Bulgaria participated at the international travel trade fair World Travel Market in the UK

07 November 2022

Minister of Tourism Ilin Dimitrov, PhD, also participated in the world’s largest exhibition for professionals in the tourism industry

The Ministry of Tourism, together with 20 representatives of the tourism sector, participated in the World Travel Market (WTM) international tourism exhibition in London, UK (7 - 9 November 2022). The world’s largest exhibition for professionals in the tourism industry is also attended by the Minister of Tourism Ilin Dimitrov. PhD, who, in addition to his packed programme of bilateral political and business meetings, is also part of the ministerial meeting on the second day of WTM, organised under the sign of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

With his arrival, Minister Dimitrov, together with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to the UK, Marin Raykov, greeted the Bulgarian participants in the forum. The two, together with the Head of the Offices for Trade and Economic Affairs (OTEA) – London, Krasimir Kiriakov, commented on the current picture of bilateral relations in the field of tourism and discussed future opportunities to boost the UK market. Ambassador Raykov said that there are about 15 thousand Britons in Bulgaria. Digitisation of services is the future way to establish and promote Bulgaria as a preferred and safe destination in the UK market. A series of high-level business meetings with the participation of the Ministry of Tourism was also planned for February.

On the first day of Minister Dimitrov’s visit a meeting with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Türkiye Mehmet Ersoy, representatives of airlines and the British and German tourism industry is scheduled.

This year, our Bulgarian national stand, which covers an area of nearly 300 sq. m, together with the Ministry of Tourism, 20 representatives of the tourism business – tour operators, travel agents, municipal administrations – Albena Tour EAD, Rila Travel EOOD, World Synergy Travel Bulgaria Ltd, Evroprogram Consult EOOD (Plovdiv Municipality), Varna Municipality, OP Marketing, Tourism and Tourist Activities (Samokov Municipality), Avatar Tour Ltd, Municipal Enterprise “Tourism” at Sofia Municipality, Tsarevgrad Tarnov EOOD (Veliko Tarnovo Municipality), Sunny Travel Club EOOD, Tandem Travel Ltd, N-Vision Services Group Ltd, Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD, Aleksia Auto Ltd, Sts. Constantine and Helena Holding AD, Ulpia Tours Ltd, Pi Group Plovdiv EOOD, I D S Bulgaria EOOD, Galaxy Investment Group, Palms Royal Sofia.

Both visitors and exhibitors represent a wide variety of companies and sectors, products and services operating in the tourism industry. World Travel Market was first held back in 1980 at London Olympia. Over four decades the show has changed its vision and location, with global business gathering at the ExCeL Centre since 2002. The B2B event currently hosts around 5,000 exhibitors from 182 countries and is attended by over 51,000 attendees.

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