Minister Prodanov: The development of camping tourism is a prerequisite for the economic revitalization of less developed areas

15 April 2022

“The draft strategic framework outlining the activities of camping tourism will be ready by the end of May. Official regulation is also being worked on to regulate the interrelations and rules of practice.” This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Hristo Prodanov in front of journalists at the opening of an exhibition for camping tourism, caravanning and outdoor activities Camping & Caravanning Expo. Then there will be a public discussion with the representatives of the camping industry and the institutions, the aim being to regulate this type of tourism, the minister added.

He expressed the hope that within this year there will already be clear rules in place with the cooperation and agreement of all those who love and practice this type of tourism and the business sector itself.

Minister Prodanov said that there are 12 certified campsites in the country that meet the European requirements and gave France as an example, where there are more than 8000 sites. “The development of this type of tourism is a prerequisite for the economic revitalization of the less developed regions of Bulgaria, where there is no potential for other activities besides tourism,” the minister said.

Minister Prodanov announced that on Monday or Tuesday next week at the latest, the Ministry of Tourism would start the payments to the hotelkeepers who have accommodated people seeking protection from the war in Ukraine for the period from February 24 to March 31. “Final checks of the information and documents submitted by the hotels are being carried out. There are over 800 hotels willing to accommodate Ukrainians, and currently there are just under 500 establishments that have already accommodated these citizens,” Prodanov specified.

A request is being prepared under the European solidarity, the funds for the measure to be reimbursed from the European budget, the minister further said.

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