Minister Nikolova talked with York Schuegraf, Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

05 August 2020

The Bulgarian side will take the necessary steps before the German media in order to give the right of reply to the reports they broadcasted with false information. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova during her meeting with York Shuegraf, Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The two discussed the broadcast from the Golden sands resort, where anti-epidemic measures introduced by the Bulgarian authorities were not observed during organized entertainment in outdoor nightclubs.

"This is a single case that is currently being investigated and we believe that some of the shots used for illustration are from previous years," the Minister said. She added that this year, since the beginning of the season, all establishments have been ordered to comply with the measures recommended by the Ministry of Health, at the entrance to each nightclub temperature is being measured, and in our resorts on the Black Sea coast there is not a single registered case of infected with COVID-19 disease.

The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism is ready to assist the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the investigation of the reliability of the received signals for the Golden Sands resort and from all other tourist destinations and resorts, if any.

Minister Nikolova pointed out that Bulgaria and Germany have traditionally excellent bilateral relations at the political and expert level and that Germany is a priority market and partner of our country. "Every year, German citizens choose Bulgaria as a destination for tourism and relaxation, recognizing the great diversity and qualities of the Bulgarian tourist product, and in 2019 the total number of tourist visits from Germany is 761,156," she said.

Mr. Sheugraf thanked for the meeting and announced that Bulgaria is loved by German tourists. According to him, the coronavirus pandemic is a problem that we must all deal with together. He also shared that the German government has decided not to include our country in the red lists with travel restrictions.

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