Minister Angelkova had a workshop in Berlin with Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Executive Committee of TUI Group regarding the preparation for season 2020

08 October 2019

The focus is aimed at increasing the tourist flow; the forecasts of the world tour operator indicate sustainable growth of the market of Bulgaria and more tourists for our country


Preparation of season 2020 and the possibilities which Bulgaria has to achieve a serious rise of the tourists from abroad was the topic of the workshop in Berlin between Minister Nikolina Angelkova and Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Executive Committee of TUI Group and Group Director Corporate & External Affairs. The minister is on a working visit in Germany

“Following the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook  - the oldest international tour operator, it is of extreme importance for us to have Bulgaria positioned successfully and to strengthen its positions of a stable destination for organized tourism”, said the Bulgarian minister. “Germany is the main tourist market for our country. We are working on the organization of a large Bulgarian-German tourist business forum. The main focus in it will be on summer and winter tourism as well as the possibilities of the Bulgarian historic and cultural, and balneo and SPA tourism” Minister Angelkova pointed out. “Our aim is to lengthen the active seasons, to increase the number of the tourists and their stay in our country and thus to win recognition for Bulgaria as a four-season destination”, commented Minister Angelkova.

 She presented the possibilities of our country to support the organized tourism via direct advertising aiming at the leading tourist markets.     

Minister Angelkova informed her interlocutor that on 27 September – the World Tourism Day, it was officially announced in Sofia that an agreement had been signed between Bulgaria and the German health insurance companies which had been subject of years of hard work. This agreement will allow the German citizens who have health insurance to undergo treatment in our country.

Thomas Ellerbeck said that the forecasts of TUI Group indicated a sustainable development of the market of Bulgaria. He emphasized that the company worked very well with the Bulgarian business and that the country was very well accepted among their clients. According to him an increase in the number of the tourists who will visit Bulgaria with TUI Group can be expected  next year.


TUI AG with its hotels, air lines, cruise ships and tour operators is the biggest tourist enterprise in Europe. The abbreviation TUI means Touristik Union International. The company has 27 mill. clients/tourists on 31 target markets all over the world. It has 150 air planes under the brands of TUIfly, TUI Airways, TUIfly Nordic, TUI Airlines Belgium, Corsair International and TUI Airlines Nederland. The company also possesses 330 own hotels with a total of 11 696 rooms and 241 207 beds, as well as 16 cruise ships sailing under the brands of TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and  Marella Cruises. The turnover of the company as of the end of last year amounted to 19,52 billion EUR. The total number of the employees in the group is 69 000.

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