Minister of Tourism Hristo Prodanov opens Bulgarian-Polish Business Forum in Warsaw

11 May 2022

Bulgaria will be one of the three countries that Poland will promote on its tourism market

Minister of Tourism Hristo Prodanov opened a Bulgarian-Polish business forum with a focus on tourism in Warsaw. Minister Prodanov was on a visit to Poland, during which he met with Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, Secretary of State for Tourism in the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland.

“I hope COVID-19 is now behind us and never comes back so we are free to work and travel. An additional negative impact in our region is the war in Ukraine. My main mission today is to assure the Polish people that Bulgaria is a safe destination. I assure that your compatriots will spend a peaceful and memorable holiday,” Minister Prodanov said in his address.

“We have always been happy when Polish tourists visit us. As a result of the bilateral agreement signed in 2021 and the opening of our tourist office in Warsaw, our bilateral relations are developing well. I see the potential for good prospects for development,” the Bulgarian minister added. He invited Secretary of State Andrzej Gut-Mostowy to visit Bulgaria, during which a business forum will be held.

On his part, Gut-Mostowy expressed readiness to conduct an extensive media and advertising campaign for Bulgaria in Poland. He added that he would make efforts to develop trade and tourism relations successfully. Bulgaria will be one of the three countries to be promoted on the tourism market in Poland. “Thank you for the invitation, we are ready to participate in a tourism and economic mission to Bulgaria,” said Secretary of State Gut-Mostowy. 

Minister Prodanov added that Bulgaria could draw experience from Poland regarding a fund to guarantee trips and the introduction of a voucher programme for children’s holidays, which is also part of the government’s management programme. According to Gut-Mostowy, Poland’s guarantee fund is one of the most efficient in the tourism industry. “The decision to introduce holiday vouchers has no equivalent. The amount earmarked for tourism vouchers amounts to more than EUR 1 billion. Every Polish child can use a tourist voucher throughout the year,” the Secretary of State added.

During his visit to Warsaw, Minister Prodanov awarded the Honorary Consul of Bulgaria for the Katowice region Janusz Zaton with the honorary sign “Ambassador of Destination Bulgaria” for his contribution to the development of the bilateral relations in tourism. The forum was also attended by H. E. Margarita Ganeva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Poland, Deputy Minister of Tourism prof. Mariela Modeva and Nikolay Kostov, Tourism Counsellor at our Embassy.

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