova emphasized that the most important priority of Bulgaria’s presidency is the European perspective and the connectivity of the Western Balkans. We have achieved prominent progress over the last two decades. Economies in the region grew by 2.6% in 2017, opening huge opportunities for trans-border cooperation. Integration is a fact in tourism and we keep developing joint product projects, she underscored.Bulgariahas a strategic position providing easy access to the market of over 150 mil. consumers in South-Eastern Europe. We have attracted over EUR 45 bil. in international investments over the last 20 years. The GDP growth in 2017 is nearly 4%, we are reporting the second lowest government debt level, compared to GDP in Europe, the Minister announced to the forum participants. She added that the country is among the leading investment destinations for IT, outsourcing of business processes, and manufacturing of car parts. Bulgaria is in the top 10 countries with the fastest internet and ranks first in Europe in terms of broadband network coverage, Nikolina Angelkova indicated further.The Minister pointed out the importance of tourism as a structurally crucial sector of Bulgaria’s economy, which was elevated to national priority by the government. The average statistical 6% growth of incoming tourists to our country during the 5 most recent years is above the EU and worldwide averages. We reported nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists in 2017, exceeding Bulgaria’s own populace. Revenues from international tourism in the country amount to BGN 6.9 billion, which is a 9% growth compared to 2016, indicatedMinister Angelkova. She explained that the development of subsectors such as cultural, business, conference, spa and wellness itineraries, of wine and gourmet tours are among the Ministry’s major targets in promoting Bulgaria as a competitive destination.Within the Berlin Economic Forum’s framework Minister Angelkova also held a meeting with Mark Donfried, Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. She presented the priorities of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council, as well as the newly created Map of Investment Projects, which the Ministry of Tourismis actively promoting to international entrepreneurs. My main goal is to transform our country into a year-round tourism destination offering a high-grade product, stated the Minister.Nikolina Angelkova drew attention to digitalization in the tourism sector, the challenges and opportunities, which it delivers. We are expecting the inclusion of digital technology to contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in the country, announced Minister Angelkova, adding that the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one internationally to provide a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension.
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Minister Angelkovatook part in the 8th meeting of tourism ministers in the Along the Silk Road program in Berlin
2018-03-07T18:38:00
The historical Silk Road connects the two biggest economic powers and ancient cultures – Europe and China. Nowadays we are working actively to develop new initiatives and projects in that framework, in close cooperationwith UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO), institutions, private organizations and NGO’s, and the academia. This was stated bythe Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the 8thmeeting of tourism ministers in the Along the Silk Road program of UNWTO, which was held during the ITB international exhibition in Berlin.Minister Angelkova notes that Bulgaria is chairing the EU Council for the first 6 months of 2018. During the informal meeting of the EU tourism ministers in Sofia the idea was put forward to set up a Map of the 100 European Tourism Sites, making use of the Bulgarian experience with the Map of the 100 national tourism sites. The forum also had a special panel dedicated to the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative, where forecasts and perspectives in the mutual relations were discussed.One of the priorities is to promote Bulgariaas a competitive year-round destinationnot only in Europe but also on remote markets, such as China, the Minister said further. As regards the Chinese market, Bulgaria registered a huge spike of over 41% in 2017. We are actively working to promoteour countryon the Chinese market, thus, in September 2017 Bulgaria’s first tourism informationcentre was opened in Shanghai, she added.Nikolina Angelkova commented further that our country will be hosting the 7th summit meeting of state- and government leaders of the Central and Eastern European countries and China during the second half of 2018. Therefore, arrangement of a summit Forum on Tourismis being planned during that meeting. The event is within the framework of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative and will be a new opportunity for dialogue among institutions, businesses, the research community, and NGO’s on tourism cooperation.She noted that active work is carried out with Greece to create joint tourism products and trans-national itineraries targeting potential visitors from remote markets. There are plans to develop such cooperation with Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, and Montenegro.Minister Angelkova noted that last year the Ministry was also heavily involved in the UNWTO’s initiative to develop the so-called Western Silk Road. In June 2017 the Ministry hosted jointly with UNWTO the Second international seminar entitled Along the Western Silk Road. Within the Improving the Understanding of European Tourism project, which was developed by UNWTO in cooperation with the European Commission, the event underlying the significance of setting up stand alone tourism routes along the Western Silk Road. Bulgaria will host the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes in November this year, announced Minister Angelkova. It is being organized jointly by UNWTO the Ministry of Tourismand will focus on the significance of the concept of ancient routes as effective links among peoples, civilizations, and cultures. The Silk Road is another opportunity to revive the ancient routes as a concept, which is based on mutual knowledge and benefit, summarized the Bulgarian minister.
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Minister Angelkova gives an interview to Euronews during the ITB – Berlin tourism exhibition
2018-03-07T17:48:00
We are working towards information technologies being increasingly used in tourism, stated Minister Nikolina Angelkova in an interview for Euronews. The conversation with a journalist from the global media was held during the ITB – Berlin international tourism exhibition. Nikolina Angelkovanoted that the Ministry of Tourismis the first one, not only domestically but internationally as well, to launch a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension. It is a joint project of the Ministry of Tourism and iLoveBulgaria.Digital transformation of Bulgariantourismas a means to ensure its long-term competitiveness was a major focus of the round table on digitalization, which the Ministry of Tourism organized less than a month ago. The international forum was part of the events on the agenda of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, which our countrytook over for the first time at the start of 2018, the Bulgarian minister said further.             Еuronews reaches over 430 homes in 166 countries. Its 12 versions cover global news in 11 languages. The team has 500 journalists from 30 nationalities. 
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Minister Angelkova to David Ruetz, Executive Director of ITB Berlin: Germanyis in the top 3 of the leading tourism-generating markets for Bulgaria
2018-03-07T17:25:00
 Germanyis in the top 3 of the leadingincoming tourism markets forBulgaria. In 2017 German tourists in our countryexceeded 870 000, growing by 5.3 percent compared to a year before. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova,during a work meeting with David Ruetz, executive director of ITB Berlin. She noted that in 2017 the international visitors to Bulgaria exceeded by a million the country’s populace, reaching 8.882 mil. It is a 7.6 percent compared to the previous record breaking year of 2016.Minister Angelkovaadded that results from the first month of 2018 were also promising. In Januarythe total number of international tourist visits toBulgariawas nearly 438 000, registering an 18.8% growth compared tothe same month of the year before. During the first month of 2018 visitors from Germany were nearly 12 000, increasing by 7.7% compared to January last year.Minister Angelkovapresented to her interlocutor the tourismopportunities inBulgaria. Sea tourism is traditional for the country and is the type most in-demand among German tourists. There are more than 40 000artefacts in our country, which is a basis to successfully develop cultural-historicaltourism. The Minister also highlighted the natural riches in our country - nearly 600 mineral springs and some 40 mountain ranges. These provide the premises for marketing a high-grade product in spa, medical spa, wellness, winter, ski, eco, and rural tourism.Mr. David Ruetz congratulated Bulgaria on the long-standing and consistent participation in ITB Berlinand indicated that it is a venue for Bulgaria to be promoted as a tourism destinationnot only to German professionals and amateurs, but also to representatives coming from countriesacross the globe.
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Minister Angelkovaheld a work meeting with Jason Wong, executive director of theGlobal Tourism Economy Forum’sresearch centre
2018-03-07T17:03:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Jason Wong, executive director of the research centre of the Global Tourism Economy Forum. The two converses during ITB Berlin –the most significant tourism forum worldwide – where Bulgariais presented with a national stand.Minister Angelkovapresented the Ministry events within the framework of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council. She informed Mr. Jason Wong about the outcomes from the council meeting of the ministers of tourism, which was held in Sofia in mid-February. The forum was attended by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of UN’s World Tourism Organization, and over 500 delegates and guests. Minister Angelkovaindicated that the major topics of discussion included the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative. The Chinese market’s potential is huge, in 2017 12.4 million visits of Chinese nationals were registered in the European country, an 18% growth compared to 2016, said the Minister.She noted that Bulgaria will be hosting the 7th summit meeting of state- and government leaders of the Central and Eastern European countries and China during the second half of 2018. The Minister advised that during the event the Chinese-Bulgarian tourism forum will also be held and offered co-organization to Mr. Jason Wong.Also discussed at the meeting was the cooperation potential with the southern Guangdong province, which has the highest gross domestic product per capita.Minister Angelkovafamiliarized her interlocutor with the preparations for the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes in November this year and invited Mr. Jason Wong to attend the forum. The Minister indicated that her institution and the government are implementing a consistent policy to establish Bulgaria as a 4-season tourism destinationand promote our cultural-historical riches.Mr. Jason Wong congratulated Minister Angelkovaon the hard work done to develop tourism in Bulgaria and indicated that the eventsscheduled for this year will have a positive effect in attracting more Chinese to Europe and Bulgaria.During ITB Berlin Minister Angelkovaalso held a work meeting with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Mauritius – Anil Gayan. Last yearthe total number of international visitors to Bulgaria was nearly 8.9 mil., which is 7.6 percent more than 2016. The 2017 revenues from international tourism in the country amount to BGN 6.895 billion, which is a 9.3% growth compared tothe hitherto record-breaking year 2016, said the Bulgarian minister.The two discussed options to expand cooperationin tourism, as well as the investment map, which contains 32 Bulgarian projects of potential interest to investors.
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Minister Angelkovaunveiled the Bulgarian stand at the most significant tourism forum - ITB Berlin
2018-03-07T13:28:00
Our country is being presented at the exhibition for the 50th time with a 400 sq. m. stand to visitors hailing from 180 countriesThe Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova,unveiled the Bulgarian standat ITB Berlin –the most significant tourism forum worldwide. The exhibition is held during March 7-11, with Bulgaria being presented there for the 50th time. Our country is among the longest-standingexhibitors, notedMinister Angelkova adding that Germany is a leading market for incoming tourismtoBulgaria. In 2017 German tourists traveling in our countrywere over 870 000, growing by 5.3 percentcompared toa year before. During the first month of 2018 visitors from Germany were nearly 12 000, growing by 7.7% compared tolast year’s January.Bulgaria takes part in this year’s edition in Berlin with an exhibition stand of 400 sq. m.Also presenting there, further to the Ministry of Tourism,are 40 co-exhibitors, Bulgarian municipalities and businesses being among them. Last yearthere were 10 000 exhibitors hailing from180 countries at ITB Berlin. There were 160 000 visitors, trade professionals out of them 100 000. This year’s forum is predicted to draw even greater interest.A major focus in the Bulgarian showcasing are the tourism opportunities at the Black Sea coast, as well as the cultural-historical and spa products offered by the country. These are the most in-demand types of tourism both for professionals and the general public. The Glagolitic script is a peculiar part of the promotion. Forum guests may receive a document with their name written in the Glagolitic script. During the weekend guests will also be able to see authentic folk dancing.
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Opening of the bids for setting up the Single Tourism Information System (STIS)
2018-02-28T17:51:00
It will connect the hotel registers to the National Revenue Agency and the Ministry of the Interior, shrinking the grey sector in tourism.The bids for the public procurement to set up the Single Tourism Information System (STIS) were opened at the Ministry of Tourism.There are seven bids. According to the procedure, upcoming is the document review in terms of admissibility and review of the technical proposals. The bidders will then be invited to the opening of the price offers, with a final ranking of the admitted bids due to be made then. The contractor will be selected among them and will have 6 months to set up and commission the single system.STIS will connect real-time the hotel registers to the Ministry of Tourism, the National Revenue Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, and the municipalities.The system will optimize the collection rate of proceeds from tourism operations. STIS is expected to contribute to higher security levels and limit the grey sector in tourism. 
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437 000 international tourists visited Bulgaria in January, a 19% growth compared to January 2017
2018-02-28T17:04:00
Nearly 19% more international tourists visited our country this January. This is revealed by today’s stats of the National Statistical Institute. In 2018 the total international tourist visits to Bulgaria were over 437 000, whereas in January 2017 they stood at 368 000. Last year’s December results were also very favourable as the total international tourist visits to Bulgaria were 457 000, 15.2% more than December 2016.During the December 2017 - January 2018 period the total number of international tourist visits to Bulgaria was nearly 895 000, a 17 per cent increase, compared to the December 20176 - January 2017 period. Presently, the results are very good, we are expecting this winter season’s international tourist visits to grow by some 10%, commented the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, adding that owing to the accumulated snow in recent days, the season is expected to last until late April, providing further positive effect.Growth has been registered on a number of markets during the two winter season months. Tourists from Greece have increased by 13,3%, surpassing 198 000. Visitors from Romania were nearly 120 000, growing by 33 per cent. Guests from Turkey exceeded 117 000, registering a 21% growth. Growth is also registered on the Macedonia, Serbia, and Germany markets, by 8%, 17% and 12,8%, respectively. During December and January UK tourists were 19,8% more compared to the same period a year before. Visitors from Italy and the Ukraine grew by 18,8% and 15,4%, respectively, while the increase in Israeli guests is nearly 43%.The minister reminisced that the 2016/2017 winter season was the most successful for our tourism since Bulgaria’s EU accession. The total international tourist visits were 1.476 mil., achieving a 19,6% growth. This means that the visits are over 242 000 more compared to the previous winter season.
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Minister Angelkova at the Carnegie Endowment, USA: Russia, China, and remote markets are very important for Bulgarian tourism
2018-02-24T16:45:00
Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, visited the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C. as part of her work visit to USA. She talked with Paul Stronski, senior fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program. His research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighbouring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The program has projects in various areas – tourism, adventure travel, economy, culture, etc.The Russian market is extremely important for Bulgaria’s incoming tourism, indicated Minister Angelkova. She announced that in 2017 Russia ranked 5th in terms of tourist visits to our country, with some 558 000 visits. At the upcoming international exhibition Intertourmarket in Moscow, which is among the most important ones for our country’s promotion, Bulgaria will be presented with a large stand as an attractive destination for summer, sea, spa & medical spa, cultural-historical, pilgrimage, and other types of tourism. The Bulgarian minister emphasized that 2017 was a record-breaking year for the sector and shared her hopes that the growth in revenues and number of tourists would be surpassed this year as well.Bulgaria’s 6-month presidency of the EU Council, which started at the turn of the year, will undoubtedly be helpful to this end. It will not only enhance our country’s prestige as an active member state, but will also make it more recognizable as a tourism destination. Bulgaria also has a particularly important role as a middleman in the promotion of the Western Balkans’ integration into European projects and initiatives.Minister Angelkova emphasized that the institution’s marketing activities bear increasingly noticeable fruit. The 2017 revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria were almost BGN 6,9 bil., a 9.3% growth compared to the previous record-breaking year of 2016.  Conducive to such achievements is also the active communication with large-scale international tour operators, such as TUI, Neckermann, Thomas Cook, Der Turistik, etc. Significant growth was registered on a number of markets – inter alia, Germany with 870 000 tourists (third in the rankings) and over 5% growth, UK with 338 000 visits and 24% growth, Ireland – 31 000 and 22% growth, and many others.Remote and new markets also matter to us because Bulgaria is still not very popular there as a 4-season destination, said Minister Angelkova. She gave an example with China, which generated over 26 000 tourist visits in 2017, an over 41 per cent hike, compared to 2016. The potential, however, is much greater, therefore we are ready to offer the Asian markets, jointly with other countries in the region, common tourism products, summarized Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova showcases destination Bulgaria to the WACA President, Bill Clifford
2018-02-24T15:41:00
During her work visit to the US, the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held talks with the President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America - WACA, Bill Clifford. Bulgaria is an attractive destination offering diverse and competitive services, both mass and niche, to millions of tourists, she said, pointing out our country’s role as a regional factor for the promotion of good quality and sustainable development of tourism in Europe.Nikolina Angelkova reminisced that only days ago Sofia hosted a large-scale meeting of the EU tourism ministers, entitled Tourism and Economic Growth, which involved participants and observers from over 30 countries. It was a class A event in Bulgaria’s rotational presidency of the EU Council, which will last until June 2018. One of the most significant messages of the forum was that countries must use joint efforts to promote durable economic growth and work on Europe’s image as a leading tourism destination worldwide, having generated over USD 440 bil. of revenues in the sector during 2016.According to latest stats, South-Eastern European countries have drawn in over 115 mil. international tourists, accounting for 9% of the global tourist flow, having generated revenues amounting to USD 57 bil., or 5% of the global proceeds from tourism. Bulgaria’s contribution in this regard is noticeable, it was proposed during the meeting to set up, based on Bulgaria’s experience, a Map of 100 European Tourism Sites, which will cause even more tourists to have interest in the continent, announced Minister Angelkova.She added that our country is registering two record-breaking years in a row for the sector ever since national statistics have been available. The upgrade is a fact, we have registered nearly 8.9 mil. international tourist visits for 2017, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016, while revenues from international tourism stand at circa BGN 6.9 bil., a 9,3% growth, added Minister Angelkova. It is pleasing that guests are now arriving from even more remote markets, which is a testament to the country’s increasing recognition as an attractive destination, stated Minister Angelkova, citing as an example our success on the US market. Last year almost 88 000 American tourists travelled to Bulgaria, which is some 10% more, compared to 2016.Thus, USA ranks 20th among the countries generating incoming tourism to our country. A successful campaign using billboards and digital screens was already held for Bulgaria as a destination in some of the biggest US cities, and it yielded very good results, it was made clear by the minister.Nikolina Angelkova also provided detailed information about the large diversity of tourism services, which make Bulgaria attractive to visitors – winter and summer vacations, spa and medical spa packages, cultural-historic tours, golf, gourmet, ecotourism, adventure tourism, etc. She also reminisced that in late 2016 Bulgaria’s capital successfully hosted the first International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization. It will have its second edition next November, again in Sofia, but now as an International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, and will again be carried out in partnership with UNWTO. The CNN anchor, Richard Quest, has already been invited as a moderator.The World Affairs Councils of America is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the public and leading global voices to better understand the world, America's international role, and the policy choices that impact our daily lives and our future.Bill Clifford has been President and CEO of WACA since 2013. He was previously a reported in international finance, economy, and politics in Asia and a correspondent in Tokyo. He has an MA from the John Hopkins University in International Studies, a BA in International Relations and French Literature from the Tufts University, as well as C.E.P. in Public Policy from the Science Po in Paris. 
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Minister Angelkova showcased Bulgaria’s potential before Paul Brown, assistant deputy secretary of state at the US Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
2018-02-24T13:42:00
Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held talks with Paul Brown, assistant deputy secretary of state for transportation affairs at the US Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs - EB, showcasing to him our country’s potential as an attractive year-round destination. The meeting is part of the agenda during the minister’s work visit to USA.Minister Angelkova emphasized that Bulgaria is being promoted increasingly actively by state-of-the-art means such itinerary of the European tourism map. She drew attention to the fact that digitalization and the internet presence are among the main highlights in the ministry’s promotional and marketing campaign. The sector is one of the defining sectors of Bulgaria’s economy, having been upgrade to national priority by the government, she said.Intensive economic development of the country and the region is another key highlight in our work and also a focus for Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council since the start of 2018, added the minister.She advised the assistant deputy secretary of state of our country’s excellent performance in tourism. During the 2015–2017 period the average annual growth in tourist visits to our country was 12%, compared to circa 6-7 per cent EU-wide for the same period. Last year alone, Bulgaria registered nearly 8.9 mil. international tourism visits, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016, considerably exceeding the country’s populace. Our revenues from international tourism are also high – some BGN 6,9 bil. last year, a 9.3% growth compared to 2016, announced Minister Angelkova.Bulgaria is becoming increasingly recognizable as a 4-season travel and vacation itinerary. Apart from the traditional winter and sea tourism, we are offering diverse niche tourism services, which are increasingly in demand. The Ministry created eight cultural-historical destinations for the country’s territory, considerably enhancing the tourist flow to those locations. Presently, 12 wine-gourmet destinations are also being developed, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forests, businesses, and municipalities, the idea being to promote specific tourism products in the regions and encourage local marketing in tourism, explained Minister Angelkova.She further emphasized that Bulgaria is among the European countries richest in mineral water and medical resources, with the potential to become the continents spa hub. Medical spa tourism is among the leading highlights in our product policy. This is why we are preparing 7 specialized destinations for this tourism type as well.Nikolina Angelkova also commented specifically on Bulgaria’s potential as a country with rich heritage spanning at least 7 historical era. We have over 40 000 discovered artefacts, ranking us third in Europe in this type of heritage. It is a basis to deploy new projects and itineraries for cultural-historical tourism, which is becoming an ever stronger motivation for trips around Europe and worldwide, said Minister Angelkova.Paul Brown saluted Bulgaria’s achievements in tourism, recognizing our country as being very beautiful, with strong potential for tourism development, emphasizing that it is a key partner for USA, and congratulating it on the important role as rotational president of the EU Council. The host also appreciated highly Bulgaria’s priorities for cooperation and partnership in the economy and tourism both in the region and on a more global scale.EB is a unit of the US Department of State, which is charged with promoting economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. It reports to the Minister of the Economy, Energy, and Environment. The Bureau’s work lies at the nexus of economic prosperity and national security, addressing a range of economic issues including intellectual property rights, and helping in the promotion of a coherent economic policy across the US government.
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Minister Angelkova holds talks in Washington with Paul McCarthy, Regional Deputy Director for Europe of the International Republican Institute
2018-02-24T13:09:00
Bulgaria is playing an increasingly active role on the Balkans and could be a crucial factor for the region’s economic development, including via various tourism initiatives. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, before Paul B. McCarthy, Regional Deputy Director for Europe of the International Republican Institute - IRI. Their meeting was held in Washington D.C., within the framework of the minister’s work visit to USA.Minister Angelkova showcased the demanding mission now being performed by Bulgaria as president of the EU Council in regards to the security, prosperity, and modern-era development of the Community countries. The EU Presidency’s important focuses also include integration of the Western Balkans, which still have untapped economic, social, and cultural potential.Together with other countries in the region we are developing infrastructure projects, which are key to the development of tourism as well, said the minister, emphasizing that common products and itineraries were being set up, which will attract more tourists to that part of Europe, including tourists from remote markets, such as USA.Tourism contributes to the global economy’s growth because it’s a key factor of sustainability. Traditionally, it is among the more important drivers of wellbeing and advancement of countries, developing at accelerated pace in recent decades, added the minister, reminding that this month an informal meeting was held in Sofia of the EU tourism ministers entitled Tourism and Economic Growth. The forum was attended by some 520 delegates, discussing these matters and Europe’s role as a leading tourism destination globally.The minister reminisced that according to the European Travel Commission in 2017 international tourism travel on the continent exceeded 670 mil., growing by 8.4 per cent compared to the year before. Bulgaria is also registering excellent results in the sector. In 2017 the total number of international tourism visits to the country was nearly 8.9 mil., way over a million more than our populace. We are increasingly attracting investors to tourism, offering high-grade, competitive services, stressed Minister Angelkova.IRI is a non-partisan, non-governmental international organization for the development in democracy. Since 1983 it has been active in over 100 countries – in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa – it now has offices in over 30 countries. Its operations include support to political parties and their nominees for the development of their values and institutional setups, good governance practices, civil society, education, youth leaders, election reforms, election monitoring, etc.
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Minister Angelkova met the National Endowment for Democracy leadership in Washington
2018-02-23T14:47:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova met the leadership of the National Endowment for Democracy - NED in Washington during her work visit to Washington. The presented our country’s potential as a tourism destination and outlined topical matters in its democratic development. „At the year’s start our country took over the presidency of the EU Council and is fulfilling the responsible mission of proposing important solutions for the future of the Union and millions of people. It is a big opportunity to draw attention to the region and the country as a year-round tourism destination“, stated Minister Angelkova.She explained that the one of the key highlights is the Western Balkans’ economic and political integration, which is a crucial shared priority for the member-states. In the past the region was a hotbed for conflicts, but it is now a place of increasingly active partnership and understanding. In tourism such integration is a fact by virtue of the planning of projects for common itineraries and services to shared markets, it was made clear by the minister.Bulgaria has very good economic relations with Turkey – our southern neighbour is a strategic tourism partner. Last year in ranked 4th in incoming tourism to Bulgaria, generating a nearly 13% growth in visits, compared to 2016.Minister Angelkova drew attention to the fact that Bulgaria is also very attractive to foreign investors as an outsourcing destination. We are also proud to have very fast internet. There is a growing number of large-scale hotel chains wishing to invest in high-category tourism facilities in the capital city Sofia and along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.The Bulgarian minister also presented to the NED representatives the sustainable results in the sector, which Bulgaria has achieved in recent years. In 2017 international tourist visits to our country stood at nearly 8.9 mil., a historical record for the sector and way more than the country’s own populace. The 2017 revenues from international tourism were some BGN 6.9 bil. a 9,3 per cent growth, compared to 2016.We are working actively to promote Bulgaria as an attractive destination for summer-, winter-, and specialized tourism, including on remote markets, USA being among these. Last autumn we had a successful outdoor promotional campaign in some of the biggest US cities, with the visible outputs from the marketing activities being that US tourists coming to Bulgaria in 2017 were nearly 88 000, a circa 10% growth, compared to 2016, placing the US among the top 20 countries for our incoming tourism, added Minister Angelkova.NED is a non-profit foundation established in 1983 and dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year the foundation is giving away over 1 600 grants to overseas NGO”s working for democratic goals in over 90.
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Minister Angelkova talks with the Club of Young Professionals and the Bulgarian community in Washington
2018-02-23T14:07:00
Bulgaria’s popularity as a destination is growing all the time, each year it is increasingly visited by international tourists. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with representatives of the Club of Young Professionals and the Bulgarian community in Washington, D.C. The minister added that the encouraging 2017 stats are indicative in that international tourist visits last year exceeded 8.882 mil., growing by 7.6%, compared to the year before. An even bigger growth of 9.3 per cent is registered in the revenues from international tourism. In 2017 the total revenues in the sector stood at BGN 6.895 bil. according to BNB (Bulgarian National Bank) data. Over the past 2 years the average annual growth in tourist visits to our country was 12%, compared to circa 7 per cent EU-wide for the same period, indicated Minister Angelkova.She stated that now there is work going on under two projects, which are expected to draw more tourists to the country’s interior and increase tourist visits during the windows between the active summer and winter seasons. The Ministry of Tourism is developing spa and medical spa destinations, with the concept project covering 7 directions, country-wide. For the purpose of engaging a broad range of stakeholders in the development of destinations, opinions were requested from 50 municipalities, which provided the basis for creating the destinations.Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forests, is also setting up 12 wine-gourmet destinations, the minister announced further, explaining that these include both traditional wine beverages and cuisine typical of the respective region, as well as nearly 50 municipalities and some 100 tourism sites. The number is not accidental as well, it was chosen to match the number of months in a year.
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Minister Angelkova before the leadership of the US Centre for European Policy Analysis: We are working actively to attract investments
2018-02-23T09:25:00
Bulgaria’s government, partnering with the private sector, is taking active steps to promote the Bulgaria investment opportunities in the US, highlighting the country’s geographic location and economic benefits. This was stated by Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a Washington work meeting with Peter Doran and Réka Szemerkényi, President and Vice President of the US Centre for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). The minister clarified that Bulgaria has a 10% corporate tax, which goes hand in hand with a skilled labour force and low operating costs. Furthermore, there are specific investment support measures and incentives, via the respective legislation.In line with promotion of investments in the sector, the Ministry of Tourism elaborated an investment map. It covers 32 projects countrywide, which aim to make it easy for the businesses and for investors to target promising endeavours.One crucial prerequisite for tourism to develop well is staff, we are therefore cooperating with the academia in staff training projects, commented Minister Angelkova, adding that the education of children is a priority for Bulgaria’s government. The Centre leaders, Peter Doran and Réka Szemerkényi, commented in turn that they know Bulgaria as a tourism destination, further indicating their awareness of the advertising to promote the country in the US and evaluating positively our promotion initiatives.  
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Minister Angelkova discussed the opportunities to expand bilateral relations with Dominic Restuccia, US senate representative
2018-02-22T19:54:00
Minister Angelkova discussed with Dominic Restuccia, US senate representative, the opportunities to expand bilateral relations. The two held a work meeting during Minister Angelkova’s two-day visit to Washington. We will continue to develop purposefully the trade-economic cooperation and rely on the American side to encourage American investments in Bulgaria, including in tourism, the minister noted further.It is extremely important for us to elaborate an increasingly active campaign for the promotion of Bulgaria on remote markets, such as the USA, commented Minister Angelkova. In 2017 Bulgaria was promoted using billboards and digital screens in various locations in Boston, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.At the year’s start our country took over the presidency of the EU Council, which is a huge opportunity to showcase ourselves as a tourism destination. Minister Angelkova added that the presidency motto is: United We Stand Strong. Bulgaria is highlighting the importance of stability on the Balkans. We are actively with our neighbours, we have good partnership with Turkey, elaborating with them joint tourism products for remote markets, stated Minister Angelkova. Security in the region is important for tourism, while energy diversification will provide predictability for economic development in the region, it was noted during the meeting.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Andrew Forbes, legislative director at the US Senate
2018-02-22T17:59:00
US tourists increased by nearly 10 per cent last year, exceeding 87 000. The country is among the leading markets for incoming tourism to Bulgaria, ranking 20th in 2017. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Andrew Forbes, legislative director at the US Senate. The two conversed in Washington, where Minister Angelkova is on a two day work visit. The minister pointed out that USA is a strategic partner for Bulgaria, that US tourists are very important for our country, and that we will continue to work actively on advertising in America. Our country was promoted there for the first time last year, in September and October, with billboards and digital screens in public locations.During the meeting Minister Angelkova presented to her interlocutor the latest tourism data in our country. She informed him that in 2017 international tourists in Bulgaria exceeded 8.882 mil., growing by 7.6%, with tourism revenues standing at nearly BGN 6.9 bil. a 9.3 per cent growth.The Ministry of Tourism is working actively to not only attract more visitors but also to encourage investments in the sector, stated Minister Angelkova, showcasing to her interlocutor the Ministry-developed investment map. The minister commented that the map contains specific proposal for promising projects, aiming to not only increase investments in tourism but make it easier for the businesses as well. The Bulgarian minister and Mr. Andrew Forbes commented that security is crucial both for investments and tourism. Minister Angelkova emphasized that Bulgaria is a symbol of stability in its region and is often chosen for family vacations precisely because of its security.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Thorsten Geissler, head of the Bulgarian office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation
2018-02-19T18:16:00
Germany is in top 3 of Bulgaria’s tourism markets   Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Thorsten Geissler, head of the Bulgarian office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Germany is in top 3 of Bulgaria’s tourism-generating markets. The German tourists visiting our country last year exceeded 870 000, growing by 5.3 per cent compared to the year before, said Minister Angelkova. This year we are expecting the results to be even better and also register another growth in the number of German tourists, indicated the minister, clarifying that such were the indications about the early summer vacation bookings of tour operators, as well booked flights. Preparation for the new active season takes place in communication with the large-scale international tour operators, such as TUI, Neckermann, Thomas Cook, Der Turistik, explained the minister. The meetings in preparation of summer 2018 started back in the heat of last season. Mr. Geissler added that Bulgaria is often a preferred destination for German tourists.Tourism development is an important priority for the government, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She presented to her interlocutor the tourism opportunities offered by Bulgaria. Sea tourism is traditional for the country, but in addition we are also developing the cultural-historical, spa, medical spa, wellness, gourmet, and eco ones, said the minister, adding that the country is in the position to offer to its visitors a broad range of products owing to its natural riches and millennial history.The minister stated that the Ministry is working actively to attract ever more German tourists to our country. We have on schedule the presentation of Bulgarian tourism products at the ITB Berlin exhibition, which will be held early next month, announced Minister Angelkova. The tourism forum is among the most significant ones globally and is intended both for professionals and the general public. Last year there were more than 10 000 exhibitors from 180 countries and regions, while the visitors’ number reached 160 000.
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Minister Angelkova: Digitalization is a major priority in tourism, we are making a long-term concept for its development
2018-02-15T13:16:00
EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel with a video address for the roundtable of the Ministry of Tourism- an event in Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council 70% of smartphone-using tourists make surveys for their journeys through their phones, international research suggests. Each second journey begins from a mobile device. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the opening of the international roundtable entitled Digital Transformation in Tourism. The event was held within the framework of the Vacation & Spa Expo international tourism exchange, which is part of the Ministry’s initiatives in the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The roundtable was attended by Renata Pindjo, Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Republic of Serbia. Maria Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, also participated via a video address.According to international analyses, internet users have increased globally by 7% last year, while people actively using social networks, have increased by 13 per cent in 2017 г. A 14% growth is also registered in the users of social networks via mobile devices, said Minister Angelkova.We are using the international roundtable as a platform for dialog among government institutions, NGO’s, and businesses. Tourism needs a long-term, sustainable digitalization concept, we are developing it, stated Minister Angelkova.Two major topics will be discussed during the roundtable. The first looks at New Economic Models and Digital Culture – Factors for the Future Development of Tourism“. It will discuss how digitalization and the emergence of new business models are affecting the tourism industry, announced Minister Angelkova. The second discussion will focus on Digitalization and New Opportunities to Preserve Cultural Heritage. Participants will discuss how innovative management may be used to stimulate the tourism sector’s development, explained the Minister.In her video address, EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel thanked Minister Angelkova for the active works and for transforming Bulgaria into a preferred tourism destination. She also added that online visits of tourists in Europe are leading ones and that European tourism goes hand in hand with digitalization.
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Minister Angelkova opens the Vacation & Spa Expo international tourism exposition
2018-02-14T18:34:00
Minister Angelkova opened the 35th edition of the largest tourism exposition in Bulgaria – the Vacation & Spa Expo international tourism exchange. The forum was held between February 14 – 16, 2018 in the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia, under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism and in partnership with Sofia Municipality and the industry organizations. Each year the exposition attracts over 350 companies and more than 20 000 professionals and visitors, while last year it registered a 9% growth in visitors.The exchange is a part of the events organized by the Ministry of Tourism during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, which undoubtedly is notable recognition of its significance. A day before, the Tourism and Economic Growth informal meeting of the EU tourism ministers was held, being the first of its kind. Discussion led to the shared desire to jointly support the development of tourism, which is a crucial driver of sustainable economic growth in the EU. Its share in the Union’s GDP is nearly 10 per cent, while it has a 12% share of all European jobs. In Bulgaria the industry generates some 13% of the country’s GDP, emphasized the minister.She announced that the sector ranks among the three most important economic sectors in terms of these indicators. In 2017 international tourist travel in Europe exceeded 670 mil., with more than 8 per cent growth being registered, according to stats of the European Tourism Commission.Minister Angelkova stated her conviction that these up-to-date topics will also be discussed during the exchange. Bulgaria has a lot to show for during the 3-day forum because it is working hard to upgrade its image as an attractive European destination. This is also evidenced by stats. The total number of international tourism visits in our country in 2017 are nearly 8.9 mil., registering a 7 per cent growth compared to 2016, while over 61% of the visits are by EU nationals. International tourism revenues have grown by over 9% for the January-November period of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, exceeding BGN 6.6 bil. in absolute terms.Positive results are not possible without application of innovations and state-of-the-art technology. Therefore, we planned as a special highlight in the exchange’s agenda tomorrow’s international roundtable entitled Digital Transformation in Tourism also here, at Inter Expo Centre, and it is also part of the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, Minister Angelkova said further. She emphasized in this context that for the first time ever the traditional annual awards of Vacation & Spa Expo envisage a recognition for the best innovative project implemented in tourism.The Minister invited the guests to visit the Ministry-organized Bulgarian stand, which spans an area of 150 sq. m. and reveals our country’s potential as an attractive year-round destination. Participating as co-exhibitors are over 20 municipalities, tourism chambers, culture centres, museums, regional associations, specialized clusters, and various associations.
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Minister Angelkova: A task group involving several countries will draft Balkan routes for remote market tourists
2018-02-14T11:46:00
Bulgaria will increasingly be attracting tourists from China and other remote markets with common Balkan routes involving several countries. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in an interview for the morning talk show of bTV. She summarized as very successful the first of its kind Tourism and Economic Growth meeting of the tourism ministers in EU within Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, adding that it was highly rated by Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of UN’s World Tourism Organization. The forum gathered a record number of over 520 delegates.We discussed with EU member states the ways to attract more tourists from China and remote markets to the single destination Europe, with Turkey and the Western Balkans also to be integrated in the initiative. We are setting up a task group with representatives of ministries and municipalities to create routes, which will attract Chinese tourists. This will be considerably helped also by our idea to create a map of the top 100 European tourism sites, which will incorporate for a start landmarks from the UNESCO lists. Also discussed was the establishment of a European Tourism Fund, which would assist the implementation of such ideas via financial and other mechanisms, explained Minister Angelkova.Analyses indicate that Bulgarians increasingly prefer to spend their vacations in Bulgaria because quality of our tourism services is sustainably on the rise. This is evidence that tourists are pleased with the marketed product, the minister stressed. According to polls, half of the surveyed Bulgarians will, for example, opt for the Bulgarian Black Sea next summer, with half of our compatriots also staying in their motherland for the ski vacations.Minister Angelkova anticipated some upward movement in the prices of summer vacations because demand for high-category hotels offering better quality is expanding but this depends entirely on the industry because tourism in our country is 100% privately owned. The minister reminded, however, that according to data in the western media, Bulgaria is among the leading destinations in terms of price performance vacation.   She focused on the need to ensure the stewarding of sea beaches in order to provide trouble-free summer vacation to the visitors. Whether the procedures are under the Black Sea Spatial Planning Act or under the new Concessions Act, the beach concessions will be granted by the Ministry of Tourism, she explained adding that it is normal practice because the ministry is the responsible institution. I and the Deputy Prime Minister, Valeri Simeonov, are fighting to have order in the resorts. We are fully compliant with the law and monitor the transparent conduct of procedures. The problem with beaches in the gated resorts will be resolved via concessions because the highest price is not the criterion to determine the steward, unlike the case with letting, it is a set of criteria.Users demand that the beaches are granted under concessions and stood against the total removal of portable vending stands. 92% of those surveyed insist that the beaches be stewarded, while 60% request that there are portable vending stands at the beach itself, for the comfort of tourists. We are preparing documents to proceed with the concessions as fast as possible, in order to safeguard the government’s interest, Minister Angelkova said categorically.She also drew attention to winter tourism, which should develop at accelerated pace as well. Everything will be done according to the rulebook in the case of Pirin. There is no risk of overdevelopment in the mountain, there is no way for this to happen on 48 per cent of its territory. Only sports-technical facilities will be constructed. This holds not just for Bansko, but also for Borovets, Pamporovo, Vitosha, Stara Planina, Rhodope mountains, commented the minister.There should be quick and environmentally friendly access, such as lifts, to our mountain resorts, it became clear from her words. Change, however, doesn’t come quickly – there has to be investment intention, which would then undergo public discussion and environmental assessment. It is a fact that we are registering growths of winter tourists, with this season being expected to result in a growth of their number in the range of 5-10%, summarized Minister Angelkova.
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Malta supports Bulgaria’s idea to create a map of the top 100 European tourism sites
2018-02-13T15:12:00
Malta supports Bulgaria’s idea to create a map of the top 100 European tourism sites. The proposal was tabled by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the Tourism and Economic Growth summit meeting of the ministers of tourism, a level A event in the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The idea for the map of European tourism sites evolved following dialogue with the NGO sector. During a work meeting Minister Angelkova and Konrad Mizzi, Malta’s tourism minister, discussed the council proposals, as well as the opportunities for joint initiatives in the sector. Minister Mizzi indicated approval for the idea to set up a European Tourism Fund.Minister Angelkova showcased last year’s achievements of Bulgarian tourism. She announced that over 8.8 mil. tourists visited the country, a 7.6 per cent growth compared to a year before. There are growth forecasts for this year as well, added the minister.The two also discussed the opportunity to open a direct air service between Malta and Bulgaria. The ministers shared the opinion that the direct transport link would support tourism in both countries and would contribute to more travel both ways. Significant growth of Maltese tourists in Bulgaria of over 118% was registered in 2016, their number growing to nearly 5000. Malta ranks among the top 50 destinations for international travel of Bulgarians. Last year, their number grew by over 38 per cent, reaching almost 13 000.Minister Angelkova invited her counterpart Mizzi to participate in the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization and is due to be held in mid-November in Sofia.
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tourism.government.bg:5618:2018-02-13T15:12:00
Bulgaria and Turkey will attract remote destination tourists with joint promotion of their folklore and cuisine
2018-02-12T17:00:00
Turkey is the 4th incoming market for Bulgarian tourism, announced Minister Angelkova during a meeting with Minister Kurtulmuş in Sofia.Turkish tourists travelling to our country last year were 12.5% more, exceeding 636 000. Thus, the Turkey market ranks 4th among the leading countries for incoming tourism to our country. This was said by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, to Numan Kurtulmuş, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism. The minister added further that our southern neighbour is among the preferred international travel destinations for Bulgarians, whose number grew by 7.6 per cent last year.Minister Angelkova presented to her guests the currently developed wine-gourmet and spa routes and the digital projects, such as cooperation with Viber ad the setting up of Chat Extension, which enables direct sharing of tourism sites.Tourism is a key sector for the strengthening of international cooperation as well, stated Minister Angelkova, adding that Bulgaria is working with its partners from South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans to create joint projects in the area of cultural, historical, sea, wellness, rural, environmental, and religious tourism. Turkey plays an important part in this context, we are working together within the tourism task group of OBSEC, the minister said further, explaining that a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the OBSEC member-states is due to be held and invited her counterpart to the scheduled event.The task group established between Bulgaria and Turkey is an example of the good partnership the two countries have. Today’s meeting between ministers Angelkova and Kurtulmuş is precisely what symbolically inaugurates the commencement of the task group’s operations. Its purpose is to prepare joint projects to promote Turkish and Bulgarian folklore customs, kitchen, and others. With these the two countries will attract more tourists, the main focus being remote markets, such as China, India, and USA.Days of Bulgaria in Turkey and Days of Turkey in Bulgaria are in the pipeline of events. We are preparing a marketing promotional campaign for the Turkish market, stated Minister Angelkova, explaining that the special target groups will include not only tour operators and agencies, but end user as well, such as families with children. It is exceptionally important for use to attract more Turkish tourists to Bulgaria during winter, Minister Angelkova commented further.Minister Kurtulmuş congratulated Minister Angelkova for the consistent work and efforts for the advancement of tourism in Bulgaria, stating preparedness for cooperation in the future joint projects, which will contribute to the sector’s development both in the two countries and region-wide.
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Minister Angelkova: A task group will prepare tourism cooperation measures between Bulgaria and Montenegro
2018-02-12T15:41:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met Pavle Radulovic, Montenegro’s Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism. The two conversed on the eve of the summit level Tourism and Economic Growth ministerial meeting of tourism ministers of EU member states, which forms part of the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.Following on the bilateral agreement from June 2016 between Bulgaria and Montenegro, Minister Angelkova proposed the setting up of a task group between the two countries to outline development and cooperation measures in tourism. Actions for the better presentation of the cultural-historical traditions will be discussed, as well as facilitation of the procedures for exchange of tourists between Bulgaria and Montenegro.Tourism has an important contribution to the Bulgarian economy. Revenues in the sector stood at BGN 6.6 bil. in 2017, with the sector’s share in the GDP being nearly 13%, noted Minister Angelkova. She informed the guest about the recently created Map of Investment Projects, which is intensively promoted by the Ministry of Tourism to international investors. Our main goal is to transform the country into a year-round tourism destination, marketing a high-grade, competitive product, added Minister Angelkova.6 619 guests from Montenegro visited our country in 2017. Compared to 2016, the growth is over 16%. The two ministers agreed to exchange experience in tourism. Montenegro will share its practices for attracting international investment in the sector, while Bulgaria will in turn inform Montenegro about its success in developing winter tourism.Minister Angelkova showcased to her counterpart the opportunity to promote our country due to Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. She explained that this is exceptionally important for tourism. We will demonstrate that Bulgaria is a secure destination offering a high-grade, diverse product, stated the Bulgarian minister.
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Thirty EU and Balkan countries meet in Sofia to discuss the economic role of tourism
2018-02-12T14:37:00
During a high-level meeting on tourism taking place in Sofia on 13 February 2018, representatives from 30 EU and Balkan countries will discuss the sustainable development of the tourism sector and its role as a driver for economic growth. The focus of three panel discussions will be the EU tourism regulations, security and the possibilities for boosting cooperation between Europe and China.Tourism has an important economic role, accounting for more than 13 % of Bulgaria's GDP and about 10 % of the EU's GDP. In 2016, the revenue from international tourism in the EU amounted to EUR 341 billion. Host of the event will be the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Ms Nikolina Angelkova.Among the high-level delegates are Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. Ministers of tourism from all EU Member States and from the Balkan region as well as business representatives will attend the forum.  Overall, delegations from around 30 countries are expected to take part. The informal meeting will consist of three main panels. The first panel will focus on the role of tourism as a driver for economic growth and regional integration and on the shared economy phenomenon and the implementation of related EU regulations. The second panel discussion will emphasise the role of security for the attractiveness of tourist destinations. During the last session, panellists will debate the importance of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative. The potential of the Chinese outbound market is enormous.According to preliminary data, in 2017 there were more than 12.4 million tourist visits of Chinese citizens to Europe, a growth of 18 % compared to 2016.
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Croatia’s minister of tourism to Minister Angelkova: You are making Bulgarian tourism recognizable worldwide. I salute that
2018-02-12T13:21:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Gari Capelli, Republic of Croatia’s tourism ministers. The two conversed during the Tourism and Economic Growth summit meeting of the ministers of tourism in the EU member-states in Sofia.Minister Capelli welcomed the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts to make Bulgarian tourism products recognizable on the global market. He expressed his satisfaction with the establishment of a standalone ministry of tourism in Bulgaria, which acknowledges the sector’s importance in the country, and also stated his preparedness for bilateral cooperation.Minister Angelkova presented to her Croatian counterpart the positive data about the sector’s development in Bulgaria. Visits of international tourists exceeded 8.8 mil. throughout 2017. The reported growth is 7.6% compared to the previous year. In total, over 630 700 international visitors came to Bulgaria last year. We have registered a growth of over 26% of tourists from Republic of Croatia, who visited Bulgaria in 2017. 23 000 Croatian tourists chose our country for their vacations. Thus, Croatia ranks 35st among the biggest incoming destinations in our country, noted Minister Angelkova.Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council is an opportunity, which gives us the chance to highlight the role of tourism as a sustainable factor for economic growth and as a bridge between people, countries, and cultures. The EU Council presidency is a wonderful opportunity to promote our country as a four-season tourism destination, stated the Bulgarian minister. Get-to-know tours are planned in all Western Balkan countries in the second half of 2018, she noted further, adding that we are planning to showcase in Croatia the opportunities for sea-, cultural-historical, medical spa and spa tourism in our country.The two ministers also discussed the development potential of our country for film tourism. Many Bollywood films have been shot in Bulgaria at an exceptionally good price performance. We are expecting the inclusion of digital technologies to contribute positively to the development of tourism in our country, stated Minister Angelkova, explaining that the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one on an international level to provide a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension.Also discussed was the opportunity to intensify flight service to remote destinations, which would contribute to the increase tourism exchange among countries. Angelkova and Capelli stated that tourism is a joint products and cooperation among government institutions, private organizations, and local communities is important for it.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria may play a leading role in the promotion of tourism in the Black Sea region
2018-02-12T12:25:00
OBSEC nominated the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism for a second term as coordinator of the Tourism Cooperation task group Bulgaria may play a leading role in the promotion of tourism in the Black Sea region. We have the idea to put the focus on the wine- and gourmet tourism, which are among the priority products for development for the Ministry of Tourism. The topic is due to be discussed at a meeting of the Tourism Cooperation task group of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC), which is now being chaired by Bulgaria. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Michael Christides, Secretary-General of OBSEC. She noted further that focus on the sector’s development in the region would thus be strengthened further. Collaborative aid in tourism with the other OBSEC member-states is crucial for us, Minister Angelkova commented further.The Minister thanked Mr. Christides for his involvement in the Tourism and Economic Growth summit meeting of the ministers of tourism, a level A event in the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. This year we are paying special attention to the 2018 EU – China Tourism Year initiative, explained Minister Angelkova, clarifying that it was the reason why the topic is a major focus for the ministerial council, which is due for tomorrow. Bulgaria has an exceptionally beneficial cooperation with China and is actively involved with various projects on the famous Silk Road route, the Minister informed further.The two also discussed the progress in the setting up of a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the OBSEC member-states. The event is also part of the calendar of our presidency of the EU Council and is also a highest category event. It is scheduled to be held in June in Varna. The Ministry of Tourism will report there on the work done during the period of its coordination of the tourism task group in OBSEC, which started in July 2016 and is due to conclude in June this year.The Secretary-General of OBSEC asked the Ministry of Tourism to consider the option of taking on a second term as coordinator of the Tourism Cooperation task group for a further two-year tenure. Christides stated further that he rates highly the institution’s good work in both leading the group and contributing to the progress of tourism in Bulgaria and the Black Sea region. He highlighted cruise tourism in the Black Sea region, explaining that action should be taken to develop it.Minister Angelkova invited Michael Christides to participate in the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. It is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization and is due to be held in Sofia in November. The link between economy and tourism will be the event’s major highlight.
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Minister Angelkova and her Israeli counterpart Yariv Levin discussed in Tel Aviv joint actions to increase tourists
2018-02-06T12:28:00
A joint task group between Bulgaria and Israel will be set up. Its purpose will be to promote development of tourism and increase the number of travellers between the two countries. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Yariv Levin, State of Israel’s minister of tourism. The two talked during the IMTM tourism exposition in Tel Aviv.208 141 Israeli tourists visited Bulgaria in 2017. We are registering a nearly 14% growth compared to the previous year, said Minister Angelkova. Israel is a key partner of Bulgaria, with great prospects. Minister Angelkova showcased to the Israeli minister of tourism the positive data about the sector’s development in Bulgaria. Visits of international tourists exceeded 8.8 mil. throughout 2017. The reported growth is 7.6% compared to the previous year. In total, over 630 700 international visitors came to Bulgaria last year, the Minister explained.Another point of discussion was tapping the country’s potential as a four-season tourism destination. Spa, wellness, and medical spa tourism are the major development drivers for the Bulgarian health and medical tourism, which is a priority for the Ministry, stated Minister Angelkova.She invited her Israeli counterpart to the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes“. The forum is scheduled to be held in Sofia in November. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization.The Minister presented to Mr. Levin our priorities during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. She explained that this is exceptionally important for tourism since our country will be in the limelight of Europe’s attention. We will demonstrate that Bulgaria is a preferred tourism destination offering a high-grade, diverse product. Our objective is to showcase our country to the visitors as much as possible, we will use all potential directions – Sofia, Varna, Bourgas, among others, added Minister Angelkova.Yariv Levin rated positively Ministry of Tourism’s work during the presidency. He expressed his gratitude for the good relations between the two countries and stated his preparedness for cooperation and support in the implementation of initiatives going forwards. Minister Levin added that an increase in the flights to and from Bulgaria would boost tourism for both countries.IMTM is the biggest and oldest tourism exhibition in the East Mediterranean, being held for the 21st time this year. 384 exhibitors from 46 countries participate in the event.
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Minister Angelkova opens the Bulgarian at the biggest tourism exhibition in Israel
2018-02-06T11:52:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, opened the Bulgarian information stand at the IMTM international tourism exhibition – the biggest in the East Mediterranean and Israel. In terms of significance, the forum is among the leading international exchanges in the region, registering a consistent increase in the number of participants, professional visitors and end users. In the course of two days, February 6th and 7th, visitors will be able to look at the offers of dozens of countries. Last year, 1780 exhibitors from 58 countries participated, while the visitors exceeded 27 000, whereof 16 800 were professional audience. Bulgaria is presented by an information stand with an area of nearly 50 sq. m. The main focus is on winter and summer tourism, which are among the most demanded by tourists in the region. Another highlight is the medical spa opportunities, which are often selected as an extra service in recent years. Professionals and amateurs visiting the forum will also be able to become aware of the culture get-to-know tours and entertainment travel offered by Bulgaria.This year, municipalities and companies present themselves, along with the Ministry of Tourism, while interest is growing compared to a year before. Our exhibitors offer niche products – winter and summer vacations, medical spa, and cultural-historical routes. Israel is among the leading markets in international tourist visits to Bulgaria, ranking 12th last year. In 2017 over 200 000 Israeli tourists travelled to our country, registering a 13.7% compared to a year before.
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Minister Angelkova meets Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance, Mohammed al-Jadaan
2018-01-26T10:51:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, talked with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance, Mohammed al-Jadaan, during the Global Economic Forum in Davos. They discussed the investment opportunities and confirmed the agreements reached during the Riyadh visit of the Bulgarian delegation led by the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov. The progress made in the cooperation between the two countries was also discussed.Over 8,4 mil. international tourists visited Bulgaria during the January-November period of last year, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that a 7,3 percent growth was registered, compared to the same period of the year before. Revenues from international tourism amount to BGN 6,6 bil., growing by 9,1 per cent, compared to the January-November period of 2016.Bulgaria also registered one of the most significant GDP growths in Europe - 3,9% on an annual basis for Q3 of 2017, noted the Minister of Tourism, adding that the Ministry is working actively to promote the country as a year-round tourism destination. Another major objective is attraction of investors in tourism. For that reason, the institution created a Map of Investment Projects, which is intensively promoted by the Ministry of Tourism to international investors. The map includes over 30 sites.Opportunities to promote the cultural-historical heritage of Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia were discussed during the meeting. The two countries will exchange experience in regards to a number of marketing projects and advertising in tourism.In October 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism was signed between Republic of Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia. The document’s objective is for the countries to present their tourism potential, encourage mutual investments, support joint tourism and culture events, and actively cooperate on initiatives of international institutions, such as the UN World Tourism Organization.
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Minister Angelkova: We are registering an 60% growth of Portuguese tourists
2018-01-25T14:43:00
We are registering a 60% growth of tourists hailing from Portugal during the January-November period of 2017. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Portugal’s Minister of Economy, who is also responsible for tourism. The two Ministers conversed during the Global Economic Forum held in the Swiss town of Davos. Over 15 000 Portuguese tourists have visited Bulgaria during the first 11 months of last year, indicate NSI stats.The topics of the meeting between Minister Angelkova and the Portuguese Minister of Economy also included the tourism cooperation between Bulgaria and Portugal. They shared the idea that the two countries could build on the good interaction by encouraging participation in tourism fairs, exhibitions, seminars, and events held in the other country, as well as get-to-know visits of media representatives for the purpose of promoting the destinations. It would be useful for us to exchange experience in the area of education and training curricula, as well as information about tourism development programs, which would encourage investments in the sector, stated Minister Angelkova. The two Ministers also discussed the opportunities of Portuguese experts holding trainings in the Centre for Training and Retraining of Tourism Staff, which is currently being set up. Minister Caldeira is expected to visit Bulgaria soon.Single European tourism policies for sustainable economic growth were also discussed during the work meeting. Development of sustainable tourism is a major priority of the Ministry. The government of Bulgaria is creating conditions to attract more investments in the sector and is setting up partnerships, which accelerate tourism development in a safe environment, stated Minister Angelkova, adding that the objective of the Ministry of Tourism is not just to attract more investments in the sector but also to assert and build on Bulgaria’s image as a competitive destination offering a lot of entertainment and recreation year-round.         
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Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with Peter Lochbihler, director of Public Affairs of booking.com
2018-01-25T09:11:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Peter Lochbihler, director of Public Affairs of booking.com, which took place during the Global Economic Forum held in the Swiss town of Davos. The main discussion topics included the investment opportunities in Bulgaria. Minister Angelkova showcased to her interlocutor the advantageous conditions for tourism investments available in our country. An important advantage of Bulgaria in this regard is the low corporate tax rate. Tourism also makes important contribution to the economy, commented the Minister, indicating that revenues in the sector for the first 11 months of 2017 amount to BGN 6,6 bil., the sector’s share in the GDP being nearly 13%.Minister Angelkova and Mr. Lochbihler also commented the opportunities for joint initiatives going forward. She emphasized that the Ministry is working consistently to promote the country as a year-round destination and establish it as a place to visit in all four seasons.We agreed to mutually provide information about unfair competition. Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism will inspect whether all accommodation locations listed on Booking are registered under the Tourism Act, said Minister Angelkova.There are 10 000 Bulgaria accommodation locations in Booking’s network. The website helps on the one hand businesses market their products, while on the other it helps consumers easily search and select where to stay, always relying on genuine information, said the Minister, adding that this makes it easier for people to get to know the world, for businesses to improve their products, and for us to promote Bulgaria as a competitive and interesting destination.Mr. Lochbihler expressed hope that joint projects may be discussed going forward, to stimulate the development of the tourism sector and enhance the recognition of Bulgaria as a destination offering a high-grade tourism product.
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Minister Angelkova: We are working jointly with Turkey on joint tourism products for remote markets
2018-01-22T17:58:00
Nearly 600 000 visitors from our southern neighbour during the January-December period                                                                                                                                    We are working jointly with Turkey on joint tourism products for remote and prospective markets, as well as on the holding of information days of Turkey in Bulgaria and of Bulgaria in Turkey. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, who held a work meeting with His Excellency Hasan Ulusoy, ambassador of Republic of Turkey in our country. The Minister indicated further that get-to-know tours are being planned in our country for Turkish media and tour operators. The purpose of those tours is to introduce the guests to the opportunities for medical and spa tourism, wine-gastronomy tourism, and culture tourism.We are working purposefully to transform Turkey into a year-round tourism market for us, stated the Minister. Turkey ranks 4th in terms of leading tourism markets for Bulgaria. During the January-November period of 2017 nearly 600 000 Turkish tourists came to our country, their number growing by 12,4 per cent, compared to the same period of last year.The Minister also presented to HE Ulusoy the events organized by the Ministry during the presidency of the EU Council. In mid-February there will be a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism, which is themed Tourism and Economic Growth. HE Ulusoy indicated that the meeting will also be attended by the Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Numan Kurtulmuş.The meeting’s topics also included the preparation of the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization. Minister Angelkova extended an invitation to her Turkish counterpart to attend the forum as well.HE Ulusoy emphasized that Bulgaria has wonderful opportunities to market a diverse tourism product, this enable attraction of investments by Turkish companies in Bulgarian summer and winter resorts. HE Ulusoy his preparedness for cooperation and support in the implementation of joint initiatives going forward and stated hope that partnership between the two countries would develop ever more successfully, which would support tourism in the two neighbouring countries.                       
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BGN 6,6 bill. revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria during the January-November period of 2017
2018-01-19T17:12:00
The stats on the revenues from international tourism for the last year are very good, which proves the sector’s sustainable development. Thus commented the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, on the new BNB data that revenues from international visits to the country for the January-November period of 2017 exceed BGN 6,6 bill. a 9,1% growth compared to the same period of 2016.NSI already announced that from the start of 2017 up to November the country was visited by over 8,4 mil. international guests, which is 1 mil. more than its own populace. We are also registering an over 7% growth in the number of international tourists compared to the same period of 2016, which was a record-breaking one in the sector’s history.The achievements are encouraging. We expect 8,7 mil. international tourists for the entire 2017, predicted Minister Angelkova.EU countries remain the biggest international tourism generating market for Bulgaria, with a relative share of nearly 62 per cent and a total volume of some 5,2 mil. visits for the first 11 months of 2017. This amounts to almost 8 per cent growth, compared to the previous year’s same period. The most tourists – over 1 mil. each –visiting during that period have hailed from Greece and Romania. There is growth on most European and non-European markets – Germany - 5% growth, Turkey - 12%, Poland - 8%, Serbia - 5%, UK - 24%, the Ukraine - 15%, Moldova - 17%, Israel - 12%, France - 19%, Italy - 11%, the Netherlands - 23%, Belgium - 35%, USA - 10%, Spain - 37%, Sweden - 35%, Ireland - 19%, etc.  
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Minister Angelkova talks with the EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Entrepreneurship in Venice
2018-01-19T15:18:00
All EU countries are among the top 50 tourists markets for our country Over 61% of international tourists in our country hail from EU countries, indicate stats for the January-November period of last year. In those months they reached 5,182 mil., registering a 7,7 per cent growth, compared to the first 11 months of the previous year. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s. The Minister explained further that the EU member-states are part of the top 50 markets for Bulgaria, with 16 of them being among the top 20. From our perspective, EU countries are very important for tourism development. Apart from generating the major part of our international guests, they also have potential for development going forward, further commented the Minister.The Minister presented to Ms. Bieńkowska the priorities during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, explaining that the presidency is extremely important for tourism, since the country will be in the limelight of European attention. We will demonstrate that Bulgaria is a safe destination, offering a high-grade, diverse tourism product.Minister Angelkova also updated on the progress in the preparation of the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization.Minister Angelkova invited the EU European Commissioner to attend the high-level meeting dedicated to tourism and economic growth. It will be held in mid-February and is part of the calendar of events for Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. An invitation to attend has also been extended to the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and to Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization.The European Commission will use all mechanisms at its disposal to support the sustainable development of tourism both on European and on national level, indicated Commissioner Bieńkowska, adding that Bulgaria’s efforts to establish itself as a year-round tourism destination and contribution towards the sector’s sustainable development on supranational level are being greatly appreciated. The main activities of EC in tourism are diversification and improvement of the range of products and services, development of mobility and worker skills, and implementation of a broad scope of activities to enhance the recognition of Europe as a tourism destination.  
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tourism.government.bg:5458:2018-01-19T15:18:00
Minister Angelkova at the opening of the 2018 EU-China initiative in Venice: Tourism is a driver of prosperity
2018-01-19T13:14:00
Tourism may contribute to the global economy’s growth because it is a leading factor for sustainability. Traditionally, it has been among the main drivers of wellbeing and prosperity for Europe, having been developing at faster pace in recent decades. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the formal opening of the 2018 EU – China Tourism Year initiative. The event’s official guests included Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, and other ministers, politicians, and representatives of businesses and NGO’s from Europe and China.With over 500 million incoming tourists Europe has become one of the leading international tourism destinations. The sector has a 10% in EU’s GDP, with revenues in excess of EUR 340 bill., while it employs 12 per cent of Europe’s workforce, further announced Minister Angelkova, commenting that this initiative is yet another proof of tourism’s role as leader in relations among people.Over 10 mil. Chinese tourists visit Europe each year, with their number forecasted to grow by 5% a year up to 2023. I believe the initiative will put the focus on the abilities of Europe’s tourism market in the preparation of the strategic, long-term promotion of Europe as a destination, indicated Minister Angelkova, stating her belief that the 2018 EU – China Tourism Year initiative will provide a chance to strengthen beneficial cooperation.The Minister announced that Bulgaria will commit to the facilitation of the EU-China dialog in tourism and to the expansion of our joint initiatives in view of the further strengthening of tourism exchange and investments not just in Europe, but worldwide as well. Positive examples of beneficial cooperation are the projects forming part of the famous Silk Road. I believe that the 2018 EU – China Tourism Year initiative is most of all an opportunity to revive it, preserving the basis of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusion, mutual training and benefit. I strongly believe that this can be a major principle in our joint efforts to materialize the untapped potential of our cooperation, she added further.Just a few days before, Bulgaria took over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. We will be working to promote Europe as a leading global destination, stated the Minister, adding that we will be contributing in this aspect to the improvement of the competitiveness and investments in the tourism industry, maintaining and strengthening the political dialog, seeking opportunities to create joint tourism products and projects, and focusing on the sector’s digital transformation. During the presidency, the Ministry of Tourism will arrange 6 events focusing on various aspects of the tourism industry. The first one of these is a meeting of ministers responsible for tourism, which will be dedicated to tourism and economic growth and will be held in less than a month, in mid-February.There are very positive data about Chinese tourists coming to Bulgaria. For the first 11 months of last year they have grown by 43%, exceeding 25 000. In total, the international tourists visiting Bulgaria exceed 8,4 mil., which is 1 mil. more than the country’s populace. The growth registered is 7,3 per cent compared to the January-November period of the year before.   
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tourism.government.bg:5459:2018-01-19T13:14:00
Minister Angelkova before National Geographic: Bulgaria has the potential to be Europe’s spa capital, the EU council presidency is the chance to showcase this
2018-01-18T14:49:00
Our Presidency of the EU Council is a genuine chance for us to present Bulgaria as a unique tourism destination, stated the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in an interview for National Geographic. She said for the globally renowned publication that apart from being a huge responsibility for Bulgaria, the upcoming half year will also be an exceptionally good opportunity to display the country’s nature, culture, traditions, history, innovations, and unique features. Here one can break away from the modern world’s vanity, enjoy authentic millennial traditions, and replenish oneself by the unspoiled nature, but also make use of the comforts of state-of-the art digital opportunities, explained the Minister of Tourism.A number of Ministry of Tourism involvements in public events are scheduled for the coming 6 months. These occasions may bring a large number of tourists and investors to the country, stated Minister Angelkova. Some of the planned events we will take part in include the Vacation & SPA international exposition, an international round table themed Digital Transformation in Tourism“, as well as an international forum on tourism and energy, within the framework of Bulgaria’s presidency of the Danube Strategy.Bulgaria has the potential to become Europe’s spa capital owing to its abundance of mineral water, medicinal clay, and medicinal peat, said Minister Angelkova further, adding that our country ranks second in these natural resources, following Iceland. The hottest geyser on the continent is located in our mountain resort Sapareva Banya. The Ministry of Tourism is working on the setting up of spa and medical spa routes, over 30 municipalities have taken interest in the initiative thus far, added Minister Angelkova.Another topic of discussion was the development of high-end tourism in Bulgaria. To promote the sector, we created a Map of Investment Projects, which includes 30 sites. We are actively promoting the Map to international investors, the Minister explained for National Geographic.Our country is an exceptionally peaceful place to vacation in, the climate here is healthy, and the food is high-grade, natural, and delicious. Bulgaria may offer a huge diversity for all types of tourism, the Minister of Tourism said further.
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tourism.government.bg:5460:2018-01-18T14:49:00
Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with Jose Santos, Argentina’s tourism minister
2018-01-17T17:51:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Jose Santos, Republic of Argentina’s Minister of Tourism. The two conversed during the international exposition FITUR in Madrid, wherein Bulgaria took part with an info stand. Minister Angelkova presented to her counterpart the sector results for the past year, as well as the institution’s upcoming initiatives during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, as well as the more significant events until the year’s end.Coming in slightly more than a month is the first large-scale event organized by the Ministry within the framework of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, said Minister Angelkova, detailing that it will be a meeting of tourism ministers, which is dedicated to tourism and digitalization. The Ministry of Tourism will be involved with a total of 6 events in the presidency calendar, two of these being at summit level. We are also preparing the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia, the Minister explained further, adding that the event will be held jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization.During the meeting the two ministers discussed the opportunities for joint initiatives to support development of tourism in their countries. Republic of Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism and Republic of Argentina’s Minister of Tourism also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in tourism in 2016. The potential cooperation areas for the two countries are development of tourism products and exchange of information and best practices.Minister Santos stated his preparedness for cooperation, as well as support for the implementation of joint initiatives going forward, expressing hope that partnership between the two countries will be developing ever more successfully, which would help the sustainable development of tourism in Bulgaria and Argentina. It was made clear during the discussion that Minister Angelkova will take part in the tourism-related topics during the G20 meeting, which will be held in Argentina this year, in April.Argentinian tourists coming to Bulgaria during the January-November period 2017 are several thousand, growing by over 40 per cent compared to the previous year’s same period.
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Minister Angelkova: Greek tourists in Bulgaria have exceeded 1 million
2018-01-17T15:40:00
Bulgaria is an established tourism destination for Greek tourists. Between January and November of 2017 the number of visitors from our southern neighbour is over 1 mil. Compared to the previous year’s same period, this amounts to over 8% growth. Bulgarians visiting Greece during that period were over 1 250 000, according to NSI stats.This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with her Greek counterpart, Elena Kountoura. The conversation was held during FITUR, the biggest tourism exposition in Spain, in Madrid.The opportunity for joint tourism projects with Greece was discussed during the work meeting. Common products may be created for the sector in the area of cultural-historical, sea, wellness, festival, pilgrimage, and other types of tourism, added Minister Angelkova.Another topic during the conversation was the exchange of experience and best practices in advertising and marketing, which would stimulate tourism in both countries. The participation of Bulgaria and Greece in international fairs, seminars, expositions, and conferences was also discussed during the meeting.Minister Angelkova also put the stress on the implementation of more business initiatives in tourism. Bulgaria created a Map of Investment Projects, which is intensively promoted by the Ministry of Tourism to international investors in the sector. Our main goal is to transform the country into a year-round tourism destination, marketing a high-grade, competitive product.  
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Minister Angelkova opens the Bulgarian stand at the FITUR trade fair in Madrid
2018-01-17T14:23:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, opened the Bulgarian stand at the biggest tourism exposition in Madrid - FITUR. The forum is primarily intended for professionals and is the second most important worldwide, following ITB in Berlin. It is held between 17 - 21 January, the first three days being allocated solely for sector players and meetings among business organizations from various countries. In its last two days it also offers access to individual visitors and tourists.Bulgaria participates with an information stand located at an area of over 80 sq. m., with the main highlight in our showcasing being the country’s natural and cultural landmarks. Visitors and professionals from Spain take interest in the opportunities to see churches and monasteries, as well as natural landmarks. Other in-demand products have to do with adventure tours – rafting, rock climbing, and mountain hiking. Apart from being able to become familiar with the various tourism opportunities in Bulgaria, forum visitors will also be able to try traditional Bulgarian wines during the event’s last two days.During the January-November period of 2017 international tourists coming from Spain to our country grew by over 37 per cent compared to the previous year’s same period to exceed 77 000, said Minister Angelkova during the stand opening. She clarified that the country is among the 30 leading generating markets for Bulgaria, ranking 11th among the EU countries only. Bulgarians traveling to Spain during the January-November period of 2017 were nearly 160 000, registering a 24% compared to the year before.Along with the Ministry of Tourism, 10 companies also feature at the Bulgarian stand, offering travel with mostly cultural-historical focus. This year the interest of businesses in the exposition is on the rise and the number of companies presented is growing. FITUR 2018 is the 38th time the event is held, with Bulgaria being a regular participant. Last year 9700 companies hailing from 165 countries took part in the forum, which was visited by over 240 000 tourism professionals and admirers. This year both participants and visitors are expected to be more.
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Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, talks to Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization
2018-01-16T19:19:00
 The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, who took over leadership of the organization on January 1. The two conversed during one of the biggest tourism fairs, FITUR, which is held in Madrid. Cooperation opportunities between the Ministry of Tourism and UNWTO were discussed during the meeting, as well as future joint project, which will contribute to the sector’s sustainable development.Nearly 8,5 mil. international tourists visited Bulgaria during the January-November period of last year, explained Minister Angelkova, clarifying that a 7,3% growth was registered compared to the same period of the year before, with the number exceeding the country’s populace by 1 mil. Revenues in the tourism sector during the said period amounted to BGN 6,3 bil., growing by 9,2 per cent, compared to the January-November period of 2016.During the meeting the Minister presented Bulgaria’s priorities during the country’s presidency of the EU Council. She explained that this is exceptionally important for tourism because the country will be in the limelight of European attention. It is yet another opportunity to showcase Bulgaria as a safe tourism destination offering a high-grade, 4-season product. Minister Angelkova familiarized Zurab Pololikashvili with the progress in the preparation of the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, to be held in mid-November in Sofia. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization. The name was suggested by the Bulgarian party and has already been approved by UNWTO. CNN’s star anchor, Richard Quest, has been invited as moderator of the event, which has the media support of CNN and National Geographic.Minister Angelkova invited Mr. Pololikashvili to take part in the meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism, which the institution is preparing within the framework of the EU Council Presidency, to be held in February.The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one not only within the country but worldwide as well to launch a service enabling the direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension, Minister Angelkova explained further. She clarified that the service is a joint project of the Ministry of Tourism and iLoveBulgaria. Anyone using Viber on their cell phones in Bulgaria will now be able to obtain information about tourism sites in the country via the direct link between the app and the iLoveBulgaria platform.The Minister informed Zurab Pololikashvili that Bulgaria also opened a direct air service between its capital and Baku. The new flight between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan will enable even more successful development of tourism for both countries, commented the minister, adding that thousands of Azerbaijani tourists visit our country and the direct Sofia-Baku air service will be very beneficial for the growth of their numbers.UNWTO will support the countries both on a national and regional level in initiatives resulting in sustainable development of tourism, stated Mr. Pololikashvili, adding that the organization will continue to promote the principles and the application of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism towards achievement of the sector’s sustainable development goals. Zurab Pololikashvili was unanimously approved for the position of Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization during the organization’s 22nd General Assembly. The organization’s new Secretary-General will be in office during 2018– 2021. FITUR is among the biggest tourism fairs worldwide, being held for the 38th time this year. While primarily intended for sector professionals, it is also open to the general public. Last year 9 700 from 165 countries took part in the forum, which was attended by over 240 000 tourism professionals and admirers.
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Minister Angelkova: The direct Sofia-Baku air service will increase the number of tourists
2018-01-16T13:33:00
The new direct air service between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan will enable even more successful development of tourism for both countries. Thousands of Azerbaijani tourists visit our country and the direct Sofia-Baku air service will undoubtedly increase their number. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, who attended the official opening of the new direct air service, which was agreed between the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and the Azerbaijan president, Ilham Aliev, during the latter’s visit to Bulgaria in 2015.Through the direct travel opportunity for both our countries’ nationals we well be able to deepen our joint initiatives to develop the cultural-historical tourism, medical and spa tourism, wellness- and other types of tourism, added the Minister of Tourism, announcing that this year Bulgaria will be a partner country in the international tourism exposition AITF in Baku, to be held in April for the 17th year running.The Minister of Tourism added that the institution is working actively with its Azerbaijani partners on joint get-to-know tours for reporters and tour operators, which will be held in both countries. I believe the direct Sofia-Baku air service will support the efforts we are making to promote tourism, added Minister Angelkova. She stated her gratitude for the implementation of the project so outstandingly important for our country to the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to the Azerbaijan president, Ilham Aliev, to Her Excellency, Nargiz Gurbanova, Azerbaijan’s ambassador in Bulgaria, to the Minister of Transport, Ivaylo Moskovski, and to all, who made efforts and worked for the opening of the new air service.      
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tourism.government.bg:5465:2018-01-16T13:33:00
Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria reports a 7,3 % growth of international tourists during the January-November 2017 period
2017-12-29T15:56:00
Bulgaria registered a 7,3% growth in the number of international tourists from January to November 2017 compared to the same period of last year, indicate NSI stats. During the year’s first 11 months our country welcomed 8 425 620 international visitors.We welcomed the most tourists from Greece, Romania, Germany, Turkey, Russia, and Macedonia. Over 1 060 000 visitors came from Greece, which is an over 8 per cent growth, compared to the same period of last year. There is an over 12 % increase of tourists from Turkey. On another note, the travelers from Romania were 1 054 170. We welcomed over 853 120 guests from Germany, an over 5% growth, stats indicate further. In November alone, the total number of visits of international tourists in Bulgaria stood at 399 517.„The stats are exceptionally good. If we maintain the pace, we have a genuine chance of exceeding the 9 mil. tourism mark on annual basis. It would be a record and we will be working hard to achieve it“, commented the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, adding that the Ministry of Tourism will remain proactive in transforming Bulgaria into a year-round destination.„The reported that offer an opportunity and create an ambition for us to try to achieve 10 mil. international tourists preferring our country for their vacation or travel in 2018 ", Minister Angelkova indicated further.Revenues from international tourism for the 10 months of 2017 exceed BGN 6.3 billion, according to data of Bulgarian National Bank. A 9.2% growth is registered for the January-October period, compared to the previous year’s same period. In October of this year proceeds from international tourism and travel amounted to nearly BGN 394 mil., a 6,6 per cent compared to October 2016.   
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Interactive video on Ministry of Tourism’s façade promotes Bulgarian places of interest
2017-12-22T16:04:00
Starting this month, the Sofia locals and visitors may obtain various information about the national tourism sites via video materials, photos, and text owing to the innovative concept for integrating digital and outdoor advertising. The founders of the interactive tourism guide about Bulgaria – the ILoveBulgaria platform – have developed a turnkey creative concept to implement the branding project on the Ministry of Tourism’s display windows at 1, Saborna St. Video monitors rotate videos about various Bulgarian places of interest and municipalities. The platform has diverse information about the national tourism sites and promotes our country as a year-round tourism destination.The video materials will be changed regularly so that visitors in Bulgaria’s capital may become aware of the natural and historical landmarks, which are most suitable for visiting during the relevant season. That concept was elaborated under the guidance of Bulgarian sculptor, Prof. Dr. Plamen Bratanov, a leading expert in industrial design and member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists.
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tourism.government.bg:5467:2017-12-22T16:04:00
Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with HE Eric Rubin, US ambassador in our country
2017-12-22T15:37:00
Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Eric Rubin, US ambassador in Bulgaria. The discussion focused mainly on the tools to promote travel between the two countries and on the investment opportunities in Bulgaria. The Minister presented to the guest the annual calendar of events being prepared by the institution for the coming year. One of the first Ministry initiatives is in February 2018, when a meeting of the tourism ministers will be held during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The meeting is one of the highest ranked forums.The second International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism will take place in November as well, announced Minister Angelkova. CNN’s star anchor, Richard Quest, has been invited as moderator of the event, negotiations with him being in advanced stage.We are actively working to promote in the USA the cultural-historical, spa, sea, winter, and other types of tourism one can practice in our country, the Minister added. She indicated that the ministry carried out an advertising campaign in the USA in recent months, with billboards promoting Bulgarian tourism. The boards were placed in New York, Boston, Washington, LA, and Las Vegas, there were online marketing activities as well. We have not had advertising activities in America thus far, while this year we had the opportunity to promote the Bulgarian product in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities in the space of two months, commented the Minister.When advertising Bulgaria, it is good to highlight its nature and the tourism opportunities that enable people to get to know the country, such as ornithology t tourism, recommended HE Eric Rubin. He further noted that it’s necessary to make American tourists aware that Bulgaria is a safe tourism destination.Minister Angelkova stressed her belief in the link between tourism and the film industry as a way to attract more international visitors. She and the diplomat were unanimous that attracting more international film productions would have a beneficial effect on tourism in our country. Minister Angelkova noted that Bulgaria already has a track record in creating blockbuster films starring superstars like Antonio Banderas, Silvestre Stallone, Morgan Freeman, and Jason StathamThe Minister and HE Rubin commented that the opportunity to open a direct flight between Bulgaria and USA would boost the development of tourism between the two countries.Visits of international tourists from the USA during January - October 2017 are nearly 80 000, registering a 10% growth compared to the same period of last year. It is the approximate number of visitors for the entire previous year. This puts the USA among the leading inbound tourism markets for Bulgaria.The data on Bulgarian travel to America also shows growth for the 10 months of 2017. Nearly 20 000 of our compatriots visited the country beyond the ocean, growing by 19,5 per cent compared to the same period of last year. 
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Minister Angelkova: We will work with India to enhance tourist inflow and attract investments
2017-12-18T17:22:00
We will work to promote the opportunities offered by Bulgarian tourism in India in order to increase the number of Indian tourists in our country. This was stated by Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, who held a work meeting with HE, Pooja Kapur, ambassador of India in Bulgaria. The Minister indicated that the Bulgaria promotion activities need a boost. We want to present in India the opportunities for cultural-historical, medical and spa tourism in our country, explained Minister Angelkova. She and Ambassador Kapur also discussed the development potential of film-related tourism in our country. Many Bollywood films with excellent price performance have been shot in Bulgaria. It is a very beneficial undertaking, which positively affects the country’s image and promotion, it needs to continue developing, commented HE Ms. Pooja Kapur.Minister Angelkova also noted our country’s potential to attract investments. Low tax rates are one of Bulgaria’s advantages.HE Ms. Pooja Kapur stated that ways to promote travel of Bulgarians to India should be sought. She indicated that some 25 million of Indian tourists travel abroad annually, with nearly half going to European countries.The opportunity to hold Bulgaria days in India and India days in Bulgaria is being contemplated, it was made clear during the meeting. Arrangements are being made for a get-to-know tour of Indian journalists and business representatives.Minister Angelkova invited her Indian counterpart to participate in the second Congress on World Civilizations, which will be held in November 2018 in Sofia. The Minister also presented the ministry initiatives during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, the first major event being the ministry-level meeting scheduled for February 2018.India is among the leading 50 tourism markets for Bulgaria. During the January-October 2017 period 10 000 more Indians visited our country, a nearly 20 per cent growth compared to the same period of last year. In 2016 their visits stood at 9 900, thus growing by 28% compared to a year before.
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tourism.government.bg:5035:2017-12-18T17:22:00
Minister Angelkova: We are planning to set up a new tourism information centre in China
2017-12-14T20:22:00
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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tourism.government.bg:5036:2017-12-14T20:22:00
Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with the Saudi Arabia ambassador in our country
2017-12-14T19:00:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with HE Mesfer Abdulrahman Al Ghassib, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in our country. The Minister stated before the diplomat the Bulgarian country’s gratitude to His Royal Highness, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and to the heir of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud for the arrangement of the historical visit of the Bulgarian government delegation headed by the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to the kingdom at the end of last month. Those meetings were exceptionally useful and beneficial to us, stated Minister Angelkova.She and the Saudi Arabia ambassador agreed for their respective teams to work actively going forward as well, towards arrangement of the Minister of Tourism‘s visit to the Kingdom in March next year. She received an invitation to visit Riyadh during her meeting with Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who is also the country’s Minister of Tourism. Plans are to earmark specific investment projects during that visit. The Ministry of Tourism is preparing a Saudi Arabia delegation for a visit to Bulgaria in order to become familiar with development opportunities for cultural-historical tourism.„Your visit was a very successful one, on a very high level. We will now work actively to materialize the agreed interactions for the development of tourism, economy, and investment”, commented Saudi Arabia’s ambassador.
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tourism.government.bg:5037:2017-12-14T19:00:00
Ministry of Tourism confers the second Annual Awards in Tourism in 2017
2017-12-13T15:31:00
The Ministry of Tourism conferred the second Annual Awards in Tourism in 2017. This took place during a formal ceremony attended by the Parliament speaker, Tsveta Karayancheva, the Minister of Sport, Krassen Kralev, the Sofia Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova, MP’s, ambassadors, mayors, representatives of businesses, NGO’s, and media. The event was attended by over 300 guests, the hosts being Bulgarian National Television anchors Georgi Lyubenov and Adelina Radeva.The annual awards are a successful and very significant initiative, which recognizes the best and highest quality tourism product, said Minister Angelkova. She added that they are not just identifying the best tourism destination or event but also support the efforts of every region, municipality, or business to promote Bulgaria as a year-round destination.„Our country has capabilities not only for summer- and winter tourism or spa and cultural-historical, tourism but also has nature suitable for extreme and adventure tourism, ecotourism, we can quite simply develop all types. With joint efforts we can present our country as a jewel, as a treasure in four seasons, and expand our basic product. Thus, we will achieve not just annual growth but will transform this trend into sustainability, with tourism becoming one of the leading sectors of the economy“, the Minister indicated further. She announced that this year’s competition was hotly contested, with over 100 000 votes having been cast for the finalists.„I congratulate the winners and all participants. I would like to encourage those, who didn’t take part this year, to do so next year“, stated the Minister.The ceremony commenced with the special award being handed by the Parliament speaker, Tsveta Karayancheva, to the Baba Vida Museum-Fortress, the winner in the Bulgarians’ Choice category. As regards the awards, Karayancheva commented that it is a wonderful initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, which best presents Bulgaria. It is an honour for me to hand the Bulgarians’ Choice special award, the winner being selected from a multitude of other national tourism sites, added the Parliament speaker. Bulgaria is a wonderful country where tourism develops owing to the efforts of the ministry and the government, which identified tourism as a crucial sector, it was also made clear by Karayancheva’s statement. „I welcome the Ministry of Tourism’s initiatives to transform Bulgaria into a year-round destination because we have splendid mountains and sea, wonderful climate, rich cultural-historical heritage and a lot more worth seeing. The Council Presidency is another opportunity to showcase the country“, she stated.The winners in each of the 16 categories received statuettes, which are a stylistic image of the Bulgarian rose and were made by Dimitar Germanov specifically for the ceremony.The Danube Ultra bicycle route won the contest in the Innovation category. The Sofia Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova, handed the award to the company’s representative, Boris Begamov. The creditable second place was taken by Virtual Journey through the Time Tunnel, Bezisten Interactive Museum“ of the Tourism municipal enterprise, Yambol municipality. The appLighthouse application ranked third.The Specialized Tourism category was won by a 5-star chess match beneath the sky, Albena resort. The award has handed by Prof. Atanas Gerdjikov, rector of Sofia University, to Ruslan Yordanov, senior sports manager at Albena AD company. Second place in this category was taken by SENTIDO Marea hotel, Golden Sands resort, with the top three being complemented by the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and Spa Tourism.The Minister of Youth and Sports, Krassen Kralev, handed the award in the Tourism Event category. The winner is the Francofolies festival-Blagoevgrad, the statuette being received by Hristina Shopova, Deputy Mayor of Blagoevgrad. Second place in the category was taken by Prayer for Stara Zagora, with third place going to the Primorsko Pearl national folklore celebrations.Sandandski Municipality is the winner in the Tourism Destination category. The award was handed by Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, to the Sandandski mayor, Kiril Kotev. Second and third places went respectively to Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and Plovdiv Municipality.Iskren Vesselinov, head of the parliamentary committee on regional policy, public works, and local self-government, handed a statuette to the Strelcha Mayor, Stoyno Chanov. He received the prize on behalf of the Rose Festival, which won in the Spirit of Bulgaria category. The top three are also made up of the Dobrudja Dishes festival, Silistra Municipality, and the Ring Dancing to Grape Harvesting folklore festival, Mineralni Bani Municipality.Beglik Tash won in the Tourism Attraction category. The statuette was received by the Primorsko Mayor, Dimitar Germanov, from Petar Kanev, chair of the parliamentary committee on economic policy and tourism. The creditable second place went to Philipopolis Antiquity Theatre, followed by Srebarna Biosphere Park.Plovdiv is the 2017 municipality for cultural-historical tourism. Videlina Gandeva, director of the Tourism municipal enterprise, received the award on behalf of the municipality, the award was handed by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva. The Municipalities of Veliki Preslav and Kazanlak ranked second and third, respectively.Mineralni Bani Municipality won first place in the Municipality for Medical Spa and Spa Tourism category. The statuette was handed by Daniela Saveklieva, deputy chair of the parliamentary committee on economic policy and tourism, to the Mineralni Bani mayor, Myumyun Iskender. The top three are complemented by Velingrad and Strelcha.Sylvia Georgieva, the newly elected executive director of the National Association of Municipalities in Republic of Bulgaria, awarded the Pomorie Mayor, Ivan Alexiev. The statuette was handed to him for wining first place in the 2017 Municipality for Sea Tourism category. Second and third position were respectively taken by Primorsko Municipality and Tsarevo Municipality.Bansko is the 2017 Municipality for Mountain Tourism. The statuette was received by Assen Kiritsov, Deputy Mayor of Bansko, from Vassil Velev, chair of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association. Chepelare and Sapareva Banya ranked second and third in the category.The TV journalism award was received by Zhivko Konstantinov, NOVA TV, who was awarded by Violina Marinova CEO of DSK Bank. Viktor Dimchev, Travel TV, ranked second.Natalia Yordanova from brat-bg.com won in the online media journalism award category, the statuette being handed by Stoyan Stavrev, head of the Management Board of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria. Second place was taken by Vladimir Chugunov, travelbulgaria.news, while Iliana Ivanova, flashnew.bg, ranked third.The print media journalism award was received by Natalia Malcheva, Standard News, from the Yambol Mayor, Georgi Slavov. Rositsa Ilieva, Katya Krasteva from the Tourism  and Recreation magazine ranked second, while Magdalena Kovacheva from Monitor newspaper took third place.Mariela Russeva from Focus Radio won the statuette in the radio journalism award category. The award was handed by Hristo Dimitrov, director of the Balgare dance ensemble. Second place was taken by Petra Taleva, Bulgarian National Radio.The internet blog journalism award was won by Yulia Vukova, time2travel.com, and was handed by Vesselin Vassilev, executive director of iLoveBulgaria. Dario Dionissi, beyondsofia.com, and Marta Ross, mamaenbulgaria.com, ranked second and third, respectively. 
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Ukraine ambassador to Minister Angelkova: Tourism in Bulgaria is developing great
2017-12-07T15:57:00
We are witnessing a very positive change in Bulgaria’s tourism, which is undoubtedly due to the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism. This was stated by the Ukraine ambassador in Bulgaria, HE Mikola Baltazhi, during a work meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. We are observing a steady growth of the number of tourists visiting Bulgaria and of Bulgarian visitors to the Ukraine, revenues from Ukrainian tourists in your country are also on the rise, added Baltazhi.His words were also confirmed by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. She presented to her guest the reported growth of tourist inflow from Ukraine into our country. The total number of visits of Ukrainians in Bulgaria from year’s start to October is 285 697, NSI data indicate. We are registering a 15,4% growth, compared to the same period of last year, said Minister Angelkova. During the winter 2016/2017 season we registered a nearly 24% growth of guests from the Ukraine. „We are hopeful that this year we will not only solidify the results achieved, but also build on them“, added the Minister of Tourism. She also indicated that many Ukrainians are employed in Bulgaria owing to relaxed hiring procedures. Last year amendments to the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act were adopted, enabling issuance of work permits under relaxed terms. In June this year the requirements to the hiring of third-country workers were further relaxed via reduction of the set of required documents. The changes enabled employers in the tourism sector to hire workers in a timely manner. As at July, nearly 2 900 Ukrainians were working in our country. Over a 1 000 staff were employed at the Albena resort alone”, explained Minister Angelkova.She presented to the guest Ministry of Tourism’s plans going forward. Both countries are members of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC). Bulgaria is a coordinator of the Organization’s Task Group for Cooperation in Tourism from July 2016 to July 2018. „I thank you for the impeccable arrangements in this context“, stated Baltazhi.Apart from our active work associated with Bulgaria’s upcoming presidency of the EU Council in 2018, at the end of next year we will also host the second International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism of UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO). „I wish you success. I believe Bulgaria’s presidency will be very successful. Bulgaria has huge potential“, Baltazhi said further.   
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tourism.government.bg:5039:2017-12-07T15:57:00
Minister Angelkova at a business breakfast with the diplomatic corps: 2018 will have key events for Bulgarian tourism
2017-12-05T15:46:00
We are preparing an ambitious calendar of events for next year. Some of them will take place during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, we are also organizing a second edition of the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism. This was said by Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the 5th consecutive Ministry-organized business breakfast with ambassadors in our country. The event was attended by some 50 heads and representatives of diplomatic missions in our country. The Minister explained that the first key summit event will be in February. A meeting of EU member-states ministers focusing on tourism and economic growth will be held then. Apart from that event, the Ministry of Tourism is also working on 5 other events due to take place during the year’s first half, when Bulgaria will be presiding the EU Council.Together with the People’s Republic of China we are also preparing a tourism forum Beijing in April 2018, further announced the Minister, indicating that this is another way to highlight the EU-China 2018 European initiative, which is dedicated to tourism“ (2018 EU-China Tourism Year).Minister Angelkova presented to the heads of diplomatic missions in our country tourism outcomes for the 10 months of 2017. The total international visitors to Bulgaria during the January-October exceeded 8 million, registering a 7,6 per cent growth compared to the same period of last year, said the Minister, further explaining that revenues from international travel  during the January - September period amount to some BGN 6 billion. The growth in revenues is over 9 per cent compared to the same period of last year. During the summer season alone, our country was visited by over 5,3 million international tourists, this being 5,7% more compared to the same period of 2016. As regards the winter season, the Minister stated that it is forecasted to be a successful one as well. Expectations are that incoming visitors will increase by 5-10% compared to the 2016/2017 winter season, when Bulgaria welcomed over 1,42 million international guests.The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one in the world to launch a servicing enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension, Minister Angelkova further told the diplomats. The connection will enable that everything, which is linked or connected to any mobile app and website of iLoveBulgaria, will also be automatically displayed in Viber. Users will be able to find and forward in chat mode photos and info about our national sites. We, the Ministry of Tourism and iLoveBulgaria, are the first in Bulgaria and worldwide, who are able to provide content in Viber’s Chat Extension, Minister Angelkova explained to the ambassadors.HE Ahmed Al-Mabduh thanked Minister Angelkova for the traditional Ministry-organized meeting and commented that it is an amazing initiative, which should be kept going forward as well.„Bulgaria is a popular filmmaking destination. Bollywood films were shot here, making the country popular in India“, said HE Ms. Pooja Kapur, ambassador of India in Bulgaria. She added that it is a very beneficial undertaking positively affecting the country’s image and promotion and that it should keep developing.HE Ljerka Alajbeg, ambassador of Croatia in our country, commented that Croatia is also taking steps to hire third-country workers because her country, similarly to Bulgaria, experiences issues with qualified staff.We should pay more attention to nature preservation, because this is our biggest treasure, recommended HE Marian Gyorchev, ambassador of Republic of Macedonia.The ambassadors also welcomed the Ministry’s initiative to showcase less known tourism destinations to diplomatic corps representatives.Minister Angelkova thanked the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions in our country for their cooperation. You are not only ambassadors of your countries in our country, but also ambassadors of Bulgaria, stated the Minister, adding that she expects good interactions in tourism to continue and that they would always be greeted with open doors at the Ministry.
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Minister Angelkova: For the first time in the world one can use a Viber app to quickly and easily share information about tourism sites in Bulgaria
2017-12-04T15:41:00
The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one worldwide to launch a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension. The service is a joint project of the Ministry of Tourism and iLoveBulgaria. Anyone using Viber on their cell phones in Bulgaria will now be able to obtain information about Bulgarian tourism sites via the direct link between the app and the iLoveBulgaria platform, announced the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. The event was attended by Vesselin Vassilev, CEO of iLoveBulgaria, and Atanas Raykov, Business Development Director of Viber for the Central and Eastern Europe countries and CIS countries, and Telecom Partnerships Director.The link will enable that anything connected or added to a mobile app and website of iLoveBulgaria will also automatically be shown in Viber, announced the Minister. She explained that users will be able to find and forward in chat mode photos and info about our national sites. We, the Ministry of Tourism and iLoveBulgaria, are the first in Bulgaria and worldwide, who are able to provide content in Viber’s Chat Extension, further indicated Minister Angelkova, commenting that digitalization is a major highlight in the 2018 Annual Agenda for National Tourism Advertising.At its launch, the iLoveBulgaria project incorporated the 100 national tourism sites and new places of interest from a number of municipalities, both along our Black Sea coastline and the country’s interior, recollected the Minister. After their QR code is scanned, visitors “end up” among unique tourism routes. Work is now being done on the videos for the sites. Once ready, these will also be available through the Viber chat, explained the Minister.Currently, the platform contains over 250 national tourism sites, with the total locations incorporated in it being over 5000, said Vesselin Vassilev, adding that members of iLoveBulgaria are over 500 organizations, with over 17 000 installations having been reported during the first 10 months following the project launch.Viber users in Bulgaria are over 2 million, while their number worldwide exceeds 900 million, announced Atanas Raykov, explaining that two clicks is all it takes to find a given tourism sites via the new service.Project implementation requires no funding, said Minister Angelkova, explaining that the contract between Viber and iLoveBulgaria is barter-based, whereas the platform provides information about locations, while Viber provides the dissemination channel.Global studies indicate that use and significance of internet are on the rise. 2/3 of tourists traveling for recreation purposes arrange their vacations via internet. Within one year – July 2016 to July 2017 – bookings via mobile device have increased by 37 per cent. Furthermore, 95% of vacationing travellers will read at least 7 recommendations before booking their vacation. Eight out of 10 tourists would prefer personalized routes by tracking their digital profile. In one year alone internet users have increased by 10%, the growth being 21 per cent in social networks.We expect that involvement of digital technology will contribute to the positive development of tourism in the country, the results for the year’s first 10 months being very encouraging, announced Minister Angelkova. She explained that according to NSI data over 8 million international tourists have visited Bulgaria until October, registering a 7,6 per cent growth. We expect the winter season to be successful as well, further commented the Minister. The forecasts predict a 5 to 10 per cent growth in international visitors to our country, their number exceeding 1,4 million last season, thus registering an over 19% increase.BNB data on international tourism revenues are also very good. During the January-September 2017 period proceeds from international tourism and travel amounted to nearly BGN 6 million, the growth being 9,4% compared to the same period of last year. In the summer months of June to September alone, international tourism revenues stood at some BGN 4,5 billion, registering a 7,6 per cent growth compared to the same period of last year.
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Saudi Arabia interested in investing in 5-star hotels in Bulgaria
2017-12-02T12:23:00
Minister Angelkova and Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud agreed specific steps in tourism in Riyadh  Saudi Arabia has interest in investing in 5-star hotels in Bulgaria and wants to take active part in investment in our country. You country has big investment potential not only in tourism but also in all sectors of the economy. This was said to the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Riyadh by His Royal Highness, Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chair of the country’s Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. Minister Angelkova is on a visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a highest level government delegation headed by the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.„We are promoting Bulgaria as an attractive tourism destination”, further stated Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.The Bulgarian minister showcased to the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince a map of tourism investment projects in Bulgaria, focusing specifically on the huge development opportunities for various types of tourism – spa, cultural-historical, medical, and sea. Bulgaria’s advantages as a destination include financial and political stability, and legislation encouraging large-scale investors. Other benefits are the 10% corporate tax rate, 10% income tax rate, 3.4% GDP growth in 2016”, stated Minister Angelkova.„Last year the number of visits by Saudi Arabia nationals in Bulgaria registered a 78% growth compared to 2015. Significant growth in the travel of Bulgarians to the Arab country was also registered“, stated Minister Angelkova, appealing for a boost of bilateral contacts in tourism. The Saudi Arabia Crown Prince and Minister Angelkova shared the idea that both country would benefit significantly from exchange of expertise and information in the sector.Minister Angelkova also reported on the tourism-wise exceptionally successful year for Bulgaria. The number of international tourists in our country surpassed the 8 million boundary this year, as indicated by NSI data current to October 2017. „During the January–October 2017 period the number of visits of international tourists in our country stood at 8 026 103. This amounts to a 7,6% growth compared to the same period of 2016, which was a historically record-breaking one for the sector“, added Minister Angelkova. Our country is increasingly recognizable and preferred as a destination for high-end tourists, she announced.The two countries will encourage various initiatives towards mutual promotion of cultural and historical landmarks. Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria will exchange experience in regards to marketing projects and advertising in tourism. It was also agreed at the meeting to set up task groups for tourism. Representatives of the Arab country will be able to visit Bulgaria and become familiar with our country’s experience in developing the sector.Back in October 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism was signed between Republic of Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia, when Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud came to Bulgaria on a formal visit at the invitation of Minister Angelkova. The document’s purpose is for the countries to showcase the potential opportunities in tourism, encourage mutual investments, support joint tourism and cultural events, and actively cooperate in international institution initiatives, such as UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO).Minister Angelkova invited Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to be involved in the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism under WTO aegis. The forum will be held in Bulgaria in November 14-16 next year.
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Minister Angelkova: A Bulgaria tourism forum in Beijing is being arranged for 2018
2017-12-01T16:35:00
The Minister held a work meeting with the China ambassador in our country to coordinate the large-scale event with EU involvementA high-level tourism forum is being arranged between Bulgaria and the People’s Republic of China, which will be held in Beijing in spring 2018. For that reason, the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting today with HE Zhang Haizhou, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. We are planning to hold the event during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, explained Minister Angelkova, indicating that this is another way to highlight the EU-China 2018 European initiative, which is dedicated to tourism („2018 EU-China Tourism Year“).The intention is for the forum in the Chinese capital to give a significant boost to the development of tourism between the two countries. Bulgaria will also invite to the event representatives of both the European Commission and neighbouring countries, announced Minister Angelkova to her guest. The forum was discussed in Budapest during the 6th meeting of heads of state and government of the Central and Eastern European countries and China („16+1“) last month, where the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, met his China counterpart,  Li Keqiang.The Bulgarian delegation for next year’s forum in Beijing will include representatives of tourism businesses and of all sectors of the economy. The idea is for tour operators in both countries to start actual joint projects. Minister Angelkova and Ambassador Zhang Haizhou also discussed the opportunity for direct flights to be opened between the two countries.Also contemplated is the opening of a Bulgarian tourism information centre in Beijing, further announced Minister Angelkova, explaining that it would be the second one, after the first such centre was opened in September in the financial capital, Shanghai. HE Zhang Haizhou stated that it is a very good idea and recommended that Bulgarian centres cooperate with the local tourism organizations.The Chinese state bestow great significance to bilateral relations in tourism with Bulgaria, said HE Zhang Haizhou. He commented that PRC will take concrete steps to promote our country as a 4-season tourism destination, also noting that an exchange of visits of Bulgarian tour operators to China and of Chinese organizations and tourists в Bulgaria is planned as a part of of the Bulgaria forum preparation.HE Zhang Haizhou committed to assist in future joint initiatives and in the arrangement of joint events in our country and in China. During this year’s first 10 months visits of Chinese tourists to our country were over 24 000, thus registering a 44,5% growth compared to the same period of 2016. Also positive are data about travels of Bulgarians to China. During the January-October 2017 period they grew by 12,7 per cent.
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Ministry of Tourism takes part in a political debate in Brussels on the sector’s future
2017-11-28T20:48:00
Europe is a top tourism destination worldwide, if we wish to preserve that status, we need to tackle a number of challenges – infrastructure, accommodation capacity, qualified human resources, administrative burden, innovations, and digitalization. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, Irena Georgieva, during the political debate entitled The Future of Tourism in EU, which was held today in Brussels by the European Commission. The forum was dedicated to the European Tourism Day.Deputy Minister Georgieva emphasized that the tourism industry is a strategic sector and a source of economic growth and employment. This also holds true for Bulgaria, which welcomed over 8 million international tourists in 2016 – more than its own population.Our government is working actively to modernize infrastructure and have better connectivity with neighbouring countries because this is crucial to the development of tourism and to the promotion of transport on the Danube and in the Black Sea, she said further. The Bulgarian Deputy Minister also announced that in recent years the growing number of international tourists is surpassing the growth in the accommodation facilities’ capacity. Therefore, attraction of more investors from large hotel chains is being encourage for the construction of new facilities, higher-end ones – both for the mass scale winter and summer vacations, as well as for medical spa, medical, cultural-historical, and other types of specialized tourism. The Ministry also set up the interactive I love Bulgaria platform, which has in-depth information about tourism locations in our country and the various services offered by such locations.Irena Georgieva also announced that the Ministry of Tourism is implementing specific actions to overcome the discrepancy between the educational curricula and the actual needs of businesses for qualified tourism staff. The opening of a tourism staff qualification centre is an upcoming event. Amendments to the Tourism Act will also digitalize various administrative services, which will facilitate the activities of tourism businesses, investors, and users, she emphasized.Deputy Minister Georgieva paid specific attention to Bulgaria’s upcoming presidency of the EU Council as of the start of next year. The Ministry of Tourism will organize two summit events during that period – a ministerial meeting on February 13, 2018 - Tourism and Economic Growth – and an international forum dedicated to tourism and energy on May 23, 2018. Furthermore, next year Bulgaria will also preside EU’s Strategy for the Danube Region. On 18 October its annual forum will be held, which is dedicated to economic growth and territorial cohesion.
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The Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Tourism of Macedonia signed a cooperation protocol
2017-11-23T16:49:00
The Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Macedonia signed a cooperation protocol. The document was signed by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, and by Kire Naumov, Deputy Minister of Economy. The signing ceremony took place following the joint government session between Bulgaria and Macedonia.The two countries agreed to encourage the strengthening of cooperation in tourism and work towards boosting the tourist flows to each other. The agreement also envisages support of participation in tourism fairs and other tourism events. The parties will coordinate the dissemination of tourism publications and advertising materials. It is stipulated that Bulgaria and Macedonia are to support each other when participating in conferences, seminars, councils, exhibitions, and other events. It is planned, by virtue of the protocol, that the states promote development of joint tourism products competitive on third tourism markets and advertise and market these jointly. The document states that the parties will support the arrangement of travel tours for third-country experts and media representatives specializing in tourism, as well as cooperate within UN’s World Tourism Organization.Macedonia is among the leading tourism markets for Bulgaria. During the January-September 2017 period more than 413 000 Macedonia nationals travelled to our country, registering a 5,8% growth compared to the same period of 2016. Thus, Macedonia ranks 6th in terms of tourism-generating markets for Bulgaria. Last year over 527 000 visitors came to Bulgaria from the neighbouring country, this being an 11,4 per cent growth compared to a year earlier. Traditionally, Macedonian tourists come to our country to visit the Black Sea resorts but there is also solid interest in winter resorts, such as Bansko, Borovets, and Pamporovo.Bulgarians also travel actively to Macedonia. During the January-September 2017 period more than 319 000 Bulgarians visited the neighbouring country, a 10,7% growth. Throughout 2016 the travel exceeded 360 000, registering a 14 per cent growth. Thus, Macedonia ranks 5th in terms of overseas travel destinations preferred by Bulgarians.
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tourism.government.bg:5045:2017-11-23T16:49:00
The Ministry of Tourism encourages development of new products and destinations for medical and health tourism
2017-11-23T16:20:00
The Ministry of Tourism will continue promoting the sustainable development of new products and destinations for medical and health tourism. Analyses indicate that these types of services are growing on the international market at a rate of 15-20% per year, with the World Tourism Organization identifying them as the most dynamic segment within the sector. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, at the opening of the first conference on Medical and Health Tourism in Bulgaria – State of Play and Development Opportunities, which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Bulgarian Medical Union.Deputy Minister Georgieva emphasized that spa, wellness, and medical spa tourism are playing an increasingly important role in travel and are leaders in the development of Bulgarian health and medical tourism. Spa tourism ranks second in country, after the cultural one, among the specialized tourism types. Bulgaria offers high-quality service by very good professionals at competitive prices, being among the countries with the largest numbers of hospital beds in Europe. We rank second, after Iceland, in terms of mineral water reserves. Combined with liman mud, medicinal peat, numerous herbs, and favourable climate, they may play a part in the prevention and treatment of over 90% of the most common diseases paid for under clinical pathways by the European health insurance funds and covered by retirement funds, it was made clear by Irena Georgieva’s words.With its huge natural resources Bulgaria is staking a serious claim to transform itself into one of Europe’s health hubs, meeting the highest standards. Our attention is mostly focused on users hailing from the Balkans, Eastern and Western Europe, but also on customers from remote prospective markets, whom with attract with the very good price performance of services. According to the updated Strategy for Sustainable Development of Tourism in Bulgaria with a 2030 time horizon, 2/3 of those foreigners practicing spa and medical spa tourism in our country have already visited the country before, 84% consider Bulgaria an attractive destination for this type of tourism, while nearly 60% state complete satisfaction with their stay, further indicated Irena Georgieva. Health tourism is among the priority ones, with a development strategy due to be developed. We are working for the notable presence of Bulgarian health resorts at exhibitions and specialized catalogues of international tour operators, explained the Deputy Minister.She underlined that all these efforts are also attested by the first standalone Ordinance on the Terms and Procedure for the Certification of Medical Spa Centres, Spa Centres, Wellness Centres, and Thallasic Therapy Centres to the Tourism Act. That secondary legislation introduces for the first time the minimum mandatory requirements to such facilities.We are currently developing medical spa and spa destinations for the territory of Bulgaria, with over 30 Municipalities have stated their interest in the initiative. These will be combined and will build on the established 8 cultural-historical destinations and the proposed 12 wine-culinary destinations, she summarized.Involved in the conference were over 20 leaders in medicine and over 100 experts from the tourism and health services in Bulgaria, Austria, Serbia, and Israel. Galinka Pavlova, Deputy Chair of BMA< also took part. Petar Galev, health journalist from Credo Web, was the event moderator.   
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tourism.government.bg:5046:2017-11-23T16:20:00
Bulgaria and Macedonia to work together on the creation of a common Balkan tourism routes
2017-11-23T14:44:00
A task group between Republic of Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia will create a common Balkan tourism route. This was announced during the meeting of the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, with Kocho Angushev, Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia for economic issues. They conversed following the joint government meeting held today in Strumitsa.Minister Angelkova informed that the two-way tourist flow is very good and clarified that Macedonia s among the leading tourism markets for Bulgaria. During the January-September 2017 period more than 413 000 Macedonia nationals travelled to our country, registering a 5,8% growth compared to the same period of 2016. Thus, Macedonia ranks 6th in terms of tourism-generating markets for Bulgaria, explained the Minister. Traditionally, Macedonian tourists come to our country to visit the Black Sea resorts but there is also solid interest in winter resorts, such as Bansko, Borovets, and Pamporovo, it became clear from her statement. You have friends in Macedonia and Bulgaria does have enough to show to its visitors, commented Angushev in turn.As regards the upcoming winter season, Minister Angelkova indicated that we are expecting growth in tourist numbers, with Macedonia being among the major markets sending guests to our country. We have the desire to arrange a joint meeting of Bulgarian and Macedonian mayors of municipalities where our winter resorts are located, stated the Minister, further adding that it would also be good for bilateral discussions to be held between tour operators, who will help to the materialization of the Balkan tourism route. Minister Angelkova explained that innovations in the tourism sector are an important highlight in the Ministry’s work, with our country having been presented with a digital 3D printer during a professional exhibition in London. Bulgaria is also advertised by TV channels, such as CNN and Travel Channel, further stated the Minister.It is also planned to hold Bulgaria days in Macedonia and Macedonia days in Bulgaria. Arrangement of a get-to-know tour is planned for Macedonian journalists and tour operators.
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Minister Angelkova holds a work meeting with Academic Assaf Hadjiev, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC)
2017-11-16T17:06:00
Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Academic Assaf Hadjiev, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC). Discussed during the meeting were the tourism cooperation opportunities. Minister Angelkova presented to Acad. Hadjiev the strong results reported by our country in terms of visits of international tourists. Since the year’s start nearly 7,5 million international guests game to our country, registering a 7,7 per cent growth, explained the Minister. Also positive are the data about tourists from member-states of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC), with PABSEC being a body thereof. During the first nine months of 2017, a total of over 3,5 million visited our country from the Organization’s member-states – Greece, Romania, Azerbaijan, Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and the Ukraine. They have grown by nearly 6%, accounting for nearly half of the incoming tourist flow to our country. Bulgaria is also a PABSEC member.The Ministry of Tourism is a coordinator of the Organization’s Task Group for Cooperation in Tourism, said Minister Angelkova, adding that in that role the country will organize on June 14, 2018 a meeting of OBSEC ministers responsible for tourism. She clarified further that the event will part of the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.Acad. Hadjiev indicated that the Organization is attaching great importance to the tourism sector in the Black Sea region. He announced that in 2018 PABSEC will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its establishment. In this context we are looking for a partner on the part of the Ministry of Tourism to arrange joint events in the sector, further said Acad. Hadjiev.Minister Angelkova and Acad. Hadjiev also discussed the development opportunities for cruise tourism in the Black Sea region.The Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) was established as a result of the fundamental political changes in the late 1980’s when the Black Sea region countries reappeared on the global stage. The region countries’ search for ways to tackle the challenges associated with national development and European integration traced out the road to the joining of their efforts to transform the Black Sea region into a zone of stability and peace. Taking advantage of the geographic proximity and the shared cultural-historical heritage, the region countries accelerated the establishment of bilateral and multilateral relations. 
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tourism.government.bg:5048:2017-11-16T17:06:00
Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and Ural Tourism Association signed a memorandum of cooperation
2017-11-13T17:41:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Executive Director of the Ural Tourism Association (UTA) Mihail Maltsev signed in Moscow a memorandum of cooperation in the field of tourism, hospitality and investments.The ceremony took place in the framework of the working meetings of Minister Angelkova with representatives of the Russian tourism industry.The ministry and the association will partner effectively in the preparation of events in the sector and will have mutual exchange of statistical, advertising and other promotional materials.UTA is one of the lead organizations in tourism in the Russian Federation. The association was founded  in 1996  in Ekaterinburg  and is one of the  most active partners  of the Ministry of Tourism, which  participates on a regular basis in the most significant  tourist exhibition in Ural Federal District  - “Leto” (“Summer”).  In April this year 250 exhibitors took part in the exchange and the visitors exceeded 8 thousand and Bulgaria was a partner country.In the past year our country was visited by over 580 thousand Russian tourists, marking a growth of some 20 per on 2015. Most active were the guests from the Ural region. 
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The Head of Russian tourism Oleg Safonov to Minister Angelkova: The season was good and safe for our tourists
2017-11-13T17:15:00
“Thank you for the good summer season, and it was calm and safe for Russian tourists”, Oleg Safonov, the Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism said during  a working meeting with  the Minister of Tourism Nikololina Angelkova. Safonov stated his belief that achievements in the bilateral relations with Bulgaria will develop further. “We reported an extremely good season. From January to September our country was visited by over 530 thousand Russian tourists”, Minister Angelkova announced the NSI data and thanked the Head of the Russian Tourism for the good partnership.Another major issue of their talks was the possibility for creating joint tourist cruise routes in the Black Sea. Bulgarian-Russian relations in tourism are successfully developing, our joint work yields positive results, Minister Angelkova said and added that a programme for cooperation 2018-2020 is due to be signed. She pointed out that Russia is one of the strategic tourist markets for Bulgaria.  At the Inturmarket exhibition, to be held in March 2018 in Moscow, a round table will be organized having as its main focus the different types of tourism in Bulgaria. We will present to the Russian audience the possibilities for spa and balneological, culinary, wine, child tourism and other options for vacation in Bulgaria.  Minister Angelkova and the Head of Russian Tourism Safonov also discussed the opportunity for organizing a round table to present the potential for exchange of experience in the field of education in the two countries.  Both of them agreed with the idea that the practice of exchanging students between Russia and Bulgaria to enhance the quality of education should be strengthened and further developed.Minister Angelkova invited Oleg Safonov and representatives of the tourist sector of Russia to the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes to the World Tourism Organization, to be held in Sofia on 14-16 November next year.  
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tourism.government.bg:4891:2017-11-13T17:15:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a meeting with the Bulgarian EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
2017-11-10T18:15:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the Bulgarian EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.  During the talks Minister Angelkova presented the initiatives of the ministry relating to the digital advertising in the sector. She explained that the use of IT in our country’s marketing is one of the main priorities in the ministry’s work. One of the latest activities of the ministry was the WTM exhibition in London, which ended several days ago, and the main highlight in the Bulgarian stand was the 3D corner, she noted.  Visitors could see on the spot how a printer produces three-dimension miniatures of famous tourist landmarks of our country, the Minister explained.Our country already has a single platform and mobile application to it, I LoveBulgaria. The platform combines all elements of the tourist sector and was launched last year.  The idea is to enable users to make fast and easy acquaintance with the history of Bulgaria.  Initially the 100 National Tourist Sites were included in it, and the platform is developing and improving, Minister Angelkova said.In order to attract funds in the tourism sector the Ministry developed an investment map, the Minister added. She explained that this is set to facilitate businesses and should guide investors to more promising projects.EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel welcomed the efforts of the Ministry for digitalizing marketing in tourism. She also noted that she supported the work of Minister Angelkova, making possible the use of digital technologies to attract more Bulgarian and foreign tourists.  The EU Commissioner also stated that tourism is one of the lead sectors in the economies of Bulgaria and the EU and therefore it should be developed in order to enjoy the full benefits of all modern technologies.Minister Angelkova and the EU Commissioner Gabriel agreed with the idea to cooperate in the work on future projects.  
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is an excellent place for investments in tourism given its stability and low taxes
2017-11-07T20:44:00
Bulgaria  has a huge potential  to develop  different  types of mass and specialised  tourism and offers  excellent conditions  for investments in the sector, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said  at an investment forum  before her  colleagues  from the participating countries in the international tourism show WTM in London.The Bulgarian government   turned tourism into a national priority and focused seriously on development of tourism infrastructure, she stated.  Our country is becoming a much more attractive place for investment in tourism due to its financial stability and legal framework, fostering large investors.  One of Bulgaria’s advantages is the 10% corporate tax rate and the 10% income tax rate , its political stability, GDP growth of 3.4% for 2016 (fifth place in EU) and second lowest GDP/debt ratio within the Union. Bulgaria is also famous for its fastest internet in Europe, she explained.  Minister Angelkova presented to her colleagues the map of Bulgarian investment projects in tourism, developed by the Ministry. It includes about 30 proposals to investors but their number could grow in the future.  Among the objects of investment are parks, swimming and spa complexes, exhibition centers, etc.Tourism growth in Bulgaria is higher than that in Turkey, Italy and France, according to the data of the World Tourism Barometer of the UN World Tourism Organization. Over the last 5 years  on average Bulgaria has  twice as high growth  in tourist travel  from abroad compared with the EU level  and 7 EUR out of 100 EUR invested in the country  were invested namely in tourism, Minister Angelkova stated.  
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tourism.government.bg:4893:2017-11-07T20:44:00
Bulgaria and Turkey are discussing a joint tourist product for distant markets
2017-11-07T19:20:00
Days of culture will be organized in different Bulgarian cities to present Turkish customs to Bulgarian audience. Similar exhibitions dedicated to Bulgaria and its culture will be organised in different Turkish cities. The joint initiative was discussed by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Numan Kurtumluş, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, at the largest international show for professionals in tourism industry, the World Travel Market, in London.They both agreed with the idea that positive results for promoting the traditions of the two countries can be achieved through joint work. This will not only help increase the tourist flow between the two countries  but will  make it possible to discuss the creation of a joint tourist  product  between Bulgaria and Turkey, targeted at  so-called promising markets.  According to the World Tourism Organization, these are China, Japan, India, the Middle East, the USA, and Canada.  Turkey ranks fifth by the number of tourists who visited Bulgaria in the period January – September 2017. They exceed 485,000, marking a growth of over 12% on the same period of last year, Minister Angelkova said. Bulgarian citizens who visited Turkey in the same period number over 1 million, growing by over 6 per cent. Data indicates that the two countries could have good partnership and build further on their results, Bulgarian Minister of Tourism added. The Ministry of Tourism works actively for attracting more tourists from our neighbour country.  The initiatives include expedition tours for tour operators, launch of internet advertising in the Turkish media, and organizing visits of Turkish journalists to Bulgaria.   
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tourism.government.bg:4895:2017-11-07T19:20:00
Minister Angelkova held a working meeting with Gloria Manzo, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council
2017-11-07T19:05:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with Gloria Manzo, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council. The discussion was held at the Bulgarian stand of the largest international show for professionals in tourism industry, the World Travel Market, in London. Minister Angelkova acquainted Mrs. Manzo with Bulgaria’s positive figures in tourism. From the beginning of the year until September our country was visited by about 7.5 million foreign tourists, marking a growth of 7.7 per cent on the same period last year, the Minister said.  She also announced that revenues from foreigners’ travel to Bulgaria in the period January–August exceed 5.2 billion BGN.The Ministry of Tourism is working consistently in advertising this country so that it becomes an all-year-round destination and to this end we have an annual programme for national tourism advertising, Minister Angelkova said. She also commented that a number of advertising marketing campaigns on target and promising markets are planned for next year. Such projects are set to be implemented on 20 basic markets. Thus tourists will receive up-to-date information about the opportunities in tourism in all seasons.The World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) was found in 1991. Its members include hoteliers, airlines, tour operators and travel agents.  The chief executive officers of over 150 lead world travel companies are part of the Council.  WTTC  works towards raising awareness  of  trips and  tourism as one of the largest sectors in the  world,  which  creates 292 million jobs  and generates 10.2% of global GDP. 
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Minister Angelkova at a discussion organised by lead world media: We want Bulgaria to be associated with its rich cultural heritage
2017-11-07T13:49:00
It is particularly important for Bulgaria to start being associated with its rich cultural heritage. Over 40 thousand artifacts have been found in our country and we rank third in Europe by this heritage.  The monuments of culture date back to the Thracian, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and other periods and have a serious impact on the Bulgarian culture and lifestyle, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova stated at a discussion in London about cultural and historical tourism, organised by National Geographic jointly with TheTimes, The Sunday Times and The Wall Street Journal within the international tourism show WTM.Minister Angelkova drew attention to the single interactive platform with the mobile application I Love Bulgaria, developed by the Ministry, which combines all elements of the tourist sector – attractions, accommodation, food and drink establishments, accompanying services, etc. It includes the 100 national tourist sites, supplemented by new attractions in the regions.  By scanning the QR code of each national site information and visualization of its 3D image will be provided.We have developed 8 cultural and historical destinations. They are published on the website of the Ministry and from them tourists will be able to get information about all cultural and historic   sites in a given destination. This proved to be a good and workable practice and thanks to it the number of visitors to such places has significantly increased, Minister Angelkova clarified.She also noted that Bulgaria has a huge potential to develop not only  traditional and mass  types of tourism  in summer and winter, but many other specialized  services in the sector – cultural, balneological and spa,  wellness, eco and rural, mountain,  adventure, hunting, golf tourism, etc. Among the new forms are sport and culinary tourism which also attract many visitors.  In regard to sport tourism Minister Angelkova added that the country is actively preparing for the winter season.  High interest is expected in the competitions for the Snowboard World Cup in January 2018, which will be held for the second d time in Bansko – one of the lead destinations for mountain tourism. We have the potential and the necessary facilities to host other big sport fora, e.g.  rhythmic gymnastics, tennis, volley ball.The most recent project of the Ministry of Tourism is connected with culinary tourism, implemented jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.  It includes development of 12 wine and cultural destinations covering the entire territory of the country. They present traditional food and drinks for a given region and show nearby tourist attractions. At present they are being discussed with industry organizations and local authorities. We expect that by mid-2018 these destinations will be finalized and after that they will be digitalized, which is our pro-active policy on overall advertising of the country as a country of four seasons, Minister Angelkova stated at the discussion.
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Bulgaria and Montenegro make a plan for exchange of expertise in tourism
2017-11-06T19:05:00
Bulgaria and Montenegro will jointly prepare аn action plan for exchange of expertise in tourism.  The document will be drawn up and is set to be adopted by the two countries in March 2018. This became clear at the meeting between the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Pavle Radulovic, Minister of Tourism of Montenegro. The two ministers discussed joint initiatives at the largest international show for professionals in tourism industry, the World Travel Market, in London.The action plan will be drawn up by a working group in which representatives of the two ministries will take part. The goals will be based on the Agreement on Cooperation in Tourism between Bulgaria and Montenegro, which was signed in June 2016.The document focuses on strengthening the contacts and development of bilateral tourist relations. Actions will be taken for better presentation of cultural and historic traditions and for facilitating the procedures for exchange of tourists between Bulgaria and Monte Negro. The two countries will promote  cooperation in various areas regarding tourist sector human resources training, will contribute to bilateral participation in international  exhibitions, fairs,  conferences,  and workshops,  other international advertising, information and  scientific tourist  events.The Minister of Tourism of Montenegro declared its country’s readiness to familiarize with good practices applied by Bulgaria in the field of investments.  The Ministry of Tourism created an investment map, including about 30 projects.  The aim is to promote it to foreign investors, to foster and facilitate investments in the sector.In addition, Radulovic was interested in the good practices our country applies in winter tourism. “The 2016/2017 Season was the most successful for tourism since the country’s accession to the European Union.  The total number of foreign tourists’ visits was 1.476 million, reaching a growth of 19.6%. Our expectations are that in the upcoming season these results will be preserved, further improved and we would be able to witness a sustainable development”, Minister Angelkova said. 
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Minister Angelkova: Greece is number one generating tourist market for Bulgaria
2017-11-06T17:47:00
Greece is the top generating tourist market in Bulgaria from January to September this year.  Our country was visited by about 900 thousand Greeks, marking an increase by over 10%, Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova announced at her meeting with her Greek colleague Elena Kountoura at the Bulgarian stand during the international show WTM in London.  In 2016, Bulgaria was visited by 1 million Greek citizens, marking an increase of 9.7 % on the previous year. Thus our Southern neighbour ranks second by number of visits.  Greece is also a lead market for travel abroad of Bulgarians, Minister Angelkova said.  She explained that last year Greece was visited by over 1.2 million Bulgarians, up by 15.1 per cent.During the meeting ministers Angelkova and Kountoura discussed various joint initiatives.  Discussed were the possibilities for a joint tourist product or destination, to be used for promoting the region to distant and promising markets like China.As regards joint projects between Greece and Bulgaria in the field of tourism, a programme with horizon in 2018 has been adopted.  It includes exchange of information about exhibitions in the two countries, cooperation in winter, congress, religious, cultural and historic tourism and other types of tourism.  The document provides for support of the private sector and possibilities for investment and public-private partnership.  The responsible ministers agreed on setting up a working group of experts who will work for greater interaction between Sofia and Athens in tourism.  
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Minister Angelkova met with the Minister of Tourism of Indonesia at the Bulgarian stand of the largest show WTM in London
2017-11-06T17:18:00
The Minister Angelkova talked with Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism of Indonesia. The meeting was held at the Bulgarian stand of the largest show for professionals in tourism WTM in London.  A key focus of the discussion was the exchange of expertise in investment and summer tourism. For the first 9 months since the beginning of the year we report an increase of over 26% visitors from Indonesia to our country.  Also positive is the data on 2016 when there was a growth in tourists from the island country by 21.3 per cent, the Bulgarian minister announced.She added that our country offers opportunities for different types of tourism such as cultural and historic, winter, balneological and spa tourism based on over 600 types of mineral springs, gourmet, rural tourism which would meet the taste and demands of Indonesian tourists. In order to promote Asian culture in Bulgaria the first Asian festival was held in Bulgaria this summer.   It was organized by 13 diplomatic missions, including the Embassy of Indonesia, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism.During the meeting in London the two ministers also discussed the opportunities for implementation of investment projects. Increasing investments in tourism is one of the key priorities in the ministry’s work, Minister Angelkova explained.  A Map of Investment Projects in Tourism has already been developed, which is available on the website of the ministry. The sector plays a growing role in Bulgaria’s economic development, as evident from the number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria and the steadily increasing revenues. For the first 9 months of the year foreign tourists in Bulgaria have increased by 7.7 % and account for some 7.5 million.  Revenues from international trips in the period January-August exceed BGN 5.2 billion, up by some 10%. In 2016, the sector and related economic activities in our country accounted for BGN 11.6 billion, contributing to about 13% of the country’s gross domestic product.  
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Minister Angelkova opened the Bulgarian stand at WTM show in London
2017-11-06T17:11:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova opened the Bulgarian national stand at the international tourist show WTM in London – the biggest show in the world for professionals. At the exchange, which is held from 6 to 8 November 2017, over 70 ministers of tourism from different countries are expected to take part.  Bulgaria is presented in the UK capital with a national stand of nearly 300 sq.m. , including  16 travel companies and  municipalities  from the country. They reveal its potential as an all-year-round destination with a focus on cultural and historic, sea, balneological and spa, winter and ski tourism. Presented in the overall image of the country are also other forms of specialized services – eco and rural, wine and gourmet, congress and event tourism, golf, hunting, adventure tourism.The visitors are highly interested in the Bulgarian stand. Among the main attractions in it is the 3D digital corner, which is a joint initiative for promoting cultural tourism between students from the University of Ruse and the Ministry of Tourism.  The printer reproduces miniatures of famous tourist attractions in the country, which can be received on the spot.  They include well-known fortresses, monasteries and churches, monuments, natural phenomena. “The project  is already  effective  and  is a successful product of  our cooperation  with the academic community  and it illustrates  part of the huge  cultural heritage  of our country”,  Minister Angelkova stated.   Within the show is also presented the internet platform with mobile application I loveBulgaria, which is part of the plan for digitalization of the marketing and advertising policy of the ministry.  The development, which started last year, covers the 100 national tourist sites and new landmarks from many municipalities along the Black Sea coast and the country’s interior.  After scanning their QR code the visitor finds himself in unique tourist routes.Installed at the stand is also a touch screen with access to the official tourist portal in Bulgaria via which visitors can get visual information on the specific site or landmark.  They can use VR glasses to get real panoramic image of the sites and also receive a small souvenir.Among the curious attractions at the Bulgarian stand is an authentic loom used to weave the famous Chiprovtsi kilimi (carpets) – world cultural heritage under the auspices of UNESCO.  Every visitor may sit at a smaller loom and try to arrange the colours themselves.  Every day there are tastings of selected Bulgarian wines and culinary specialties and traditional Bulgarian folk dances will be played at the end of the show. 
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Minister Angelkova talked in London with Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization
2017-11-06T12:43:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO).  They discussed topical issues for the sector at the biggest international show for professionals in tourist industry, the World Travel Market in London.The focus in the talks was the upcoming second joint event with the organization in Bulgaria – the WTO International Congress of World Civilisations and Ancient Routes. It will be held in Bulgaria in the period 14-16 November next year. “2018 is the European year of cultural heritage, which makes relevant the focus we want to place on cultural and historic tourism”, Minister Angelkova said. “We hope that all ministers of tourism of the countries which are members of WTO will be present and for moderator of the congress we invited the famous CNN anchor Richard Quest”, Minister Angelkova said to Taleb Rifai.In addition, she talked with the WTO Secretary General about the development of domestic tourism in Bulgaria. “For us it is extremely important to encourage and promote this type of tourism.  Our active work yields positive outcomes both in domestic tourism and in terms of guests from other countries”, Minister Angelkova said and supported her statements with official statistical data.  Until September this year the total number of visits by foreign tourists to Bulgaria is 7 492 630. This is an increase of some 8 per cent on the same period last year.  In high season summer months from June to September over 5.3 million foreign tourists visited our country. The increase is 5.7%, Minister Angelkova added and stated that the Ministry of Tourism has been already actively preparing the next summer season and 5-star hotels are already booked for summer 2018. “We are conducting negotiations with global tour operators including TUI, Thomas Cook, and DER Touristik to have a good basis for the next summer season”, Minister Angelkova added and noted that according to data of the Bulgarian National Bank, revenues from international tourism for the first 8 months amount to BGN 5.2 billion. 
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Minister Angelkova: Tourists from Japan have increased by over 11% since the beginning of the year
2017-11-03T18:40:00
Japanese tourists who visited Bulgaria in the period January-September mark an increase of some 11% compared with the same period last year, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said during her meeting with H.E.  Masato Watanabe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Bulgaria.  She clarified that this makes Japan one of the top 50 generating markets for Bulgarian tourism.  She also specified that the Rose Festival is one of the most demanded and visited events in our country by Japanese guests. In addition, about 3500 Bulgarians visited Japan in the first 9 months of the year, marking an increase of over 60 per cent compared with the same period a year ago.Minister Angelkova also stated that a special marketing campaign of the Japanese market is set to be prepared aimed at increasing the number of tourists between the two countries.  Journalist exploratory tours are planned, which should contribute to the promotion of Bulgaria among Japanese tourists.At the meeting, the Minister informed H.E.  Masato Watanabe of the initiatives of the ministry during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. She specified that 6 major events are planned and invited representatives of Japan to take part, where appropriate.  Minister Angelkova extended an invitation for participation in the second congress of civilisations. Active preparation is underway and it is set to be held at the end of 2018, the Minister explained.Opera tourism is a niche that could be developed by Bulgaria, H.E. Masato Watanabe said. He explained that Bulgarian performers of classical music often visit his country and are very popular and liked. In his view, Bulgaria could be advertised for these products and attract visitors travelling for opera events.H.E. Masato Watanabe took the commitment to work jointly with Minister Angelkova to increase tourist flow. He stated that for the accomplishment of these goal joint events and initiatives could be organised.
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Bulgaria with innovative tourist advertising at the international show in London, which is developed by students
2017-10-31T14:59:00
The Ministry of tourism and the University of Ruse signed an agreement on cooperation in digital technologies  Digitalisation and implementation of new technologies are among the main priorities of the Ministry of Tourism in its advertising and marketing policy. We will promote our country in an innovative way so as to make it more competitive and sought as an all-year-round destination, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova stated during her visit to the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” where she congratulated students and faculty on the National Enlighteners’ Day.She signed with the rector of the higher school Prof.  Velizara Pencheva a framework agreement on cooperation, which focuses on development and use of modern technologies for visualization of advertisement in tourism.As a result of this partnership students from Ruse will take part in the first digital corner at the Bulgarian stand at the international travel show WTM in London this November.  Through the implementation of the joint project 3D souvenirs of Bulgarian tourist landmarks and attractions will be created on the spot and offered to visitors.  These include some Danube fortresses, the Rila Monastery, the Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, etc.Introduction of more digital technologies is set out in the Annual Programme for National Tourist Advertising and we will actively work in that direction with the EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, as became clear from the Minister’s words. The initiative for the digital corner is aimed at promoting the cultural and historic richness of Bulgaria.  It will elaborate the single platform with mobile application I love Bulgaria, created by the Ministry in 2016, which combines all elements of the tourist sector – landmarks, accommodation, food and drinks establishments, accompanying services, etc., Minister Angelkova specified.  It includes the 100 national tourist sites.  By scanning the QR code of each national site information and visualization of its 3D image will be provided.At her meeting with the academic community of the University of Ruse Minister Angelkova pointed out that education is a priority in the governance programme of the government.  She noted that the sector relies very much on the quality training of personnel for tourism, as good services and Bulgaria’s image depend on them.Minister Angelkova also reminded that Ruse is part of the 12 wine and culinary destinations in Bulgaria, the new and joint initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.  Destination Mizia includes not only tourist attractions in the region but also its typical wines and traditional meals. 
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Minister Angelkova talked with H.E. Nargiz Gurbanova, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria
2017-10-27T20:33:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with H.E.  Nargiz Gurbanova, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria. During the meeting joint information tours were discussed, to be held in the two countries.  Minister Angelkova explained that work for their preparation is underway and they are set to be implemented next year.  In support of the project will be the expected opening of a direct flight line between Sofia and Baku. H.E.  Gurbanova announced that the preparation of the line is at the final stage and it should be a fact as early as January next year.The Minister of Tourism announced that work is being done on the second congress on civilizations  which is to be held in Sofia  at the end of 2018 and Mr. Abulfaz Garaev, the Minister of Culture and  Tourism of Azerbaijan, is also invited.  She added that as moderator of the event is invited CNN anchor Richard Quest and negotiations are well advanced. Minister Angelkova presented to her guest the events to be organized by the Ministry during the Presidency of the Council of EU.  One of them will be held within the exhibition “Vacation and SPA” and non-EU ministries will be able to take part, Minister Angelkova clarified.   Opportunities for joint initiatives in qualification and re-qualification of staff were also discussed at the meeting.
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Minister Angelkova: We present a project for 12 wine and culinary destinations to the tourist and agriculture industries
2017-10-23T15:51:00
We present an idea for 12 wine and culinary destinations, part of the project “Share about Bulgaria”, which is developed jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova who together with Minister Rumen Porozhanov officially presented the destinations to the tourist and agriculture industries.  The Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva and Krasimir Koev, Executive Director of the Vine and Wine Executive Agency also took part in the presentation. For the development of the project we chose to present 12 wine and culinary destinations and this is not by chance because they correspond to the months of the year, Minister Angelkova said. She specified that that they include both traditional wines and typical cuisine for the region in combination with about 50 municipalities and about 100 tourist sites.  She also commented that it is important to incorporate wine and cuisine in the country’s tourist product as they are part of the overall experience of the tourists.The 12 wine and culinary destinations we present today are not final and they are the basis on which to discuss until completion of the final project, the Minister said. The information will be published on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism so that everyone who wishes to familiarise with them could give an opinion or suggestion, within the period of their discussion.The next stage of the project will be to discuss the destinations with the tourist industry.  6 round tables in the country are being prepared to present the destinations in detail to the local businesses, organizations and municipalities. We expect to receive detailed opinions from businesses and to supplement and elaborate our proposals, Minister Angelkova stated. She also added that the final wine and culinary destinations are to be announced in mid-2018.  After that they will be digitalized and uploaded on the website of the Ministry.  We have an idea to include them in the future in the platform “I loveBulgaria”, which was created last year and advertises the 100 national tourist sites, the Minister said.The initiative “Share about Bulgaria” could help develop and promote so-called slow tourism, Minister Angelkova said.  She specified that its concept involves preservation of traditions and culture, focusing on local food and regional customs.  In her words, they could keep tourists informed about traditional food and wines in the regions.  By facilitating municipalities to promote the new wine and culinary destinations we expect more tourists to head for the interior of the country. This will contribute to reinforcing Bulgaria as a four-season destination and will have a positive impact on the development of many municipalities not only in terms of their tourism but also to impact the economy of the country, the Minister stated.We expect the initiative to foster the development of the season wings, Minister Angelkova informed.  In her words, figures on this year show that the excellent performance of the past year will be exceeded. For the first eight months  of 2017 the total  number of visits  of foreign tourists  to Bulgaria  is over 6.5 million  and  the growth on the period  January-August  2016  is  about 8%.In the high summer season the total number of visits of foreign tourists exceeds 4.3 million, marking an increase of 5.6% as compared with the same period a year ago.  The Ministry’s forecast is for the period June-September this year the total number of foreign tourists to reach about 5.3 million, up by 6 per cent on the same months of past year, Minister Angelkova announced.  She specified that the final data will be available at the end of the week, to be released by the National Statistical Institute (NSI).Receipts from international tourism are growing even faster, the BNB information shows, Minister Angelkova said.  In her view, in the period January–August revenues from international tourism amount to BGN 5.2 billion, marking a growth of some 10% on the same period last year.  Only in the summer months from June to August the revenues account for BGN 3.7 billion, marking an increase of 8 per cent compared with the same months of the last year.Wine and culinary destinations will be also very important for Bulgarian producers, Rumen Porozhanov, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry said. He commented that we have unique local wines which will reach more consumers, including foreigners.  He added that we have wine production traditions which are thousands of years old and wine production is developing as a modern industry and many wine houses and testing centers are built near tourist attractions.  This is a prerequisite for packing them in a common product. Minister Porozhanov announced that Bulgaria has registered 54 wines with protected indications on European level, which ranks it 8th in the EU by products with protected indications and this is consistent with its competitiveness and access to new markets.The event was attended by a delegation from the Chinese region of Shansi which came to Bulgaria to meet with Bulgarian travel companies.  
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The Head of Russian tourism to Minister Angelkova: Thank you for your cooperation
2017-10-11T14:08:00
I would like to express my gratitude for our cooperation, reads an official letter from the Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia Oleg Safonov to Minister Nikolina Angelkova.  The occasion is the completion of the high summer season 2017.“Your involvement and active participation helped find the necessary operative solutions in the name of the tourists”, Safonov emphasized to the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism.  “As a result, the season has successfully ended”, he underscored.The Head of Russian tourism assures that his team appreciates the close and good relations between the sector institutions of the two countries. The Federal Agency “strives to preserve and develop our cooperation, as well as the new projects and initiatives in tourism, which will be in the interest of our citizens”, Oleg Safonov’s letter concluded.
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Minister Nikolina Angelkova met with Benedetto Della Vedova, Deputy Minister of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2017-10-10T15:57:00
Italy is among the major target tourism markets for Bulgaria. We are working consistently and purposefully to attract an ever increasing number of visitors. This was stated by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova during her meeting with Benedetto Della Vedova, Deputy Minister of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and HE Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy in Sofia. During the discussion Minister Angelkova presented the main event being prepared by the institution, which will be incorporated into the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.We expect the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, to be part of the Ministerial meeting, which will be held in February next year, Minister Angelkova stated. She also added that another interesting event wherein the country may become involved is on the theme of tourism and energy, it will be held within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in May next year.Minister Angelkova further noted that the two countries have very good relations in tourism, with the country welcoming an ever growing number of guests from Italy. According to stats for the January-August period, Italian tourists in our country exceeded 114 000, a growth of over 20% compared to the same period of last year. In August alone the growth stood at 21 percent, meaning that over 22 000 Italians came to Bulgaria. They travel throughout the country, visiting both the seaside and the cultural-historical sites, Minister Angelkova explained in response to Mr. Vedova’s question about what places are being visited in Bulgaria by guests from Italy. Italians have been seeking new destinations and changing their travel itineraries in recent years, Benedetto Della Vedova commented.Joint activities between Plovdiv and the Italian city of Matera were also commented on during the meeting. The two cities have been declared Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2019.
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We are making a roadmap to align our tourism events with Russia
2017-10-06T17:37:00
We are working on a roadmap to align the main tourism events of Bulgaria and Russia, we are coordinating our programs so that tour operators and tourists from one country may be aware with the other country’s scheduled tourism events so as to direct tourists to those events. This idea was shared by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Milko Teofilov, and Olga Yarilova – Director of the Department for Tourism and Regional Policy at Russia’s Ministry of Culture. The two are leading both countries’ delegations at the forum entitled Spiritual and Historical-Patriotic Routes in Russia and Bulgaria, which is being held at the “Sv. Konstantin I Elena” resort. Four-season tourism can be achieved through such actions, the Deputy Minister commented further.We will be glad to even rearrange our calendar so that it fits the Bulgarian one, Olga Yarilova said. In order for everyone in the tourism business in Russia to be informed about tourism opportunities in Bulgaria, we will use our tourism information centres, she stated further, clarifying that an appendix dedicated specifically to Bulgaria could be created. The Russian Federation has a program for the exchange of students and practices, which is one of the ways to handle the issue of staff shortages during the active summer season in Bulgaria, Yarilova stated. According to her, it is a unique opportunity for students to get practical experience at Bulgarian resorts, while Bulgarian businesses would get trained, Russian-speaking staff. We may table a staff exchange proposal to Bulgaria, Yarilova said, adding that there are Russian universities, which will gladly send their best trainees to our country.For the purpose of better cooperation and increased flow of tourists between Bulgaria and the Russian Federation thematic meetings with tourism businesses are being contemplated, as well as regional level discussions, in order to create very expanded connections. Later on, during the presentations of Russian and Bulgarian regions, Teofilov and Yarilova also discussed the opportunity of Bulgarian children being included in the Russian Federation’s program Get to Know Russia, within which child groups from Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, and Greece travel through Russia. Olga Yarilova shared that having seen Bulgaria’s beauty and wonderful sea, the first thing she would do upon her return home would be to recommend Bulgaria to her children and relatives. Pilgrimage itineraries and cultural-historical itineraries of Russia and Bulgaria were presented during the forum held near Varna, with the participation of representatives of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. One of the forum’s messages was that religious tourism is a way to expand the interest of Russians in the Bulgarian sea and skiing to year-round tours. An agreement was signed during the event at the “Sv. Konstantin I Elena” resort between the Bulgarian Association of Travel Agents and the Russia Union of Travel Industry, as well as a Cooperation Agreement between the Government Autonomous Authority of the Tumen area and the Bourgas Regional Tourism Association.  
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Taleb Rifai, WTO’s Secretary General: Congratulations, this was the best summer season for Bulgaria
2017-10-06T17:09:00
Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO), congratulated in a letter the Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, on the achievements of Bulgarian tourism. „Given the 7,9% growth of international tourists visiting your country between January and August 2017, and especially the 8,1% increase in revenues generated from tourists, we are gladly registering Bulgaria’s best summer season during the last decade“, WTO’s Secretary General wrote to Minister Angelkova. Mr. Rifai indicated that such results build on the previous significant achievement of a 10% increase in the number of international tourists visiting Bulgaria in 2016, which has positioned the country as one of the most frequently visited destinations, with its growth exceeding nearly threefold the average growth for the region.In his letter WTO’s Secretary General has also stated his position that Bulgaria’s performance is a result of the commitment of Minister Angelkova and her team in the sector, transforming it into a pillar of socio-economic development. „We had the opportunity to witness that commitment last December, during the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism, which was held in Sofia“, Mr. Rifai adds, stating his gratitude to the Ministry of Tourism’s support to the WTO’s work.„We confirm our organization’s support to your work and to the sustainable development of tourism in Bulgaria“, Mr. Rifai writes further.
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The Association of Tour Operators of Russia is grateful for the successful partnership with the Ministry of Tourism
2017-10-05T14:51:00
On behalf of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) and her members, we hereby state sincere appreciation and gratitude for the productive and effective activities in the strengthening of ties in tourism between Bulgaria and Russia. This is communicated in a letter from ATOR to the Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, as signed by the Association’s CEO, Maya Lomidze.The letter further highlights that with the Ministry’s support Republic of Bulgaria’s national representative office for tourism has held in the Russian Federation a number of events aimed at developing the cooperation among Russian tour operators, Bulgarian businesses, and tourism authorities in the country. Bilateral meetings are held on a regular basis, discussing the current situation, exchanging opinions and proposals on how to strengthen mutual cooperation, ATOR’s CEO writes further.Maya Lomidze put the emphasis on the Ministry’s contribution and efficient information work, which was targeted not only on the end Russian users of Bulgarian tourism products, but also on the tour operators and travel agents in Russia. The Ministry’s activities help towards expanding the scope of proposals for the Russian players on the tourism market, for the Bulgaria direction, as well as for the significant expediency in resolving any issues arising during the season.We would particularly like to acknowledge the important role played by the Ministry in the solving of the issues caused by the cancellation of flights of the VIM-Avia airline in June this year. We appreciate your help and the efforts spent in resolving that situation. We are hopeful that this very fruitful cooperation of Russian tourism businesses and the Ministry of Tourism, under your leadership, will continue going forward as well, concludes the letter to Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova spoke in the European Parliament about the future of tourism
2017-09-27T19:47:00
The Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, was invited by the European Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, to share, during the summit conference held in Brussels, her vision for the future of European tourism.The Brussels forum convened for the celebration of the World Tourism Day 27th of September EC commissioners, members of the European Parliament, ministers, and representatives of leading companies in the sector, so that they may tell what directions European tourism is to develop to over the next 20 or 30 years, and how to create jobs through it.The conference was opened by the European Parliament’s very President, Tajani. The Bulgarian minister was one of the few to be invited to speak before Europe’s elite.In 2016 Bulgaria was visited by 8.2 mln. international tourists, a 17% growth, with revenues amounting to EUR 3.2 bln., Minister Angelkova said. Tourism is a priority for the Bulgarian government. The ministry’s objective is to now attract investors for the highest-grade hotels in the sector. We are creating investment incentives not only for the popular summer and winter resorts but also for the development of the cultural-historical, SPA and health tourism in Bulgaria. Our country is blessed with many diverse tourism opportunities, Minister Angelkova categorically stated before the participants from all over Europe.The Bulgarian minister noted that within the framework of our presidency of the EU Council in 2018 the country will organize two higher-level forums on tourism. Over 98 000 are employed in tourism in Bulgaria. Over 360 000 are employed in the tourism-connected sectors, the Minister said. That amounts to over 11.9 of all employed in the country.The conference in Brussels was also attended by the leaders of UN’s World Tourism Organization, UNESCO, and many others.
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Minister Angelkova held talks in Brussels with Lowri Evans, head of a Directorate General of the European Commission
2017-09-27T19:13:00
The Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, held talks in Brussels with Mrs. Lowri Evans, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s in the EC. The Bulgarian minister presented to her our tourism initiatives in an international perspective, highlighting the two high-level meetings on tourism to be held in February and May 2018, which have been scheduled for Bulgaria within the framework of the country’s presidency of the EU in 2018.Mrs. Evans stated her preparedness to arrive in Sofia for those events once their finalized dates are officially confirmed. She also communicated EC’s support for Sofia hosting for the second year running the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism, which will be held in late October or November 2018, with CNN’s star anchor Richard Quest having been invited as moderator.Minister Angelkova also familiarized the meeting’s host with the expected inter-state level meetings on development of tourism along the Danube river, as well as with the tourism opportunities at the Black Sea. The Bulgarian minister also received recognition for the created I Love Bulgaria portal, which develops culture tourism in Bulgarian municipalities and creates incentives for pupils to visit museums and become familiar with our history and culture. The EC representative also congratulated the Ministry of Tourism on the established annual awards in tourism, which promote competition in tourism among municipalities, media, websites, tourism attractions, etc.Angelkova and Evans were unanimous that one strong incentive for European tourism’s development will be its opening to remote markets, China in particular. Minister Angelkova is in Brussels at the invitation of the European Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, to state her position at a summit conference for the future of tourism.
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Minister Angelkova: Tourism is among the most dynamically developing industries and constitutes nearly 13% of the GDP
2017-09-27T15:23:00
Dear colleagues, partners and friends,Let me congratulate with the World Tourism Day - 27 September!I address all of you, who are professionally engaged in our sector, which is extremely important, and wish you to preserve the energy, efforts and purpose-oriented endeavors that you invest every day in the good image of Bulgaria.This year the motto of the World Tourism Day is “Sustainable tourism - a tool for development”. According to data of the UN World Tourism Organization from 2016, the international tourists amount to 1.2 billion people. This is the seventh successive year of global sustainable growth in the sector.Tourism is among the most dynamically developing industries of the Bulgarian economy as well. For the government administration it is a priority. According to data of the World Travel and Tourism Council from 2016, the gross domestic product formed in the sector and the related economic activities is above 11.6 billion BGN, which is nearly 13% of the country’s indicator.The World Tourism Day is a great occasion to render the deserved recognition to all of you, whose everyday efforts make Bulgarian tourism so successful. In 2016 the persons employed in tourism and related activities are 363 billion people, which is nearly 12% of all employed persons in Bulgaria. Tourism is not only a set of positive emotions, knowledge and experience, but also a field of responsible professional activity for entire families, who practise it as an ancestral occupation.I am proud that thanks to your proactive and targeted work Bulgaria gains ground on the international market as a competitive and distinguishable destination for four seasons, offering a high-quality tourist product. Thanks to your efforts, competence and energy, we are going in the right direction. The growth in the number of foreign tourists, who chose Bulgaria as a destination in the first seven months of this year, is over 7% compared to the same period of last year.Thank you once more for your contribution to the sustainable development of the sector.I wish to you and your families good health and inspiration for even higher professional achievements!NIKOLINA ANGELKOVAMinister of Tourism
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Minister Angelkova and diplomats celebrated the World Tourism Day
2017-09-26T15:21:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova celebrated the World Tourism Day with representatives of the diplomatic corps. On the eve of 27 September, when all Member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) celebrate the date, trees were planted in Sofia South Park on behalf of the ambassadors of the countries that represent the largest markets for tourism in Bulgaria.The World Tourism Day has been celebrated since the eighties of the 20th century, when UNWTO was founded. Since that time tourism has become a very important part of the economy of the countries, not only a holiday activity. Another fact evidencing the importance of this sector is the fact that for three years we have had an independent Ministry of Tourism, Minister Angelkova further said. She underlined that the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the government seriously support the industry and it is among the priorities of the national administration.I want to personally thank each one of you for our cooperation throughout the years, which we will continue to develop, said Minister Angelkova in her address to the diplomats. She also thanked the Mayor of Sofia Municipality Yordanka Fandakova and the Deputy Mayor Dr. Todor Chobanov for the beautiful terrain in the South Park, where the trees will be planted as a symbol of the international partnership in tourism. She also expressed her gratitude to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porozhanov for the donated trees.Minister Angelkova pointed out that tourism is one of the engines for the development of the Bulgarian and world economy. Each country, regardless of its size, has its importance for the development of the sector on a global level, she said.Thank you and your compatriots, who come on holiday in Bulgaria and return in the next year with their families and friends. This is the best advertising for our country. We want to provide a high-quality product and hospitality. Nikolina Angelkova thanked for the support provided by foreign diplomats in the efforts and initiatives of the Bulgarian tourist administration to develop a sustainable sector. As a result of these fruitful relations the country becomes an increasingly recognizable destination for four seasons, the minister said.H.M. Stefano Baldi, ambassador of Italy in Sofia, expressed his satisfaction with the collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and stressed that much has been achieved so far in the course of this partnership. He thanked for the numerous meetings, where so many positive ideas have been shared. The diplomat said that the number of tourists between the two countries has increased as a result of this cooperation and potential for an even more intensive development exists. The ambassador of the USA in Bulgaria H.M. Eric Rubin welcomed the initiative and the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism to focus on the sustainable development of the industry. He congratulated our country for the success in the development of the summer and winter tourism and reassured the audience that the two countries will work even harder to attract more US tourists in Bulgaria.
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A Bulgarian Tourist Information Center was opened in Shanghai
2017-09-15T11:33:00
The first Bulgarian Tourist Information Center in China was opened in the megapolis Shanghai in a glamorous ceremony on Thursday evening. The opening of a tourist center in the financial capital of China became possible after the Ministry of Tourism via Minister Nikolina Angelkova supported the idea and the efforts of the company ACN Worldwide and its creator Nelson Yong to open an office in Shanghai by signing an agreement. The center will connect Bulgarian and Chinese tour operators and will advertise the opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria on the enormous Chinese market. This event was the reason for the visit to Shanghai of the executive director of the National Board of Tourism Martin Zahariev.The opening of the center is the first step and will be followed by many more efforts of the embassy in Beijing and of our Consulate General in Shanghai, said Grigor Porozhanov, Ambassador of Bulgaria in China, in the opening ceremony. He clearly stated the goal before the Bulgarian diplomats – the Chinese tourists in Bulgaria should reach the number of 100 thousand per year in the near future.The Deputy Minister Milko Teofilov arrived in Shanghai for the ceremony and demonstrated through a comparative analysis before over 200 guests that Bulgaria has a huge potential to develop its tourism by offering tourist packages for the vast Chinese market. Deputy Minister Teofilov referred to data evidencing the upward trend. From January to June 2017, around 16,000 Chinese tourists visited Bulgaria, which is by 50% more compared to the same period of 2016. The potential for growth however is enormous - at the moment 0.2 per cent of all visitors, who arrive from China to Europe, visit Bulgaria. “I firmly believe that this result will be upgraded with the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and the businesses in both countries”, said Teofilov.A certificate for the opening of the center was handed by the host of the event Dimitar Pampulov, Consul General of Bulgaria in Shanghai. More than 200 guests came to congratulate Bulgaria for the tourist center. Among them were consuls and diplomatic representatives from Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Kazakhstan, USA, owners of Chinese giant companies such ass Wang Chong Lin, chairman of the Maotai Distribution Group, Li Wi Hai, director of SASS Thank Foundation, as well as representatives of leading investment funds. The Bulgarian evening in the 25-million Shanghai was attended by the managers of China Airlines, Air China, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot etc. Mrs. Shu Wayvon, Director General of the Tourism Administration of Shanghai, adressed her special congratulations for Bulgaria.
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Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talked with Zurab Pololikashvili, the new Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization
2017-09-15T10:58:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with the new Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia. They talked in the the 22nd General Assembly of UNWTO in China. His nomination for the responsible position was voted within the 105th Session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization in Madrid in May 2017 and Bulgaria was among the countries that supported it.Bulgaria has supported the Georgian candidate for the position of Secretary General from the very beginning, Minister Angelkova noted. She added that our country gave a positive vote for Mr. Pololikashvili in both rounds of voting during the 105th Session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization. I believe that with the new Secretary General of the organization, the cooperation between UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism will be even more successful, she affirmed.They discussed the possibilities for partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and UNWTO, as well as future joint initiatives for the sustainable development of the industry. Minister Angelkova acquainted Zurab Pololikashvili with the upcoming organization of the 2nd edition of the “International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes”. She explained that the name was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and has already been approved by the World Tourism Organization.UNWTO will take action to support the countries at both national and regional level, said Mr. Pololikashvili. He further said that the organization will continue to promote the principles and the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics in Tourism for the achievement of the objectives of sustainable development of the sector.Zurab Pololikashvili was approved unanimously for the position of new Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization in the 22nd General Assembly of the organization. The new Secretary General’s mandate will be from 2018 to 2021.
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Minister Angelkova and the Secretary General of UNWTO discussed joint initiatives
2017-09-15T09:50:00
Future joint initiatives between Bulgaria and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) were discussed at a meeting between the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Secretary General of the organization Taleb Rifay. The talks took place within the framework of the 22nd General Assembly of UNWTO, which was organized in the Chinese city of Chengtu.The focus of the talks between Minister Angelkova and the UNWTO Secretary General Rifay was the forthcoming second joint event with the organization in Bulgaria. At the end of 2018, the International Congress of the World Civilizations and Ancient Routes of the UNWTO will be organized in Bulgaria.  “Among the reasons to propose this name for the congress are several important projects and initiatives associated with the current regional and global projects in the economic and political sphere. The project “One Belt, One Road”, whose main focus is the ancient Silk Road, is standing out among the projects and thematically supplemented by the initiative “EU - China - 2018 year of Tourism”.The International Congress will be the result of the joint work of the Ministry of Tourism and the specialized organization at the UN. “All ministers of tourism of the member states of the UNWTO  will be invited to the event”. We invited the famous CNN anchor Richard Quest to be the moderator of the congress”, the Minister of Tourism added and explained that 2018 is the European year of the cultural heritage, which coincides with the emphasis that we want to put on the cultural-historical tourism.During the meeting the Minister of Tourism presented data of the positive growth of the tourists in Bulgaria. Nearly 5 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in the period January - July 2017, which is a growth of 7.2% compared with the same period last year. The total revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria from the beginning of the year until June 2017 amount to 2,4 billion BGN, which is by 12% more compared with the same same period in 2016, which was a record year for the tourism, stressed Minister Angelkova.Another topic of the conversation between Minister Angelkova and the Secretary General of the UNWTO Mr. Rifay was the problem with the insufficient personnel in the field of tourism, which Bulgaria is facing. “The employees in the sector of tourism form the major part of its product and we put efforts to improve their preparation and training”, said the Minister of Tourism and stressed that the lack of personnel is a problem, whose solving requires active work.
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Minister Nikolina Angelkova has held a working meeting with Pansy Ho, the Vice President and Secretary General of the Global Forum for Tourism and Economy
2017-09-14T12:20:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with Pansy Ho, Vice President and Secretary General of the Global Forum for Tourism and Economy. Mrs. Ho is also Vice President of the Chinese Chamber of Tourism, member of the management of the World Tourism and Travel Council, executive chairperson and managing director of the financial conglomerate Shun Tak Holdings Limited. They talked in the framework of the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is held in the city of Chengtu, China. They discussed the prospects for the development of tourism in Bulgaria, as well as future mutual partnerships. Minister Angelkova acquainted Mrs. Ho with projects currently developed by the country. One of them is the preparations of the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held at the end of next year. The Minister pointed out that the ministry and the government lead a consistent policy for the promotion of the country as a tourist destination in the four seasons. She explained that hard work is being done for the achievement of annual growth in the tourist sector and this is expected to become a sustainable trend.Mrs. Ho congratulated Minister Angelkova for the choice to mark the initiative “2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” with a postage stamp. She pointed out that this is an interesting and suitable way to emphasize the ideas of the international initiative.The Global Forum for Tourism and Economy” will hold an event in October in the region of Macau, People's Republic of China (PRC).  Bulgaria will also take part in the forum. The focus of the event will be the promotion of regional tourism in the framework of the initiative 16+1, which includes the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and China. The country will participate in the debate on the public-private partnership as well as with an information stand, which will display advertising materials of Bulgarian tourism.The Global Forum for Tourism and Economy is a leading international platform for the promotion of sustainable development of the world tourist industry. The event is organized by the government of the Special Administrative Region of Macau with the support of the government of the PRC, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UNESCO, the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC), the European Tourist Commission (ETC), the World Tourist Cities Federation (WTCF) and China Federation of industry and Trade (CFIT).  From its formation in 2012 to now, more than 7,000 people from over 63 countries, among which 54 delegations from various Chinese provinces and over 300 international speakers have taken part in the forum.
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Minister Angelkova presented the Bulgarian postage stamp, dedicated to the international year of tourism, before the participants in the 22nd General Assembly of UNWTO
2017-09-14T10:21:00
I am proud to present to you the latest initiative of Bulgaria - a philatelic edition dedicated to the initiative “2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”. The principles of the initiative inspired us to create the stamp and I think that this is a good way to preserve the values of the campaign, even after the end of this year. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the presentation of the Bulgarian postage stamp during the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in China. All participants in the event received as a gift brochure, including a postal envelope and a stamp block with a special message from Minister Angelkova.I would like to express our gratitude to Mr, Taleb Rifay. Secretary General of UNWTO for his support for our initiative, said the Minister. In her words, the common efforts of the ministry and UNWTO made this presentation of the stamp possible. The philatelic edition displays two of the most emblematic cultural artifacts dating back from different historical epochs - the Rila Monastery and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. In addition they are also part of the list of immovable cultural heritage of UNESCO.  The elements are connected with circles, which are not only symbols of infinity, but are found in the images of both sites. They can also be the analogue of the endless wheel of life and the depth of the Bulgarian history.As you probably know, Bulgaria is among the few ancient countries that have preserved their Thracian, Roman and Byzantine cultural heritage, thus ranking third in Europe in terms of cultural artifacts, said Minister Angelkova. And she specified that this is a major factor for the country to achieve their long-term objective to become an all-year-round destination, known not only for summer and winter tourism, but also for the abundance of cultural-historical routes.Our priority is to create the proper conditions for the implementation of the principles laid down by the initiative “2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”, the minister further said. In her words among her objectives are the promotion of the role of tourism in the preservation of the rich cultural heritage and the inherent values of our civilizations and cultures in the world.The minister encouraged the participants to visit these places in Bulgaria, stressing that this is the best way to feel the spirit of the country.
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Minister Angelkova: The Bulgarian government has worked hard for the sustainable development of tourism
2017-09-14T09:16:00
Tourism is an extremely important sector for the economy of Bulgaria and our government works hard for its sustainable development. The tourism industry forms around 13% of the gross domestic product of the country and in 2016 we welcomed over 8 million foreign tourists, which is nearly 17% more than the previous year. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the plenary session of the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is being held in the Chinese city of Chengtu.The sustainable tourism plays an exclusive role for the development of a sustainable economy and our main objective is to make Bulgaria an attractive all-year destination, she further said. She also underlined that the Bulgarian government creates very good conditions for attracting more investments to the sector and promotes partnerships that stimulate the development of the tourism industry in a protected environment.Our ambition is to facilitate the procedures, which attract more investment in the mass winter and summer tourism, but also in the specialized kinds of tourism such as the balneology and spa, cultural-historical tourism, golf etc., the minister explained. Bulgaria has a long history with plenty of inherited architectural monuments, which makes it an increasingly attractive route in the region, said Minister Angelkova.She thanked the Chinese hosts for the perfect organization of the forum and emphasizes the importance of cooperation with the international organizations in tourism, especially with UNWTO. The Minister thanked specifically to the Secretary General of the organization Taleb Rifay, who has an invaluable contribution to the bilateral relations and assured the participants that the Bulgarian government will continue to draw the attention to the tourism as an important item on its agenda. We will work even harder for the promotion of the country as an increasingly competitive destination, concluded it.     
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Minister Angelkova: The initiative “One Belt, One Road” may lead to a new level of the cooperation between Bulgaria and China
2017-09-13T10:49:00
China’s initiative “One Belt, One Road” is in support of the implementation of the action plan for the sustainable development of tourism until the year 2030. Bulgaria supports this endeavor and the 2nd International Western Silk Road Workshop, hosted by our country in June this year. It is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism with the support of the European Commission. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the panel “Building partnerships - strengthening of the cooperation in the field of tourism in the framework of the initiative “One Belt, One Road”, which is held in the framework of the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization.The goal of the initiative is to facilitate the travel and to create long-term mechanisms for the exchange of information. It encourages the development of joint marketing strategies and the strengthening of the tourist education. In addition to this, it contributes for the development of joint strategies for risk management.“We believe that the “One Belt, One Road” initiative may lead to a new level of the cooperation between Bulgaria and China”, Minister Angelkova said. In her opinion the initiative may turn all difficulties and challenges into real opportunities for development.Inclusion in tourist routes such as The Western Silk Road is an opportunity for better relations between the countries, but also for investments, the Minister said. In her words these steps are important for the tourism, since this way people gain richer impressions about a country. She also pointed out that this enables the conduct of various advertising campaigns. “Another important thing is that being a part of an itinerary expands the tourist markets of the countries to one another”, Minister Angelkova said.In a high-level meeting, attended by ministers and delegates, the declaration “Chengtu Initiative - One Belt, One Road” for cooperation in tourism was adopted. The discussion among the ministers contributed for the presentation of the document. The purpose of the declaration is to promote the strengthening of the cooperation in the field of tourism between the countries in the initiative. This is intended to be implemented through exchange of information, creation of mutual marketing strategies for the development and promotion of the common brand “Silk Road”.
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Minister Angelkova: Israel is an important and perspective foreign partner for our country
2017-09-12T16:17:00
Israel is an important and promising partner for our country. We expect that all efforts will result in a deeper cooperation and increase in the number of tourists between the two countries.  This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the conversation with Yariv Levin, Minister of Tourism of Israel. Both ministers held a working meeting in the framework of the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). We should note that the relationships between Bulgaria and Israel in the last years have significantly intensified and deepened and turned into a strategic partnership, the minister said. She added that the official high-level visits in the last years are an important factor for that.The trend in the mutual tourist visits to both countries is positive. In the period from January to July the tourist visits from Israel to Bulgaria have increased by 10% compared to the same months of last year, reaching up to 113 thousand. For the year 2016 the visits were more than 183 ths,  which is by 18.4% more than a year earlier. The main part of the Israeli tourists arrive in Bulgaria by plane, charter flights are carried out to our main airports in Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv. They often choose cultural sites, which is why Plovdiv has been a very popular destination for them recently.The Embassy of Israel actively assists in the promotion of tourism and in the last two years it was among the motive forces of the initiatives “You think you know Bulgaria” and “The tastes of the world”, Minister Angelkova noted. She added that in view of the tremendous importance of the Israeli market for Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism regularly participates in the tourist exhibition IMTM in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to this, the ministry regularly organizes journalistic cognitive tours for the media of Israel. Currently a procedure is under way for the selection of organizer of these tours this year and after its termination we will have the opportunity to provide you with more information.At the moment Israel is developing the initiative “Jerusalem Garden” together with Sofia Municipality. It intends to build a playground in the South Park at Vitosha Blvd., which should be ready in 2018 and will become the property of Sofia Municipality.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria will host the second edition of the International Congress of the World Civilizations and Ancient Routes in 2018
2017-09-12T13:39:00
In 2018 Bulgaria will host the International Congress of the World Civilizations and Ancient Routes under the initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This was announced by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in a working meeting with the president of the Chinese National Tourist Administration (CNTA) Li Dzindzao held within the framework of the 22nd General Assembly of UNWTO in the Chinese city of Chengtu. This will be the second edition of the International Congress of the World Civilizations and Modern Tourism. The first congress was again hosted by Bulgaria in 2016. The large-scale event will be held at the end of 2018 and will be organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the specialized organization of the UN. “Bulgaria attaches great importance to the development of the Bulgarian-Chinese relations in the field of tourism and will rely on active participation from your side in the forthcoming event”, added Minister Angelkova.“I am impressed that nearly 85 mln Chinese tourists were traveling throughout the world in 2016, and over 10 mln of them have chosen Europe for their vacation abroad”, the minister said. She stressed that the tourist product offered by our country may attract an even greater number of Chinese tourists.“We are working actively for the promotion of the tourist advertising on the Chinese market. Since we want to make our tourist product even more recognizable and present Bulgaria as an all-year tourist destination, an advertising campaign will be implemented on the Chinese market in 2018. Journalistic tours will be organized in order to attract more tourists and they will include representatives of the Chinese media”, said the minister. She recalled the upcoming opening of the Bulgarian tourist information center in Shanghai on the grounds of a signed agreement between the Ministry of Tourism and ACN Worldwide Ltd Shanghai.In the meeting Minister Angelkova talked with one of the most significant investors in tourism in China Chen Feng, chairman of the board of the HNA Group Co. Ltd, which unites hotel services and business organizations. He also expressed his interest in investment in Bulgaria and wanted to learn more about suitable opportunities and locations. The Bulgarian minister emphasized that our country has a strong potential for investment in tourism and underlined the possibility for investing in 5-star hotels.In the past 20 years HNA Group Co. Ltd has been recognized as one of the giant investors in China, which means it invests in dozens of industries. The company owns shares in some of the big airlines outside China. Among them are: Africa World Airlines, Aigle Azur, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Comair, MyCargo Airlines, TAP Portugal, and it operates over 13 airports and over 1200 airplanes on the territory of China. There are a number of investments in the tourism sector among which the Hilton hotel chain.
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Minister Angelkova has a meeting with the prince of Saudi Arabia
2017-09-12T13:37:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met His Royal Highness Sultan Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They talked during the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is organized in the Chinese city of Chengtu. The emphasis in the talks of the Minister of Tourism and the prince of Saudi Arabia were the possibilities for the upgrading of the exceptionally good cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of tourism.“In October 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Field of Tourism was signed between the Republic of Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia. This opens new opportunities for the development of tourism and exchange of experience between the two countries”, said Minister Angelkova and further stressed that the Minister Angelkova works actively for the promotion of foreign investment in Bulgaria and for attracting more tourists in our country. During a visit to Bulgaria at the end of last year the prince of Saudi Arabia was introduced to the main advantages of Bulgaria as an investment destination - low taxes, financial stability, attracted billions of Euro of direct foreign investments in Bulgaria. The prince Sultan Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud stressed that tourism has been a priority economic sector over the past years in Saudi Arabia.Bulgaria is becoming a more recognizable destination for higher class tourists, added Angelkova and explained that the increased interest of foreign tourists in our country are evidenced by the data of the BNB. The total revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria from the beginning of the year until June 2017 amount to 2,4 billion BGN, which is by 12% higher compared with the same period in 2016, which was a record year for the tourism for all times.The Bulgarian-Russian relations in tourism are developing very successfully and the results of this year are expected to exceed the record from last year. This was stated by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in a meeting with Oleg Safonov, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation. The conversation took place in the city of Chengtu within the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
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Minister Angelkova: The Bulgarian-Russian relations in tourism are developing very successfully
2017-09-12T11:13:00
Minister Angelkova pointed out that Russia is one of the strategic tourist markets for Bulgaria and announced that for the period January-July 2017, the tourists from the Russian Federation in Bulgaria were nearly 365 thousand, which is a 2% growth compared to the same period last year. Only in July Russia was second in the ranking for inbound tourism with a total of 155 thousand visits. In 2016, Bulgaria received the award of National Geographic Travel - Russia for the best destination for family vacations of the Russian tourists. Nikolina Angelkova emphasized that the ministry is working very successfully with the tourist administrations not only of Moscow, but also of a number of Russian regions, particularly the Ural region.   Oleg Safonov thanked the Bulgarian government and personally the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Minister Angelkova for the rapid reaction when force majeure occurred with Russian children in some children camps on the Black Sea Coast. The case is from July, when after the sudden death of the owner of “Chavdar” cmp in the village of Obzor, It turned out that his bank accounts were empty. Then with the assistance of the Prime Minister Borisov and the urgent visit and intervention of Minister Angelkova, the vacation of the children was continued according to plan, even other planned groups were accepted. The competent authorities worked effectively and the children spent their holiday very well and returned to their country without further problems, Safonov explained.Minister Angelkova affirmed that apart from the mass forms of tourism, both countries have great potential for successful development of the balneology, SPA and religious tourism. Jointly with the Russian partners we begin the development of pilgrimage tours. In October a conference will be held in Varna with the participation of Russian representatives, where the cooperation in the filed of pilgrimage and cultural-historical tourism will be discussed, as it became clear from the Minister’s words. Another joint conference will be held to discuss these matters at the exhibition “Intourmarket” in Moscow. Exhibitions will be made in Moscow and Sankt-Petersburg within the Days of Bulgaria event, she added.We will also expand our partnership for the development of the tourism for children and sanatorium-and-health-resort tourism, which is traditionally very popular in Russia and the country is a partner of the European SPA Association. The prospects for the attraction of more disabled people and athletes for treatment, rehabilitation and physical training in Bulgaria, are very good, explained Nikolina Angelkova. She stressed the importance of the growing Russian investments in Bulgaria and gave an example with the unique for the entire Black Sea coast ice rink in the village of Kranevo, which wonderfully combines summer and winter tourism with swimming sports.Oleg Safonov expressed satisfaction that the Bulgarian Black Sea is very clean and offers wonderful conditions for recreation. Unlike other countries, there is no rotavirus and the country is known among the Russians as a quiet and safe destination. This can be attributed to the efforts of the government for ensuring the calm stay of the tourists and water treatment plants, summarized Minister Angelkova. She invited her interlocutor to visit our country again and to get acquainted in more detail with the conditions for recreation and journeys.
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tourism.government.bg:4718:2017-09-12T11:13:00
Over 400 ths postcards will be sent to tourists on vacation in Bulgaria
2017-09-03T11:41:00
On the initiative of Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova over 400 ths postcards will be sent to tourists, who are on holiday in Bulgaria. The special gesture aims to thank them for having chosen the country as a destination for their vacation. It is another step in the efforts of the Ministry to create an image of Bulgaria as a country offering a tourist product of the highest quality. The guests, who will receive the special card, will be selected at random and the cards will be allocated on a pro rata basis throughout the country. The sending of the cards will start in the following days and will continue until the end of the season.The postcards recreate the image of the postage stamp, dedicated to “2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”. The philatelic edition will be the message of Bulgaria in the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization in the city of Chengtu, China. The card will pursue this mission among the guests of the country. Mural paintings from the Rila Monastery and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak are depicted in the front part of the card. In addition to the beautiful fragments, there is a special message signed personally by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. It reads: Thank you for choosing Bulgaria! English is the chosen language because it is the official language of the European Union and is among the most popular languages in the world.According to the latest statistics, nearly 5 mln foreign tourists have visited Bulgaria in the period January - July, which is a growth of 7.2% compared with the same period last year. This confirms the estimates of the Ministry of Tourism of 7 to 10 % increase in the sector. Furthermore, between May and October, the Bulgarians will realize over 5.7 mln of overnights. It is expected that their growth will be about 4,5-5 per cent compared to last year.
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tourism.government.bg:4719:2017-09-03T11:41:00
Minister Angelkova and H.M. Ambassador Zhang Haizhou discussed opportunities for advertising Bulgaria in China
2017-08-31T17:15:00
We are working actively for the advertising of Bulgaria on the Chinese tourist market in order to promote Bulgaria as an all year round tourist destination. This is evidenced by the number of foreign tourists from China in our country, who for the period January – July 2017 were almost 17 ths., which is a 53% growth compared to the same period in 2016. In the last year the tourists from China were over 18 500 ths. This was reported by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the working meeting with H.M. Zhang Haizhou, ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Bulgaria.“It is very important for us to continue the cooperation within the opportunities provided by multilateral international fora such as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the UNWTO Silk Road Programme, the minister added. It became clear that the Ministry of Tourism will be actively involved in the forthcoming initiative “2018 - China Tourism Year”. The objective of the event is the promotion of European tourist attractions by illuminating them in red with golden stars to make an association with the Lantern Festival in the PRC, which will be held on 2 March 2018. “This is the next important step for the good cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism”, the minister stressed.They discussed possibilities for common initiatives in the field of tourism, which will increase the tourist flow from China to our country, as laid down in the Annual program for the national tourist marketing and advertising for 2018 of Bulgaria.
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tourism.government.bg:4720:2017-08-31T17:15:00
Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is an increasingly sought destination for the clients of the Thomas Cook Group
2017-08-29T19:51:00
The number of tourists visiting Bulgaria with Thomas Cook, one of the leading global companies for tourist trips and holidays, is expected to reach 400,000 people by the end of this season, which is 16.5% growth compared to last year. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in a working meeting with Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook Group, mayors and representatives of the tourist industry. The data is from accomplished trips and bookings until September based on the market position and large market shares in recent years in the whole group of the leading global company for tourist recreation and holiday.“You know that since the beginning of its mandate the government has worked firmly to make our marketing and advertising policies future-oriented and more effective. Earlier today together with the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov we had a working meeting with Mr. Fankhauser. We are united around the idea that the Bulgarian government could match the intent of the Thomas Cook Group to invest in high-category hotels in temrs of attracting a higher-class tourists. This way we jointly give new incentives for the implementation of real corporate responsibility, which brings us to our common goal - Bulgaria should become a better and promising destination for business and investments," said Minister Angelkova. It became clear from her words that only through adequate cooperation and synchronous actions between the business and the government institutions in our country, we can become more competitive.The CEO of Thomas Cook Group presented the priorities ahead of our country. “In the season 2017 Thomas Cook carry out 13 weekly flights from the UK to Burgas, which will increase to 14 in 2018. Next year Varna will be a new destination for the UK tourists with 2 flights per week”, said Fankhauser. He also stated that Condor, the German airline company of Thomas Cook, had 5 flights a week from Germany to Burgas and 2 flights to Varna in the summer season of 2017. “Depending on the booked seats, Condor may increase the flights to 9 per week to each of the destinations of the various German airports”, he added.Peter Fankhauser has been the Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Cook Group since 2014. He was born in November 1960 in Switzerland. He graduated from the university in Saint Gallen and has a Ph.D. Since March 2001 he has worked for Thomas Cook and prior to take over the management of the concern, he managed a subsidiary in charge of Neckermann Reisen, Bucher Last minute and the air carrier Condor.
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tourism.government.bg:4721:2017-08-29T19:51:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova: The postage stamp contributes for the recognition of Bulgaria as a sustainable destination for all year round tourism
2017-08-28T17:20:00
Bulgaria is the only country that will validate a postage stamp with subject “2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”. Our initiative was approved by the Secretary General of UN World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifay. The positive assessment was determined by our innovative approach and the fact that we have decided to put an accent on the cultural-historical heritage. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the ceremony for the validation of a philatelic stamp dedicated to the international year for the sustainable development of tourism. The event was attended by Dimitar Genovski, Deputy Minister of Transport and Information Technologies and Communications and Tetyana Uzunova, the stamp painter.Minister Angelkova stated that the stamp depicts the country as a better tourist destination.  Our main focus is to make the country an all year round destination, which may be achieved with the cultural-historical and balneo- and SPA tourism, the minister added. In her words such initiatives contribute for the perception of Bulgaria as a sustainable all year round tourist destination.The stamp depicts the Rila Monastery and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, both sites being part of the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO. The philatelic edition will be presented during the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization in the city of Chengtu, China, which will be held in the period 11 - 16 September 2017. There I will have the opportunity to personally present the edition before officials from all over the world”, the minister stated.The topic of tourism has entered the Bulgarian stamp edition in the middle of the 20th century, Dimitar Genovski said. I am convinced that the edition will become part of the collections of the stamp collectors and will adorn the letters sent to friends and relatives abroad, the Deputy Minister said. He added that this would be a wonderful inspiration for many people to include Bulgaria in their travel schedules.It is a difficult task to show on a small area of 7/9 cm the potential of the Bulgarian tourism with its rich natural and historical landmarks, said the painter Tetyana Uzunova. She explained that she had decided to depict the history, the roots and the ancient civilizations, because they can impress a large number of tourists.
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tourism.government.bg:4722:2017-08-28T17:20:00
Minister Angelkova held a working meeting with the General Manager of the Turkish airlines for Bulgaria
2017-08-16T18:23:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with Mehmed Gurkaynak, the General Manager of Turkish Airlines – Bulgaria. Both of them discussed the prospects for mutual cooperation, which will increase the exchange of tourists between the countries. The trend for the development of the tourist contacts between the two countries is positive. The data show that for the period January - June 2017 the visits to Bulgaria from Turkey were nearly 534 thousand, which is a growth of 6 % compared to the same period a year earlier. This ranks our south neighbour third among the foreign markets according to data of the National Statistical Institute.Over 293,5 thousand of the visits of Turkish citizens to Bulgaria were for the purpose of tourism. The growth in this category is 8%. Nearly 202 ths. Turkish citizens travelled to Bulgaria only for recreation and vacation. They are by over 10% more compared with the first 6 months of 2016. In the last year Turkish citizens made over 1.3 mln trips to Bulgaria, of them 565 ths were for tourism, which is a growth of 8.9%.At the same time for the first 6 months of 2017 the Bulgarians who travelled to Turkey were more than 643 ths., which is a 5.7% growth compared to the same period last year. For the entire 2016 the number of Bulgarians, who travelled to Turkey, were more than 1.2 mln.Mehmed Gurkaynak has occupied the post in Bulgaria since February 2017 and he is director of both the Sofia and Varna offices of the airline company. He has worked for the company since 2011. He is a mechanical engineer with a master's degree in the major “Finance” from the USA.  
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tourism.government.bg:4723:2017-08-16T18:23:00
Senior managers of the TUI Group had a meeting with Minister Angelkova to negotiate Summer 2018
2017-08-13T11:46:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the members of the Executive Board of the TUI Group Sebastian Ebel and David Burling, as well as with other representatives of the world tour operator. During their meeting in Sveti Vlas at the end of the working week, opportunities were discussed for a strategic partnership in the field of tourism in Bulgaria for Summer 2018.In the meeting Minister Angelkova presented the priorities in the policy of the Ministry of Tourism, laid down in the annual program for national tourist advertising for 2018. “Bulgaria is becoming a recognizable tourist destination and we work consistently in this direction relying on the digital marketing and Internet communications. Our experience shows that the smaller countries must be more innovative and flexible in the marketing approaches, in order to be more efficient”, she stressed.The representatives of the TUI Group, among which managers of the hotel brand RIU of the tourist group, said that it is very important to work coherently in Bulgaria in order to ensure the quality of the tourist product and the increase of investments in the sector.David Burling, member of the executive board of the TUI and chief executive director of the Northern region of TUI, said: "We are proud that we are a part of the constantly evolving tourist community in Bulgaria. As a global, integrated tourist group possessing hundreds of hotels and airplanes around the world and having multiple solid and long-lasting partnerships with local hotel owners, we are in an excellent position to encourage even more investments in Bulgaria. This will create new jobs and opportunities for sustainable growth. We look forward to working jointly with the ministry for the promotion of Bulgaria as a worthwhile destination for recreation to our clients around the world.”
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tourism.government.bg:4724:2017-08-13T11:46:00
Minister Angelkova: Joint initiative with Komi for the development of the tourism for children and pilgrimage in Bulgaria
2017-07-14T14:22:00
Bulgaria and the Republic of Komi will sign an agreement for cooperation in tourism, which will encourage the travels and exchange of information between the two countries. The focus in this document will be the tourism for children. This was agreed on in Varna between Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the head of the Republic of Komi Sergey Gaplikov, who is on a visit to Bulgaria with the Deputy Chairman of the Government of Komi Grigoriy Sarashvili. The meeting was also attended by the District Governor of Varna Stoyan Pasev and the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Varna Sergey Lukyanchuk.Russia is a strategic partner of Bulgaria in tourism. For me as minister it is extremely important to ensure the comfort of the Russian tourists in Bulgaria, underlined Minister Angelkova. She recalled the notable number of Russian citizens, who visited Bulgaria in 2016. In the record year for the Bulgarian tourism, the guests from Russia ranked fourth among the foreign tourists. Their visits were over 580 ths., which is a growth of around 20% compared to the preceding year. The successful trend continues - from January to the end of May 2017. Their number is over 71 thousand – growth of 6.4% compared to the same period last year. At the moment in the midst of the summer, this growth is estimated to be around 15%. Minister Angelkova said to the guests that not only the cooperation with the central Russian authority is important for Bulgaria, but also with the Russian regions. There is a possibility for preparing joint advertising projects for various exhibitions or journalist tours. It is important for us to promote investments in tourism. We are preparing a special ordinance regulating the children’s camps. It is important to legally equalize the standards, because the places for children's recreation have a special status, added Minister Angelkova. She announced the idea to organize Days of the Bulgarian Culture in Russia and Days of the Russian Culture in Bulgaria, where the traditions of both countries will be presented. A strong incentive to increase the number of guests from Russia and the regions will be the creation of joint routes for religious tourism. I think that if we determine several routes and then offer them jointly, we will have more success, the minister said. Via the heads of state of the Republic of Komi she addressed the future investors in tourism stating that the main priority for the Bulgarian government is reducing the administrative burden for them. For each investment the administrative promptness is crucial and we are ready to help all potential investors in Bulgaria, the Minister of Tourism said.“Bulgaria is a peaceful country, which welcomes the Russian tourists excellently. We highly appreciate your attitude toward them and especially to our children. Therefore we will encourage the vacations in Bulgaria. More and more people from our country prefer your country and I hope this trend will be preserved”, said Sergey Gaplikov.    
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tourism.government.bg:4725:2017-07-14T14:22:00
Nikolina Angelkova meets Mayors from Sofia region
2017-07-06T17:45:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a meeting with the Godech mayor, which was also attended by mayors from Sofia region. "Tourism is a horizontal policy and we need to actively cooperate with local governments in order to promote its sustainable development", Minister Angelkova said. It was announced during the discussion that last year a total of nearly 285 000 tourists spent nights in categorized accommodation facilities with 10+ beds in Sofia, a circa 19% growth compared to 2015, according to NSI data. The overnight stays generated during the same period were over 712 000 (a circa 20% growth), with the revenues generated exceeding BGN 27 million, an over 24% growth.  Minister Angelkova highlighted the specifics and significance of local tourism and added that an announcement of the investment map in tourism was forthcoming, involving over 153 municipalities, and said she was hopeful that the next edition would cover all Bulgarian regions. She also reminded that many local governments state their desire to take part in various marketing activities in the sector and have already supported the initiative for the I Love Bulgaria mobile platform to promote tourism attractions in our country, which was initiated by the Ministry last year.We will continue to support these efforts of local governments jointly with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works because they will be eligible to apply under Operational Programs Regions in Growth and other programs with socialization projects for tourism venues and attractions, Nikolina Angelkova added. According to her, this would make such attractions more accessible, visited and attractive.The Godech Mayor, Radoslav Assenov, emphasized that the municipality has a lot of potential for tourism development, which is yet to be fully developed. According to her, the city and its environs can be developed as a cultural-historical destination, attracting more tourists both from the country and from abroad.Setting up a folklore festival of culture and traditions of municipalities from Sofia region was also discussed during the dialogue. All attendees were unanimous that the idea would attract a lot of followers and would be transformed into a highlight of the local culture calendar.  
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tourism.government.bg:4477:2017-07-06T17:45:00
Representatives of EDEN destinations in Bulgaria held a second, final meeting
2017-07-06T11:04:00
The project to promote EDEN destinations in Bulgaria contributes exceptionally to both their promotion on the domestic and international market, and also to their sustainable development. This opinion was shared by the representatives of EDEN destinations in our country during their second and final work meeting. It was attended by experts from Belitsa, Kardzhali, Sapareva Banya, Lukovit, Kavarna, Sandanski, and Kyustendil. „EDEN is another opportunity to present Bulgaria at a high European level”, the project manager said, adding that sustainability of the destinations and good conditions for their development were created via the project.It was made clear during the discussion that the project videos presenting the 12 Bulgarian EDEN destinations were highly popular among the general public. A translation query was received even for Chinese, it was announced by the Ministry of Tourism. The project manager announced that EDEN destinations were consistently presented to representatives of diplomatic missions in our country and during international level meetings. 9 videos for the individual destinations and 1 aggregate one were made within the project’s framework. These were also disseminated via the Ministry of Tourism’s online channels.Three familiarization tours with bloggers from Romania, Germany, and Bulgaria were held during the project. Sofia-Kyustendil-Melnik-Sandanski-Belitsa-Sapareva Banya-Sofia was the itinerary for our neighboring-country guests and Bulgarian bloggers, while the German travel bloggers were captivated by the beauty of Vratsa, Belogradchik, and Lukovit. The representatives of EDEN destinations in Bulgaria and the experts of the Ministry of Tourism commented that all bloggers published their articles shortly after visiting and that they were active with posts and photos as early as their journeys. The meeting attendees concluded that such activities are the best way to feel the spirit and traditions of a given settlement.Monthly issuance and dissemination of a bulletin about the Bulgarian EDEN destinations, updating of an image flyer, banners, posters. Each destination was presented at national and international tourism exchanges, such as TTR, the biggest exhibition in Romania, ITB in Berlin, Vacation and Spa EXPO, and Green Days in Sofia, etc.The representatives of Bulgarian EDEN destinations shared their experiences with each other and exchanged ideas about the sustainable development of each destination. Dedicated questionnaires were filled in at the work meeting’s end, where all attendees reflected their recommendations and opinion about the benefits from the project and how it should be developed and built on going forward.There are 12 EDEN destinations in Bulgaria. They were selected in the course of 3 national excellent tourism destination competitions on the following themes: culture tourism, protected territories, and water tourism. These are: Belogradchik, Lukovit, Vratsa, Silistra, Kavarna, Strandzha natural park, Kardzhali, Kazanlak, Belitsa, Sandanski, Sapareva Banya, and Kyustendil.The awarded Ministry of Tourism project for Communication Campaign to the Bulgarian EDEN destinations – second edition“ is worth EUR 69 088 and is funded by European Commission’s COSME 2014-2020 program. The campaign framework includes the making of advertising-informational materials, presentation of preselected national and international tourism exhibitions and exchanges, arrangement of familiarization tours, etc.EDEN - European Destinations of Excellence is an initiative of the European Commission promoting models of sustainable development of tourism across the European Union. The initiative enhances the popularity of emerging European destinations, creates a platform for exchange of best practices Europe-wide, and encourages networking among awarded destinations.
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tourism.government.bg:4478:2017-07-06T11:04:00
Nikolina Angelkova meets her Serbian counterpart, Rasim Ljajic
2017-06-30T13:14:00
Perspectives for bilateral cooperation in tourism were discussed in Belgrade between the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, her Serbian counterpart responsible for trade, tourism, and telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic, who is also a deputy prime minister. It is the first official meeting of Ljajic after he was reappointed to his position.Minister Angelkova pointed out that Serbian tourists are among the most numerous foreign nationals traditionally visiting our country. During 2016, the record-breaking year for Bulgarian tourism, they were nearly 375 000, an 8% growth compared to 2015. The growth trend in the two-way tourism flow is sustainable but there is still untapped potential, she emphasized.A cooperation agreement in tourism will be signed between Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism and Serbia’s Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications. Further, a tourism presentation of Bulgaria in Serbia and of Serbia in Bulgaria will be arranged in either September or October, it was announced during the discussion.Bulgaria and Serbia also pay a lot of attention to their promotion as a joint destination for remote markets, it was announced during the meeting. The process will be sped up by the creation of joint products, itineraries, and marketing for the users of tourism services from China, India, Japan, South Korea, and other countries, with the direct flight link between Sofia and Belgrade being a definite plus in this endeavor.
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tourism.government.bg:4479:2017-06-30T13:14:00
Minister Angelkova meets Hotrec’s CEO
2017-06-30T12:30:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met Kristian Baran, CEO of the European Association of Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafes (Hotrec), in Belgrade. The conversation took place during the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Danube Region: New Perspectives.Nikolina Angelkova pointed out that the Ministry is making consistent efforts to promote Bulgaria as a year-round destination and attract higher-end tourists. Comprehensive measures are being put into place jointly with businesses for the sector’s sustainable development and for upgrading the quality of the tourism services marketed.We are convinced that the legislative amendments we initiated will reduce the administrative burden for the businesses – such as, the idea of removing the re-categorization of accommodation facilities and catering establishments, with some of their documents being collected ex-officio, the Bulgarian Minister commented. She further announced that discussions are ongoing about the option of categorizing accommodation facilities en masse, rather than categorize each facility.Minister Angelkova also informed that work is being done to set up a tourism inspectorate at the institution, which would enhance the quality control. Arrangements will be put in place to take away categorization stars if nonconformities are found, as well as mandatory in-situ inspection once every three years as to how the tourism operation statutes are complied with.It was announced during the meeting that the active summer season had gotten off to a good start, with strong results being anticipated – at this stage the projections are for 7-10% more international tourists compared to last year. During 2016, the record-breaking year for Bulgarian tourism, the country was visited by some 8, 2 million international tourists, an over 16% growth compared to 2015, Minister Angelkova stated.
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tourism.government.bg:4480:2017-06-30T12:30:00
Minister Angelkova talks with the new WTO Secretary-General-elect
2017-06-29T20:11:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting in Belgrade with the nominated new Secretary-General of UN’s World Tourism Organization  (WTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, from Georgia.His application for the high position was voted on during the 105th session of WTO’s Executive Board in Madrid in May 2017, with Bulgaria being among the supporting countries.The two discussed the perspectives for cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and WTO, as well as upcoming joint initiatives for the sector’s sustainable development.Nikolina Angelkova familiarized Zurab Pololikashvili with the steps taken by the tourism administration for tourism’s sustainable development and assured him that Bulgaria will remain one of WTO’s most active members.The term in office of the organizations new Secretary-General will be 2018– 2021. The appointment is expected to be announced during the 22nd session of WTO’s General Assembly, which will be held in the Chinese city of Chengdu next September.
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tourism.government.bg:4481:2017-06-29T20:11:00
Minister Angelkova meets WTO’s Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, in Belgrade
2017-06-29T20:04:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met the Secretary-General of UN’s World Tourism Organization  (WTO), Taleb Rifai, in Belgrade, during the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Danube Region: New Perspectives. The forum was jointly organized by WTO and Serbia’s Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications.The two discussed current topics in bilateral cooperation and the perspectives to Bulgaria’s participation in WTO events. There are projections to schedule in May 2018 an International Conference in Sofia themed in tourism and energy, where European Commission representatives and Taleb Rifai would be invited, Minister Angelkova announced. The conference will be held during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.Taleb Rifai praised Minister Angelkova for the good arrangement of the first International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism under WTO’s aegis, which was held in late 2016. The two discussed the idea of turning the conference into a traditional one, with Bulgaria being the host every other year.Minister Angelkova emphasized that only days ago Sofia hosted another significant event in partnership with WTO – the second international seminar entitled Along the Western Silk Road. Representatives of the 33 member states of WTO’s Silk Road program were invited to attend, with over 120 diplomats, entrepreneurs, university and research center representatives being in attendance. The opportunities to activate transnational cooperation among the member states of WTO’s Silk Road program were successfully discussed, along with the setting up of trans-border products promoting tourism development, during 2017 – the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, Minister Angelkova emphasized.She also pointed out that our country has initiated the creation of a joint postmark with WTO dedicated to the large-scale initiative in 2017. The postmark is expected to be validated during the 22nd session of WTO’s General Assembly, which will be held in the Chinese city of Chengdu next September.Bulgaria has also filed its nominations for chair and deputy chair of WTO’s Europe Regional Committee, WTO having notified to such effect the other member states. The decision is likely to be during the China session. WTO’s Convention on Ethics in Tourism is also expected to be presented for approval by the other member states during that session. The Ministry of Tourism took part in the task group to create the document, which will adhere to the principles stipulated in WTO’s Global Code of Ethics in Tourism.
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Minister Angelkova takes part in the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Danube Region: New Perspectives
2017-06-29T16:27:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Danube Region: New Perspectives, in Belgrade. „Bulgaria ranks first EU-wide in terms of growth of tourist numbers“, Minister Angelkova said during the high-level panel and highlighted the fact that „the year 2016 was record-breaking one for development of tourism in Bulgaria, with over 8,2 million international tourists visiting our country, a 16% growth compared to 2015“. The event was hosted by Serbia’s Minister of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic and was jointly organized with the World Tourism Organization. The conference is held in Belgrade today and tomorrow and is attended by ministers and heads of Danube region development organizations.„At the end of the day, tourism is a major factor in maintaining and preserving cultural traditions, such as festivals, customs, crafts, exhibitions, concerts, etc.“, the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism summarized. She stated that the Danube region countries, Bulgaria included, have wonderful opportunities to protect and conserve their natural resources by setting up parks and reserves.It was also made clear that as coordinator under priority axis 3 of the Danube Strategy, in the area of culture and tourism, Bulgaria implements joint projects with Romania, Serbia, Austria, and Germany. „A project was applied for under the transnational Danube Program to set up tourist observatories along the Danube, the goal being to implement uniform tourism stats for the Danube region“, Nikolina Angelkova stated. According to her, creation of joint tourism products by countries within the Danube region should be prioritized because this is crucial in attracting visitors from China, Japan, South Korea and others.In her opinion, the tourism-generated revenues in some Bulgarian municipalities are sufficiently high so that those municipalities opt for that path of development, instead of other industries. Minister Angelkova added in that context that steering organizations are in the process of being set up in the tourism regions, where local governments, the central government, businesses, and NGO’s will cooperate.The Bulgarian Minister of Tourism emphasized that it is particularly important for the development of tourism to unite the efforts of the central government, local governments, representatives of tourism businesses and NGO’s.
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100 000th visa was issued by the Embassy of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation
2017-06-29T11:51:00
The Consular Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation issued the 100 000th visa for 2017. The recipient is a lady who lives in the town of Himki.The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation and the National Tourist Representative Office continue the traditional practice for a consecutive year to present a gift voucher to the recipient of the jubilee visa as part of the campaign for promoting Bulgaria as a popular tourist destination on the Russian market.The Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Russia Boyko Kotsev presented the gift to the recipient of the 100 000th visa in the presence of the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia Maya Lomidze and managers and representatives of top Russian tour operators working in the field of “Bulgaria” during the traditional working meeting in the beginning of the summer tourist season.  
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Bulgaria will implement joint tourist packages with Western Silk Road countries
2017-06-27T11:00:00
“For a second time Sofia hosts an international event from the calendar of the World Tourism Organization. This ranks Bulgaria very high in the organization”, the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova stated before media representatives at the opening of the Second International Workshop “The Western Silk Road” this morning.  Minister Angelkova pointed out that the Western Silk Road was instrumental in promoting our cultural and historical heritage. In her words, this initiative enables Bulgaria to present joint products with the countries participating in the initiative.“There are many countries with which we could implement joint tourist packages and that is the idea of the cooperation in the framework of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and the focus is on promoting the cultural and historical sites along the road”, Minister Angelkova added. She specified that the Register of Tourist attractions created by the Ministry of Tourism and the online platform “I love Bulgaria”, which  started with the 100 national tourist sites, covered some of the initiatives to be followed along the Western Silk Road.Also, it became clear that the project for the promotion of cultural and historical tourism is being implemented by WTO and this will help further reinforce Bulgaria as a cultural and historical destination. During the workshop, analyses will be made to outline the most visited sites in individual countries on the basis of which priority cultural and historical landmarks will be designated.In response to journalist questions about the dunes on “Nessebar-Yug” sea beach Minister Nikolina Angelkova stated that any human intervention breached the integrity of the dunes. Angelkova also commented that the concessionaire of the sea beach has placed signs of the dunes location to ensure their protection. She specified that the Ministry of Tourism had applied to the Agency for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre and together with Minister Nankov would update the specialized map to designate the locations of the dunes so that they were protected in accordance with law.  
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Ministers Angelkova, Nankov and Dimov held working meetings with European commissioners in Brussels
2017-06-21T16:55:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova, the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Nikolay Nankov and the Minister of Environment and Water  Neno Dimov had meetings with the European commissioners for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries  and for the Regional Policy Karmenu Vella and Korina Krețu.“Together with Minister Nankov and Minister Dimov we had meetings with the commissioners for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella and for the Regional Policy Korina Krețu. The main topic of the talks was the construction of Struma highway”, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova stated during a special press conference in Brussels today. “This project is essential for our country both in terms of tourism and in terms of regional development, particularly in the environmental field, in view of the fact that the route passes through Kresna Gorge”, Minister Angelkova added.During the talk, the Bulgarian ministers acquainted the European commissioners Vella and Krețu with the progress of the project, stating that the transparency approach will be preserved. All participants in the project and all stakeholders and NGOs in the fields of environment and the tourist sector were presented in the framework of the talks. It also became clear that before the physical implementation of the project all relevant comments and remarks both by local authorities and all citizens will be taken into account. The requirements of European and national legislation will be strictly complied with in the construction of Struma highway.The European commissioners Vella and Kretu welcomed the efforts of the Bulgarian government for the construction of Struma highway and expressed their support for the development of this highly important project not only for the Bulgarian road network but for the European one too. They congratulated the three ministers on their joint and aligned work, noting that this was the first visit of such a kind since the new government of Bulgaria took office.  
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Minister Angelkova opened Summer 2017 season in Sunny Beach
2017-06-17T21:16:00
The largest sea resort complex in Bulgaria offers an extraordinary wide range of tourist and support services, Minister Nikolina Angelkova stated at the ceremony for the official opening of Summer 2017 in Sunny Beach.She recalled that in 2016 as a whole overnight stays at accommodations with over 10 beds in the complex numbered over 789 thousand, marking an over 20% increase on the previous year. There were over 5 million overnights (22% increase), and revenues from them exceeded BGN 266 million, also up 22%.   A very intensive preparatory period for the high season came to a close and the administration, the business, the local administration and controlling authorities and all interested partners were engaged in it, Angelkova said and added that the implementation of a successful summer depended on all these participants, which gave positive signals. At the beginning of the season the total number of planned flights at Varna and Burgas airports for the period June-September 2017 already exceeds by 8% the number of implemented flights in the same period of 2016. We again expect a strong presence of tourists from Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Ukraine, Czech Republic, France, the Scandinavian countries, Russia, etc., the minister pointed out.She recalled that summer tourism accounted for a major share in the sector and the next several months would determine whether we would have a successful year with estimated growth of 7 to 10% versus the record 2016. In her words, the quality of services and the safety of tourists are above everything because Bulgaria will lose its competitiveness and image. I want to emphasize once again that you can rely on our full support. We are doing our best to update the legislative framework, reduce the administrative burden and consistently address the shortage of staff.Finding a permanent solution to the problem with deficient staff is key for us. With common efforts we managed to adopt the Labour Mobility and Labour Migration Act. Its regulations have also been adopted and hiring of personnel from third countries began, she added. However, in her view, this would provide only a short-term boost to the sector and therefore joint steps with the education ministry are being taken to ensure a direct link between education and business needs. To this end, work is being done on the establishment of a Center for Qualification and Re-qualification of Working Staff. At the same time, the average pay in the sector must be discussed as well in order to keep quality workers, Angelkova commented.      She stressed again that control was a factor considered seriously by the administration. Mobile teams of the ministry will carry out checks throughout the season and will act uncompromisingly in case of established violation. The teams include health experts, food quality experts, representatives of NRA, CPC, etc. In operation is the hotline for sending signals about irregularities to the ministry, which can be sent also to a special e-mail address, and the contact details are available on the institutional website.Particular care is provided jointly with the law enforcement authorities for the security of the tourists in most visited areas as is Sunny Beach. About 980 policemen will be transferred to the Black Sea coast and their number has increased from last summer. Most of them will be concentrated namely in Sunny Beach, the minister stated.  We will be uncompromising toward anyone who breaks the law, irrespective of whether movable objects, unfulfilled contracts or other violations are involved. The laws of the country must be abided by all – Bulgarians and foreigners, hosts and guests, Nikolina Angelkova specified.
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Minister Angelkova took part in a forum of Bulgarian and Russian twinned towns in Golden Sands
2017-06-09T13:29:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova took part in a forum of Bulgarian and Russian twinned towns in Golden Sands, which was organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the resort.This event is a good opportunity to discuss the prospects for mutually beneficial contacts in tourism, the minister stated and added that the resort and the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast in general were preferred for vacation and recreation by many Russian tourists.Nikolina Angelkova emphasized that Russia was a very important generating market for the Bulgarian tourism industry. In 2016, which was record-high for the sector with over 8.2 million visits of foreign tourists, based on NSI statistics, the Federation ranked fourth with 580 thousand visits and about a 20% rise versus 2015, and in the summer months the rise reached 30% in terms of persons coming for vacation and recreation.However, there are even greater opportunities and we continuously work to attract more tourists from Russia. Our country’s potential as a year-round destination is much higher, with various offers for specialised services, which successfully combine with mass recreation. This includes offers for excursions across Bulgaria, balnelogical and spa services, visits of golf compounds along the Black Sea Coast, cultural and historical tours, festival programmes, gourmet and wine tastings, information routes, ethnographic events, etc., Minister Angelkova specified.She expressed confidence that this season would also exhibit good indicators, which could even exceed the last year’s record. The expectations are for a 7-10% rise for the year and we have been pro-actively working for it, jointly with businesses and our foreign partners, Angelkova added and announced that booked early flights and charter lines were a fact. In the words of the minister, our country welcomes the option for a charter line between Samara and Varna and the ministry will continue participating actively in every forum for promotion of Bulgarian and Russian relations.In her view, a high share of Russian tourists come for summer tourism but thanks to the routes to the fortresses on the Black Sea Coast their number is rising. These projects help boost cultural and historical tourism which in practice promotes Bulgaria as a year-round destination, she added and recalled that in order to facilitate our Russian guests from 1 February 2016 the ministry opened a special telephone line for them: +359 700 20 991. It provides current information on the opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria or assistance, where necessary.The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Bulgaria Anatolii Makarov also took part in the meeting. He defined Bulgarian and Russian relations as an example of cooperation. He projected an increase of the Russian tourist flow.In addition, representatives of 14 Russian towns and 12 Bulgarian municipalities, the regional governor of Varna Stoyan Pasev, the executive director of the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria Assoc. Prof. Ginka Chavdarova also took part in the forum.
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Minister Nikolina Angelkova had a working breakfast with the ambassadors in Bulgaria
2017-05-30T14:03:00
Our country has an extraordinary potential to develop cultural and historical tourism. The trends show that more and more tourists not only choose Bulgaria for their vacation, but also want to get information about it, to explore its authenticity and its history. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the working breakfast with the ambassadors in the country, organised by the MT. Present at the event were 50 heads and representatives of diplomatic missions in Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova again emphasized before the heads of diplomatic missions that the main goal of the Ministry of Tourism was to make the country a year-round sustainable tourist destination - a four-season Bulgaria, and the efforts were focused on reaching a position in the top 5 countries in South Eastern Europe.Minister Nikolina Angelkova pointed out that the efforts of all institutions were coordinated and focused to ensure the safety and comfort of tourists not only in the summer season but during the whole year. “In order to ensure the comfort and security of the tourists, we demanded from concessionaires and lessees to provide maximum lighting on the beaches”, the Minister of Tourism added. She announced that present forecasts were for a 10% rise in tourists this summer in Bulgaria.From the words of the minister it became clear that Bulgaria offers an ever better environment for business development. In this regard, Nikolina Angelkova informed them that she would work on elimination of the re-classification of hotels and catering establishments every five years. This aims to remove the excessively high administrative burden on businesses, and quality could be guaranteed by enhancing the product competitiveness and ongoing control.  
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Minister Angelkova held a working meeting with George Kremlis, head of Integration and Environmental Impact Assessments unit in the EC
2017-05-27T12:51:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met with George Kremlis, head of Integration and Environmental Impact Assessments unit in DG Environment of the European Commission. They discussed the development of Bulgarian tourism.The main goal of the Ministry of Tourism is to make our country a year-round sustainable tourist destination and to be among the top 5 countries in the sector in South Eastern Europe, Minister Angelkova emphasized during the talks.In her words, the Ministry of Tourism has focused its efforts on attracting investments in the tourism industry, which are key for the development of this structurally important sector of our economy.Bulgaria has many and diverse natural and cultural and historical resources which make it a competitive participant on the market not only in the region, the Minister of Tourism stated. The country is popular as an attractive place for sea and ski vacations and for active rest in the mountain.Nikolina Angelkova made it clear that this potential could not be developed without preserving nature. She added that green mountain tourism combined ever more successfully with balneological, spa and wellness services as part of general or profiled packages. It became clear at the meeting that Bulgaria was second in Europe by richness and diversity of mineral springs and offered such services at very attractive prices.Nikolina Angelkova and George Kremlis were unanimous that the progress of modern tourism and its future are not possible without caring for the environment and without making efficient use of the natural sources. Minister Angelkova highlighted the importance of eco and rural tourism as contemporary specialized forms of the sector in the country. They cannot develop successfully if not in harmony with nature and the natural setup of tourist sites. In this regard, Bulgaria is strictly observing the European legislation and international norms.George Kremlis welcomed the measures taken by the Bulgarian tourism administration for making Bulgaria a year-round destination and assured Minister Angelkova that European structures would continue promoting the commitments undertaken for a sustainable development of the sector.        
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Bulgaria presented itself at the IMEX exhibition in Frankfurt
2017-05-17T13:46:00
Bulgaria is taking part with a promotional stand in the biggest tourism event in the world for congress and business trips IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany. Presented at the Bulgarian stand are three companies and Varna Municipality. The event is intended for professionals in the tourism industry. Over 3 500 exhibitors, 4 900 professionals in the industry and over 3 900 hostedbuyers are set to be presented. The forum is held in the period 16-18 May 2017.The exhibitors include congress centres, cruise companies, national and regional tourist organizations and boards, hotel chains, spa centres, golf destinations, exhibition centres, leading aviation managers, rent-a-car companies.In the past year Bulgaria was visited by 826 939 German tourists, marking a 32.8 % growth on 2015.
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Minister Angelkova and Ambassador Makarov discussed Bulgarian-Russian cooperation in tourism
2017-05-16T17:28:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria Anatolii Makarov discussed bilateral cooperation in the sector. The Russian market is one of the major generating markets for the Bulgarian tourism industry and we are working pro-actively to attract steadily an increasing number of tourists from the Federation, Nikolina Angelkova said. She reminded that Russian citizens ranked 4th by the number of foreign tourists having visited our country in 2016 with over 580 000 visits.Minister Angelkova added that the expectations for this year were for these indicators to improve, especially in summer, and this is confirmed by the first statistics for the year.  For the period January-March 2017 about 28 700 Russian tourists visited Bulgaria, i.e. up some 12% on the same period in 2016, specified Angelkova.Nikolina Angelkova assured Ambassador Makarov that the Bulgarian government was making serious efforts to develop infrastructure in the resort areas and national tourist complexes.Ambassador Makarov underscored that bilateral relations in tourism would continue developing pro-actively. His Excellency invited Minister Angelkova to take part in the programme of the Week of the Russian Spiritual Culture and the Day of Russia in Bulgaria on 9 June, and some of the events were to take place in the area of Varna.  
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Minister Angelkova met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan
2017-05-15T16:49:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chief Negotiator with the EU  Mr. Mahmud Guliev. Present at the meeting was the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria H. E. PhD Nargiz Gurbanova.Among the issues discussed were the measures for enhancing the bilateral tourist flow and options for facilitating the visa regime. It became clear that the two countries will work for development of a programme for using the opportunities of Bulgarian spa and balneological products by citizens of Azerbaijan.Minister Angelkova informed Mahmud Guliev that during the 105th session of WTO in Madrid she had had talks with her counterpart Abulfaz Garaev, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, and invited him to visit Bulgaria.Deputy Minister Guliev pointed out the fact that this year Bulgaria and Azerbaijan celebrated the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Opportunities for holding joint events on this occasion are to be discussed.  
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Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met with the Prince of Saudi Arabia Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
2017-05-12T16:51:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met with the Prince of Saudi Arabia Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.  The meeting was held in the framework of the 105th session of the Executive Council of the UN World Tourism Organization, which is held in Madrid, Spain.  The two discussed plans for promoting cultural and historical heritage in Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia. A focus of their discussion concerned the opportunities for foreign investment in the tourism sector in Bulgaria. Minister Angelkova stated that over EUR 44 billion of foreign direct investment poured in for a period of 20 years and 27 projects in tourism were awarded investment-class certificates.  In October 2016, when H.M. Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was on a visit to Bulgaria, a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in tourism between the two countries was signed. The document provides a basis for development of traditionally good bilateral relations not only in this sector but in other sectors of the economy.During last year’s visit to our country Minister Angelkova familiarized Prince Al Saud with the advantages of Bulgaria as a sustainable and year-round tourist destination and as a good environment for investment with financial stability and low taxes.The Prince is the eldest son of the Arab country’s current king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as well as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of that country’s Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.  
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Bulgaria is a well-known destination on the Italian market
2017-05-12T11:32:00
Bulgaria is a well-known destination on the Italian market. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Italy Dorina Bianki at a meeting with the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. The meeting was held in the framework of the 105th session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization.Promoting the tourist flow between the two countries and exchanging good practices in staff training were among the main focuses in the talks. “Combined routes are one of the ways of promoting the exchange of tourists and creating products with a cultural and historical focus”, explained Nikolina Angelkova. In her words, the Ministry of Tourism focused its efforts on promoting investments in the sector, which are key to tourism development. Minister Angelkova underscored that our country was making consistent efforts to improve staffing in the sector. 
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Nikolina Angelkova told WTO: In 2016 Bulgaria attracted a record number of foreign tourists
2017-05-11T16:38:00
In the past year a great deal of work was done, which helped achieve the record high results. Over 8.2 million of foreign tourists visited Bulgaria, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova stated at the 105th session of the World Tourism Organization, which is held today in Madrid, Spain.Minister Angelkova said she was personally committed to furthering these results and making them a sustainable trend. She underscored this summer Bulgaria expected a 10% growth of foreign tourists.  Nikolina Angelkova was explicit that she would continue the activities on reinforcing the rebranded image of the country as a preferred year-round destination, offering a high quality tourist product and attracting a greater number of tourists. She stated that our country would continue pro-actively working on the initiatives associated with the World Tourism Organization.Minister Angelkova congratulated the current Secretary-General of WTO Taleb Rifai on his good work and called on the next secretary general to continue it.  
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Minister Angelkova: A meeting about amendments to the legal framework and the coming summer season is to be held with business
2017-05-04T17:46:00
One of the main tasks in the beginning of next week is to hold a meeting with the business in the tourism industry. We will discuss the Tourism Act, the coming summer season, and improvements to be introduced in the Black Sea Coast Development and Grouping of Beaches Act. It is important to discuss together with representatives of ministries, the local administration and businesses the priorities that need be set, which would require amending the Tourism Act so as to make it workable. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova on her taking office. She took over the office from Stela Baltova at a ceremony held in the ministry.In her words, the caretaker team of the Ministry of Tourism has pursued a consistent policy with regard to the national programme for tourism advertising.Minister Angelkova stated that one of the key priorities in her work pertained to the summer season, conducting inspections of the condition of beaches, the completed legal procedures for sea beaches and identification of whether more beaches could be leased. This is one of the steps to ensure a problem-free summer season, to have life guards, cleaning and medical services on as many number of sea beaches as possible, the Minister of Tourism added.The EU Chairmanship provides a unique opportunity to present Bulgaria in the best possible way. Besides being a centre of all European policies, we will present our country as an attractive tourist destination, the minister commented and added that we would have the chance to present our culture, history, traditions, all that makes our country unique.The Caretaker Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova presented two of the key priorities pursued in the last three months – proper implementation of the regulations policy and the policy on presenting a quality Bulgarian product in marketing and international activities. She also highlighted that a major focus was put on promoting different year-round-sought products in order to extend the seasons and make Bulgaria a year-round tourist destination.Assoc. Professor Stela Baltova confirmed a record high winter season in Bulgaria, which marked a 20% growth in the period December 2016 – March 2017 compared to the 2015-2016 period. She stated that this was mainly due to the consistent policy pursued by the government, the efforts of the tourist business, regional administrations, local authorities and all stakeholders. 
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Work on procurement of the operation of sea beaches continues
2017-03-16T12:25:00
Work on procurement of the operation of sea beaches for the upcoming summer season 2017 continues. Signed were new contracts for concession of four beaches – “Sveti Vlas - Nov plazh”, “Obzor-Yug”, “Kamping Oasis” and “Dyuni -Yug”.As regards the other concession procedures announced in 2016 but not completed, the competent institutions have ruled so far to the benefit of the Ministry of Tourism.For the concessions of “Kamping Nestinarka”, “Burgas – Sever” and “Pomorie-Central” appeals have been lodged to the Commission for Protection of Competition. It ruled that the appeals were groundless. For “Kamping Nestinarka” a contract is to be concluded. For “Burgas – Sever” a meeting of the concession commission is to be held and the procedure should continue from where it stopped.  For “Pomorie-Central” the decision is pending to take effect or be appealed. The competent authorities are expected to rule only on the appeal for the concession of “Sveti Vlas – Iztok”.  For the “Slanchev bryag – Sever” beach a decision of the Supreme Administrative Court and the Supreme Court of Cassation is pending.As regards tenders for lease of beaches, companies for “Kamping Veselie”, “Estuary of Veleka River”, and “Tsarevo – Vasiliko” have already been selected. All procedures for “Nesebar – Yug” have been completed and it was delivered to the lessee. By the end of March there will be a second tender for the beaches “Ofitserski-Zapad”, “Popski Plazh Sever 5” and “Nesebar-Iztok”. The reason for the second tender is the lack of applicants or incorrectly prepared documents. The tender for “Nov plazh Balchik” was terminated due to procedural breaches and is announced again.In order to ensure a successful summer season in 2017 and given the need of procuring sea beaches with mandatory activities to ensure safe terms of their use according to intended purpose, 5 more tender procedures are to be launched for lease of the following beaches: “Kranevo – Central”, “Kamping – Yug”, “Sveti Vlas – Bolnitsata”, “Rosenets – Sever”, and “Varna – Central”. For sea beaches “Panorama” and “Malak plazh Lozenets”, whose lease contracts expire in 2017, tenders are being prepared too. The contracts for lease of “Atanasovska Kosa” and “Kabakum – Central” beaches are considered terminated due to non-payment of the lease price and tenders are to be initiated for them. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/work-procurement-operation-sea-beaches-continues
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tourism.government.bg:3702:2017-03-16T12:25:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova in an interview for "24 Hours" daily newspaper: Berlin and Moscow are interested in Bulgarian wellbeing tourism
2017-03-16T09:41:00
Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova, Minister of Tourism: Berlin and Moscow are interested in Bulgarian wellbeing tourismInterview of Minister Stela Baltova for "24 Hours" daily newspaper - 16.03.2017Expected 10% growth in Russian tourists for 2017, cruises to Bulgarian ports and Crimea on offer  - Assoc. Prof. Baltova, you got very good news at the international travel fairs in Berlin and Moscow. What summer season can we expect?- An active summer season is ahead of us. It will be successful, and the next one could be even more successful when the quality of our tourism is good. The data received from my meetings with tour operators on the German market are very positive. Some of them share that a 35% growth can be achieved. So far the official data of DER Touristik (the tour operator brought 130,000 tourists from Germany alone in 2016) shows a 26% growth in 2017 compared with 2016.- The two-digit growth is serious for tourism?- Yes, the exhibition in Berlin was very successful. At the stand of Bulgaria there were 7 municipalities – the Association of Danube River Municipalities, we presented the EDEN destinations. We showed Bulgaria as building partnerships. This has to be formulated as a national policy. At the meetings with the tour operator Thomas Cook it became clear the complaints from our country were less than 2%, we agreed with TUI to train here our hotel specialists, there will be regular flights with French tourists soon.- What do Europeans search in Bulgaria, only the sea?- Our sea tourism is the top product for the German market. However, they are also strongly interested in health and rehabilitation vacations or so-called well-being, which helps improve the body and the spirit.- Were there talks that this could be funded from German health insurance funds?- That’s right. German tour operators are ready to work together in order to attract German health insurance funds to send their nationals for rehabilitation to Bulgaria. The talks are set to begin at state level and public-private partnerships with business could be gradually established in order to be present together on the German market. And on the Scandinavian market, too. The businesses that took part in the exhibition in Germany were extremely active in meetings and partnerships. The stand of Bulgaria was absolutely modern. At a meeting with the director of the travel fair ITB – Berlin I requested our stand to be extended to 500 sq.m. next year and the location of Bulgaria to be changed because 2 years ago the organizers changed the location of Bulgaria for economic reasons. Next year we mark the 50th anniversary of our country’s participation in this exhibition – we are among its founders.  These were the arguments for requesting a better location at the exhibition.In Berlin I had a very fruitful meeting with the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai. I posed a single and acute problem – that of the labour force, and we agreed to address it together. We do not have bus drivers, waiters, and chefs. The tourism business is feeling the strain. We have wonderful infrastructure but who will take care of the tourist.- The business is hiring foreign workers for internships...- Yes, but 3 months are not enough, our season is at least 5 months. After Berlin I gave clear instructions for action. The discussions went extremely well, but to me it is important to develop what has been negotiated.- With your Berlin luggage you go directly to the other important fair – in Moscow. What is the news from there?- We have this market and we will have it. Russian tourists are not very likely to return to Turkey at present. Bulgaria expects a 10% growth from this market.In Moscow I spoke to Oleg Safonov, the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism. He confirmed again his meeting with Bulgaria, but had to change his schedule for that reason. I expected to see an extremely solemn man and he was very friendly. We did not discuss politics at all. I said that the Russian tourist was significant for Bulgaria because he sought quality and high-category hotels.In Moscow all say that the Russian tourist expects cultural-patriotic tourism from Bulgaria.They focus on child vacations with foreign language study. Kamchia is thought of as Eden by Russians. To be honest, I wanted to announce something, after it is discussed at high level, but Safonov himself stated the intention of a cruise through the Bulgarian ports, and in Russia it could pass through Crimea and Turkey could be included as well. They expect our operative decision. Safonov paved the way for my meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Mr Vitalii Mutko. He sees a serious potential in their relations for tourism in Bulgaria.This week I will announce a new call for conceptual design for the stands of our exhibitions – we should be innovative. This is remembered, more digitalization, place for business at the exhibitions. After 2007 extraordinary things happened in tourism.Let’s show them!With the heads of tourism of Ural and Altay regions we negotiated exchange of trainees. From Kaliningrad region were interested in gourmet tourism in Bulgaria. Altay even proposed exchange of technologies for production of yellow cheese. And of course, wellness vacations.- What happens with the beaches – there are appeals of concessions. Appealed is also the Single Tourism Information System which was to connect the registers of the hotels to NRA, MoI.- This procedure had been suspended before my taking office but my ambition is to restart it in the caretaker cabinet’s term of office. The STIS is my first priority. It should go live in September or October 2017.The tasks for the beaches are serious. A call for public procurement for the monitoring of beaches will be launched. The teams are ready for inspections.At present there are 53 effective concessions. Until 1 March I signed 4 contracts for concession of “Sveti Vlas - Nov plazh”, “Obzor-Yug”, “Kamping Oasis” and “Dyuni-Yug”.  The leased beaches are 65, and in few days contracts will be concluded for “Kamping Veselie”, “Estuary of Veleka River”, and “Tsarevo – Vasiliko”. By the end of March there will be a second tender for the beaches “Ofitserski-Zapad”, “Popski Plazh Sever” and “Nesebar Sever” and “Nesebar Iztok”.  I terminated the tender for “Nov plazh – Balchik” because of procedural breaches.I am glad to say that in order to improve tender documentation we set up an intergovernmental group which gave proposals. So far the tenderer had declared it would not change the proposed prices per umbrella and deckchair for the period of the lease. The new tender documentation states that “the lessee shall offer umbrellas and deckchairs at prices not higher than those proposed thereby in the offer and they may not be increased in the contract”.- In other words, the prices can only decrease?- That’s right. We increase the members of the commission – they will be 5 now, including experts of the Council of Ministers.- And what about concessions?- I will not authorize any more concessions, the time for completing the procedure is not sufficient. This is a sensitive topic. The most important thing now is to prevent concern among businesses and tourists.We have urgently initiated the water rescue ordinance – to recognize training of lifeguards from other institutions, not only from the Bulgarian Red Cross, an option is created to hire foreign lifeguards, their working hours can be changed depending on the intensity of the beach.- How long did you consider whether to accept the position of minister of tourism, Ms Baltova? – Very little- How were you invited?- They asked me whether I agree to give my telephone number to the president’ team because he wanted to invite me to a meeting with him. I have had interesting moments in my life but never have been invited by the president. To be honest, I thought that they would task me with making analysis and a study on tourism. At the meeting I had a catalogue of the university at which I work. President Radev, he had not taken office yet, was interested in my opinion on the country’ economic development, on the beaches, there was no discussion of politics at all. And the proposal came. He expected an answer...- Immediately?- Well, he gave me a certain margin of tolerance till next day.- How did you sleep then?- I have a sound sleep, but I am also an emotional person. I discussed the matter with my employer and my family. I took it very seriously.And I accepted.***CV• Born in 1961, graduated from the French Secondary Language School in Sliven with gold medal• 1988 – graduated from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy in Sofia; continued her education at the University of North Alsace, France; a master of digital marketing• 2002-2005 was on diplomatic mission as economic advisor, head of commercial and economic section in Copenhagen, Denmark• 2007-2009 was Deputy Chairperson of the State Agency for Tourism• Assoc. Prof. in economics of business services. Teacher at the International Higher Business School of Botevgrad• Fluent in French, English, Danish and Russian, uses Portuguese  
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-tourism-stela-baltova-interview-24-hours-daily-newspaper-berlin-and-moscow
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Bulgaria is presented at МITT 2017 Exhibition in Russia
2017-03-15T11:57:00
Bulgaria is presented at МITT 2017 Exhibition in Russia with a national stand of 356.5 sq.m. Besides the Ministry of Tourism, present are 28 co-exhibitors, including four sea municipalities – Varna, Primorsko, Nessebar and Sozopol, as well as companies. Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva took part in the event. MITT 2017 is held in the period from 13 to 16 March 2017.The leading slogan of the destination for 2017 is “Bulgaria – Discover and Share”. The highlights in the presentation of our country are in accordance with the most demanded products: cultural tourism, balneological, spa and wellness tourism. Bulgaria is promoted as an all-year-round tourist destination  with ancient culture, rich in historical and archeological monuments, mineral springs, beautiful and preserved nature and tasty food, and the main goal is to attract a higher number of Russian tourists.During the exhibition, the visitors of the Bulgarian stand will be able to familiarize themselves with the Bulgarian traditional embroidery. Organised is also a tasting of Bulgarian jams, a professional confectioner will demonstrate live how to cook them and how to use them as decoration of cakes and how to make sugar figures. For the audience there is a tasting of wines with a Russian speaking sommelier, a tasting of traditional food specialties – banitsa, cheese, lukanka, honey, etc. Martenitsi are woven at the stand, to be presented as a gift to every visitor.Based on data from Russian tour operators, Bulgaria remains a leader in the sea vacations among European destinations, sought by the Russian tourists during the campaigns for early bookings at tour operators. Statistics on enquiries by Russians in general and specialized search engines confirmed their increased interest in our country. For example, enquiries about trips to Bulgaria made in January this year in the search engine Sletat.ru (Слетать.ру) mark a rise by 180.4% compared with December 2016. This is the highest monthly rise in the volume of enquiries by countries participating in the internet statistics of Sletat.ru. According to data of the search engine Yandex in January 2017, Bulgaria shows a rise in enquiries by users by 130.7% compared with December 2016 and is one of the Top 3 countries with highest upward dynamics in search of tours by Russian clients.Over 1,600 companies from 182 countries and regions take part in the MITT exhibition in Russia, and the number of visitors exceeds 28,000 persons. The event is targeted at the mass audience and professionals and all kinds of tourist services are offered there. Meetings are held and contacts are made with existing business partners, new destinations and types of services are offered, new proposals and competitive methods of work are studied, and the scope of target audience is extended, and all this is offered at a single point. МIТТ enables participants and visitors of the exhibition to take part in the  extensive business programme and meet with the best performers in the industry.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-presented-mitt-2017-exhibition-russia
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tourism.government.bg:3700:2017-03-15T11:57:00
The Ministry of Tourism launched the project “Cultural and Tourist EDEN destinations in Bulgaria”
2017-03-15T10:23:00
The Ministry of Tourism launched the implementation of the project “Cultural and Tourist EDEN destinations in Bulgaria”. EDEN is a network of the best European destinations promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. The project was approved for funding under the call for proposals “Best EDEN Destinations – Selection 2016” under the Programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (2014-2020) – COSME. A contracting authority is the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the European Commission. The total value of the project proposal is EUR 46,890.00 (BGN 91,709.00) and the funds are equally split between the European Commission and the Ministry of Tourism – EUR 23,445.00 (BGN 45,854.00) each. The duration of the project is 10 months – by the end of 2017.It aims to draw the attention and promote rarely visited/newly emerging Bulgarian tourist destinations on the subject of “cultural tourism”. This involves destinations offering a specific form of tourism based on their local tangible cultural assets (i.e. cultural and historical heritage or contemporary culture such as traditional historical or archeological monuments/sites, industrial sites, museums, theatres,  galleries, modern archeological sites, modern city districts, “ethnic pockets” of cities).  In pursuance of the project in 2017 new, rarely visited five EDEN destinations in the field of cultural tourism in Bulgaria will be selected. To this end, a package of documents for applying will be developed, including requirements and criteria to potential candidates for selection of best rarely visited EDEN destinations in the country for cultural tourism, a guidebook to complete the set of documents, an application form and other required documents for participation in the competition.Further information about the procedure will be published in the period April-May 2017 on the website of the Ministry of Tourism and on the website of EDEN network in Bulgaria - http://www.edenbulgaria.eu/.Based on assessment of the submitted proposals the five new EDEN destinations in the field of cultural tourism will be determined – one winner and four sub-winner destinations. Professional pictures of the five selected destinations will be taken and they will be promoted in special brochures.At the end of 2017 an official ceremony will be held for presentation of awards to the selected destinations. They will be included in the national EDEN network in Bulgaria and will become part of the European network. Further information about EDEN initiative is available on the website of the network in Bulgaria - http://www.edenbulgaria.eu/, as well as on the website of DG Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship of the EC: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/eden/about_bg. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-launched-project-cultural-and-tourist-eden-destinations-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:3699:2017-03-15T10:23:00
The 15th of March is the World Consumer Rights Day
2017-03-15T08:55:00
On 15 March we mark the World Consumer Rights Day, announced by the UN General Assembly. The initiative focuses on the importance of consumer rights in the choice of goods and services and on civic intolerance to market abuses and unfair competition.  On this day 54 years ago, in an emotional speech President John Kennedy for the first time formulated the fundamental rights of consumers – the rights to safety, to be informed, to choose, and the right to be heard. Later on other rights were added – the right to satisfaction of basic needs of consumers; the right to redress; the right to education; and the right to a healthy environment. Namely these eight postulates are laid down in the Guidelines for Consumer Protection adopted by UN.  With dynamic developments in globalization, digitalization and free movement of people and goods all over the world the importance of consumer rights protection has been drawing greater attention. Consumers in the European Union also receive more and more powers: for education in the issues of their protection, absence of misleading advertising, repair and replacement of defective goods, contracts without unfair clauses, return of goods, free help, etc., and the right to more IT services to the benefit of clients.The tourism sector is instrumental to global development and is one of the sectors with the greatest number of consumers who are getting ever more demanding and active. The tourist industry has been growing faster over the last decades and was one of the leading global socio-economic sectors that survived in the general crises. According to the forecasts of the UN World Tourism Organization, the number of international tourists will continue rising at an annual rate of 3.3% until 2030 while in 2015 tourists numbered about 1.24 billion persons.Bulgaria is also one of the countries with most dynamic tourism development and growing number of users of that type of services. The country reported an increasing number of Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Based on information from the Commission for Consumer Protection, their rights are respected more responsibly by business and the number of administrative breaches in the sector has steadily declined. The National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria announced that in 2016 about 7.2 million persons used accommodation facilities with minimum 10 beds, up by 14% compared with 2015, and revenues from such overnights have risen by some 19% compared with last year. According to NSI, in 2016 about 3,331 accommodation facilities with minimum 10 beds operated in the country. The year 2016 marked records in the history of Bulgarian tourism industry. Based on data of the National Statistical Institute, the total number of foreign tourists’ trips to Bulgaria in the past year was 8,251,995, marking over a 16% growth compared with 2015 (an increase by over 1.1 million trips), and almost all generating markets reported growth. Revenue data on 2016 is very good. Revenues from international tourism in the balance of payments current account, based on BNB data, amount to some EUR 3.3 billion, about 16% higher than in 2015.These facts confirm that more and more tourists choose Bulgaria as a place for their vacation and journey as they can find here wonderful natural and cultural-historical sites as well as safety and loyal services. Early bookings and the higher number of planned flights to Bulgaria outline even higher indicators for this year, which was announced by the UN World Tourism Organization as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/15th-march-world-consumer-rights-day
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tourism.government.bg:3698:2017-03-15T08:55:00
Minister Baltova met with the Ambassador of Romania to Bulgaria
2017-03-14T16:33:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova had a working meeting with the Ambassador of Romania to Bulgaria H. E. Ion Galea. The two discussed the significant growth in tourists between the two countries. They agreed that active contacts at state level and between businesses should continue.Minister Stela Baltova underscored that the security of Romanian tourists coming to Bulgaria was a major priority. She also acquainted the Ambassador with the discussion held with her colleague from the newly established Ministry of Tourism in Romania Mircha Dobre, whom she met at the travel exhibition ITB in Berlin. Minister Baltova and Ambassador Galea discussed future projects and campaigns in tourism between the two countries.A bilateral business forum in the field of tourism is to be held in Bucharest on 30 March 2017. The ministers of tourism of the two countries, representatives of the business, the academia, Bulgarian and Romanian municipal authorities are to participate in it.Romania is a major target market for Bulgaria. Last year it ranked first by the number of foreign tourists coming to Bulgaria with over 986,000 trips and a 4% growth. The main demand from the Romanian market is for sea and ski tourism but also there is interest in cultural routes, city tours, balneological and spa services. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-met-ambassador-romania-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:3697:2017-03-14T16:33:00
The Ministry of Tourism was awarded at the fair in Moscow
2017-03-12T14:03:00
The Ministry of Tourism was presented with a special certificate for active participation and presentation during the International Travel Fair INTOURMARKET-2017 in Moscow, Russia. Bulgaria is present with a national stand at one of the biggest international travel fairs.INTOURMARKET-2017 is organized with the collaboration of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture, the Federal Agency for Tourism, the Russian Union of Travel Industry, the Association of the Tour Operators in Russia and other leading structures in the field of tourism.This year our country is presented at the INTOUMARKET fair with a national stand of 128 sq.m. Presented in the framework of the national participation are traditional and new tourist products, offered on the Russian market to strengthen and extend the positions of Bulgaria as a tourist destination. Presented at the stand are the municipalities of Varna, Burgas, Nessebar, and Bulgarian tour operators working on the Russian market.The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova was a formal guest and took part in the opening ceremony of the fair. She had talks with V. Mutko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation in charge of sports and tourism. The two sides stated their willingness to further cooperation in the field of tourism and the deputy prime minister underscored the strong performance of Bulgaria at the travel fair and its popularity among Russian tourists as an attractive and calm place for vacation.Minister Baltova had a meeting with Oleg Safonov, Director of the Federal Agency for Tourism. She thanked him for the good partnership with the Federal Agency for Tourism, for the personal support by Oleg Safonov to the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria in the conduct of events in Russia and expressed willingness for a more active cooperation with the tourist administration and with all regional structures in the sector, the tourist business and the Russian media. She underscored that Russia was one of the main tourist partners of Bulgaria and our country ranked among the top ten destinations in 2016 preferred by Russian tourists who chose their vacation themselves.Minister Baltova stressed the fact that Bulgaria treated with respect and care its guests from Russia, the Russian tourists and the Bulgarian administrations and tour operators ensured safety, competitive prices, best value for money, high professionalism in the services provided to Russian tourists.Oleg Safonov underscored the desire of the Russian side to continue cooperation with our country and increase the exchange of tourists between the two countries. He noted the interest of Russians in the tourist opportunities offered by Bulgaria, and that besides the traditional sea and ski vacations Russian tourists were already seeking cultural and information, historical and patriotic, and balneological programmes. In the first months of 2017 there is a higher interest in the organized vacations in Bulgarian child camps. Also discussed were opportunities for joint projects in the field of tourism.The two parties considered serious options for intensive exchange of tourists, rapid development of Bulgarian tourist products and expanding their penetration on the Russian market. Minister Baltova highlighted the serious plans of the ministry to promote Bulgaria in the Russian regions. Oleg Safonov offered cooperation from the Federal Agency with the participation of Bulgaria for the regional tourist forums, conferences, presentations, seminars.Minister Baltova invited all interested Russian regions to take part in the travel fairs and forums in Bulgaria, and explained that this could provide good opportunities for establishing new business contacts between Bulgarian and Russian companies in the field of tourism.Olga Yarilova, Director of Tourism directorate at the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, informed Minister Baltova  at the meeting during the fair that the Russian side planned to conduct  large-scale “Days of the Russian  Culture in Bulgaria”, which are to start in June 2017 with a large Bulgarian-Russian tourist forum in Sofia.Also fruitful was the meeting of Minister Baltova with the Deputy Director of FAT Roman Skorii, which rendered a positive assessment of the joint work on the started cultural, information, historical and patriotic programmes targeted at youth audiences in Bulgaria and Russia and it was decided that a relevant work programme was to be developed.Meetings with the Governor of Altay Region А. Karlin, the Minister of Tourism of Kaliningrad Region А. Ermak, the Executive Director of the Ural Tourism Association M. Maltsev, the heads of  tourist  administrations of Samarska and Tambovska regions, Altay Region, revealed great potential for strengthening the work for attracting tourists from the Russian regions.  A key event in the framework of the Bulgarian participation in INTOURMARKET-2017 was the Bulgarian-Russian round table with subject “Health and recreation – modern trends in the development of tourist services”, organized by the  Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation. Discussed were topics of mutual interest in the field of bilateral relations – opportunities for development of balneological rehabilitation tourism in Bulgarian resorts, offering even more attractive tourist packages to Russian and Bulgaria tourists with the active collaboration of our tour operator associations and travel companies. In addition, discussed were the issues of strengthening cooperation in the field of child vacations in the Bulgarian Black Sea and balneological resorts, development of cooperation in the field of cultural and historical tourism by creating joint projects, offering tourist packages for pilgrimage tours and development of religious tourism.  ​Participants in the round table were the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova, the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Russian Federation Boyko Kotsev, the Deputy Director of FAT Roman Skorii,  the Executive Director of the Association of the Tour Operators of Russia M. Lomidze, the Executive Director of the Ural Tourism Association M. Maltsev, the rectors of leading Russian higher schools educating specialists in tourism.​From Bulgarian side presentations were made by the municipalities of Plovdiv, Varna,  representatives of the Bulgarian Association of Balneology and Spa Tourism, SOK Kamchia, and Medica-Albena.The round table became a ground for active exchange of information, presenting many new opportunities in the field of tourism, offered by Bulgaria to its Russian guests. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-was-awarded-fair-moscow
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tourism.government.bg:3667:2017-03-12T14:03:00
Bulgaria places great value on “health and recreation” at the tourist fair in Moscow
2017-03-10T15:10:00
For a twelfth year in a row Bulgaria takes part in the International Travel Fair INTOURMARKET, which is held from 11 to 13 March 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Our country participates with a national stand of 128 sq.m., organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The leading slogan of the destination is “Bulgaria – Discover and Share”, and the focus is on mass and specialised products such as summer and cultural tourism, balneological, spa and wellness tourism, organized child and youth tourism, etc. Five non-governmental organizations, municipalities, tour operators and travel agencies took part in it.As part of the fair, on 11 March, a Bulgarian-Russian round table will be held with subject “Health and recreation – modern trends in the development of tourist services” with the participation of the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof.  Stela Baltova. Invited are representatives of Bulgarian and Russian travel organizations, diplomats, mayors and experts from municipal administrations, as well as representatives of the Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia, the Association of the Tour Operators of Russia, the Russian Union of Travel Industry and Russian higher schools. Discussed at the forum will be current issues relating to development of balneological and rehabilitation tourism, cooperation in promoting child vacations in the Bulgarian Black Sea and spa resorts, etc.During the fair, other bilateral meetings will be held in Moscow, setting out specific measures for promotion of partnership in the fields of cultural and pilgrimage tourism, regional cooperation, etc.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-places-great-value-health-and-recreation-tourist-fair-moscow
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tourism.government.bg:3668:2017-03-10T15:10:00
Bulgaria provided wine tasting at the Danube Salon in Berlin
2017-03-10T13:37:00
Bulgaria presented its tourist products at the Danube Salon within the ITB Berlin exhibition, organized by the German province Baden-Wuerttemberg.  The Ministry of Tourism provided tasting of Bulgarian wines at the event. A special wine consultant explained our grape varieties.In the framework of the salon a forum on the subject “Sustainable Danube Region Development” was held with the participation of the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova. A partner of the event this year was Slovenia. Traditional participants in the salon are all Danube countries – Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. 
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tourism.government.bg:3669:2017-03-10T13:37:00
TUI starts bringing back tourists from France to the sea
2017-03-10T10:25:00
The big tour operator TUI Group starts bringing back tourists from France to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast after a nine-year break. This became clear at the meeting of the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova with Astrid Eilert, product manager at TUI France, in the framework of the international ITB exhibition in Berlin. The company launches direct flights in mid-May from French airports to Burgas. This season we mainly offer Sunny Beach, Astrid Eilert said.Minister Baltova welcomed TUI for bringing back French tourists to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. She explained that the ministry had already started work on marketing Bulgaria for 2018 and believed that the concept would be adopted by the end of April.In general, TUI Group reports rises on all markets for the country in the present bookings, said Detlef Höhne, country manager for Bulgaria at the company. Increases from Germany, Austria and Switzerland account for 35%, 30% from Poland, 40% from the Netherlands, 20% from Russia, 15% for the Scandinavian countries and 15% from Belgium.In the past year, the concern sent to Bulgaria over 230,000 tourists from all markets. TUI Group works with 1,600 agencies across Europe, serves over 20 million tourists per year. The turnover of the tour operator exceeds EUR 17.2 billion per year. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tui-starts-bringing-back-tourists-france-sea
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tourism.government.bg:3675:2017-03-10T10:25:00
Bulgaria drew great interest from German journalists
2017-03-09T16:46:00
The presentation of Bulgaria under the motto “Get together” in the framework of the ITB exhibition in Berlin drew great interest from over 30 German journalists. Participants in the event were the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova and Georgi Palahutev, the author of a tour guide on Bulgaria, published in Germany by the popular publishing house Dumont. They both presented Bulgarian traditional and new tourist products.The focus is on the country as an all-year-round tourist destination, Minister Baltova said. The guests from Germany could extend their idea of Bulgaria as a predominantly sea summer destination and rediscover it as an ancient country with rich history, beautiful nature, offering a wide range of alternative forms of tourism. Information routes are growing in popularity among German tourists, she added.Georgi Palahutev explained that information tours added a fresh view of the country in which the oldest processed gold in the world was found in Varna Necropolis. On Bulgarian territory are found archeological finds from at least seven historical eras and from the life of many ethnicities.  By number of immovable cultural monuments and artifacts – over 40,000, Bulgaria ranks third in Europe after Italy and Greece. There are over 7 million movable cultural values in the country. In the list of UNESCO’s tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage are included 14 Bulgarian objects. This ranks Bulgaria among the top 20 countries in the world by cultural resources.In recognition of this heritage the second largest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv, was selected as European capital of culture in 2019.  The unique golden and silver treasures of the Thracians in the Bulgarian lands cause an unbridled furor when exhibited in international galleries and museums. They show the intransient intangible and tangible culture, of which the presentation of our country at the Berlin exchange tells.    Palahutev also presented the production of rose oil, yoghourt, wine, bio products etc.Minister Baltova pointed out to the German journalists that Germany was among the most important generating markets for Bulgarian tourism. In 2016 Germany was third in the ranking of the National Statistical Institute of visits of foreign tourists in Bulgaria with about 827,000 Germans, marking some 33% growth compared with 2015. Bulgaria had an extremely successful 2016 year for tourism, hitting an all-time record. According to data of the national statistics, the country was visited by over 8.2 million foreign tourists, which is about 13% growth on the most successful 2014 year so far, and compared with 2015 the growth exceeds 16%. The difference, compared with 2015 in absolute terms, is an increase by over 1.1 million foreign tourists. These results reflect on the revenues in the sector. In 2016 revenues from international tourism amounted to over BGN 6.4 billion (about EUR 3.3 billion) and the growth on 2015 was about 16%.Preliminary data at present outline a rise in German tourists in Bulgaria in Summer 2017. Based on information from leading German tour operators, early bookings move within 22-45% growth compared with 2016. 
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tourism.government.bg:3670:2017-03-09T16:46:00
DER Touristik reports 26% growth for Bulgaria
2017-03-09T14:36:00
The top German tour operator DER Touristik at present reports 26% growth of bookings for Bulgariafor the whole of 2017. This became clear at a meeting between the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova with representatives of the company during the international ITB exhibition in Berlin. The expectations are for a growth of 10% of the seats in flights to our country.Last year the tour operator sent to Bulgaria about 130, 000 tourists, mainly from Germany. The other markets are Austria and Switzerland. The tour operator is a leader on the German market in the offers for Bulgaria.They discussed the quality of the Bulgarian product and on taking joint steps in this field.  DER Touristik also reports less than 2% complaints for the country. The company has its own catalogue for Bulgaria. It has 2,800 own travel offices, operates 14 destinations and 7.1 million tourists and its annual turnover exceeds EUR 5.43 billion. 
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tourism.government.bg:3671:2017-03-09T14:36:00
Minister Baltova met with the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization
2017-03-09T13:02:00
Minister Baltova met with the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO)Taleb Rifai during the International ITB Exhibition in Berlin. They discussed the place of Bulgaria as a tourist destination in national, regional and global terms.They defined human resources as one of the main challenges in tourism.Minister Baltova focused on the need of efficient measures to ensure human resources for the successful and high-quality development of tourism in Bulgaria. Taleb Rifai added that this was emerging as a global problem for the sector. They agreed on cooperation and joint actions in the field.The World Tourism Organization expects a global growth in tourists by 3-4% compared with the last year’s 1.24 billion tourists. 
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tourism.government.bg:3672:2017-03-09T13:02:00
The tour operator Thomas Cook reports 25% growth in bookings for Bulgaria
2017-03-09T12:19:00
The top tour operator Thomas Cook Group at present reports 25% growth in bookings for Bulgaria for the whole of 2017. This became clear at a meeting between the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova and Steward Adamson, Partnership Director at the company, during the international ITB exhibition in Berlin. The tour operator sent over 200,000 tourists to Bulgaria last year. The greatest number of tourists is from Germany – over 125,000 persons, followed by United Kingdom, Belgium, the Scandinavian countries.They agreed to continue their efforts for promoting the high-quality tourist product at state and business levels. Steward Adamson stated that the tourists of the company were satisfied with the quality of the Bulgarian product and had only 2% complaints last year.Thomas Cook Group works with over 20 million clients and the annual turnover of the group exceeds EUR 9.6 billion. This makes it one of the leading tour operators in the world, doing business in 16 countries. The largest markets are United Kingdom and Germany. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tour-operator-thomas-cook-reports-25-growth-bookings-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:3673:2017-03-09T12:19:00
Bulgaria is presented in Berlin with the “Roman Thermal Spas in Europe” project
2017-03-09T10:17:00
Bulgaria is presented at the ITB international exhibition in Berlin as part of the EU project “Culture and Spa. The Roman Thermal Spas in Europe”.The event was opened by the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova, the project manager Tobias Bielenstein and Siika Katsarova, Deputy Chairperson of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and Spa Tourism and Vice President of the European Spa Association.Building a network of destinations in Europe based on the experience of ancient Romans using healing thermal mineral springs is the main goal of the “Culture and Spa. The Roman Thermal Spas in Europe” project, Tobias Bielenstein said. Bulgaria belongs to this project as it is rich in mineral springs and cultural and historical sites, Minister Baltova stated.The concept is developed by 3 organizations – the European Spa Association, the German tour operator FIT Reisen and the company Europespa. Work started in 2014 with national partners from Spain, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. The official partner from Bulgaria is the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and Spa Tourism. The European Union participates in the funding. The main idea is based on the fact that there are long-term traditions in spa and balneological tourism in many European countries, these countries have something in common and this is the Roman history. It is a major part of the European cultural heritage. The idea is to use that common part of history in marketing, as it shapes the specifics of some destinations. In fact, we combine spa tourism and culture. “Roman thermal spa destinations” is also a brand on the market. Each destination is a brand that makes it unique, Tobias Bielenstein explained.Over 260 sites in Bulgaria are developing spa tourism, noted Siika Katsarova. One of the ideas of the project is to build a network of destinations. It is good for a town like Kyustendil for example to cooperate with colleagues from Portugal, France and Germany and learn from each. Within this project the towns do not compete but they are part of the common heritage. If one year the tourist stays in Bulgaria and likes it, next year he goes to Germany, that is the idea.The project has two big target groups. One of them covers European tourists. Certainly, the Germans are among the most attractive tourists as they are a big market. There is interest from Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries. The second group includes tourists from Japan, China and the USA. 
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tourism.government.bg:3674:2017-03-09T10:17:00
The inspection of the beach in Varna did not find any violations
2017-03-09T09:37:00
The inspection of “Ofitserski-Iztok” sea beach in Varna, ordered urgently by Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova in relation to alerts of ongoing construction works on its territory, ended with no findings of violations. The inspection was conducted jointly by representatives of the regional administration in Varna, Varna Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism in the presence of the lessee of the beach the company Temenuga 2014 EOOD and the media.It was found that there were construction works on the beach but they were carried out in accordance with the legal requirements and the plan for movable objects, reconciled with the Ministry of Tourism and approved by the municipality. The concrete elements found there are movable and they serve as a foundation of a movable object, not a solid one.A statement of ascertainment was drawn up after the inspection, stating the lack of violation of the laws or the contract and excluding the need for drawing up a penal act.We would like to remind that pursuant to the contract the lessee may install movable objects and facilities, including  extra commercial space around the  fast-food restaurants, subject to approval by the chief architect of the municipality, based on a specialized plan for the movables objects and facilities, including extra commercial space, approved by the minister of tourism.For “Ofitserski-Iztok” sea beach there is a plan for the movables objects and facilities, including extra commercial space, approved by the minister of tourism on 22.07.2016, and compliant with all legal requirements.The permit for the installation on the area of the sea beach is granted by the chief architect one-off for the term of the lease (art. 13, para. 7 of the Black Sea Coast Development Act) and is valid until expiry of the term of the lease or until modification of the plan and its approval under art. 13, para. 3 of BSCDA.Pursuant to art. 56 and art. 57а of the Spatial Development Act  regulating  the installation of movable objects and facilities and their removal, the mayor of the municipality is entrusted with such powers. As regards the permits for installation of movable objects, competent is the chief architect of the municipality. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/inspection-beach-varna-did-not-find-any-violations
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tourism.government.bg:3679:2017-03-09T09:37:00
Bulgaria offers four-season tourism at the exhibition in Berlin
2017-03-08T14:13:00
Bulgaria will be present at the most significant tourist exhibition in the world ITB Berlin, which starts today and continues till 12 March 2017, with a national stand of 400 sq.m., organized  by the Ministry of Tourism. Among the main products and services offered by Bulgaria to professionals and end users are summer/sea holidays, cultural, historical and information routes, balneological and spa procedures, eco, rural, mountain routes, etc.The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova visited the large and spacious stand of the country, occupying almost half the house, featuring huge illuminating photos, including the sides of the hall. The Minister visited and talked with all participants from the presented companies and municipalities. Bulgarian tour operators, hoteliers and municipalities expect a strong exhibition. Some of them predict 30% to 40% growth in German tourists to our country compared with last year.Bulgaria is one of the oldest participants in ITB Berlin and is presented for the 49th time. This year the co-exhibitors at the stand number 43 together with the Ministry of Tourism. The total number of presented municipalities is 7: Varna, Burgas Municipal Enterprise of Tourism, Primorsko, Russe, Lyubimets, Elena and Sofia Municipal Enterprise of Tourism. The number of tourist companies and hotels is 37, including the Association of Danube River Municipalities.Bulgaria shows its traditional and new tourist products. The focus is on the potential of the country as an all-year-round tourist destination. The guests from Germany could extend their idea of Bulgaria as a predominantly sea summer destination and rediscover it as an ancient country with rich history, beautiful nature, offering a wide range of alternative forms of tourism. Information routes are growing in popularity among German tourists.At the Bulgarian stand wines are tasted, martenitsi are woven, presented as gifts to visitors. A novelty is Bulgaria’s presentation with virtual reality glasses, showing tourist attractions.In addition, the Ministry of Tourism demonstrated Bulgarian EDEN destinations (European Destinations of ExcelleNce). The initiative is of the European Commission and promotes sustainable development of tourism in the European Union. In Bulgaria there are 12 EDEN destinations, selected at three national competitions on the subjects of cultural tourism, protected territories and aquatic tourism, including Belogradchik, Lukovit, Vratsa, Silistra, Kavarna, Strandzha Natural Park, Kardzhali, Kazanlak, Belitsa, Sandanski, Sapareva Banya and Kyustendil.  The presence of the EDEN destinations at the exhibition provides an extra opportunity for showing them to potential tourists and professionals engaged in tourism (tour operators, organizations of sustainable tourism, etc.). Participation of the project in the exhibition is part of the overall campaign for promotion of EDEN destinations and contributes to generation of further tourist interest in these geographical regions.
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tourism.government.bg:3676:2017-03-08T14:13:00
Happy 8th of March to the women in tourism!
2017-03-08T08:56:00
The motto of the International Women’s Day this year is “Be Bold for Change”. Every year the social, economic and political achievements of women across the world are celebrated on the 8th of March.  
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tourism.government.bg:3677:2017-03-08T08:56:00
Minister Baltova ordered an immediate inspection of the beach in Varna
2017-03-07T14:33:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova ordered an immediate inspection in regard to alerts of construction works being carried out at “Ofitserski-Iztok” beach in Varna. Employees from Management of Sea Beaches directorate will check the alerts and in case of violations legal actions will be taken.The documentary inspection conducted so far shows that a lease contract was concluded for the beach on 13.06.2016 with lessee the company Temenuga 2014 EOOD, represented by Alexander Alexandrov. According to this contract, the lessee may install movable objects and facilities, including extra commercial space around the fast-food restaurants, subject to approval by the chief architect of the municipality, based on a specialized plan for the movable objects and facilities, including extra commercial space, approved by the minister of tourism.For “Ofitserski-Iztok” sea beach there is a plan for the movable objects and facilities, including extra commercial space, approved on 22.07.2016 by the minister of tourism and compliant to all legal requirements.The permit for the installation on the area of the sea beach is granted by the chief architect one-off for the term of the lease (art. 13, para. 7 of the Black Sea Coast Development Act) and is valid until expiry of the term of the lease or until modification of the plan and its approval under art. 13, para. 3 of BSCDA.Pursuant to art. 56 and art. 57а of the Spatial Development Act  regulating  the installation of movable objects and facilities and their removal, the mayor of the municipality is entrusted with such powers. As regards the permits for installation of such movable objects, competent is the chief architect of the municipality. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-ordered-immediate-inspection-beach-varna
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tourism.government.bg:3680:2017-03-07T14:33:00
Bulgaria is present at the most significant tourist exhibition in Berlin
2017-03-07T09:58:00
Bulgaria will be present at the most significant tourist exhibition in the world ITB Berlin with a national stand of 400 sq.m., organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The exchange is held from 8 to12 March 2017 and the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova will take part in it. She will participate in the 7th meeting of the sector ministers “On the Silk Road” of the UN World Tourism Organization in a discussion on 9 March on the potential of Bulgaria of being an all-year-round destination and in other business events in the programme.   Among the main products and services offered by Bulgaria to professionals and end users are offers for summer/sea holidays, cultural, historical and information routes, balneological and spa procedures, eco, rural, mountain routes, etc.Our country is one of the oldest participants in the exhibition and is presented in Berlin for the 49th time. This year the co-exhibitors at the stand number 43 together with the Ministry of Tourism, including 7 municipalities and the Association of Danube River Municipalities. Presented in the German capital will also be the Bulgarian EDEN (EuropeanDestinationsofExcelleNce) destinations. The national stand will attract visitors with daily tastings of wines and products, production of traditional symbols such as martenitsi and other attractions.  
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-present-most-significant-tourist-exhibition-berlin
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tourism.government.bg:3678:2017-03-07T09:58:00
Happy 3rd of March!
2017-03-03T08:11:00
The year 2017 marks the 139th anniversary of Bulgaria’s Liberation. It will be celebrated with various events across the country.On this historic date in 1878 the Peace Treaty of San Stefano was signed between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, which ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. The document marks the beginning of the Third Bulgarian State. The peace treaty was signed in the small town of San Stefano (today’s Yeshilkioy) by Count Nikolay Ignatiev and Al. Nelyudov on behalf of Russia and Savfet Pasha and Sadoullah Bey on behalf of the Ottoman Empire. The treaty was preliminary and was subject to approval by the other Great Powers. The decrees concerning Bulgaria included articles 6 through 11 and article 19.According to them, Bulgaria is established as an autonomous, but tributary state with borders covering with small exceptions almost all territories in the European part of Turkey inhabited by Bulgarians. Its total area exceeded 170,000 sq.km.It was vested with a number of rights, including to demand recognition from other countries beyond those signing the Peace Treaty of San Stefano, as well as the right to international commercial relations and trade representations; to enter into commercial, financial and administrative-legal contracts with the consent and approval of the suzerain Turkey or the custodian Russia in the transitional period, and to have its own army and police.For the first time the 3rd of March was celebrated in 1880, two years after the Liberation, as the Accession Day of Emperor Alexander II. Two years later, in 1882, the State Council adopted a “List of non-working days in the Principality of Bulgaria”. It states for the first time that the day of 19th February is celebrated as the “Closing of the Peace Treaty of San Stefano”.Not mentioning Emperor Alexander II is consistent with the fact that in 1881 he was assassinated and inherited by his son Alexander Alexandrovich. Pursuant to Decree 78 of 31 December 1887 a list of non-working days in Bulgaria was approved. In it, the 19th of February was marked as the day of “The Liberation of Bulgaria”. In 1911 a new Law on Holidays and Sunday Rest was adopted and it also marked the 19th of February as the day of “The Liberation of Bulgaria”. This law remained in force until October 1951 when it was formally repealed by the Labour Code.With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1916 the events from the 19th and 20th centuries were restated, adding 12 days to the date of 19th of February for the 19th century and 13 days for the 20th century, respectively. The day of 19th of February 1878 in old style became the 3rd of March in new style. For the first time the 3rd of March in the new style was celebrated in 1917.The 3rd of March was celebrated as a holiday until 1949. In 1950, pursuant to a decree of the Council of Ministers defining the non-working days in 1950 calendar year, the 3rd of March for the first time was excluded from the list of non-working days.One-off, as a formal holiday, the day was celebrated in 1978 on the occasion of the centenary of the Liberation. Ten years later, by a decision of the July Plenum (1987) of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party and of the Council of Ministers the 3rd of March was restored as official holiday. By a decision of the State Council of 27 February 1990 and of the National Assembly since 5 March the same year the date was announced as national holiday. 
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tourism.government.bg:3686:2017-03-03T08:11:00
The tourist sector will make the South Black Sea Coast an all-year-round destination
2017-02-27T18:44:00
The tourist business, public institutions and local authorities will work together to make the South Black Sea Coast an all-year-round destination. They agreed to combine their efforts in preventing seasonality in the region during the meeting of the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova in Burgas, organized by the Regional Governor Valcho Cholakov.Seasonality is still a major problem for tourism in the region, being concentrated in the summer. Traffic at Burgas Airport in the high season is 93%, Minister Baltova said. She welcomed the establishment of the Regional Fund for Air Route Development, which is intended as an association between Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD and the four largest municipalities in the region – Burgas, Nessebar, Pomorie and Sozopol. The fund aims to boost traffic in the low season for flights (October – May) and attract more low-cost airlines, thus attracting tourists for short-stay trips. The top 5 destinations of Burgas Airport are Moscow (Russia), Tel Aviv (Israel), London (UK), Prague (Czech Republic), Saint Petersburg (Russia). In the past season 13 new airlines operated flights from and to Burgas Airport. Included in the summer schedule were 19 new destinations in Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Greece and Italy. For the time being, only one low-cost airline operates flights between Burgas and London three times a week.In regard to the security of tourists in the upcoming summer season Minister Baltova referred to Burgas Municipality as an example of enhanced video surveillance. 400 CCTVs have already been installed and by the end of the year their number will reach 600. The business demanded from the State to speed up expansion of Pomorie-Aheloy road.  Malko Tarnovo Municipality insisted on the reconstruction of the section to Tsarevo in order to enhance the flow of tourists from inland.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tourist-sector-will-make-south-black-sea-coast-all-year-round-destination
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tourism.government.bg:3685:2017-02-27T18:44:00
Minister Baltova met with the mayor of Burgas
2017-02-27T10:22:00
Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova met with the mayor of Burgas Municipality Dimitar Nikolov. The two discussed the opportunities of the city for becoming an all-year-round destination.“I hope we would be able to expand the possibility for short-stay trips by foreigners to Burgas”, Minister Baltova said. In her view, options should be sought for the penetration of low-cost airlines at Burgas Airport. At present they fly to Varna but not to Burgas. Minister Baltova held a meeting on this issue with the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Aleksiev.The mayor Dimitar Nikolov explained that the municipality supported the initiative. In his view, Burgas Airport is extremely loaded in the summer season compared with Varna Airport. In the rest of the year there could be more flights of low-cost airlines to Burgas. The city has good hotel facilities in all categories and has a potential for development. The same applies to smaller settlements in Burgas region, which can receive tourists all year round, noted Minister Baltova.In addition, they discussed the security of tourists for the upcoming summer season. Dimitar Nikolov announced that they would install CCTVs everywhere. At present there are 400 cameras in service and by the end of the year they would become 600.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-met-mayor-burgas
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tourism.government.bg:3681:2017-02-27T10:22:00
The Salt Museum in Pomorie was visited by over 16,000 tourists
2017-02-27T09:58:00
The Salt Museum in Pomorie was visited by over 16,000 tourists last year. This became clear during the visit of the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova in the museum. The number of tourists increases every year. By comparison, in 2015 it was visited by over 15,000 persons. Half of the tourists were Bulgarians.The director of the Museum of History in the town Anton Karabashev informed the minister that there was an enormous interest in the site by Russians, Germans, British nationals, Czechs, Poles, etc. The visiting groups of students increase.The Salt Museum in Pomorie is one of the one hundred national tourist sites in Bulgaria. It was opened on 7 September 2002 with the financial support of the European Union through the PHARE Programme. This is the only specialised Salt Museum in Eastern Europe. It consists of an exhibition hall and 20 dca of outdoor salt-pans, where salt is still being produced. It is located in the town of Pomorie itself, on the shores of Pomoriisko lake. 
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tourism.government.bg:3682:2017-02-27T09:58:00
Pomorie expects a strong summer season
2017-02-26T16:52:00
Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova visited Pomorie and held a meeting with the mayor Ivan Aleksiev. They discussed readiness for the upcoming summer season. Bookings of foreign markets are very good and we expect a strong season, said Ivan Aleksiev. Tourists are mainly from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and many Bulgarians, etc. He assured Minister Baltova that ongoing construction and repair works in the resort would end by mid-May. After that they will be prohibited.The mayor announced that a project is being prepared for building bikeways from Burgas to Pomorie. This will attract more tourists for bike and eco tourism. The two of them and the members of the National Tourist Council visited the ancient dome-like tomb in Pomorie, which is a monument of culture of national importance. It attracts the attention of many tourists. It will be open for visitors from April for the first groups coming to the big resorts. The tomb is located in the western necropolis of the ancient town, now in the area of arboriculture and viticulture station north west of Pomorie – Burgas road. It is a remarkable monument of Thracian architectural construction from the Roman era in the Bulgarian lands. The tomb is arched under a burial tomb, with a west corridor 22m long and a round chamber 11.60 m in diameter and 5.50 m in height. The facility is built from stone and bricks, with an original dome-like ceiling of the central premises. The tomb was a kind of mausoleum of a rich Anhialo Thracian family.Minister Baltova, the mayor Ivan Aleksiev and the members of the National Tourist Council visited also the Salt Museum in Pomorie. The advisor of the Prime Minister on tourism Georgi Nikolchev also took part in the events.    
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tourism.government.bg:3683:2017-02-26T16:52:00
Most Black Sea resorts already have waste water treatment plants
2017-02-24T14:32:00
Almost all settlements along the Black Sea coast already have waste water treatment plants, as became clear from a meeting between the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova and the Minister of Environment and Water Assoc. Prof. Eng. Irina Kostova.In the first programming period of Operational Programme “Environment” over BGN 350 million were invested in a clean Black Sea. Modernized were 8 waste water treatment plants and over 230 km sewage network was built. “The facilities are under constant control so as to ensure normal upcoming summer season”, assured Minister KostovaFor the time being, only Ahtopol and Sinemorets do not have waste water treatment plants but opportunities are sought to fund such projects. European funds are being used in the reconstruction of Zlatni pyasatsi WWTP, the contractor company was selected and construction works are to begin.  Primorsko-Kiten WWTP will be expanded and modernized and Aytos WWTP will be built. It will treat the waste water of the town which is polluting Aytoska river now and hence the Black Sea.For St. St. Konstantin and Elena resort a sewage pump plant is to be built, combined with reconstruction of the sewage network. The new waste water treatment facility of Nessebar, whose capacity is 221,944 residents, is set to take all waste water from all settlements in the agglomeration – from Aheloy to Elenite. The load of Sozopol WWTP will increase, as it will treat the waste water of Ravadinovo as well.Minister Baltova posed the issue of beaches in response to received alerts of dune destruction in some resorts. There is no violation in respect of Irakli. These are bungalows on an urbanized area in which there are no dunes, explained Minister Kostova.Tourist businesses insist on building and marking more eco paths in the country and the Ministry of Tourism supports the idea, pointed out Minister Baltova. The MEW also welcomes the initiative. To this end, projects may be funded by the Enterprise for Environment Management and Preservation Activities (EEMPA).The two ministers agreed on working jointly to resolve the problem with the ban on building septic tanks in huts on protected territories. The reason is that the ban enters into force with a new EU directive. The Bulgarian Tourist Union, which possesses most huts in Bulgaria, is worried about the lack of other infrastructure to meet the needs of the huts.  Present at the meeting was Georgi Nikolchev, advisor to the Prime Minister on tourism.
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tourism.government.bg:3684:2017-02-24T14:32:00
The interest of Serbian tourists in short trips to Bulgaria increases
2017-02-24T10:51:00
There is a strong interest of Serbs in short trips to Bulgaria. This shows the Bulgarian stand during the international exhibition Belgrade Tourism Fair (IFT), which is held in Belgrade, Serbia from 23 to 26 February 2017. There is a higher demand for SPA tourism, cultural and historical tours and ski tourism during weekends and holidays. Bansko and Borovets are most preferred in the winter.Serbs usually come with their own transport or in organised groups by buses. Traditionally they are interested in the Black Sea resorts in the summer. They prefer the South Black Sea – Sozopol, Kiten, Nessebar, Primorsko, Ahtopol, etc.In 2016 there was an 8% growth of Serbian tourists in Bulgaria compared with the previous year and their number exceeds 370,000. Serbia ranks seventh as a target market for Bulgarian tourism.   Our country was presented in the exhibition with a stand of 100 sq.m. and the following participants: the Ministry of Tourism, municipalities – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Ruse, and four companies. IFT Belgrade is the biggest tourist event in Serbia, which is organized for the 39th time. It hosts 1,100 exhibitors, including over 300 foreign ones from 55 countries.
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tourism.government.bg:3583:2017-02-24T10:51:00
Bulgaria presents itself at F.re.e exhibition in Munich
2017-02-22T16:04:00
Bulgaria participates in the International Travel Exhibition F.re.e in Munich, Germany, which opens today and will continue until 26 February 2017. It expects visitors from the provinces of Bavaria, Hessen, Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany and from the area of Salzburg, Austria. This is the biggest exhibition in the province of Bavaria, characterized by some of the highest average per capita incomes. Our country will be presented by the Ministry of Tourism, with information stand of 24 sq.m., and the following participants: Varna Municipality and the companies Albena AD, Palahutev Travel EOOD, Odysseia In OOD and Sunny Travel EOOD.  Over 1,200 exhibitors from 60 countries and regions take part in the event and visitors exceed 120,000 persons.At the beginning of this month Bulgaria took part in another exhibition in Germany - REISEN Hamburg 2017 – Die Messe für Urlaub, Caravaning, Outdorr & Rad in Hamburg (8-12.02.2017). The visitors were greatly interested in cultural and historical sites under the auspices of UNESCO, our natural riches near the Bulgarian Black Sea and inland, in so-called information tours.  Many enquiries were made of the opportunities for camping, horse, bicycle, mountain, and adventure and golf tourism.In this year’s edition of REISEN Hamburg 2017 – Die Messe für Urlaub, Caravaning, Outdorr & Rad 850 exhibitors, tour operators, travel offices, associations and unions from 67 countries and 368 regions took part. The number of visitors is over 71,000. The Ministry of Tourism, Varna Municipality and three companies made presentations at the Bulgarian stand. 
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Over 1,200 are registered tourist guides in Bulgaria
2017-02-21T09:58:00
There are over 1,200 registered tourist guides in Bulgaria, Ministry of Tourism data reveals. Today is the International Day of the Tourist Guide. The Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova congratulates all colleagues and wishes them “health, good spirits, many satisfied tourists and still being the best ambassadors of our country before the world“.The Tourist Guide profession may be exercised only by a person who meets the requirements for education, practical training and professional qualification set out in an ordinance to the Tourism Act. The person should be licensed to practice as tourist guide and be registered on the list of authorized tourist guides, part of the National Tourist Register.The profession is curious, desired, and modern and is a good investment. It develops general culture and creates new skills. It enables continuous learning as there is always room for improvement in this activity.A tourist guide cannot be anyone who simply knows a foreign language. The tourist guide is erudite and open-minded. It takes good training, language skills for organizing and communicating with people. Tourist guides should know well the history and geography of the country. They have closest contact with tourists. The quality of their work is directly associated with creating sustained interest in Bulgaria. 
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tourism.government.bg:3581:2017-02-21T09:58:00
The Inter-governmental Council demanded tourism to become a priority specialty in education
2017-02-20T16:11:00
The professional major in Tourism at universities should be included in the list of priority specialties. This is the opinion of the Inter-governmental Council stated today. “We will prepare a reasoned proposal for inclusion of the professional major in Tourism in the list of priority specialties”, said the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova at the opening of the fourth session of the Council.She commented that the Inter-governmental Council has worked proactively and its work is of primary importance for the whole sector. The areas on which it acts are: increasing the number of students in the specialty of Tourism, development of up-to-date situation analysis of labour resources, creating a model of partnership between businesses and educational institutions, and adequate practical training of pupils at the secondary education level.A focus was placed on received proposals for amending and supplementing the positions in the National Classification of Professions and Positions in Bulgaria. Presented were opportunities for funding projects for qualification and employment in the sector through Operational programme “Human Resources Development” 2014 – 2020.During the fourth session there was a discussion of the problems relating to the need for enhancing the level of education for certain professions in tourism, setting forth minimum requirements in educational programmes, and delivering courses to senior management level. The participants in the Inter-governmental Council for the Staff in Tourism agreed that the sessions should be held more frequently so as to address operational issues and concrete cases.Members of the Council include representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Economy, the Commission  for Protection of Consumers, the Employment Agency, the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria,  the Bulgarian Industrial Association, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria, the Confederation of Labour Podkrepa, the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training, representatives of  higher  schools and secondary  vocational schools where students and pupils are trained in the field of tourism, representatives of the tourist business, etc.
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tourism.government.bg:3580:2017-02-20T16:11:00
Czech tourists show great interest in camping sites in Bulgaria
2017-02-20T15:14:00
Czech tourists already show great interest in the camping sites in Bulgaria. This shows the participation of our country in the International Tourist Exhibition Holiday World 2017, held in the period 16-19 February 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Ministry of Tourism presented Bulgaria at an information stand of 42 sq.m. Most Czech tourists come to Bulgaria by their own cars and stay mainly in small hotels. They have a new fashion of buying caravans and they are seeking camping sites.Traditionally Czech tourists focus on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. They also show interest in spa and cultural and historical tourism in the country. The Czech Republic is a target market for Bulgaria and the number of tourists in 2016 was 209,773, 37.9% up on the previous year. The participation in the exhibition Holiday World 2017 in Prague is aimed to boost the image of our country. It promotes acquisition of new clients, enhancing the knowledge of visitors of the various forms of tourism, expanding market positions and establishing contacts with tour operators and agencies. The Ministry of Tourism and four companies made presentations at the Bulgarian stand. 
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tourism.government.bg:3579:2017-02-20T15:14:00
Bulgaria is presented with a modern stand at an exhibition in Bucharest
2017-02-18T14:14:00
Bulgaria is presented with an extremely modern and big stand at the international tourist exhibition in Bucharest TTR - I – 2017, which is held in Bucharest, Romania in the period 16-19 February 2017. It is located on a space of 225 sq.m. and 20 Bulgarian companies and municipalities took part in it. The participants include the municipalities of Ruse, Varna, Gabrovo, Kavarna and Elena. The organizer of the Bulgarian presentation is the Ministry of Tourism.Romanians are mainly interested in summer vacations in Bulgaria, religious, sport and cultural and historical tourism with a focus on the old capitals. Tour operators expect retention of existing levels or growth in Romanian tourists in 2017. They and municipalities place their focus on the joint efforts with Romania in designing common tourist products for the Danube region. The Danube River is a key condition for opening new opportunities and challenges in tourism and development of business relations between the two countries.Our northern neighbor is a key market for Bulgarian tourism. In 2016 our country was visited by 1,096,874 Romanian tourists, which puts them at the first place in the ranking of visits. This is an 11.2% growth compared with the previous year. The Romanian market is also a major market in regard to short-stay trips to Bulgaria. Tourists from our northern neighbouring country come for 3-4 days for ski, SPA and cultural tourism. In addition, they come for holidays such as Easter, 1 May, Christmas, and New Year.
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tourism.government.bg:3578:2017-02-18T14:14:00
Minister Baltova: Short-stay trips as precondition for all-year-round tourism
2017-02-16T19:17:00
“Short-stay trips are a real opportunity for our country to work for achieving its long-term goal – to become an all-year-round visited destination.” With these words the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova addressed the participants in the discussion “Short-stay trips – a precondition for all-year-round tourism”, organized by the Ministry of Tourism in the framework of the International Tourist Fair HOLIDAY/SPA EXPO. The deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva also took part in it.Minister Baltova emphasized that there were many and diverse opportunities to be offered by our country as all-year-round destination – alternative forms of tourism outside high seasons such as cultural, spa and eco/adventure tourism, student vacations, pre-holiday campaigns, etc.She noted that the target groups which the Bulgarian tourism industry should focus on are mainly two – foreigners from close distance markets – such as traditional ones (Romania, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, and Macedonia), and markets with untapped potential (Albania, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy and Belorussia).The second and not less significant development should be oriented towards Bulgarians travelling in their own country. “Bulgaria should respond to the tendencies in order to continue the upward trend in foreign visits and the trips of Bulgarians in the country”, said minister Baltova. She called on the representatives of business and regions to focus on a more efficient application of smart packages – short, meaningful vacations at advantageous prices, booked online for 100 seconds.The Minister of Tourism presented data from the European Traveler Insights report. It outlines three tendencies in the travel of Europeans in 2016, which will impact demand in 2017 and in following years. First and foremost is the fact that Europeans prefer more, but shorter trips. In 2016 booked flights for short trips rose by 17% compared with 2015. The second trend shows that travellers book outbound and return flights of different airlines in order to save money. The people who did that in 2016 are by 21% more than those in 2015. From the combining of airlines the average flight price for short breaks drops by 7%: from EUR 177 to EUR 167 in 2016. According to the third trend, technologies are taking over the tourist market – at present over 7 billion flight price calculations are made per hour, and the time for booking a direct flight takes about 100 seconds. Online booking of trips is the biggest sector in e-commerce, which is 3 times bigger than the second sector – that of the clothing industry. This became clear from the words of the Minister of Tourism.  According to data of the World Tourism Organization, there were about 1.2 billion international visits in total in 2015, 50% were generated from European citizens, 76% were in the area of origin of travellers. According to NSI, the average stay of foreigners in Bulgaria from 7.1 overnights in 2001 dropped to 4.7 overnights in 2015. 84% of all trips of Bulgarians are in the country and 53% of them are short – one to three overnights, and 31% are long (over four overnights). Also according to the national statistics and other surveys, the average stay in Bulgaria for the period 2001-2015 is 2.4 overnights and the longest stay is on the Black Sea coast, Rila, Pirin, the Rhodopes, and the Valley of Roses.   Representatives of the tourist industry, tour operators and hotel operators took part in the panel discussion as well. “In Plovdiv we decided to develop the tourist product by organizing events. Work needs to be done so that every town in the country becomes an all-year-round destination”, noted Lyubozar Fratev, chairman of the tourist association “Trakia Tourist Region” and of Plovdiv Tourism Council.Daniela Stoeva, member of the Management Board of ABTTA (Tourism), placed a focus on the specialized services in the sector. “So far Sofia has not been known as a destination for opera and concerts, but the successful performance of Wagner’s tetralogy “Ring of the Nibelung” by Sofia Opera and Ballet establishes our capital successfully as such destination”, she said. In her words, an important motive for choosing a short trip is whether its date coincides with a cultural event. Other reasons for choosing short trips are when people need a break to change their environment as compensation of the missed main vacation, availing of seasonal discounts, convenient form of gift trip, etc.“City business hotels depend on the sustainability of the market environment”, said Zhulieta Serafimova, general manager of Grand Hotel Sofia and director of business development of Sofia Hotels Management. “We are interested our guests to learn more about the culture and history of the city. We all, the business and authorities, are ambassadors of the destination and should work together for its development”, she added. In her view, Sofia hotels should increase their revenues from ancillary services, not only from accommodation and food. To this end, large congress events should be attracted. Serafimova added that it was high time Sofia had a congress bureau. The group she manages opts for training revenue managers, not sales managers.Assoc. Prof. Sonya Aleksieva moderated the discussion.
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tourism.government.bg:3577:2017-02-16T19:17:00
Minister Baltova: Low-cost airlines change tourist supply and demand
2017-02-16T18:56:00
There is an undeniable connection between tourism and transport. The more well-developed access to a country is, the more popular it becomes. That is why low-cost airlines are a decisive factor in the selection of a tourist destination. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova during the discussion “How low-cost airlines change tourist supply and demand”, organized by the Ministry of Tourism in the second day of the 34th International Tourist Fair HOLIDAY/SPA EXPO. Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva also took part in the event.Data from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) shows that in 2016 over 1 billion persons were carried by low-cost companies. Their flights are essential for the development of Bulgarian tourism, because most of the trips of international tourists in Bulgaria in 2016 – 4,620,168, or 56% of all trips – are from countries which are not neighbours of Bulgaria. Tourists from those countries arrive mainly with air transport, in the words of Stela Baltova. She emphasized that generally the effect of penetration of low-cost airlines allows more tourists to make at least one trip. Moreover, higher satisfaction with the tour is achieved as the saved money on a flight ticket can be used for a higher class tourist services. The attraction of the destination should meet the actual needs of the market and the natural needs of tourists – vacation, sport, health, etc. This is in line with the aspiration of all Bulgarians to make the country a competitive destination and an example of sustainable tourism, summarized minister Baltova.In her statement Mariana Kirilova, marketing manager of Sofia Airport EAD, pointed out that the effect of the low-cost airlines market promoted higher accessibility and connectivity of destinations. Consumers are presented with more options to choose an airline, airport, airport, ticket prices. Data from the airport shows that in the first month of 2017 the record 468,968 passengers passed through it, 43% up on January 2016. Passengers going through Terminal 1 increased by 69%, reaching 216,000 persons and those passing through Terminal 2 increased by 28% as a result of the transfer of some flights from the old to the new terminal in mid-January this year. In January passengers travelling by charter flights increased by 27% compared with the same month of 2016 and their number in domestic routes marked a 13% growth YoY. The total number of taking off and landing aircrafts at Sofia Airport reached 4,529 in January 2017, marking an increase of 25%. The share of flights on regular international and domestic routes is 87%, and charter flights, cargo and business aircrafts split 3% each.Mariana Kirilova forecast that more than half of the traffic via the airport in 2017 will be used by low-cost airlines for trips. According to a survey of the airport, 80% of the tourists passing through Terminal 1 in winter 2016 opted for direct regular routes of low-cost carriers and only 20% used charter flights. Bulgarians residing permanently abroad accounted for 20% of all tourists who came in the winter in the country, the other 80% are foreigners from Great Britain – 68%, Israel – 9%, Italy – 5%, the remaining are from Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark.In the summer of 2016 via Terminal 1 87% of the total tourist flow used low-cost carriers and only 3% travelled with charter flights, the remaining 10% used other means of transport. 94% of Bulgarian tourists who flew in the summer of 2016 via Terminal 1 visited Italy (29%), Spain (22%), Great Britain (13%) etc.Dimitar Popov, member of the Management Board of the Association of Bulgarian Tour operators and Tourist Agents (ABTTA) commented that in the conditions of a wider penetration of low-cost-companies in Bulgaria it was necessary to re-consider the opportunities for weekend tourism, city breaks and a new term that emerged this winter season – ski weekend.Denitsa Milosavlievich, marketing expert in business development in Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD announced that in summer 2016 there was an unprecedented rise in flights to the two sea airports Varna and Burgas. She emphasized that for development and creation of a common tourist product the common efforts of municipalities, tourist associations, airports and airlines are needed. In 2016 Varna Airport served over 1.l6 million passengers, a 21% rise on the previous year. The visitors are mainly from Germany, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, Israel, etc. Burgas Airport welcomed over 2.8 million tourists in 2016, a 22% rise on annual basis, and there are many foreigners from Russia, Germany and Great Britain.After the discussion minister Baltova took part in the ceremony for presenting the traditional awards  of Tourism and Leisure magazine, held  in the context of the fair, and presented a certificate  to the director of the Palace in Balchik Zheni Mihaylova in the category “Innovation in Cultural Tourism“.
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tourism.government.bg:3576:2017-02-16T18:56:00
The Prime Minister Prof. Gerdzhikov and Minister Baltova opened the international exhibition HOLIDAY/SPA EXPO
2017-02-15T18:46:00
The Prime Minister Prof. Ognyan Gerdzhikov and the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova opened the 34th edition of the largest tourist exhibition in Bulgaria – the international tourist exchange “HOLIDAY/SPA EXPO”. It takes place from 15 to 17 February in the Inter Expo Centre in the capital under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism. At the ceremony were present the Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva and the Prime Minister’s Advisor in Tourism Georgi Nikolchev.“It is a great honour and privilege for me to open the biggest tourist exhibition in Bulgaria, which gathers over 350 foreign and Bulgarian tourist firms, as well as representatives of 40 municipalities”, the Prime Minister Prof. Ognyan Gerdzhikov said at the opening of the exchange. He emphasized that tourism is a unique business, which is aimed at the people and which provides an opportunity for the different nations to get to know each other. According to him, in 2016 our country was visited by more than 8 million foreign tourists and that generated revenues of over BGN 6 billion. “The amazing results are due to our beautiful nature and favourable climate, and to the fact that we get better and better in using them”, said also Prof. Gerdzhikov. The Prime Minister commented on the exceptional richness of mineral springs in Bulgaria as a remarkable fact and noted that tourism is developing at robust rates.  The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova welcomed the participants with the words that “tourism is an industry that brings emotions, experiences and new knowledge. It has to become a national cause because it affects the other sectors of the economy and has the potential to generate a higher growth in the gross domestic product.” She also added that in today’s dynamics, when young people are using more and more digital technology to acquire knowledge, tourism has to respond to the challenge. In response to questions of the media Minister Baltova said that a favourable summer season was expected and that the forecasts were for a 7-10% growth compared to 2016. She also added that the early bookings from Russian and German markets were positive.The Minister of Tourism announced that winter tourism was developing successfully, as this year it was accompanied by internationally significant sports events. After the opening ceremony of the exhibition the Prime Minister Prof. Gerdzhikov and Minister Baltova visited the stands and familiarized themselves with the offered products and services. Please note that within the exhibition the Ministry of Tourism organizes two discussions, which will take place tomorrow – 16 February 2017 (Thursday) with the participation of Minister Baltova and Deputy Minister Georgieva. The topic of the first one is “How low-cost airlines change the tourist supply and demand” and will take place at 12:30 in Inter Expo Centre, “Musala” hall, 2nd floor. Mariana Kirilova, marketing manager of Sofia Airport EAD, Dimitar Popov, member of the Management Board of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents (ABTTA), Tourism line, Denitsa Milosavlievich, marketing expert in business development in Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD, will also take part in it.   On the same day at 15:00 at “Vitosha” hall, 1st floor, the second discussion panel will take place with the participation of Minister Baltova and Deputy Minister Georgieva. Its topic is “Short-term travelling – a prerequisite for all-year-round tourism”. Lyubozar Fratev, chairman of the tourist association “Trakia Tourist Region” and Plovdiv Municipal Council of Tourism, Daniela Stoeva, member of the Management Board of ABTTA, Toursm line, Zhulieta Serafimova, Director General of Grand Hotel Sofia and director for business development at Sofia Hotels Management, etc. will also take part.Moderator of both discussions is Assoc. Prof. Sonya Aleksieva from New Bulgarian University. HOLIDAY/SPA EXPO is organized by PRIM EXPO in partnership with Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber, the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, the Bulgarian Association of Travel Agents, the Association of Bulgarian  Tour Operators and Travel Agents, Tourism Association and the Sofia Tourist Region. Over 350 tourist companies from 20 countries participate and they will present current offers for travel and vacation.The Ministry of Tourism presents Bulgaria’s opportunities as an attractive tourist destination with a national stand of 150 sq.m. Co-exhibitors are 20 municipalities and tourist associations. The Ministry demonstrates the second stage of the project EDEN (Best European Destinations) and how the application IloveBulgaria works. For the first time tour operators from Georgia, the Maldives, Albania participate in the event. The profile of the exhibitors includes tour operator firms and agencies, hotels, balneological resorts and SPA centres, national tourist organizations and associations, software companies and firms for hotel equipment. More than 40 Bulgarian municipalities have their own stands.
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tourism.government.bg:3575:2017-02-15T18:46:00
Tourism needs to become a national cause
2017-02-12T19:53:00
Tourism needs to become a national cause; this is a sector with potential to contribute most to the gross domestic product, said the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova in the programme “The Week” on Darik radio. In her words, this cause is possible only through work with operational objectives, with a clearly defined strategic vision for tourism development in Bulgaria. In the short term this involves normal winter and summer seasons, as well as continuation of the policies and building preconditions for new policies in order to provide a high-quality tourist service. She stated she would work with her team to achieve that.At this stage the winter season is developing successfully. There is a 19% growth of international tourists in December 2016 on December 2015.  In December there is a 58% growth of tourists from Poland, 46% more from Germany, 10.6% from Russia, 33% from Great Britain, 27% from Greece and 15% from Turkey.We expect a good summer season. The early bookings and reservations have started well. Bulgaria will participate in over 45 exhibitions with unified vision focused on cultural and historical tourism and will also promote Plovdiv as cultural capital of Europe in 2019.Stela Baltova commented on the worldwide trends of growth in short-term trips as they are developing in our country.We have to be ready to meet such a tourist in the best possible way, because he will stay in Bulgaria for a short time. Tourism in four seasons can be achieved if we successfully encourage this tourist to return. Such visitors are interested in another kind of tourism. They do not necessarily come on a vacation at the seaside or to ski. They want to see cultural and historical sites, to visit opera, ballet and sports events. We should have suitable products for these visitors, she added. In this context, the Ministry of Tourism organizes two forums during the International Tourist Exchange “HOLIDAY SPA/EXPO”, which opens on 15 February 2017 in Sofia: “Short-term trips – a precondition for all-year-round tourism” and “How do low-cost companies change supply and demand?”The provision of a smooth summer season entails good management of the beaches and providing health care services. The unguarded beaches are 97, by 31 March it will become clear which ones will remain unguarded, the acting Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova stated in the program “The Week” on Darik radio. According to Baltova, the goal is to reduce the burden of the state and to provide well-cleaned and well-maintained beaches. At the moment there are 49 effective contracts for concessions.  For five of the beaches contracts are due to be signed and on three of them claims were lodged, said Stela Baltova. The Ministry of Tourism will exercise control in compliance with its powers over the implementation of concession and rental contracts.    
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tourism.government.bg:3574:2017-02-12T19:53:00
Ministers Stela Baltova and Plamen Uzunov discuss joint measures for the upcoming summer tourism season
2017-02-09T16:33:00
The ministers of tourism and interior, Stela Baltova and Plamen Uzunov, discussed during a working meeting today joint measures to ensure the safety and normal course of the upcoming summer tourism season.The useful practices – such as secondment of police officers from the country’s interior to the tourism resorts in the Bourgas, Varna and Dobrich regions – will be continued, along with the work done by joint patrol teams with police officers from countries for which Bulgaria is a popular tourism destination. The Minister of Interior assured his peer that enough MoI police officers proficient in foreign languages will be allocated.The two ministers also discussed the work arrangements towards achievement of enhanced communication among police, tour operators, and hoteliers. They agreed to work in close cooperation for the normal welcoming of all Bulgarian and international tourists across the entire country.
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tourism.government.bg:3528:2017-02-09T16:33:00
Minister Baltova demands consensus on the Tourism Act issues
2017-02-09T14:51:00
The acting Minister of Tourism, Stela Baltova, demands shared consensus among businesses for the resolution of the issue with customer protection regulation via a guarantee fund or a customer account, as stipulated in the Tourism Act bill of amendment. Today she met members of the Management Board of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents (ABTTA). Minister Baltova indicated that it is necessary for the businesses to remedy the issues and propose a shared vision to the next parliament. „I am hopeful that we will have finalized solutions by March“, she said further.ABTTA identified as an issue the tourism marketing carried out by the Ministry. According to them, it is chaotic and does not target the European market, to name one, where we register growth due to the increased number of low-cost airline flights. The organization’s chair, Bayko Baykov, explained that the government site, bulgariatravel.org, is obsolete and that shutting it down would be better. He recommended that a brand new product be set up instead. ABTTA proposed that market analyses are carried out, instead of just taking stats on the number of tourists. This would mean that there is a vision what tourist are coming, how solvent they are, and whether they return to Bulgaria.Minister Baltova emphasized that the quality of tourism servicing and tourist services are precisely her priority.
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tourism.government.bg:3527:2017-02-09T14:51:00
Minister Stela Baltova: We are working for a normal course of the 2017 summer season
2017-02-07T14:53:00
Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova held a first working meeting with the tourism industry and presented the priorities in her work. The discussion was joined by representatives of nearly 30 organizations and companies in the sector.The establishment of a standalone Ministry of Tourism is an important political recognition of the importance of this sector, the interim cabinet will work towards its development and institutionalization, Minister Baltova emphasized at the very beginning.She stated that her team will make maximum effort to ensure normal operation of the business by assisting the implementation of the interim government’s priorities.„Geographically the world hasn’t changed but it has become smaller for the various types of businesses and nowadays we are noting the ever growing penetration of digital technologies, which multiply the tourism services. We need to “grab“ all opportunities to achieve a higher quality of the tourism services and be responsible to ourselves, to the business, and to our customers“, the minister said further.She drew attention to the preparation of Summer 2017 and listed the key factors that her team will pay attention to – political stability, safety of tourists, combatting corruption and red tape. Among the crucial economic prerequisites the minister also identified the need for economic growth, people’s welfare, higher standard of living – factors, which boost the number of tourists worldwide. Other leading factors for dynamic development, which affect tourism, are the fuel prices, inflation, and exchange rates. Stela Baltova identified as one of the biggest problems in the sector the deficit of staff and the need for proper staff training.Joint efforts are needed to work actively on the updating of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Tourism 2035, it was made clear by the minister. She expressed hope that discussion of the 2018 National Tourism Advertising Agenda, as well as of the options for funding tourism activities with non-budgetary under specific programs and projects, would commence as soon as possible. The representatives of businesses stated various opinions on the topics discussed and made a number of proposals.The Chair of the Bulgarian Tourism Chamber, Stoyan Lazarov, requested that a task group be set up to elaborate a concept for a brand new Tourism Act, he was supported by other attendees. He also raised the issue of establishment of a standalone unit for implementation of the Single Tourism Information System (STIS), making use of the experience of some municipalities and tourism organizations.
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tourism.government.bg:3518:2017-02-07T14:53:00
Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova meets the tourism industry
2017-02-06T16:01:00
Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova held a first working meeting with the tourism industry and presented the priorities in her work. The discussion was joined by representatives of nearly 30 organizations and companies in the sector.The establishment of a standalone Ministry of Tourism is an important political recognition of the importance of this sector, the interim cabinet will work towards its development and institutionalization, Minister Baltova emphasized at the very beginning.She stated that her team will make maximum effort to ensure normal operation of the business by assisting the implementation of the interim government’s priorities.„Geographically the world hasn’t changed but it has become smaller for the various types of businesses and nowadays we are noting the ever growing penetration of digital technologies, which multiply the tourism services. We need to “grab“ all opportunities to achieve a higher quality of the tourism services and be responsible to ourselves, to the business, and to our customers“, the minister said further.She drew attention to the preparation of Summer 2017 and listed the key factors that her team will pay attention to – political stability, safety of tourists, combatting corruption and red tape. Among the crucial economic prerequisites the minister also identified the need for economic growth, people’s welfare, higher standard of living – factors, which boost the number of tourists worldwide. Other leading factors for dynamic development, which affect tourism, are the fuel prices, inflation, and exchange rates. Stela Baltova identified as one of the biggest problems in the sector the deficit of staff and the need for proper staff training.Joint efforts are needed to work actively on the updating of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Tourism 2035, it was made clear by the minister. She expressed hope that discussion of the 2018 National Tourism Advertising Agenda, as well as of the options for funding tourism activities with non-budgetary under specific programs and projects, would commence as soon as possible. The representatives of businesses stated various opinions on the topics discussed and made a number of proposals.The Chair of the Bulgarian Tourism Chamber, Stoyan Lazarov, requested that a task group be set up to elaborate a concept for a brand new Tourism Act, he was supported by other attendees. He also raised the issue of establishment of a standalone unit for implementation of the Single Tourism Information System (STIS), making use of the experience of some municipalities and tourism organizations. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-tourism-stela-baltova-meets-tourism-industry
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tourism.government.bg:3511:2017-02-06T16:01:00
Minister Baltova attends the opening of the Snowboard World Cup competition in Bansko
2017-02-03T19:05:00
Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova attended the official opening of competitions for the Snowboard World Cup in Bansko, which is held in Bulgaria for the first time. She welcomed participants in the prestigious winter competition and the numerous tourists arriving to watch the games, and paid special tribute to Bansko’s efforts to win the right to host the event.Originally, Bulgaria was only given the right to organize the parallel giant slalom for men and women but the superb conditions here convinced the International Ski Federation experts to hold two more starts within the framework of the 3-day winter sports festival, it was revealed by the Minister of Tourism.She further emphasized that the competition for the esteemed trophy are an excellent occasion for us to display to the numerous event participants and guests what the region and our country have to offer not only in terms of sports facilities, but also as nature and diversity of high-grade tourism services. Hosting an event of such scale is yet another international recognition for the resort and for the efforts of business and the municipality towards its solid image, as well as for our country’s reputation as a winter destination.Stela Baltova also congratulated the winners in the parallel giant slalom for men and women, which was held on the first event day.Earlier that day Minister Baltova met the Bansko mayor Georgi Ikonomov, with the two paying a visit to the Visitor’s Center of Pirin National Park. Its director Rossen Banenski informed the minister that the region is transforming into an increasingly visited year-round destination and that 200 people a day would visit during last year’s summer. Later on Minister Baltova and Mayor Ikonomov looked at the Holy Trinity church in Bansko – the second biggest in Bulgaria.Minister Baltova also visited Bansko’s Tourist Information Center. During her visit she discussed with local government representatives current topics relating to tourism development in the municipality and the region.    Following the competition opening ceremony and the awards ceremony for the winners in the first discipline, Minister Baltova was also guest of a gourmet exhibition organized by Bansko Municipality, during which she congratulated the winner in the men’s competition – Radoslav Yankov.The competition opening ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Prof. Daniela Dasheva, the Bansko mayor, Georgi Ikonomov, representatives of tourism businesses, many tourists, etc.    
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-attends-opening-snowboard-world-cup-competition-bansko
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tourism.government.bg:3517:2017-02-03T19:05:00
Acting Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova takes office
2017-01-27T16:56:00
It will be among the top priorities in our work to ensure the normal course of the summer season via the regulation, categorization, and control procedures, as well as effective marketing of the national tourism. This was stated by the new, acting Minister of Tourism, Assoc. Prof. PhD Stela Baltova, upon her assumption of office. She took over the post from Nikolina Angelkova during an inauguration ceremony at the institution.The acting Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova stressed that she will continue dialogue with businesses and with all on whom transformation of each element in the sector into a crucial growth factor for Bulgaria’s economy depends. She commented that the summer season must be provided for in an efficient, complete, and high-grade manner.Stela Baltova thanked the Ministry team for its contribution to the institution’s establishment and gave assurances that she will work to continue the institutional development in the forthcoming term of office. She added that she would pay attention not so much to the number of international tourists but to the quality of tourism services marketed in Bulgaria.The hitherto Ministry leader, Nikolina Angelkova, thanked each of her team members for positioning the tourism as a national priority and a driver for the economy via joint efforts – a place that this sector is truly deserving of. According to her, an evidence of the said contribution were the results achieved in 2016, which were record-breaking throughout the history of tourism in our country – over 8,2 mil. International tourists, according to data of the National Statistical Institute, which is an over 16% growth compared to 2015. According to information of Bulgarian National Bank, revenues from international tourism during the January-November 2016 period also boast excellent rates by exceeding BGN 6,164 bil. (EUR 3,151 bil.), the growth being over 15% vis-à-vis the same period of last year, with the December data expected to confirm the upward trend.Angelkova wished the new minister to work so well as to exceed these achievements, which would confirm our country’s positive image as an increasingly attractive and recognizable destination. She emphasized that Stela Baltova has huge teaching experience in the sector, which will enable he to build on the achievements in the sector.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/acting-minister-tourism-stela-baltova-takes-office
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tourism.government.bg:3512:2017-01-27T16:56:00
The voting for Sozopol in the prestigious contest “European Destination for 2017” has started
2017-01-20T12:41:00
The Bulgarian Black Sea town Sozopol with its rich history is among the nominees for “European destination for 2017”. The winners will be determined after online voting, which is already in progress.Each user of the tourist services or just sympathizer has the opportunity to vote on the Internet Platform of European Best Destinations from 20 January to 10 February 2017 for their preferred nominated destination. The online voting will continue for three weeks and the friends of the Bulgarian candidate from around the world will be able to provide their support, too. The official address of the page for voting is: http://www.vote.ebdest.in/.A total of 20 towns compete for the “European Destination for 2017” award. Sozopol is among such famous competitors as Milan, Brussels, San Sebastian, Wrocław, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Porto, Athens, Novi Sad, Zagreb etc.The prestigious competition was launched in 2009 and the ranking is based on the principle “by the tourist for the tourist”. It includes settlements, which impressed the travellers with the quality of services, attractive recreation facilities and remarkable historical, cultural and natural sites. The voting is organized by European Best Destinations - an organization based in Brussels and encouraging the development of culture and tourism around the continent.Nearly 40 million people voted last year in the competition for a choice among 20 destinations. Among the promoters of the initiative were European tourism offices, professionals from the tourist industry, specialized forums and events - tourist exchanges, congresses, exhibitions, presentations etc., in which the candidates get actively involved.  Tourists and users from all over the world having good impressions of the competing destinations, may also take part in the vote.European Best Destinations (EBD) is a European organization with headquarters in Brussels, which is focused on the development and promotion of culture and tourism in Europe. It works in partnership with the EDEN network and with all leading European tourist offices and covers over 355 destinations in Europe. From 2009 EBD has been in partnership with tourist representations in the whole of Europe and focuses on some of the leading destinations in the old continent on their website and in social networks. The visitors of the official website of the organization exceed 3 million people from all points of the world. The site contains pictures, videos, panoramic walks, guides and tips. The followers in the social networks Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest are nearly 100 thousand people. The destinations awarded by European Best Destination have an average growth of visitors of 15%.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/voting-sozopol-prestigious-contest-european-destination-2017-has-started
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tourism.government.bg:3486:2017-01-20T12:41:00
The start of the year 2017 as “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” was announced in an official ceremony in the Royal Palace of El Prado
2017-01-18T13:35:00
Minister Angelkova has been among the official guests of the king of Spain Felipe VI in the Royal Palace of El PradoMinister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova took part in the ceremony on the announcement of the year 2017 as “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” under the aegis of the UN World Tourism Organization. The event was hosted by the king of Spain Felipe VI in the El Prado Palace.During the reception, King Felipe VI and Minister Angelkova spoke on the challenges facing global tourism and the importance of the UN initiative for 2017. The Bulgarian minister emphasized that 2016 is a record year for the Bulgarian tourism as we have received over 8 million foreign tourists - more than the country population. She emphasized that Spain is among the best examples for the sustainable development of the tourism sector and the exchange of good practices and mutual initiatives between both countries is of great importance for Bulgaria. “A strong sign of the importance of the tourism sector for Spain is the commitment of the royal family with the sector and its problems”, added Nikolina Angelkova. In her words, the relationships between Bulgaria and Spain are good, which should be used for the deepening of the partnership, especially in the tourism sector.The General Assembly of the UN announced the year 2017 “Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”. The focus of the year is the change of policies, business practices and consumer habits, which can lead to more sustainable tourism. The promotion of the role of tourism in 2017 will be in 6 major fields: 1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; 2. Social inclusion, employment and reduction of poverty; 3. Efficient use of resources and protection of the environment and fight against climate change; 4. Cultural values, diversity and cultural heritage; 5. Mutual understanding, peace and security. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) is authorized to facilitate the organization and conduct of the International year in collaboration with governments, the relevant organizations of the UN system, international and regional organizations and other interested parties.Bulgaria is among the most active participants in the WTO and last year it was awarded with the right to organize the largest event for 2016 of the organization - the Congress of the World Civilizations and Modern Tourism. The forum took place in the period 29 - 30 November in Sofia and over 40 state delegations participated in it together with 20 ministers, deputy ministers and heads of tourism from around the world. The purpose of the Ministry of Tourism is to build on these results by actively participating in the initiatives of celebration of the 2017 as the year of sustainable tourism for development, including by hosting forums, expert meetings, workshops etc. Bulgaria is planning to conduct the Annual Tourism Awards for 2017 under the auspices of sustainable tourism for development and a special award will be presented for this subject. Steps should be undertaken for the creation of a Committee of Sector Representatives and Ministry Experts, who will communicate directly with the WTO for the implementation of joint initiatives and promotion of the objectives of the year.Minister Angelkova is on a visit in Spain for participation in the opening of the 37th International Tourist Exhibition FITUR in Madrid - one of the largest worldwide. The official event for the launching of the exchange was this morning as it was attended by the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska, more than 60 ministers and deputy ministers from around the world.Bulgaria will be presented in the Madrid exchange with an information stand of 80 sq.m. in the Europe Zone (Pavilion 4). It is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and 8 tourism companies will take part in it as co-exhibitors. The focus of this year presentation is the cultural, balneo-, SPA and wellness tourism and promotion of Bulgaria as all year round tourist destination with ancient culture and thousands of archaeological monuments, beautiful nature and tasty food. In front of the Bulgarian stand, youths in folk costumes will give away advertising materials during the exchange and a folklore dance group will have several performances daily alternating with tasting of Bulgarian wines and food products.FITUR will be conducted from 18th to 22nd January. The exhibition is opened in the first three days only for professionals of the tourist industry and in the rest of the period - for the general public. The largest tour operators and tourist agencies take part in it. In 2016 it was attended by 9,600 exhibitors and co-exhibitors from 165 countries and the visitors were around 232 thousand, which puts the exchange among the leading exchanges in the world. It is expected that this year the international exhibitors will be by 9 % more. The exhibition area is also increased and spreads on 62,5 thousand sq.m.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/start-year-2017-international-year-sustainable-tourism-development-was-announced
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tourism.government.bg:3487:2017-01-18T13:35:00
Ten advertising videos will promote the Bulgarian EDEN destinations
2017-01-14T10:28:00
 Ten videos will promote the Bulgarian EDEN destinations. They were made with European funding under the project “Communication campaign to promote the EDEN destinations in Bulgaria - second edition” implemented by the Ministry of Tourism as a beneficiary under Programme COSME 2014-2020. EDEN is an acronym for European Destinations of ExcelleNce (best European destinations) and is an initiative that promotes the models of sustainable development of tourism on the territory of the entire European Union.The short promotional videos are of duration of up to one minute and a half and there is one video for each EDEN destination: Lukovit, Vratsa, Kavarna, Kazanlak, Kurdzhali, Kyustendil, Sapareva banya, Strandzha Natural Park and Sandanski. A joint image video of around 3-minute duration has also been made to present all 12 destinations included in the project. The videos are created in a way to present the destinations for both Bulgarian and foreign tourists. They include some of the most interesting events and tourist sites on their territory.The videos will be shown in the forthcoming international tourist exhibitions, in which Bulgaria will participate in 2017. The online space will also be used, so the videos may be used in future advertising campaigns and also by the destinations for the purposes of the regional marketing. The materials are issued on 2,000 DVDs in Bulgarian and English language version. They will be disseminated at tourist exchanges, forums and events, in which Bulgaria takes place.The videos are prepared by Studio Blend OOD after a procedure conducted according to the Public Procurement Act in the period June - July 2016. The value of each video in a Bulgarian-English version is 3,300 BGN without VAT, which amount includes the manufacture and supply of the DVD media. All rights belong to the Ministry of Tourism.Project “Communication campaign to promote Bulgarian EDEN destinations - Second Edition” is in the value of nearly 70 thousand Euro and is financed under COSME Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission running from 2014 - 2020. Its duration is 18 months, the overall objective is to promote Bulgarian EDEN destinations to national and selected foreign tourist markets and to increase the awareness and understanding of the EDEN initiative and of the principles of sustainable development. Among them are Silistra, Lukovit, Sandanski, Kyustendil, Belogradchik, Belitsa, Sapareva Banya, Kavarna, Vratsa, Strandzha, Kazanlak and Kardzhali. The project aims to build on and further develop a project on the same subject implemented in the period 2011 - 2012.
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tourism.government.bg:3485:2017-01-14T10:28:00
Bulgaria is presented as an all year round destination of the biggest tourist exhibition in Austria
2017-01-13T16:17:00
Bulgaria is presented as an all year round destination at the largest tourist exhibition in Austria - Ferien Messe Wien.The international specialized exchange in Vienna is held from 12 to 15 January 2017 and Bulgaria participates with an information stand of 40 sq.m. organized by the Ministry of Tourism. Varna Municipality and four tourist companies are co-exhibitors.Bulgaria is a popular destination among the Austrian tourists mainly with its mass tourism. It is a favorite place for summer vacations at the Black Sea coast, for mountain and winter recreation as well as for balneotherapy at attractive prices and high quality. The tourist demand suggests potential for development and other specialised services such as different opportunities for tours around Bulgaria with motorcycles, caravans, campers, proposals for city breaks tours, wellness programs, combined journeys, cultural, seaside, religious tourism (visits of monasteries) etc.For the first 11 months of 2016 our country was visited by about 160 thousand Austrian tourists, which is an 18% growth compared to the same period of the preceding year. In the summer (June-September) their number was nearly 114 thousand (an increase of around 22%). The expo in Vienna is of a general purpose and offers different forms of holiday, travel and free time organization. It is intended for the mass audience and for professionals in the industry. This year edition reports the presence of representatives of 80 countries - near 860 exhibitors, 500 of which foreign. The last year exhibition reported around 150 thousand visitors. 
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tourism.government.bg:3488:2017-01-13T16:17:00
Bulgaria and Russia will work to increase the number of tourists in summer 2017
2017-01-11T15:45:00
Bulgaria and Russia will work together for the growth of the Russian tourists in Bulgaria in summer 2017. This was agreed by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria Nikolina Angelkova and the Head of the Federal Agency on Tourism Oleg Safonov. In the past summer our country reported 40% growth of the Russian tourists. Around 28% of them stay in accommodation facilities with over 10 beds and around 12% is the growth of tourists staying in their own properties. Taking this data as a basis, it was agreed to work toward achieving the same levels for summer 2017.In late February or early March a round table will be organized for discussing the issues of tourism between Bulgaria and Russia. It will be attended by representatives of the industry and local authorities of the two countries. Safonov added that in order to keep the pace of work, he hopes to find continuity on the Bulgarian side. Among the most important measures, which must be continued, are the promotion of children’s tourism and camps, cultural-historical tourism, balneology and SPA tourism, development of specific routes for Russian tourists etc.Oleg Safonov stressed that it was his first meeting with a foreign minister for 2017, because he is aware of the good and consistent work in the field of tourism over the past years. “Russian tourists are among the main markets for the Bulgarian tourism and the results reported for the year 2016 are felt by the entire sector”, said Minister Angelkova. She stressed that the recognition of Bulgaria as best destination for a family vacation by the Russian tourists, which was presented by the National Geographic Traveler, is a high assessment for the entire sector, which should be defended during the new year.They both discussed the travelling conditions between both countries. According to the head of the Federal Agency on Tourism of Russia, the relief in the visa issuing procedures for Russian tourists should be kept and the endeavors for their expansion should be continued. Oleg Safonov underlined the efforts of the Bulgarian government in respect of guaranteeing the security of the Russian tourists in Bulgaria. “I would like to confirm that the government of Bulgaria has taken all measures to ensure the safety of our citizens when traveling across your country. For us Bulgaria is a friendly and safe destination and we greet you for the increased flow of tourists”, he said. Minister Angelkova underlined that this was the main priority for both the previous summer season and the current winter season.Russia is among the most important generating markets for our tourist industry. For the past two years since the creation of the Ministry of Tourism as an independent administration, Bulgaria has participated in over 44 fairs, exhibitions and international meetings in Russia, where it presented itself as a tourism destination with stands, press conferences, presentations, expositions etc. Bulgaria was also presented to the Russian market with participation in 32 national exhibitions and Days of Bulgaria in Moscow and the regions of the Russian Federation, in which events over 200 Bulgarian companies took part. At the invitation of the Federal Agency on Tourism our country was presented in four regional tourist forums - in Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Samara and Kazan, where over 3,000 Russian regional tour operators and tour agents got acquainted with the tourist opportunities of the country. As a result of all these efforts a serious growth of Russian tourists was reported for the period January - November 2016. The federation holds 4th place in the ranking of the NSI for the number of foreign tourists visiting Bulgaria - over 570 thousand people.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-and-russia-will-work-increase-number-tourists-summer-2017
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tourism.government.bg:3484:2017-01-11T15:45:00
Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Tourism held meetings with mayors of the municipalities with expected large number of visitors
2016-12-30T14:10:00
In connection with the upcoming New Year holidays and the beginning of the winter tourist season, representatives of the professional management of the Ministry of Interior and experts from the Ministry of Tourism conducted a series of meetings on the territory of those municipalities, in which a large number of visitors is expected.Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior Chief Commissioner Georgi Kostov attended the meeting with representatives of the tourist sector in Bansko. The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Chief Commissioner Georgi Arabadzhiev will conduct a meeting covering the same topics in Sofia. The Director of the General Directorate of National Police Senior Commissioner Hristo Terziyski presented the specific measures that will be applied on the territory of the resort. The meeting in Smolyan and Chepelare was directed by the Deputy Director of General Directorate “Fight against Organized Crime” - Senior Commissioner Stoyan Temelakiev.The meetings with mayors of municipalities and representatives of the tourism sector aim to explain the security measures that will be undertaken in the winter resorts by the Ministry of Interior, which were announced at a press briefing today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Rumyana Bachvarova.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-interior-and-ministry-tourism-held-meetings-mayors-municipalities-expected
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tourism.government.bg:3480:2016-12-30T14:10:00
The Ministry of Tourism presented the first annual awards in tourism
2016-12-20T15:09:00
Ministers, mayors, heads of state enterprises and agencies, MPs, representatives of the business, the non-government sector and the media participated in the award ceremony for the first annual awards in tourism. The initiative was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the goal was to highlight and encourage all participants in the tourism sector, which endeavor to its sustainable development. In the official evening ceremony on 19 December, in the Central Military Club in Sofia, the winners in the 16 categories received their awards. The event was attended by more than 300 guests and the presenters were Georgi Lyubenov and Adelina Radeva from the Bulgarian National Television.“This year the revenue from international tourism is expected to exceed 6 billion and 300 million BGN, which will be a growth of over 13% compared to last year. From now on we all should have one main objective – the revenue growth should exceed the growth in the number of tourists”, said Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the official opening of the ceremony. In her words, more than 8 million foreign tourists will come to Bulgaria by the end of the year.During the ceremony it became clear that the internet platform www.tourismawards.bg had more than 100 thousand registered votes for the 16 categories. The winners were evaluated in two stages. A special methodology was developed, consistent with the relevant set of quantitative and qualitative indicators and measures, in accordance with the criteria of the World Tourism Organization. In the first stage everyone wishing to submit an application may do this in compliance with the Rules published on the internet platform (the only exception was the category “The choice of Bulgarians”, in which the nominees were predefined). For more than one month over 200 applications were submitted in the 15 announced categories. The vote was limited for IP addresses with only one vote permitted per device. All re-submitted votes from the same device were registered as void.Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova presented the special award in the category “The choice of Bulgarians” to the mayor of Yambol Municipality Georgi Slavov. People chose the National Archaeological Reserve “Antique Thracian Town of Kabile” as the symbol of the Bulgarian tourism for 2016. In this category the users had a choice among the 100 national sites and 50 less known places of interest in Bulgaria.The Minister of Labor and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova presented the award to the winner in the category “Tourist destination” - Shumen - Roots of Bulgaria - Shumen Municipality, Kaspichan Municipality, Veliki Preslav Municipality to the mayor of Shumen Municipality Lyubomir Hristov. The second and third awards in this category were presented to Ruse and Plovdiv.The Deputy Mayor of Velingrad Municipality Dr. Kostadin Koev received the award for “2016 Municipality and SPA Tourism” from the Minister of Environment and Waters Ivelina Vasileva. The second and third awards in the category went to Pomorie and Sapareva Banya.Minister of Youth and Sport Krasen Kralev presented the award to the winner in the category “Tourist event” - the Festival of the Rose. The statuette was personally received by the mayor of Kazanlak Municipality Galina Stoyanova. The Rozhen Folk Art and Animal Husbandry Fair and the Young Wine Parade were the tourist events that ranked second and third.The mayor of Plovdiv Municipality Eng. Ivan Totev was presented with the award in the category “Specialized Tourism” for the winner Archeological Reserve “Ancient Town of Philippopolis and Old Plovdiv” from the Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary commission on economy and tourism in the 43th National Assembly Daniela Saveklieva. The Bulgarian Association of Balneology and SPA tourism and “Path of Silence” – an eco-path to the Thracian megalith in Kazanlak municipality, received the second and third awards.The film “Bulgaria the Heritage of the Thracians” was the winner in the category “2016 Journalistic Material on Tourism on Television”. The award was handed by the president of the National Statistical Institute Sergey Tsvetarski to the authors Georgi Krumov and Stoyan Radulov. TV Cherno More was presented with second award and Travel TV with third award for “This is Bulgaria”.The mayor of Bansko Municipality Georgi Ikonomov was handed the first place award in the category “2016 Municipality for Mountain Tourism” from Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. The second award was highly contested and went to Smolyan Municipality, the third went to Laki municipality.The Late Antiquity and Medieval Fortress Tuida is the winner in the category “Tourist attraction/site”. The award was presented by the Chairman of the Commission for the Protection of Consumers Dimitar Margaritov to the Deputy Mayor of Sliven Municipality Stoyan Markov. The second award went to the Yard of the Cyrillic Alphabet - a museum of the Bulgarian alphabet, Pliska, and the third place was awarded to the Museum of the Rose, town of Kazanlak.Ruse municipality was the unconditional winner in the category “2016 Municipality for Cultural and Historical Tourism”. The Deputy Mayor Dimitar Nakov received again the award from the Minister of Tourism. Stara Zagora Municipality was second and Plovdiv Municipality - third.Nikolay Valkanov, member of the Management Board of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria and Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Minstroy Holding” presented the award to the winner in the category ‘2016 Municipality for Seaside Tourism” - Varna municipality. The award was accepted by the Deputy Mayor of Varna Municipality, Kosta Bazitov. Primorsko and Kavarna ranked second and third.The winner in the category “2016 Journalistic Material on Tourism on Radio” is Albena Ivanova from  Radio Focus with the broadcast “Panagyurishte - the Panagyurishte gold treasure, Krasen fortress, routes, Panagyurski Koloni area”. The award was presented by the Chairman of the Association of Industrial Capital, Vasil Velev. The second place was awarded to Petra Taleva from “Hristo Botev” radio programme of the Bulgarian National Radio for her broadcast “Yogurt from Momchilovtsi, water from Satovcha, mysteries and secrets from Strandzha". The third place was conferred to Mila Mladenova and Rositsa Kavaldzhieva from “Horizont” radio programme of the BNR for “Bulgaria is becoming a more and more popular destination for opera tours”.The Deputy Mayor of Sofia Municipality Doncho Barbalov presented the award to Stefan Kolev, the winner in the category “2016 Publication of a Material on Tourism in an Internet Blog” for “How to grow without aging (the secrets of a capital)”. In this category, Nina Alexander ranked second with “Ogosta Dam: Sinister beauty and “drowned stories”, Marta Ros ranked third with Pobitite Kamani: The Stone Forest”.Irena Georgieva, Deputy Minister of Tourism, presented the award to the winner in the category “2016 Journalistic Material on Tourism in an Online Media”. This is Desislava Madanska with “Mishkova niva - the Bulgarian Stonehenge”, www.tourbg.net. The second place was awarded to Ventseslav Ilchev from Focus Information Agency for “Kyustendil: 260 sites offering balneo-, SPA and wellness services”, and the third award went to Teodora Georgieva from www.Jenite.bg for the material “The Devil’s Eco-path”.The award in the category of “Innovations” was presented by Karel Kral, the CEZ regional manager, to Ivo Nikolov and Martin Stoykov from Travel Books Publishing House for a mobile application with Augmented Reality experience. The second place in the category was taken by the complex "UVA Nestum Wine&SPA", and the third by the Instagram platform “My Bulgaria”.The Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva presented the award to Nataliya Malcheva - winner with the article “Brussels honours the castle in Ravadinovo” in the category “2016 Journalistic Material on Tourism in Bulgaria in a Print Media”. The second award was for Nikoleta Tsvetkova from Monitor Newspaper  for the article “We track online the beach shadow price” and the third - for Polina Petrova from  The Black Sea newspaper for “Siyka Katsarova: We can attract a higher class of tourists with SPA and balneology”.The founder of the National Folklore Ensemble “Balgare”, Hristo Dimitrov, presented the award to the Mayor of Vratsa Municipality Kalina Kamenov for first place in the category “The Spirit of Bulgaria” for Ledenik National Folklore Fair. The picnic attraction “Balgarana”, Kazanlak, ranked second and the Autumn Museum of Crafts, Regional Craft Chamber - Plovdiv, ranked third.The statuettes, which were given to the winners, reproduced a typical Bulgarian rose. During the event, the guests had the opportunity to listen to violoncello, violin and piano performed by the talented students of “Lyubomir Pipkov” National Music School, and the ceremony was closed with a performance of the custom “Koleduvane”by the National Folklore Ensemble “Bulgare”. The media partners of the initiative were the Bulgarian National Television, TV Bulgaria on Air, the 24 Hours newspaper, Darik Radio, Radio Focus, IA “Focus”, the websites economic.bg and kmeta.bg.The statuettes received by the winners in the 16 categories are produced by Dimitar Germanov especially for the ceremony and they will be used in subsequent editions of the contest.
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tourism.government.bg:3481:2016-12-20T15:09:00
For the start of the winter season, the Ministry of Tourism launched a special module on its website providing information on the condition of the ski runs
2016-12-17T15:03:00
Now every winter sports lover may easily get informed about the opportunities for practicing them on the territory of the country from the interactive module on the internet site of the Ministry of Tourism. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism at the opening of the winter season in  Borovets resort. The event was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sport Krasen Kralev, the governor of Sofia region Rositsa Ivanova, the mayor of Samokov Vladimir Georgiev etc.The module includes the ski runs of three of the largest ski resorts - Pamporovo, Bansko and Borovets. They are displayed on real maps with the option for several types of display. The module contains information only about the runs, which have already been categorized by the commission in accordance with the rules of the newly adopted Ordinance on the Safety and Information Security of the Ski Runs in the Republic of Bulgaria. They are displayed as green, blue, red and black ski runs depending on the degree of complexity. Each of the ski runs has been checked by the experts of the ministry and foreign specialists, attracted especially for this purpose.For the convenience of the tourists, links have been provided to the official internet pages of each resort with quick buttons to cameras showing the situation in the most visited resorts in real time. “The module is still in process of development and information about smaller resorts will be added”, said Minister Angelkova. In her words, the site will also have an English version for the foreign tourists.“The year 2016 is special for all of us, because the oldest mountain resort not only in Bulgaria, but on the Balkans – Borovets, celebrates 120 years from its creation”, said Minister Angelkova. She announced that for the first ten months of the year, over 120 thousand tourists have chosen the resort for their holiday and vacation. The revenue from the overnights exceed 13.7 million BGN. “I am convinced that these indicators will be overpassed in the new winter season”, emphasized Nikolina Angelkova and added that a growth from a number of markets is expected in the resort. The bookings for the Christmas holidays in the resort are by nearly 36% higher compared to the same period of the preceding year, and for New Year’s Eve they are at the same level, but there is an increased interest due to the opening of the ski area earlier this year and the favourable snow conditions, it became clear during the event.
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tourism.government.bg:3482:2016-12-17T15:03:00
The Ministry of Tourism presented a single interactive platform and a mobile application “I love Bulgaria”
2016-12-14T16:49:00
Our country already has a single platform and “I love Bulgaria” mobile application, which integrates all elements of the tourism sector. The innovative product was presented today by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and representatives of the English technology company Horizon Software Solution that has developed the platform.“As you know, the digital marketing is the focus of our national advertising programme and the platform that we present today offers some of its most innovative components”, said Minister Angelkova. The platform can be downloaded as a mobile application on any smart phone. “This platform integrates all elements of the tourism sector in one place - tourist sites, accommodation facilities, catering establishments and any accompanying services”, said Minister Angelkova. In her words it includes the 100 national tourist sites according to the  commitment to the Ministry of Tourism. The project product was first launched in two regional versions for Dobrich and Varna. Today they are a part of the national platform and many other municipalities will be included. It is agreed that the application will be free of charge for the municipalities.“Today we start placing special boards at each site, which can be scanned through the mobile phones of the tourists and thus they will be able to learn more information about them,” explained Nikolina Angelkova. Each plate has a unique hologram - the so called QR code, which can be scanned with a mobile device. This way the tourist receives information about the site he has visited, but also gains bonus points and may receive an incentive award. The world experience showed that this motivates people to travel more and evokes greater interest according to the platform developer.“It is very important to point out that both the platform and the information about each of the sites is currently available in 12 languages and that it has the potential to present the information in unlimited number of languages in the long term”, underlined the Minister of Tourism. For better planning of the marketing activities of the ministry, it is very important for each user, who downloads the application, to be registered in the system. “This way we will gather very accurate information about the tourists who visit Bulgaria - which important markets they come from, what they look for and which sites they visit, which will allow us to plan marketing campaigns targeted by nationality, gender, age etc.”, she further explained.The developer has already received orders for the development of similar platforms for other countries, but Bulgaria is the first country, whose platform includes so many components, it was pointed out in the event. At the moment Horizon Software Solutions develop I Love France, I Love Monaco and I Love Australia and according to plans the number of countries that will join the platform in the next year is expected to reach 50. The agreement between the developer and the Ministry of Tourism includes launching the platform at a national level and its marketing servicing, as well as the opportunity to include the municipalities free of charge for them.
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tourism.government.bg:3483:2016-12-14T16:49:00
The Ministry of Tourism has initiated a joint inspection of all institutions engaged on the beach of Camping “Oasis”
2016-12-05T15:43:00
The Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria, following an order issued by Minister Nikolina Angelkova, initiated a joint inspection of all institutions concerned in connection with an alert for the levelling of the dunes on the beach at Camping “Oasis”. It will include representatives of the Burgas Regional Inspectorate of the Environment and Water, Burgas Regional Administration and Tsarevo Municipality.In accordance with the provisions of the Law on the Black Sea Coast Spatial Development (art. 8), the Minister of Tourism is authorized to carry out preparatory actions for the award of concessions for the sea beaches under the conditions and in accordance with the procedures of the law; to submit proposals in the Council of Ministers for the award of concessions for sea beaches; to organize the procedures for the selection of a concessionaire; to conclude contracts for concession award; to conduct the procedures for renting out of sea beaches and conclude rental contracts; to organize the supervision of the implementation of the concession and rental contracts; to represent the state in proceedings on disputes arising from concession contracts, respectively rental contracts. The need of rapid and coordinated actions requires a joint verification.In accordance with a decision of the Council of Ministers, a competition will be organized for the concession award for the beach at Camping “Oasis”. At the moment documents and offers are being submitted for the award procedure.Minister Angelkova also ordered that the special telephone: +359 2 90 46 833 and e-mail: control@tourism.government.bg for signals of irregularities spotted on the sea beaches, which were operating in the active summer season, should be used all year round. “Our main goal is to protect the sea beaches and to ensure their sustainable development and to offer the best conditions to the tourists", said Minister Angelkova. In her words, there have been signals of irregularities in the winter season, when ill-wishers abused with the sea beaches for their own needs – taking amounts of sand, expanding or reducing the active area etc. “We will give the opportunity to every citizen to contact us and even if the calls are not within our competence, we will refer them to the competent authorities in order to prevent attempts of abuse”, added Nikolina Angelkova. 
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tourism.government.bg:3349:2016-12-05T15:43:00
The International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism has adopted a draft declaration in Sofia
2016-11-30T17:50:00
The Ministry of Tourism and the leaders of the delegations of the member countries of the World Tourism Organization, representatives of the cultural and tourist institutions of the private sector and non-governmental organizations that took part in the first International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism in the Bulgarian capital adopted a common declaration. It will be made available to all participants in the forum and after their additions within two weeks, it will be approved as the Declaration of Sofia.The document emphasizes that tourism is one of the leading global socio-economic sectors, creating opportunities for growth, for the protection of cultural heritage and efficient use of natural resources. It also states that the industry is among the priority areas for the sustainable development of the world with a horizon 2030.The world civilizations and specifically their history, folklore, myths, architecture and arts are a major factor for the promotion of international cooperation in tourism. The declaration also emphasized that the UN General Assembly approves the year 2017 as International year for the sustainable development of tourism.The document is not legally binding, but outlines the main priorities and tasks of the tourist industry in the short and medium term.In her final words before the Congress, Minister Angelkova thanked the participants and especially the WTO for the high level of trust in Bulgaria for organizing such a large-scale event. She pointed out that this trust has been appreciated by our government, especially in the year 2016, which is a record year in the history of the Bulgarian tourism and a 40-year anniversary since the country became a member of the WTO.Every country according to Nikolina Angelkova, regardless of its size, is of enormous importance for the development of the international tourism. In this respect Bulgaria has a great potential to shine with its own light. The future of Bulgaria as a destination is related to the cultural and historical tourism, because the good stories make the contents of the tourist product and only if we know our history, we can build our present, she said. This process is invariably connected with the new technologies, because they are a factor for the future and their underestimating will make the competitiveness impossible.The Bulgarian Minister of Tourism summarized the work of the congress as very constructive and successful and proposed that it becomes a permanent event in the calendar of the WTO. Political will is crucial, she said and added that Bulgaria has such political will, which made tourism a priority sector in our economy.In an emotional address to the audience Dr. Taleb Rifai outlined several important factors for the successful development of the global tourism - good management, creating a good story and respect to one’s own people. He compared the tourism industry with a stadium, which must be filled with enthusiastic visitors, caring for their own achievements. This can only be achieved with joint efforts and is our common responsibility, concluded the Secretary General of the WTO.The first Congress of World Civilization and Creative Tourism organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the World Tourism Organization was attended by over 40 government delegations, over 20 ministers, deputy ministers and high-rank officials in the field of tourism from around the world.
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tourism.government.bg:3348:2016-11-30T17:50:00
Building partnerships between tourism and modern industries has been discussed in the framework of the third panel of the International Congress of the WTO and the Ministry of Tourism
2016-11-30T15:21:00
Building partnerships between tourism and modern industries was discussed in the framework of the third panel of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism. The forum was organized jointly by the World Tourism Organization and the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and our country is the host of the event.Creative tourism is the cooperation between the cultural tourism and the creative industries. It also launches a change in the management of this industry. To achieve sustainability of the creative tourism, particular attention should be paid to local communities, because they are the bearers of knowledge. The local people are not only the guardians of the heritage, they are the heritage. This was said by Caroline Kuret, creator of the network for creative tourism in Spain, in her presentation.It emphasized on the fact that there is a new situation in the tourist industry, which should be taken into consideration by all parties involved - the creative tourist does not perceive himself as a tourist, but rather as a traveler, who wants to be included in the emotional experience of the local culture. This is why a new product is needed, combining the tourist activity with the authenticity. This could be achieved by specialized culinary training courses, musical performances etc. Another thing to take into consideration is the option for the tourists to choose the destination according to their ability to practice a certain activity or hobby there, she said.The Ambassador of Georgia in Spain and Permanent Representative in the World Tourism Organization Zurab Polikashvili presented a project about his country “Check in Georgia”, where one of his major objectives was to restart the popularization of the traditional Georgian folklore. He pointed out that through the concerts, festivals, performances, showing the authentic traditional customs and lifestyle, they managed to achieve cooperation between the creative industries and tourism. This is one of the most important conditions for the conservation of the cultural and historical heritage, he stated. Polikashvili also commented that the extension of the tourist season is another major task of Georgia. In this connection he emphasized that thousands of people visit different organized events outside the season and this is one of the ways to achieve that goal.Large groups of foreign tourists are brought by small tourist companies to observe ceremonies and rituals in the Thracian sacred sites, said Prof. Valeria Fol while revealing the secrets of the Thracian heritage. She added that many of these sites have not yet been adapted for practicing creative tourism.Dr. Diana Gergova from the Institute for Balkan Studies with a Center of Thracian Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences recalled that the successful conservation of the national heritage should involve several components - continuation of the archaeological studies, development of the types of tourism - cultural-historical and creative, extension of the tourist season and most of all – dissemination of the new knowledge about the Thracian and Balkan culture. She announced that in 2007 two more tombs will be uncovered on the territory of the Municipality of Kazanlak. 
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tourism.government.bg:3347:2016-11-30T15:21:00
The participants in the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism have discussed the need for strategies for sustainable development of the industry
2016-11-30T13:51:00
In the second day of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism held in Sofia, the participants discussed the need of strategies for sustainability in the tourist industry. Among those attending the congress was the Secretary General of the WTO Taleb Rifai.The Head of the Tourism Management Plan in Angkor (Cambodia) Sok Sangvar presented the history of the Code of Conduct for the Visitors of the Tourist Sites in this region of his country. It includes different requirements such as prohibition of smoking, requirement for appropriate clothes, compliance with the signs etc. This procedure dates back to the 12th century and provides for strict penalties depending on the offender’s position in the social hierarchy.Sok Sangvar also emphasized that the plan relies on tourism to create more benefits for the local communities, on the effect of the visitors’ experiences and the development of the local infrastructure. Tourism is one of the elements for the conservation of the cultural heritage and he compared the tourism to a book. The tourist sector is the publisher of this book, which must not remain in the drawers, he summarized.The doctor of anthropology from the University of Chicago in Ethiopia Prof. Zeray Alemseged presented his country as an attractive tourist destination, which has given the world not only the coffee, but also the earliest discovered human skeletons in the history of Earth. We all come from Africa despite our huge external differences now, he summarized and stressed that the culture does not belong to one nation. According to him successful tourism must rely on several crucial principles - inspiration, involvement, education, management and perseverance. This is the only way to preserve the cultural values of the human civilization for a better common future.Prof. Petar Delev, an expert on ancient history from Sofia University, presented to the participants and guests of the congress some basic information about the Thracian civilization. He outlined specific facts, which demonstrate the connection between the cultural and historical heritage of contemporary Bulgaria and the ancient Thracian culture. The presentation was richly illustrated with images of the Thracian treasures, artifacts, drawings and other unique monuments discovered in Bulgaria.A direct skype connection was implemented with the expert of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru Richard Bazan, who presented the concept of the institution for the development of the industry. The concept is oriented toward local communities and especially to the rural population in the country, which is the main destination. The local communities are the beneficiaries of the funds for the development of tourism, but they must ensure a real process of management of the tourist services. The good management and the high quality of the tourist activity ensure the industry competitiveness, underlined Richard Bazan.The discussions continued with lectures by Zurab Polikashvili, ambassador of Georgia in Spain and Permanent Representative of the state in WTO; Caroline Kuret, creator of the network for creative tourism in Spain and Bulgarian representatives from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Valeria Fol and Diana Gergova. At the end of the plenary day the participants will adopt a Common Declaration of the Congress.
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tourism.government.bg:3346:2016-11-30T13:51:00
Twelve ministers and deputy ministers have participated in the high-level meeting in the framework of the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism
2016-11-29T16:26:00
Twelve ministers and deputy ministers of tourism and culture of Spain, Iraq, Greece, Moldova, Serbia, Malta, Kenya, Romania, Turkey, Azerbaijan discussed the important role modern tourism in the preservation and protection of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This happened in a high-level meeting held on the first day of the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism today in Sofia. The discussion was attended by the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Michael Christides, the Jordanian princess H.D. Dana Firas, and the moderator was the CNN TV presenter Max Foster.The Bulgarian Minister Nikolina Angelkova commented that one of the main challenges in the revival of the world civilizations is how to preserve the sites while at the same time attract a larger number of tourists. “We discuss and search for alternatives both with Bulgarian and international institutions to find the best way to preserve what we have, because it has to remain in time, after us, for the future generations”, she also said.Minister Angelkova focused on the joint activities with the neighbouring countries and the opportunity to develop joint tourist products. “This especially applies to long-distance journeys and tourists from China and the USA, so we work on various ideas”, added Nikolina Angelkova. In her words, common advertising and marketing of touristic products should be prepared on a local level.All participants in the high-level meeting shared the opinion that tourism is a common product based on the cooperation between government institutions, private organizations and local communities. Tourism was also identified as a peace promoting instrument. Participants in the meeting commented that world civilizations should cooperate and events of this type prove this.“We have a new level of communication, so we have to achieve a more in-depth knowledge of one another”, said the Jordanian princess H.M. Dana Firas and she added that the legacy must be transformed in a way that is understandable and beneficial for everybody.The Bulgarian Prime Minister from the period 2001 - 2005 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who was also invited by the World Tourism Organization to take part in the meeting, described the communications and their modern aspect as a challenge for the tourism, which should be used to improve the results in the sector.According to the Minister of Tourism of Kenya Najib Balala, today the tourists have new interests, they are not only interested in beaches, but want to learn more about the history of the country they visit. He also said that when undertaking a journey, people want to visit at least two countries, which obliges the neighbouring countries to develop mutual tourist products.The Minister of Tourism of Malta Edward Lewis commented that the countries should not consider themselves as competitors in the tourist industry, rather the opposite, because when people visit a certain destination, they want to discover more cooperation and continuity. Lewis also commented that the coordination between the state authorities and the private sector is essential for the development of tourism. He also said that the countries of the Black Sea region should develop integrated offers. Edward Lewis drew the attention to Minister Nikolina Angelkova’s words that efforts are made on EU level, namely for the implementation of common concepts and products. The development of a digital tourist platform in the EU has also been considered.The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey Hussein Yaayman said that “no state has managed to survive on its own, it is the result of inherited culture and history”. He announced that the Turkish state has designated four guidelines for the development of the modern tourism - drawing up a list of tourist sites, integration of this type of tourism with other creative sectors, advertising and international partnership. He reiterated that Turkey is open for any kind of cooperation and commented that this is the way to revive the legacy of the world civilizations.The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities of Iraq Faryad Raundozi emphasized that categorical actions should be undertaken to stop the illegal trade with antiquities, because it is a major problem not only for Iraq but for all countries in the world.The establishment of a common facade of the tourism by means of cooperation between the state and the private sector is the key for the development of the modern tourism as an opportunity to experience the legacy of world civilizations. This opinion was advocated by Mihaela Vrabete, State Secretary of The Ministry of Tourism of Romania. She added that targeted actions should be taken so that small local organizations be involved in the development of the tourist product.The Director General of the Agency on Tourism of Moldova Stanislav Rusu commented that the authenticity should be preserved everywhere. This is particularly important for the modern tourism as a means for the revival of the world civilizations.Michael Christides, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation underlined that tourism is the main pillar of the social economy and promotes better understanding of the cultural and historical heritage of the peoples.11% of the gross domestic product of Spain is formed by tourism. This was announced by Jose Manuel Soria, former Minister of the Energy, Industry and Tourism of Spain. He added that nowadays culture is the most important element for the promotion of mutual understanding and for the promotion of tourism. The emphasis in his comment was that tourism, in order to be successful, should be identified as a government priority.Nazim Samadov, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, said that today's tourists prefer to know as much as possible about the country they visit,  its history and culture. He also commented that synergy between the state and the private sector is essential for the successful development of the industry.The representative of the National Tourist Organization of Serbia Maria Labovic commented that the improvement of the tourist product depends on attracting the local communities, because they know a lot, but sometimes are not aware of their role.The Secretary General for tourism policy and development of Greece George Tziallas said that the common understanding in our neighboring country with regard to tourism is that it unites people. In this connection he said that it is necessary to develop alternative types of tourism and that it is necessary to make the diversification of tourist products because different people need different aspects of tourism.The high-level meeting was closed with the speech of Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization. In his opinion, the states must be particularly careful in preserving the cultural heritage. The emphasis in his speech was that a mandatory condition for successful tourism is the existence of political will, because if the state authorities do not believe in this sector, nothing can be achieved.    
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tourism.government.bg:3345:2016-11-29T16:26:00
Minister Angelkova and the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization opened the First International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism in Sofia.
2016-11-29T14:00:00
We feel at home in Sofia and we are here to collect the legacy of the past and to look into the future through the new horizons of creative tourism and to do this, we need political will. With these words the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Taleb Rifai opened the ceremony, which launched the First International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism in the Bulgarian capital.The large-scale event is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the specialized UN Organization. Over 40 state delegations and over 20 ministers and high-rang officials in the field of tourism from all over the world take part in it. Before its start, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had a meeting with the heads of the delegations.“The political will to create a separate Ministry of Tourism and the national priority status given to the industry are the factors that made it possible to organize the largest event in 2016”, said Minister Angelkova. In her words, the same reasons are the grounds for the success reported this year.“Bulgaria is a small country, but we also have a lot to share. Being a country of thousands of years of history and a rich heritage from ancient civilizations, the disclosure of the potential of our cultural wealth is a top priority. We are among the top three countries of Europe according to the number of discovered artifacts and immovable historical monuments”, added Minister Angelkova.She stressed that this is precisely why the cultural and historical tourism has a leading focus in the advertising and marketing policy of Bulgaria as an all-year-round destination since the creation of the Ministry of Tourism. “At the same time we are aware that we live in times of unprecedented technical discoveries and innovations. Many of them may and must be used in the tourism industry”, she also said.“In 2016 Bulgaria celebrates 40 years since it became a member of the WTO. The congress is not only a very good way to show the world our potential as a cultural and historical destination, but also to celebrate this anniversary”, said Minister Angelkova and personally thanked Doctor Taleb Rifai for the opportunity provided to Bulgaria to organize this forum.The scale of the forum indicates the important role of Bulgaria in the international dialog in the field of tourism, stressed Dr. Rifai. He outlined three major challenges that world tourism is facing - how to contribute for the preservation of the cultural heritage, how to establish sustainable strategies and how to cooperate with the creative industries. The Head of the WTO emphasized that the sector has great potential to make the world a better place for living and communication between people. In 2015 over 1.2 billion foreign tourists travelled around the planet. 7% of the commercial activity and 30% of the services in the world are the result of the tourist services. “Tourism is an enormous transforming force and we need to make it a part of our unique cultural experiences, the Secretary General said. This is the reason why the creative industries and the technical innovations play a major role in the modern society.The deputy mayor of the Bulgarian capital Doncho Barbalov also welcomed the participants in the congress and underlined that a city with an ancient history such as Sofia may propose an interesting walk back into the past. He reported that 6.7 million BGN have been invested in the last years in the restoration of tourist sites and UNESCO declared Sofia a UNESCO City of Film. It is among the top 10 cities in Europe with the highest growth of tourists - 7% per annum, which in 2016 will be exceeded.The congress was attended in absentia by Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, who addressed the delegates and guests in a video address. He pointed out that the innovations will entail even more opportunities for the development of modern tourism.The International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism will continue tomorrow, 30 November, at 9:30 in Sofia Tech Park.
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tourism.government.bg:3344:2016-11-29T14:00:00
Nikolina Angelkova: For the first ten months of 2016 we exceeded the results for the entire 2014
2016-11-28T16:52:00
The Minister of Tourism and the Secretary General of the WTO Taleb Rifai announced the opening of the First Congress of World Civilizations and Creative Tourism tomorrow in Sofia.We are at the end of a very successful year with no analogue in the history of Bulgarian tourism. The number of foreign tourists, who visited Bulgaria in the first ten months of the year, are almost 7.5 million. These figures exceed the figures for the entire 2014, and for the first ten months of 2016, the number of foreign tourists is by over 1 million higher that the number for the same period last year. If we keep this rate by the end of the year, we will overpass the limit of 8 million foreign tourists, which is more than the population of our country. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in a joint meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Dr. Taleb Rifai and representatives of the Bulgarian tourist industry.After the end of the discussion, a joint press conference took place, which was attended by the Jordan princess H.M. Dana Firas, the Minister of Tourism of Kenya Najib Balala, the Minister of Tourism of Malta Edward Lewis, representatives of CNN, diplomats and other officials. Most of them have visited our country for the first time and have expressed their wish to develop active cooperation with Bulgaria in the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage, including through tourist services.    The participants in the press conference announced the First Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism initiated and organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Sofia jointly with the WTO. The event is listed along with the most significant events in the calendar of the organization for this year.Nikolina Angelkova emphasized that significant progress has been made towards a sustainable development of the industry in the last two years and many regulatory changes that had been postponed for years, which impeded the normal tourist activity, have been accelerated now. For the first time the government has recognised the tourism as a national priority, has put it at the same level with other fundamental industries and has allowed the creation of a separate ministry, it became clear from the words of the minister. “The presence of Dr. Rifai is honour and recognition for us, it shows the high appreciation of the Organization for the development and the contribution of Bulgarian tourism”, she said and added that more than 500 delegates from 40 countries have arrived for the large-scale event.“Tourism has been growing steadily in the last decades and has become the third largest industry in the world after the wholesale trading in fuels and chemical products”, announced Taleb Rifai. He emphasized that in 2015, 1.2 billion transborder tourists were registered on the planet, which is a growth of 4.2% and it is the sixth year now that the growth continues by more than 4%.  42% of these tourists have declared that their aim is the cultural tourism. Meanwhile the direct revenue from the global tourism exceeds 1.5 trillion US dollars and if we add the indirect revenue, this indicator will exceed 5 trillion”, the Secretary General added.“This is why the congress opening tomorrow, which will connect the culture, civilizations and history, is so important. If there is a deficit today, it is a deficit of tolerance and understanding between people, and tourism is a way to improve this communication”, further underlined the head of WTO. He greeted the existing political will at high level in Bulgaria and expressed his hope that tourism will continue its sustainable development and the ministry will continue its existence as an institution. “In this congress we have the unique opportunity to demonstrate the merits of our country as an all-year-round destination that has inherited from over 7 epochs more than 40 thousand movable and over 7 million immovable artifacts and monuments, 7 of which are in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites”, the minister said. She pointed out that the cultural and historical tourism is among the highlights in the policy of the ministry since its establishment as a separate institution.The Jordanian princess H.M. Dana Firas explicitly said that the presence of so many high-ranking officials in the forum is a sign of their readiness to preserve the world cultural heritage and to oppose intolerance. Jordan can learn from the experience and successes of Bulgaria in tourism, she said.The Minister of Tourism of Kenya Najib Balala acknowledged that his coming to Bulgaria is a dream that had come true. Kenya has a unique heritage from the Kiswahili epoch and findings of fossils dating 3 million years back, but it needs to learn from the experience of other countries as to how these can be transformed into modern tourist products.According to the Minister of Tourism of Malta Edward Lewis, his country and Bulgaria are similar in a way, since they are not large in territory, but they place the sector among the most important economic sectors. One third of the GDP of Malta depends on tourism and therefore the island fully supports the efforts of Bulgaria to develop the industry as a priority.        
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tourism.government.bg:3343:2016-11-28T16:52:00
The most popular Egyptologist of the world today Dr. Zahi Hawass will read a lecture in the framework of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism
2016-11-28T10:12:00
The most popular Egyptologist in the world today Dr. Zahi Hawass will read a lecture in the framework of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism. Movies and broadcasts with his participation may often be seen on popular world channels such as Discovery, History Channel and National Geographic. His TV career started in 1988 with the documentary ‘The Mystery of the Pyramids’ starring the legendary Omar Sharif. Ten years later Zahi Hawass is famous all over the world. Many other documentary series follow. Outside the media image, in professional terms Zahi Hawass is believed to be the discoverer of the graves of the builders of the pyramids in Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies in the Bahariya Oasis. In addition to this, he is the head of the team that studied the Tutankhamen’s mummy.Dr. Hawass will speak before the Bulgarian audience tomorrow at 15:00 h. in ‘John Atanasoff’ Hall at Sofia Tech Park, where in the next two days the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism will take place. The entrance is free, but prior reservation is required through the website of the Ministry of Tourism - here.Guests in the panel, where DR. Hawass will speak, will be the Princess of Jordan H.M. Dana Firas, the President of Petra National Trust, which is the oldest Jordan non-governmental organization for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage, as well as the former Minister of Economy, Industry and Tourism of Spain José Manuel Soria and the Greek Professor Pavlos Geroulanos.The International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism takes place on 29 and 30 November. It will be attended by representatives of the public administrations of Jordan, Turkey, Malta, China, Greece, Romania, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kenya, Moldova, Serbia, Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe etc. Among the Bulgarian participants are representatives of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and of some of the most famous museums in the country. The detailed program of the event may be found here.  
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tourism.government.bg:3342:2016-11-28T10:12:00
More than 100 foreign delegates arrive in Bulgaria to participate in the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism
2016-11-26T12:33:00
More than 100 foreign delegates arrive in Bulgaria to participate in the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism organized by the Ministry of Tourism in a joint initiative with the World Tourism Organization in Sofia. Among them are twelve ministers and deputy ministers of tourism and culture from around the world, a number of managers of tourist administrations, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Michael Christides and the princess of Jordan H.M. Dana Firas.The event will consider and discuss the essential role of Creative tourism in the preservation and protection of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage and its role as a source of generation of socio-economic indicators. One of the objectives of the international conference is to open discussions on the possibilities to resurrect the world civilizations through cooperation between the various industries such as architecture, design, art, technologies and science and to increase the interest in them. According to data of the World Tourism Organization, 1.2 billion tourist travelled round the world last year and 40% of them were mainly interested in cultural tourism.The event is given a priority in the calendar of the World Tourism Organization for this year and our country was awarded the privilege to host and organize the event. It will be held in the period 29 November - 1 December 2016 in Sofia Tech Park, ‘John Atanasoff’ Hall. The official opening will be on Tuesday (29 November) at 10:00 h followed by a high-level meeting after the ceremony, which will be moderated by the world famous CNN journalist Max Foster.The registration of the candidates to attend the congress is on the way, so anyone can fill in the internet form in the official website of the Ministry of Tourism - here.A separate accreditation is required for the media, so the journalists willing to cover the event should send an e-mail to press@tourism.government.bg providing: full name, the name of the medium, e-mail and a telephone. Each journalist will be issued a badge with his/her name, which will serve as a pass to enter the building in the two days of the Congress. The badges may be obtained at the time of registration for the event.
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tourism.government.bg:3341:2016-11-26T12:33:00
Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva takes part in the opening of the Young Wine Exhibition in Plovdiv
2016-11-25T16:06:00
The Young Wine Exhibition has turned into a good tradition for Plovdiv, attracting not only leading winemakers but also many visitors from the country and abroad. Cultural-historical tourism and festivals feature among the preferred forms of niche specialized tourism in the region, being enjoyed by growing numbers of users. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, in Plovdiv during the opening of the forum’s 8th edition.The 3-day event offers various trials and culture events in 12 landmark sites in the Old City. 20% more tourists are expected this year. According to NSI stats, the number of guests staying at accommodation facilities in the region during the period of January-September 2016 totally amount to 366 000, which is an 11% increase compared to the same period of 2015. The increase in Bulgarian tourists is 13% and 7% in international ones, with revenues generated from night-stays of international tourists registering an 18% growth, it was announced by the Deputy Minister during the ceremony.„Plovdiv is an example of sustainable development in tourism, owing to the cultural-historical and other types of niche tourism. This is the place where the first wine map in the country was created“, Deputy Minister Georgieva said further. The tours are an initiative of the Municipality, local wine cellars, hoteliers, and tour operators, covering the areas around Parvenets, Hrabrino, Krichim, Brestovitsa, Ognyanovo, etc. A notable recognition of these preserved tradition was given when Plovdiv hosted the esteemed wine competition Concours Mondial de Brussels in the spring of this year, with 50 countries and 9 000 products having participated. Bulgarian winemakers won 40% of the rewards, which happened for the second year running in this competition.The Ministry of Tourism will keep supporting active development of the diverse forms of niche tourism. Interest in the destinations offering authentic food and beverages in our country has been registered by both traditional generating markets such as Russia, the Ukraine, Italy, Czech Republic, Serbia, the UK, as well as from more remote areas in the world – China, Japan, and the USA. Bulgaria already has partnership experience from the creation of joint tourism routes with countries involved in the Danube Strategy – Along the Way of Roman Emperors and Along the Way of Wine.The exhibition’s opening was attended by the chair of the Council on Tourism-Plovdiv, Eng. Lyubozar Fratev, organizer of the event, jointly with the Municipality, the mayor Ivan Totev, the Chair of the Parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee, Menda Stoyanova, the Regional Governor, Zdravko Dimitrov, and others. 
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-minister-irena-georgieva-takes-part-opening-young-wine-exhibition-plovdiv
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tourism.government.bg:3340:2016-11-25T16:06:00
The concessions contracts for the Slanchev Bryag – Sever and Nessebar – Yug beaches to be terminated
2016-11-25T11:13:00
The concessions contracts for the Slanchev Bryag – Sever and Nessebar – Yug beaches will be terminated. This was announced during Bulgarian National Television’s morning news show by the resigned Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. Numerous infringements were found at both beach strips over the years. In August this year another inspection by the Ministry of Tourism found that the authorized schemes for placement of portable facilities and extra retail area have not been complied with.Two geodetic measurements were also carried out during the summer season, which accurately and in detail ascertained failure to perform the contracts. Back at the time Minister Angelkova commented that anyone failing to comply with the contractual requirements will be penalized.All ascertained infringements were looked at by the Control Committee for the overall performance of concession contracts for sea beaches, which includes representatives of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of the Environment and Waters. The concession contracts are to be terminated pursuant to Council of Ministers’ decisions for 2015 (CoM Decision No 1015/22.12.2015 and CoM Decision No 1016/22.12.2105).„Throughout summer control was more intensive and we imposed penalties worth BGN 341 000 for infringements found at the beaches“, Minister Angelkova said. She added that more penalty notification letters have been sent, with extreme steps to be potentially proceeded with in the event of no response from the concessionaires. „Regardless of the political situation, we continue working at full tilt, no one should believe that they can benefit from the situation and be imperfect under the contracts“, Nikolina Angelkova emphasized.Preparation for the coming winter season was also discussed during the interview. „We are working at the double to be ready for the coming winter and turn into reality the positive forecasts”, the Minister of Tourism said. According to her, growth is expected from a number of markets such as the UK, Russia, Germany, Israel, etc. Orders for new flights have also been placed from advanced winter destinations such as Italy and Austria. In her opinion, we are expecting an increase of some 100 000 international tourists for the entire winter season. „The official stats for the recent months are yet to be published but we nevertheless expect to welcome a further 800 000 international tourists until the end of December 2016 and report on annual a total of 8 mil. tourists, who have chosen Bulgaria“, Nikolina Angelkova added.  
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tourism.government.bg:3339:2016-11-25T11:13:00
Minister Angelkova meets with local government and control authorities in preparation of the winter season in Bansko
2016-11-24T17:44:00
We are expecting circa 5% growth for the forthcoming winter tourism season. Regardless of the political situation, we continue working at full tilt to ensure that the positive forecasts come true and be as prepared as possible for the coming winter. Thus said the resigned Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at a meeting with representatives of the local government, control authorities, and the tourism industry in Bansko. The meeting was hosted by the Municipality Mayor, Georgi Ikonomov.„We hold such meetings annually and they have proven themselves effective, especially in terms of coordination of institutional efforts“, Minister Angelkova said. She also presented expectations by markets and data about the number of scheduled flights to Bulgarian airports. At Sofia Airport the number of expected regular and chartered flights during the 2016/2017 winter season is 7 574, which is an over 35% growth compared to last winter. Growth is registered in a number of source markets – UK 51%, Germany 44%, Greece 45%, Romania 25%, Israel 58%, the Netherlands 34%, Sweden 103%, Switzerland 22%, Belgium 40%, Spain 79%, Italy 67%, Poland 7%, etc. The scheduled flights from the Ukraine and Denmark register a several-fold increase, with flight from Ireland and Georgia resuming this year, after a several years’ break.Plovdiv Airport is also expecting growth in the number of flights during the 2016/2017 winter season. The Israel growth is over 20%, Ireland - over 67%, Russia – over 24%, etc. There is also increased interest from the UK.„These stats are very positive but they also unequivocally require that we are as prepared as possible for to respond to the expectations of these tourists“, Nikolina Angelkova emphasized. She drew attention to the fact that this will be the third consecutive year of solid growth. During the period December 2015– March 2016 Bulgaria was visited by more than 1,2 mil. foreign nationals, with their growth compared to the previous winter season being circa 5%. The number of visits for the purpose of recreation and vacation was nearly 661 000, a growth of some 19%.Later that day Minister Angelkova also took part in the meeting of the Committee on Economy, Tourism, and Energy of the National Association of Municipalities.  
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-meets-local-government-and-control-authorities-preparation
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tourism.government.bg:3338:2016-11-24T17:44:00
Minister Angelkova takes part in the Annual Meeting of the National Tourism Council
2016-11-24T15:25:00
The establishment of a standalone Ministry of Tourism was a crucial political recognition of the sector’s significance for Bulgaria’s economy. This opinion was shared by participants in the Annual Meeting of the National Tourism Council. The resigned Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, was invited as an official guest at the event’s opening. The organization contains some of the biggest investors in the tourism sector.„I am glad to see you united because the fractured nature and sheer number of tourism organizations is one of the industry’s biggest issues. This stands in the way of both beneficial dialogue between the government and businesses, as well as in the way of effective public-private partnership“, Minister Angelkova emphasized. She added that it is now crucial to kept the Ministry of Tourism as a standalone institution and build on the results achieved. Participants in the National Tourism Council stated their unequivocal support to such effect and emphasized that henceforth all thinking should only be towards expansion of the Ministry’s powers and provision of more funds to provide for the Ministry’s activities. Personal support was stated for Nikolina Angelkova as the first Minister of Tourism for all results achieved in the sector.A part of the tourist tax to be collected and spent specifically for tourism on a national level, was another proposal tabled by business representatives. They also stated their support for the introduction of the Single Tourism Information System as a main tool for bringing the sector out of the shadow economy and boosting the tax collection rates.The National Tourism Council has set a task to be partner for the government in all policies implemented. Tourism is a horizontal sector and has relevance for all other sectors. Therefore, in accordance with their competences, the Board members will monitor such policies and provide feedback in regard to their efficiency, it was further announced at the meeting.The National Tourism Council’s management board includes: Krasimir Gergov, Martin Zahariev, Radosvet Radev, Tsolo Vutev, Mario Zahariev, Kalin Peshov, Georgi Gergov, Marin Mitev, Polina Karastoyanova, Lachezar Todorov, Tihomir Trendafilov, Kancho Stoychev, Georgi Velchev, Georgi Krumov, Radka Mineva, Tsvetelina Borislavova, Vetko Arabadjiev, Lyudmil Stoykov, Lachezar Tsotsorkov, Georgi Chopev, Spas Rusev, Georgi Chuhlev, and Nikolay Pehlivanov.  
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-takes-part-annual-meeting-national-tourism-council
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tourism.government.bg:3337:2016-11-24T15:25:00
Minister Angelkova opens the annual awards ceremony of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association
2016-11-22T20:58:00
Bulgarian hoteliers and everyone involved in the tourism sector deserve commendation on the record-breaking year we are reporting. For the first nine months of the year hotels with 10+ beds have achieved over 22 mil. night-stays, with revenues exceeding BGN 1,1 bln. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the 2016 annual awards ceremony of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association."The BHRA awards symbolize high professionalism in the tourism sector and are particularly valuable because they are bestowed by peers to peers", Minister Angelkova said. She stated gratitude to the representatives from the industry for the joint work over time and the common efforts to develop the sector. "This summer we welcomed over 5 mil. international tourists, if the pace is sustained, next year will be at least as successful", Nikolina Angelkova added.The event was attended by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Zornitsa Rusinova, the Deputy the Minister of the Environment and Waters, Atanaska Nikolova, the chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism, Petar Kanev, the European Parliament MP Andrey Novakov, the mayors of Varna and Velingrad Ivan Portnih and Kostadin Koev, and others. 
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tourism.government.bg:3336:2016-11-22T20:58:00
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism obtains an international tourism award
2016-11-20T10:54:00
The Ministry of Tourism received the Golden Interstas 2016 international tourism award for significant contribution to the development of Bulgaria’s tourism and culture. This took place during the Golden Interstas 2016 international tourism event held in the town of Solin, Croatia.The Bulgarian institution was nominated by the event organizers – the committee composed of tourism-covering journalists, the event’s management team and the European Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers, based in Rome, Italy. Our country’s nomination was bestowed on account of professionalism and creativity displayed while promoting our country on the international market. Via contribution to the development of Bulgaria’s tourism and culture international tourism exchange is strengthened and contribution is made to the better understanding among people and nations.The award was bestowed by the European Federation of Journalists in Tourism (FEST) and by the World Federation of Journalists in Tourism (FIJET). The distinctions are awarded to individuals, local, regional, and national associations and tourism boards for significant contribution to the development of tourism. This year’s closing ceremony coincided with the finale of three events – this year’s 23rd INTERSTAS International Festival on tourism, cinema and landscape (international club of those rewarded in the area of tourism), the 19th International Festival on Tourism Films, and the 14th КЕА-CRO – a competition among Croatian cities and villages for the Golden Flower international award.The Ministry of Tourism takes part in the Golden Interstas 2016 international tourism event with a country stand. The numerous visitors showed interest mostly in the Bulgaria’s enotourism and groumet tourism, as well as ecotourism  and rural tourism. The analyses made indicate that the Croatia market has a development potential provided the niche forms of tourism are promoted in combination with shopping tours, the target audience being Croatian nationals, youths, and families with median and above-median incomes.The Golden Interstas 2016 international tourism event in the town of Solin is held under the patronage of the Republic of Croatia’s President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovich.
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tourism.government.bg:3335:2016-11-20T10:54:00
Bulgaria is presented at one of the biggest tourism exhibitions in Romania
2016-11-19T11:19:00
Bulgaria is presented as an attractive tourism destination at the 36th International Tourism Exhibition, TTR /autumn/ in Bucharest, which is held during 17 - 20 November, 2016. Our country takes part at the Romexpo exhibition centre in Romania’s capital city with an information stand of 80 sq. m., which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism. It features offers and tourism products of 13 sector companies and Municipalities.The Bulgarian stand triggered interest among not only Romanian, but also Macedonian, Moldavian, French, and other tourists. The in-demand services are seaside vacations, cultural-historical tours, religious tourism, trips to Danubian cities, mountain tourism and others. Out of all Bulgarian cities, the previous capital city, Veliko Tarnovo, is the one enjoying the most interest. The attending trials of Bulgarian wine also attract lots of visitors.TTR /autumn/ is among the most significant tourism forums in Romania. The exchange is open to both professionals and the general public, gathering 226 from Romania and other countries in 2015 and attracting over 15 000 visitors. The exhibition also has a spring edition, which is even livelier, with Bulgaria being a traditionally strong participant there as well.Romania is a major target market for Bulgaria, last year it top the chart in terms of number of international tourists in our country, with over 986 000 visits and a 4% growth. During the period of January-September 2016, our northern neighbour again ranked first in this chart with over 872 000 visits and an almost 12% increase of tourists. Most in-demand on the Romania is the seaside and ski tourism, followed by culture routes, city tours, balneo & spa services, which are bundled with the mass-use recreation and vacation packages.
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tourism.government.bg:3334:2016-11-19T11:19:00
The application deadline for participation in the Annual Awards in Tourism is extended
2016-11-18T12:49:00
The major categories for which organization and businesses will be able to file application forms are: Tourist Attraction/Tourism Site, Tourism Event, Spirit of Bulgaria, Specialized Tourism, „Tourism Destination, Innovations.Media representatives can apply in the following categories: 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria in a print media; 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria on radio; 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria on TV; 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria in an online media; 2016 Publication on Tourism in Bulgaria in an online blog.Municipalities will be eligible to apply in the following categories: Top 2016 Municipality for Mountain Tourism, Top 2016 Municipality for Maritime Tourism, Top 2016 Municipality for balneo & spa tourism, Top 2016 Municipality for Cultural-Historical Tourism.The applicants in the main categories will be evaluated as per an elaborated methodology and scorecards, in accordance with the World Tourism Organization criteria. Once the evaluation process is finished, the expert committee will nominate 10 finalists in each of the following categories Tourist Attraction/Tourism Site, Tourism Event, Spirit of Bulgaria, and Specialized Tourism. 6 finalists each will be nominated for the categories Tourism Destination and Innovations. As many municipalities will qualify for the competition’s last stage in the relevant categories. All finalists will be announced on the site www.tourismawards.bg, with everyone being able to vote for their favourite.Winners in the artistic categories – publication in a media, internet publication and blog - will be selected solely via online voting on www.tourismawards.bg, with all eligible materials supplied to be admitted for participation.The special award will The Choice of Bulgarians. People will be able to vote in that category online for their favourite location out of the 100 National Tourism Sites and the 50 Less Known Tourism Sites in Bulgaria. If the preferred site falls in neither category of tourism sites, users will be able to vote via elective text for a randomly selected site. Each site that receives at least 10 votes will automatically be included as being listed on the platform and will compete on equal footing with all other sites. The winner in this category will be selected solely based on online voting, with no other evaluation to be performed.Wining participants will be announced during a dedicated ceremony in December. The initiative’s official media partners are 24 Chasa, Bulgaria on Air, Darik Radio, Focus Radio, Focus Information Agency, the websites economic.bg and kmeta.bg.The competition’s purpose is to encourage development of Bulgarian tourism via promotion of tourism sites and destinations and enhance the tourism service’s competitiveness and quality. The competition will also promote implementation of innovative practices in the industry for the purpose of achieving higher efficiency in the offering of tourism services. The idea is for the competition to enable participants in the industry to participate actively year in, year out, and thus get deserved recognition for their efforts in presenting and improving the Bulgarian tourism product.
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tourism.government.bg:3333:2016-11-18T12:49:00
Bulgaria receives an award as best family vacation destination for Russian tourists
2016-11-18T11:31:00
Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism’s national representative office in Russia received the award as best family vacation destination for Russian tourists at a special ceremony held in Moscow. The distinction was bestowed by the Russian edition of the National Geographic Traveller magazine, following inquire among their readers.The publication’s purpose is to expose the best tourism destinations marketed in Russia. The voting was held online on the site of the Russian editions of the National Geographic and National Geographic Traveller magazines between 8 September - 6 November 2016. During that period visitors to the website voted in 23 categories: Beach Recreation, Family Vacation, Ski Vacation, Excursion Vacation, Agrotourism, Rehabilitative Tourism“, Bes Gastro Tour, Eco Vacation, Adventure Recreation, Revelation of the Year“, Exotic Vacation, etc.Bulgaria ranks first among the most preferred family vacation destinations for Russians, being ahead of Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, and Russia itself, with more than 60 countries taking part in the competition.The 2016 National Geographic Traveller Awards competition was held for the 6th time rewarding the best tourism destinations among the vacation types most popular in Russia for 2016.
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tourism.government.bg:3332:2016-11-18T11:31:00
The TAJ hotel chain explores the tourism market in Bulgaria
2016-11-17T16:56:00
Digvijay Singh, the general manager of the TAJ hotel chain, is in our country at the invitation of the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, to explore the Bulgarian tourism market. The two held a meeting today where they discussed tourism’s promising subsectors and its importance for Bulgaria’s economy.Minister Angelkova introduced the guest with our country’s natural givens and presented several potential projects, which could be of interest to the company. The capital city, along with the Black Sea coastline, were discussed as attractive destinations for the development of a high-category hotel facility. „In this summer season alone we welcomed over 5 mil. international tourists“, Nikolina Angelkova indicated. She added that Bulgaria has excellent development perspectives for the winter season and highlighted that reported over 1.2 mil. international tourists. During the meeting the Bulgarian spa tourism development perspectives were also discussed.The two commented on the political situation in the country. „Despite latest events, Bulgaria is a stable country, with investment in the tourism sector being a government priority“, Minister Angelkova emphasized. She added that the Ministry is prepared to assist with all administrative procedures should the hotel chain register real investment interest.Digvijay Singh highlighted the cinema-tourism connection, which also has a part to play when selecting a destination, especially for Indian tourists. Presently, a program entitled In the Steps of Shivaay is under way – eponymous with one of Bollywood’s 2016 films, which was shot in Bulgaria. The program brings together landmarks from the film’s shooting locations, so the film’s fans would be able to visit and view them.The TAJ hotel chain is among the biggest and most esteemed worldwide, having nearly 100 hotels in 62 countries. It is part of the India-based transnational concern TATA. It unites over 100 companies in diverse sectors – car manufacturing, steel manufacturing, electronics, IT, tourism, energy, and others. These provide employment to over 600 000 people worldwide, having a total market share worth in excess of USD 100 bln.
http://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/taj-hotel-chain-explores-tourism-market-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:3331:2016-11-17T16:56:00
CNN’s world-famous reporter Max Foster to moderate the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism, which is organized by Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism
2016-11-17T12:29:00
One of the most recognizable face of the global media CNN Max Foster is coming to Bulgaria to moderate the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism. The event is among the most notable ones on this year’s agenda of the World Tourism Organization, with our country getting the right to host and organize it. In the course of two days Sofia will gather in one place representatives of the academia, government, and businesses from all over the world to debate on ways to sustainable develop cultural tourism in a an attractive in creative manner.The event will be held during the period of 29 November – 1 December, 2016 at Sofia Tech Park, John Atanasov Hall. Registration of would-be participants in the Congress is still ongoing, with anyone being eligible to complete the online form on Ministry of Tourism’s official website here.There is separate accreditation for the media, with those wishing to attend the event needing to send an e-letter to press@tourism.government.bg containing: full name, the represented media, an e-mail address and contact number. Each journalist will be issued a named badge to access the building during the two Congress days. 
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tourism.government.bg:3330:2016-11-17T12:29:00
Ministry of Tourism takes part in the Manager for a Day initiative
2016-11-17T11:45:00
Ministry of Tourism has for the second year running become involved in the Manager for a Day initiative, as organized by Junior Achievement – Bulgaria.Georgi Zlatev from the Tomas Jefferson 2nd English Language Secondary School took the position of general secretary at the government institutions, while Teodora Tsatsova, Entrepreneurship and Business profile, Vela Blagoeva Secondary School, city of Veliko Tarnovo headed the Tourism Marketing, Advertising, and Information directorate.The young managers were familiarized with the Ministry’s setup and functions. Their commitments included attendance of meetings with businesses and representatives of other administrations. The students commented that work at Ministry was full of responsibility but very interesting nonetheless. At the day’s end, they spoke to Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, and stated that they can see a career in the sector for themselves.The Manager for a Day initiative was held for the 15th time in a row. The purpose is to strengthen ties between businesses and institutions with young people, who would receive support when deciding on their professional career. Pupils and students experience a real-life business day at companies, central and local government administrations. The event is a global initiative, with over 100 countries participating every year. 
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tourism.government.bg:3329:2016-11-17T11:45:00
Minister Angelkova discusses the development potential of the tourism sector in Stara Zagora with local businesses
2016-11-11T15:05:00
The National Program for Support to the Municipalities for the Effective Management of Mineral Water Sources can provide a fresh development boost in the tourism sector for municipalities such as Stara Zagora. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at a meeting with tourism businesses in the region.The region is starting to regain its reputation as a balneo- and spa centre. This is also confirmed by the data for the period of January-September 2016 – nearly 100 000 visitors have made night-stays in the region, a 6% growth compared to last year, Minister Angelkova announced. The night-stays for the same period of 2016 totalled 278 000 – a circa 7% growth (Bulgarians being some 235 000 – a 9% growth). Total revenues from night-stays in the region exceed BGN 10,5 mil.Stara Zagora Municipality has good facilities in the hotel complexes in the city, at the Stara Zagora Mineral Baths, and at the village, with the average annual occupancy rate being 16% for the village hotels and 40% for the rest. In recent years a trend has been observed in the reorganization and modernization of former sanatoria and prophylactic treatment establishments of the Stara Zagora Mineral Baths, which transform into state-of-the-art spa hotels, it was announced during the meeting. „We will support the Municipality’s efforts to align the СПА tourism with the cultural-historical one – this will keep tourists longer in the region and is the basis for attracting more international tourists“, Nikolina Angelkova added.
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tourism.government.bg:3328:2016-11-11T15:05:00
Minister Angelkova: The tourism advertising funding in 2017 to be increased by 30%
2016-11-11T13:42:00
The draft national budget envisages an increase of some 30% for the advertising funding, reaching nearly BGN 11 mil. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in an interview for Bulgarian National Radio.„Tourism is presently identified as a national priority, which is why we are reporting the record numbers in the sector“, Minister Angelkova indicated. She emphasized that the main objective of the Ministry of Tourism is to spend the advertising funds with maximum efficiency. „The results are visible, I believe – with several times less funding we succeeded in being competitive in terms of growth reported“, the Minister of Tourism said.She commented that meetings in the sector to prepare for Summer‘2017 are already underway. „This is something standard for the businesses – negotiations between hoteliers and tour operators usually commence as early as October. In years past, however, the government would become involved at a much later stage, when all is agreed and allocated. We want to reverse this approach and become involved in the process from start to finish, attempting to support Bulgarian businesses in each and every way“, Nikolina Angelkova added. According to her, meetings have already been held with large-scale tour operators, such as TUI Group and Thomas Cook, which have forecasted a 30% growth in their programs for the next summer season.In the eve of the winter season growth is observed in the early bookings, but the picture can be commented on more in-depth in December and January, Nikolina Angelkova noted. She confirmed the advance forecasts of 4.5 – 5% growth for the entire winter season. Growth has thus far being registered from markets such as Russia, UK, Ireland, Romania, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, and Israel.
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Minister Angelkova congratulates Fraport on 10 years of doing business in Bulgaria
2016-11-11T00:27:00
Annual traffic of the Varna and Bourgas airports has increased by over 1 mil. passengers – from 3,4 mil. in 2007 to 4,5 mil. in 2016. A month ago both airports celebrated the welcoming of their 35 millionth passenger since the concession commenced. This was announced during the ceremony marking 10 years of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management PLC doing business in Bulgaria. Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, made a welcoming address to the guests, while official participants included the Varna and Bourgas Regional Governors – Stoyan Pasev and Valcho Cholakov, the CEO of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management PLC, Ulrich Heppe, etc.During the first 9 months of 2016 the total number of passengers at the Varna and Bourgas airports registered a growth of 22.5% compared to the same period of last year, reaching 4.4 mil. passengers. These results were exceptionally good during the peak months from June to August 2016, when the two airports welcomed over 3,3 mil. passengers - 21% compared to the same period of 2015, it was announced during the ceremony. Stats indicate that during 2015 the two airports processed over 30 000 flights of 100 Bulgarian and international airlines under chartered and regular lines, to more than 140 destinations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.Minister Angelkova emphasized that these achievements are in line with the results reported by the Ministry in terms of successful development of Bulgarian tourism and are largely due to partnerships with large-scale tour operators and airliners. This year we registered records on the Bulgarian tourism market and achieved growth unprecedented in the sector’s history in our country, she said further.According to her, the strong data suggest that more and more users prefer our country as a vacation location and also that a growing number of investors discover good conditions to implement their business projects. Fraport provides at both airports employment to a total of 650 fulltime and 1 000 seasonal employees, and has thus far invested over BGN 350 mil. in infrastructure expansion and upgrades, improvement of technical facilities and equipment, staff qualifications, achieving a total of over 30% growth in traffic during the period.
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Bulgaria takes part in one of the biggest tourism exhibitions in the world - WTM in London
2016-11-10T17:48:00
Bulgaria took part in this year’s edition of the international tourism exhibition World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UK. It was held during the period of 7-9 November, 2016. Our country was represented by a stand of nearly 300 sq. m., featuring 20 companies and municipalities.Apart from information about our ancient history and the traditionally well-known summer- and seaside tourism, visitors could obtain information at the stand about the opportunities to practice niche forms of tourism in our country, such as cultural-historical; medical spa, spa % wellness; eco tourism and rural tourism; enotourism and gourmet tourism; congress and event tourism; golf and adventure tourism, etc.The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, took part in the official opening of the Bulgarian stand. She was also a guest to the Ministerial Meeting arranged by the World Tourism Organization during the exhibition. Ministries from across the world discussed the topic of safety in tourism, deliberating of the significant challenges associated with safety in the sector and the importance of dialogue between institutions and businesses.The international tourism exhibition World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UK is one of the leading global exchanges for professionals in the tourism industry. Participants in WTM hail from over 180 countries and regions. The global event for professionals in the tourism industry attracts some 45 000 participants year in, year out.During the period of January-September 2016, Bulgaria was visited by 241 135 British tourists, which is a nearly 10% increase compared to the same period of last year.
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Nearly 30% growth registered in night-stays in accommodations in Bulgaria in September
2016-11-10T15:55:00
Dobrich Region has welcomed nearly 400 000 visitors from the year’s start up to September. The strong results are mostly due to the large scale summer resorts in the region, but there is increasing demand for the cultural-historical sites in the region’s interior. Thus commented today the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at a meeting with tourism businesses in the Dobrich Region. The meeting was attended by the Dobrich Regional Governor, Detelina Nikolova, the Municipality Mayor, Yordan Todorov, MP’s Rumen Ivanov and Zhivko Martino, mayors of settlements in the region, and others.„The increase of tourists is also reflected in the revenues from night-stays, which exceed BGN 90 mil. for the first nine months of the year, the growth being around 15%“, Nikolina Angelkova said. She also commented on the September data concerning accommodation facilities on a national level, as published by the NSI today. The stats reveal that a growth of over 23% is registered in persons spending nights country-wide, exceeding 783 000. They have spent in total over 3 mil. night-stays, with the September revenues along achieving a nearly 30% growth to reach BGN 146 mil.Later that day, Minister Angelkova also met students majoring in Tourism at the Varna University of Economics. She laid out before them the development perspectives for young people in the sector and the need for more trained specialists experienced by the businesses. „I have initiated a series of such discussion because the connect between educational establishments and real-life businesses is often lost, while it is vitally important for the sector’s competitive development that you choose Bulgaria and pursue a career here, Minister Angelkova said.The meeting at the Varna University of Economics was attended by the Varna Regional Governor, Stoyan Pasev, while the discussion was hosted by the university’s rector prof. ScD Plamen Iliev, and prof. ScD Stoyan Marinov.
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Bulgaria presented at 100 international tourism exhibitions over the past 2 years
2016-11-10T13:21:00
Over the past 2 years Bulgaria has been presented at 100 international tourism exhibitions. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in the morning news show of Focus Radio, citing her Ministry’s Report on Operations for the period of 7 November 2014 – 7 November 2016. A summary of the report is published on the institution’s website and is available to anyone interested.„As soon as we established the standalone Ministry of Tourism, one of the major priorities was to change the way of advertising Bulgaria as a tourism destination“, Minister Angelkova stressed. As a result of the government institution’s purposeful actions, the country’s marketing strategy was planned and discussed with businesses in the industry half a year prior to implementation. „Owing to this, our summer tourism product is advertised during winter, with the winter product being advertised during summer, as is the case in all advanced countries“, Nikolina Angelkova added. A new, uniform vision was established for all advertising stands used to present Bulgaria at international tourism forums.„Bulgaria’s advertising in 2015 was targeted and pinpointed. The main activities were the direct forms of advertising – partnership with tour operators, online marketing, and participation in forums and exchanges. The results are there to see in 2016 – Bulgaria is now seeing off its best ever summer season and we expect to exceed the number of 8 mil. international tourists until the year’s end“, the Minister of Tourism said further. The report also publishes data from the National Statistical Institute, which reveal that during the period of April–September the country welcomed over 5 mil. international tourists and nearly 7 mil. for the entire period up to September.The document states further that a large scale advertising campaign was carried out on Eurosport, Euronews, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, with Bulgaria having been presented on CNN as an attractive tourism destination. It is also reported that the country is being positioned as a destination for higher-end tourists. One of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Hyatt, is entering Bulgaria with a high-category hotel in Sofia’s central area. Interest has also been registered by other large-scale chains, such as Four Seasons, Jumeira, and others. Less than a month ago the Saudi Arabia prince Sultan al Saud visited our country to explore the investment opportunities.Apart from the increased number of international and Bulgarian tourists, efforts to attract more investments in the sector are also recognized. The Ministry of Tourism has elaborated an investment map for tourism. The purpose is to put together all crucial projects in the sector in order to present them to would-be investors..In the course of less than 24 months steps were taken to promote public-private partnership in the tourism sector. An advertising video was created featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars sharing their personal impressions from Bulgaria. The document also announces that agreements have been signed with international companies based on which information centres for the country are now operating in Japan and Saudi Arabia, at no cost to the national budget.The report offers a reminder that our country was selected to be Vice President of WTO’s 21st General Assembly and that the holding of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism in Sofia is being jointly prepared with WTO, with tourism ministers and leading scientists from across the globe having been invited.One result from the Ministry’s policy is that Russe became a coordination centre for tourism projects for all 14 countries in the Danube region. A Bulgarian-Romanian Technical Secretariat was established in the Danubian city under Priority Axis 3 of the Danube Strategy, which covers tourism and culture. The unit supports and coordinates activities in this sphere for the entire region. The Ministry also keeps up its work on the development of cross-border cooperation and creation of joint tourism products. A bilateral Bulgaria - Romania task group was set up and joint projects with Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, and Greece are in the pipeline, the report states.Ministry of Tourism managed to accomplish one of the strategic objectives it had set in advance – elaborate a statutory framework for the sector’s operation. When the Ministry of Tourism was established none of the ordinances to the Tourism Act was put to paper. It is highlighted that all of the secondary legislation has either been adopted or is undergoing coordination. It includes, inter alia, exceptionally important documents such the ordinance on the categorization of accommodation facilities and dining locations; the ordinance on the spa centre (introducing for the first time a regulation in this sub-sector); the ordinance on ski track safety, etc.„Steps were taken to deal with the shadow economy in the sector via introduction of an effective control system. Already in place are the amendments to the Tourism Act, which regulate the operation of the Single Tourism Information System (STIS), which will enable the real-time exchange of data via protected channels among the Ministry of Tourism, NRA (the National Revenue Agency), MoI (Ministry of Interior), Municipalities, and hotel reception desks. The sector will thus be brought into the open without violating personal privacy“, the Ministry of Tourism reports further.
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Minister Angelkova meets local tourism businesses in Lovech
2016-11-09T19:27:00
When we established the standalone Ministry of Tourism, we put the focus on cultural-historical tourism when advertising the country. The results currently reported by Municipalities such as Lovech reveal that we had taken the right path and that this is the thing to distinguish us on the international market and help us overcome seasonality in the sector. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with tourism businesses in Lovech.„Lovech Municipality has welcomed some 100 000 tourists for the first 8 months of 2016, which is an 8% compared to the same period of last year“, Minister Angelkova announced. According to her, tourists choose this destination primarily for cultural-historical and knowledge. She stressed that many of the landmark sites in the region are part of the online Registry of Tourist Attractions, which was developed by the Ministry of Tourism and is attracting increasing attention. This is attested by stats from local tourism facilities. For the first 6 months of this year the sites featured in the Regional Museum of History have been visited by over 30 000 visitors. The top location is the Lovech Fortress with 11 651 visitors, followed by the Kakrina Inn (8 734 visitors) and the Vassil Levski museum (7 474 visitors).„This part of Bulgaria can really develop as a 4-season tourism destination and attract growing numbers of tourists and investors“, the Minister of Tourism added. Significant boost to tourism is also given by the Krushun waterfalls – a large natural attraction the access to which is now restored and improved. The region also contains the Devetashka cave, which is among the largest caves in Bulgaria. „These sites attract hundreds, even thousands of tourists during weekends, while businesses, along with the local government, have to offer them more services to keep them longer in the area“, Minister Angelkova added. She highlighted the fact that the region also contains natural climate resorts such as Ribaritsa, Oreshak, Cherni Osam, Apriltsi, and Beklemeto, which offer an excellent basis to develop medical spa tourism and ecotourism and are capable of providing the accommodation required.The meeting was also attended by the Lovech Municipality Mayor Cornelia Marinova, the Deputy Mayor Ventsislav Hristov, the Municipal Council chair, Petar Tsolov, the Lovech Regional Governor, Irina Miteva, mayors of settlements in the region and others.     
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Bulgaria has been presented at 100 international tourism exhibitions over 2 years, says the report on the institution’s operations
2016-11-09T15:19:00
REPORT OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM ON THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN OF THE GOVERNMENT’S 2014-2018 PROGRAM FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF REPUBLIC OF BULGARIACOVERING THE PERIOD OF 07.11.2014 – 07.11.2016SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS ACHIEVEDClear priorities were formulated in the tourism sector on central government levelFor the first time ever the tourism sector has been identified as a government priority. Even if the sector is crucial to the Bulgarian economy – generating some 13% of the GDP and providing employment to over 300 000, it is the first time ever that there is a standalone Ministry with clear objectives, vision, and strategic plan.Due to coordination actions, 2016 is a record-breaking year in the history of Bulgarian tourism. Data covering the year’s first nine months indicate that Bulgaria has welcomed nearly 7 mil. international tourists. The psychological boundary of 8 mil. international tourists is expected to be passed until the year’s end.For the first nine months of this year, the Bulgarians opting to spend their vacation in Bulgaria have been nearly 2,9 mil. (2 874 441).The total number of both Bulgarian and international tourists is expected to exceed 11 mil. until the year’s end.According to Eurostat data, for the first 6 months of 2016 the total number of night-stays achieved (foreigners + Bulgarians) in our country was 8 mil., an over 18% growth on 2015. This ranks our country first in terms of growth in night-stays among the 27 European countries for which Eurostat has received and published data.Revenues from international tourism to the payment balance’s current account amount to BGN 4.7 bln. for the first eight months of 2016, meaning that during the period of January-August 2016 revenues from international tourism were BGN 621 mil. higher compared to the same period of last year, which is a 15% growth.The manner of advertising Bulgaria as a tourism destination was completely changed.For the first time ever the country’s marketing strategy was planned and discussed with businesses in the industry half a year prior to implementation. Owing to this, our summer tourism product is advertised during winter, with the winter product being advertised during summer, as is the case in all advanced countries. A new, uniform vision was established for all advertising stands used to present Bulgaria at nearly 100 international tourism exchanges in 2 years.Bulgaria’s advertising in 2015 was targeted and pinpointed. The main activities were the direct forms of advertising – partnership with tour operators, online marketing, and participation in forums and exchanges. The results are there to see in 2016 – Bulgaria is now seeing off its best ever summer season. During the period of April–September the country welcomed over 5 mil. international tourists.Bulgaria was presented as an attractive tourism destination on CNN, an advertising campaign was carried out on Eurosport, Euronews, Discovery Channel, National Geographic.Bulgaria is positioned as a destination for higher-end tourists. The Saudi Arabia prince Sultan al Saud visited our country to explore the investment opportunities. One of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Hyatt, is entering Bulgaria with a high-category hotel in Sofia’s central area. Interest has also been registered by other large-scale chains, such as Four Seasons, Jumeira, and others.We succeeded in returning the Russian tourists to Bulgaria. A number of initiatives were implemented with Russia – the head of the Federal Tourism Agency came to Bulgaria for the first time in over 5 years, business forums were organized in both countries.For the first time in over 27 years a Bulgarian Minister, being the Minister of Tourism, had the opportunity to address the Russian Duma.Owing to such active dialogue, a circa 40% growth in Russian tourists was achieved, against the backdrop of declining Russian travel overseas – according to stats of the Russian Tourism Industry Council, their number during H1 of 2016 declined by 28% compared to 2015.A number of crucial statutory and strategic documents were elaboratedThe statutory framework for the sector’s operation was elaborated. When the Ministry of Tourism was established none of the ordinances to the Tourism Act was put to paper. Presently, all of the secondary legislation has either been adopted or is undergoing coordination. It includes, inter alia, exceptionally important documents such the ordinance on the categorization of accommodation facilities and dining locations; the ordinance on the spa centre (introducing for the first time a regulation in this sub-sector); the ordinance on ski track safety, etc.Steps were taken to deal with the shadow economy in the sector via introduction of an effective control system. Already in place are the amendments to the Tourism Act, which regulate the operation of the Single Tourism Information System (STIS), which will enable the real-time exchange of data via protected channels among the Ministry of Tourism, NRA (the National Revenue Agency), MoI (Ministry of Interior), Municipalities, and hotel reception desks. The sector will thus be brought into the open without violating personal privacy.A strategic map for the sustainable development of tourism in Bulgaria was developed. The expertise of JASPERS consultants was used to update the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Tourism in Bulgaria. Work is going on in close cooperation with a team, which used to partner with Robert Kaplan.Work began on a number of key issues, which have stayed out of institutional attention over the years:A task group was set up to identify legislative measures in promotion of mountain tourism. It involves representatives from all stakeholders– Municipalities, environmentalists, resorts, and businesses.A task group was set up to elaborate rules on camping in a way ensuring the sustainable development of ecotourism in Bulgaria.An Interdepartmental Council on Tourism Staff was set up.Bulgarian producers signed an agreement with hoteliers and restaurateurs for the latter to offer in their facilities food certified under the Bulgarian National Standard. It is also the first step towards elaboration of a Voluntary Quality Etiquette in catering and accommodation facilities.The amendments to the Tourism Act, which are currently undergoing public discussion, are finished and will be introduced as a bill in the Parliament until the year’s end. The main highlights are:Regulation on national-scale resorts;Establishment of a tourism inspectorate;Further guarantees for user rights in organized trips via tour operators;Targeted funding of Municipal tourism development programs;Regulation on camping;Measures to promote mountain tourism, etc.Order and effective control were introduced in the sectorCategorized tourism facilities with issued category certificates for accommodation facilities and catering & entertainment locations, tourist huts, and appertaining catering locations – 1326.On-site inspections performed by expert task groups under the Categorization Ordinance during the period of November 2014 - November 2016 – 1243.certification of tourism facilities – medical spa, spa & wellness centres:accepted certification applications for tourism facilities – 111;on-site inspections performed by expert task groups at a total of 36 locations;registrations of tour operators and travel agents during the period of November 2014 – November 2016 – 295.tourism associations registered during the period of November 2014 – November 2016 – 23 associations/, total associations presently registered in the NTR - 167;Recognition of legal capacity of guides:Applications filed – 1196 persons;registered in the NTR - 866 persons.Recognition of legal capacity of mountain guides - applications filed by 310 persons, presently being processed.Ski tracks categorized by the Committee for determination of the ski track type and safety – 52 at 3 different resort complexes;The mode of management of sea beaches was changedAt the start of 2016 management of sea beaches passed over to the Ministry of Tourism.Prior to commencement of the active summer season, a number of procedures to let beach strips were held. Owing to this, much higher revenue levels were reported for 2016 from the sea beaches lease contracts. In 2016 they exceeded the 2015 revenues by BGN 1,6 mil., with their overall amount being over BGN 5 mil.Over BGN 3.8 mil. have also been already collected from beach concessions. A second payment under those contracts is forthcoming in November, with the total amount of proceeds expected to exceed BGN 11 mil.Control was the major priority during Summer‘2016, with a special hotline and e-mail having been set up for people to report any irregularities at the beaches, which a mobile control group was at the Black Sea coast throughout the summer season. As a result, over 300 signals were received and over 450 on-site inspections were performed. Over BGN 240 000 in penalties were imposed, with new sanction notification letters being sent even now.A base price for 1 umbrella and 1 deck chair is now set forth for the new concessions of sea beaches, ranging between BGN 2 – 4, depending on the beach strip specifics. These requirements were introduced via an amendment to the Methodology for Determining the Concession Payment’s Minimum Amount, as adopted by the CoM.The first 8 concession procedures for sea beaches under the new rules are already in process. 60 more beach strips are currently in the analysis stage for the opening of concession procedures.Amendments to the Black Sea Cost Spatial Planning Act were prepared. These envisage definition of four major groups of sea beaches:Group I - Sea beaches located in urbanized territories;Group II - Sea beaches located in non-urbanized territories in proximity to a tourism destination, including urbanized territories and/or campsites;Group III - Sea beaches located in non-urbanized territories, remote from a tourism destination, including urbanized territories and/or campsites;Group IV - Sea beaches of limited use or purposed for the development of niche type of tourism.The separation of sea beaches into groups will be performed based on a minimum set of impartial criteria. These include the sea beach’s geographic position; extent of urbanization in the territories adjacent to the sea beach, nature, weather, and environment characteristics, proximity to tourism destinations. For the first groups establishment of relevant subgroups is also suggested in order to make the separation even more in-depth. All of the above will result in the beaches being managed more effectively and in the end customer’s service being improved. Work is carried out to further elaborate and fine-tune the differentiation in a separate ordinance to the Act.An internet module was developed, enabling any tourist to check online the price of umbrellas and deck chairs at Bulgarian beaches.Bulgaria is actively presented as a tourism investment locationAn investment map for tourism was elaborated. The purpose is to put together all crucial projects in the sector in order to present them to would-be investors.Steps were taken to promote public-private partnership in the tourism sector. An advertising video with no national budget funding was created featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars sharing their personal impressions from Bulgaria. Agreements were signed with international companies based on which information centres for the country are now operating in Japan and Saudi Arabia, at no cost to the national budget.Ministry’s policy has turned to Bulgarians as the most important tourist market8 cultural-historical destinations were created, covering the entire country’s territory. The destinations bring together over 150 sites in over 70 settlements. Thus, tourists will be kept longer in the regions to generate economic growth and open new jobs. Interactive maps have been published online.The Concept for Tourism Zoning of the country was elaborated jointly with Municipalities.An online Registry of Tourist Attractions was created, bringing together 3 300 sites and registering over 5 mil. visits in 1 year.A number of campaigns were carried out to promote domestic tourism, a billboard campaign was carried out jointly with Municipalities. As a result, a nearly 10% growth was registered in domestic tourism during the period of January-August 2016, compared to 2015.Attention has turned to small and medium businessesIn less than two years over 100 meetings were organized and held with representatives of businesses in the various regions. Issues and challenges facing the sector were discussed, with some of the proposals being incorporated into the Ministry’s statutory documents.Bulgaria is positioning itself as one of the most active members of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and leading country in the tourism sector within the Danube regionOur country was selected to be Vice President of WTO’s 21st General Assembly. The holding of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism in Sofia is being jointly prepared with WTO, with over 150 ministers and leading scientists from across the globe having been invited.Russe became a coordination centre for tourism projects for all 14 countries in the Danube region. A Bulgarian-Romanian Technical Secretariat was established in the Danubian city under Priority Axis 3 of the Danube Strategy, which covers tourism and culture. The unit supports and coordinates activities in this sphere for the entire region.Active work is carried out to develop cross-border cooperation and create joint tourism products. A bilateral Bulgaria - Romania task group was set up. Joint projects with Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, and Greece are being prepared.Cooperation agreements were signed with China, Romania, Greece, Azerbaijan, Russia, Portugal, Argentina, Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia.Work on EU programs and projects was accelerated3 projects with EU funding totally worth BGN 17 mil. were implemented in 2015, a significant share of the funds being invested to advertise the country – the campaign to promote domestic tourism and to advertise Bulgaria on Discovery, Eurosport, Euronews, and National Geographic.In 2016 the Ministry elaborated and applied with projects totally worth in excess of BGN 16mil. in various EU level programs.  
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Minister Angelkova speaks to students in Blagoevgrad: The tourism sector needs young and trained people like you
2016-11-08T13:59:00
For the first eight months of 2016 we have registered an over BGN 620 mil. Growth in tourism revenues. These are tangible results from the establishment of a standalone Ministry of Tourism and the efforts of everyone employed in the sector, the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, announced to students and professors from the Neofit Rilski South-Western University in Blagoevgrad. Daniela Saveklieva, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism was a guest of honour of the public discourse.„It is a very positive trend that the revenue growth exceeds that of the number of international tourists. This indicates that we have achieved tangible results in our efforts to attract more solvent customers and guests“, Nikolina Angelkova emphasized. She pointed out that the huge growth in the sector accentuates the need for more trained staff. „Tourism is among the sectors with palpable demand for staff, and if we have stability and keep up the pace, our upward development will continue“, the Minister of Tourism added. For the first 9 months of 2016 Bulgaria has welcomed some 7 mil., while the number was 7,1 mil. for the entire 2015. „If we keep building up positive results at this rate until the end of 2016, we will have an unprecedented year in terms of stats, which obliges us all to work together with adequate mobilization for the sustainable development of the sector, Minister Angelkova summarized.Responding to a question of what such results are attributable to, she announced that large scale overseas tour operators are interested in several key factors before they decide to work with a given destination. These include political stability and security in the country, availability of good infrastructure, facilities, and trained staff. „We are presently able to offer all of that and thus register huge growths, while our direct competitors experience decline“, Nikolina Angelkova said. She identified the shortage of staff in the sector as a major priority and presented the long-term and short-term measures implemented by the Ministry to resolve the issue.The potential of Blagoevgrad region to attract more tourists was also referenced during the discussion. Stats indicate that the region is increasingly better positioned on the tourism map. During the period of January-August 2016, a total of over 371 000 were registered in accommodation locations of 10+ beds, which is an over 10% growth compared to the same months of last year. The night-stays achieved total 966 000, with revenues therefrom exceeding BGN 44 mil., a 14% increase. „Significant for these results is the region’s better transport connectivity, with a steady growth in the tourist flow being registered since the completion of Struma Highway in the Sofia-Blagoevgrad section“, Minister Angelkova added.
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Министрите Николина Ангелкова и Ивелина Василева представиха на туристическия бранш програмата за подпомагане на общините за минералните извори Ministers Nikolina Angelkova and Ivelina Vasileva present to the tourism industry the program for support to m
2016-11-05T13:19:00
34 specialized centres offering spa and balneo procedures are in the process of being certified under the new ordinance regulating their business. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a joint meeting, with the Minister of the Environment and Waters, Ivelina Vassileva and tourism business for the presentation of the National Program for Support to the Municipalities for the Effective Management of Mineral Water Sources in their territory.„Introduction of rules and procedures for the operation of the spa sector and the promotion of its development is a major priority for us, as it offers a tangible opportunity to extend the season and attract more solvent tourists“, Nikolina Angelkova said. A crucial step in this direction was the adoption of an Ordinance to the Tourism Act on the terms and procedure for certification of balneo (Medical Spa) centres, Spa centres, wellness centres, and thalassic therapy centres. It is the first such secondary legislation, which introduces minimum mandatory legislative requirements to be met by such specialized centres. "The certification process for balneo and spa centres in the country under the new rules is underway and we have already received 111 applications from specialized facilities wishing to undergo the procedure ", Nikolina Angelkova added. Certification is voluntary but only physically audited facilities will be entitled to carry the SPA abbreviation and be registered in the National Tourism Register.„Bulgaria has unique natural predispositions to develop spa tourism but we are yet to maximize the use of this resource in the tourism sector“, the Minister of Tourism indicated. Presently, the spa sector ranks 5th in Bulgaria as motivation for tourists to travel, having a share of some 11% in the overall tourism offer. „We have 1 600 mineral springs, which ranks us 2nd in Europe, with over 60 climatological and 40 balneo centres“, Minister Angelkova added and emphasized that the MEW initiative and the national program’s launch are crucial for the development of this potential. „It is an actual step towards extending the season, which may yield tangible results within a very short run“, Nikolina Angelkova stressed.Minister Vassileva explained that MEW has already opened the program as a pilot scheme with a budget of over BGN 3,5 mil. The source of funding are the early greenhouse emission auctions. The program will be administered by the National Trust Eco-Fund, which will accept from 1 November to 16 December of this year the project proposals of local authorities and will then make a preview of those. The program is a financial instrument in nature and will be implemented in 2017. The funds will be used to support on grant basis up to 50% of the projects of Municipalities, which would need to use own or borrowed funds for the remainder of the cost. The scheme was elaborated following an analysis conducted among 111 Municipalities, which provided information on the status of their infrastructure facilities and the needs for their improvement.„Results suggest that the physical network is badly worn out. There are 102 mineral water sources in our country, which are exclusive government property. Since 2011 an opportunity has been provided, via amendments to the Waters Act, to make these available free of charge to Municipalities for 25-year periods. Thus far, 42 Municipalities have made use of this, they now manage 63 sources, along with 37 sources, which are municipal property. Data indicates that thus far less than 20% of the resource are utilized, the potential being 3800 litres per second“, Minister Vassileva added, welcoming the idea of government institutions, local governments, and businesses joining forces to overcome the disproportion.
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Minister Angelkova: I hope more municipalities and organizations will apply for the Annual Awards in Tourism
2016-11-04T15:11:00
I hope more Municipalities and organizations will apply for the Annual Awards in Tourism. It is a way to distinguish those, who are putting in efforts to develop the sector. Thus said in Slivnitsa the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at a meeting with local tourism businesses, which was arranged by the Municipality mayor, Vasko Stoilkov. The initiative was officially kick-started today, with representatives of businesses, Municipalities and media now being apply to apply until 20 November 2016 in the various categories, on the dedicated internet platform set up for the purpose – www.tourismawards.bg.„We will support Slivnitsa Municipality for the reinstatement of the First Soldiers’ Monument located in its territory into the list of 100 national tourism sites“, Nikolina Angelkova said during the discussion. The monument used to be part of those 100 tourism sites but was then removed. The Municipality has now put into place all the conditions necessary for tourists and has taken up an initiative to have the monument to the list of attractions.„Slivnitsa is very near to Sofia and such attractions are necessary so that more people may opt to go to the municipality for their vacation or one-day trip“, Nikolina Angelkova commented. Many guest houses have been opened here in recent years, while the Municipality arranges a number of festivals and events, which also attract hundreds of visitors. „To support these efforts of yours, we are also elaborating an online registry of festivals in order to promote local initiatives“, the Minister of Tourism added.Slivnitsa’s proximity to Sofia, the findings from the so-called Via Diagonalis between Europe and Asia Minor, and the memorable events following the Liberation all make the area very lively and accessible to tourists. Slivnitsa is among the Municipalities contributing to the development of tourism in the Sofia region. Its favourable crossroads location boosts that process. According to NSI data, during the period of January-August 2016 a total of 189 000 tourists have spent nights in accommodation facilities with 10+ beds, which is a 13% growth vis-à-vis the same period of 2015. During the said period, a total of over 526 000 night-stays were achieved, being a 15% growth. Revenues from those night-stays total BGN 19,7 mil. – 21% up.The region is mostly associated with the dramatic battles of the then-nascent Bulgarian army near Slivnitsa and Aldomirovtsi in November 1885, during the Serbian-Bulgarian War. The name Slivnitsa became famous not only Bulgaria-wide, but globally, via the foreign war correspondents. Many monuments in the area honour the memory of those fallen for Bulgaria in subsequent wars as well. Most of the local tourism routes pass through these notable locations, along with the culture institutions preserving the rich archaeological heritage covering numerous eras – Neolithic Age and Chalcolithic Age, Thracians, Slavs, Protobulgarians, Romans, Byzantines. The earliest human traces were left here some five-six thousand years ago. The beautiful nature and proximity to Sofia make this place very suitable for construction of guest houses and development of small and medium tourism businesses.
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Application for the Annual Awards in Tourism is underway
2016-11-04T13:00:00
As of today (04.11.2016) the Ministry of Tourism is accepting application for the Annual Awards in Tourism. Application will take place via the online platform www.tourismawards.bg, describing all eligibility conditions for would-be participants.The major categories for which organization and businesses will be able to file application forms are: Tourist Attraction/Tourism Site, Tourism Event, Spirit of Bulgaria, Specialized Tourism, „Tourism Destination, Innovations.Media representatives will be eligible to apply in the following categories: 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria in a print media; 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria on radio; 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria on TV; 2016 Journalism Report on Tourism in Bulgaria in an online media; 2016 Publication on Tourism in Bulgaria in an online blog.Municipalities will be eligible to apply in the following categories: Top 2016 Municipality for Mountain Tourism, Top 2016 Municipality for Maritime Tourism, Top 2016 Municipality for balneo & spa tourism, Top 2016 Municipality for Cultural-Historical Tourism.The deadline to file all application is 20 November. Applicants in the main categories will be evaluated as per an elaborated methodology and scorecards, in accordance with the World Tourism Organization criteria. Once the evaluation process is finished, the expert committee will nominate 10 finalists in each of the following categories Tourist Attraction/Tourism Site, Tourism Event, Spirit of Bulgaria, and Specialized Tourism. 6 finalists each will be nominated for the categories Tourism Destination and Innovations. As many municipalities will qualify for the competition’s last stage in the relevant categories. All finalists will be announced on the site www.tourismawards.bg, with everyone being able to vote for their favourite over the course of 1 month.Winners in the artistic categories – publication in a media, internet publication and blog will be selected solely via online voting on www.tourismawards.bg, with all eligible materials supplied to be admitted for participation.The special award will The Choice of Bulgarians. People will be able to vote in that category online for their favourite location out of the 100 National Tourism Sites and the 50 Less Known Tourism Sites in Bulgaria. If the preferred site falls in neither category of tourism sites, users will be able to vote via elective text for a randomly selected site. Each site that receives at least 10 votes will automatically be included as being listed on the platform and will compete on equal footing with all other sites. The winner in this category will be selected solely based on online voting, with no other evaluation to be performed.Wining participants will be announced during a dedicated ceremony in December. The initiative’s official media partners are 24 Chasa, Bulgaria on Air, Darik Radio, Focus Radio, Focus Information Agency, the websites economic.bg and kmeta.bg.The competition’s purpose is to encourage development of Bulgarian tourism via promotion of tourism sites and destinations and enhance the tourism service’s competitiveness and quality. The competition will also promote implementation of innovative practices in the industry for the purpose of achieving higher efficiency in the offering of tourism services. The idea is for the competition to enable participants in the industry to participate actively year in, year out, and thus get deserved recognition for their efforts in presenting and improving the Bulgarian tourism product.
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Eight concession procedures for sea beaches are underway
2016-11-02T15:56:00
Council of Ministers (CoM) passed a decision to open concession procedures for sea beaches. These include: Dyuni – Yug, Sozopol Municipality; Bourgas-Sever, Bourgas Municipality; Obzor – Yug, Nessebar Municipality; Pomorie-Centralen, Pomorie Municipality; Camping Oasis, Tsarevo Municipality; Camping Nestinarka, Tsarevo Municipality; Nov Plaj Sveti Vlas and Sveti Vlas - Iztok, Nessebar Municipality.The procedures were prepared in accordance with the amendments to the Methodology for Determining the Concession Payment’s Minimum Amount and the Minimum Criteria for Evaluation of the Bids in the Competition to Select a Sea Beach Concessionaire. The amendments are expected to result in a lowering of the beach accessories prices at those beaches during the following summer season. The eight sea beaches will be let under concession for a period of 20 years, with the prices of umbrellas and deck chairs not changeable during the concession’s period.A quick reminder that at the start of this year sea beaches passed over to the management of the Ministry of Tourism. Prior to commencement of the active summer season a number of procedures to let beach strips were held. Owing to this, much higher revenue levels were reported for 2016 from the sea beaches lease contracts. In 2016 they exceeded by BGN 1,6 mil. the 2015 revenues, with their overall amount being over BGN 5 mil. Over BGN 3.8 mil. have also been already collected from beach concessions. A second payment under those contracts is forthcoming in November, with the total amount of proceeds expected to exceed BGN 11 mil.Control was the major priority during Summer‘2016, with a special hotline and e-mail having been set up for people to report any irregularities at the beaches, which a mobile control group was at the Black Sea coast throughout the summer season. As a result, over 300 signals were received and over 450 on-site inspections were performed. Over BGN 240 000 in penalties were imposed, with new sanction notification letters being sent even now.
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Minister Angelkova: We expect a rate of 11 million tourists by the end of this year
2016-11-01T13:37:00
Tourism is one of the sectors with the greatest demand for trained specialists and the rates of this year together with the bookings for the next year confirm that the upward trend will continue. Therefore the schools and universities play a key role and are a determinant for the competitive development of the branch. This was said by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the celebrations of the Day of the Leaders of the Bulgarian National Revival in the University of Ruse. The celebration coincides with the Rector Prof. Velizara Pencheva’s 60th birthday anniversary and was attended by the Mayor of Ruse Municipality Plamen Stoilov, the members of parliament Plamen Nunev and Svetlana Angelova, the Chairman of the Municipal Council Prof. Hristo Beloev, the Governor Stefko Burdzhiev etc.In response to a question posed by a journalist, Minister Angelkova said that by the end of the year, the number of Bulgarian and foreign tourists is expected to exceed 11 million. “The results are felt all over the country and especially in tourism-oriented municipalities such as Ruse”, she stressed. According to her words, in the first eight months of 2016, the tourists (foreigners and Bulgarians), who stayed overnight in the Ruse region, amount to nearly 61 thousand people. This is a growth of 7.6% compared to the same period last year. From January to August the number of overnights in the region is almost 100 thousand, which is a growth of 10%. The revenue is almost reaching 5 million BGN.“It is no coincidence that we have selected Ruse to become the coordination centre for the tourism projects of all 14 countries of the Danube region”, added the minister of tourism. She explained that a Bulgarian-Romanian Technical Secretariat was created on Priority Axis 3 of the Danube strategy. Bulgaria and Romania are joint coordinators in the field of tourism and culture, and the unit providing assistance to tourism and culture activities for the entire Danube region is situated in Ruse.“We have prepared three projects in the total amount of over 3 million Euro for tourism initiatives under the “Danube” Programme. We have also applied with a project for the development of common tourist projects for distant markets under INTERREG V”, announced Nikolina Angelkova. Later on the same day these and other proposals will be discussed at a working meeting with representatives of “Ruse Art” Municipal Enterprise (“Tourism” department), the joint secretariat under Priority Axis 3 of the EU Strategy for the Danube region and the Association of the Danubian Municipalities “Danube”, in which the Minister of Tourism will take part. 
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Minister Angelkova: We expect nearly 800 thousand foreign tourists to visit Bulgaria in the first winter months
2016-10-28T16:59:00
We expect nearly 800 thousand foreign tourists to visit Bulgaria in November and December. Preliminary data show an increased interest for the winter season by a number of important markets and the expected growth for the season is between 4,5 and 5%. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism at a meeting of the National Council on Tourism held in Plovdiv, which discussed the results of the summer season and the preparations for the forthcoming winter season. It was attended by the Mayor of the municipality Ivan Totev, the Chairman of the Commission for Consumer Protection Dimitar Margaritov, representatives of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, the National Revenue Agency, the Ministry of Interior, ministries and municipalities, the tourist industry, national resorts etc.“Taking into account the booked flights, we can say that there is a 24% growth from the Russian market, 20% from Israel; 74% from Ireland,” said Nikolina Angelkova. According to her, there is an increased interest from the United Kingdom as well. Romania, Greece, Turkey and Macedonia also traditionally prefer Bulgaria for the winter vacation, she pointed out.In the framework of the meeting of the National Council on Tourism, the inspections planned for the next season were also discussed. Each of the representatives of CCP, NRA, MoI and BFSA presented a report of the summer activities of the relevant institution and a plan for the winter inspections. “It is crucial for all of us that the users of touristic services receive a high-quality product, so we will be uncompromising in the inspections”, underlined Minister Angelkova.She announced that the inspections of the accommodation facilities and food establishments will continue. From the beginning of the year the Ministry of Tourism has made around 1,000 inspections. “As an administration, we will not tolerate any infringements. We are ready to start a procedure of taking away a start from any hotel that regularly breaks the rules. We already have one such case in Veliko Tarnovo and most probably it will not remain isolated,” said the Minister of Tourism.Particular attention was paid to the Ordinance on the safety and information security of the ski runs in the Republic of Bulgaria. It entered into force on 1 October 2015, but this season will be the first of its full implementation. 52 ski slopes have been categorised under the ordinance and joint teams of the MT and CCP will monitor the information security and the observance of the safety requirements on the slopes in the new season.During the official opening, Minister Angelkova presented the mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev with a honorary placard on the occasion of the 10th year since the opening of the Tourist Information Centre in the town and for the efforts of the municipality to develop the tourism in the region. “By the end of the year we will surpass half a million of overnights on the territory of the municipality. If we compare these numbers with the levels from 5 years ago, we will see that they have doubled”, said the mayor and thanked the ministry of tourism for the good work.The CCP reported a general drop in the infringements in the field of tourism and presented a report of their activity in 2016. There have been over 5,000 inspections since the beginning of the year to this moment and offices will be opened in the big winter resorts for the busy season, pointed out Dimitar Margaritov.
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Minister Angelkova: We welcomed 5 million foreign tourists for summer 2016, which is an absolute record
2016-10-27T15:08:00
The aggregated data show that in the active summer season (June - September), Bulgaria has welcomed over 5 million foreign citizens. Their number is by over 18% greater compared to the same period in 2015. This was announced by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the press conference on the reporting of the summer season 2016, held today. The figures are based on data published by the National Statistical Institute and they confirm the trend that this has been the best summer season for the tourist sector.Minister Angelkova informed that significant growth has been reported for this period in many markets: Germany - growth of 33%; Romania - 15%, Russia - 22%, Poland - 38%, Ukraine - 10%, Great Britain - 10%, Czech Republic - 38%, France - 19%, Israel - 16%, Austria - 20%, Netherlands - 34%, Belgium - 15% etc.If we add the data from the periods immediately preceding and following the active season, we will see that for the period April - September, Bulgaria was visited by a total of 6 million foreigners, which is a 17% growth compared to the previous year. If the pace be preserved, not only summer 2016 will be a record, but also the entire year, she explained.She pointed out that only for the first 9 months, Bulgaria was visited by nearly 7 million foreign nationals. Comparing with the entire 2015, our country was visited by nearly 7.1 million foreign tourists, i.e. the results for only the first three quarters approach the last year base. In her words, all this has favorably affected the revenues. According to the data of the BNB, revenues from international tourism in the current account of balance of payments for the first eight months of 2016 amount to over 4.7 billion BGN. This means that for the period January - August 2016, the revenues from international tourism are by 621 million BGN more compared to the same period of the preceding year, which is a 15% growth.“For the first nine months of this year, the Bulgarians, who chose Bulgaria for their summer vacation, are nearly 2.9 million”, added Minister Angelkova. Compared to the same period of 2015, there is a growth of 8%, but only for the summer, in the period April - September 2016, the Bulgarian tourists in Bulgaria rose by more than 7 % (in 2015 they were 1,992,815 and in 2016 they were 2,136,676, which is a difference of 143,861).If we sum up the figures of the foreign and Bulgarian tourist flow, we can see that the Bulgarian tourist sector has welcomed and serviced a total of about 10 million tourists for the first 9 months of the year, summarized Nikolina Angelkova.The minister emphasized, that the ministry is working for the next summer season 2017. “I have had meetings with some of the biggest tour operators such as Thomas Cook and TUI, which forecast an increase of around 30% for the next year according to their programmes”, announced the Minister of Tourism. This is an unprecedented volume and record since the beginning of the companies’ operations on the Bulgarian market, which means that Bulgaria becomes more and more competitive and a preferred destination for many countries worldwide.In response to a journalist’s question, Minister Angelkova said that from the beginning of the year the ministry experts have carried out nearly 1,000 inspections of categorized accommodation and catering facilities, and only for the active summer season the inspections were 550. As a result of these inspections, a procedure has been started for the taking away of one star from hotels that do not comply with the requirements of the Ordinance on the requirements to accommodation, catering and entertainment facilities and the procedure for establishing the category, refusal, lowering the category, suspension or termination of the category. She further emphasized that the purpose of the inspections is to guarantee the quality of the tourist product.
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Bulgaria and Japan to organize a bilateral business forum during the Rose Festival in 2017
2016-10-22T10:38:00
Bulgaria and Japan will organize a bilateral business forum to promote the mutual tourist flow, which will be attended by representatives of the government administration and businesses from both countries. Plans are to hold it during the 2017 Rose Festival. This was agreed between the Minister of Tourism of Republic of Bulgaria, Nikolina Angelkova, and Hisayuki Fujii, Deputy Minister of Japan’s Ministry of Earth, Infrastructure, and Tourism.Bulgaria is popular among Japanese tourists mainly with the rose and yoghurt and this must be utilized to present other forms of tourism as well, Hisayuki Fujii pointed out. According to Minister Angelkova organizing a business event during the Rose Festival will be an opportunity to both showcase this unique event to more Japanese tour operators, as well as present our country’s cultural-historical heritage. „Concentrated in the Rose Valley are some of the most symbolic and impressive sites of the Thracian culture, which should also be displayed to Japanese tourists“, she added. Deputy Minister Fujii supported the initiative and committed to assist in its implementation.The two shared the opinion that the Bulgarian tourism information centre, which was unveiled in Tokyo days ago, is an important step to activate the mutual flow of tourists. Our country is traditionally presented also at the biggest Japanese tourism exposition - Expo JATA, which makes it well known on their tourism market. The Bulgarian Kaloyan Mahlyanov-Kotooshu has also contributed a lot for the promotion of Bulgaria in the country of the rising sun, it was made clear during the meeting.Japan is in the top 50 generating markets for Bulgarian tourism. In 2015 our country was visited by a total of 12 362 Japanese nationals. During the period January-August 2016 we welcomed 9 263 Japanese tourists, which is a 16.5 % growth compared to the same period of 2015.
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The Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, along with the Ministry of Tourism, outlined steps for activating pilgrimage tourism
2016-10-21T18:04:00
Pilgrimage tourism routes within Bulgaria will be elaborated and promoted among Russian tourists. This was agreed today by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, and the Bogorod bishop Antonius, vicar of the Russian Patriarch, head of the Administration of Overseas Establishments at the Moscow Patriarchate and the Pilgrimage Centre thereto, and the Nevrokop bishop Seraphim. This is the first such meeting in this format and a clear sign of both parties to activate such contacts with each other.„Bulgaria is a pilgrimage tourism destination that’s very interesting for Russians and we can increase the flow of tourists and their stay if we join efforts to promote these opportunities“, Deputy Minister Georgieva said. According to her, stats reveal that 71% of Russian nationals come to our country for a seaside vacation, with the Ministry’s key objective being to promote the other tourism we can offer as well. In her words, work can also be done in the longer term to create combined routes with neighbouring Balkan countries, which also welcome large numbers of Russian tourists for pilgrimage tourism, such as Greece and Serbia. It would also be of interest to combine this type of tourism with a seaside or winter vacation, it was made clear during the meeting.Our purpose is to take specific steps towards activating pilgrimage tourism between Bulgaria and Russia, bishop Antonius stated. According to him, Bulgaria is an interesting tourism destination not just for the populace residing within the Russian Federation, but also for its expatriate nationals. We have more than 900 parishes worldwide and is important to pay attention to them as well. Bulgaria is not sufficiently known and with this meeting we are making the first step to promote the country, he added.  
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tourism.government.bg:2932:2016-10-21T18:04:00
Minister Angelkova met the Professor of Economy Klaus Schwaab, Founder and President of the World Economic Forum in Davos
2016-10-21T13:22:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met the Professor of Economy Klaus Schwaab, Founder and President of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The two discussed trends in global tourism and the opportunities to deepen cooperation between Bulgaria and the global NGO. Opportunities for joint initiatives will also be explored, it became clear during the meeting. Minister Angelkova familiarized Prof. Schwaab with the development of Bulgaria’s tourism sector. According to her,  the current year is shaping out as record-breaking one for Bulgarian tourism, while the institution headed by her is already working on the coming active season in 2017. „The most important thing is to achieve sustainability of these results and for the purpose any expertise we may receive for you would be very valuable“, Nikolina Angelkova emphasized.The meeting was held within the framework of the Global Annual Meeting of young world leaders, which was organized by the World Economic Forum in Tokyo, Japan. In March 2014 Nikolina Angelkova was selected as one of the young world leaders. This distinction is awarded by the World Economic Forum and is a recognition for achievements in management and leadership on both professional and social levels.
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tourism.government.bg:2931:2016-10-21T13:22:00
A Bulgarian tourism information centre opens doors in Tokyo
2016-10-20T10:02:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova took part in the unveiling of Bulgaria’s tourism information centre in Tokyo. This took place by virtue of an agreement signed between the Ministry of Tourism and the Japan-Southeast Europe Business Association (JSEEBA). Our government will not pay anything towards the centre’s support. The expenses for all scheduled activities will be covered by JSEEBA, with the Ministry of Tourism having committed to provide up-to-date promotional materials, to be disseminated at the tourism centre in the Japanese capital.„It is very important that Bulgaria is now physically present on Japan’s tourism market, with all Tokyo residents and visitors now being able to obtain up-to-date information about tourism opportunities in our country“, Minister Angelkova said. She emphasized that Bulgaria was famous among Asian tourists with its rose oil and yoghurt, but that they would now be able to discover many other attractive forms of tourism.Japan is in the top 50 of generating markets for Bulgarian tourism and ranks 41st during the period January-August 2016 with over 9 000  tourists, which is a 16.5 % increase compared to the same period of 2015. According to the national statistics institutes, in 2015 our country was visited by a total of 12 362 Japanese nationals. „These numbers indicate that there is growing interest and we can deepen our traditionally good relations in tourism. I am positive that the opening of the information centre is an important step in this direction“, Nikolina Angelkova added.   Kihachiro Nishiura, President and Managing Director of JSEEBA, introduced the attendees to the operations and services, which the Bulgarian tourism information centre will provide to Japanese nationals. He highlighted the still untapped potential to increase the mutual tourist flow and indicated that his organization will continue work in this direction. He was thankful for the good communication with the Bulgarian government and the support for this initiative’s implementation. A welcoming address was also read by Yassuto Kavarabayashi, Deputy Commissioner of the Tourism Agency at Japan’s Ministry of Earth, Infrastructure, and Tourism.The tourism centre is located in the Japanese capital’s downtown area, and its official unveiling ceremony was attended by more than 90 people, among them MP’s from the Japanese Parliament’s Lower Chamber, representatives of ministries, businesses, the tourism industry, ambassadors, etc.
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tourism.government.bg:2930:2016-10-20T10:02:00
Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva takes part in the third edition of the Go2Balkans International travel and exhibition forum
2016-10-17T16:13:00
During this year’s first 8 months international tourists in our country were over 6 mil. Compared to 2010, their number has grown by over 60%. Thus said the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, during the opening ceremony of the 3rd Go2Balkans International travel and exhibition forum, which was held today in Sofia’s InterExpo Centre.Deputy Minister Georgieva emphasized that today’s forum will open further opportunities to deepen cooperation among the Balkan countries and business representatives towards development of joint tourism products. „Joining together the efforts will make the regional tourism market an attractive one and will enhance the opportunities for its successful promotion on both the traditional generating markets and the remote ones“, she emphasized further.The exhibition’s third edition passed under the motto The Balkans – Nature, History, and Culture, and is being held during October 17-18, 2016 at the InterExpo Centre. The event’s first day (October 17) is strictly professional, with diverse opportunities to make direct business meetings. The second day (October 18) is open to visitors and end customers, who will have the opportunity to see first-hand the tourism resources presented and the vacations and travel marketed for Winter 2016/2017, Spring and Summer‘2017 by the exhibiting tour operators, and will also be able to buy tourist packages at large discounts. Participating in this year’s edition are over 70 exhibitors from over 15 countries.
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tourism.government.bg:2929:2016-10-17T16:13:00
More than a million tourist have chosen Varna for their vacation
2016-10-14T12:25:00
More than a million tourist have chosen Varna and its area for their vacation since the yea’s beginning until the active summer season’s end. Revenues from their night-stays during the first 7 months of the year exceed BGN 235 mil. which is a 23% growth compared to the same period of last year. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the opening of the ninth Black Sea Tourism Forum. The event was also attended by the Varna mayor, Ivan Portnih, the regional governor Stoyan Pasev, representatives of tourism companies and municipalities, etc.Numbers indicate that since the year’s start and until August we have welcomed more than 6 mil. international tourists, meaning some 16% growth. "Naturally, as the number of tourists grows, so do revenues - in the first 7 months of 2016 they have grown by nearly a billion leva and now exceed BGN 3,4 bln., which a 15% growth compared to the same period of 2015", Minister Angelkova emphasized. This summer we are witnessing a return of tourists from traditional markets for our country, such as Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Scandinavia. There is also growth of tourists hailing from France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, etc. "As early as this last spring, experts and media in Germany predicted that Bulgaria would be among the most sought-after summer destinations, and this came true. Varna and the ambient area at the most preferred destination", Nikolina Angelkova added.She announced that work is already in progress for the Summer'2017 season, the indications being that it would be even more successful than this one. Meetings have already been held with the management of large scale tour operators, such as Thomas Cook and TUI, which are predicting a growth of some 30% for the coming year, it was made clear by the Minister of Tourism.The Black Sea Tourism Forum is intended for professionals in tourism and this year’s edition is held under the motto Bulgaria – a Four-Season Tourism Destination. It is attended by representatives of the embassies of Republic of South Africa, Republic of Argentina, USA, and France in Bulgaria, 18 Municipalities, more than 10 universities from the country and abroad, tour operators, travel agencies, hoteliers, etc.
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tourism.government.bg:2928:2016-10-14T12:25:00
Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva takes part in the opening of the 13th Mountains of Bulgaria – a Four-Season Hospitality tourism exposition
2016-10-13T17:19:00
Data about this year’s first eight months indicate a 9% growth of persons spending nights in Smolyan region, compared to the same period of 2015. Thus said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, during today’s opening of the 13th Mountains of Bulgaria – a Four-Season Hospitality tourism exposition. The event was held in the Pamporovo resort, during the period October 13-15, 2016.„The forum established itself not only as an important national exchange but also as a place for constructive dialogue about alpine tourism’s sustainable development“, Deputy Minister Georgieva emphasized. She also focused on the fact that the event is included in the 2016 National Tourism Advertising Agenda of the Ministry of Tourism.Irena Georgieva added that 2016 was very strong for Bulgarian tourism, with the main challenge facing the tourism industry now being to build on the fine results. According to her, Smolyan region is providing some very good examples. The Deputy Minister pointed out as opportunities the summer and winter tourism routes in the region and the conditions for not just ski vacations, but also pedestrian, extreme, cave, bike, adventure tourism and many other types of tourism.During a discussion within the exposition the Deputy Minister of Tourism spoke about the already adopted amendment to the Tourism Act, in the USTI part – Uniform System for Tourist Information. Georgieva announced that USTI now enables the tourism industry to operate under clear rules and most of all – under fair competition. Introduction of the system will restrict the opportunity not to register night-stays in order to avoid taxation, Deputy Minister Georgieva added further.Presented at the exposition via dedicated stands are the municipalities of Veliko Tarnovo, Devin, Smolyan, Chepelare, Asenovgrad, Lyubimets, Kaspichan, Varna, Samokov, the Ministry of Tourism, Pamporovo AD, the Bulgarian Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs, the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism, the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, the Bulgarian Balneology and Spa Association.The opening was attended by the Smolyan regional governor Nedyalko Slavov, the mayor of Chepelare Municipality Slavka Chakarova, the Deputy Mayor of Smolyan Marin Zahariev, and others.
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tourism.government.bg:2927:2016-10-13T17:19:00
Minister Angelkova: Over 100 000 tourists visited the Rila lakes this summer
2016-10-13T14:35:00
Over 100 000 tourists visited the Rila lakes during the active summer season, the growth being 12%. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Sapareva Banya. She held a meeting with representatives of the local tourism industry and visited some of the major places of interest in the municipality. The discussion was also attended by the Sapareva Banya mayor Kalin Gelev, the District Governor of Kyustendil, Viktor Yanev, and others.„Sapareva Banya has big potential to also develop spa, alpine and cultural tourism, with the town’s proximity to the capital city being an important premise for increasing the tourist flow“, Minister Angelkova indicated. The pulling power of the Rila lakes and other natural landmarks in the region should also be used, she made clear. „A positive trend is that an over 17% growth is reported in terms of night-stays in the region and municipalities, but single-day travel still predominates. Thus, we must make joint efforts to keep tourists longer in the area by offering them more attractions and experiences“, Nikolina Angelkova indicated further.According to her, a key priority in her institution’s work was to introduce rules and procedures on the operation of the spa sector. An important step in that direction was the adoption of the Ordinance on the terms and procedure for certification of medical spa centre, spa centre, wellness centre, thalassic therapy centre, under the Tourism Act. It is the first such secondary legislation introducing the minimum mandatory statutory criteria to be met by such centres. This will cut the unsavoury practice of each hotel with a pool or sauna being able to decide whether to call itself a spa centre and thus fail to live up to tourist expectations."The certification process is under way for all medical spa and spa centres in the country according to the new rules, we have already received 107 applications from specialized facilities wishing to undergo the procedure Nikolina Angelkova added. Certification is voluntary but only facilities audited on location will be eligible to add “spa” to their name and be entered in the National Tourism Register.Sapareva Banya is also part of the project promoting the Bulgarian EDEN destinations, with promotional materials being prepared for each of these destinations. These include videos, which are due to be finished within days and be presented at international forums and tourism exchanges, the Minister of Tourism said further.During the same day Minister Angelkova visited the St. Nicholas medieval church, the Nativity of Holy Theotokos church in Saparevo village, and the Resilovo monastery, and held a briefing for the media in front of the hottest geyser on the Balkans, which is located in the town centre of Sapareva Banya.Sapareva Banya municipality offers rich opportunities and choices in terms of recreation and tourism, medical tourism, alpine, cultural tourism, ecotourism, and winter sports The transport connection and geographical location are also very favourable for their development. The municipality centre is located 60 km away from the regional centre Kyustendil and 90 km away from the capital city. The ambient environment offers many hiking routes. The territory of the forestry complex Sapareva Banya features part of the Rila national park where the Skakavitsa reserve, the Seven Rila Lakes, the Panichishte resort locality, and many other natural landmarks are located.
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tourism.government.bg:2926:2016-10-13T14:35:00
Minister Angelkova held a meeting with representatives of concessionaires and hoteliers about the forthcoming amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act
2016-10-12T19:05:00
No infringements were found at around half of the sea beaches let under concession during Summer‘2016. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the meeting with representatives of concessionaires and hoteliers where forthcoming amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act were discussed. According to her, recurring infringements were found at some 20 beaches let under concession.„By organizing today’s meeting, we are fulfilling the commitment we took towards you to discuss the suggestions received and the latest comments on the amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act. Our goal is to have the bill in the National Assembly before the year’s end“, Nikolina Angelkova said further. She informed participants in the meeting about the suggestions received regarding the draft bill and committed that work on its adoption would be accelerated. The Minister emphasized that 2016 will be a record-breaking year for Bulgarian tourism and invited the participants to continue efforts to improve the tourism product and market quality services because that is the only way to sustain the positive trend and the achieved results.
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tourism.government.bg:2925:2016-10-12T19:05:00
Minister Angelkova meets UAE’s Minister of the Economy
2016-10-12T18:18:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met today the Minister of the Economy of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan bin Saed Al Mansouri. He is on a visit in our country, heading a delegation, which includes representatives of businesses and the government sector.Minister Angelkova presented Bulgaria’s potential as a tourism destination, highlighting the record-breaking results reported by the sector in 2016. „There is exceptionally good occupancy rate of 4-star and 5-star hotels“, she emphasized, adding that our country can offer very attractive circumstances for developing spa-, cultural, gourmet-, and ecotourism. „Bulgaria regularly participates in the largest Near East international tourism exposition - ATM, which is held annually in Dubai, we are striving to promote this diversity to the Arab tourists“,Nikolina Angelkova added. According to Minister Mansouri, some of the biggest hotel chains, such as Rotana and Jumeirah, might show interest in Bulgaria. He added that our country has been known as an attractive destination among Arab tourists from the Persian Gulf and Middle East area going back to the 1970s and 1980s. According to him, there is big potential in family tourism and child travel offers, which Bulgaria can propose. Transport connectivity is crucial in order to promote mutual tourist flow, Minister Mansouri said. He believes it is important that there are two regular flights a week between the two countries and that it is a base on which to grow the number of tourists.  
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tourism.government.bg:2924:2016-10-12T18:18:00
Minister Angelkova: We expect the number of tourists in Bulgaria between April and September, 2016, to exceed 8 million
2016-10-11T15:25:00
The official NSI data for September are awaited but predictions are that for the active summer season alone the number of international tourists will exceed 6 million. Adding Bulgarians to their number would make the total number of tourists exceed 8 mln. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a debate on tourism staff entitled Career Growth in the Tourism Industry – Challenges and Opportunities, which was organized by the 24 Hours Daily. According to her, these are tentative data based on a worst-case prediction, which is perfectly possible to be exceeded."It is a very positive sign that we extended the summer season, with April and May growths exceeding 20%", Minister Angelkova emphasized. Revenues are on the rise as well – during the first 7 months of 2016 they have grown by nearly half a billion leva, thus exceeding BGN 3,4 bln., which is a 15% growth compared to the same period of 2015.According to the Minister of Tourism, the biggest challenge now is to build on the achievements by promoting investments in facilities and staff. "Tourism requires high-grade staff in order to sustain growth but this demands effective measures across the industry’s entire horizontal structure", Nikolina Angelkova emphasized. She also reminded that according to 2015 data of the World Travel and Tourism Council, the number of people directly employed in tourism is over 92 000, but the absence of year-round employment remains a major issue.The issues also include the fact that in the course of 20 years investments worth some EUR 18 bln. were made in Bulgaria, while just 12 000  specialists were trained at universities with the Tourism major. There is a stark deficit in the line positions – bellboys, chambermaids, waiters, receptionists, bartenders, cleaners, etc. On the other hand, tangible deficit is also registered in regards to specialized staff, new staff and the so-called “rare” staff (for golf, gourmet, spa services, etc.)"An important step towards overcoming these issues was the establishment of the Interdepartmental Council on Tourism Staff, in whose framework all stakeholder institutions are seeking long-term solutions to the problems", Nikolina Angelkova emphasized. Four thematic task groups are already active within the Council: training programs; internship and qualification opportunities; labour migration; career growth and social aspects.Another significant step towards staff recruitment was the adoption of the Implementing Regulations for the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act. It enables hiring of staff from third countries for tourism needs under a fast-track procedure. Owing to the changes, it will be possible for the first time to hire seasonal workers with work permits for up to 90 days, it was made clear during the forum.The discussion was also attended by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Zornitsa Rusinova, the Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Denitsa Nikolova, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Dian Stamatov, hoteliers, restaurateurs,  and other representatives from the tourism industry, industry organizations, educational establishments, etc.
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tourism.government.bg:2923:2016-10-11T15:25:00
Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva takes part in the 15th European Tourism Forum
2016-10-11T14:43:00
The main challenges facing the tourism sector, both in Europe and in Bulgaria, are maintaining security and stability, economic competitiveness, development of IT technologies, and increasing the demand for new products. Thus said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, during her participation in a High-Level Debate within the framework of the 15th European Tourism Forum. The event is held in Bratislava, Slovakia, during the period October 10-12, 2016.The forum was opened by Slovakia’s Minister of Transport and Regional Development, Arpad Ershek, with the official ceremony also attended by the EC commissioner for Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska.Two major topics are discussed during the debate – Challenges facing the European Tourism Sector and Cooperation to Promote Destination Europe in the Context of 2018 – announcement of China’s year in Europe and the European year of cultural heritage.In regards to the development of the tourism industry in Bulgaria, Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva commented that as a result of the purposeful actions of the Ministry of Tourism record growth is registered in the number of international tourists in our country. She highlighted in her statement that in the course of the first eight months of 2016 alone, Bulgaria was visited by slightly over 6 mil. international tourists, registering a 15,7% growth compared to the same period of 2015.The increasing number of tourists also boosts significantly tourism revenues – a growth of 15% being registered for the first seven months of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, Irena Georgieva announced further.In the aspect of the traditionally good dialogue with PRC, Deputy Minister Georgieva informed that there is a signed Memorandum for cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Bulgaria and the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China and further added that based on that document development of active partnership between both countries’ tourism administrations is being promoted.Also participating in the High-Level Debate within the framework of the 15th European Tourism Forum were Lithuania’s Deputy Minister of the Economy, Rasa Noreikiene, the State Secretary for Tourism at Portugal’s Ministry of the Economy, Ana Mendes Godinho, the Deputy State Secretary at Poland’s Ministry of Sport and Tourism, David Lacek, the Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development of Greece’s Ministry of the Economy, Development, and Tourism, George Tsalas, etc.
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tourism.government.bg:2922:2016-10-11T14:43:00
Minister Angelkova took part in a discussion themed Transparency and Efficiency of Concessions in Bulgaria
2016-10-11T12:43:00
During the past summer season we received some 400 signals about our sea beaches on our dedicated hotline and email we had set up, and we carried out over 200 on-the-spot inspections. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a discussion themed Transparency and Efficiency of Concessions in Bulgaria. According to her, oversight is an important factor in the tourism product meeting tourist expectations, with the oversight’s efficient exercise having been a key priority for the Ministry of Tourism. For that reason, a mobile control group located at the Black Seaside was active this last summer.Nikolina Angelkova also informed that this year a module was developed on the Ministry of Tourism’s website enabling each tourist to check online the cost of umbrellas and deck chairs at Bulgarian sea beaches. In 2017 the module will be upgraded, with a mobile app due to be developed for Bulgarian and international tourists. „This will both increase tourist awareness and enhance competitiveness in the business ", the Minister emphasized.Her statement also made it clear that in the Methodology for determining the minimum concession remuneration, as already adopted by the Council of Ministers, a weight of 40% is stipulated for the tendered cost of beach accessories when one tenders to lease a beach under concession. Minister Angelkova explained that in all formulas a base price for 1 umbrella and 1 deck-chair is determined, with the price to vary according to the beach specifics and proximity to the available accommodation in the settlement where they are located. For beaches located near settlements with less than 10 000 population, the cost will be up to BGN 2 , for those near settlements with over 10 000 population – BGN 3, and at national-scale resorts – BGN 4.„Concessionaires of sea beaches must align to the stipulated base price of beach accessories as early as tendering stage“, Nikolina Angelkova explained. According to her, once the concessionaire has committed to the base price, it will be unable to change it unilaterally, with such offense meriting termination of the concession agreement."Within a few weeks the analyses will conclude and the number of sea beaches, for which concession procedures under the new rules will be open, is due to be determined. Priority will be given to beaches with expiring concessions," Minister Angelkova added. She also informed that the final discussion of amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act is forthcoming, such amendments stipulating categorization of beaches according to their specifics. According to her, the purpose is to thus create the premises for letting the larger part of them under concession and improve the service for the tourists.The event was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister for EU funds and economic policy, Tomislav Donchev, the Minister of Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, the Minister of the Environment and Waters, Ivelina Vasileva, the chairs of the parliamentary committees for economic policy and tourism & energy, Petar Kanev and Delyan Dobrev, the Chair of CEIB, Kiril Domuschiev, representatives of local governments and businesses, etc.The discussion themed Transparency and Efficiency of Concessions in Bulgaria is held within the framework of the Business in the Open and is organized by the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (CEIB) and the Economy magazine.
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tourism.government.bg:2921:2016-10-11T12:43:00
Bulgaria ranks first in growth of night-stays EU-wide
2016-10-10T10:29:00
According to Eurostat data, during the first 6 months of 2016, the total number of night-stays in our country (by both foreigners and Bulgarians) was over 8 mil., with the growth vis-à-vis 2015 exceeding 18%. This ranks our country first in growth of night-stays among the EU countries, for which Eurostat has received and published data. This was announced in an interview for Focus Radio by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova.„The increasing number of tourists considerably increases revenues in tourism as well – for the first seven months of 2016 they have grown by nearly half a billion leva or 15% up compared to the same period of 2015“, Minister Angelkova said. According to her, during this year’s first seven months overall revenues from international tourism into the balance of payment’s current account, according to BNB data, amount to BGN 3,4 bln.She also commented on the concluded visit of the Saudi Arabian Prince Sultan Al Saud to our country. He was interested in Bulgaria’s potential to develop alpine tourism, having seen the ski tracks of Borovets and Vitosha, it was made clear by the Minister.Another topic of discussion was a visit organized by the Ministry of Tourism for diplomatic corps representatives in our country. At the end of last week they visited the Strandzha area, their host was the Sredets mayor, Ivan Zhabov. „Immediately following that visit, within a single day, there were over 150 visitors to one of the most magnetic locations in the region – Markov Kamak, which is an absolute record, Nikolina Angelkova emphasized. She took on a commitment that her ministry will continue the good cooperation with representatives of diplomatic missions as an opportunity to promote our country’s tourism potential.
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tourism.government.bg:2920:2016-10-10T10:29:00
Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva attended the celebration of the 1335th anniversary of the Bulgarian state’s establishment and the 35th anniversary of Pliska’s town status
2016-10-08T21:29:00
Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva attended the celebration of the 1335th anniversary of the Bulgarian state’s establishment and the 35th anniversary of Pliska’s town status. She read a welcoming address on behalf of Minister Angelkova."Medieval Pliska was among Europe’s biggest and richest cities of its time, nowadays this heritage draws thousands of tourists. The registered visitors to the Pliska National Historical-Archaeological Reserve alone exceeded 55 000 in 2015 and their number is rising”, Deputy Minister Georgieva indicated. The most preferred places of interest are the Large Basilica, the Cyrillic Alphabet’s Home, the Inner City, the Early Medieval City, the Large Palace, temples, shrines, and other monuments."Pliska is part of one of the 8 cultural-historical destinations developed by the Ministry - „The Capitals and Cities of Bulgarian Kings and Patriarchs“. In order to be of maximum benefit to tourists we also elaborated interactive maps of these sites with photos and a lot of extra information ", Irena Georgieva announced. They are published on the Ministry of Tourism’s website and attract more and more visitors.Kaspichan municipality is also included in another Ministry initiative – the online Registry of Tourist Attractions. It features with nearly 110 places of interest."The Ministry of Tourism welcomes your efforts to restore and preserve this priceless cultural wealth and will continue supporting them in order to establish the municipality as an attractive and competitive tourism destination ", the Deputy Minister emphasized.The event was attended by the Pliska mayor Tonka Nacheva, the Kaspichan mayor, Milena Nedeva, the Shumen regional governor, Donka Ivanova, MP’s Ralitsa Todorova, Prof. Stefan Zhelev, Dimitar Delchev, etc. At the beginning the Varna and Veliki Preslav bishop held a thanksgiving service, following the formal part, a celebratory concert commenced, featuring the Veselyache ensemble from Shumen, with the special participation of Valya Balkanska and Petar Yanev. 
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tourism.government.bg:2919:2016-10-08T21:29:00
The Prince of Saudi Arabia, Al Saud, viewed cultural-historical places of interest in Sofia and learned about opportunities to invest in alpine and spa tourism
2016-10-08T11:53:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, presented to the Saudi Arabia Prince, Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the opportunities to invest in Bulgarian tourism. He came on an official visit to our country, at the Bulgarian Minister’s invitation, arriving with a significant delegation of businessmen and government sector representatives. The Prince is a son of the Arab country’s current king, as well as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of that country’s Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.During his visit he saw some of our capital city’s most notable landmarks – the Atrium, the Sofia Museum, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, and others. At the National Historical Museum Prince Sultan Al Saud was impressed by our country’s Thracian heritage and the artefacts found on Bulgarian soil. He also received an invitation to attend the Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism, which the Ministry of Tourism will organize jointly with the World Tourism Organization in the end of November.Minister Angelkova also presented opportunities for investment in alpine and spa tourism, with the Borovets resort development project being presented in detail. She underscored that the current year is shaping out as record-breaking one for Bulgarian tourism and that the sector needs high-end hotels. The stats presented show that this year the 4-star and 5-star hotel have very good occupancy rates and that the Black Seaside season is extending.The Prince was also familiarized with our major advantages as an investment destination – low taxes, financial stability, more than EUR 44 bln. of foreign direct investments in our country over 20 years, 27 projects in tourism, which are recognized by the government via investment class certificates, etc.During his visit, Prince Sultan al Saud also held meetings with President Rossen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Valentin Poryazov. He also extended an invitation for a Bulgarian delegation to visit Saudi Arabia in order to continue work on the highlighted subject matter.
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tourism.government.bg:2918:2016-10-08T11:53:00
At Minister Angelkova’s initiative, representatives of diplomatic missions in Bulgaria visited the Strandzha region
2016-10-08T11:00:00
Representatives of twelve diplomatic missions in Bulgaria, who were accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, viewed landmarks in the Strandzha mountain, the Sredets municipality area. The visit was arranged by the Ministry of Tourism and Sredets Municipality, at Minister Angelkova’s initiative. The purpose is for the diplomats to get first-hand impression of the region’s unique heritage and contribute to its broader promotion.The visit was joined by the ambassadors of Palestine, Venezuela, South Africa, Kosovo, Albania, and Pakistan, the First Ladies from Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic and Kosovo, the husband of South Africa’s ambassador in Bulgaria, the first secretary of Venezuela’s embassy, representatives of Belgium’s and Brazil’s missions.During the tour of Strandzha mountain, diplomats looked at the open-air ethnographic museum in the Bozhura locality and took part in the Medjia custom unique to Strandzha. Traditional crafts for the region, such as pottery, basket weaving, wood carving, hook-knitting, etc. were also demonstrated.Diplomats got first-hand impression from the magic of the 2 500-year old ancient Thracian shrine at Markov Kamak and also witnessed  the re-enacted folklore performance of the Annual Cycle rites and customs in the region – „Enyova Bulya“, „Gherman“, „Carol-Singers“. During their visit they also saw the Sredets Youth Hal and the Deultum-Debelt National Archaeological Reserve.Sredets Municipality’s mayor, Ivan Zhabov, hosted the diplomats.You can see photos from the event here. 
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tourism.government.bg:2917:2016-10-08T11:00:00
Bulgaria took part in the EXPOTRAVEL exposition in Ekaterinburg as partner country
2016-10-08T10:55:00
Bulgaria took part in the international EXPOTRAVEL exposition in Ekaterinburg as partner country. The exchange is the biggest dedicated autumn forum for tourism in the Ural Federal District and was held for the 18th time.Bulgaria displayed at the forum its capabilities as a year-round destination with a 30 sq. m. information stand, which was arranged by the Ministry of Tourism. Our country’s presentation enjoyed sizable visitor interest by both professionals and end users. The diverse opportunities for summer and winter vacations in our country and retail offers for balneo-, wellness- and spa procedures, cultural-learning trips, organizer child recreation, etc. were all demonstrated.The host paid special attention to Bulgaria’s tourism potential. Space for a banner/flag of our country was allocated on the exposition complex’s façade. Information, an image textbox, welcoming addresses, and interviews presenting Bulgaria as a four-season destination preferred by Russians were published in the exposition’s official catalogue.Over 250 presenters from more than 100 countries took part in the exposition, with the professional audience being represented by some 8000 specialists, mostly tour operators and travel agents from various cities in the region.Russia is an important generating market for Bulgarian tourism, whereas mutual contacts with tourism businesses from the Ural area have been evolving notably in the last two years. The Bulgarian consular office’s operation in Ekaterinburg was restored at the year’s start, which considerably increased the number of tourist visas issued for Bulgaria.Owing to the active dialogue in this sector between Russia and our country, during the period April-August 2016 the number of tourism visits from the Federation increased by nearly 18% compared to the same period of 2015, against the background of declining overseas travels by Russians. During January-August 2016 Bulgaria was visited by nearly 497 000 Russian tourists, which is some 16% growth and fourth in the National Statistical Institute’s ranking of international tourists in our country.
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tourism.government.bg:2916:2016-10-08T10:55:00
A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism was signed between Republic of Bulgaria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2016-10-05T15:44:00
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding opens for both countries new development opportunities for the tourism sector, exchange of experience in the sector, and promotion of investments. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the official ceremony for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism between the two countries, which took place today, at Council of Minister’s Granite Hall."Republic of Bulgaria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia both have an extremely rich culture and history ", Minister Angelkova said further and highlighted that a large number of UNESCO cultural monuments are located within both countries’ territory. With our joint actions we will make tourism even more attractive, she commented further, adding that the two countries will work towards enhancement of the tourism potential.Minister Angelkova announced that prior to the Memorandum signing, opportunities for the various types of cooperation in regards to culture tourism, investments in tourism, and exchange of experience were discussed with His Royal Highness, Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During the discussion, presentation was also made regarding the capabilities of our winter and summer resorts, the opportunities for alpine tourism, city break tours, and their combination with other types of tourism such as spa, vinitourism, gourmet tourism, etc., in the vicinity of the visited cities.I am certain that by signing the Memorandum of Understanding we will achieve a lot towards expanding our hitherto cooperation with our Bulgarian friends, Prince Sultan al Saud. He commented that there are many untapped opportunities to develop tourism between the two countries and that purposeful actions to stimulate the sector will continue.During their visit in Bulgaria Prince Sultan al Saud, along with his delegation, will get to know Sofia and its cultural-historical landmarks and will visit Vitosha and the Borovets resort complex.
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tourism.government.bg:2915:2016-10-05T15:44:00
The Belarussian-Bulgarian task group for tourism cooperation held its first meeting in Minsk
2016-10-04T14:29:00
The first meeting of the Belarussian-Bulgarian task group for tourism cooperation, which is set up to the bilateral Intergovernmental Commission for Commercial-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, was held in Minsk. The Bulgarian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, while the Belorussian one – by the Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism, Mikhail Portnoy.„Belarus is a very important market for Bulgarian tourism and our bilateral relations in the sector have very good traditions. Our aspiration is to jointly build on the levels achieved with even better results and at faster pace”, Deputy Minister Georgieva stated during the meeting.Bulgaria and Belarus confirmed their readiness to develop their partnership in this key economic area, being guided by the tourism cooperation agreement between the two governments, as effective since 2009. The two parties agreed to exchange information about the legislative regulation in the area of rural tourism and ecotourism, as well as in regards to the operation of tourist information centres, the method for collecting stats, etc.Bulgaria and Belarus will also exchange information in regards to the methodology for reporting the number of tourists and night-stays, as well as participation in international tourism expositions in 2017 and 2018. A commitment was undertaken to notify in due time tour operators and travel agents about arrangements relating to child recreation in Bulgaria, once the dedicated ordinance on this type of recreation in our country is passed. The opportunities for increasing the number of organized children groups coming for recreation purposes to Bulgaria were also discussed. The agreements reached also include elaboration of a 2017 - 2018 roadmap, which will serve as schedule of specific event promoting the two-way tourist flow.Minutes of the meeting were signed and a decision was made to hold the task group’s next meeting in Bulgaria during 2017. Following the meeting’s business part, a bilateral roundtable was held for discussion of current issues and steps towards activation of bilateral b2b cooperation. Leading tour operators from both countries took part in the discussions.  
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tourism.government.bg:2914:2016-10-04T14:29:00
Minister Angelkova takes part in the opening of the Green Days exposition
2016-09-30T12:57:00
Events like the Green Days festival help Bulgaria assert itself as a sustainable tourism destination by promoting all types of alternative tourism, which one can practice in our country. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during today’s opening of Green Days.Minister Angelkova stressed that biodiversity, extreme sports, climbing, adventure tourism, etc., contribute added value to the Bulgarian tourism product. According to her, over 5 mil. international tourists have visited our country from April to August this year. Stats indicate that tourists increasingly combine their seaside vacation with visits to cultural-historic monuments, tourist attractions, national parks, etc., she added. She commented further that our country is capable of offering virtually everything to tourists and that it is thus import to present its diversity via such forums.The opening was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Foods, Georgi Kostov, the Deputy Mayor of Sofia Municipality, Todor Chobanov, etc.This year the Ministry of Tourism participates in the Green Days exposition with two stalls. Also presented are the EDEN destinations in Bulgaria. The festival will take place starting today and until October 2, 2016 in the park in the front of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre. 
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tourism.government.bg:2837:2016-09-30T12:57:00
Minister Angelkova: We have welcomed over 5.1 mil. international tourists during April-August 2016
2016-09-30T10:13:00
During the first 8 months of 2016 (January to August), Bulgaria was visited by over 6 mil. international tourists, which marks a 15,7% growth compared to last year’s same period. Bulgarian tourism has registered huge growth, with the increase vis-à-vis the last 10 years being 60%. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during her visit to the morning news segment of Nova TV, Hello, Bulgaria.„Even though we do not yet have formal September stats, we can still say that this has been the most successful summer season“, Nikolina Angelkova said. According to her, during the April-August period we have welcomed over 5.1 mil. international tourists. This is an absolute record, since up to now the numbers fluctuated around the 4 mil. mark of international tourists for the same period. Big growth is registered in tourists from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, etc. „It is now important to achieve sustainability of these results. In all our discussion with them, the large-scale tour operators are reporting that they are now negotiating bigger numbers for next season, therefore the industry must also take the required steps in terms of investments in infrastructure and staff“, Minister Angelkova emphasized.More than 2,1 mil. Bulgarians have had night-stays in accommodation facilities of more than 10 beds during the first seven months, registering an 11% growth. Increased interest is observed in regards to cultural-historical tourism, with positive results being reported by the cities of Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, etc., it was made clear by the Minister.
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tourism.government.bg:2838:2016-09-30T10:13:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova has taken part in the opening of the first meeting of the mayors of the capitals of Central and Eastern Europe countries and China (16+1)
2016-09-27T14:26:00
According to the data of the World Tourist Barometer, a total of 141 mln visits of foreign tourists in the countries of the Initiative 16+1 were registered last year. The revenue from these visits amounts to around 161 billion dollars. This was announced by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the opening of the first meeting of the mayors of the capitals of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) and China (16+1), titled “Sofia - intersection of new opportunities”.Minister Nikolina Angelkova greeted the participants in the forum with the World Tourism Day - 27 September. According to her words, more that 1.2 billion tourists per year travel around the world. She added that tourism is one of the sectors, which needs joint efforts and a deeper partnership. “This goal can be achieved through participation in initiatives such as “16+1” and an active dialogue between the countries,” emphasized Minister Angelkova. In the field of tourism, several documents have already been signed between Bulgaria and the People's Republic of China, which are the basis for a more enhanced cooperation not only between Sofia and Beijing, but also among all countries of the CEECs Initiative and China, it became clear from her statement.“The role of our capital cities, which to a great extent form the image of the national tourism, is indisputable,” said Nikolina Angelkova. She also commented the results achieved by Sofia. In the last year our capital was visited by nearly 916 thousand tourists and the incomes from overnights only amount to 116 mln BGN. This year has begun at an even better pace for Sofia and only in the first seven months the capital welcomed nearly 553 thousand tourists, which is a growth of 8.6% compared to the same period last year. Angelkova pointed out that the countries of the Initiative must develop common tourist routes and products at regional and national level, because the Chinese tourists prefer to visit at least three countries when coming to Europe. “It is necessary to expand our cooperation in this direction, because this will increase the interest in our countries as sustainable and year-round tourist destinations,” she added.Minister Angelkova emphasized that a common goal of the Ministry of Tourism and Sofia Municipality is to keep these tourists longer in the region. That is why the team of the Ministry has developed 8 cultural-historical destinations, which cover the territory of the whole country. One of them - Sofia Sveta Gora, is located around the capital. In order to facilitate the tourists to find the landmarks in each region, we have published interactive maps of the 8 cultural-historical destinations on the website of the institution, which are available on the following link:http://www.tourism.government.bg/bg/pages/kulturno-istoricheski-destinaciiThe event was attended by the mayor of Sofia Municipality Yordanka Fandakova, the  Chairman of the Beijing People's Congress Du Deyin, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Zhang Haijoe, the Head of the Permanent Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria Boyan Zlatev, representatives of the local authorities and business from all 16 Central and eastern Europe countries and China etc.16+1 is an initiative of the government of China, aiming to promote cooperation between China and the sixteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia.
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tourism.government.bg:2827:2016-09-27T14:26:00
Opening speech by Minister Nikolina Angelkova on the occasion of the World Tourism Day - 27 September
2016-09-27T07:47:00
Dear colleagues and partners,Ladies and gentlemen,Allow me to congratulate you on the occasion of the World Tourism Day - 27 September!This is the UN's date of calendar, which symbolically unites the people of the world involved in this difficult and exciting profession, together with institutions, entrepreneurs and millions of users of the tourist services.The 2016 tourism holiday is titled “Tourism for all” and the aim of the UN is to focus the attention on the universal accessibility of the services in this sector. In the last 50 years we have seen a genuine revolution of global tourism, as the World Tourism Organization has noted. In 1950 there were only 25 million foreign tourists in the world and today they are about 1.2 billion. But the numbers are not the most important aspect. Journeys have become an essential part of our lives. When we travel, we meet new people and come into contact with natural phenomena, ideas, spiritual values and many other aspects of life. This motivates us to continuously increase our criteria, to build on the achieved results and to make the best of the human right of movement and travel.Tourism is an important fundamental sector of the economy of our country. Today it is facing new challenges. I am convinced that thanks to the high p