Minister Nikolina Angelkova: Over 166 000 Czech tourists have visited Bulgaria in 2014

19 February 2015
Министърът на туризма Николина Ангелкова и министърът на регионалното развитие на Чехия Карла Шлехтова.

Bulgaria’s possibilities for tourism development were a main topic during the opening of the Holiday World Tourism Fair in Prague. Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova took part in the official ceremony. The 24th edition of the fair started on the 19th February and will last till 22nd February.  

Bulgaria will be promoting golf tourism which is a serious niche for our country on the Czech market. This was one main topic of discussion between the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Czech Minister of Regional Development Karla Šlechtová. Traditionally, there has been great interest by Czech tourists in our summer resorts and for last year only Bulgaria has been visited by 166 000 Czechs. “Our country offers good opportunities for health tourism and there’s been a growth in this kind of tourist visits”, said Nikolina Angelkova. 2 000 people have traveled to Bulgaria for health services in 2013 while in 2014 their number has peaked to 28 000. “Hopefully, we would be able to cooperate with the Czech Republic as well to increase this trend as well as exchange good practices in the SPA and wellness tourism”, added the Bulgarian Minister.  The two countries will also be exchanging know-how on the promotion of cultural and historical routes which could bring to life whole regions.

The two Ministers agreed to cooperate for the introduction of joint tourist products. Minister Angelkova invited her Czech colleague to spend her holiday in Bulgaria and gain first-hand impressions of our country’s tourism opportunities. Mrs Šlechtová is also expected to take part in the meeting of the Ministers of Tourism of the Danube Region countries and the Balkans which is organized in Sofia and is initiated by Minister Angelkova. 

A meeting will be organized between the Ministers of Tourism and representatives of the charter airlines. This was negotiated during a meeting between Minister Angelkova and representatives of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – Ms. Isabel Garaña, Director Regional Program for Europe and Mr. Carlos Vogeler, Executive Secretary for Members Relations at UNWTO. Efforts will be made to increase interest in the direct airline Prague-Sofia which will ultimately increase the frequency of flights as well

During the day, Minister Angelkova also met with the CEO of the CzechTourism Agency, Monika Palatková. The Ministry of Tourism is presenting Bulgaria with a stall of 42 sq.m. where 3 tourist companies and 5 municipalities are displayed. There are 768 exhibitors from 46 countries at this year’s tourism fair in Prague.


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