Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Andrew Forbes, legislative director at the US Senate

22 February 2018

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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