Possibility for beach concessions and ski slopes to move on to the Ministry of Tourism is considered

17 December 2014

The possibility to move on the  beaches concessions and ski slopes under  the  management  of the Ministry of Tourism is under consideration, announced the Minister in charge Nikolina Angelkova responding to a  MP’s question  during Blitz Control within the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism. The question is being discussed with the Deputy Minister in charge and the ministers of the cabinet, announced Angelkova. This is a process that could be implemented at the earliest in late 2015 or the beginning of 2016, it became clear from her words.

Angelkova told the Members of Parliament that her team is working to clarify the legal status of national resorts as to target optimization of their management without making an impression that these are "feeders" of any governments. This will explain where the tourist tax collected by the municipalities would be allocated to ensure funds spending for tourist infrastructure. Regarding the clarification of the legal status of national resorts, Minister Angelkova said that the issue will be also discussed by the group of experts set up for that purpose to the National Tourism Council.

She recalled the idea of establishing a National Fund  for Tourist Infrastructure and Tourist Attractions  to finance  projects for infrastructure, water treatment plants, sign-plates,  which could not be funded thorough other sources.

The Minister said that talks with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affair have been already held in order to find out the best option for facilitating  the procedures for issuing  tourist visas, which meets  both the national and European legislation,  and  the national security as well. Angelkova said multiple-entry visas for Turkish citizens wishing to visit Bulgaria in the winter season have been already issued and the procedure takes three days if no additional information regarding the particular person is needed.

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