Bulgaria participates in one of the most important exhibitions for business and congress tourism, held in Barcelona, Spain

17 November 2015
The information stand of Bulgaria at the International Tourist Exhibit IBTM ’2015 in Barcelona, Spain

The Ministry of Tourism opened today Bulgaria’s information stand at the international tourism exhibition IBTM ‘2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Global Incentive and Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition with Conferences Exchange is one of the most significant events in the field of congress tourism; it takes place from 17 November to 19 November 2015. It is specialized for professionals in business travel and congress tourism, as well as organizers of conferences and other public forums.

On an area of 55 m2, Bulgaria presents itself as a destination for business events and business travel. This year two specialized travel companies participate in the Bulgarian stand and currently requests for meetings with our exhibitors have been received from more than 100 participants in the exchange, and media representatives.

IBTM provides an excellent chance for the presentation of different cities and areas offering opportunities for event tourism. The programme includes many B2B meetings between managers of travel companies, and a variety of thematic workshops and presentations. The exhibition has been held since 1988, and this year it includes nearly 16 thousand participants.

Spain is a promising tourism market for Bulgaria. In the period January-September 2015 our country was visited by over 47 thousand Spanish tourists. Of these, nearly 20 thousand stayed in the country for holidays and vacations, which is nearly a 27% increase compared to the same period of 2014. The Spanish guests are mainly interested in the cultural and historical sites.

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