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Minister Discusses Winter Tourism in Bulgaria with Czech Representatives
2021-11-18T13:42:00
Tourism Minister Stela Baltova had a working meeting with representatives of the Czech Tour perators  Association led by its CEO Michal Weber. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Tourism Minister Irena Georgieva.Minister Baltova said Czechia is among the leading inbound tourism markets for Bulgaria. Some 34,000 holiday-makers from the Central European country visited Bulgaria in the summer of 2020,  and 88,000 came in the summer of 2021, she said.The Minister noted that her country boasts the best winter resorts in the Balkans, and encouraged Czech tourists to come and see for themselves. She added that Bulgaria also offers other types of tourism such as cultural, historical, SPA, wellness, wine and food tourism. She singled out thepossibilities for health tourism, including balneotherapy, climate therapy and post-COVID recovery, golf and other tourist packages. Baltova underlined the possibility to combine a ski holiday with SPA, cultural and historical tourism.The minister assured the Czech tour operators that Bulgaria is taking all necessary precautions against COVID. She stressed that local COVID vaccination levels are going up.The guests raised questions about advertising Bulgaria on the Czech market, free movement and tourist site accessibility. They  asked for more information from the Tourism Ministry aboutsummer 2022. The sides discussed Bulgarian marketing initiatives  for the Czech market and measures to support the tourist business, including emergency legislation.Emergency legislation may target the reinstatement of an aid scheme under which tour operators received 35 euro for every occupied seat on charter flights to Bulgaria. The scheme wasterminated on September 16 after Bulgaria revised its state budget for 2021. As the scheme was redesigned, it requires a new  procedure for notification to the European Commission.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-discusses-winter-tourism-bulgaria-czech-representatives
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tourism.government.bg:9559:2021-11-18T13:42:00
Three ministries are joining forces to develop the cultural, creative and recreational industries
2021-11-11T16:27:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova, the Minister of Economy Daniela Vezieva and the Deputy Minister of Culture Borislava Taneva held a meeting to discuss the possibility of signing an agreement to unite the efforts of the three ministries for the development of cultural, creative and recreational industries.Its aim is to develop a framework for long-term administrative relations, mutual exchange of information and the creation of an effective mechanism for coordination between the parties. At the meeting, concrete steps and actions were agreed for the implementation of joint activities for prioritization of these industries, which would improve access and funding opportunities in the cultural, creative and recreational sectors.“We offer an innovative approach to the cultural, creative and recreational industries. The idea is to make a working mechanism with concrete steps and actions in order to prioritize these industries”, said the Minister of Economy, host of the meeting. According to her, they are a priority in the next programming period, as well as in the Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization 2021-2027, in which the potential for growth is greatest and support should be directed there.“The innovative strategy for smart specialization must take on new dimensions. Digitalization, artificial intelligence and innovation open up completely new opportunities for development – such as building a virtual reality that recreates our cultural and historical heritage,” said Minister of Tourism Dr. Stela Baltova.She pointed out that we have a large resource and variety of tourist products, many archaeological, ethnological, historical sites, religious sites and cultural institutions – museums, galleries, community centers, and many events related to intangible heritage, which are held throughout the year.“In Bulgaria there is a rich cultural, event, festival tourism, which attracts many visitors and at the same time covers a wide range of activities in the field of art, cultural heritage and cultural and creative industries. Within this environment, with their participation, tourists and the local population themselves create culture and become a real part of it, bringing added value to this “creative” tourism,” said Minister Baltova.During the meeting, the parties expressed the conviction that the intensive interaction between economy, culture and tourism is an engine for the economic growth of Bulgaria and it is necessary to strengthen the coordination between them. An agreement is to be signed, with the three ministries making a clear commitment, based on an integrated approach, to ensure sustainable conditions for current and future cultural, creative and recreational industries.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/three-ministries-are-joining-forces-develop-cultural-creative-and-recreational
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tourism.government.bg:9535:2021-11-11T16:27:00
London: Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva discussed with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Ersoy the readiness of the countries to cooperate even more closely in tourism
2021-11-02T17:02:00
During the 41st edition of the international travel exhibition World Travel Market in London, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva met with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Ersoy. The two discussed opportunities for joint actions and initiatives between the two countries in support of tourism.Minister Ersoy raised the issue of the accelerated issuance of visas for Turkish tourists visiting Bulgaria. Deputy Minister Georgieva assured that the Bulgarian winter resorts are ready to welcome their guests from our southern neighbor, offering safety and secure conditions. For his part, Minister Mehmet Ersoy expressed readiness to increase the tourist visits of travelers from Turkey to destinations in Bulgaria, not only during the upcoming winter season.During the meeting, Turkish Minister Mehmet Ersoy and Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva discussed the prospects for joint marketing activities between the countries, as well as Bulgaria’s upcoming participation in the EMITT exhibition in Istanbul, which will take place in February 2022.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/london-deputy-minister-irena-georgieva-discussed-minister-culture-and-tourism
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tourism.government.bg:9534:2021-11-02T17:02:00
The Ministry of Tourism participates in the international travel exhibition World Travel Market in London
2021-11-01T16:26:00
Today the 41st edition of the international travel exhibition World Travel Market in London was opened, which this year is held in a hybrid format – present from 1 to 3 November 2021 and virtually in the period 8-9 November. A total of eight co-exhibitors – tour operators and two municipalities – Sofia Municipality and Varna – are presented at the national stand together with the Ministry of Tourism. The United Kingdom is one of the priority markets for our country, and Bulgaria’s participation is in line with the National Tourism Advertising Program in 2021. A team of the Ministry of Tourism, led by Deputy Minister Irena Georgieva, took part in the exhibition. meetings with some of the leading tour operators on the UK market.World Travel Market / WTM / is the largest exchange for professionals in the tourism industry and the second largest tourism exhibition in the world after ITB – Berlin. Traditionally, the forum gathers tens of thousands of visitors – professionals in the field of tourism. All participants – both visitors and exhibitors represent a wide variety of companies and sectors, products, services of workers in the tourism industry.Our country is known among the citizens of Great Britain as a destination offering mainly vacations at sea and ski vacations. In 2021, the trend was confirmed among British tourists vacationing outside their country to choose a well-known destination, with 53% of them believing that testing for COVID-19 when traveling abroad is very important for their safety (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/leisureandtourism/bulletins/attitudestowardscovid19amongpassengersarrivingintotheukfebruary2021tojune2021/september2021#main-points). In this regard, Bulgaria has great potential to increase the number of trips from the UK for cultural tours, spas and wellness, combined sea and mountain tours and other specialized forms of tourism such as eco and rural tourism, adventure, golf, business and congress tourism / MICE /, festival and others, which will be presented on the Bulgarian stand in front of the thousands of spectators during the tourist exhibition.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-participates-international-travel-exhibition-world-travel-market
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tourism.government.bg:9533:2021-11-01T16:26:00
Minister Baltova discussed the health protocol with the winter resorts and presented the rules for application of anti-epidemic measures
2021-10-30T09:22:00
At an online meeting with representatives of winter ski resorts in Bulgaria, the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova presented the Rules for implementing anti-epidemic measures in carrying out tourist activities during the winter season 2021/2022 and discussed the drafted Health Protocol for the winter season. Its coordination with the Ministry of Health is forthcoming and it will be finally approved within days.“The measures for the winter tourist season are in line with the anti-epidemic measures introduced by the orders of the Minister of Health, and the key goal of the protocol is to ensure maximum protection of the health of tourists during the winter,” said Minister Baltova. She presented to the participants the main measures that the accommodation must take, namely the wearing of a mask by employees and visitors, regulation and control of the flow of guests in the hotel, the placement of information boards and others.“It is necessary to follow the orders of the Minister of Health and the prescriptions of the respective RHI,” explained Minister Baltova.The protocols clearly set out the rules for gondola lifts, chair lifts and ski lifts. At this stage, the season is expected to begin without the requirement to present a green certificate for access of tourists to ski facilities.During the meeting the practices in foreign winter tourist destinations were presented and discussed, as well as the procedures in case of coronavirus viral infection in a guest at the accommodation.For their part, the representatives of our winter resorts thanked Minister Baltova and her team for listening to their ideas and recommendations. They expressed their concerns in the context of the pandemic, shared practices and assured that this year they will take all measures and actions that will benefit the health of tourists and that would allow them to work without restrictions.During the meeting, the participants were presented with the results of a representative survey of the attitudes of Bulgarians towards the upcoming winter season and their intention to rest. 74% of the adult population of Bulgaria assesses the potential of our winter tourism as good – according to nearly a million and a half Bulgarians the conditions for accommodation, infrastructure and specialized facilities offered in our country are “definitely good”, and according to 2.7 million the assessment is “rather good.” A little over half of the respondents – 54.6%, are of the opinion that the Bulgarian winter resorts are making progress and improvement in the offered conditions for tourism.In the midst of the fourth COVID wave, 730 thousand adult Bulgarians (12.8%) say they plan at least one tourist trip or vacation in the upcoming winter season 2021/22.The findings also show that traditionally travel as a “tourist” is more prevalent among residents of the capital and regional cities. The main concerns are related to the financial factor and the COVID-19 virus to a relatively close degree.Nearly 5 percent of Bulgarians have the inclination to travel abroad, regardless of the pandemic situation in which we are.Regarding the duration and the allocated budget for winter vacation, for the season 2021/22 the intention is on average for 6 days to use a tourist service of some type with a budget of BGN 1,330 on average. About 260 thousand Bulgarians are looking for vacations within BGN 1,000, and a little over 70 thousand are looking for a budget of over BGN 2,500.The greatest potential for the tourism sector at the moment is represented by people aged 18-44, who form 80% of the category of actively seeking suitable offers. 37% of them are in the category with 2-3 thousand BGN monthly household income.In general, when planning their vacation, the Bulgarian is largely guided by his direct impressions – 36% indicate as an important factor in choosing a recommendation from relatives and acquaintances, and 34% rely on direct, personal impressions of a particular place.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-discussed-health-protocol-winter-resorts-and-presented-rules
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tourism.government.bg:9532:2021-10-30T09:22:00
Minister Baltova held a working meeting with leading Polish tour operators before the start of the winter season
2021-10-27T16:42:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova held a working meeting with leading Polish tour operators. The talks were attended by Deputy Ministers of Tourism Irena Georgieva and Maria Belkoleva.Minister Baltova stated that tourism has been raised as a priority by the Caretaker Government and is constantly working for its development, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. According to her, Poland is among the top 10 countries for inbound tourism in Bulgaria. She cites data according to which in 2019 about 421 thousand Polish tourists visited Bulgaria.After the overall decline in 2020 due to the pandemic, Poland was one of the surprises last summer, after ranking in the top 3 in foreign markets and recorded a growth of 96% of Polish tourists in Bulgaria compared to summer 2020.At the same time, for the summer season 2021 our country was third in sales on the Polish market for organized trips through tour operator services.“Even in October we have flights from Poland. You know that Bulgaria is a well-known destination for Polish citizens and we would like to invite them to our ski resorts, as well as spa and wellness destinations,” the Minister told the leading tour operators on the Polish market. According to her, the citizens of the Central European country can become acquainted with our centuries-old history, rich culture or enjoy a spa and balneal vacation, as our country has more than 600 mineral springs.Minister Baltova assured the representatives of the Polish companies that the Ministry of Tourism maintains constant contact with the health authorities and monitors the development of the pandemic. She assured that Bulgaria is taking all necessary anti-epidemic measures in order to provide optimal support for the sector, as well as to ensure maximum safety for the guests in the conditions of the ongoing pandemic.Deputy Minister Georgieva acquainted the Polish tour operators with the current conditions that came into force with the introduction of the green certificate and explained that within days the so-called Health protocol for work in tourist sites.The Polish representatives announced that they currently offer various tourist packages – ski vacations, spa vacations, as well as many other different opportunities for tourism. They also shared that this year the summer season was long, lasting until mid-October, and the registrations for the upcoming winter season are going very well. Tour operators expressed optimism and confidence that next year’s season will be even more successful than summer 2021.Another important topic of the meeting was the ways to enter the country – according to them, it is extremely important that the rules are not changed so that there is predictability and registrations are not interrupted, as well as the outflow of tourists.During the discussion, upcoming marketing activities that the Ministry of Tourism is planning for the Polish market were discussed, as well as the measures that are being taken to support the tourism business.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-held-working-meeting-leading-polish-tour-operators-start-winter
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tourism.government.bg:9531:2021-10-27T16:42:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova and the leading Russian tour operators discussed the upcoming winter season and current issues for tourists from the Russian market
2021-10-22T18:45:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova held a nearly two-hour meeting with leading Russian tour operators operating in the Russian market. The talks were attended by Deputy Ministers of Tourism Irena Georgieva and Maria Belkoleva.“This meeting is being held at a difficult time for all, but we are determined to work together to deal with the problems during the pandemic,” said Minister Baltova at the beginning of the meeting. The topic of conversation was the upcoming winter and summer season 2022.“In the last 10-15 years, there has been a tendency for the tourism sector to develop rapidly, making Bulgaria a preferred year-round destination offering a high quality and diverse tourism product, and Russia has always been a priority market and partner,” said Minister Baltova.From the beginning of the year to the end of September, over 31,000 Russian tourists have visited Bulgaria, 85% of them during the summer season. Leading destinations were Sofia and Varna – with about and over 6900 tourists from Russia, followed by Nessebar – with over 4 thousand, Balchik, Burgas and Plovdiv. For the period from January to August, however, according to border authorities, the number of Russian tourists visiting our country is significantly higher – over 85 thousand. Minister Baltova pointed out that the most important task before us is to restore the flow of tourists to the levels before the pandemic, when in 2019 their number was 450 thousand. Of the winter destinations, the most preferred for Russian guests are Bansko, Sofia, Samokov, Smolyan and Chepelare, the minister said. She assured that Bulgaria is taking all necessary anti-epidemic measures in order to provide optimal support for the sector, as well as to ensure maximum safety for the guests in the conditions of the ongoing pandemic. Minister Baltova acquainted the Russian tour operators with the current conditions that came into force with the introduction of the green certificate and announced that next week the Health Protocol for work in Bulgarian tourist sites will be fully ready.Russian officials expressed satisfaction with the resumption of flights between the two countries, but requested charter flights, including to Plovdiv airport for the winter season. Optimism was expressed regarding the upcoming winter season. Another important topic of the meeting was the visa regime – it was requested to be eased, as well as the introduction of multiple three-year visas. Russian tour operators have expressed concern and asked for details on how to enter the country and the use of the green certificate for access to various sites and public places in the country. The representatives of the leading tour operators expressed a desire for even closer cooperation in the field of marketing in positioning Bulgaria on the Russian market. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-tourism-stela-baltova-and-leading-russian-tour-operators-discussed
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tourism.government.bg:9530:2021-10-22T18:45:00
Bulgaria has been selected as an Honored Country at the 8th Athens International Tourism & Culture Expo 2021
2021-10-21T15:00:00
Bulgaria has been chosen an Honored Country at the 8th Athens International Tourism & Culture Expo 2021, which will be held in Athens, Greece from November 25-27, 2021.For the first time the Ministry of Tourism organized the participation of the Republic of Bulgaria with an information stand on an area of 88 sq. m. The interest of the Bulgarian tourism sector to participate in the stand of Bulgaria is great, as seven companies, municipalities and organizations have so far: Bansko Municipality, Festivals in Bulgaria Association, Prevention, Rehabilitation and Recreation EAD, Ravadinovo Castle – In Love with the Wind, Rila Travel EOOD, Grand Hotel Bansko and Hotel Regnum – Bansko.8th Athens International Tourism & Culture Expo 2021 is the largest international tourism exhibition in Athens, which annually features exhibitors from all tourism sectors in Greece and abroad.This year over 120 exhibitors from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark and others will take part, and 150 international buyers from 50 countries (Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, Russia, Turkey, the USA and Canada) will take part in b2b meetings with exhibitors. The exhibition will offer an opportunity for all participants to increase their contacts, build new business partnerships and discover new destinations. The event will cover the tourist categories: Leisure, Luxury Tourism and Business Tourism (MICE) with an emphasis on cultural tourism.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition will be held in a hybrid form – on site and online. Through a virtual stand, each online visitor will have the opportunity to make a one-click teleconference meeting with exhibitors.Bulgaria and Greece are developing active cooperation in the field of tourism. Greece is the main target market for Bulgaria, and in 2019, it ranks second in the number of tourist visits in our country (over 1,100,000). Given the pandemic and anti-epidemic measures, visits from all markets, including Greece, have decreased significantly since the beginning of 2020, but are gradually recovering in 2021. Greece continues to be in the top 10 markets with the largest inflow of tourists to the country us.Bulgaria attracts Greek tourists mainly with winter holidays (skiing and snowboarding) and balneo and spa combined with health tourism. Summer vacations are also among the choices of our neighbors, followed by visits to acquaintances, as well as the practice of eco and rural tourism.        In 2020, the Ministry of Tourism launched an integrated communication campaign on the Greek market with a horizon of 2021, and in the period January – March 2021 a television and digital advertising campaign was implemented on the Greek market. Next month there will be a new TV and online advertisement of Bulgaria in Greece with a focus on the upcoming winter season and the safe conditions for vacation in our country.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-has-been-selected-honored-country-8th-athens-international-tourism-culture
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tourism.government.bg:9529:2021-10-21T15:00:00
Bulgaria participates in the largest golf exhibition IGTM, which opened today in the UK
2021-10-19T17:38:00
The Ministry of Tourism organizes the national presentation of Bulgaria at the International Tourism Travel Market / IGTM /, which takes place in the period 18-21.10.2021. This is the largest event in the tourism golf industry and is held every year in a different destination.  Since 1998, the event has been held in 10 countries, including the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, and South Africa, in various locations in Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, the United States and Morocco.Golf tourism is among the fastest growing market niches in the world and among the leading specialized types of tourism in Bulgaria, aimed at solvent tourists from neighboring markets, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, Finland, Russia, Benelux and other target markets. Our country has great potential for development and is increasingly mentioned as one of the good destinations for golf tourism in Europe.This year’s International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) is being held at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales, and UK. The Bulgarian information stand of the Ministry of Tourism and the interested exhibitors has an area of 48 square meters.This is another step in support of the sustainable policy of the Ministry of Tourism to respond to the changes in the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to work to support the sector, promoting the benefits of destination Bulgaria. At the same time, it promotes the various types of tourism and the opportunities that Bulgaria offers as a safe, secure and sustainable destination with a security seal from the World Tourism Council.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-participates-largest-golf-exhibition-igtm-which-opened-today-uk
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tourism.government.bg:9528:2021-10-19T17:38:00
Minister Baltova discussed the upcoming winter season for tourists from Great Britain with Balkan Holidays
2021-10-14T20:12:00
The Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova and a team from the Ministry of Tourism held an online meeting in which they discussed the upcoming winter season and the conditions for entry into the country of tourists from Great Britain with representatives of Balkan Holidays.Minister Baltova highlighted the importance of Great Britain for winter tourism in our country and stressed that Bulgaria will present itself as a safe destination, in terms of providing good conditions and compliance with all anti-epidemic measures in the resorts.“We look forward to English tourists coming to our country. We have instructions for the operation of the winter resorts in the conditions of COVID-19, and next week the so-called Health Protocol developed by the Ministry of Tourism,” she added. The health protocol will be available on the website of the National Tourist Portal with up-to-date information on travel conditions, measures in accommodation and meals, which will ensure the safety of tourists.Representatives of the big tour operator Balkan Holidays, which this year marks 55 years of presence on the Bulgarian market, also said that the UK market is extremely important for Bulgaria and over the years our country has been used as the most affordable destination for skiing and snowboarding. “Our price-package-service has always been at a fairly high level, and most of our customers are tourists who return year after year in Bulgaria,” they said. According to them, thanks to word of mouth advertising, our ski resorts have managed to become even more popular. Destination Bulgaria is a preferred place mainly by young people and families with children who come to study in winter sports, said the representatives of the tour operator.During the meeting, the advertising and marketing campaigns undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism in the UK market were also discussed, in relation to the current epidemic situation and the opening of our borders to tourists from the island. The Ministry will participate in the upcoming major exhibitions – The International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) and The World Travel Market (WTM). Large-scale advertising campaigns are also being undertaken on BBC, National Geographic and 24 Kitchen, as well as on their digital platforms.Minister Baltova and the experts from the ministry discussed with Balkan Holidays the measures in support of the business that the Bulgarian government is taking to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.They also discussed the place and ways to support the tourism sector in the Recovery and Sustainability Plan, which the cabinet approved today and Bulgaria will submit to Brussels tomorrow.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-discussed-upcoming-winter-season-tourists-great-britain-balkan
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tourism.government.bg:9527:2021-10-14T20:12:00
The Ministry of Tourism organizes an online business meeting with the tourist attachés of Bulgaria
2021-10-11T20:37:00
A team of the Ministry of Tourism organized an online meeting with the business, where they presented the work of the tourist attachés of Bulgaria. The current tourist representatives of our country are Katya Zhekova – Attaché for Tourism in Russia, Plamen Bakalov – for Germany and Nikolai Kostov, who is responsible for the Visegrad Four and works in Warsaw.In her words to the participants, Minister Baltova expressed the readiness of the Ministry to assist in the implementation of these important business contacts and assured that the tourist representatives of our country are ready to serve the business, calling on its representatives not to hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity.One of the main tasks of the tourist representation is to regularly and systematically provide reliable and useful information to the tourist business, as well as to end users and tourist offices. This was assured by Katya Zhekova and informed the participants in the virtual meeting that our representative office in Moscow is an associate member of the prestigious Russian organization of tour operators ATOR and actively works to promote the Bulgarian tourist product. At the end of November, there will be a webinar dedicated to the winter season, focusing on the combination of skiing, spa and cultural tourism.Plamen Bakalov announced the preparations for Bulgaria’s upcoming participation in the international tourist exhibition Touristik & Caravaning, which will be held in Leipzig in mid-November, he also spoke about the upcoming plans, trends and innovations. The business was informed that a press release will be distributed in leading German media, which will promote the opportunities for different types of tourism not only in our winter resorts, but also in smaller Bulgarian cities and municipalities.Nikolay Kostov informed that the interest of the Polish market in Bulgaria is great and it is being transferred to the winter season. This summer our country was third in sales on the Polish market for organized trips through tour operator services. The realization of a complete image television advertisement of Bulgaria in Poland as an attractive and safe destination for tourism and investments is currently being prepared.The representatives of the business expressed satisfaction with the meeting, which is initiated in a similar format for the first time and asked for the joint work to continue, expanding in the direction of interaction with the trade attachés. They also asked travel agents to share with them information on how other competing countries are advertising in foreign markets.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-organizes-online-business-meeting-tourist-attaches-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:9526:2021-10-11T20:37:00
On the eve of the winter season, the Caretaker Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stela Baltova and the Head of State Rumen Radev talked with the tourism business in Bansko
2021-10-07T20:00:00
Bansko is one of the faces of Bulgarian tourism. Therefore, it is of great importance to preserve the nature in the area so that it can be most effectively used for the development of tourism and the economic opportunities of the city. This was stated by President Rumen Radev during a meeting with the Mayor of Bansko Ivan Kadev and representatives of his team, which was attended by the Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova and the Regional Governor of Blagoevgrad Nikolay Shushkov. Later, they participated in a meeting with representatives of local authorities, businesses and members of the public from the region.The financial investments in tourism are insignificant against the background of the investment policy of the state, but they are of great importance for the development of many economic spheres, the President emphasized. According to him, in addition to establishing Bansko as a European destination for winter sports, the region has huge potential for the development of cultural, historical, spa, culinary and mountain tourism.Tourism was one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic, but it can become an engine for the country’s economic recovery, said Minister Baltova. She stressed that the recovery of the sector continues thanks to the efforts of business and socio-economic measures taken by the state to support it.Representatives of local authorities and businesses pointed out the significant limitations in the conditions of a pandemic as the main problems. One of the negative consequences of them is the significant increase in unemployment in the region, due to the quarantine and blockade imposed last year on the city, which is the economic center of the region. They also called for the timely announcement of the health measures that will be applied during the upcoming winter tourist season, as well as for the access of foreign tourists to Bulgaria. The issues of providing timely assistance to the business due to the increase in electricity prices, as well as the construction of a second line of the gondola lift of Bansko in compliance with all environmental requirements were also raised.Easing the visa regime for foreign citizens, charter flights and stepping up the fight against unfair competition in the tourism sector were also among the measures proposed by the business during their meeting with the head of state, Minister Baltova and representatives of municipal and regional authorities.Minister Baltova stated that the Ministry of Tourism maintains constant contact with the tourism business and makes every effort to bring the sector out of this unprecedented situation in which it is placed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to her, Bansko is a leading destination for ski tourism in Bulgaria and a year-round place for recreation and vacation. She cites data according to which from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of September inclusive, more than 170 thousand tourists from Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, France, the Czech Republic and etc., and the number of nights during the summer months exceeds the same period of 2019.The Ministry of Tourism is launching an active campaign in the markets from which tourists are expected during the winter season, as well as frequent online meetings with leading tour operators. The campaign focuses on Bulgaria’s opportunities for a safe vacation and the combination of mountain / winter tourism with specialized forms of tourism such as cultural, health, balneal and spa tourism, wine and culinary tourism and others, said Minister Baltova at the meeting in Bansko.She expressed hope that Czech tourists will return, tourists from neighboring countries are expected, as well as from Israel, Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and others. “We are currently working actively to achieve reciprocity with the Israeli market, and the responsibility for the final decision lies with the health authorities,” the minister said. Rescue measures must continue for the sector as they continue to evolve as a function of the rapidly changing epidemiological situation and the respective restrictive conditions imposed by destinations and markets. The official cabinet is working very intensively in this direction, said Minister Baltova.At the same time, in response to a question posed by business, the head of state called for strengthening control over European funding in the tourism sector after the disclosure of abuses in the construction of guest houses, but to preserve the potential of this financial instrument for the development of sector.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/eve-winter-season-caretaker-minister-tourism-assoc-prof-stela-baltova-and-head
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tourism.government.bg:9525:2021-10-07T20:00:00
The Ministry of Tourism participates in the International Tourism Travel Market / IFTM TOP RESA / in Paris
2021-10-06T14:59:00
Ministry of Tourism participates in the international tourism exhibition International French Travel Market / IFTM TOP RESA / in Paris, France, which takes place from 5 to 8 October.At the exhibition, our country is presented with a stand of 44 sq. m., with the participation of two tourism companies together with the Ministry of Tourism.The exhibition is being held for the first time since 2019, after a break due to the pandemic.In 2021, destinations such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland and others are participating.France is one of the important markets for the tourism sector in our country, and the data show that from the beginning of 2021 to September 10 in the accommodation in Bulgaria spent about 40 thousand French tourists, their growth compared to the same period in 2020 is about 90%.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-participates-international-tourism-travel-market-iftm-top-resa
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tourism.government.bg:9524:2021-10-06T14:59:00
With great interest the largest autumn tourism exhibition UITM in Ukraine, Bulgaria was opened, with an award for the most creative stand
2021-10-05T19:51:00
Today, with great interest, the largest autumn tourism exhibition UITM was opened in Kiev, Ukraine. The event has been held since 1993, and since 2007, Bulgaria has participated in the stock exchange annually.At UITM 2021, our country is presented with an information stand with an increased area of 54 sq.m. Apart from the Ministry of Tourism as the main organizer of the Bulgarian stand, two tour operators will also take part. On the first day of the exhibition, the Bulgarian stand was awarded for the most creative design.The traditional exhibition continues to advertise Bulgaria on the Ukrainian market as an attractive tourist destination and a place for year-round recreation, and the focus of Bulgarian participation this fall is “ski vacation in Bulgaria” and “New Year’s programs”.Our presentation at this international tourism exhibition helps to promote the innovations in the Bulgarian tourist offer and to strengthen Bulgaria’s position as a tourist destination on the Ukrainian market, as the main demand from Ukrainian tourists is for summer and winter holidays, spa treatments and cultural trips.Ukraine is a generating market for Bulgaria, as for the period from January to mid-September 2021 the number of Ukrainian tourists spending the night in accommodation in Bulgaria is over 100 thousand, and their increase compared to the same period in 2020 is more than 2 times.The policy of the Bulgarian government in recent years is aimed precisely at creating favorable conditions for the tourism business to find adequate market approaches and meet consumer expectations. We also expect the large tour operators that offer on the Ukrainian market to find appropriate mechanisms to expand the offer and offer the full range of opportunities provided by our country.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/great-interest-largest-autumn-tourism-exhibition-uitm-ukraine-bulgaria-was-opened
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tourism.government.bg:9523:2021-10-05T19:51:00
The Ministry of Tourism participates in the International Tourism Exhibition “EXPOTRAVEL 2021” in Ekaterinburg, Russia
2021-10-05T19:46:00
The Ministry of Tourism participated in the International Tourism Exhibition “EXPOTRAVEL 2021”, which was held in Ekaterinburg, Russia in the period 1-2 October 2021.The EXPOTRAVEL 2021 exhibition is the largest autumn exhibition in the Ural Federal District, with the participation of leading tour operators from Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, the Ural Federal District, as well as national tourist representations of other countries in Russia. The exhibition included 100 participants from 10 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Abkhazia, and the Dominican Republic) and 15 regions of the Russian Federation.The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria was represented by the Deputy Minister of Tourism Maria Belkoleva, who participated in the official opening ceremony of the International Tourism Exhibition “EXPOTRAVEL 2021”. She presented Bulgaria as a safe and sought-after destination by Russian tourists, as well as opportunities for recreation, health promotion and active recreation throughout the year. This happened during the Plenary Session, at the International Conference for the Development of Balneotourism Thermal Travel SPA, as well as at the Round Table for the Development of Active Tourism.The Deputy Minister of Tourism talks with the Deputy Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Pavel Krekov. The two stated the desire of their countries to intensify the tourist exchange between Bulgaria and the Sverdlovsk region, outlining future joint actions.During her visit, Belkoleva also held a working meeting with the Deputy Minister of International and Foreign Economic Relations of the Sverdlovsk Region Lyudmila Berg. The two discussed various topics related to charter flights, vaccination and the possibility of opening additional consulates in Russia.During her meetings held within the exhibition, Deputy Minister Belkoleva presented the Ministry of Tourism as an important factor in establishing Bulgaria as a calm and safe tourist destination, the measures it takes and the control it organizes, to create a safe and comfortable environment for recreation of the guests, who have chosen Bulgaria as a place for recreation in 2021.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-participates-international-tourism-exhibition-expotravel-2021
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tourism.government.bg:9522:2021-10-05T19:46:00
Urgent actions of the Ministry of Tourism in connection with the suspended “State aid for tour operators who use air carriers with a valid operating license to perform charter flights to the Republic of Bulgaria for tourism, for the period from 01.06.2021
2021-10-04T15:45:00
As promulgated in the State Gazette No.77 of 16 September 2021 the Amendments to the Law on the State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria for 2021 forced the Ministry of Tourism to terminate the application process under Phase III of the procedure for granting “State aid for tour operators who use air carriers with a valid operating license to perform charter flights to the Republic of Bulgaria for tourism, for the period from 01.06.2021 to 31.12.2021”The Ministry of Tourism envisages the resumption of the scheme by the submission of a proposal from the Council of Ministers for a legislative change, which would repeal the text of Art. 26 para 1 promulgated on 16.09.2021.This foreseen change will restore the scheme for tour operators that use air carriers with a valid operating license to operate charter flights to the Republic of Bulgaria for tourism purposes, without the requirement for the use of Bulgarian airlines.Despite the termination of Phase III, the period for which the state aid was notified (01 June - 30 November) will be included in the renewed scheme after the legislative change to the Law on the Measures and Actions during the state of emergency, announced by a decision of the National Assembly of 13 March 2020 and to overcome the consequences. In this way the negative consequences of the currently amended text of Art. 26 para 1 will be overcome.The Ministry of Tourism will use all possible means to maintain and implement the state aid for tour operators that use air carriers with a valid operating license to operate charter flights to the Republic of Bulgaria for tourism purposes because the scheme is an important part of the overall package of measures to encourage the travel to Bulgaria and to restore the position of your country as a preferred all-year-round destination.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/urgent-actions-ministry-tourism-connection-suspended-state-aid-tour-operators-who
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tourism.government.bg:9387:2021-10-04T15:45:00
Tourism for Inclusive Growth 2021: we celebrate September 27 – World Tourism Day
2021-09-27T08:16:00
DEAR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,DEAR COLLEAGUES AND PARTNERS,DEAR GUESTS OF BULGARIA,I congratulate you on the World Tourism Day – September 27, which is celebrated for the 41st time under the auspices of the World Tourism Organization at the United Nations. For the second year in a row, we celebrate the holiday during a global pandemic, challenges and unprecedented pressure on the entire tourism sector.As Minister of Tourism, I stand behind everyone working in the tourism business, so that we can work together to minimize the negative consequences for tourism in the most favorable way and to continue to build on what has been achieved before COVID-19.I take this opportunity to thank all Bulgarian and foreign tourists who, despite the restrictions, chose our country for their vacation. Despite the dynamic and unpredictable environment, we can say that we end the summer season 2021 with optimism and hope that the viability of the sector is restored. Only in the period May – 10.09.2021, over 4 million tourists preferred our beautiful Bulgaria, which combines a palette of natural resources, ancient and rich cultural and historical heritage, hospitality, healing power and true diversity of the tourist product. 2021 is far more difficult for tourism than 2020. With the support of the state in preserving employment and supporting the tourism sector, and through the professionalism, dedication and entrepreneurial risk of the Bulgarian tourism business, we managed to restore 70 percent of the levels before the unprecedented crisis in tourism caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which we had in the summer of 2019. We have also achieved growth for summer tourism of 70% compared to 2020. A challenging winter season 2021/2022 awaits us, but with joint efforts, discipline and dedication we will ensure a safe and healthy environment on which our success depends.The achievements of the Bulgarian business in the sector in this difficult period are only a small step on the way to building a modern, green, vibrant, innovative image of the Bulgarian tourism. I am convinced that we can and we will make more important and decisive steps on the existing path.Because the main goal of tourism is to create emotion and experiences, to create beautiful and exciting memories for a lifetime in the life of each of us and to give us health and a sense of fulfillment. Moreover – because our homeland is extremely rich and beautiful.The tourism industry is among the most powerful levers to stimulate the planet’s economy and I am sure that it is the tourism sector, although the worst affected by the pandemic, that will revitalize the economies and help create a better and more sustainable way of life. It is no coincidence that this year World Tourism Day is marked by the motto “Tourism for Inclusive Growth” – with the message that by developing tourism, we help every business – from the smallest in the community to the most global company on our beautiful planet. Finally yet importantly, tourism is what can bring curiosity and peace to even the most opposing cultures and societies. Thank you for your efforts during this difficult year. I believe that better times are ahead and together – business and state, we will find the right way to deal with each challenge. To say with a smile and pride to our future guests: “Welcome to my Bulgaria!”I WISH YOU HEALTH AND HIGH ACHIEVEMENTS!HAPPY HOLIDAY!STELLA BALTOVAMinister of Tourism
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tourism-inclusive-growth-2021-we-celebrate-september-27-world-tourism-day
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tourism.government.bg:9376:2021-09-27T08:16:00
Minister Baltova talked to Patricia Schultz, American writer and author of the bestseller “1,000 places to see before you die”
2021-09-26T12:46:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova talked to Patricia Schultz, American writer and author of the world bestseller “1,000 places to see before you die”. The book has been translated into dozens of languages and sold millions of copies.Patricia Schultz has traveled around the world as a journalist for more than 25 years and has published her experiences in various travel magazines and travel guides. She invests all her experience so far in this book, which took her 7 years to write.Minister Baltova presented before her guest the opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria, highlighting some of the most interesting facts about Bulgaria.Our country is very rich in mineral springs and offers opportunities for spa treatment, which is why many visitors come to us, the minister explained. Bulgaria has the hottest geyser in Europe – in Sapareva Banya, which is 103 degrees and the highest mountain peak in the Balkans – Musala, she told about the climatic treatment in Bulgaria. The Rose Valley is one of our symbols and that is why our tourist logo is a rose, and for several years, Bulgaria has been a world leader in lavender production. And more interesting facts that Minister Baltova shared with her interlocutor about our cultural and historical heritage and its preservation, about the oldest gold field in the world, discovered in Varna, about the delicious typical local cuisine, and that Bulgaria offers wine tourism, such as in all parts of the country there are conditions for wine production, and the varieties Mavrud, broad Melnik vine and Gamza are very typical for Bulgaria.Many young travelers choose Bulgaria as their destination, commented Patricia Schultz. According to her words, many influencers and bloggers from the United States have chosen Varna and Bulgaria as their destination this year. Schultz pointed out that for them, here is paradise, because they have “the whole package” – culture, archeology, food, attitude, and a very affordable price, which allows them to stay for a longer period of time. Patricia Schultz commented on her latest book, in which she talks about the reasons why she travels. “Everyone travels for different reasons and for me, these reasons are many. Having something in your heart and mind is one thing, but try to write it on a piece of paper, it’s a great challenge,” said the author of the world bestseller, a real travel guide.During her conversation with the Bulgarian Minister, the world-famous writer revealed that she likes the Balkans but only now she encountered Bulgaria. Her trip to our country has inspired her with new ideas to present and promised surprises in her future book.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-talked-patricia-schultz-american-writer-and-author-bestseller-1000
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tourism.government.bg:9375:2021-09-26T12:46:00
Tourist zoning: Minister Baltova held a working meeting with Rafal Szlachta, President of the Polish Tourist Organization and Jan Mazurczak, President of the Regional Tourist Organization of Poznań
2021-09-24T19:37:00
During her participation in the Fair of Regions and Tourist Products Toursalon 2021, the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stella Baltova met with Rafal Szlachta, President of the Polish Tourist Organization and Jan Mazurczak, President of the Regional Tourist Organization of Poznań. The focus of the talks between them was the way of organizing tourism at the local level.The Polish side presented its DMO – Destination Management Organization and the process of cooperation between regional and local organizations and local authorities. Information on the organization of the processes in the two countries was exchanges. On her part, Minister Baltova spoke about the work of the Bulgarian side on the concept and policy for tourist zoning of Bulgaria, which is being actively worked on. The objective is to give a boost to the local economy through new huge opportunities for the development of the destination as a collection of areas with their specific appearance and tourist products. The hosts offered assistance in this area and invited Bulgaria to join the Congress of European Organizations in 2022, which will be held in the Polish city of Poznań.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tourist-zoning-minister-baltova-held-working-meeting-rafal-szlachta-president
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tourism.government.bg:9374:2021-09-24T19:37:00
Bulgaria was presented as a destination with a rich history and cultural traditions during the International Exhibition Toursalon 2021 in Poznań
2021-09-24T17:47:00
Within the framework of Toursalon 2021, an official presentation of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Poland was held under the title “Bulgaria: a year-round tourist destination”. The event, which was attended with great interest, was opened by Minister Baltova, and the presentation was made by Nikolay Kostov, Bulgaria’s tourism attaché in Poland. Our country was presented as a destination with a rich history and cultural traditions, offering great opportunities for cultural, spa, rural, gastronomic and wine tourism.Earlier, Minister Baltova held a bilateral meeting with her host, Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, Secretary of State for Tourism at the Polish Ministry of Development and Technology. She assured him that the Poland market is among the most successful and important markets for Bulgaria during the end of the summer season. The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism annually implements an integrated communication campaign on the Polish market and thanks to the constant efforts, as for the period from May to early September 2021 we register an increase of over 90% in tourist visits from the Central European country compared to 2020. As a main priority of the Ministry of Tourism, the Minister pointed out the positioning of Bulgaria as a year-round tourist destination by promoting the diverse Bulgarian tourist product on the Polish market.During the meeting, Minister Baltova extended an invitation to her colleague Gut-Mostowy for an official working visit in Bulgaria, as well as for intensifying the activities of the Joint Working Group for Tourism between the two countries.During her working visit to the fair of regions and tourist products in Poznań, Minister Baltova held a number of other meetings with representatives of local business and regional organizations. Issues in the field of bilateral cooperation and the possible holding of a Congress of the Union of Polish Journalists were among the topics of conversation with Mr. Rafal Chaia, President of the Wielkopolska Tourist Chamber, Marek Traczyk, publisher of TTG and President of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, as well as with business representatives.The future cooperation between the Wielkopolska Chamber and the Varna Tourist Chamber was discussed at the meeting.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-was-presented-destination-rich-history-and-cultural-traditions-during
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tourism.government.bg:9373:2021-09-24T17:47:00
Minister Baltova signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism between Bulgaria and Poland during the International Tourism Exhibition in Poznań – Toursalon 2021
2021-09-24T15:04:00
The Caretaker Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Stella Baltova attended the opening of the International Tourism Exhibition in Poznań – Toursalon 2021, which takes place in the period 24-26 September. Minister Baltova participated in the special inauguration ceremony together with Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, State Secretary for Tourism at the Polish Ministry of Development and Technology. During the ceremony, the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Development and Technology of the Republic of Poland.“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Development of Poland will further strengthen our cooperation in the field of tourism and will build on our efforts to expand our tourism partnership. Proof of the strong will for further development of our partnership in this area is the opening of a national tourist office of Bulgaria in Warsaw after a 30-year break”, said Minister Baltova in her welcoming speech.In the last few years, there has been a tendency to increase the tourist visits of Polish citizens in Bulgaria, as this summer the Polish market reached second place among the top markets for inbound tourism. Throughout 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 420,980 Polish tourists visited Bulgaria. In February this year, the Ministry of Tourism opened a national tourist office in Warsaw in order to promote our country as a year-round tourist destination on the Polish market.With the signing of the Memorandum, the two countries will exchange practical information and statistics related to tourism, they will promote cooperation between business stakeholders – hoteliers and tour operators and will exchange information related to the development of various tourism programs implemented in the two countries.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-signed-memorandum-understanding-tourism-between-bulgaria-and
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tourism.government.bg:9372:2021-09-24T15:04:00
The Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Stella Baltova, received at a working meeting H. E. Mrs. Zakia El Midawi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Sofia
2021-09-20T19:48:00
The main topic of conversation was the upcoming 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, which will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, between November 30 and December 3. Minister Baltova stated that our country attaches great importance to the forthcoming session and the preparations for it are already underway.The Assembly will be a great opportunity to present the opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria, to establish new partnerships and to build on what was achieved during the 66th meeting of the Regional Commission “Europe” of the World Tourism Organization, where Bulgaria was elected Vice President of the Commission with a horizon until 2023.Minister Baltova pointed out that due to the significant damage to the tourism sector, efforts are continuing to encourage and support it in the most efficient way possible. She declared that she maintains constant communication with the representatives of the tourism business, as well as with other stakeholders, in order to make the most appropriate decisions and implement the necessary measures.Minister Baltova assured Ambassador El Midawi that Morocco is among the promising partners of our country in the field of tourism in the region of North Africa. In order to encourage bilateral relations between public and private tourism counterparts, she proposed signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bulgarian and Moroccan tourism authorities.Her Excellency Mrs. El Midawi welcomed this initiative of Minister Baltova and declared the readiness of the Moroccan Mission in Sofia to assist in the implementation of the necessary contacts and procedures between the parties. Ambassador El Midawi added that Morocco takes its mission to host the 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization very responsibly. She extended a kind invitation to Minister Baltova to visit Morocco.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-tourism-mrs-stella-baltova-received-working-meeting-h-e-mrs-zakia-el
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tourism.government.bg:9371:2021-09-20T19:48:00
Minister Baltova held a working meeting with His Excellency Yoram Elron, the Israeli Ambassador to Sofia
2021-09-15T13:51:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova held a working meeting with His Excellency Yoram Elron, the Israeli Ambassador to Sofia. The two discussed the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the measures taken and the pace of the vaccination process.The Minister informed that in 2019, 244,953 Israeli tourists visited Bulgaria, and from the beginning of 2021 to August, the visitors from Israel exceeded 36,000. According to her, September and October are extremely suitable for tourists from Israel who can enjoy the upcoming sunny days on the Black Sea coast. The Minister also explained to Ambassador Elron the ways in which Israeli tourists enter our country, depending on the color zone of the country.On his part, H. E. Yoram Elron reminded that Bulgaria is extremely popular destination among the Israeli citizens and it is important that the measures be eased so that more Israeli tourists have the opportunity to travel to our country and get acquainted with its history and landmarks.The two united around the idea of taking the necessary steps so that the two countries update their lists of countries in the red zone and, respectively, Bulgaria and Israel to move to a zone with a lighter regime of crossing state borders.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-held-working-meeting-his-excellency-yoram-elron-israeli-ambassador
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tourism.government.bg:9370:2021-09-15T13:51:00
Minister Baltova talked with Alejandro Polanco Mata, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Bulgaria
2021-09-13T15:03:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova talked with Alejandro Polanco Mata, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Bulgaria. The development of bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism and the opportunities for deepening the cooperation between the two countries were the topics of the discussion.Sofia is a leading destination for visits by tourists from Spain to Bulgaria, followed by Plovdiv, Varna, Bansko, Veliko Tarnovo and Burgas, said Minister Baltova and explained that we are already working on preparing for the winter season in Bulgaria. According to her, the summer tourist season has been extremely good for the business, reaching 70% of the levels of the sector from 2019.Minister Baltova and the Ambassador stressed that Bulgaria is a traditional participant in the FITUR exhibition, which took place this year in the period May 19-23 in Madrid.Ambassador Alejandro Mata expressed hope that Bulgaria will continue to participate in it in the future, and commented that our country is a well-known tourist destination for Spanish citizens, as traditionally about 90 thousand people visit it annually. He added that many Bulgarians also travel to Spain. The Ambassador informed Minister Baltova that the Embassy is participating in the organization of an event where the opportunities for golf tourism in our country will be promoted. From the words of Alejandro Mata it became clear that the diplomatic mission supports the issuance of travel guides that promote the destination Bulgaria.The forthcoming session of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, based in Madrid, was also discussed during the meeting. Minister Baltova pointed out that it is within the organization that the two countries have a successful partnership and expressed hope that the good cooperation will be maintained in the future.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-talked-alejandro-polanco-mata-ambassador-kingdom-spain-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:9369:2021-09-13T15:03:00
The Ministry of Tourism participates in the international tourism exhibition Leisure 2021 in Moscow
2021-09-08T16:27:00
Following the implementation of the Annual Program for National Tourism Advertising for 2021, the Ministry of Tourism organizes Bulgaria’s participation in the international tourist exhibition Leisure 2021, which is held in Moscow in the period 07-09.09.2021. Among the main goals for participation in the exhibition “Leisure” are the presentation of the Bulgarian tourist product, the exchange of information about Bulgaria as an attractive tourist destination and holding business meetings with Russian representatives of the tourist media. Within the framework of the Bulgarian participation, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Maria Belkoleva is also on a working visit.The exhibition is the largest event in the second half of the year on the Russian market and is an official event of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation. In the current 2021, on a total area of 17,000 square meters, 450 companies from 20 countries and 41 regions of Russia are participating, more than 30 business public events are planned to be held. The exhibition is expected to be visited by over 15,000 people over the three days.Owing to the great importance of the International Tourist Exhibition “Leisure” for the domestic tourist market, Bulgaria has been present for the last twenty-seven years with an independent stand, which is traditionally attended by interested Bulgarian companies. The information stand of our country covers an area of 80 square meters. Among Russian tourists, winter and sea tourism, children’s camps, adventure trips, recreation programs and many other forms of recreation are of interest.Today in the Metropol Hotel, Moscow, a cultural and information event is held, which is of key importance and is part of the integrated communication campaign of the Ministry of Tourism on the Russian market, which aims to promote Bulgaria as an attractive tourist destination. Among the guests of the event are representatives of leading Russian print and online media, tour operators and tour agencies, congress tourism agencies (MICE), popular influencers and bloggers with a tourist focus. During the event, guests have the chance to get acquainted on the spot with the various opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria, to discuss good practices and to enjoy the Bulgarian spirit and folklore. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-participates-international-tourism-exhibition-leisure-2021-moscow
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tourism.government.bg:9368:2021-09-08T16:27:00
The Ministry of Tourism and the operator of Sofia Airport have launched cooperation in support of Bulgarian tourism
2021-09-03T17:14:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova held a meeting with Jesús Caballero, executive director of the Sofia Airport Operator – “SOF Connect” AD. The two discussed the possibilities for supporting winter tourism in Bulgaria through various upcoming initiatives, such as the opening of new lines and promotion of destination Bulgaria throughout the whole year.“We are working hard to expand travel opportunities and open new routes which to bring more tourists to the winter resorts of Bulgaria”, said Jesús Caballero. He shared with the caretaker Minister and the experts of the Ministry of Tourism the plans of the new management to turn Sofia Airport in a modern and competitive European airport, by improving the environment and the experience for passengers and tourists. In the meantime, it has the potential to develop and become a regional hub.Sofia Airport is also developing a new corporate website, which will present the logo with a hyperlink to the national tourist portal of Bulgaria Bulgariatravel.org.“Bulgaria is a beautiful country and has something to show all year round. Promoting it as a destination in Europa, the Middle East and North America is our common goal”, said the executive director of the airport operator.Minister Baltova pointed out that the exchange of data and information between the Ministry of Tourism and Sofia Airport would be extremely useful cooperation. The talks also discussed how, in the light of the pandemic, to ease the visa regime for travelers from third countries outside the European Union, especially those from the Middle East.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-and-operator-sofia-airport-have-launched-cooperation-support
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tourism.government.bg:9367:2021-09-03T17:14:00
Minister Baltova took part in the International Forum “Culture and Business – Together in the Digital World”
2021-08-30T19:05:00
The Minister of Tourism prof. assoc. Stella Baltova took part in the first International Forum “Culture and Business – Together in the Digital World”. The event, which took place in Sofia, focused on the new opportunities for digitizing the cultural heritage of Bulgaria for future generations. The forum is held under the aegis of the Wonders of Bulgaria Campaign and the largest non-governmental organization for cultural heritage “Europa Nostra”, whose honorary chairman is the world-famous opera singer Placido Domingo, who tomorrow will give a spectacular concert in downtown Sofia together with the opera prima Sonya Yoncheva.Minister Baltova opened the afternoon second panel of the one-day forum presenting the vision and achievements by the Ministry of Tourism for the digitalization of our cultural heritage – an essential part of the tourism sector that determines the image of destination Bulgaria.The digitalization contributes to the innovative presentation of the cultural and historical heritage, to its appropriate promotion, to the collection of in-depth information about the sites and their preservation for the future, said Minister Baltova. “We continue to consider the possibilities of cultural and historical destinations to be upgraded and digitally presented, namely in response to the growing demand of tourists for authenticity and preserving their identity,” said the Minister and assured that the online presence is leading in the marketing strategy of the Ministry of Tourism.During the forum a number of interesting platforms and sites for the rich heritage of Bulgaria and the unlimited new opportunities for tourism that are opening were presented. Three municipalities were also awarded for achievements in the digitization of cultural, historical and architectural heritage – Sofia Municipality, Petrich – for the restoration and socialization of the ancient city of Heraclea Sintica and Burgas Municipality, whose award was personally presented by the Minister of Tourism to Deputy Mayor Denitsa Savateva.The forum was attended by representatives of business and non-governmental organizations, the university and scientific community, architects, museum workers and archaeologists, mayors and representatives of municipalities with projects in digitalization. Among those present were EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel, the Minister of Culture Prof. Velislav Minekov, Europa Nostra Secretary General Sneška Mihailović, ambassadors and other guests.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-took-part-international-forum-culture-and-business-together
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tourism.government.bg:9315:2021-08-30T19:05:00
The Ministry of Tourism is implementing the Integrated Tourist Offer Project
2021-08-30T12:13:00
The Integrated Tourist Offer Project is under the Transborder Cooperation INTERREG-IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia Programme 2014-2020. It is implemented under specific objective 1.3 “People for people”. The total budget is EUR 117,431.27, and the part for the Ministry of Tourism amounts to EUR 59,944.92. The implementation period is 15 months from the grant agreement.With the implementation of the project and by increasing the tourism income, the local population will regain higher motivation to participate in the development of the region and its resources.The route of tourists and visitors who regularly travel to Sofia and Nis will also be enriched by the implementation of the Integrated Tourism Offer and will bring more specific opportunities for both local businesses and interested visitors who wish to extend their stay or to take advantage of the offers presented.The main target group of the project are tourism professionals, organizations related to the tourism sector, local authorities and the population in the cross-border region of Nishava Pčinja, Kyustendil and Pernik.The project had two main objectives:∙ To create sustainable networks and partnerships in the cross-border region between tourism organizations, local authorities and other interested parties and those working in the tourism sector, through training and a common integrated tourism offer.∙ To improve the visualization and public awareness of the tourism potential of the cross-border region through the use of a multimedia application.The project helped train 16 representatives of the tourism sector in the stages of creating and marketing an integrated tourism product, presented in 8 concepts. After evaluation by a committee, the creators of 4 concepts continued with training to work in a digital environment – with online platforms and publishing on the Internet. Another interesting stage was the Round Table with representatives of national and local authorities from Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as local tourist organizations. The Integrated Tourism Offer Project was presented at two tourism festivals on the two sides of the border.Within the initiative, a study of the cross-border region, a project website with a mobile app, and a video about the destinations of the final four concepts were developed. In order to promote the project and the cross-border area to future guests and potential tourists, promotional and information materials have been prepared, including a book on local legends and myths. With its implementation, the project puts the cross-border region stable on the tourist map of Serbia and Bulgaria.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-implementing-integrated-tourist-offer-project
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tourism.government.bg:9316:2021-08-30T12:13:00
Minister Baltova held an online meeting with the Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Ahmed Al-Khateeb
2021-08-27T14:24:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova held an online meeting with the Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Ahmed Al-Khateeb. The main focus of the conversation was the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector and the role of the World Tourism Organization.“The summer tourist season in Bulgaria in 2021 is significantly better than last year, as from some tourist markets we report an increase of over 200% in arrivals,” said Minister Baltova. Bulgaria is a safe and secure destination with an excellent tourist product. However, she pointed out that the situation is very dynamic and the uncertainty before the sector remains.Minister Al-Khateeb pointed out that since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 60 million people in the field of tourism have lost their jobs. Although countries such as France, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria are regaining their position in the global tourism market, many other countries are still experiencing serious difficulties in overcoming the negative effects of the pandemic on the sector. Minister Al-Khateeb noted that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO) should play a key role in this regard. In this regard, it was shared that Saudi Arabia plans to present a development program for the organization, which includes the investment of significant financial resources by the Kingdom in the WTO. Saudi Arabia’s program will be presented and put to the vote at the next meeting of the WTO General Assembly, which will be held in Marrakesh in December 2021.Minister Baltova welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and stressed that the WTO is an extremely important international organization for tourism and that the initiative of Saudi Arabia is extremely ambitious and will expect to receive more information about the Kingdom’s plans for WTO development.Both parties reaffirmed their intentions to continue their fruitful cooperation.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-held-online-meeting-minister-tourism-kingdom-saudi-arabia-mr-ahmed
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tourism.government.bg:9314:2021-08-27T14:24:00
Optimistic for Summer 2021: Over 2.5 million tourists have chosen destination Bulgaria since the beginning of May
2021-08-10T15:40:00
More than 2.5 million tourists have travelled in the country since the beginning of the summer season, show the statistics from the Unified Tourist Information System. The main share of them are Bulgarians, reaching over 1,680,900 for the period from May 1 to August 8, 2021. In the same period, foreign visitors were 887,629.In the three summer months – May, June and July 2021, tourists in the accommodation facilities were over 2.2 million, which is an increase of about 2.2 times compared to the same period in 2020. Nearly 1.5 million of them are Bulgarians. Main travel destinations are Nessebar, Varna, Sofia, the SPA resort Velingrad and others.Approximately 750 thousand are foreign tourists during these summer months. Most of them are from the Romanian market – with 288 thousand tourists, followed by Poland – 74.7 thousand guests and Ukraine – 58.3 thousand. The Czech Republic and Germany rank after them, with 44 thousand and 43.8 thousand tourists, respectively.In the period from 01.07.2021 to 31.07.2021 only, over 1 270 000 tourists spent the night in our country. Of these, 738,277 were Bulgarians, and the other largest markets are ranked as follows:1. Romania                             222 9662. Poland                                59 2113. The Czech Republic          37 1264. Germany                            34 4615. Ukraine                              33 6116. Israel                                  14 4907. France                                9 9238. Turkey                                8 5159. Russia                                 7 36010. The USA                          5 33811. Serbia                               4 44812. Italy                                  4 11413. Great Britain                    3 80814. Northern Macedonia       3 38515. Greece                              3 120 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/optimistic-summer-2021-over-25-million-tourists-have-chosen-destination-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:9317:2021-08-10T15:40:00
Minister Baltova and Mariana Oleskiv, Head of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine, discussed opportunities for expanding cooperation in tourism
2021-07-29T14:44:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova held a work meeting with Mariana Oleskiv, Head of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine. The event, which also included business representatives, is part of a working visit of Mrs. Oleskiv to Bulgaria at the invitation of the Caretaker Minister and it is no coincidence that the visit takes place on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, in the sea resort of Sunny Beach.The main purpose of the visit is the opportunity to expand and deepen the bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Ukraine in the field of tourism.Minister Baltova announced that Ukraine is a desirable and promising market, as the country is in third place in terms of tourist visits with a growth of 377% since the beginning of the year, according to the Unified System for Tourist Information for overnight stays of tourists in accommodation, compared to 2020. She assured that since June, the recovery of the tourism sector is a lasting tendency and the Ministry of Tourism is working closely with the health authorities to ensure the safety of the guests of the Bulgarian resorts.Those arriving from Ukraine travel mainly by car and bus, there are also regular flights to Burgas every week.Mariana Oleskiv who is visiting our country for the first time, expressed confidence that Bulgaria is one of the favourite destinations for Ukraine tourists because of the hospitality and the feeling of being at home. She assured that her country can also offer a diverse and interesting tourist product, especially in the region of Bessarabia, where there is a Bulgarian community with rich historical roots and cultural traditions. Oleskiv said that wine and culinary tourism can be practiced in the region and a big autumn festival with such a focus is currently being prepared.The participants in the forum agreed on the need for active cooperation in the field of experts, staff training and priority raising the image of professions in the field of tourism – an issue that is relevant in both Bulgaria and Ukraine. Representatives of the tourism sector confirmed that hoteliers are most satisfied with Ukrainian seasonal workers on the Black Sea coast. According to business data, more than 20 thousand foreign workers are currently working on the Bulgarian coast, and more than half are from Ukraine. Many of them improve their skills, love Bulgaria and often return as tourists.It was proposed that a business forum for children and youth tourism be held in Bulgaria in 2022, as there is active work with children from Ukraine who come to camps on our Black Sea coast.Representatives of the business thanked again the Ministry of Tourism for the assistance provided in resolving the problem with the Ukrainian buses with tourists, which were prevented from passing through Romania in May.According to Vitaliy Moskalenko’s words, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Bulgaria, who was part of the delegation of guests, the discussions were interesting, important and timely, and the dialogue – productive and professional.After the discussions, the guests visited tourist sites and accommodation facilities, where the Ukrainian children are placed, and made sure of the excellent quality of the tourist product offered. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-and-mariana-oleskiv-head-state-agency-tourism-development-ukraine
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tourism.government.bg:9318:2021-07-29T14:44:00
Minister Baltova held a work meeting with Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives
2021-07-28T16:45:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova held a work meeting with Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives. They talked during his first work visit to Bulgaria. The discussions focused on the possibilities for deepening cooperation between the two countries, as well as current data on the development of the Covid-19 pandemic and the two countries’ strategies for dealing with it.“The Maldives is an attractive destination for Bulgarians, as it attracts high-class visitors,” said Minister Baltova. According to her, from November 2020 to May 2021, a total of about 10,000 Bulgarians traveled to the country. She added that, according to her, the trips will remain in the future, as the interest will grow.Minister Baltova presented to her interlocutor the current data on the development of the pandemic in the country. She explained that we have introduced health protocols, and a very strict control is carried out. Minister Baltova also explained that the government is constantly monitoring the distribution of new variants of Covid-19, which may require the implementation of new measures – both health and social and economic. The minister stressed that since the beginning of the pandemic, accommodation facilities have not been closed, even during periods of the most severe restrictions.“Bulgaria ranks 17th among inbound tourism markets for the Maldives,” Minister Shahid informed. He also commented that he hoped the interest would continue in the future. The Minister gave an update on the spread of the coronavirus in his country and outlined the measures being taken to limit the pandemic. He explained that they are actively working on a campaign for vaccination of the population, which is hoped to reduce the disease. “Over 98% of first-line workers have been vaccinated, we want tourists to feel safe and secure,” said Abdulla Shahid.During the meeting, specific initiatives to promote the bilateral partnership were discussed.  The ministers discussed the possibility of signing the memorandum of understanding with an emphasis on joint marketing activities in the field of tourism. They also agreed that the opening of a direct airline between Sofia and Mali will contribute to increasing the number of tourists.The meeting was also attended by Her Excellency Eleonora Dimitrova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to India and the Republic of Maldives.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-held-work-meeting-abdulla-shahid-minister-foreign-affairs-maldives
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tourism.government.bg:9319:2021-07-28T16:45:00
The Ministers of Tourism of Bulgaria and Iran signed a Cooperation in the Field of Tourism Program up until 2024
2021-07-27T16:08:00
The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria Stella Baltova and the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Asghar Mounesan signed a Cooperation in the Field of Tourism Implementation Program for the period 2021-2024. The ceremony was held online and before that, the two ministers diplomatically put their signatures on the executive document.“In recent years, our partnership in the field of tourism has contributed significantly to the cooperation between Bulgaria and Iran,” Minister Baltova said and expressed hopes that the signing of this program will serve as a platform to discuss the opportunities that can be explored, the benefits that can be shared, as well as the obstacles that need to be overcome to strengthen cooperation in the field of tourism.Minister Baltova stated that the country has a potential to be a year-round destination with its famous winter and seaside resorts, beautiful sandy beaches, mineral springs, spa facilities and golf courses. “Tourists can practice various forms of tourism – cultural, spa, health, golf and food tourism, ecotourism and other opportunities. Bulgaria is proud of its beautiful nature and amazing biological diversity. We attract people from all over the world through hospitality and offer high quality service,” the Bulgarian Minister said.According to her words, by signing this program, Bulgaria and Iran will have the opportunity to identify new opportunities for mutual cooperation to support the tourist flow between the two countries.On his part, Minister Ali Asgar Mounesan said that the signing of the document will contribute to deepening the partnership in the sector. He explained that Iran has an ancient culture and history and many artefacts, with more than 7,000 museums in the country. He said that Iran attracts many visitors with rural and cultural-historical tourism, and medical services are a reason to visit guests from neighbouring countries. Many problems that exist in the world are due to the lack of closeness, he added. According to Minister Munesan, “the COVID-19 crisis has distanced us from each other, but he believes that we will soon overcome the distances and the pandemic.”
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministers-tourism-bulgaria-and-iran-signed-cooperation-field-tourism-program-until
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tourism.government.bg:9320:2021-07-27T16:08:00
Minister Stella Baltova discussed the possibilities for promoting Bulgaria in China with the co-founder of TRIP.COM GROUP James Liang
2021-07-22T15:39:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova discussed the possibilities for digital marketing solutions for the promotion of the tourist destination Bulgaria on the China market with James Liang, co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of TRIP.COM GROUP, who is visiting Bulgaria. Before James Liang, Minister Baltova presented the opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria - cultural, winter and sea tourism, spa and wellness, adventure, golf, culinary and wine tourism, etc., and pointed out that Bulgaria is popular for the richness of its artifacts and mineral springs.“Promoting this wealth is a priority in our work and we will be happy if more Chinese tourists visit Bulgaria and get acquainted with its sights”, she added. According to her, our ancient history would be of interest to tourists arriving from China and this type of tourist products should be emphasized in planning future marketing activities.For his part, James Liang explained that in the next six months, Chinese tourists will start planning their vacations again. He noted that more and more Chinese citizens choose to organize their own excursions and travel alone or in small groups, so it is important to present different travel options, focusing on individual and small groups. The two agreed to explore various possibilities for cooperation and agreed that the promotion of destination Bulgaria on the Chinese market should start right now.Trip.com Group, formerly Ctrip.com International, founded in 1999, is one of the most famous travel groups whose shares are offered on the NASDAQ (2003). The company has over 400 million members worldwide and approximately 33,400 employees. Trip.com Group is a leading travel service provider consisting of major brands such as: Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner and Qunar. The group holds over 60% market share in China. On its platforms, Trip.com Group enables local partners and travelers around the world to make informed reservations for travel products and services, by combining comprehensive travel information and resources, as well as an advanced mobile transaction platform. applications, internet websites and 24-hour customer service centers. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-stella-baltova-discussed-possibilities-promoting-bulgaria-china-co-founder
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tourism.government.bg:9219:2021-07-22T15:39:00
Actress Maria Bakalova was named “Ambassador of Destination Bulgaria” at a meeting with Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova
2021-07-19T16:49:00
At the invitation of the caretaker Minister Assoc. Prof. Stella Baltova, the first Bulgarian actress nominated for an Oscar - Maria Bakalova, was a guest today at the Ministry of Tourism, immediately after her participation in the Cannes Film Festival. At the meeting, Minister Baltova praised the success of Maria Bakalova that in such a short time she managed to do so much - not only for young people who dared to go on her way in the world of cinema, but also by directing the spotlight to Bulgaria, to her hometown Burgas and to our part of Europe.Brand Bulgaria already has its new face to make our country even more popular and recognizable, after Minister Baltova presented a badge of honor to the young actress “Ambassador of Destination Bulgaria” and congratulated her on the success and high peaks she has achieved at her fragile age. “My team and I would be happy for you to accept this symbolic role of an Ambassador and to embrace as your cause the promotion of the diversity of the tourist destination Bulgaria”, said Minister Baltova, presenting the badge of honor.Maria Bakalova thanked and shared how excited she is, saying that she accepts the honor given to her responsibly. She stressed that Bulgaria is a wonderful country and its beauties, delicious food and ancient history should be promoted. “It is an honor and pride for me to call myself a Bulgarian and I have always loved Bulgaria. I sincerely hope that the new, young generation will be happy and proud to be Bulgarians”, because they know their history and despite the difficulties, it builds their character, said the young actress. According to her, our nature and architecture are extremely beautiful and she rediscovers them every time she happily returns home.“We must allow people to feel Bulgaria”, Maria Bakalova urged.The Minister expressed confidence that the young and successful Bulgarians are our Ambassadors around the world, and the success for Maria Bakalova is yet to come.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/actress-maria-bakalova-was-named-ambassador-destination-bulgaria-meeting-minister
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tourism.government.bg:9220:2021-07-19T16:49:00
The tourist portal bulgariatravel.org has an updated vision in the section for COVID-19
2021-07-16T17:40:00
The tourist portal bulgariatravel.org has an updated vision in the section “Information and recommendations regarding COVID-19”. Visitors can now much more quickly and easily get acquainted with the current information for entering the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as with the Guidelines for the operation of accommodation and catering establishments in the conditions of danger of infection with COVID-19. The Rules for application of the anti-epidemic measures in the tourist sites in the summer season 2021 are also presented in a more accessible place through the active link “Tourism in the conditions of COVID-19: health protocol”.The information on the site is updated in a timely manner, including useful links to the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Single Information Portal for COVID-19 and RE-open EU, which provide information on the various measures in force, including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers.In the new vision of the site special attention is paid to #DiscoverBulgaria - Share the beauty of Bulgaria, where you can see various photos of landmarks in our country, published on the social network Instagram.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tourist-portal-bulgariatravelorg-has-updated-vision-section-covid-19
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tourism.government.bg:9221:2021-07-16T17:40:00
Minister Stella Baltova talks with the Ambassador of Romania to Bulgaria HE Brandusa Predescu
2021-06-22T16:04:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova talks with the Ambassador of Romania to Bulgaria HE Brandusa Predescu. The two discussed the state of the tourism sector in Bulgaria and Romania.“Our friendship is very important for tourism, as we are neighbors and it is extremely important to maintain good relations”, said Minister Baltova. She pointed out that our northern neighbor is in first place in terms of inbound tourism in our country in recent years and expressed hope that this trend will continue in the future. “We continue our integrated marketing campaigns for the Romanian market”, explained the Minister of Tourism, and the Ambassador confirmed that these activities are visible in Romania and affect the choice to travel to Bulgaria. For the period January - April 2021, over 103 thousand visits by Romanian tourists in Bulgaria were reported, and only from May 27th to June 17th, 2021, according to unconfirmed data, over 20 thousand Romanian tourists spent the night in accommodation in Bulgaria. In this regard, the caretaker minister assured Ambassador Predescu that the measures taken in our country in connection with the epidemic situation are clear and strictly observed.For her part, HE Brandusa Predescu said that Bulgaria and Romania have excellent bilateral relations and praised the work in line with the authorities in the two countries in the recent opening of the borders and the removal of border restrictions.At the meeting, Minister Baltova used the occasion to thank Romania for the support it has provided to Bulgaria in its election as Vice-Chair of the Regional Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNWTO) for the period 2021-2023.Romania has also stated its readiness to partner with Bulgaria on the common path to full membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The two countries will join forces for joint future work within the influential organization to improve the results of the tourism industry.Good cooperation and readiness for fruitful work were also highlighted in the framework of the Working Group on Tourism of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, where Romania is a coordinating country until 2022.According to Ambassador Predescu, it is important for the two countries to continue working together - both to stimulate the tourism business and for other sectors of the economy. She also informed that Romania offers many opportunities for tourism that would be of interest to Bulgarian tourists.The meeting discussed bilateral initiatives such as the offer of joint products and cultural tourist routes with the idea of attracting guests from distant tourist markets, especially after the end of the global pandemic of Covid-19.In the context of the intensification of the season, the topics of the transit of buses through Romania with Ukrainian and Moldovan tourists wishing to spend their holidays in Bulgaria, as well as the passage of Romanian tourists through Bulgaria in the direction of Greece were discussed.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-stella-baltova-talks-ambassador-romania-bulgaria-he-brandusa-predescu
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tourism.government.bg:9222:2021-06-22T16:04:00
Minister Baltova welcomes the opening of an expedition tour for some of the largest and most influential representatives of the German tourism business
2021-06-21T17:13:00
Minister Stella Baltova participates in the official opening of an expedition tour in order to present Bulgaria as a risk-free destination with a quality tourist product to some of the largest and most influential German tour operators and travel agents. The event takes place in Varna and the resorts on the North Black Sea coast, between June 20th and 22nd - at the beginning of the astronomical summer and just before the resumption of charter flights from Germany.The caretaker minister welcomed the guests, assuring them that the Bulgarian government is taking all necessary measures for the safe and smooth running of the summer season. The health and comfort of the guests and the staff in the tourist sites are a priority, and for days Bulgaria has permanently entered the green zone on the map of Europe, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, she said.Minister Baltova pointed out that the German market is extremely important for the tourism sector in our country, as in 2019 Germany took third place in inbound tourism with its 761 thousand visitors.The business, represented by many directors of companies at the highest level, during the three-day tour will be demonstrate the readiness to welcome tourists from Germany and the measures against COVID-19 in hotels and resorts in order for the guests to get personal impressions on the spot, useful discussions will be held between tour operators and the trends will be discussed. Over 120 representatives of German agents and tour operators, including directors of DER Touristik, LMX Touristik, FTI Touristik, Invia Group Germany, TUI and many others, discussed the recovery of the business after the long closure and expressed optimism about the destination Bulgaria. They united around the thesis that vaccination will return to normalcy, and now there is an increase in bookings and the effect of catching up is observed. During the event, Minister Baltova discussed with a number of business representatives the challenges facing the sector and discussed possible solutions for the resumption, promotion and development of the German market.The initiator is the main charter airline from the German market for Bulgaria - European Air Charter, and the media partner of the event is the most authoritative professional magazine for tourism in Germany - FVW, which largely sets the current topics and agenda in the German tourism sector. The presence of FVW will allow the coverage of the expedition tour and the messages broadcast from the destination to reach all nearly 11,000 passenger offices in Germany, as well as all German tour operators. At the same time, caretaker Minister Stella Baltova gave a special interview to the media, in which she once again highlighted the advantages and key role of destination Bulgaria - as the only country in the EU that did not completely interrupt work in the tourism sector during the pandemic, and so proved to be a sustainable tourist destination.A call for long-term investment for year-round tourism was called for. The participants wished that the corona crisis would be overcome quickly, and that Bulgaria would not be perceived as a cheap destination, but as a country worth visiting.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-welcomes-opening-expedition-tour-some-largest-and-most-influential
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tourism.government.bg:9223:2021-06-21T17:13:00
Minister Baltova talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jakub Kulhanek to intensify the tourist flow between the two countries
2021-06-11T17:59:00
Minister Stella Baltova participated in plenary talks within a bilateral meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic - Svetlan Stoev and Jakub Kulhanek. Together with the Deputy Minister of Health Toma Tomov, the conditions for the easiest and safest travel of tourists between the two countries were discussed.The possibility of Czech tourists being able to enter the territory of Bulgaria 22 days after the first dose of vaccine was discussed, without having to remain in quarantine or present a negative test. A solution in this direction is being considered.Minister Jakub Kulhanek announced that about 50% of the population of his country has received the first dose of vaccine and expressed hope for soon measures to facilitate the travel of Czech tourists to Bulgaria. "This will be very good news for those Czechs who are preparing for their vacation and are hesitant, news that will convince them to choose Bulgaria as their destination," he said.Before the pandemic, in 2019, Czech tourists visited our country, 189 thousand, and last year - only a quarter of that number. It was hoped that the levels from 2019 would be exceeded. Minister Baltova announced that 160 flights to Varna and about 700 to Bourgas Airport are planned between Bulgaria and the Czech Republic for the summer.Minister Baltova assured the guest that Bulgaria remains a safe and hospitable destination, and the relations between the two countries are based on long traditions and closeness. She informed him that the vaccination process of the staff in tourism is active and everyone working in the sector has a choice among 4 provided types of vaccines. The Ministry of Tourism is taking a number of initiatives - such as two upcoming journalistic tours, as well as digital activities to promote destination Bulgaria on the Czech market. In February a tourist representation of Bulgaria was opened in Warsaw, which also serves the Czech Republic. The participants in the meeting expressed their satisfaction with the achieved results.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-baltova-talks-minister-foreign-affairs-czech-republic-jakub-kulhanek
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tourism.government.bg:9090:2021-06-11T17:59:00
The good example: Albena Resort received the first sticker "100% vaccinated"
2021-06-10T16:08:00
Albena Resort became the first resort on the Black Sea coast and in all of Bulgaria, which received a sticker "100% vaccinated". The sticker was prepared by the Ministry of Health and today was presented and symbolically pasted by the Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova. Prior to that, the caretaker Minister, together with the Chief State Health Inspector Dr. Angel Kunchev and the Director of the Regional Health Inspectorate - Dobrich Dr. Svetla Angelova got acquainted with the anti-epidemic measures in the resort and visited the temporary vaccination center there.At the moment, Albena is the only complex that has found a successful solution for providing accommodation for quarantined contact persons in case of detection of a person infected with COVID-19. Minister Baltova visited the designated villa part, where people, despite the isolation, will be able to continue their vacation and enjoy their holidays. The quarantined will be accommodated in separate villas, where they will receive the necessary assistance, ready meals or will be able to prepare it themselves.During the visit it also became clear that the central unit’s staff of the complex is 100% vaccinated and the average percentage for all staff is 75%. The aim is for it to become 80% by the beginning of July, and for entire hotels to be 100% vaccinated. For today, the number of vaccinated in the resort is expected to reach 140 people, among whom there are both Bulgarian and foreign workers on an employment contract with the status of permanent residents. On-site vaccinations are also available for guests who wish to vaccinate.Currently, the complex has 6 open hotels, and by the end of the week the number of guests is expected to reach 4,000. In addition to Bulgarian tourists, many Romanians, Ukrainians, Czechs and French are staying in the accommodation."We are where the best example in Bulgaria is," said Minister Baltova and shared her excellent impressions of the incredible harmony that reigns in the Albena complex, as the measures taken are unobtrusive but tangible. According to her, every stage of the tourists' stay is designed so that they feel safe and protected, but at the same time enjoy their vacation.The Chief State Health Inspector Dr. Angel Kunchev also expressed his good impressions of the preparation of Albena for Summer 2021. "Please do as Albena", he called on the entire tourism business in our country.Dr. Kunchev announced that Bulgaria has submitted a request for participation in the European fund of 100 million euros for the provision of free tests at border crossings at airports for entry and exit of tourists from the country.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/good-example-albena-resort-received-first-sticker-100-vaccinated
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tourism.government.bg:9093:2021-06-10T16:08:00
Athens: Meeting of Minister Stella Baltova with Ahmed Al-Khatib, Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2021-06-04T16:39:00
During the 66th session of the Regional Commission "Europe", of the  World Tourism Organization (WTO), of the United Nations, Minister Baltova met with his counterpart Ahmed Al-Khatiib, Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He congratulated Minister Baltova on the achieved success and recognition for our country, after Bulgaria was unanimously elected Deputy Chairman of the Regional Commission "Europe" of the WTO for the upcoming two-year term of the commission. In turn, the Bulgarian Minister congratulated his colleague on the opening of the first regional office of the Organization in Riyadh.During a working visit, by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the two countries reaffirmed their readiness to implement specific joint initiatives and projects in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 for cooperation in the field of tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Saudi Tourism and National Heritage Commission.It was also stated at the working meeting that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the aviation administrations of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a step in the right direction and that there will soon be a direct flight between the two countries.Ahmed Al-Khatiib said organizing a joint forum would help foster contacts and partnerships between the two countries' tourism industries. Minister Baltova stressed that Bulgaria has a variety of tourist resources and can offer tourists from Saudi Arabia a high quality and diverse tourist product.The two discussed the possibility of a working visit of representatives of the tourism sector from Saudi Arabia to Bulgaria in the near future to get acquainted with the potential of the destination Bulgaria. The two ministers agreed that concrete actions are needed to promote business contacts between the two countries.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/athens-meeting-minister-stella-baltova-ahmed-al-khatib-minister-tourism-kingdom
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tourism.government.bg:9092:2021-06-04T16:39:00
Athens: Minister Stella Baltova met with Mariana Oleskiv, Chair of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine
2021-06-04T11:12:00
During the forum of the World Tourism Organization in Athens, Minister Stella Baltova met with Mariana Oleskiv, Chairlady the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine. Minister Baltova issued an official invitation to Ms. Mariana Oleskiv, Chairlady of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine, to visit Bulgaria. The two agreed to hold the meeting in the coming weeks, before mid-July.Minister Baltova pointed out that Ukraine is an important tourist market and partner for Bulgaria. In 2019, Ukraine ranks 6th of all countries in the number of tourist visits in our country - over 471,000 have visited our country for tourism, which is an increase of 24% compared to 2018 and a kind of peak for the last 10 years .The Bulgarian Minister pointed out that since 2018 two communication campaigns have been conducted aimed at the Ukraine market, the second still lasting until September 2021.Minister Baltova and Mariana Oleskiv discussed the start of regular sessions of the joint working group on tourism. Bulgaria can host the first attendance session if the epidemic situation allows, the Bulgarian minister said. If the situation does not allow it, the two agreed that the session will be organized online. The proposal for organizing a bilateral tourist forum in Bulgaria was also renewed.In a conversation with the chairman of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine, the situation with the difficult transit of Ukrainian tourists through Romania was also discussed. Earlier, in search of a solution, Minister Baltova also discussed the issue with Romanian Secretary of State for Tourism at the Ministry of Economy Paul Ene.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/athens-minister-stella-baltova-met-mariana-oleskiv-chair-state-agency-tourism
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tourism.government.bg:9094:2021-06-04T11:12:00
Athens: Meeting of the Ministers of Tourism of Greece and Bulgaria
2021-06-04T08:48:00
Within the framework of the forum of the World Tourism Organization in Athens, Minister Baltova held a working meeting with her Greek counterpart Harry Theocharis. Minister Baltova reported that Greece is traditionally one of Bulgaria's best partners in the field of tourism and thanked its host for its readiness to strengthen and develop this cooperation.At the meeting, the two commented on good practices, current and future projects. The fact that Greece supports tourism, which is the leading sector with a share of 25% of the GDP of our southern neighbor, is very impressive.At the meeting, the Bulgarian Minister discussed with his colleague initiatives and projects within the joint action program for the period 2020-2022.Minister Baltova shared that Bulgaria is interested in expanding its partnership in EU-funded projects. Currently, both ministries are implementing the Tourism-e project, related to the promotion of cultural heritage in the cross-border area.The vision for the creation of common tourist products to be offered on the distant markets was also discussed.The Ministers of Tourism of Greece and Bulgaria commented on the fact that our country is a preferred destination for many Greek business representatives, tourists and students. The Bulgarian Ministry plans to invite leading Greek media to tourist tours in our best resorts as part of the marketing campaign for the Greek market in 2021.The two agreed to start organizing the first session of the Joint Working Group on Tourism.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/athens-meeting-ministers-tourism-greece-and-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:9095:2021-06-04T08:48:00
Athens: Meeting of Minister Baltova with Paul Ene, State Secretary for Tourism at the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism
2021-06-03T21:44:00
During the forum of the World Tourism Organization in Athens, Minister Stella Baltova held a number of bilateral meetings. In a conversation with Paul Ene, State Secretary for Tourism at the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, she stressed the importance of the tourism sector and the excellent relations between the two countries. The two commented that for several consecutive years, Romanian tourists remain the most numerous in Bulgaria. More than 1.3 million tourists from Romania arrived in Bulgaria before the crisis with Covid-19. Even through the pandemic year 2020, the Black Sea resorts of Bulgaria have traditionally received a large number of Romanian tourists.These positive results are due to the joint efforts and partly to our successful campaign aimed at the Romanian market, said Minister Baltova.Minister Baltova and Mr. Paul Ene expressed satisfaction that the restriction-free travel between Bulgaria and Romania has been restored and described it as an important step towards a return to normalcy.Among the important topics of the meeting, the two discussed the difficulties with the transit of Ukrainian tourists to Bulgaria, and Minister Baltova expressed hope that a solution would be found soon.A number of bilateral initiatives were also discussed at the meeting, such as the offer of joint products and cultural tourist routes with the idea of ​​attracting guests from distant tourist markets, especially after the end of the global Covid -19 pandemic. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/athens-meeting-minister-baltova-paul-ene-state-secretary-tourism-romanian-ministry
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tourism.government.bg:9096:2021-06-03T21:44:00
Meeting of Minister Baltova with Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization
2021-06-03T20:42:00
At a meeting with Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, Minister Baltova noted that the World Tourism Organization is an extremely important partner for Bulgaria. "We strive to maintain and strengthen our useful cooperation and welcome the leading role of the Organization for Reconstruction in the tourism industry after the pandemic with COVID-19, illustrated by the new initiatives and projects," said Minister Baltova.At the meeting, the two discussed the possibilities for cooperation, among which emphasis was placed on the importance and great potential of digital joint marketing initiatives. Minister Baltova noted that the Ministry of Tourism aims to stimulate the digitalization of tourism and to create an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship, which will increase the sector's potential in terms of economic growth, job creation and sustainable development. That is why Bulgaria would like to explore the possibility of establishing a National start-up hub in tourism in cooperation with the WTO. "In this regard, we would like to consider the possibility of financial assistance from the World Tourism Organization in developing a national strategy for innovation, digital transformation and investment to build a more sustainable tourism sector," said Minister Baltova.She stated interest and readiness for Bulgaria to participate in the second stage of the package to support the recovery of tourism from the WTO and to implement joint projects, both with the organization and with other member states.Minister Baltova took the opportunity to personally congratulate Mr. Pololikashvili on his impressive achievements during his first term as head of the organization, recalling their conversation during his election campaign in Berlin in 2017, where the two met for the first time and discussed future joint initiatives. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/meeting-minister-baltova-zurab-pololikashvili-secretary-general-world-tourism
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tourism.government.bg:9097:2021-06-03T20:42:00
Success and recognition for Bulgaria, which was unanimously elected a Vice-Chairman of the Regional Commission "Europe" of the UN World Tourism Organization
2021-06-03T20:25:00
Bulgaria was unanimously elected as a Deputy Chairman of the Regional Commission for Europe of the United Nations Tourism Organization (WTO) for the period 2021-2023. The vote took place this afternoon during the 66th session of the Regional Commission for Europe in the Greek capital, Athens. The participants in the forum congratulated the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova for the success of our country.The tasks for Bulgaria are to take all necessary measures for the implementation of important, global decisions in the field of tourism, protecting the interests of all countries, both in the region and around the world. The regional commission, in the management of which our country was elected, consists of 42 countries.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/success-and-recognition-bulgaria-which-was-unanimously-elected-vice-chairman
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tourism.government.bg:9098:2021-06-03T20:25:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova in the forum of the World Tourism Organization in Athens
2021-06-03T11:18:00
Today, the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Stella Baltova, is in Athens, Greece, to take part in the 66th session of the Regional Commission for Europe of the United Nations Tourism Organization (WTO). The meeting will provide an opportunity for the European members of the organization to discuss the current situation in the tourism sector in the light of the pandemic. The event was opened by Mr. Harry Teoharis, Minister of Tourism of Greece, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the WTO, Mr. Margaritis Shinas, Vice President of the European Commission and Mr. Kyriakos Mikotakis, Prime Minister of Greece .In his greeting, Mr. Shinas pointed out Bulgaria as one of the first countries in the EU, provided a technical opportunity to issue a digital European certificate.Meetings are scheduled with Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the WTO, Mr. Harry Teoharis, Minister of Tourism in Greece, Ms. Mariana Oleskiv, Chairman of the State Agency for Tourism Development in Ukraine, Mr. Paul Ene, State Secretary for Tourism at the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism in Romania, Ms. Renata Pinjo, Deputy Minister for Tourism at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications in Serbia, and Mr. Ahmed Al-Khatiib, Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-tourism-stella-baltova-forum-world-tourism-organization-athens
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tourism.government.bg:9099:2021-06-03T11:18:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova and the Deputy Minister Daniela Stoeva took part in a virtual round table together with water German tour operators
2021-05-28T20:24:00
The Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova and the Deputy Minister Daniela Stoeva talked in a virtual forum with representatives of the leading German tour operators operating on the market in Bulgaria. The meeting in a working format was organized jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, which called itself an "intermediary" and "ambassador" in tourism in Bulgaria.Minister Baltova is always a participant in forums, as the main priority of the Bulgarian government is to preserve the health of both guests and employees in the tourism sector, who offer a sustainable and high quality tourism product.The round table was organized in order for the interested German tour operators to receive specific and up-to-date information about the situation in Bulgaria - current controversial measures, the conditions for the arrival of German tourists and the conditions to be met when leaving Bulgaria and arriving in Germany. Participants receive information about the readiness of Bulgarian resorts and hotels to welcome German tourists, who then have to calm down that in Bulgaria they will be able to spend a safe summer.We would also like to know about the idea of ​​the Ministry of Tourism to organize in June an expedition tour for tour operators and travel agents with a focus on summer tourism, spa and wellness, health tourism, cultural tourism, gourmet cuisine and wine. The purpose of the trip is key for a market of partners from Germany, together with their own journalists, influencers and bloggers, to get acquainted with different types of tourism and the opportunities that Bulgaria offers, and then to share first-hand impressions with their audiences.After the last and specific presentation of Minister Baltova, the participants in the forum had the opportunity and assignment for a number of questions, which received comprehensive and specific answers. The round table is held on the day when Germany officially takes out Bulgaria from its list of risk areas and allows its citizens to travel freely to the country.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-tourism-stella-baltova-and-deputy-minister-daniela-stoeva-took-part
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tourism.government.bg:9100:2021-05-28T20:24:00
Bulgaria in the green list of Germany from May 30th
2021-05-28T15:59:00
Bulgaria got into the German green list on May 30th. This became possible after the Robert Koch Institute removed our country from the list of risk areas for travel. Information about the changes is published on the official website of the German institute. According to current data released today, the bans and restrictions related to Covid-19 when traveling from Germany to Bulgaria are lifted. On the official portal of the Institute can be found complete information about the destinations for which visits are not allowed and for those that are included in the list as risk-free areas.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-green-list-germany-may-30th
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tourism.government.bg:8976:2021-05-28T15:59:00
From today, the citizens of Romania will be able to freely enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria
2021-05-27T16:57:00
By order of the Minister of Health from today, May 27th, 2021, the requirements that were an obstacle for Romanian tourists to travel to Bulgaria fall off. Romanian citizens will be able to enter our country without having to present at the border checkpoints documents for vaccination, a positive result certifying past illness with Covid-19, a negative PCR or a negative antigen test.At the beginning of the summer season Bulgaria offers excellent conditions for tourism, sustainable, diverse and high-quality product as a safe, secure and preferred tourist destination.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/today-citizens-romania-will-be-able-freely-enter-territory-republic-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:8975:2021-05-27T16:57:00
The European Commission has approved state aid for tour operators
2021-05-26T15:44:00
The Ministry of Tourism received a notification from the European Commission for approval of targeted subsidies to tour operators. A decree of the Council of Ministers to specify the procedure for applying for and paying state aid is to be agreed upon in an extremely short period of time.With an amendment to the Law on Measures and Actions during the State of Emergency, announced by a Decision of the National Assembly of March 13th, 2020 to overcome the consequences, a state aid scheme was created for additional financing of tour operators with other liabilities to their clients, with grants amounting to 15 percent of their turnover without VAT in 2019, but not more than the amount due for travel packages for unrealized trips.The aid can only be used to reimburse customers for travel not made between 01.03.2020 and 31.12.2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/european-commission-has-approved-state-aid-tour-operators
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tourism.government.bg:8965:2021-05-26T15:44:00
Minister Stella Baltova discussed the need for joint actions and measures with Frank Quante, General Manager of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD and with representatives of the tourism business
2021-05-25T20:18:00
Minister Baltova and the representatives of the business expressed readiness to work together in the name of the restoration of tourism - not only by naming the problems, but also by coming up with practical solutions on how to overcome these problems. It is important how the measures are adequately promoted, stressed the General Manager of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD Frank Quante and raised some of the pressing issues - a relaxed regime for tourists to enter Bulgaria, priority vaccination of employees in the sector, the conditions for applying for aid of 35 euros per seat.After discussing the need for urgent joint action to save one of the most affected sectors in the Bulgarian economy, at today's video conference it was agreed to establish an expert working group of representatives of the state, business and Fraport Twin Star. The meeting was also attended by the Chief State Health Inspector Dr. Angel Kunchev.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-stella-baltova-discussed-need-joint-actions-and-measures-frank-quante
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tourism.government.bg:8964:2021-05-25T20:18:00
Bulgaria with first prize for the video “Bulgaria - Find Your Story” at the FITUR exhibition in Madrid
2021-05-21T16:43:00
Bulgaria received first prize in the category for best video promoting a tourist destination, at an official ceremony today, May 21st, 2021, during the 41st edition of the International Tourism Exhibition in Madrid - FITUR. This is one of the most important tourist exhibitions in the world, which involves the largest Spanish tour operators and travel agencies and is held from 19 to 23 of May.The International Forum aims to help restart tourism in this difficult time and makes FITUR an event of particular importance for the recovery and stimulation of the tourism industry.The national presentation of Bulgaria is prepared and organized by the Ministry of Tourism, and the event is especially important for the promotion of innovations in the Bulgarian tourist offer and for strengthening the position of our country as a tourist destination on the Spanish market.This year Bulgaria was nominated in two categories - for the best international video promoting a tourist product and the best video promoting a tourist destination. The winning video “Bulgaria - Find Your Story” can be seen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1KxyO6AxVk&list=PLOcFcMPM_TFqfYTqIfDBTF6jRMf0DiwNp&index=9
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-first-prize-video-bulgaria-find-your-story-fitur-exhibition-madrid
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tourism.government.bg:8963:2021-05-21T16:43:00
At a bilateral online forum, Bulgaria presented its readiness to welcome Russian tourists during the upcoming summer season
2021-05-21T16:07:00
This week the second digital forum Bulgaria - Russia: Multifaceted Regional Partnership was held. The topic of the event was Tourism and Culture.The project is implemented jointly by the Industrial Center of the Republic of Bulgaria in Moscow, the National Tourist Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Moscow.The main goal of the forum was to present the readiness of our country to welcome Russian tourists during the summer season as a safe, quiet and attractive destination. New programmes and proposals prepared by the Bulgarian tourism business for guests from Russia, as well as a number of Bulgarian municipalities with their attractive sites for tourists and holiday events were presented during the conversations.At the bilateral meeting were exchanged good practices of companies from Bulgaria and Russia, interesting areas that are currently being developed by the Russian tourism business were also presented.The forum was attended by over 80 representatives of federal and regional administrations and tourism organizations, Bulgarian and Russian tour operators, hoteliers, universities, interested structures from Russia and Bulgaria, who presented their organizations and expressed interest in mutually beneficial cooperation.The topics for future partnership in the field of business tourism, balneology and health tourism, the partnership between municipalities and regions in Bulgaria and Russia as a basis for intensifying tourism exchange and cultural activities, strengthening contacts between higher education institutions, including those teaching tourisms, activating the exchange of organized children's groups, etc. aroused strong interest.An information package with the contact information of the participants and the presentations made during the online event will serve as a good basis for facilitating future contacts and the preparation of joint meetings and events.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bilateral-online-forum-bulgaria-presented-its-readiness-welcome-russian-tourists
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tourism.government.bg:8962:2021-05-21T16:07:00
Minister Stella Baltova at a working meeting with the tourism business: The mission of the Ministry of Tourism in this official cabinet is to restore the viability of the tourism sector in Bulgaria
2021-05-20T11:29:00
At a working meeting with the tourism business, the Minister of Tourism Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stella Baltova presented the priorities and goals of the official cabinet and the Ministry of Tourism. The discussion focused on the problems, threats and challenges facing the tourism business. The possibilities for their fastest and most adequate solution are also discussed.The priorities and tasks set by Minister Baltova are in line with the ones outlined by the official government. It will work to strengthen the state through integrity, transparency and professionalism; will implement the agreements reached with the business as a result of the dialogue, especially with those affected by Covid-19; will make the transition to the 46th National Assembly; will ensure the proper functioning of the state until the next regular government and will ensure the holding of free, fair and democratic elections.In this light, the mission of the Ministry of Tourism in this official cabinet is to restore the viability of the tourism sector in Bulgaria in the conditions of an emergency epidemic situation and to make tourism a national priority of the government. For this purpose, as her main priorities, the official Minister Stella Baltova outlines two things: first, the improvement of the policies for regulation of the tourist market and for administration of the tourist activity while preserving the health of the guests and workers in the sector and second, development of the national tourist advertising. and international cooperation in tourism to encourage tourists to choose Bulgaria as their destination.There are several operational objectives for achieving the priorities. The Ministry of Tourism is already working actively to present Bulgaria as a safe, hospitable destination, using all communication channels; to provide adequate, accurate and relevant information necessary for business and institutions; to create conditions for a calm and secure environment for the functioning of the business and will place emphasis on active joint work with the Bulgarian foreign representations.Within the budget at its disposal, the Ministry of Tourism will carry out and upgrade the planned digital marketing activities aimed at 18 target markets, will focus on zero-budget marketing and digital campaign on social media and google adds to the markets of Germany, Great Britain, Poland and Romania.Especially important for the support of national tourism is the promotion of measures related to tourists. Bulgaria is part of the tourist destinations with a Safety and Hygiene Travel Stamp issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The stamp is a guarantee for tourists that Bulgaria is a safe destination in the conditions of Covid-19. It is important for tourists to have access to clear instructions for the operation of tourist sites in the conditions of danger of infection with Covid-19 in Bulgaria, agreed with the Ministry of Health and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. The rules for applying anti-epidemic measures in the tourist sites during the summer season 2021 will be observed. Priority vaccination of people employed in the tourism sector is also particularly important. Among the latest measures that will significantly relieve tourists is the Order of May 18th, 2021 of the Minister of Health, which allows children up to 5 years of age to enter the territory of Bulgaria without a PCR test, as well as the announced on May 19th, 2021 invitation for submission of tenders for public procurement with the final beneficiary the Bulgarian guides, conclusion of the contracts until June 15th and the subsequent advance payment of 50% under the contracts.In her work, Minister Stella Baltova will rely on the expertise and competence of the team of the Ministry of Tourism, the creativity, strength and wisdom of the tourism business, the experience of municipal and regional administrations, as well as the support of the Bulgarian media.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-stella-baltova-working-meeting-tourism-business-mission-ministry-tourism
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tourism.government.bg:8954:2021-05-20T11:29:00
Tourism in Bulgaria
2021-05-20T11:20:00
The new cabinet sent a clear signal that it focuses on the development, support and promotion of Bulgarian tourism. A new banner with an active link “Tourism in Bulgaria” on the official website of the Council of Ministers will now forward each visitor of the government's website to the National Tourist Portal www.bulgariatravel.org, thus facilitating access to it.This new communication channel will focus attention and increase the transparency of the National Tourist Portal, which presents not only the opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria and the unique nature of our country, but also the latest information useful for all travelers.The idea was implemented on the initiative of Minister Stella Baltova. The well-known banner, which with its stylized rose is a trademark of Bulgaria, is located in the upper left corner of the page of the Bulgarian government.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/tourism-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:8953:2021-05-20T11:20:00
Minister Stella Baltova met with the Ambassador of Ukraine: We work for the trust of tourists
2021-05-18T19:37:00
“Ukraine is one of the priority markets for tourism in our country and as a government we take our friendly relations very seriously”. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova during her meeting with the Ambassador of Ukraine HE Vitaly Moskalenko. She commented that the main task of the official government is for businesses to work calmly in the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to ease the conditions for entering the country.Minister Baltova said that according to the latest order of the Minister of Health, citizens of Ukraine can now enter the territory of our country with a negative PCR or antigen test, with a document for completed vaccination scheme or with a document showing a positive PCR test or rapid antigen test - for persons who suffered from COVID-19 for the period from the 15th to the 180th day, as of the date of the study. This means “welcome to Bulgaria”, said Minister Baltova.The official Minister assured Ambassador Moskalenko that the measures taken in connection with the epidemiological situation are clear and strictly observed. “Our inspections are regular, and the responsibility of the tourism sector is at the highest level”, explained the Minister. She also pointed out the fact that Bulgaria is part of the tourist destinations with a Safe Travels Stamp, issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). According to her, the Ministry of Tourism is developing a very active digital campaign for the Ukrainian market in social networks, which will be upgraded this summer.For his part, HE Vitaly Moskalenko thanked Minister Baltova for the meeting and clarified that a large number of tourists from Ukraine want to visit Bulgaria and expressed hope that their number will be higher than last year.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-stella-baltova-met-ambassador-ukraine-we-work-trust-tourists
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tourism.government.bg:8952:2021-05-18T19:37:00
At a high-level forum, EU tourism ministers discussed current issues and prospects for the development of sustainable tourism and the creation of the strategic “Agenda 2030/2050”
2021-05-14T19:44:00
Minister Stella Baltova outlined the restoration of the tourism sector as a key priority, emphasizing the need to stimulate the sustainable development of the tourism ecosystem by improving skills, green growth and promoting digitalization and innovation. The importance of national recovery and sustainability plans as a fundamental tool for achieving the competitiveness and sustainability of tourism was emphasized.Minister Baltova pointed out as key pillars of tourism the green transition, the digital transformation and the multidisciplinary framework based on knowledge and skills, ensuring the integration of tourism in other related EU policies. With regard to the sustainable challenges and emerging problems related to the liquidity of entities in the tourism sector, specific activities were called for to promote a favorable environment for the development of the tourism sector, including the support of financial resources.  Another critical point for tourism, highlighted by Minister Baltova, is the restoration of mobility and connectivity, where the application of internally compatible tools such as the digital green certificate is considered an important building block.At the High Level Forum on Sustainable Tourism, organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EU tourism ministers discussed the challenges ahead for the tourism sector and the need for a strategic instrument at EU level to boost the sustainability of the tourism ecosystem and that will increase the competitiveness of destinations in the European Union.The forum was attended by Mr Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Mr Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the EU Single Market, Ms Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform, and Mr Virginijus Sinkevicius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.Ministers agreed on the idea of creating an “EU 2030/2050 Agenda” based on shared priorities, objectives and actions to stimulate the green and digital transition of the tourism ecosystem and increase its competitiveness, sustainability and endurance, focusing on key strategic challenges such as:- green transition of the tourism industry and destinations as an integrated and holistic system focused on sustainable and responsible tourism;-  digital transition of the tourism industry and destinations, using the value of data and all available digital tools;- developing multidisciplinarity, knowledge base and necessary skills of the tourism industry and all other stakeholders targeting value-added services, contributing to the prosperity of local communities;- strengthening the resilience of the tourism industry in the light of the lessons learned from COVID-19, while increasing global competitiveness;- reflecting tourism in wider EU policies, such as transport, health, consumer protection, environment and culture.A number of Member States called for special attention to be paid to small and medium-sized enterprises, employment, the various regional and local challenges, islands and outermost regions, the EU periphery, the economic and social role of less developed regions, tourism pressures and other areas, facing specific challenges.A key finding of the Sustainable Tourism High Level Forum is the need for an integrated approach to tourism policy, with input and support from industry and civil society, in order to meet the opportunities and address the multilateral challenges, facing the tourism sector.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/high-level-forum-eu-tourism-ministers-discussed-current-issues-and-prospects
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tourism.government.bg:8951:2021-05-14T19:44:00
The official Minister of Tourism Stella Baltova took office
2021-05-12T18:52:00
At an inauguration ceremony, Minister Stella Baltova took over the governance from Mariana Nikolova. „The main priorities in my work will be to provide a favorable environment for the activities of hoteliers, restaurateurs, tour operators, transport companies, tour guides working in the tourism sector through honest and open support and ensuring financial stability while protecting the health of tourism workers and tourists. Marketing efforts will be focused so that at the time of improving travel conditions, tourists are convinced that they should choose Bulgaria as a destination for their vacation “.Stella Baltova stressed that in the spirit of the team of the new cabinet, she will work in the conditions of transparency, integrity and professionalism. She assured that she will rely on the professionalism of the people in the sector and in the ministry, and will continue the good that has been done, and if there are problems and inaccuracies, they will be eliminated and will work to build on what has been achieved. Together with other institutions and through active communication on the international market, Bulgaria will be presented as a safe destination for recreation and entertainment.The former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova wished success to Minister Baltova and expressed hope that everything that has been done so far will be continued and upgraded so that our country can establish itself as a year-round tourist destination for four seasons. Mariana Nikolova pointed out that she leaves the management of tourism in good hands, as Stella Baltova has extensive expertise in the sector and in diplomacy.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/official-minister-tourism-stella-baltova-took-office
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tourism.government.bg:8950:2021-05-12T18:52:00
Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova before the British Ambassador: The Ministry of Tourism will make every effort to ensure the comfort of British citizens vacationing in Bulgaria
2021-04-29T11:20:00
On the eve of the summer season of 2021, I would like to assure you that the Ministry of Tourism will make every effort to ensure the comfort of British citizens vacationing in our country, for whom Bulgaria is a well-known and diverse holiday destination. I give a clear message that our country has taken all necessary measures to strengthen its image in a safe place for tourist visits. This was stated by the resigned Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova during her conversation with HE Rob Dixon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.Minister Nikolova clarified that traditionally hundreds of thousands of British tourists enjoy every year on our Black Sea coast, in our winter resorts, in Sofia and our largest cities. “Taking into account the above and the fact that Bulgaria is coming out of the third wave of coronavirus and the number of newly infected is decreasing with each passing day, and that the pace of vaccination in our country is accelerating, I believe that the British authorities will classify our country as a “green destination” with the forthcoming easing of measures in the United Kingdom”, the minister said. According to her, this will be an extremely useful solution in the direction of increasing the tourist flow, and another indisputable act of friendship and solidarity by one of the most important partners of Bulgaria.The Deputy Prime Minister explained that the United Kingdom is one of the most important markets for tourism and explained the possibilities for entering Bulgaria during the upcoming summer season. “I hope that the authorities of the Island will also facilitate the ways for Bulgarian citizens to enter the UK. That would be a very useful solution”, she said.The Minister also drew attention to the fact that great progress has been made regarding the vaccination of workers in the industry, which gives great hopes for a calm and safe summer. “The local health authorities and the Ministry of Tourism have taken the necessary measures in Bulgarian resorts and tourist destinations to extend the holiday period without the risk of infection with COVID-19 for guests”, she explained.For his part, the British Ambassador Rob Dixon said that the situation in all countries is changing very dynamically, and it is expected that on May 10th the British authorities will announce the so-called Traffic Light System, according to which the different countries and, accordingly, the ways of entering the United Kingdom will be classified. „ This system will be updated every two weeks”, he said. According to him, Bulgaria is traditionally visited by a large number of British citizens and he hopes that this trend will continue in the future.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-mariana-nikolova-british-ambassador-ministry-tourism-will
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tourism.government.bg:8949:2021-04-29T11:20:00
In a telephone conversation, Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova informed Elena Lysenkova, First Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency of the Russian Federation, about the possibilities for Russian tourists to enter Bulgaria
2021-04-27T17:24:00
Resigned Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova informed in a telephone conversation Elena Lysenkova, First Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency of the Russian Federation about the possibilities for Russian tourists to enter our country. She thanked for the awards received by the two largest tourism exhibitions in Russia - MITT and Intourmarket.“Our most important task at the moment is to restore the bilateral tourist flow, which has suffered greatly from the global pavidemic of Vovid-19”, said Minister Nikolova. She explained that today at a meeting with Prime Minister Borissov, with the participation of the Minister of Health Professor Angelov, three possibilities for entering Bulgaria were announced - a vaccination certificate covering all vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization, with a negative PCR test or with a negative antigen test, with a document for getting sick in the last 6 months.The Deputy Prime Minister also clarified that great progress has been made regarding the vaccination of the tourism industry. According to her, no tourist in our country - both Bulgarian and foreign, has fallen ill with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and this gives us great hopes that we can have a calm and safe summer.Minister Nikolova also announced that the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow is organizing a meeting on April 29th with all accredited tour operators working for the destination Bulgaria, where they will be promptly informed about the travel requirements. She added that she would continue to work, in accordance with her powers, to strengthen bilateral co-operation.For her part, Elena Lysenkova expressed her gratitude that the Russian Federation is the first country that Bulgaria informs about the ways of entry of tourists. “We are very happy that you are giving three possibilities and we are sure that this will make travel from Russia to Bulgaria safe”, she said. She added that Russia is open to partnership and cooperation with Bulgaria.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/telephone-conversation-deputy-prime-minister-mariana-nikolova-informed-elena
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tourism.government.bg:8948:2021-04-27T17:24:00
The Ministry of Tourism has launched an advertising campaign entitled “Safe Summer 2021 “
2021-04-23T16:05:00
The Ministry of Tourism has launched an advertising campaign entitled “Safe Summer 2021”. For this purpose, advertising videos were made in four languages - Bulgarian, English, German and Hebrew, which will be distributed in all structural and priority markets for our country.Bulgaria takes all necessary measures for the highest security so that guests feel protected and safe during their stay with us.  And the observance of the sanitary-hygienic prescriptions is one of the key conditions for our country to keep the green Safety and hygiene travel stamp, issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).The advertising videos will be distributed through the main communication channels in more than 18 priority markets, Bulgarian embassies and tourist offices, so that they reach the widest possible circle of people. You can find the videos at the following links:BG: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOcFcMPM_TFp38MWDi3cueJBkrahsVrQ4DE:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOcFcMPM_TFpmCwHXzaTOd87RAsCZgDIhEN: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOcFcMPM_TFpajG-rkH1Ss-0A8vM7uIDFIL: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOcFcMPM_TFoDiXdm8FbDZP49q_YL7jg4
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-has-launched-advertising-campaign-entitled-safe-summer-2021
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tourism.government.bg:8947:2021-04-23T16:05:00
The National Tourist Information Center is already in the National Palace of Culture
2021-04-19T11:13:00
„As of today, the National Tourist Information Center (NTIC) at the Ministry of Tourism has a new home. Information about the opportunities for different types of tourism in Bulgaria is now in a much more accessible, communicative, recognizable and favorite place in Sofia - the National Palace of Culture (NPC)”. This was said at the opening of the center by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova. She thanked the management of the National Palace of Culture for the implementation of the joint initiative.For his part, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Palace of Culture Borislav Velkov stressed that the Ministry of Tourism and the National Palace of Culture share a common vision for the development of modern tourism and large congress and cultural centers as an integral part of it. “Modern tourism is integrated, and the National Palace of Culture in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and as part of the Bulgarian Congress Bureau and the Confederation of Tourism can count on the joint efforts of the sector and institutions to attract major global congress initiatives in Sofia. At the same time, the National Palace of Culture gets the opportunity to position itself as one of the main congress destinations in Sofia and the region, to develop its international activity much more actively and to advertise events from its programme”, said Borislav Velkov.„The National Palace of Culture is the largest cultural center in our country and it can be said that we managed to move tourist information to people where they like to walk and would look for it. And the National Palace of Culture and the space around it are the heart of our capital”, Mariana Nikolova also commented. According to her, the opening of the center is just in time, two weeks before the official start of the tourist season on May 1st, 2020.“With the offered information we will contribute to the popularization of the various tourist product that Bulgaria offers”, said the Deputy Prime Minister. Shee pointed out that its opening is another implemented initiative, for which a commitment was made to the sector in August last year. The center will support the implementation of the advertising strategy of the Ministry of Tourism and will establish our country as a year-round destination offering high quality services. The space will be upgraded and developed jointly between the two institutions through joint initiatives.“Bulgaria has a huge potential in the development of congress, festival, cultural and concert tourism and with the overcoming of the pandemic, life in the National Palace of Culture will return”, she is convinced.NTIC is located at Entrance A4 of the National Palace of Culture, which was renovated for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU. The National Tourist Information Center is expected to perform three main functions. The first is to provide in a modern way information for Bulgarian tourists; to provide attractive and diverse information for foreign tourists, and to have an entertainment function - an opportunity to create visitor experiences through modern digital technologies and other modern activities.From today in NTIC, on specially developed two touch screen platforms, visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with attractive videos and other advertising formats for specialized types of tourism, such as eco, adventure, SPA, golf, the so-called slow tourism, wine and culinary, pilgrimage, etc. There are also video materials that present the measures taken for safe holidays of foreign and Bulgarian guests in the country, as well as to find other useful information for their stay. The NTIC can also host various types of promotional events advertising various tourist products and services.Until now, NTIC was located on a small and quiet street in the capital, but remained away from the tourist flow.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/national-tourist-information-center-already-national-palace-culture
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tourism.government.bg:8946:2021-04-19T11:13:00
Over 300 tourist offices in Germany, 27 specialized media and 77 tour operators were informed about the security and safety measures in Bulgaria
2021-04-09T10:10:00
Over 300 tourist offices in Germany, 27 specialized media and 77 tour operators were informed about the security and safety measures that Bulgaria is taking in relation to tourists. Among them are the largest and most important for Bulgaria on the German market tour operators, such as DER Touristik, TUl, Schauinslandreisen and others. The popularization of our country is due to the cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Dissemination of a message about the measures of our country is one of the steps that the chamber takes in the framework of the cooperation with the ministry.In an official letter, the organization informs about the initiatives it has implemented so far to promote the country, as a safe destination and up-to-date information for the upcoming summer season. They point out that they have disseminated information to the target group of tour operators and travel agencies on the development of security measures to limit the epidemiological situation in Bulgaria for the summer tourist season, starting from May 1st, 2021, and their legal provision in Bulgaria.We have appealed to the German partners to pass this targeted information to their clients in order to create more transparency and security in this time of pandemic, the chamber's letter reads. It also states that with its support for ensuring the safety of travelers in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism makes possible holidays in the country for German tourists.In mid-March, the Ministry of Tourism selected the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce as a partner and ambassador for information exchange related to the security of German citizens traveling to our country for tourism. Our common goal is for the information to arrive on time and correctly to the institutions in Germany - the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Robert Koch Institute, responsible for publishing information related to COVID-19 when German citizens travel abroad in the coming months.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/over-300-tourist-offices-germany-27-specialized-media-and-77-tour-operators-were
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tourism.government.bg:8945:2021-04-09T10:10:00
The Deputy Prime Minister Mariyana Nikolova held a conversation with the Secretary General of UNWTO
2021-03-30T15:45:00
The Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova had a conversation with Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of UNWTO.‘We highly value your active approach in achieving sustainability, promoting innovations, attracting investments and attaining digital transformation in the tourism industry’, said Minister Nikolova. Further she confirmed her support in regard to all efforts of UNWTO to cope with the consequences from the Pandemic in the tourism sector through new and innovative projects, initiatives and constant support, provided by the member countries. The Secretary General of UNWTO, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili tweetted after the meeting: ‘Speaking with Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria Mariyana Nikolova, we strengthen our bilateral ties as we work together to restart tourism. Very pleased with the Bulgarian commitment to resume safe travel. You have UNWTO’s full support as we rebuild a greener and more innovative tourism.’ During the meeting Zurab Pololikashvili stated that Bulgaria is a country dear to him as he has visited it on many occasions. He expressed his satisfaction that the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism is also a Deputy Prime Minister, which only proves the significance of the industry. Further he stated that the world tourism organization is involved with many projects related to innovations and digitalization.‘For us, as well as for Bulgaria, it is of vital importance to restart tourism’, said the Secretary General and added that the EU should find a way to keep its borders open for EU citizens, as well as for visitors from all over the world.During the conversation, the Secretary General assured the Bulgarian minister of the willingness of UNWTO to provide financial support for dealing with the heavy consequences from the pandemic, for the economic recovery, and for adequate promotion of the industry, which needs to widen its professional capacity.The Deputy Prime Minister stroke the cord that at the beginning of March, Bulgaria has raised its application for the renewal of the country’s membership in the Executive Board of UNWTO for the period of 2021-2025.‘This is evidence of our determination to strengthen our mutual dialog and widen our relations in search for new and adequate opportunities under the new conditions in the world’, said Minister Nikolova. She added that the Bulgarian key priority would be the solid establishment of policies that will transform the tourism industry in the post-Covid era, based on innovations, proper investments and competitiveness.‘We will continue to support the successful projects of the world tourism organization in the education field, like the UNWTO Academy, and also in harmonizing regulations in regard to fast and active measures, when rescuing tourists and in creating an International Code for Tourist Protection’, said minister Maryiana Nikolova.Mr. Pololikashvili was pleased that Minister Nikolova expressed her active support in regard to creating the so-called Green Travel Certificate, so we could all see free travelling people across all borders.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-mariyana-nikolova-held-conversation-secretary-general-unwto
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tourism.government.bg:8771:2021-03-30T15:45:00
Mariyana Nikolova, Deputy Prime Minister: The Health Certificate will facilitate safe travel, which will revitalize the tourist ecosystem
2021-03-29T13:10:00
‘The European Health Certificate will facilitate safe travel and thus give an important incentive to the revitalization of the tourism ecosystem.’This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova at the round table on "European Digital Green Certificate", organized by Elizabeth Koestinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism of Austria.‘Safe, hassle-free travel and maintaining open borders is essential for the revitalization of the tourism sector. This is why mutual coordination, support and solidarity is needed both within the EU and internationally. We should actively establish the necessary environment for the development of the tourist industry in accordance with the fundamental right of free movement’, said Deputy Prime Minister Nikolova. She added that the Bulgarian government is supportive of the ‘Green Corridors’ for vaccinated people, with a negative PCR test, and for people who have already recovered from the virus, aiming to provide free travel for all. Minister Nikolova was confident that the certificate should lead to the revival of the tourist ecosystem and restore international mobility, providing freedom of movement and eliminating the possibility of restricting non-essential travel.During the meeting, Mariyana Nikolova confirmed that Bulgaria was among the initiators for the introduction of a Health Certificate, and that all people, who need to travel internationally should find a solution in the very near future. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/mariyana-nikolova-deputy-prime-minister-health-certificate-will-facilitate-safe
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tourism.government.bg:8776:2021-03-29T13:10:00
Minister Nikolova talk to the President of the Bulgarian National Community in Croatia – Mr. Rashko Ivanov
2020-10-08T17:38:00
The Deputy prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova met with the President of the Bulgarian National Community in Croatia – Mr. Rashko Ivanov. The conversation took place in the Croatian capital – Zagreb – where the Bulgarian Minister is on a working visit.Minister Nikolova expressed the support of the Bulgarian state for the preservation and development of the identity of the Bulgarian National Community in Croatia. She clarified that the programmes in the field of culture, language, religion and education in the mother language are of special importance.Mr. Ivanov said that a more aggressive campaign is needed to promote Bulgaria in Croatia, as well as to advertise ourself as a four-season destination. For more than 10 years he has been the publisher of the Rodna Rech magazine for Bulgarians in Croatia, which has a special column “Discover the beauty of Bulgaria”.On her side, the Deputy Prime Minister undertook the Ministry of Tourism to send photos and text to be published in the magazine so that more of our compatriots learn about the opportunities for tourism that our country oggers.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-nikolova-talk-president-bulgarian-national-community-croatia-mr-rashko
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tourism.government.bg:8283:2020-10-08T17:38:00
The Deputy Prime Minister Mariyana Nikolova in Zagreb: Covid pandemic put the tourist sector to a serious test
2020-10-08T13:42:00
We highly appreciate the relations and the political dialogue between the two countries. We are ready for them to continue even more actively with the exchange of high-level visits. This was stated in Zagreb by the Deputy Prime Minister Mariyana Nikolova at a meeting with Branko Garchik, chaitman of the Croatian Parliament Tourism Commission. The Bulgarian Minister of Tourism is on a working visit to the country.The Covid crisis and related protective measures were discussed in detail at the meeting in the Croatian Parliament. The pandemic has put to a serious test not only the tourism and transport sectors, but also the economics on a global and European scale, said the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister. Minister Nikolova emphasized that despite the strong negative effect of the epidemic, Croatia has managed to have a relatively good summer season. We take into account that the structure of Croatian tourism is different from the Bulgarian one and we are interested in specific measures of the government, which contributed to the good result in the summer, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.Authorities of both countries have taken urgent measures to limit damage from the pandemic and from the closed to the tourism sector borders. In Bulgaria, they were broad-spectrum and included legal changes, financial support and social changes. Our country remains among the least infected countries in the Balkans, which makes it a safe tourist destination. The timely and strict anti-pandemic steps and the strong sanitary control contribute to this, the Minister of Tourism pointed out.There are no universal solutions to the crisis, said Branko Garchik. Each country takes different measures, but the exchange of information and experience can help limit the negative consequences. Due to the collapse of air transport, we mainly welcomed tourists by car, we did not have distant destinations, arriving by plane. It is time to start talks on opening air connections on the basis of common safety protocols. Bulgaria and Croatia are competitors, but in the field of health tourism we can be partners. We should establish contacts at different levels so that our people get to know each other, added the chairman of the Croatian Parliament Tourism Commission.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-mariyana-nikolova-zagreb-covid-pandemic-put-tourist-sector
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tourism.government.bg:8282:2020-10-08T13:42:00
The Deputy Prime Minister Mariyana Nikolova and the Croatia Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac signed a Memorandum of Cooperation
2020-10-08T12:59:00
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova and the Croatia Minister of Tourism and Sports Ms. Nikolina Brnjac signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Expanding Cooperation in the Field of Tourism. They initialed the document today in Zagreb, where the Bulgarian Minister is on working visit.The Deputy Prime Minister said that she highly appreciated the development of friendly relations between the two countries and the expansion of the strategic partnership in all areas of cooperation. In the conditions of the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, I believe that it is crucial to continue working together, said Minister Nikolova. She added that the signing of the Memorandum is an important step to promote bilateral relations in the tourist sector.The Bulgarian Minister also said that the two countries will work for the better positioning of tourism at the European Union level, for the development and promotion of special type of tourism, such as winter, health, sports and cultural tourism, as well as for education with practical orientation.Minister Nikolova pointed out that they had discussed with Ms. Brnjac the possibility of promoting a good bilateral partnership between the tour operators of the two countries, as well as joint promotion of third markets. I welcome the decision of the Croatian national carrier Croatia Airways to start regular weekly flights between Sofia and Zagreb – at a time when the necessary conditions are in place, said Deputy prime Minister.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-mariyana-nikolova-and-croatia-minister-tourism-and-sports
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tourism.government.bg:8281:2020-10-08T12:59:00
Deputy Prime Minister Nikolova: Croatia is a priority tourist market and a partner of Bulgaria.
2020-10-08T12:32:00
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova held a work meeting with Nikolina Brnjac, Croatia`s Minister of Tourism and Sports. They discussed the possibilities for joint initiatives between the two countries. Some of them envisage the creation of common tourist products for third markets and the development of health, cultural, winter and sports tourismWe highly appreciate the active dialogue at the highest level in recent years, the relations between Bulgaria and Croatia are based on long-standing historical traditions and friendly relations between the two peoples, said Minister Nikolova during the meeting. Every year the number of Croatian guests visiting Bulgaria increases. In 2019, the growth was 31,1%.At Minister Nikolovas` suggestion, the topic of resuming the activities of the Joint Working Group was also discussed. The first meeting will be held online, and in the spring of 2021 an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting in Sofia will be sought. Minister Nikolova invited Croatia to participate in tourist exhibitions in Bulgaria.Before her homologue, Minister Nikolova presented the measures taken by the Bulgarian government in support of the tourist sector to overcome the difficulties caused by the global pandemic.Minister Brnjac pointed out that the decline in the tourist sector in Croatia is about 60%, and this year the country was visited by only 7.4 million tourists. On her opinion, Croatia has achieved good results against the background of the crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the earthquake, which caused material damage in some areas of the country.Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova is on a working visit to Croatia.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-nikolova-croatia-priority-tourist-market-and-partner-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:8280:2020-10-08T12:32:00
The Ministry of Tourism has started broadcasting commercials to promote less-known places
2020-08-26T10:54:00
The Ministry of Tourism starts broadcasting the first three commercials, made together with representatives of the Association of Bulgarian tour guides. The initiative for popularization of less-known places and tourist sites is in fulfillment of the commitment made by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova to the tour guides during a work meeting with them at the end of July. The aim is to encourage the work and demand of local tour guides, who are one of the most severely affected professions in the sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the videos with their participation we will acquaint the tourists with what a good tour guide would contribute to their full experience. We will show the faces of those who know and preserve our history, traditions and landmarks.The campaign includes 20 videos, presenting less-known destinations and cultural and historical monuments in our country, but with great development potential. In the videos, tour guides tell us interesting facts about places and landmarks that are less attended by Bulgarian and foreign tourists.The first video shows part of the unearthly beauty of the Eastern Rhodopes – the canyon and the Arda river valley. This is one of the most picturesque places in our country, which is beginning to gain popularity in the last two years.The second video is dedicated to the St. George Rotunda in Sofia. Hundreds of residents and guests of the capital pass by it every day, but few have entered it to see the five layers of frescoes. The Rotunda is considered to be the oldest preserved building in Sofia, which was built in the early IV century.The third video in this series is dedicated to a less-known tomb near the Haskovo village – Alexandrovo. Its size is impressive and the frescoes in it are well preserved. Next to it is the Museum of Thracian Art which houses one of the first processed gold in the world.This campaign will create an intriguing series that is interesting on its own. Over time, it can be supplemented with more episodes from different locations and in different seasons. The sites were filmed in a professional and beautiful way. In this way, the goal is to strengthen the image of Bulgaria as a magnificent place filled with many places to travel. The sites and places for filming are chosen in close coordination of the tour guide guild.The project is implemented by the production company IVAN RADEV STUDIO. The company brings together professionals with over 10 years of experience in television and advertising. The company`s activity includes the development of concepts and scenarios for TV shows, series and commercials, organizing and conducting events of various kinds. Over the years, the team has worked on over 60 different shows and series, has developed scripts for some of the funniest and most watched reality formats and shows in Bulgaria, as well as some of the most successful and memorable TV commercials and events. The total value of the whole project is BGN 29,940.The campaign was launched first on the social channels of the Ministry of Tourism. The videos are in Bulgarian and with English subtitles. They are marked below with the corresponding active links:Official website of the Ministry of Tourism in the section Video Gallery:Eastern Rhodopes – the canyon and the Arda river valleySt. George Rotunda in SofiaThe Alexandrovo Tomb Facebook page of the Ministry of Tourism:Eastern Rhodopes – the canyon and the Arda river valleySt. George Rotunda in SofiaThe Alexandrovo Tomb Facebook page of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism – Mariana Nikolova:Eastern Rhodopes – the canyon and the Arda river valleySt. George Rotunda in SofiaThe Alexandrovo Tomb Official tourist portal: bulgariatravel.org;Facebook page – Bulgaria Travel;Group in Facebook  - Rediscover Bulgaria;Instagram – bulgariatravelorg; YouTube Channel– Bulgaria Travel:Eastern Rhodopes – the canyon and the Arda river valleySt. George Rotunda in SofiaThe Alexandrovo TombHashtags we use: #ПреоткрийБългария #DiscoverBulgaria #FindYourStory
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/ministry-tourism-has-started-broadcasting-commercials-promote-less-known-places
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tourism.government.bg:8107:2020-08-26T10:54:00
The Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova talked with the Minister of Tourism of Israel Asaf Zamir
2020-08-06T16:47:00
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Tourism of the State of Israel Asaf Zamir. In the conditions of the continuing pandemic, the government is making serious efforts to ensure the smooth running of the tourist season, said Minister Nikolova. She stressed that all necessary measures are being implemented to ensure the safety and health of tourists. On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the spread of the virus is the lowest and it can be considered a safe area, as so far there is no infected tourist, said the Deputy Prime Minister.Israel is a priority tourist market and a strategic partner of Bulgaria, the minister said. In 2019, nearly 245 thousand visits of Israeli tourists to Bulgaria were registered. Negotiations were held for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Bulgaria and Israel for the adoption of special measures to support civil aviation in the conditions of COVID-19. The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications agreed on the project without any notes, and the Ministry of Health provided notes on the medical aspects, the Deputy Prime Minister informed his interlocutor.Israel is expected to ease the travel regime from August 16, and a week earlier a meeting will be held between the ministers of health, foreign affairs, transport and tourism to discuss how to travel, Minister Zamir said. He specified that he would participate in the council, as his position would be for Bulgaria not to have restrictions that would affect tourism, and for the country not to be included in the red list of countries for travel.The Deputy Prime Minister thanked for the conversation and stressed that Bulgaria attaches great importance to good relations with Israel in a number of key areas, including tourism. She also added that despite the ongoing pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism is working actively for the smooth running of the upcoming winter season and summer 2021 and assured that we rely on Israeli guests, who increasingly prefer Bulgaria as a destination.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-mariana-nikolova-talked-minister-tourism-israel-asaf-zamir
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tourism.government.bg:8050:2020-08-06T16:47:00
The Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova presented the possibilities of the destination Bulgaria as a safe place for travel and vacation to a representative of the German tour operator Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH
2020-08-05T17:17:00
The Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova held a working meeting with Iliya Iliev, a representative of the German tour operator Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH. The main focus of the discussions was the opportunities to present the destination Bulgaria as a safe place for travel and vacation."The country is a safe and healthy destination, complying with all anti-epidemic measures against Kovid-19. All restaurants, entertainment venues and hotels strictly follow the instructions and measures for work in a pandemic. I have personally checked them and I have made sure of that”, stressed Minister Nikolova. She also pointed out that Bulgaria has very good prospects as a health destination on the German market, emphasizing that the German market is leading for the sector in our country.In the period from January to May this year, Germany ranked 9th among the state for inbound tourism, and last year there were more than 761 thousand tourists from there.The Minister presented to his interlocutor the decision of the government to grant state aid of 35 euros, which the state has developed as an anti-crisis measure to overcome the effects of the pandemic and explained that all necessary documents and guidelines for applications are uploaded on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism. “I am grateful for the fact that the Bulgarian state managed to do something for us with one breast ahead, this is very important and we appreciate this subsidy that is provided”, said Iliev.“The intensive work for this summer season continues, and for the first time this year we offer tourist packages for the winter season”, he added. He added that the company works with good partners in Bulgaria and offers high quality products to its tourists for holidays in our country. According to him, the main focus in presenting the destination Bulgaria is the opportunities it offers for SPA tourism.We have also developed a special marketing campaign for the German market, developed according to the needs and demands of German tourists, said Minister Nikolova. She explained that it is planned to promote the possibilities for providing medical, outpatient, preventive and wellness services in Bulgaria, as last year the first edition of a catalog with more than 20 certified for the German market sites in Bulgaria in German was published. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/deputy-prime-minister-mariana-nikolova-presented-possibilities-destination-bulgaria
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tourism.government.bg:8053:2020-08-05T17:17:00
Minister Mariana Nikolova: We are expanding the dialogue to attract more tourists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova
2020-08-05T17:10:00
We are expanding contacts with companies working with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, for us they are very important destinations for inbound tourism. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova at a working meeting with leading companies that operate in Russian-speaking markets and meet most of the tourist flow from them. Among the participants in the discussion were representatives of "Bon Tour"/"Biblioglobus", "Go to Holiday"/"Annex Tour", "Solvex", "Teddy Kam" and "Tural".Minister Nikolova noted the huge losses suffered by inbound tourism due to the coronavirus crisis, especially in relation to countries for which there are restrictive measures for travel and other restrictions. The Ministry of Tourism has urgently taken initiatives to support business and through dialogue with tourism managers, diplomats and other experts is doing everything possible to ease the conditions for tourism exchange and encourage business. However, the situation is dynamic and depends reciprocally on the epidemic situation in the countries concerned. The opening of the borders is a key prerequisite for the resumption of tourism activities and is an essential priority for our joint work, she said.Among the first steps in this direction, the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out the conference conversation with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria Anatoly Makarov, as well as with the Ambassador of Ukraine Vitaly Moskalenko. Bulgaria reacted very quickly and on my initiative the restriction for Ukrainian tourists to present a 72-hour PCR test when entering our country on July 16 was lifted. With regard to Moldova, its citizens have been allowed to enter Bulgaria since July 28, but such a test is needed, she stressed.The Minister recalled that the European Commission recommends extending the restriction on non-essential travel in the EU and introduces an approach to gradually lift the restrictions from 1 July 2020. Russia and Belarus are third countries, for which, unfortunately, at this stage there are no exceptions to the temporary ban on non-admission in our country.She promised assistance through the Ministry of Health to assess the possibility of dropping the requirement for a negative PSR test for incoming tourists from Moldova and Belarus. With such a change, it is possible that nearly 80,000 Moldovan citizens will choose Bulgaria for their holidays in August and September. According to the participants in the conversation, Russia has been opening its airlines since August 11, and it is very important that the dialogue between the two countries helps to exchange tourists. The Deputy Prime Minister also confirmed the importance of travelers from the Russian Federation for tourism in Bulgaria in the upcoming winter season and stressed the importance of sanitary measures that are taken to ensure the safety of our destination.At the same time, efforts are continuing through diplomatic channels to facilitate the issuance of visas, which will stimulate the flow of tourists, it became clear from the words of Minister Nikolova. She drew attention to the government's support for the tourism industry, which is among the most affected in the economy. The measure for financing the tourist charters with 35 euros per seat, the pilot project for a grant scheme of BGN 10 million under OPIC for tour operators and travel agents, the 80:20 scheme and others are of direct benefit to the business. Despite the coronavirus, our work on anti-crisis advertising and marketing activities to the countries with which you partner does not stop, said Minister Nikolova.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-mariana-nikolova-we-are-expanding-dialogue-attract-more-tourists-russia
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Minister Nikolova talked with York Schuegraf, Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
2020-08-05T17:00:00
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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Corendon chose Bulgaria for its first charter, 189 tourists from Amsterdam arrived in Burgas
2020-06-26T14:40:00
The company highly appreciates the measures of the Bulgarian government against COVID-19 and the possibility of subsidizing tourist flights, this is its first flight in more than three months  We have not performed a single flight with tourists for more than three months, we are glad that our first flight is to Bulgaria.An important reason for choosing your country as a first destination is the information from your government that flights will be subsidized. We immediately informed our customers and filled out this flight. This was stated in Burgas by Sjoerd de Kort, Director of Product, Yield & Contracting at Corendon (Touroperator), who arrived in Bulgaria together with 189 tourists from the Netherlands on board, including families with children.He expressed his satisfaction that he is here and stressed that Bulgaria is one of the most important destinations for the company. “Tourists do not worry. Everyone wanted to come. We have explained to them in advance that they should follow the local protocols. They are almost the same as in the Netherlands, so there should be no problems with mutual trust”, De Kort added. In addition to him, his colleague Rene Oue Groeniger, Purchasing manager, also arrived on the flight.Among the greeters of the first charter guests were the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov.I welcome the tourists from the Netherlands who have chosen Bulgaria for their summer vacation. The planned flight of Corendon, which we talked about 2 weeks ago, has come true and we hope to be lucky as the beginning of the active summer season.“In Burgas we expect 4 flights from Germany on Sunday, said Minister Angelkova. Thus, we gradually forecast the restoration of part of the charter program at the airport. The company will fly 4 times a week and we hope that with this 35 euro subsidy for an airplane seat for tourist flights we will be able to expand the flight program, it is already planned with this company until October 5. Our partners appreciate the timely and effective measures taken by the Bulgarian government, we expect with their strict observance to implement the summer season, which will be different and difficult given the global pandemic”, she added.“At the meeting with the managers of Corendon, we emphasized that Burgas and the Black Sea coast are a safe destination for tourists. According to a study on the spread of COVID-19 in the region, which was conducted by the municipality of Burgas, less than 1% of people here have encountered the coronavirus. The measures are observed, the water is clean and the weather is with us, said Minister Angelkova. We really hope to have a good season, despite the difficulties and the crisis. The company's program is until October 5, but a possible increase is planned depending on how the registrations develop”, became clear from the words of the Minister of Tourism.The representatives of the company explained that for this and each subsequent group the measures are explained in advance. Everyone is familiar, they are strictly committed to following them.“We do not expect to have problems in this regard. People accept everything extremely calmly. We have explained to them in advance that they should follow the local protocols. They are almost the same as in the Netherlands and there should be no problems with mutual trust”, said the tour operators. On the Bulgarian side, the hotel teams are prepared to provide additional information.The mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov explained that the campaign for the region was presented at the bilateral meeting. “We will expand our study at the end of the season, we will expand the circle of people who will be tested for the spread of the virus, so as to help both the Ministry of Tourism and business. We commented with our Dutch colleagues that we will intensify the promotion of the Southern Black Sea coast through bloggers. We are already working with Dutch bloggers, they will help us increase this network. The Ministry of Tourism will assist us to increase the information. We take this opportunity to invite these guests to the island of St. Anastasia and to see for themselves how many wonderful places there are in the area”, added the mayor of the municipality Dimitar Nikolov.  
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tourism.government.bg:7909:2020-06-26T14:40:00
Minister Angelkova together with the mayor Dimitar Nikolov, Associate Professor Kunchev and Professor Kantardzhiev in Burgas: We are a safe territory, we are working according to the world health rules
2020-06-25T16:23:00
Study data show extremely low circulation of the virus in the region and extremely low risk for residents in the coming weeks “The region of Burgas, on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is a safe tourist destination in the current crisis with COVID-19, we are working according to the world health rules and this will continue with the necessary discipline.”This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova from Burgas, the Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov, the Chief State Health Inspector Assoc. Prof. Angel Kunchev and Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev from the National Operational Headquarters in presenting the results of a study on the distribution of COVID-19 in this part of the country.Minister Angelkova stressed the importance of the study made, which is evidence that timely and effective measures taken by the government prove their effectiveness. “The data are extremely important for tourism”, the minister commented. They show that in the Burgas region the cases of coronavirus are below 1% and the region is an example in this respect.“We will continue to apply these measures even more strictly to ensure a smooth season for tourists and those working in the sector. This topic was among the leading ones at my meeting with the representatives of the business in Sunny Beach”, said Minister Angelkova. She expressed satisfaction that all hotels where tourists are accommodated strictly follow the measures and instructions of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health and the World Health Standards. “A difficult summer awaits us, which will be different from the previous ones, and that is why we need to be extremely disciplined and mobilized. The first charter with foreign tourists from the Netherlands is scheduled for tomorrow, the active summer season starts in July”.The Minister of Tourism assured that everything possible is being done to support the industry and the gradual recovery of the tourism sector, which was stopped by the global pandemic. The measure in support of business 60:40 will continue to operate, a measure 80:20 will be introduced, in addition, employers and self-insured in tourism will receive compensation of BGN 290 per month if their income is reduced by not less than 20 % to maintain employment.In order to administratively facilitate entrepreneurs and investors in tourism, yesterday the government adopted changes to the ordinance for categorization and re-categorization of tourist establishments, from which some requirements have been dropped without compromising the quality of the tourist product.“We are in constant contact with the major tour operators and my colleagues to show that Bulgaria is a safe destination, complies with all sanitary and hygienic requirements. Our country is among the first to open its borders to 29 countries on June 1, since June 20 Bulgaria has been accepting tourists arriving from 35 countries.”Experts involved in the study indicated it aimed to establish the epidemiology of the virus. The covered territory is Burgas district and the neighboring 5 municipalities. 2 300 people took part in the period June 2-22, randomly selected but related to tourism, as well as people from the first line. They were divided into 4 groups, parity men and women. The reported results suggest that the spread of infection is not expected in the future, the findings show.“Burgas was chosen for the study because it is one of the most beautiful places and many people want to stay here for the next few months, there is also active local government”, said Assoc. Prof. Kunchev. “The data show extremely low circulation of the virus and extremely low risk for residents in the coming weeks”, said the chief state health inspector. “We must maintain these good results through constant prevention - with distance, discipline, disinfection and control”, he was very clear.„The risks for the population and the people working here are comparable and smaller compared to the people working in the country“, added Prof. Kantardzhiev. He predicted a second phase of coronavirus infection only after the end of the season and stressed that foreign tourists want and expect safety and they would like to see the smiling faces of the receptionist and the waiter behind the mask. „The beaches in the area are clean, the water is clear, our territory is safer and more secure, welcome to an unforgettable vacation“, said the mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov. "We will take care to guarantee it," he concluded.
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tourism.government.bg:7906:2020-06-25T16:23:00
Minister Angelkova before the start of the active season on July 1: From June 26 we expect the first charter flights with foreign tourists
2020-06-17T14:23:00
With the support of the charters we expect tourists on the Black Sea coast for balneal and SPA until the end of October, the focus of the advertising campaign is the low spread of COVID-19 in our country. We expect the first charters with foreign tourists on June 26 at Bourgas Airport from Amsterdam, the others will be from different cities in Germany. On June 27, TUI and Der Turistick flights from Germany will follow. The first flights to Varna will be also from Germany, but on June 29. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during a briefing before the start of the active summer season on July 1 in Bulgaria.At the moment, the planned flights at our sea airports until the end of September are about 10,600 in Bourgas and 6,400 - in Varna, she said and recalled that Bulgaria was the first to open its borders without quarantine for foreign tourists on June 1, and from June 15 there are already 34 countries with access. We have maintained continious communication with my fellow ministers and the leading tour operators that work with the Bulgarian market, and I expect a gradual restoration of the flight program from our main tourist markets, said the Minister. The anti-crisis measure for subsidizing 35 euros per seat in the charters is positively accepted among our partners. This allows charters with tourists for health, balneo and spa tourism to extend the season until the end of October. The flights are expected to be confirmed in mid-July for October, she clarified.  Preliminary meetings have already been held with all control bodies and local authorities to ensure the safe stay of tourists in the new situation. I appeal to every representative of the sector to make every effort in their work. It is important to follow the laws, because any illegal action leads to damage to the image of the country. The control will be uncompromising, the minister warned.I would like us to be positive despite the unusually difficult situation. We had a good season last year and that's why I focus on flights. It is difficult to make a comparison. The fact is that there is a decline at the airports, and in early January we expected 10 percent growth in the sector. The hotels that will open for the season are currently about 60-70% according to information from the business in Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, but the situation is dynamic, the minister stressed. Another important point, which she drew attention to, is the epidemic situation in the respective countries, which we must take into account when receiving their tourists and pointed out as an example one of our important markets, Russia.There is still a movement in the tourism and this is shown by the data of Uniform Tourim Information System. From May 22 until today, more than 91,000 tourists have spent the night in accommodation places, of which 93% are Bulgarians, said Minister Angelkova. The ministry has been working continuously on the anti-crisis advertising campaign for Bulgaria. The first events started at the end of April on social networks and other channels. A campaign is being implemented for the neighboring countries, Germany, the Visegrád Four and others for one year. An important focus is the balneo and spa tourist services. A separate campaign for our country is being conducted under the signed agreement with the German health insurance funds. We hope that these contacts will greatly support the charter program in October with tourists for health and spa tourism. Our integrated campaigns will start for all target markets on Monday. The focus of the campaign is that Bulgaria is one of the countries with the lowest spread of COVID-19 and this is reported by the international community. Our country has received and can now use the Safe Travels stamp, adopting the health and hygiene protocols of the World Travel and Tourism Council WTTC. This initiative makes it possible to globally identify destinations with enhanced standards for safe travel, the minister stressed.She also spoke in detail about the measures related to liquidity and employment taken by the government and the ministry to promote businesses. The 60:40 measure should be transformed to 80:20, as the ministry suggested, and the details of the change are currently being analyzed with the European Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Social Politics . BGN 50 million will be allocated for tourism to attract the unemployed registered in the labor offices thus, the employers will be additionally supported. A grant scheme for medium-sized enterprises in the sector will also start operating with specific assistance from BGN 30,000 to BGN 100,000 for faster overcoming of the crisis.
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tourism.government.bg:7889:2020-06-17T14:23:00
Bulgaria will use a stamp for safety and hygiene from World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
2020-06-17T14:12:00
Safe Travels stamp allows to differentiate destinations with enhanced standards for safe travel. As per a statement from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Bulgaria is part of the tourism destinations with safety and hygiene travel stamp.The organization designed the special Safe Travels stamp to enable travelers to identify destinations and accommodations around the world which adopted high standards of safety and hygiene.The World Travel and Tourism Council has launched the first of a number of new global measures as part of its Safe Travel protocols, providing guidance to travel providers and tourists on hygiene, disinfection and physical distance.The purpose of these protocols is to introduce action plans to optimize business efforts for the  recovery of the sector after the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, the protocols cover various areas - hotels, restaurants, aviation, airports, tour operators, outdoor shopping, congress centers, taking into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization, and will be updated in the event of a change in the epidemiological situation.Our country is part WTTC’s initiative due to the elaborated by the Ministry of Tourism Guidance for accommodation and catering establishments, which corresponds to the WTTC protocols. The initiative is also supported by UNWTO, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and etc."The stamp is vital to restoring consumer confidence worldwide so that passengers can be assured that there are enhanced hygiene standards and travel safely," said Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of WTTC. She expects more destinations to join in the coming days and weeks, demonstrating the success and importance of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp.The website of the organization features a statement by the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism: "Tourism is a cause that brings a better future for all, and together we can solve crises and challenges. We welcome the initiative for safe travel from the WTTC, which will ensure a rapid recovery of the tourism sector after the global pandemic with COVID-19 and will restore the confidence of travelers" said Minister Angelkova. What has been achieved in Bulgaria in the fight against COVID-19 demonstrates that effective measures taken by the government in a timely manner and the joint efforts of institutions, businesses and citizens can achieve serious results in limiting the spread of the virus, she added.
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tourism.government.bg:7888:2020-06-17T14:12:00
Minister Angelkova in Cairo: The exchange of experience and good practices in the field of digitalization will contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in Bulgaria and Egypt
2019-11-17T18:06:00
Bulgarian Minister and her Egyptian colleague Dr Rania Al-Mashat opened a business forum in tourismThe focus of today's forum is the exchange of good practices in the field of tourism, in particular in the field of digitalization. The event is also a platform to promote our cultural and historical wealth and to share experiences for the sustainable development of the sector. This was stated by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova at a business forum in Egypt. The Minister is on a working visit to Cairo, accompanied by a group of delegates, including representatives of local government and business, as well as members of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism. The discussion was opened by the Bulgarian Minister and the Minister of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr Rania Al-Mashat. The forum was hosted by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local government, the heads of many industry associations and companies operating in the sector.During the meeting, we had the opportunity to comment on the twinning between Bulgarian and Egyptian cities, which would further support the regional growth of the sector, said Minister Angelkova. She added that it is planned to hold thematic days of Bulgaria in Egypt and of Egypt in Bulgaria, which will help to increase the tourist visits in both countries.I am glad to be here and I believe that today's forum will have a positive impact on the development of the sector in both countries, said Minister Angelkova. She also noted that in the recent years Bulgaria has achieved excellent results in tourism, and for the first time last year we reported more than 9.2 million foreign visits. She thanked Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his cabinet colleagues for the assistance they provided to the sector. Minister Angelkova congratulated her colleague Dr Rania Al-Mashat on the achievements of Egyptian tourism last year.During the forum, Minister Al-Mashat announced that Bulgaria could be an example in the management and growth of various tourism products. A very good model for progress is balneo and spa tourism in Bulgaria, so we would like to learn from your experience in developing and promoting it, she further informs. And he commented that in both countries tourism is structurally determining.We could cooperate in the field of categorization of accommodation, said Ahmed el-Vasef, chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation. He stated that they were interested in our gourmet and culinary tourism products. It became clear at the forum that the introduction of uniform requirements for the all-inclusive is being prepared in Egypt.The Chamber of Private Companies congratulated the ministers on the good work and the increase in the number of tourists in both Egypt and Bulgaria and reiterated the importance of the sector for GDP of both countries. They pointed out that Varna has been a well-known destination for Egyptian tourists over the years.Egypt is a key country for us and I am glad that after some delay our economic relations are recovering, said Zhelyo Boychev, MP from the Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism. He added that tourism is a major economic sector for both countries and therefore it is crucial to work consistently to increase visits to the country. The deputy also said that there is a very good dialogue between the two ministries, which is the basis for beneficial work between Bulgaria and Egypt.Member of Parliament Ivan Mihovski emphasized the fact that tourism in Bulgaria is a national priority and is supported by all government representatives.Galina Stoyanova, Mayor of Kazanlak thanked for the opportunity to be among the delegates and to improve the economic relations of the municipality with Egypt. She presented to the participants in detail the tourism opportunities in the city and the sights in the Kazanlak region.A further working visit was discussed during the forum to conduct a broader discussion on the exchange of experience and good practices, with investment as the main focus. Minister Angelkova invited all participants to be guests within the second investment forum, which the Ministry of Tourism will organize in Sunny Beach next year.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-cairo-exchange-experience-and-good-practices-field
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tourism.government.bg:7489:2019-11-17T18:06:00
Minister Angelkova met with Egyptian Tourism Minister Dr Rania Al-Mashat in Egypt
2019-11-17T14:59:00
The Bulgarian Minister is on a working visit to Cairo together with deputies and representatives of the local government and businessMinister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the Minister of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr Rania Al-Mashat. The two spoke during Minister Angelkova's working visit in Cairo. She is accompanied by a group of delegates, including representatives of local government and business, as well as members of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism.The deepening of the partnership between the two countries will contribute to the development of tourism, which is a key economic sector for both countries, said Minister Angelkova. She emphasized that Bulgaria and Egypt have a long-standing good partnership in tourism and expressed confidence that it will continue to exchange good practices in promoting the culture and history of the countries, thus contributing to increasing interest in both countries and attracting guests from other markets.The two ministers also discussed the possibility of establishing a permanent mechanism for tourism co-operation between the two countries. The host Minister Rania Al-Mashat highlighted the importance of tourism to the economies of Egypt and Bulgaria and expressed her admiration for her visit to Bulgaria in May this year. The Egyptian Minister of Tourism was among the participants in the International Forum for Sustainable Tourism and Investment, which was held at the end of May in Sunny Beach. At the meeting today, she was formally invited to attend the second edition of the International Tourism Investment Forum, scheduled for 2020. Ministers Angelkova and Al-Mashat also discussed in Cairo the possibility of organizing a Bulgarian-Egyptian tourist forum with representatives of the industry from both countries. Meetings in Egypt of Bulgarian representatives continue.
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tourism.government.bg:7487:2019-11-17T14:59:00
Minister Angelkova talked with executives of the Corendon tour operator and the Beautiful destinations company in London
2019-11-06T10:00:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting in London with top executives from Dutch tour operator Corendon, which has a strong presence in Benelux and owns an airline. She offers charter flights to Bourgas from Amsterdam, Maastricht and Brussels, with some of the longest summer seasons in Bulgaria with 9 flights per week. The interview took place at the 40th WTM International Tourism Exhibition in the British capital.In the summer of 2018, over 20,000 tourists travelled to Bulgaria via Corendon, but the opportunities are much greater among families and young couples. The company proposes a joint marketing campaign for our country in Benelux and forecasts an increase of its trips to Bulgaria for the summer of 2020 to 40,000.Minister Angelkova assured that there is potential for expanding the cooperation to other cities in our country as well as in the wings of the seasons, because the aim is to establish Bulgaria as a year-round destination.Speaking to the representatives of the Beautiful Destinations management team, Jeremy Jonesy, CEO, and Elizabeth Linder, CEO, Minister Angelkova presented the rich potential of our country as a destination for four seasons and recalled that despite the challenges this year, very good results in the sector are reported. In the first nine months of 2019, national statistics recorded over 7.8 million foreign visits to Bulgaria, which is a decrease of only 0.8% compared to the record for tourism in 2018.Bulgaria is becoming more and more attractive to foreign tourists not only with its well-established summer and winter vacations, but also with various offers for cultural, historical, balneo and spa, culinary, golf, adventure, eco and rural tourism, the minister emphasized. Our country is an increasingly preferred place for doing business, and especially for tourism the opportunities are extremely promising. In the spring of this year, an international forum for sustainable investment in the sector was held in our largest tourist complex in Sunny Beach. The aim was to attract the attention of leading brands in the tourism industry to the potential of Bulgaria and Southeast Europe. A second edition of the conference is to be held.Managers from Beautiful destinations have presented their operations in a number of markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa. Of interest to them is Bulgaria, which they like very much as a route, they shared and expressed their willingness for active cooperation in the field of digital transformation, contacts with social networks, online marketing, etc. Beautiful Destinations has wealth of experience with its Egypt marketing destination campaign.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Corendon is a leading tour operator, airline and hotel chain in the Dutch and Belgian tourist markets. Corendon Airlines flies to 45 countries and 145 airports, carrying around 2.5 million passengers annually. The airline also offers charter flights to leading European and Asian tour operators.Beautiful destinations is a worldwide travel organization brand. The company has created the world's largest social media travel community. More than 20 million people in 180 countries contact Beautiful Destinations on various international platforms every day.
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tourism.government.bg:7486:2019-11-06T10:00:00
Minister Angelkova held a working meeting in London with Ahmad Al-Khateeb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage
2019-11-05T18:13:00
The Bulgarian Minister discussed new initiatives with the President of the Polish Tourist Organization Robert AndrzejczykTourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting in London with Ahmad Al-Khateeb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, at the 40th World Travel Market (WTM) Tourism Exhibition in the British capital.The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an extremely important partner for Bulgaria and we strive to develop good relations in areas of strategic importance for our countries, explained Minister Angelkova. She thanked for the warm welcome during her visit to the capital Riyadh last year and added that Bulgaria offers both very good conditions for tourism and for investment.It is important to continue to implement the commitments made in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Tourism, said Minister Angelkova. In this regard, she invited Mr Al-Khateeb to participate in the second international investment forum, which will be organized in 2020 in our country, and a proposal for holding a bilateral business forum was discussed. Minister Angelkova said that improving the air links between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia would contribute to increasing the flow of tourists, which is extremely important for both countries.During the world's largest tourist trade fair for professionals, Minister Angelkova also spoke with the President of the Polish Tourist Organization, Robert Andrzejczyk. Poland is an important and desirable partner for Bulgaria and we need to strengthen our bilateral relations in order for more Polish citizens to recognize Bulgaria as a year-round destination, said Minister Angelkova. She added that our country is a place not only for sea and winter tourism, but also for cultural, historical, balneo and SPA and that it is important for visitors from Poland to get to know our natural and cultural wealth.Last year our country welcomed over 425 thousand Polish tourists, which is an increase of 7.9% compared to 2017, and the Bulgarian citizens who have visited Poland are almost 74 thousand - an increase of 10.5%. In 2019 from January to September the number of tourist visits from Poland amounted to over 391 thousand.The Bulgarian minister told Mr Andrzejczyk that she is planning an official visit to Poland early next year to discuss concrete proposals for deepening cooperation between the two countries and national tourist associations.Minister Angelkova also participated in a high-level meeting organized by the World Tourism Organization at the United Nations 'Rural Development Technology' as part of the World Travel Market (WTM) program in London. The focus of the forum was on tourism and agriculture policies that enable communities to develop through innovation.Tourism, as an engine of the regions, supports their development not only through direct revenues, but also through new, modern investment projects that lead to the sustainability of local production, is the position of Minister Angelkova. Using its tourism potential and establishing the country as a year-round destination, the conditions for economic growth of local communities are created. We have seen concrete results from these initiatives. Today we are proud to say that regions such as the Valley of the Thracian Kings, the Rose Valley, Old Nessebar - a UNESCO site - are very well-known brands internationally.
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tourism.government.bg:7485:2019-11-05T18:13:00
Minister Angelkova held a working meeting in London with Egyptian Minister of Tourism Dr Rania Al-Mashat
2019-11-05T16:11:00
Within the World Travel Market, the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism also talked with her Greek colleague Harry Theoharis and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the WTO until 2017.Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the Minister of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr Rania Al-Mashat. The two spoke at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London. The main focus of the debate was the discussion of measures to encourage tourism exchanges between the two countries.The organization of an official visit to Egypt, involving representatives of the state administration, the Bulgarian tourism business and local authorities, is being discussed, said Minister Angelkova. B2B meetings are expected to be held between delegates from both countries to comment on initiatives to increase travel in Bulgaria and Egypt. The working visit will be in continuation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt signed in May in Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova and Dr Rania Al-Mashat also discussed the possibilities of organizing a Bulgarian-Egyptian tourist forum with representatives of the industry from both countries. At the meeting, Minister Angelkova also raised the issue of setting up a joint working group, whose first session would be held in Bulgaria next year. This will deepen cooperation and allow for the exchange of experience and good practices that contribute to the sustainable development of tourism.During her working visit to London, Minister Angelkova also met with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Greece, Mr. Harry Theoharis.Greece is a key tourist market for us, with the number of visits from our southern neighbour ranking it second among the top destinations for inbound tourism, said Minister Angelkova.For the period January-September 2019 tourist visits from Greece to Bulgaria are over 892 thousand and increase by 4.7% compared to the same period a year earlier.The two ministers discussed the creation of joint projects to attract tourists from distant markets such as China, Japan and the US. Minister Angelkova emphasized that an important accent in our work is to encourage visits from those countries that traditionally choose to travel to several neighbouring countries.Minister Angelkova also spoke with Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization at the UN in 2009-2017. They commented on the progress in tourism as well as initiatives that could contribute to even greater achievements in the sector.
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Minister Angelkova congratulated the participants of the Bulgarian stand at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London
2019-11-05T14:57:00
Bulgaria presents its diverse tourism opportunities at a booth of 296 square meters with the participation of municipalities, tour operators and hotels on the world's largest professional exchangeMinister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova congratulated all participants of the Bulgarian booth at the World Travel Market (WTM) tourist exhibition in London, which began on November 4 and will last until November 6. The Exchange is the largest for the professional world, and this year is its 40th anniversary edition.Bulgaria is a traditional participant in the exhibition, including in this edition a national booth with an area of ​​nearly 296 square meters. The main emphasis in the presentation of the country is cultural and historical tourism, and all visitors will be able to get acquainted with our specialized products. in the field of balneo and spa, eco and rural tourism. The booth will also provide information on basic services related to travel and vacation opportunities at sea and skiing.The slogan BULGARIA - A DISCOVERY TO SHARE is one of the symbols of the Bulgarian booth on the London Stock Exchange, and advertising visions of the country are welcomed by guests and participants at the entrance of the hall. During the days of the World Forum at the booth of Bulgaria there is also a diverse animation program that presents traditional crafts and elements of our authentic folklore.In addition to seeing Bulgaria, everyone who visits the national booth will be able to “taste it”. Daily tastings of traditional specialties and native white and red wines are planned, which will be presented by the sommelier.In addition to the Ministry of Tourism, the Bulgarian booth features 26 participants, including representatives of municipalities, tour operators, travel agents and accommodation establishments.WTM is the largest exchange for professionals in the tourism industry in the world. In 2018, the number of participants increased by 3% to over 51,400 compared to 2017 (about 49,680). The total number of visits in the three days of the professional exchange reached nearly 89,000. International media representatives have increased to 2,700. This year's edition of the World Travel Market is expected to attract even more interest.
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Ministry of Tourism awarded by the Bulgarian Association of Advertisers - BAAwards
2019-10-25T17:26:00
The country's UK marketing campaign has received new recognitionThe Ministry of Tourism was honoured with silver by the Bulgarian Association of Advertisers (BAA) during the sixth edition of the BAAwards competition.The Bulgarian Tourism Campaign in Great Britain The Great Swap has won the prize in the category "Brand activation campaign for a product or service to achieve a specific business objective". This is another award given to the Ministry in connection with this initiative. Earlier this year, the project was honoured with two awards in the 19th edition of the PR Prize 2019 Influencing the Influencers and two honours from the prestigious PHARE 2019 Advertising and Communication Festival.The Great Swap campaign is part of our country's communication as a travel destination, which began in September 2018 and ended on April 15, 2019. It was conducted in two waves and in various communication channels.The project is one of the most distinctive features of the British - their sense of humour. To that end, we offered them the best deal - the barter. Therefore, the game The big bargain was a trade - sunny weather in Bulgaria for English humour. For this purpose, the site www.thegreatswap.co.uk was developed. Any UK citizen could tell a British joke on the site, in return for playing for 3 one-week winter or 3 one-week summer vacations of their choice in sunny Bulgaria. Thus, in the exchange of "good time for English humour", the campaign managed to achieve excellent results according to the set goals.Even if they do not win, the consumers are acquainted with the numerous opportunities and variety of tourist products that Bulgaria offers. Thousands of jokes are uploaded to the site and there are hundreds of thousands of visits. Online advertising reached over 20 million impressions and outdoor advertising reached over 9 million.Last year, tourist visits of UK citizens to Bulgaria amounted to over 389 thousand, which is an increase of 15.2% compared to 2017. For the period January-August 2019, 362 127 visits from the UK were recorded, which is an increase by 21.3% compared to the same period of a record 2018
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Minister Angelkova talked with Dr Ingo Burmester, Executive Director of DER Touristik for Central Europe, in Frankfurt
2019-10-15T18:15:00
Emphasis is placed on the opportunities for increasing tourists in Bulgaria, representatives of the tour operator are expected next week in Bulgaria for the preparation of the 2020 seasonTourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting in Frankfurt with Dr Ingo Burmester, Executive Director of DER Touristik for Central Europe.The Minister is on a working visit to Germany, where he and representatives of the international tour operator discussed initiatives to increase tourists to Bulgaria and redirect tourist flows to our country in the situation following the bankruptcy of the world's oldest tour operator Thomas Cook.Germany is a key market for Bulgarian tourism, it ranks in the top 3 of the countries from which Bulgaria welcomes the most guests. It is extremely important for us to attract German visitors through a variety of products and services so that we can increase tourists in May, June and September, said Minister Angelkova. She also said that our country is known as a stable destination for organized tourism and it is very important that DER Touristik tour operators direct their programs to Bulgaria for the 2020 season and for the coming years.Summer tourism forms about 60% of the total tourist visits in Bulgaria, said Minister Angelkova and emphasized that tourism is a national priority and thanks to the support from the Bulgarian government for 2020 will act as a special mechanism for promoting organized tourism through marketing and advertising to the structure-determining country tourism markets.Representatives of DER Touristik are expected in Bulgaria next week for the preparation of the 2020 season, it became clear at the meeting.For his part, Dr Ingo Burmester stated that Bulgaria is a very important market for the company. Your country is beautiful and friendly, we want to work with it and stabilize the charters to Bulgaria, he said.Minister Angelkova thanked for the useful meeting and emphasized that she expects future fruitful joint work to increase significantly the German tourists in Bulgaria in the coming and coming years.A week ago, Minister Angelkova made a working visit to Berlin, where she held working meetings with Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Federal Republic of Germany and representatives of the TUI Group and Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH leaderships.…………………DER Touristik Group is a European market leader in travel sales and serves over 7 million customers each year. To meet this demand, the company includes 16 brands, such as Dertour, ITS, Kuoni, Apollo and Exim Tours, and 25 specialized tour operators, among who are Kirker and Manta Reisen. In the markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and Switzerland, the DER Touristik Group has a network of 2400 travel agencies. The program of the tour operator includes 205 thematic and market catalogues. 
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Minister Angelkova had a workshop in Berlin with Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Executive Committee of TUI Group regarding the preparation for season 2020
2019-10-08T18:33:00
The focus is aimed at increasing the tourist flow; the forecasts of the world tour operator indicate sustainable growth of the market of Bulgaria and more tourists for our country Preparation of season 2020 and the possibilities which Bulgaria has to achieve a serious rise of the tourists from abroad was the topic of the workshop in Berlin between Minister Nikolina Angelkova and Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Executive Committee of TUI Group and Group Director Corporate & External Affairs. The minister is on a working visit in Germany“Following the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook  - the oldest international tour operator, it is of extreme importance for us to have Bulgaria positioned successfully and to strengthen its positions of a stable destination for organized tourism”, said the Bulgarian minister. “Germany is the main tourist market for our country. We are working on the organization of a large Bulgarian-German tourist business forum. The main focus in it will be on summer and winter tourism as well as the possibilities of the Bulgarian historic and cultural, and balneo and SPA tourism” Minister Angelkova pointed out. “Our aim is to lengthen the active seasons, to increase the number of the tourists and their stay in our country and thus to win recognition for Bulgaria as a four-season destination”, commented Minister Angelkova. She presented the possibilities of our country to support the organized tourism via direct advertising aiming at the leading tourist markets.     Minister Angelkova informed her interlocutor that on 27 September – the World Tourism Day, it was officially announced in Sofia that an agreement had been signed between Bulgaria and the German health insurance companies which had been subject of years of hard work. This agreement will allow the German citizens who have health insurance to undergo treatment in our country.Thomas Ellerbeck said that the forecasts of TUI Group indicated a sustainable development of the market of Bulgaria. He emphasized that the company worked very well with the Bulgarian business and that the country was very well accepted among their clients. According to him an increase in the number of the tourists who will visit Bulgaria with TUI Group can be expected  next year.……………………………TUI AG with its hotels, air lines, cruise ships and tour operators is the biggest tourist enterprise in Europe. The abbreviation TUI means Touristik Union International. The company has 27 mill. clients/tourists on 31 target markets all over the world. It has 150 air planes under the brands of TUIfly, TUI Airways, TUIfly Nordic, TUI Airlines Belgium, Corsair International and TUI Airlines Nederland. The company also possesses 330 own hotels with a total of 11 696 rooms and 241 207 beds, as well as 16 cruise ships sailing under the brands of TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and  Marella Cruises. The turnover of the company as of the end of last year amounted to 19,52 billion EUR. The total number of the employees in the group is 69 000.
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Minister Angelkova had a workshop in Berlin with Adnan Eken, head of cooperation and sponsorship of Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH
2019-10-08T15:35:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a workshop in Berlin with Adnan Eken, head of cooperation and sponsorship, Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH. She is on a working visit in Germany where today she has a number of meetings with regards to the negotiations for season 2020 and the situation in the sector following the bankruptcy of the tour operator Thomas Cook.During her discussion with Mr Eken, Minister Angelkova said that in view of the current situation and expected challenges in the forthcoming tourist season, the Ministry of Tourism had initiated measures to overcome them by seeking possibilities to increase the number of tourists going to Bulgaria and cooperation for the preparation of season summer 2020. She pointed out that part of the measures was the mechanism to stimulate the organized tourism via advertising which would stimulate the tourist sector in Bulgaria. “With the help of the Bulgarian government, the tourist sector has become a priority and I believe that the state, business and local authorities will manage to overcome the international challenges and crises by acting together”, said the minister.She also explained that Germany was one of the most important markets for the Bulgarian tourism and that we would do our best to attract even more German tourists to choose our country for their holiday and vacation.In his turn Adnan Eken thanked minister Angelkova for the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism directing their efforts toward Germany. “Now is the time to act and think for the future”, he concluded.The data shows that from January to August this year the number of the visitors from Germany to our country amounted to 588 897, and during the summer months from June to August, 469 641 citizens of the Federal Republic spent their holiday in Bulgaria.Schauinsland-Reisen is a tour operator, established in 1918 with main office in Duisburg, Germany and presently takes 6th place with regards to vacation packages + flights. The total turnover for the company for 2018/2019 is 1.37 billion EUR and the number of the tourists who travelled with the company is 1.64 million. The tour operator has approx. 480 employees in Duisburg and almost 1000 employees around the world. The company offers to its clients vacations and trips to various destinations, including Bulgaria.
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Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, before Minister Angelkova: “I would like to thank the Bulgarian government for their reaction following the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook”
2019-10-08T14:46:00
“The country is an extremely important market for us, within Top 3 for inbound tourism’’, said Minister Angelkova who is on a working visit in the Federal Republic. “I would like to thank the Bulgarian government for their reaction. You were one of the few countries who acted this way following the bankruptcy of the tour operator Thomas Cook”. These were the words of Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany during the meeting with the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. She is on a working visit in Germany where today she is having a number of meetings with regards to the possibilities for negotiations for season 2020 and the circumstances following the termination of the activity of the world tour operator.“We reacted in good time, a working group was formed in the ministry for the purpose of continuously following the situation,” Minister Angelkova pointed out. “Experts from the ministry were sent to the Black Sea coast to assist the tourists and the business and to help for the fast solution of any arising difficulties. It was important for us not to let the tourists from Germany and the other countries experience additional difficulties following the bankruptcy of the tour operator and to leave in them such impressions from Bulgaria which will make them visit our country next year again.  I am happy that they had a trouble-free holiday, this is of extreme importance for the image of the country as an attractive destination for organized tourism”, commented the Bulgarian minister. She announced in front of her host the readiness of the government to help the business in attracting more tourists via advertising. “The important thing is our two governments to work together which will contribute for the encouragement of the visits in both countries”, commented Minister Angelkova. “Tourism is a national priority for the Government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov thus a separate Ministry of Tourism has been established and its main aim is Bulgaria to win recognition as a year-round tourist destination.”The two interlocutors discussed the situation following the bankruptcy of the oldest tour operator and the possibilities of the respective legislation to decreases the damages of its partners. Minister Angelkova assured the State Secretary Nussbaum that Germany was among the Top 3 leading markets for inbound tourism in Bulgaria and that the attraction of the interest of the German tourists  was one of the main aims of the Ministry of Tourism. She also reminded that last year we had more than 9.2 million foreign tourist visits in our country and that tourism was a key sector for the development of economics as it formed 12% of the GDP.The minister pointed out that the German tourists mainly organized their trips via tour operators or international booking platforms. She added that Bulgaria and Germany had long-term and well-developed bilateral relations. “I would like to thank you and your colleagues for the good partnership over the last years which has helped us achieve this big success and already given the green light for joint work with the German health insurance companies“, said Minister Angelkova. “Thanks to these agreements, the health insurance companies will send to Bulgaria those German citizens who want to use the services of our health and SPA tourism and the rich natural resources of Bulgaria in terms of mineral springs. The private hotels can also offer those services of theirs which are certified and in compliance with the decrees of the Ministry of Health Care and the Ministry of Tourism.”
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Minister Angelkova had a workshop with Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economics of the Republic of North Macedonia
2019-10-01T14:53:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with the Minister of Economics of the Republic of North Macedonia, Kreshnik Bekteshi. The two of them discussed possible initiatives which would contribute to the enhancement of the bilateral tourist flow. “We are discussing the possible signing of a memorandum in the sphere of tourism as well as the possibilities for the development of common routes for distant markets,” said Minister Angelkova. She added that thus more visitors from Asia and America would be attracted to our region and that  would have a positive impact on the strengthening of the interest toward the Balkans. “Traditionally the visitors from distant countries usually choose to visit 2 or 3 countries within a certain region”, particularized the Minister of Tourism.The Republic of North Macedonia is among the leading countries for inbound tourism for our country. For the period January – August 2019, our neighbouring country holds the 7th position among the top destinations for most numerous visitors to Bulgaria. More than 376 000 citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia have visited our country during the first 8 months of this year.Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi supported the idea for the signing of a memorandum and development of common routes for tourism. He also pointed out that over the last years there had been a considerable rise in the number of the foreign tourists to the Republic of North Macedonia, but that there was still unused potential for development in that sphere.The two ministers indicated their willingness to hold a business forum with the participation  not only of tour operators and tourist associations from both states but also with the participation of companies operating on the distant tourist markets as well as representatives of the local authorities of both countries. “The important thing is to present all the products which our countries can offer to the foreign tourists”, said Minister Angelkova. Further to that she also commented on the possibilities of Bulgaria with an emphasis on the summer and winter tourism, cultural and historical tourism, balneo, wine and culinary tourism.
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Minister Angelkova at the conference in Sofia regarding the establishment of new Danube cultural routes: Culture and tourism have the potential to make us stronger and more united
2019-09-30T14:42:00
Her Royal Highness Princess Dana Firas, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of “Petra National Trust” , took part in the forum“Bulgaria is using all possibilities to strengthen the role of tourism and through it to help for the long-term development of the Danube region. Culture and tourism are essential for the success of the EC strategy for this part of the continent and have the potential to make us stronger and more united.” These were the words of the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the opening of the conference in Sofia on: Establishment of new cultural routes in the Danube region.Dana Firas, Princess of Jordan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of “Petra National Trust”, took part in the forum organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Council of Europe. Her Royal Highness is in the country at the invitation of the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism. The Minister of Culture Boil Banov also took part in the discussions. Minister Angelkova emphasized the significant contribution of our country to the establishment of three different types of thematic destinations – cultural-historical, wine-culinary and balneo- and SPA which had considerably increased the interest of the tourists. “This is also a way to bring people together. The number of visits to these sites has increased significantly – for some destinations the rise exceeds 100%”, announced she. “As an European initiative the Danube cultural platform aims to expand the cultural routes. Despite the big international competition, our country is winning bigger and bigger recognition as a destination of strong tourism and the whole government supports the sector,” added the minister. “Almost 12% of the GDP is formed by tourism and last year it attracted for the first time over 9 million foreign tourists,“ pointed she. “Bulgaria is getting more and more attractive on the geographic map. Tsarevets, Panagyurishte, the bridge of Kolyo Ficheto, Veliki Preslav, Pliska, Nessebar and many others are among the most visited places of interest. The routes are our chance to obliterate the borders and prejudices,” said Minister Angelkova.The Princess of Jordan Dana Firas drew attention to the fact that the cultural heritage is our identity but it also connects us to all parts of the world. “The investments improve the possibilities of tourism and the quality of life. The Danube region is very important as it unites member states of the EU and states which are not part of it. Our discussion is happening at a time when we can clearly see the damages from the short-sighted thinking on development. When tourism is well organized, there is balance between its development and the preservation of the cultural heritage. Here I have seen exactly this. It is an honour to be in Bulgaria – a country rich in cultural and historical heritage,” said Her Royal Highness. “It is important to meet and discuss various initiatives. I am impressed with the vision of Minister Angelkova,” she summarized.After the end of the conference Minister Angelkova announced before the media that the ministry was ready to start a pilot initiative – preparation of memorandum for cooperation with “Petra National Trust” for training of the coming generation how to preserve the cultural heritage by using the experience of the organization. The establishment of public councils for the large cultural sites  which would help their preservation and promotion was also considered.“Culture and creative sectors play an important role for the development of the country and I am sure that our cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism will continue,” said Minister Banov. “Our joint work will contribute to the expansion of the collaboration of the countries in the region as well as for exchange of good practices. The government recognizes cultural tourism as a key topic. It is a main priority and we will continue to work on it and to upgrade the achieved”.“I am happy because this conference is held in Sofia – a city of millennial history where cultural tourism holds an important place,” these were the words of the deputy-mayor of the capital, ass. prof. Dr Todor Chobanov. “A huge part of the tourists visit Bulgaria precisely because of the cultural tourism in our country. I greet the efforts of both ministries as the number of the tourists who have chosen the cultural tourism is increasing every year. Our museums are very interesting for the foreigners,” said ass. prof. Chobanov. Constanze Metzger, Routes4u senior project officer of the Council of Europe, emphasized the importance of the Danube region which is rich not only in natural and cultural resources but also in great cultural variety. “We are talking about two new route projects – the Iron Age and Cyril and Methodius,” said she. “The cultural routes cross at least 3 countries and are trans-national, they preserve their heritage. Europe is not just a political and economic union but a union of cultures,” commented Metzger. “The two routes will turn out to be successful only if we collaborate and thus transfer the past into the future. They will be most efficient if the local communities are included and if we all benefit from our strengths,” summarized she.
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Princess Dana Firas: My visit in Bulgaria is something special, the Bulgarian minister is dedicated to the cause of tourism
2019-09-30T14:01:00
Her Royal Highness emphasized during her master class in Sofia that sustainable development without preservation of the cultural heritage is not possible”I am happy to be in Bulgaria because my visit here is special. There are a lot of similarities between our two countries but your tourism is developing much better.” These were the words of the Princess of Jordan Dana Firas who is on a visit in Bulgaria at the invitation of the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. Her Royal Highness warmly thanked the Bulgarian minister and called her a friend and source of inspiration because of her devotion to the cause.Before the opening of her master class in Sofia, Dana Firas said that the essence of the cultural heritage was in what we were and it would help us learn more about the life of the people. “The past experience serves to show how economics developed, how the cultural traditions grew. Where there is beauty, the cultural heritage teaches us to value beauty. Sustainable development is not possible without preservation of the cultural heritage. The preservation of the balance is the way to sustainability,” pointed she. “According to UNESCO culture must be the measure of sustainable development. Nowadays there is a common consensus according to which the cultural development, the economic development and the environment are interdependent.”The princess reminded about the importance of the sustainable development aims adopted in 2015 in which culture was mentioned only partially, but the cultural development had begun to turn into a serious factor in economics, education and equality. “None of our specific aims can exist without a cultural element, many countries did not recognize culture as a priority in the beginning; they considered it a luxury. This position must be changed,” was her firm position.The Princess of Jordan emphasized on the role of tourism in these relations. “Why did the WTO indicate that 40 per cent of all tourist events have purely cultural motivation?” was her rhetorical question. “It is well regulated and holds an enormous potential. When we talk about tourism management, we actually talk about culture management. 1.3 billion people are travelling around the world and these are not simply figures. The developing countries are having the possibility to be equal with the developed one,” said she and gave examples from the tourism in the region of the ancient Jordan town of Petra. It became clear from her statement that the country was strongly dependent on tourism and that it formed more than 19% of the GDP.Dana Firas emphasized the importance of succession: she said that they had programmes for 7-8 year-old children who were learning from the earliest age to preserve culture by using a modern system of education.Minister Angelkova welcomed her guest and emphasized that tourism had become the center of economics and the second driving force of all spheres of development over the last 10 years. Bulgaria participates successfully in this ranking as over the last three years it achieved record results in its entire history. Last year, the country exceeded for the first time the limit of 9 million foreign tourists which is more than its population. The sector together with the similar industries encompasses 11% of the total employment in the country, thus we have to recognize its importance for the sustainable development of economics.The Bulgarian minister also drew the attention to the serious connection between tourism and culture. Minister Angelkova said that we could develop only if we encouraged these contacts as the preservation and management of culture depended on tourism. She also said that we were talking not simply of the development of the tourist sector but of something bigger – the preservation of the cultural heritage. Bulgaria is extremely rich in that respect with its 40 000 artifacts, thousands of churches and monasteries. The minister thanks for the shared experience which could be useful for us. “Together we can turn culture into an instrument for integration,” said she.The ambassadors from the missions in Sofia took part in the meeting and asked questions regarding the preservation of the cultural heritage of Jordan and Petra. Dana Firas is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of “Petra National Trust”. She announced that 80% of the tourism in Jordan was connected with Petra and the cultural heritage and that they did their best to preserve the natural landscape. Large areas were under protection in active partnership with the non-governmental sector. “The cultural heritage is the pillar of the tourism in Jordan. The country has more than 100 000 archeological sites. 50 000 of them are registered and developed but the rest are not. They are in the gardens and yards of the people,” said the Princess of Jordan.
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Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism: Tourism is a cause, it brings better future for everyone, we can deal with the crises and challenges together
2019-09-27T09:06:00
Today we celebrate 27 September – the World Tourism DayDear colleagues and partners,I would like to congratulate you on the World Tourism Day - 27 September which has been celebrated for more than 40 years under the  aegis of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) with the UN. On this date we express our gratitude to all people for whom tourism is a cause and who have accepted this difficult and responsible profession with both their head and their heart.  This profession is destiny of thousands of men and women in Bulgaria and is now hereditary for whole families. It requires a lot of effort, great working capacity, feeling of entrepreneurship, but also imagination as tourism is not simply a serious business, but also experience, emotion, even philosophy and attitude.I would like to congratulate the foreign tourists who have chosen our country as their destination – for many of them this is not the first or even the second time to be here. Bulgaria always has lots to tell and show them from its nature, history, culture, way of life, traditions, authentic folklore. Our country can guarantee to its guests a calm but interesting visit, and contact with a large number of artifacts, plentiful mineral waters, picturesque terrain, various accommodations and entertainments for every taste. And all this – during all four seasons. I congratulate those Bulgarian tourists who have voted for the Bulgarian resorts choosing to spend most of their vacation in Bulgaria.Bulgaria has huge potential to develop the sector which, together with the connected subbranches, generates almost 12% of the GDP and 11% of the total employment in Bulgaria.On behalf of the tourist sector I would like to thank Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and my colleagues from the government for their support of tourism which has become a priority for the national economics. Thus the efforts of many institutions and organizations were focused for the sustainable development of its horizontal structure.Throughout the years following the establishment of a separate Ministry of Tourism excellent results were achieves regarding the number of tourists, accommodation and the receipts from them for the whole history of the sector. In 2018 for the first time we exceeded the limit of 9 million foreign tourist visits. The income from the inbound tourism exceeded 7.3 billion BGN. More than 4 million people were accommodated in high-class hotels which comes to indicate that we offer a quality product at an attractive price.Now, despite the strong international competition, we continue to build on our achievements in a number of markets. From the beginning of 2019 till July inclusive, our country attracted more than 5.1 million visits of foreign tourists. In the period June-July 2019 the NSI recorded a 2% rise of the foreign tourists staying in hotels of 10 beds or more along our Black Sea coast. During that period the visitors from Ukraine were with 26% more in comparison with June-July 2018, from Moldova – with over 14%, from Great Britain and Greece – over 9 %, from Turkey – over 6%, from the Netherlands – over 9%, from Hungary – almost 35%, from Slovakia – around 17%, from Ireland – almost 45%, from China – over 13% etc. This was the strongest June-July period according to number of Bulgarians staying in hotels with 10 or more beds over the last years. The overall increase among our fellow countrymen is almost 13%.I believe that with joint efforts we can continue this positive trend in the tourist industry although today, at the end of season summer 2019, we are facing a critical situation of international scale which will inevitably affect Bulgaria as well. We are confronted by extremely difficult and complex challenges. We depend on collaboration with the responsible business so that together we can minimize the possible negative consequences for tourism and to overcome the case of the bankruptcy of one of the biggest world tour operators. I believe that we will act like real professionals and will protect the interests of all tourists in our country as well as of the Bulgarian tourist companies in order not to damage the image of our country as a destination for organized tourism which provides secure and comfortable stay.This year the topic of the world celebration of 27 September is “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all”.   According to data of the WTO the sector generates 10% of the work positins in the world and participates actively in the aims for sustainable development because of its potential to offer worthy jobs and to  stimulate the local culture and the typically regional products. According to the International Labour Organization the accommodation and restaurant activities together with the services of the private sector will create most employment possibilities over the next five years. The micro-, small and average enterprises are the main driving forces in our professional sphere. The international researches indicate that about half of the teams work in companies of less than 10 people and about three quarters – in companies having personnel of less than 50 people. This sphere creates more employment possibilities for youths and women than any other sphere and opens more job positions in the rural and distant regions.In our country there are about 27 000 enterprises in the hotel and restaurant industries. In 2018 the total number of the people in Bulgaria engaged in tourism and  the connected economic activities are over 346 000, but more joint efforts are required to increase their number and skills in order to “secure” the business with enough qualified personnel. The aim of the competitive product is uncompromising quality. These and many other issues regarding the preparation and engagement of the employees are dealt with in the Inter-Agency Council for Personnel in Tourism which we established with the Ministry of Tourism. We apply good world practices and the experience of leading countries when taking decisions and for all legislative initiatives.The tourist industry is one of the most powerful levers to stimulate the economics of the planet. According to data of the World Tourism Organization, in 2018 the countries around the world have reported a total of 1.4 billion visits of foreign tourists and the rise in comparison with 2017 is more than 5%. According to World Travel & Tourism Council tourism and the connected subbranches  have created in 2018 a global GDP of 8.8  trillion dollars which is 10.4% of the world GDP and thus have accomplished a 3% increased in comparison to 2017. Tourism and its accompanying activities provide for about 10% of the work places on the Earth – last year 319 million people were occupied in this sphere.These achievements must be encouraged and developed in each country. New, dynamic ideas are required to increase the potential of tourism, to open more and better work positions via digital transformation and modern technologies.Life confronts us with new challenges and their successful solution guarantees good future of all people via tourism. We can and we will do it together!Congratulations! I wish you all health and excellence!
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tourism.government.bg:7349:2019-09-27T09:06:00
Minister Angelkova had a discussion with His Excellency Christoph Eichhorn, Ambassador of Germany to Bulgaria
2019-09-26T18:27:00
She also had a meeting with a delegation from the German province Mecklenburg – Vorpommern, led by Stefan Rudolf - State Secretary of Tourism in the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Health CareThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a meeting with His Excellency Christoph Eichhorn, Ambassador of Germany to Bulgaria. The two of them discussed the termination of activity of tour operator “Thomas Cook” – Germany. Minister Angelkova informed the diplomat that teams from the Ministry of Tourism are on site in Sunny Beach and Golden Sands resorts and help for the trouble-free return of the tourists back to their homes. “Each tourist will be granted our cooperation, I hope that our guests will be assured one more time that Bulgaria is a very hospitable country,” emphasized she.Minister Angelkova pointed out that Germany was an extremely important tourist market for Bulgaria. She also said that her visit to the Federal Republic was forthcoming. She would be meeting the German authorities and representatives of other big tour operators which take German tourists to Bulgaria.“Your country is extremely welcoming and hospitable and this is the absolute truth and not just politeness from a diplomat,” said His Excellency Christoph Eichhorn. He added that Bulgaria was among the top destinations for the German tourists and that they wanted to come to Bulgaria again. The ambassador ensured that the insurer “Zurich Insurer” had announced that the tourists’ costs would be covered entirely. He also said that a hot telephone line was opened in the consulate for the German tourists and the good news was that only separate calls were received on it. “There is no panic, everything is managed professionally,” emphasized he. It became clear from the meeting that the German government had decided to support the German airline “Condor”.Minister Angelkova requested assistance from the German part for the steps which needed to be undertaken to protect the interests of the Bulgarian tourist branch in accordance with the requirements of the German legislation.“It is very important how the guests will go back to their homes, for us the feelings of every tourist are of extreme importance, this is the image of our tourism and work for its development in perspective,” said Minister Angelkova.Later today Minister Angelkova had a meeting in the presence of Ambassador Eichhorn with the economic delegation of the German province Mecklenburg – Vorpommern, led by Stefan Rudolf - State Secretary of Tourism in the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Health Care. He warmly thanked the team of Minister Angelkova for their help in overcoming the difficulties with the German tourists following the bankruptcy of “Thomas Cook”.Minister Angelkova greeted the guests and pointed out that market Germany was among the most important for the inbound tourism of Bulgaria and that she highly valued the partnership with the institutions and businesses from the Federal Republic. She informed them as well that there were experts from the ministry to help the tourists sent by “Thomas Cook” on site in the hotels and  expressed her hope that with mutual efforts the common interest of the tourists from both countries will continue to be high despite the crisis.
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tourism.government.bg:7350:2019-09-26T18:27:00
Minister Angelkova had a working meeting with His Excellency Maceij Szymanski, Ambassador of Poland to Bulgaria
2019-09-26T17:14:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with H.E. Meceij Szymanski, Ambassador of Poland to Bulgaria, at her invitation. The main focus of the discussion was the termination of the activity of the tour operator “Thomas Cook” and its associated companies, one of which is “Neckermann Polska”, but they also discussed the possibilities for development of the tourism between the two countries.Poland is a very important market for inbound tourism in our country and we will fully cooperate for the overcoming of the situation following the bankruptcy of “Thomas Cook” as well as for the stimulation of the visits of tourists from Poland. During the meeting it became clear that there are 92 Polish tourists who are currently in Bulgaria via the services of “Thomas Cook”.Ambassador Meceij Szymanski commented that they had also learned the news for the bankruptcy of “Thomas Cook” with regret. He pointed that the companies had insurance and warranty fund thus not only the return of the Polish tourists could be organized if necessary, but also the continuation of the services for them through the fund. Ambassador Szymanski also pointed that so far no requests for assistance had been received in the embassy from Polish tourists in Bulgaria which meant that they hadn’t encountered problems.Minister Angelkova discussed with H. E. Szymanski the possibilities of our hotel keepers to address the warranty fund of Poland and their possible establishment as debtors if a common claim was prosecuted. “As a government we are doing our best to minimize the damages for the Bulgarian business and to ensure the successful return of all tourists following the termination of the activity of the big tour operator,” said the Bulgarian minister. “It is very important for the image of Bulgaria as a destination for organized tourism to work together and solve the situation in the best possible way. That’s why our teams are on site in the hotels and assist them and the tourist,” commented the minister.
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tourism.government.bg:7351:2019-09-26T17:14:00
Minister Angelkova: The contact point in the ministry maintains a 24-hour connection with all interested parties under “Thomas Cook” case
2019-09-24T20:42:00
We have made a commitment to assist if a joint claim is required for the receivables of our hotel-keepers; together with the business we are discussing  insurance for the foreign tour operators as well“We had an urgent meeting with hotel-keepers and tour operators regarding the declared bankruptcy of “Thomas Cook”. For the next steps it will be very important to follow what is happening with the associated organizations of “Thomas Cook”. These were the words of the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Anglekova at an emergency briefing for the media regarding the case of the bankruptcy of the British tour operator. Earlier she had a working meeting with representatives of the tourist business – hotel-keepers, tour operators, tourist associations etc. The Ambassador of Great Britain to Bulgaria, H. E. Emma Hopkins also took part in the meeting.“The situation is extremely disturbing in international aspect and will affect not only the summer season which is almost at its end, but also season 2020 which is currently being negotiated. The British warranty fund shall pay for the tourists who are in Bulgaria after the declared bankrupcy of the British “Thomas Cook”,” said Minister Angelkova. She emphasized that the key issue at the moment was the return of the tourists of “Thomas Cook” who were in Bulgaria, keeping our image and strengthening the trust of the other tour operators who would send their tourist to our country the following year.“A contact point has been established in the Ministry of Tourism on the case with the British tour operator. We maintain a 24-hour connection with all interested parties. We have information that trustees have already been announced. It is also very important for us to know what is happening with the other markets of “Thomas Cook” and we are in constant connection with them as well. We have made a commitment to grant assistance both to the tourists who are in the country as well as to the Bulgarian tourist sector,” said the minister. “We are into discussions with the business whether to have a special fund for the hotel-keepers. It is also possible to initiate a change in the Law on Tourism between the first and second reading to request an additional insurance “Tour operator responsibility” for the foreign tour operators acting in Bulgaria as well.“The hotels working with “Thomas Cook” in out country are more than 50, and 25 of them have already contacted the ministry,” said Minister Angelkova. “These are private commercial relations and each hotel has a separate contract with the company. The problem is that out hotel-keepers risk no payment for a service which they have already given, and this exactly during the peak months of July and August. The losses for the hotel keepers are for millions of levs and will lead to serious difficulties in the sector.”“We shall have individual meetings.  We have made a commitment to assist if a joint claim is required for their receivables as the procedure is very complex. We are following the situation closely and hope not to have the effect of the domino on the rest of the markets of “Thomas Cook”, said the minister.H.E. Emma Hopkins informed the minister that all flights of “Thomas Cook” had been canceled. “The British government is doing its best to get all tourists back home. All will be returned as soon as possible. This is the biggest repatriation of people in peacetime and is a very complex operation,” explained she.“Britain is trying to secure air planes from the whole world but asks the passengers to get ready for serious delays. All details will be published on the site of “Thomas Cook”. The British Civil Aviation Agency is getting in touch with the hotels to ensure them that the costs for the stay of the tourists after the bankruptcy will be covered by the British government,” the Ambassador declared flatly. She also announced that 95% of the clients of the bankrupt company were already at their homes but 135 000 were yet to return.  “There are 2500 clients in Bulgaria and they must get back within the next 2 weeks. Representatives of the British Embassy have already been sent to the airports in Burgas and Varna. The British Embassy will continue to support the operation but we must be ready for delays.”“This is a sad day for “Thomas Cook” and its employees. Each year more than 350 000 British tourists visit Bulgaria. The people travelling with the company this year were about 13 000. The rest have come with other tour operators and some of them – individually. The British citizens love taking holidays in Bulgaria because of its warm climate, the views, the good food and the prices. The British tourists will continue to visit Bulgaria,’ summarized Ambassador Hopkins.Hristo Galbachev, Executive Director of “Astral Holidays”- official representative of “Thomas Cook Group” for Bulgaria, said that out of the 163 000 tourists of the company there were about 6000 in Bulgaria at the moment. “Less than 10% of them are British. Till the end of this week there are confirmed flights for the British guests”. He called to responsible actions of the business in order not to damage the image of Bulgaria as a destination for organized tourism. “There are no Bulgarians abroad who are travelling back with “Tomas Cook”, summarized he.
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tourism.government.bg:7352:2019-09-24T20:42:00
Minister Angelkova at the global conference in Sofia: The establishment and popularization of various tourism products in the regions is a stimulus for their development
2019-09-17T17:25:00
170 Bulgarian municipalities with their history, culture, lifestyle and culinary art are presented in 27 destinations; the digitalization of this product presents them before the world.”Tourism is a branch policy and depends on all of us – business, state and local authorities. By presenting before the world the natural resources and riches of our country and the various tourim possibilities based on them – historic and cultural, balneo and spa, sport, cognitive, culinary etc, we create the conditions for the economic development of the local municipalities and means of livelihood for the people there.” These were the words of the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova  at a conference on “The Role of the Sustainable Innovative  Tourism  for the Stimulation of the Incorporating Growth, Commerce and Economic Co-operation”, organized by the embassies of the Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Republic of Turkey in Bulgaria as an initiative of MIKTA. The forum took place in the University of Sofia “S.Sv. Kliment Ohridski”.“The Ministry of Tourism has established 27 thematic destinations in total, including 8 cultural and historical, 12 wine and culinary and 7 balneo and SPA destinations for the purpose of supporting the local communities by stimulating the interest in the specialized forms of tourism,” said the minister. “About 170 Bulgarian municipalities are included in them. The popularization of various destinations,  every one of which reveals the specifics and culture of the region is of considerable importance to promote growth and economic development. The digitalization of the presented destinations popularizes the uniqueness of each region before the world. All these help for the sustainable development of tourism which the prime minister and the government turned into an economic priority”, said Minister Angelkova and reminded that the sector and its connected activities contributed for the formation of almost 12% of the gross domestic product of Bulgaria and for approximately 11% of the total employment.“This is the reason why the digitalization in tourism is among the main priorities in our activity as it will turn Bulgaria into a much more attractive destination not only for the foreign tourists but for investors as well. The fast internet connection in our country and our favorable geographic situation contribute for the image of Bulgaria as a sustainable and innovative tourist destination with the potential to stimulate the incorporating growth, commercial and economic cooperation. The policy aiming at the decrease of the administrative burdens in tourism is also in favour of the business and investors. 19 types of documents have already been abolished and all services of the tourist administration can be requested online 24/7 from all parts of the world”, said Minister Angelkova.She emphasized on the developed National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Tourism and the Action Plan which is part of it. “Our aim is to attract visitors from distant markets such ad China and India, but also to build on our achievements so far. My team and I are working not only to popularize Bulgaria as a destination but to establish a sustainable and high-quality product,” concluded the minister.………………………MIKTA – Association for cooperation in the sphere of economics, safety, environment preservation and sustainable development, founded during a meeting of the UN as a non-formal structure/platform for negotiations in 2015 from Mexico, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Turkey and Australia.
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tourism.government.bg:7353:2019-09-17T17:25:00
Minister Angelkova had meetings in three directorates general of the European Commission
2019-09-05T19:35:00
In Brussels the Bulgarian minister had a discussion with Gert Jan Koopman, General Director of “Budget” Department, Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General of “Competition” Department and Normund Popens, Deputy Director General of “Regional and Urban Policy” DepartmentThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had meetings with the directors of three directorates general of the European Commission during her working visit in Brussels.She had discussions with Gert Jan Koopman, General Director of “Budget” Department, Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General of “Competition” Department and Normund Popens, Deputy Director General of “Regional and Urban Policy” Department“We have the idea to develop 9 integrated tourist projects, which will be proposed for funding during the next programme period,” said Minister Angelkova during her meeting  with Normund Popens, Deputy Director General of “Regional and Urban Policy” Department. “The 2021-2027 EU funds budget includes the possibility to grant funds which will contribute for the development of the sector. The tourist attractions and the cultural tourism connect many countries,” declared the Bulgarian minister and stated that tourism was a horizontal policy and depended on many other segments.“Bulgaria is developing very well as a tourist destination. This sector is a main factor for the development of any country and it also influences the progress of the whole region,” commented the Deputy Director General of “Regional and Urban Policy” Department. “The development of the cultural tourism is of key importance for the progress of the sector and it is important to show who you manage it,” added Normund Popens. The two of them commented that good effect could be achieved with the development of various types of tourism. Minister Angelkova explained that Bulgaria offered a great variety of products with which we managed to attract visitors during all four seasons. “One of the projects, which we developed last year, is for 12 wine – cultural destinations which include food and wine traditional for each of the regions of the country , as well as visits to the local places of interest”, said the minister. “Thus we are popularizing the wealth of the regions and encourage visits into the interior of the country.”“A considerable part of our regions are developing precisely thanks to tourism,” said Minister Angelkova in front of Gert Jan Koopman, General Director of “Budget” Department and gave as an example the municipality of Velingrad which had been declared the “SPA capital on the Balkans”. Velingrad uses the great resources of mineral waters on its territory and the fact that it has won recognition as a tourist destination is the main factor for the development of strong local economics. The minister also indicated that with the projects we were working on we hoped to direct the focus of the European Community even more in the direction of tourism within the next programming period.Gert Jan Koopman congratulated Minister Angelkova for the efforts for the sustainable development of the sector. He commented that the economic progress of the regions had an indisputable effect on the progress of the Community.“The Ministry of Tourism is working on a mechanism of using direct advertising towards the different markets in order to stimulate the organized tourism”, said the minister in front of Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General of “Competition” Department. “The aim of the project is to attract more visitors in the months of May, June and September which are the border months of the seasons. The idea is this project to be first launched for the Black Sea coast”. 
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tourism.government.bg:7354:2019-09-05T19:35:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting in Golden Sands with leading tour operators
2019-07-15T19:17:00
The excellent results of the last years will be confirmed if, in the difficult 2019, together we convincing our partners in the potential of a Bulgaria destination   Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelova held a work meeting with representatives of leading tour operators in the Golden Sands Resort. In addition to taking an actuale picture of the situation on the different tourist markets and outlining measures to attract organized tourists in the late booking segment and the "last minute" for summer 2019, the meeting also discussed the preparation of the forthcoming summer 2020 season, which is usually done a year earlier.The purpose of the discussion is in an operational format to see what we have as bookings and reservations and what we have set for the next season. We will consolidate the excellent results of the last years if, in this difficult year, we can jointly convince our partners about the potential of a Bulgaria destination, the Minister said.  Forecasts show declines in some markets. That 2019 will be challenging and there will be a battle for every tourist in the region, we warned at the beginning of the year, Minister Angelkova noted. After three years of joint work, which saw very high growth rates in tourism, we are counting on concrete actions to justify the big expectations for the Bulgarian tourist product, Minister Angelkova said.  Participants in the conversation reaffirmed the picture with the strong competitive environment of countries in the region that lead a massive policy for returning tourists by direct subsidizing charter programs. As an EU member, Bulgaria can not afford subsidies, but ways to support organized tourism are being sought. The Minister reminded that the department has commissioned an analysis of the authoritative Ernst & Young company, and even the most conservative version of it shows an excellent effect for local economies and the state of attracting more tourists. The analysis will be presented for public discussion in a short timeframe and with the mechanisms adopted, we will give a clear signal to our partners. Minister Angelkova remarked that the focus should now be on promoting early registrations for 2020..In addition, in the Tourism Act, we have made changes to the status of the national resorts that will determine the activities and responsibilities on their territory. Despite the decline of youth tourism in some of our major resorts like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands from the last year, we have to develop the youth segment and attract young people as a trend.Minister Angelkova assured that good practices for expanding the wings of active seasons through higher employment during May, June and September will be promoted, which is essential for tourist services along the Black Sea coast. She pointed out that the proposals were made after analyzing the positive experience of other countries in this regard, including Greece, Croatia and others.                                                                    The business drew attention to the need to spend more on advertising the destination. She also noted that the funds should be targeted to promote the tour operator activity. Target-oriented advertising is also our focus, the Minister said, emphasizing the importance of identifying the exact targets in this activity. At the moment hotels and tour operators are pending. By the end of August the flight programs should be made, said Grigor Fidanov of "Hotel-Management Company" Ltd. He also focused on ways to show Bulgaria's potential to the dicision makers so that they could help the country's image.
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tourism.government.bg:7196:2019-07-15T19:17:00
Minister Angelkova spoke with Her Excellency Donika Hodzha, Ambassador of Albania to Bulgaria
2019-07-09T17:51:00
The Minister of Tourism held a workmeeting with Her Excellency Donika Hodzha, Ambassador of Albania to the Republic of Bulgaria. Both united around the idea that offering the Balkans as a common tourist destination to attract tourists from the prospectous Asian markets has a strong potential for development and to increase tourists to both countries.Minister Angelkova pointed out that the Balkan Route project proposed by the Ministry of Tourism during our presidency of the Council of the EU has a strong support of other countries in the region.  The experts are working on selecting sites to be included in the general route. In the pilot version of the common route these will be sites under the auspices of UNESCO in the respective country, the Bulgarian Minister commented. The number of Albanian visits to Bulgaria has increased significantly in recent years. For the first 5 months of 2019, Bulgaria reports about 15 thousand visits from Albania, Minister Angelkova said, adding that last year their number was over 37 thousand, with growth of over 10%.She introduced her interlocutor to the results of the International Investment Forum in Sunny Beach, held at the end of May, attended by representatives of the world tourist, aviation and financial business. It is important for us through the development of congress and business tourism to expand the wings of the main winter and summer season, which will allow the rich material base in the Bulgarian national resorts to be used throughout the year for business forums, said Minister Angelkova. Tourism development is also a priority for Albania, said Her Excellency Donika Hodzha, efforts are focused on attracting high-class hotels to the country. We see a great potential for tourism cooperation with Bulgaria, said the ambassador.The meeting discussed the possibility of organizing a tourism forum in Tirana at the end of the year where tour operators from both countries could held B2B meetings, and the institutions of the two countries responsible for the development of the sector - the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Tourism and the Environment of Albania, to discuss initiatives to boost tourist flows between the two countries, and joint initiatives to boost the interest of the region to long-distance tourists.
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tourism.government.bg:7195:2019-07-09T17:51:00
In Beijing and Chengdu, two new tourist information centers were launched to promote the Bulgaria destination
2019-07-06T14:37:00
7 offices of our country will be opened in the largest cities, the first one launched in 2017 in the Shanghai metropolis  Bulgaria has two new tourist information centers in China – in Beijing and Chengdu, Sichuan province.On June 20th, 2019, a tourist information center was set up in Beijing, whose task is to promote the opportunities for tourism in our country to Chinese citizens and to make contacts between Bulgarian and Chinese tour operators. The official opening ceremony was attended by prominent representatives of China's tourism business.  Greetings and wishes for the center's success were expressed by Secretary General of the World Tourism Alliance, Liu Shijun, Bulgaria's Ambassador to the Asian State, Grigor Porozhanov, and the director of the "Programs and Projects in Tourism" Directorate at the Ministry of Tourism - Milka Nanova. On June 21st, 2019, Bulgaria's Tourist Information Center was also opened in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.At the opening of the two centers, Mrs. Nanova stressed their importance for promoting a destination Bulgaria to the enormous Chinese market and pointed out that they are the result of the Ministry of Tourism's efforts to make our country even more recognizable in the distant market. She handed over to the Chinese partners the determination of Minister Nikolina Angelkova and her team to deepen cooperation with China as one of the important and extremely promising markets for Bulgarian tourism. The opening of the centers in China is the result of a public-private partnership after a signed Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Chinese Hiseas Tourism Development Group. The company works with tour operators and travel agents on the Chinese market, which book travels to their tourists in Europe. With the Memorandum, the Chinese partner has committed to jointly open with the Ministry of Tourism information centers for tourists in major cities of China, while at the same time helping to promote Bulgaria through various information channels in China. The agreement provides for the opening of 7 tourist information centers in China.The Ministry of Tourism is also taking part with its stand at the big international tourism exhibition, which opened on June 18 in Beijing. We presented films about Bulgaria, distributed Chinese language advertising materials, held many fruitful talks and meetings in which we established professional contacts, said the Director of Programs and Projects at the Ministry of Tourism, Milka Nana. An interview with the Bulgarian representative was broadcast on the Chinese TV travel channel.Since the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism as an independent institution, there has been a focused policy for Bulgaria's representation on the Asian markets, especially the Chinese. Back in September 2017, the first Bulgarian tourist information center was opened in the Shanghai metropolis. Then the top executives of China's tourism, aviation, finance and trading business were present in the financial capital of China.
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tourism.government.bg:7194:2019-07-06T14:37:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with the new Ambassador of China to Bulgaria HE. Dong Xiaojun
2019-06-18T18:00:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova accepted the newly appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of China to Bulgaria HE. Dong Xiaojun and discussed with him the prospects for bilateral cooperation in the sector.China is an extremely important and promising market for us, which attracts the attention of other Balkan countries to create joint tourism products for the Asian country, said Minister Angelkova.  We intend to work with You and Chinese business representatives to create products that are attractive to Chinese tourists. I am convinced that Bulgaria also attracts interest as an investment destination for Chinese entrepreneurs, said Minister Angelkova.In the conversation, she highlighted the international investment forum held at the end of May this year in Sunny Beach, with representatives of the tourism sector from China.Minister Angelkova noted that our rich material and spiritual heritage and diverse folklore have attracted the interest of Chinese tourists and that is why we are striving to make our country more aware for them. In 2017, the Ministry of Tourism opened the first Bulgarian information center in Shanghai. Two years earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Tourism and the Chinese National Tourism Administration. It is implemented consistently and successfully, Minister Angelkova recalled. She said that the Ministry is preparing to open more Bulgarian information centers in China, which will facilitate the convergence of business and tourists on both sides.Bulgaria has many advantages - exceptional nature, beautiful cities and great hospitality, said Ambassador Dong Xiaojun and shared his impressions of the cities of Karlovo and Kazanlak, to which Chinese tourists are very interested.. H.E. expressed his strong desire and readiness for joint initiatives to further develop tourism between the two countries. He thanked for the wishes of Minister Angelkova for a successful term in Bulgaria.
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tourism.government.bg:7193:2019-06-18T18:00:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Crafts of Algeria
2019-06-02T11:35:00
Minister Angelkova spoke with Algeria's Minister of Tourism and Crafts Abdelkader Benmessaoud. The two discussed future joint initiatives in the framework of the International Conference on Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Sunny Beach, as well as the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation in Tourism between the two countries..Minister Angelkova said that if Algerian investors wish to invest in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism will cooperate fully.She added that investment in tourism contributes to the long-term and sustainable growth of the sector nationally, as well as to attracting more visitors from distant markets to Bulgaria and the Old Continent.Mr Benmessaoud, on his part, congratulated Minister Angelkova on the success of the International Forum in the largest Bulgarian resort and explained that he was impressed with Bulgaria's progress in the economy and tourism. He added that our country has positive development in the quality of tourist services and SPA tourism.The Minister of Tourism and Crafts of Algeria also said that his country has a large number of international airports, which undoubtedly allows Algerian tourists to get acquainted with the beauties of Bulgaria and vice versa.
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tourism.government.bg:7192:2019-06-02T11:35:00
Minister Angelkova talked with the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sunny Beach
2019-06-02T10:52:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting in Sunny Beach with Mirko Sarovic, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The talk took place within the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Investment with the participation of representatives from more than 20 countries. Minister Sarovic congratulated his Bulgarian counterpart on the initiative, which gives new opportunities for partnership.Minister Angelkova thanked for the presence of the delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina and emphasized that the forum aims to reveal the importance of the region's tourist map and to attract more investment in the sector. We need to work even harder to make this part of Europe more attractive for business projects. For tourists from third and distant markets such as China, Japan, India, USA, together we can be even more interesting and wanted as a destination. We know each other, but we need joint efforts to promote ourselves together, said Minister Angelkova.Minister Sarovic thanked for his hospitality and announced that he had been to Bulgaria several times, including during the EU Council Presidency. He welcomes the idea of promoting the Balkans more actively to Chinese tourists. Minister Angelkova was invited to visit Sarajevo. The two sides expressed the view that signing a memorandum between their countries in tourism will outline concrete steps both for promoting tourism opportunities between the two countries and with a common product for tourists from distant markets.
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Minister Angelkova at the panel on investment opportunities in Bulgaria: 40% growth in tourism in the country is projected for the next 10 years
2019-05-31T18:01:00
Top entrepreneurs from Bulgaria outlined the potential for investments in our tourism and proved with examples how this venture is successful According to international forecasts, 40% growth in the tourism sector of Bulgaria is expected over the next 10 years. This is a huge potential, the realization of which depends entirely on the joint efforts of all of us - institutions, business, local authorities. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the panel “Investment Opportunities in Bulgaria”, which is being held at the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Investment in Sunny Beach. The discussion was moderated by BBC journalist Rajan Datar.Bulgaria has very good conditions for business and outsourcing, especially in tourism, said Minister Angelkova. She recalled that the most favorable tax regime in Europe was created in our country. The corporate tax rate is 10% - the lowest in the EU. Individual income tax is fixed at 10%. In the high-unemployment industry, the tax rate is 0% and legal incentives have been introduced for large investments, she said, pointing out Prime Minister Borisov's government's contribution of making the industry a national priority.Tourism, together with related industries, accounts for about 12% of our country's GDP and approximately 11 percent of total employment. It is important to have a good environment for businesses with 100% compliance with Bulgarian and European legislation, said the Minister. She drew attention to the consistent efforts of her team to reduce administrative burdens for businesses and citizens through a number of legislative initiatives.Representatives of leading tourism and construction companies, resorts, industry organizations participated in the discussions.In his speech, Konstantin Boyadzhiev, CEO of Galaxy Investment Group, noted that ever since the existence of an independent Ministry of Tourism, the burden on business has been relieved. We work very well with the Ministry. The Bulgarian InterContinental opened in Sofia only 2 years ago, and today it is second in results in the group for Europe and we are proud of it. It is worth investing in Bulgarian tourism, he was adamant.Minister Angelkova confirmed that the electronic services offered by the Office as a single portal from 2018 provide 24/7 administrative service from anywhere in the world within 3 minutes.The business representatives also confirmed the great potential for investment in balneo- and SPA resorts and in the utilization of mineral springs - not only in the most visited resort areas, but also in the smaller settlements, which besides these natural features have many cultural and historical landmarks.
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Jordan Princess Dana Firas with a Special Video Address to the Investment Forum in Sunny Beach: I applaud Bulgaria for the successes achieved in tourism
2019-05-31T13:07:00
The Investment Forum is the first ever platform in Southeastern Europe covering all aspects of the sector Her Royal Highness Princess Dana Firas of Jordan welcomeD the successes of Bulgarian tourism in recent years. She made a special video address, congratulating the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the participants and guests of the International Conference on Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Sunny Beach.This forum is an important platform, the first of its kind in Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe, which deals with the social, economic, environmental, cultural and political aspects of tourism. It gives an opportunity to discuss the challenges and identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and sustainable development of the sector, said Dana Firas, president of Petra National Trust, Jordan.Her Royal Highness congratulated Minister Angelkova on her efforts and dedication, thanks to which 2018 has been so successful for Bulgarian tourism, attracting for the first time over 9 million foreign tourists. She added that for the last 3 years in Bulgaria there has been an increase of 31% in the visits of foreign tourists and a 34% increase in the revenues from international tourism.The Jordanian princess also said that last year international tourist visits worldwide increased by 6% to 1.4 billion - the second strongest year since 2010. This is more than 3.7% - the strongest growth of the global economy. Tourism contributed a record 8.8 trillion dollars and 319 million jobs for the global economy in 2018. The sector must be managed carefully to turn those numbers into real benefits for communities around the world, she said.„We must all commit to working together to ensure that tourism contributes to the preservation of nature and the preservation of historical sites and cultural traditions. In this way, the communities connect and promote better understanding and peace”, concluded Princess Dana Firas.
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Minister Angelkova at the Investment Forum in Sunny Beach: Through Business Tourism Bulgaria can attract investor interest in Southeastern Europe
2019-05-31T12:43:00
The country is consistently facilitating the business, we are working to attract global tourism brands to the region It is important for all of us to show the prospects for investing in tourism in Central and Southeastern Europe and in the Mediterranean region, but also to provide a platform where business representatives, global hotel chains, investment funds, banks, social media, universities, local authorities to establish contacts, communicate with each other and thus to attract interest in Bulgaria and the region. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the opening of the International Conference on Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Sunny Beach with the participation of experts from more than 20 countries.The event was attended by the Minister of Tourism and Crafts of Algeria Abdelkader Benmessaoud, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirko Sarovic, the Minister of Tourism of Egypt Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Michael Christides, leading representatives of the tourism and related industries from different countries. Moderator of the ministry panel Tourism in Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean was BBC journalist Rajan Datar.We launch the forum in the biggest Bulgarian resort complex in the year of its 60th anniversary to show its opportunities for business partnership. Today's conference will create not only good professional relationships, but also lasting friendships through which we will be able to realize specific initiatives, said Minister Angelkova.She stressed the efforts of the tourist administration to draw attention to other major Black Sea resorts in the country such as Golden Sands, Albena, Dunes, but also to our winter resorts with their potential for various conference events. All of them would successfully contribute to the achievement of our main goal - making Bulgaria a year-round tourist destination and expanding the wings of the seasons, stressed the Minister.Minister Angelkova noted that tourism was raised by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the government among the priority sectors of the national economy. The branch and its related industries contribute to the formation of nearly 12% of gross domestic product and about 11 percent of total employment. Revenues from international tourism in 2018 in Bulgaria amount to over 3.7 billion euros. Over the past three years, the industry has been delivering record-breaking results throughout its history. For 2018 over 9.2 million foreign tourist visits were registered and the border of 9 million such visits was crossed for the first time.Tourism in Southeastern Europe is also developing at a rapid pace, with the region welcoming over 120 million tourists in 2018, with tourism revenues amounting to over $ 100 billion, said Minister Angelkova. In essence, this represents 11.7% of total Gross Domestic Product for Southeast European countries. The huge potential of the tourism industry in this part of the world provides new opportunities for investment in business projects in tourism and travel, acting as an important driver of economic growth, development model and higher employment throughout the region.Bulgaria can offer many years of experience in the field of summer sea and winter mountain skiing. For us, they are a major source of revenue for the industry. In order to develop the potential of a year-round tourist destination, we have focused our efforts in promoting our cultural and historical heritage, combined with balne- and spa tourism. Through the development of common tourism products between the countries, we give an excellent example of how we can find the desired synergy in tourism regionally, explained Minister Angelkova, and presented the good base on which our country steps - the most favorable tax regime in Europe and legal incentives for big investments.The country is making efforts to facilitate business, there are incentives for the regions as well. We also want to attract the big brands and we already have the confidence of Marriott that they will expand their presence in Sofia, we hope this will happen on the Black Sea as well, it became clear from her words. Bulgaria is among the three countries in Europe together with Italy and Greece in the number of discovered artifacts from at least 7 epochs. Our country is also second in the Old Continent after Iceland in mineral water reserves and resources, suitable for the treatment and prevention of almost all medical complaints. The Ministry of Tourism has developed a total of 27 thematic destinations for the territory of the country - 8 cultural-historical, 12 wine-culinary and 7 balneo- and SPA facilities, said Minister Angelkova.Egyptian Minister Dr Rania Al-Mashat said from the tribune that tourism is an important sector that has an impact on the economy of all countries. We are working hard to invest more in developing its capacity and qualification of people working in the sector. We will discuss at the intergovernmental level the possibilities for initiatives in this direction, she said.Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization to the United Nations in 2009-2017 addressed the conference live. He appreciated the idea of convening the forum and wished successful implementation of the ideas discussed and future projects investments.
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Minister Angelkova and her Egyptian collleague sign a memorandum on tourism cooperation in Burgas
2019-05-30T18:12:00
It is an honor for me to work with the Bulgarian Minister, together we will create new jobs both in Bulgaria and Egypt, said Dr Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of Tourism of the Arab RepublicEgypt has many good tourism practices related to mechanisms to attract more visitors, especially in the wings of the season, which may also be useful in our country. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt with her Egyptian colleague Dr Rania Al-Mashat. The two initialed the document today in Burgas in the presence of the mayor of the city Dimitar Nikolov.Minister Angelkova stated that the purpose of the document is to deepen friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries, as well as to create an opportunity for exchange of experience in promoting the advertisement and promotion of Bulgaria in Egypt and vice versa. The document provides the basis and outlines a concrete action plan, she further commented.We have an idea to initiate twinning of the Egyptian city of Alexandria and Burgas, informed Minister Angelkova. She added that this is a very good start of local cooperation.It is an honor for me to work with the Bulgarian Minister, together we will create new jobs both in Bulgaria and Egypt, said Dr Rania Al-Mashat. She also noted that given the importance of tourism in the economies of both countries, it is important to promote the development of this sector. Egypt launched a tourism program at the end of 2018 with many reforms that we are implementing and want to share with Bulgaria, said Minister Raniya Al-Mashat. She also said that European tourists in Egypt are very important and wants to see more Bulgarians there.Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov said cooperation at the local level would be interesting and partnerships would be very useful. He added that the municipality is the center with the most developed summer tourism on the Southern Black Sea coast and will enjoy the good tourism practices of both countries to be applied in our countries.
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Ministry of Tourism and the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” with a common project for a thematic route
2019-05-28T16:31:00
Developing a specialized route to promote major Jewish landmarks in the country would build on the Ministry of Tourism's efforts to promote Bulgaria's cultural and historical heritage.Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and President of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” Assoc. Prof. Alexander Oscar joined around this thesis.The promotion initiative will include key landmarks for the Jewish community in 13 municipalities across the country. It will be a strong sign of respect for the cultural and historical contribution of the Jewish community, as well as a consistent step in efforts to attract more and more tourists, not only from Israel, but also from the compact Jewish communities in Europe and the world that traditionally prefer specialized tourist products.Israel ranks 11th in terms of number of inbound tourists in Bulgaria in 2018 (245,000 tourists, or an increase of 17% over the previous year). Only for the first 3 months of this year nearly 45,000 Israel citizens have visited our country (also a 4% increase over the same period in 2018).Conversations with municipalities to consolidate information on specific sites to attract even more tourist interest to our country in this direction are forthcoming.
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Minister Angelkova before Bulgarian-American Business Forum: USA is among the generating tourism markets of Bulgaria, we have achieved a lot, but the potential is huge
2019-05-14T15:36:00
The USA is among the 20 leading inbound tourism markets in Bulgaria. Our country is a destination known to American consumers mainly for cultural, natural, eco and ornithological tourism. However, the opportunities we offer are far greater and there is huge potential and excellent prospects to increase tourists on both sides. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the opening of the first Bulgarian-American Tourism Forum in Sofia with the participation of the US Ambassador to Bulgaria HE. Eric Rubin and representatives of business and industry organizations from both countries.We have huge potential to strengthen the bilateral tourist flow and I am convinced that at today's forum we will outline initiatives that we will incorporate in the National Program for Tourism Advertising of Bulgaria, and together we will implement it, said Minister Angelkova. She recalled the successful advertising campaign for Bulgaria in 6 cities in the USA. Although modest in scale for the vast country, the campaign has achieved very good results, and in 2018, we reported nearly 97,000 visits of U.S. citizens with over 10 percent growth compared to 2017. I believe this is the right approach to consolidate key target markets, including the US. Business and local authorities need joint efforts to attract American tourists not only to our major resorts, but also to the interior of the country, she said.Minister Angelkova thanked Prime Minister Borisov and his colleagues from the government for their support for the sector, which was raised as a national priority in the economy. She also expressed her satisfaction with the active assistance of the US Embassy in their projects in the field of Bulgarian culture. One of the main emphases in our work is the promotion of cultural and historical tourism, because Bulgaria has a unique material and spiritual heritage, said Minister Angelkova, adding that almost 70 percent of tourists choose Europe because of its culture and history.The Bulgarian minister noted the record results in the sector, achieved jointly with business and municipalities in recent years after the establishment of the independent Ministry of Tourism. Foreign tourist visits exceeded the 9 million for the first time last year and were over 9.2 million. There were 27 million overnight stays with at least 10 beds in the country and it ranked among the top 5 in the community by growth in overnight stays, according to Eurostat. Revenues exceeded a total of BGN 8.4 billion. This shows how important tourism is to our economy and we are ready to exchange more good practices that will establish Bulgaria as a destination with high quality of services and hospitality, the Minister emphasized. According to her, this forum will help guide thematic initiatives and events and it is possible that such round tables be held two to three times a year. They can discuss the possibilities for expanding bilateral relations in different types of tourism - especially cultural, historical, balneo and SPA, gourmet, wine, etc., for which the Ministry has created specialized destinations for the territory of the country.Minister Angelkova paid special attention to the role of investments for the sustainable development of the sector and invited the attendees to join the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Investment in Sunny Beach, organized by the Ministry at the end of this month. It will attract nearly 300 business representatives. Taleb Rifai, Former Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization, will participate in the forum. Managers from major tour operators and investors, leading hedge funds, financial institutions, marketers, etc. will be present, including executives and experts from worldwide US chains such as Marriott, Orbis, Hayat, etc. The forum will focus on the opportunities of Bulgarian resorts for congress tourism, so that they can use their rich facilities for events throughout the year.Minister Angelkova and Ambassador Rubin express their conviction to work together for the development of cruise tourism in the Black Sea, which would be an impetus for increasing US tourists.The bilateral forum continued with presentations from Bulgaria and the US, experts discussed ideas and mechanisms to increase the interest of tourists from both countries. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, Deputy Mayor of Sofia Dr. Todor Chobanov, mayors of the country, leaderships and representatives of the National Board of Tourism, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, BUCA (Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association), BUBSPA, the National Association for SPA and wellness tourism, ABTTA, Tourism Association, NBU and others.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with HE Doan Tuan Lin, Ambassador to Vietnam with us
2019-04-24T15:08:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with HE. Doan Tuan Lin, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Vietnam to Bulgaria.The two discussed the idea of signing an agreement in the field of tourism to foster co-operation between the two countries, as well as increasing the number of tourists.Following the example of the open tourist information centers in China and Japan, the possibilities for opening such a information center in Vietnam were discussed, with the help of which the tourists' interest in the culture and the landmarks of Bulgaria would be enhanced.We need to create even better opportunities for promoting tourism. I believe that signing a cooperation agreement would be of great importance for both Bulgaria and Vietnam, said Minister Angelkova.She told the Ambassador of Vietnam that she is currently working on the creation of a Balkan tourist route, which is jointly implemented by 11 countries in the region and is intended for distant and promising markets.During the meeting the possibilities for joint organization of forums and conferences were discussed, as well as participation in exhibitions that would facilitate a good dialogue between business, tour agencies and organizations in both countries.H.E. Doan Tuan Lin congratulated the Bulgarian Minister on the successes in the field of tourism and praised the idea of an agreement to consolidate the foundations of a good partnership.
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tourism.government.bg:7184:2019-04-24T15:08:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with the Ambassador of Portugal HE Helena Coutinho
2019-04-11T15:34:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with the Ambassador of Portugal to Bulgaria HE Helena Margarida Rezende de Almeida Coutinho. The two discussed industry co-operation between their countries and agreed on the thesis that there are still many unused opportunities to increase tourist exchanges.  Minister Angelkova presented the excellent results achieved in the Bulgarian tourism industry in the years after the establishment of the independent department at the end of 2014. Bulgaria offers both opportunities for practicing mass winter and summer tourism, as well as a wide range of specialized services - balneo and SPA, cultural and historical, pilgrimage, congress, eco, rural, adventure and other types of tourism, she stressed.Last year, more than 16,000 tourist visits of Portuguese citizens were reported in Bulgaria, while Bulgarians made more than 20,000 tourist visits to Portugal.The two countries implement a tourism agreement signed in 2015 between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Economy of the Portuguese Republic. They also cooperate in tourism training. Our partnership in cultural and historical tourism has very good prospects, said Minister Angelkova and reminded that the institution has developed 8 such popular destinations as soon as it was created. 12 wine and culinary and 7 balneo- and SPA destinations have also been developed to encourage the influx of specialized service users.HE. Helena Coutinho congratulated Minister Angelkova's team on the achievements in the sustainable growth of the industry and expressed the readiness of the country to promote bilateral relations even more actively.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with the Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria HE. Stefano Baldi
2019-04-08T15:31:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with the Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria HE. Stefano Baldi. The two discussed the partnership between the two countries in tourism and their active presence in UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) initiatives at the UN.Italy is a very important market for Bulgarian tourism and our bilateral relations have long traditions, especially in promoting cultural and historical routes and landmarks, stressed Minister Angelkova. She reported that nearly 158,000 Italian citizens visited our country last year as tourists, which ranked 15th in our inbound tourism ranking, and assured the diplomat that the department was working consistently to increase their numbers.Minister Angelkova invited His Excellency and Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Tourism Gian Marco Centinho to participate in the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Investment, which the Ministry has organized at the end of May this year in Sunny Beach. A special guest of the forum will be Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the WTO from 2009 to 2017. Our goal is to present Bulgaria not only as an interesting destination on the tourist map for four seasons, but also as a promising place for doing business and offering high quality tourist services, she said.Ambassador Baldi congratulated Minister Angelkova and her team on the results achieved and presented various initiatives of the embassy that could attract tourists. Among them is an exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci, which will be presented to the National Library St. St. Cyril and Methodius in Sofia and in Bulgarian schools where Italian is taught. The interlocutors also discussed the cooperation between Plovdiv and Matera as European Capitals of Culture in 2019.
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Minister Angelkova meets in Seville with Thomas Cook Group CEO Peter Funkhauser
2019-04-03T17:06:00
Cooperation with major international tour operators is extremely important for the sustainable development of Bulgaria and we as an institution will continue this policy actively. This was stated by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova at a work meeting in Seville with Thomas Cook Group CEO Peter Fankhauser. The talk took place at the 19th Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which this year is titled Visionaries in the Tourism Sector.In the years after the establishment of an independent Ministry of Tourism, Bulgarian tourism achieved record results in the number of tourists and income from their visits, which upgraded steadily. In 2018, the total number of tourist visits of foreigners is nearly 9.3 million. However, in 2019, we are facing new challenges and in order to keep the trend, common efforts and initiatives are needed, the Minister said. Ministry of Tourism discusses specific opportunities for forming a mechanism in co-operation with municipalities and the tourism business to overcomes declines in early enrollments. The two discussed the successful completion of joint campaigns with Thomas Cook in 12 target European markets. The latest campaign has reached 437,000 users on social networks and over 700,000 customers via email and newsletters. Over 6.8 million were video views at Thomas Cook offices in the UK alone. In 2018, the number of tourists traveling to Bulgaria via Thomas Cook is close to 435 thousand, an increase of 10% compared to the previous year - mainly from the UK, Germany, Czech Republic and France.    Minister Angelkova added that in the last 3 years there has been an average growth of 20% in British tourists in Bulgaria, last year being a record for the last decade. In 2018 they were almost 390 thousand, which is an increase of over 15% compared to 2017. The United Kingdom is a prime tourist market for Bulgaria and we work not only to maintain current levels but also to increase them, regardless of the outcome on the Brexit case, she explained.Peter Fankhauser congratulated Minister Angelkova on the results achieved and assured her that the prospects for partnership were excellent. He received an invitation from her to participate in the International Conference on Sustainable Investment in Tourism, which will be held at the end of May in Sunny Beach.
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Minister Angelkova at a meeting in Spain with the chairman of National Geographic Partners: We follow the trends to offer tourists interesting and quality products
2019-04-03T15:57:00
We follow the latest trends and try to meet the expectations of tourists with quality, innovative and interesting tourist products.This was stated by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova during a conversation with Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners at the 19th Global Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit in Seville, Spain.She presented the rich cultural and historical heritage of our country. Bulgaria ranks third after Italy and Greece in terms of cultural monuments and artifacts - over 40,000. In this regard were discussed opportunities National Geographic Partners to support the promotion of the Bulgarian cultural heritage.The Minister said that at the end of 2019 a new wave of integrated communication campaigns is planned in the target markets of our country. They will use a variety of information channels to target specific focus groups directly.The Bulgarian Minister informed Mr Knell that in recent years our country has become more attractive among foreigners, with foreign visits exceeding 9.2 million last year alone. Their growth compared to 2015 is 30.6%, representing more than 2 million more foreign tourists. Revenues from them in 2018 were 34% higher than in 2015. Only in Sofia the overnight stays of foreign nationals in accommodation establishments with 10 or more beds in 2018 were over 767 thousand.Minister Angelkova also officially invited the chairman of National Geographic Partners to participate in the International Conference on Sustainable Investment in Tourism, to be held in Sunny Beach at the end of May.Mr Knell congratulated Minister Angelkova on the efforts she is making to develop the tourism sector and added that Bulgaria has huge potential to attract even more guests as a preferred destination.
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Minister Angelkova talks in Seville with Huyong Ge, Chairman of the Board of UnionPei International
2019-04-03T13:32:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova talks to Huyong Ge, chairman of UnionPay International. They held a work meeting within the 19th Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), held in Seville, Spain.The China market is among the 50 leading destinations for inbound tourism in Bulgaria, it has great potential and it is important for us to encourage travel from this country, said Minister Angelkova. She said that various initiatives are being actively developed to support the development of bilateral tourist visits. We are currently working on the creation of the so-called common Balkan tourist itinerary, realized jointly by 11 countries in the region, intended specifically for distant and promising markets.Last year, Chinese tourists to our country were ] more than 27,000, 3.7 percent growth from a year earlier. In the first two months of 2019, visits from China increased by 12.4% compared to the same months of the previous year.The Minister also added that the first Bulgarian tourist information center for China was opened in the Shanghai metropolis in September 2017. She recalled that an agreement was signed with one of the leading tour operators in China at the beginning of the year - Hi Seas International. The document is the basis for the development of a public-private partnership to open Bulgarian tourist information centers in China.We also have a very fruitful partnership with the Chinese city of Xian, said Minister Angelkova.The focus of our work this year is to encourage investment in tourism, the Minister informed. This will also be the focus of an international forum to be held in Bulgaria at the end of May, said the Bulgarian Minister and invited Mr. Huyong Ge to attend the event. The two also discussed the possibility of signing a partnership agreement in the sector to support bilateral travel.Bulgaria offers very good conditions for investment, Mr. Huyong Ge stressed. He added that the country is becoming more popular and recognizable in China.UnionPay International is a subsidiary of China UnionPay. In partnership with more than 2000 institutions worldwide. UnionPay International allows cards to be accepted in 174 countries and regions with issuance in 52 countries and regions.
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Minister Angelkova held a workmeeting with the Greek Minister of Tourism in Spain
2019-04-02T17:53:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with Elena Kountoura, Greek Tourism Minister. The two spoke at the 19th Global Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit in Seville, Spain.Greece is a leading inbound tourism market for us, ranking second among the top destinations last year, said Minister Angelkova. She specified that the visits from our southern neighbor in 2018 are more than 1.116 million. Bulgarians who traveled to Greece last year were 1.4 million.The Ministry of Tourism works consistently to increase the number of tourists, the institution implements an integrated marketing campaign on the Greek market, in which Bulgaria is promoted with the opportunities for sea, winter, SPA and eco tourism.The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and Greece have joint initiatives to attract more tourists from the distant markets in the region, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that one of them was approved at the end of last year and refers to the project „Innovative instruments for the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage in the cross-border region – TOURISM-e". Greece is also among the 11 countries that have joined the initiative to create the so-called common Balkan tourist route. It is expected to be implemented by the end of 2019, the Minister added.An important focus of our work this year is attracting more investment in tourism, which is why on May 31st, 2019 in Sunny Beach the Ministry of Tourism organized an International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Investment, said Minister Angelkova. She invited her colleague Elena Kountoura to participate in the forum and specified that a special guest would be Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization at the UN in 2009-2017.
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Minister Angelkova met with Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania Al-Mashat in Seville
2019-04-02T16:51:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova talks in Seville with Egyptian Tourism Minister Raniya Al-Mashat. The meeting in the Spanish city took place at the 19th Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which this year is being held under the banner Visionaries in the Tourism Sector.Minister Angelkova presented the various opportunities of our country to offer in addition to the traditional sea and winter tourism also a rich palette of high quality specialized services at competitive prices - balneo and SPA, gourmet, eco, congress and other types of tourism. She stressed the good contacts between the tourism administration and the business on both sides to make more cultural and historical trips.Promoting the spiritual heritage of the past is one of our priorities to encourage the influx of more foreign guests, said Minister Angelkova. She assured her interlocutor that progress has been made on the tourism cooperation agreement between the two institutions and that the document is expected to be signed this year.Rania Al-Mashat stressed that Bulgaria is becoming an increasingly attractive tourist destination as it offers a diverse and quality product.Last year, around 3744 Egyptian citizens made tourist visits to Bulgaria and 1,172 Bulgarians traveled to the Arab country. However, the opportunities for enhancing this flow are much greater and we will work together to promote it, said the tourism leaders of the two countries.
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Minister Angelkova before tourism leaders in Seville: Bulgaria has huge potential for tourism investments that we will promote
2019-04-02T13:46:00
Bulgaria is among the countries with huge potential for investment in tourism, which is yet to be discovered by business, and we will encourage this interest. This was stated in Seville by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova before the participants in the dialogue of the leaders of the world tourism - one of the leading events at the 19th Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The forum is being held from April 2-4, 2019 under the title Visionaries in the tourism sector (Changemakers).Leaders' dialogue focused on good practices to maximize investment in tourist destinations by improving the business environment so as to ensure long-term sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector.In her speech, Minister Angelkova noted that in the last few years Bulgarian tourism has noticed a significant increase in tourist visits and their revenues. In 2018, almost 9.3 million visits of foreign tourists were reported in the country, with a 31% increase in such visits over the last 4 years, and their revenue increased by 34%.The Bulgarian tourist industry employs over 26,000 companies. The sector, together with its related industries, generates 11.7% of the country's GDP and was raised by the government in national priority, said Minister Angelkova. She stressed that since its establishment as an independent institution at the end of 2014, the Ministry of Tourism has encouraged the attraction of investments for the sustainable and balanced development of the sector at national, regional and local level.In this respect, Bulgaria has a number of competitive advantages - the most favorable tax regime in Europe. The corporate tax rate is 10% - the lowest in the EU. Individual income tax is fixed at 10%. For high-unemployment industries, the tax rate is 0% and legal incentives have been introduced for large investments. The workforce is well-educated, highly skilled, accounting for over 62 percent of the population, she said.Bulgaria has a strategic geographical position providing direct access to the main tourist markets of the Black and Mediterranean Sea, said Minister Angelkova and emphasized that the natural and climatic conditions together with the rich cultural and historical heritage of the country are a prerequisite for a great variety of tourist services through the four seasons of the year. She also emphasized that Bulgaria offers the best value for money, offering high quality tourism products at reasonable value to different target groups, and this is one of the strong competitive advantages of the destination.The most developed tourism sub-sectors in Bulgaria are the maritime, recreational and mountain tourism, generating 95% of the revenues from our tourism industry. The country also offers excellent opportunities for cultural and historical tourism with its over 40,000 discovered artifacts, announced Minister Angelkova. She added that SPA and balneo-tourism also have huge potential for development in the future. Bulgaria ranks second in Europe in natural mineral resources, with about 1600 mineral springs.The Ministry of Tourism is ready to assist in attracting more investors in these areas, as well as in the provision of wine / gourmet, congress tourism, etc. in order to increase the progress in the regions. Promoting this business interest is a top priority this year. We have taken the first steps to upgrade a specialized map of investment projects in tourism that we have created, explained Minister Angelkova. The initiative looks at a variety of business start-ups in one of the most profitable and sustainable sectors of our economy. We are preparing a second edition of the map and its digital version. The Ministry also plans investment tours in the country to provide more information about Bulgarian and foreign entrepreneurs, it became clear from the Minister's statement to the forum.She also noted that one of the events in this direction is the International Conference on Sustainable Attraction of Investments in Tourism, which will be held at the end of May 2019 in Sunny Beach. The purpose of the forum is to raise awareness of the investment potential in the country and region of Southeast Europe, as well as to discuss a common vision for addressing challenges in this area. Minister Angelkova invited the attendees to take part in the upcoming event and to get acquainted with the various possibilities of Bulgaria as a destination.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-tourism-leaders-seville-bulgaria-has-huge-potential-tourism
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Minister Angelkova delivered a lecture at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO)
2019-03-11T15:45:00
Tourism is an essential factor in the business relations between the two countries, Russia is among the generating markets for the destination Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Minister told students and professors Co-operation with universities is extremely important - science and young people are the future of our countries, and we value this partnership. These close contacts are an incentive for the development of bilateral relations, including in the field of tourism, which is an important economic sector for both Bulgaria and Russia. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in a lecture before the leadership, teachers and students of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), one of the most respected in the academic circles. The meeting took place during her work visit to the Russian capital at the Intourmarket International Tourism Exhibition.Minister Angelkova's statement to the scientific audience was dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Russia, which is in 2019. She stressed the role of tourism as a significant factor in the development of traditionally good bilateral contacts, which have been stepping up in recent years. An example of the dialogue was the visit of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation to Sofia last week, Dmitry Medvedev. Our cooperation is constantly developing in many areas of common interest, and in the field of tourism has reached the level of strategic partnership and the Federation is among the leading generating markets for Bulgarian tourism. During the visit of the Russian PM to Bulgaria, a Bulgarian-Russian Tourism Business Forum was held and a two-year Tourism Cooperation Program (2019-2021) was signed between the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, said Minister Angelkova.She recalled that the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov created the Ministry of Tourism as an independent administration at the end of 2014, taking into account the priority of the national economy sector, accounting for about 12 percent of GDP and over 11 percent of employment in the country. According to BNB data, the total income from domestic and international tourism in Bulgaria in 2018 amounted to BGN 8.4 billion. Last year our country was visited for the first time by more than 9 million foreign tourists (about 9.3 million). Over the past four years, the growth of foreign tourists in Bulgaria has increased by 31% and the incomes from inbound tourism by 34%, said the Bulgarian Minister.She stressed the efforts of the Bulgarian state to introduce a number of visa facilitation procedures for Russian tourists. As of this year, applications for visas for Bulgaria can be submitted in 59 Russian cities. The National Tourism Office is working at the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow, which is a member of the Russian Tour Operators Association (ATOR). However, our partnership is developing not only with the major Russian centers, but also with the regions, their universities, chambers of commerce and industry and etc., the Minister added, and announced that a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Tourist Association of the regions in Russia is planned to be signed this year..We are working on many joint programs and initiatives, including the announcement of 2020 and 2021 for the tourism years of Bulgaria in Russia and Russia in Bulgaria. In April, a Bulgarian-Russian tourist forum will be held with representatives of the Russian regions in Veliko Tarnovo. We are also planning concrete measures in conjunction with the industry and the municipalities to increase charter flights between our countries, she said.Minister Angelkova presented in detail to the teachers and students of MGIMO the potential of Bulgaria as a destination for four seasons with a huge variety of cultural and historical landmarks, mineral springs, renowned summer and winter tourism resorts, organized children's recreation and various types of specialized services. She recalled that last year about 512,000 Russian tourists visited our country, but the opportunities are much greater.Just before the lecture, Minister Angelkova also spoke with the Deputy Rector of MGIMO on General Affairs Artyom Malgin. He presented the scientific activity of the university and the programs for the preparation of students, among which there are Bulgarians. Minister Angelkova drew attention to the possibility of graduates of the Institute to conduct internships in Bulgaria in the field of tourism. We have various such practices and programs, as well as proposals from companies where young people from Russia can develop, she explained. The Minister informed the Deputy Rector of the idea to hold an international investment forum in tourism, which will take place at the end of May in Sunny Beach resort with almost 300 participants. The focus of the event will be investments in the Black Sea region.The meeting with the university leadership was also attended by the Bulgarian Ambassador in Russia Atanas Krustin, Egor Andreev, Head of International Management of MGIMO, etc.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-delivered-lecture-moscow-state-institute-international-relations
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting in Moscow with the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova
2019-03-11T12:07:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talks in the Russian capital with Zarina Doguzova, head of the Federal Tourism Agency. The meeting was held during the work visit of the Bulgarian Minister of the International Tourism Exchange Intourmarket 2019.The two met only a week ago in Sofia on the eve of the Bulgarian-Russian Tourism Forum, which was opened by the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. Zarina Doguzova congratulated Minister Angelkova on organizing the forum, which outlined important directions for future tourism cooperation between the two countries. „I am very pleased to welcome such dear guests as you. For me, good relations between Bulgaria and Russia are a priority”, said the head of Russian tourism.Minister Angelkova thanked for the warm welcome and declared readiness to implement the Program for Joint Actions in the Field of Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation for the period 2019-2021. The document was signed at the Russian Prime Minister's visit Dmitry Medvedev here.The Bulgarian minister said that efforts will be made to promote cultural and historical routes to Russian guests in Bulgaria. The tourism administration intends to create pilgrimage routes together with business and local authorities.During the meeting the possibilities for recreation in the children's camps on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast were discussed. We have started discussing a Regulation for them, the expertise of your specialists will be useful, said Minister Angelkova. She discussed with Zarina Doguzova and the measures, prepared with the Bulgarian municipalities, for stimulating charter flights with Russian tourists to Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova officially invited Mrs. Doguzova to attend the Bulgarian-Russian Regional Tourism Forum, which will be held in April in Veliko Tarnovo. The fact that the event will be in the Old Throne City will allow the Russian tour operators and the representatives of the regions to reconsider the rich opportunities for cultural and historical tourism in Bulgaria.The head of Russian tourism stressed that the implementation of the Bourgas-Novorossiysk ferry will further increase the exchange of tourists between the two countries.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-held-work-meeting-moscow-head-federal-tourism-agency-zarina
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Minister Angelkova met with Svetlana Anufrienko, Director General of the Association of the Russia Regions
2019-03-11T08:59:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova spoke with the Director General of the Association of the Russia Regions Svetlana Anufrienko. The meeting was part of the work visit of the Bulgarian Minister to Russia during the Intourmarket 2019 International Tourism Exchange.Last year, the visits of citizens from the Russian Federation amounted to nearly 512 thousand, which ranked the country sixth among the leading inbound tourism markets in Bulgaria, said Minister Angelkova. She pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism is working hard to promote Bulgaria as a destination offering excellent conditions for 4 seasons visits.In April, we plan to organize a Bulgarian-Russian Regional Tourism Forum, the Minister informed. The event will be held in Veliko Tarnovo, which is another reason for representatives of Russian business to touch the cultural and historical wealth of our country.The topic of the conversation was the possibility of signing a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of tourism between the Ministry of Tourism and the Association of the Russia Regions. Minister Angelkova thanked Mrs. Anufrienko for the participation on the Bulgarian-Russian Business Forum in the field of tourism, which was opened in Sofia by the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. The Minister expressed hope that the cooperation will continue in the future, which helps the development of tourism in our country and in Russia.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-met-svetlana-anufrienko-director-general-association-russia
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Minister Angelkova: An agreement with the Altai region on cooperation in tourism is to be signed
2019-03-10T14:43:00
In Russia, the Minister spoke with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Altai region and the Minister of Economic Development Pavel Dityatev An agreement on tourism cooperation with the Altai region is to be signed. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during her conversation with Pavel Dityatev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Altai region Government and Minister of Economic Development, and with Evgeny Vitalievich Deshevich, Head of the Tourism and Resort Development Department.  They met during the work visit of the Bulgarian Minister to Russia during the Intourmarket 2019 international tourist exchange. Negotiations are currently underway and the details of the document are being specified.Work is also underway to organize a forum aimed at health tourism, Minister Angelkova informed. This is an area where we can very actively partner with the Altai region. Russian tourists most often visit Bulgaria in the summer and mainly at the sea, but our country is also known for cultural, historical and winter tourism. The Minister also said that joint cultural-historical routes could be developed to help increase travel.Representatives of the Altai region said they were interested in investing in tourism in Bulgaria. They stated that they are familiar with our rich culture and the many historical monuments that are under UNESCO protection.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-agreement-altai-region-cooperation-tourism-be-signed
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting in Moscow with Sergey Krivonosov, State Duma deputy chairman of the Committee on Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism
2019-03-10T13:10:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with Sergey Krivonosov, State Duma deputy chairman of the Committee on Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Tourism. The two met during a visit of the Bulgarian Minister to Russia during the Intourmarket 2019 international tourist exchange.Russia is one of the most important markets for Bulgarian tourism and we make consistent efforts to ensure the best conditions for Russian tourists and Russian tour operators, offering Bulgaria as a priority destination, said Minister Angelkova. She pointed out that during the visit of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev in Bulgaria a two-year Program for Joint Actions in the field of tourism was signed between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. The Minister also explained that the two main products that are emphasized are cultural-historical tourism and the development of children's camps. We have over 1850 festivals - local, regional and national. Participation in festivals further encourages travel by citizens from the federation, she said. The implementation of a ferry project will increase the number of tourists between the two countries, said Sergey Krivonosov. The two agreed on the idea that cruise tourism is an important place among the products and therefore efforts should be made to promote it.Active work will be done to deepen the co-operation between the Bulgarian and Russian Black Sea organizations, said Minister Angelkova and added that this would have an additional positive effect for the development of tourism in both countries.
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Minister Angelkova met with Maya Lomidze, Executive Director of the Russian ATOR Tour Operators Association, in Moscow
2019-03-10T11:02:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met with the Executive Director of the Association of Tour Operators in Russia - ATOR Maya Lomidze. They spoke during the work visit of the Bulgarian Minister to Russia during the Intourmarket 2019 international tourism exchange. The meeting also discussed the possibility of holding a joint conference between tour operators, ATOR members and representatives of Bulgarian business. This household will give additional opportunities for the representatives of the Russian tourist business to see on the spot the various opportunities offered by our country for vacations and trips, said Minister Angelkov. Maya Lomidze defined as very successful and fruitful the Bulgarian-Russian conference in the field of tourism in Sofia, which was opened by the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and Russia Dmitry Medvedev.
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Minister Angelkova opened the Bulgarian booth at Intourmarket 2019
2019-03-10T10:32:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova opened the Bulgarian booth at the Intourmarket 2019 International Tourism Exchange. The Forum takes place in Moscow from 9-11 March and is organized with the assistance of the Federal Tourism Agency, the Federal Aviation Agency, the Russian Hotel Association and other leading tourism structures.This year Bulgaria presents itself with a booth of 100 square meters. Together with the Ministry of Tourism, the municipalities of Sofia, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Stara Zagora, Primorsko and Kazanlak will take part in it. Exhibitors in this year's edition are expected to be over 1,400 companies from more than 130 countries and all Russian regions and national tourist agencies. It is estimated that the number of visitors will exceed 74 thousand people.Russia is among the most important generating markets for Bulgaria's incoming tourism, said Minister Angelkova. She pointed out that she is actively working to promote the travels of citizens from the Russian Federation to our country. We are conducting an active marketing campaign to promote the diverse tourist product among Russian tourists, the Minister also informed. She specified that innovative projects are being sought to meet the demand of visitors from the Federation. On the first day of the Tourism Exchange a special presentation was held on the theme “Bulgaria - more than the sea”. Russian tour operators, travel agencies, media and guests of the exhibition will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the national tourist advertising for this year.On the Bulgarian stand they will be able to get acquainted with the Bulgarian folklore and to see a number of attractive presentations. The guests will learn about the most interesting offers of Bulgaria, sea tourism, pilgrimage tourism, gourmet and wine destinations, youth packages, sports and adventure tourism, cultural and historical landmarks and many more.
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Minister Angelkova participated in Berlin at the ninth ministerial meeting on the Silk Road project
2019-03-06T17:50:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova participated in the ninth ministerial meeting on the Silk Road project. The discussion is organized by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and is being held in Berlin at the ITB International Tourism Fair.Since its inception, the Silk Road program has made a significant contribution to establishing it as an internationally recognized, cultural and tourist route, and interest has grown steadily in recent years, the Minister said. She added that for Bulgaria, as a country part of the Western Silk Road, it is extremely important to be actively involved in all phases of the initiative's development.We hosted the second international seminar “On the Western Silk Road” and made a national analysis of our heritage, which is part of the initiative, informed Minister Angelkova. Our participation in this pilot project sheds light on the tourism potential of the Silk Road project and the overall benefits of promoting it.The Bulgarian Minister of Tourism also stressed that a project could be considered for collecting and summarizing information about the initiative, which could be used as a common database on the tourism potential of the Silk Road project.
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Berlin Mayor, Secretary-General of the WTO and Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council visited the ITB-Berlin 2019 Bulgarian booth
2019-03-06T16:21:00
High-ranking guests visited the Bulgarian national booth minutes after it opened at the ITB-Berlin 2019 International Tourism Exhibition. They were hosted by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova, who tour them to more than 40 Bulgarian participants - travel companies, municipalities, etc.Officials included Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization, Gloria Guevara, Chairman and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, and others.Your presence here is a great honor for us and a new opportunity to present Bulgaria's potential as a year-round destination, said Minister Angelkova. She stressed that in recent years national statistics and the Bulgarian National Bank report record results in the number of foreign tourists and income from their visits. We continue to actively promote our country as a route for high quality services at competitive prices, it became clear.The German market is a key market for Bulgaria, as in 2018 it occupies the third place in its ranking for inbound tourism, Minister Angelkova emphasized to the guests. The total number of German tourists in Bulgaria last year was over 850 thousand. During the June-September 2018 period, including the Federal Republic, it is the second largest tourist destination among foreigners in Bulgaria - nearly 670 thousand visits.ITB-Berlin International Tourism Exhibition continues until March 10th, with more than 10,000 exhibitors from around the world presenting at this year's edition.
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Minister Angelkova opened the Bulgarian booth at the ITB-Berlin International Exhibition 2019
2019-03-06T15:26:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova opened Bulgaria's national booth at the ITB-Berlin 2019 International Tourism Fair.Our presence at the largest tourist exhibition in the world is of great importance for presenting Bulgaria as a year-round destination, the Minister said. She emphasized the importance of the German market among the inbound tourism generators in Bulgaria and emphasized the active dialogue of the Ministry with leading tour operators and investors in the Federal Republic.The exchange is intended for both professionals and the general public and has been organized since 1966. Bulgaria is among the longest-standing participants in it, said Minister Angelkova. Our country is represented in the exhibition under the National Tourism Advertising Program for this year. This year's edition will continue until March 10th.Bulgaria participates in the prestigious Berlin Exchange with a national stand of 413 square meters, with the number of participants not only from the Ministry of Tourism exceeding 40. A total of over 10,000 co-exhibitors, 110,000 professionals from over 180 countries will be represented in the most prestigious event for the tourism industry, and about 160,000 visitors and an audience are expected. The exhibition is the leading B2B platform for all international tourism exhibitions.Bulgaria's Ambassador to Germany Elena Shekerletova was also present at the opening of the stand.
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Prime Ministers Borisov and Medvedev expressed readiness for active tourism partnership between Bulgaria and Russia
2019-03-05T16:41:00
Minister Angelkova at the Bulgarian-Russian Business Forum: Thanks to the support from the government, the sector has seen significant growthBulgaria is pursuing a peaceful foreign policy to attract more tourists. This was stated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the opening of the Bulgarian-Russian business forum in the field of tourism, organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The conference was also attended by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, the Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria Nikolina Angelkova, Maxim Oreshkin, the Minister of Economic Development of Russia, MPs, representatives of local authorities and business from both countries. There were more than 200 participants in the bilateral forum.Prime Minister Borisov stressed that Bulgaria has very good conditions to offer in the field of historical, cultural and religious tourism. „Despite the difficult international relations, we have managed to keep the good tone that allows us to develop our relations to the maximum”, he said with regard to the partnership with the Russian side.According to Borisov, there are already visa centers in 59 cities in Russia since February 1st, which will make it easier for tourists. He added that with his colleague Medvedev they discussed the ferry connection between Burgas and Novorossiysk, which can be very useful for tourists as well as for Russian citizens with real estates in Bulgaria.„We are discussing with the Minister of Tourism and the Association of Municipalities to make an accurate account in order to respond to international competition and to support the industry. Russian athletes are constantly being trained in our facilities”, he added. The PM explained that Bulgaria will try to be even more flexible, as tourists pay attention to both price and service, quality of food and security. The country's balanced foreign policy also gives us a great deal of security of residence. During the meeting between the two Prime Ministers they discussed the possibilities for the development of children's tourism, which also has great potential, it became clear from his words.Dmitry Medvedev emphasizes that tourism between the two countries is at a very good level and about half a million tourists from Russia visit Bulgaria every year. „The good tourist infrastructure, the reasonable price, the climate, the safety are the most attractive for Russian tourists. In short, all the conditions for a good and complete holiday, including with children, have been created here”, the Russian Prime Minister said. He added that a large-scale project was implemented has been implementing in his country, which envisages visa facilitation for tourists from all countries.In the four years since the establishment of the independent Ministry of Tourism, and thanks to the government of Boyko Borisov, tourism has reported a 31% increase in international tourists and a 34% increase in revenues from international tourism, said the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the opening of the forum.She added that Bulgaria has always been one of the most preferred and safe countries for Russian tourists, and traditions and relations between the two countries in the industry are stable and have a rich perspective. The linguistic and historical proximity of the two peoples are a prerequisite for more Russian tourists, with the Bulgarian state making efforts to ensure the best conditions for them, she said.Maxim Oreshkin, Russian Minister for Economic Development, said bilateral cultural relations would focus on niche markets. Bulgaria can find a place in it and distinguish itself from its competitors, he added. The Russian Minister also expressed readiness for institutions and businesses to work together to overcome the lag in mutual tourist flow, which is directly linked to the quotations of the two national currencies.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/prime-ministers-borisov-and-medvedev-expressed-readiness-active-tourism-partnership
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Bulgaria and Russia sign a two-year joint action program in tourism
2019-03-04T18:06:00
Bulgaria and Russia signed Joint Tourism Action Program between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation for the period 2019-2021. The ceremony was part of the official visit to Bulgaria of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and a delegation led by him on March 4th and 5th. It is at the invitation of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, signed the document. The Program is in implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the Russian Federation for Tourism Cooperation of 8th of May 2007.The program is another serious step to deepen the traditionally good relations between the two countries in a sector as important to their economies as tourism, said Minister Angelkova. She emphasized that Russia is one of the most important generating markets for the incoming tourism of Bulgaria and that the preferences of the tourists from the Federation are constantly in the focus of attention of the Bulgarian tourist administration and business in Bulgaria for conducting an active marketing policy and attracting more visitors.  With the new program, the two countries are keen to strengthen their ties, recognizing tourism's potential for their economic development. They will help increase the mutual tourist flow, it is also planned to establish direct contacts between the Bulgarian and Russian tourist organizations and exchange information on the legislation in the field of tourism.Bulgaria and Russia will contribute to the protection of the legal interests and rights of tourists, to ensure the safety of their stay, to improve the quality of service, as well as to take measures in extraordinary and emergency situations.The document will encourage the exchange of statistical information in tourism, including related to the development of tourism infrastructure. An exchange of information and experts will also take place between the organizations for the purpose of training and professional development of the professional staff for the tourism industry.It is envisaged that the two countries will also cooperate in the implementation of the state marketing strategy and projects in the tourism sphere, as well as in the implementation of innovations. The experience of tourism professionals and journalists will be shared. The program aims to organize a year of tourism in Bulgaria in Russia and Russia in Bulgaria. Relations between regional tourism organizations will also be encouraged.Bulgaria and Russia express their will to continue their cooperation in a number of international organizations, including the World Tourism Organization Commission for Europe (UNWTO), the Working Group for “Tourizm cooperatin” of the the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), etc.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-and-russia-sign-two-year-joint-action-program-tourism
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with HE Eric Rubin, US Ambassador to Bulgaria
2019-02-27T16:53:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with HE. Eric Rubin, US Ambassador to Bulgaria. The main focus of the conversation was concrete initiatives to deepen cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism.We are actively working to promote our country in the United States and to attract more tourists, the Minister said. Data show last year's 10.4% increase compared to 2017 of US tourists in the country, the Minister said.Minister Angelkova pointed out that in the last three years extremely high results have been achieved in the sector. For the first time in 2018, we crossed the border of 9 million foreign tourist visits and reported over 9.2 million such visits. Last year's foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria increased by 30.6% compared to 2015, she told the US Ambassador.She also formally invited HE. Eric Rubin for participation in the first edition of the Sustainable Investment in Tourism Forum, which will be held in Sunny Beach at the end of May. Minister Angelkova specified that the purpose of the event is to draw investors' attention to our country and build on what has been achieved.In turn, HE Rubin said Bulgaria has great opportunities to develop different types of tourism and congratulated Minister Angelkova on the good results achieved in the sector. 
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Bulgaria grows above the EU average in accommodation nights in 2018
2019-02-24T14:09:00
Bulgaria ranks among the countries with growth higher than the EU average by nights in accommodation. This is evidenced by Eurostat's published preliminary data for 2018.According to statistics, the nights spent in accommodation establishments with 10 or more beds in our country exceeded 26.8 million last year, and the reported growth is 3 percent. The EU average increase is 2.2%. In terms of growth, our country is ahead of countries such as Denmark - 2.7%, France - 2.4%, Greece - 0.5% and Italy - 1.9%.Eurostat data proves that efforts to popularize the country as a destination for quality tourism with a variety of recreation opportunities are yielding results, said Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova. However, what has been achieved in the last 3 years must ambition us to fight for the confidence of every tourist, the Minister added.According to the other indicator, the nights spent by foreigners in accommodation establishments with 10 or more beds, the results for Bulgaria are over 17.7 million, an increase of 3.8 percent. The growth in Bulgaria again exceeds the average for the EU countries, which is 2%. The increase in the number of nights spent by foreign nationals in Bulgaria's competitors is as follows: Croatia 3.5%, Greece 2.5%, Cyprus 3.2%.The total amount of revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria for 2018 is over BGN 7.3 billion, which is an increase of 6.5 percent, shows the latest data of the Bulgarian National Bank.
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tourism.government.bg:7160:2019-02-24T14:09:00
Minister Angelkova at an international exhibition opening in Serbia: We must promote the Balkans as a tourist destination
2019-02-21T15:34:00
Bulgaria is a partner country of the 41st Belgrade Tourism Fair. “Together we must popularize the Balkans as a tourist destination. Today we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia. I believe that this will further strengthen  our collaboration and will result in new joint projects and initiatives  as well as serve as a basis for joint business tourist networks.”These were the words of the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the official opening of the 41st Belgrade Tourism Fair in Belgrade. She emphasized that this year Bulgaria is a partner country of the forum in which participated more that 12 000 workers in the sector. The minister reminded that in 2018 Serbia was an official partner country of the Bulgarian tourist exhibition “Holiday and SPA EXPO”.“I believe that these events are not only efficient platforms for discussing and generating offers for cooperation in the sphere of tourism between our countries, but a possibility to attract more tourist to the region,” said the minister. She added that our active cooperation in the sphere of tourism had contributed to the further deepening of the economic partnership between the two countries.Serbia is among the 8 biggest markets for inbound tourism for Bulgaria. In 2018 the visits by Serbian tourists were more than 421k which is a 7% increase as compared to 2017. The visits of Bulgarian citizens to Serbia also show a continuing rise. In 2018 these visits are almost 500k which is a 6.7% increase in comparison to the previous year.
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tourism.government.bg:6870:2019-02-21T15:34:00
Bulgaria and Serbia signed Memorandum of Cooperation in the sphere of tourism
2019-02-21T14:27:00
Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia was signed in Belgrade by the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Rasim Lyaich, vice president in our west neighbour. The ceremony took place immediately before the official opening of the 41st Belgrade Tourism Fair IFT in Belgrade where special emphasis was placed on Bulgaria as a partner country.The document shall encourage the business contacts between the administrations and tourist organizations of both countries via  various measures for increasing the two-way tourist flow, as well as joint initiatives for attraction of third country markets, far country markets included.“Bulgaria and Serbia are strategic partners in the sphere of tourism and we should develop even more actively our good relations in the sector which is a national priority for our economics, “ emphasizes minister Angelkova.The memorandum also provides for partnership in the organization of joint specialized events, tours for professionals and medias, participation in international exhibitions, exchange of statistics, advertisements, analysis and other information regarding the tourist potential of both countries, as well as collaboration for  the purpose of attraction of more investments. The bilateral support for initiatives of the United Nations World Tourism  Organization, the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Organisation, the EU’s Danube Strategy etc will be also broadened.During her visit in Belgrade minister Angelkova paid attention to the importance of the specialized types of tourism and our country’s offer to create a common Balkan route which can attract more visitors from Europe and the world to the region due to the joint competitive product and services in the sector. 11 countries showed interest to the initiative, including Serbia. The leading topic of the project is the rich cultural and historical heritage under the aegis of UNESCO in the region.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/bulgaria-and-serbia-signed-memorandum-cooperation-sphere-tourism
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tourism.government.bg:6869:2019-02-21T14:27:00
Minister Angelkova met representatives of the Serbian tourist business in Belgrade
2019-02-21T12:11:00
Serbia is an important market for inbound tourism in  Bulgaria. Last year the tourist visits by Serbian citizens in Bulgaria  were more than 421k which is a 7% increase as compared to the previous year. These were the words of the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova during a workshop with representatives of the Serbian tourist business. Mariya Labovich – director of the National Tourist Organization of Serbia, Tiyana Malkova – secretary of the tourist company in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the business representatives Marko Levayach, Igor Relich, Dragana Dimitrievich etc took part in the discussion.“We are working actively in order to popularize Bulgaria as a tourist destination during all 4 seasons, the market of Serbia is also in its focus,” said minister Angelkova. She also pointed out that 12 wine and culture destinations, covering 55 municipalities and more than 100 tourist attractions were developed together with the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. “I think that this project will be of interest to Serbia as well, “ commented the minister.She invited representative of the tourist business to participate in a forum for sustainable investments in tourism which is planned for the end of May 2019 in the biggest and most popular Bulgarian sea resort  Sunny Beach. Minister Angelkova pointed that the event had been planned for professionals and experts in the sector and that more than 300 participants were expected to take part in it. B2B workshops were also planned and discussions with Bulgarian tour operators, working on the Serbian market and vice versa could also be arranged. During the meeting another two meetings were negotiated in March and April respectively  between the Serbian and Bulgarian business representatives in order to strengthen the cooperation.Joint tourist products were discussed with the business for far markets such as China where Serbia has made a huge progress following the visa facilitation.“Bulgaria is a preferred tourist destination, we notice how well the sector has been developing in the last years and we observe with interest the popularization of yours, “said Tiyana Malkova. She added that the Bulgarian citizens also often prefer Serbia as a tourist destination. But it would be nice if they travelled all over the country and did not visit just Belgrade.The tourist business representatives pointed that most popular were the Bulgarian winter resorts; most often the Serbian tourists traveled to Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo. They emphasized that they worked very well with their Bulgarian colleagues and that they hoped to keep their good collaboration.Minister Angelkova thanked for the fruitful dialogue and added that she really hoped that the partnership between the countries would continue in the future.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-met-representatives-serbian-tourist-business-belgrade
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tourism.government.bg:6868:2019-02-21T12:11:00
Minister Angelkova had a workshop in Moscow with the Fist Vice-President of the Russian State Duma – Ivan Melnikov
2019-02-06T15:07:00
The minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova met in Moscow the Fist Vice-President of the Russian  State Duma  Ivan Melnikov. Representatives of the Bulgarian parliamentary delegation accompanying minister Angelkova during her official visit to the Russian capital also took part in the meeting.Minister Angelkova thanked the Fist Vice-President of the lower chamber of the Federal Assembly of Russia for the support of the Russian partners in the development of active bilateral relations with regards to tourism. She said that we would be happy if the two countries could increase with common efforts the interest of the Russian and Bulgarian tourists towards them.The Bulgarian minister assured her hosts that the safety and security of the Russian tourists were extremely important  in the policy for tourist flow encouragement. Minister Anglkova emphasized that meetings with the Council of the Federation and the Ministry of Economic Development were already held and that one of the main aims was cooperation with the Russian regions. Apart from popularizing the possibility of summer vacations, the advertising campaign of the ministry towards the Russian market is also focused on the cultural, historical, balneotherapeutic, SPA and recreational tourism.It became clear from her words that another important focus were the children’s recreation and the children’s holiday camps which we were familiar with from an early age. Minister Angelkova said that we were developing a decree in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Russia in order to satisfy the requirements of the Russian market in that respect and declared that we would depend on their support  in the future as well in order to promote Bulgaria as a leading and competitive holiday place for the Russian tourists.She announced the achieved record results in the sector over the last three years after the creation of a separate Ministry of Tourism.  For the first eleven months of 2018 the receipts from international tourism in Bulgaria amounted to 7.2 billion BGN and the foreign tourist visits during the whole last year were over 9.2 million which is almost a 5% rise in comparison to 2017. In comparison to 2015 the increase of the number of the foreign tourists is more than 30%, and with respect to the receipts till November included this rise is more that 34% in comparison to the same years.“Our citizens love having their holidays in Bulgaria,”  assured Ivan Melnikov and emphasized that the Russian country was well disposed for the further development of the relations between the two countries in the future. According to him our two countries were close in spirit and had good traditions. “We want to jointly encourage the cruise tourism and to work in such a way as to have good transport connections,” underlined the Fist Vice-President of the Russian  State Duma.The  Vice-President of the National Assembly,  Yavor Notev, who was part of the Bulgarian delegation, said that the development of tourism was supported on parliamentary level as well.
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tourism.government.bg:6867:2019-02-06T15:07:00
Minister Angelkova before tour operators in Moscow: With your partnership we will realize the potential of the Bulgarian tourism
2019-02-06T12:56:00
Quality, security and new products focused on the specific requirements of the Russian market are Bulgaria’s reply to the competition for tourists in the region “The Bulgarian tourism has huge potential which we can develop with joint efforts in order for Bulgaria to become the preferred destination of the Russian tourists and the Federation to get back its place as one of the leading markets for summer tourism in our country”. These were the words of the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova during a meeting in Moscow with representatives of the tour operators working for  destination Bulgaria. She was in the Russian capital on an official visit with the Bulgarian parliamentary delegation.“I can assure you that the Ministry of Tourism as well as the whole government  evaluate the importance of the sector as horizontal  and depending on the efforts of many people from various fields. For us, it is of extreme importance to  guarantee the safety and security of the Russian tourists, “ ensured minister Angelkova. She pointed that not only the sea and summer holiday were important for the Russian customers, but the cultural, historic and sport tourism were also getting more and more important. “We continue our efforts for joint programmes for children’s holidays which are of great importance in our advertising and marketing policy. We also popularize the excellent possibilities of our country for health tourism. All this makes the tourist product we offer very good,” said minister Angelkova.She pointed that Russia was a key strategic partner for the Bulgarian business. “Our aim is to offer a quality product and new initiatives, focused toward the specific needs of the Russian market in order to fight the competition for tourist in the region,” said the minister. “Our country will continue to participate in all leading international exhibitions which are held on the territory of the Russian Federation.”“The connection with the regions is also of extreme importance for us,” emphasized minister Angelkova. “For sure the possibilities for transport access to Bulgaria are of extreme importance. I would like to thank the vice-president and minister of the interior of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zaharieva that the negotiations have been finalized and that from February there will be 59 outsourcing visa application centers in Russia where you can apply for documents for travelling to Bulgaria. I hope this will facilitate your efforts, “ said the minister to the tour operators. She also thanked the members of the parliament who were accompanying her during that visit as the support of the National Assembly also considerably encouraged the sustainable development of the sector.Minister Angelkova informed the tour operators that a joint Bulgarian-Russian investment forum was planned in April this year in Veliko Tarnovo and invited them to participate. She was also pleased with the excellent partnership with the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze and the members of the association. During the visit in Moscow an agreement was reached Bulgaria to be host of the annual  meeting of the Russian tour operators in the beginning of April this year. “This will grant additional possibilities as the representatives of the tourist business in Russia will personally see the diverse and various possibilities which our country can offer for holiday to the Russian tourists, as well as the contemporary accommodation and the quality of the services in the Bulgarian hotels,” said minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova held meetings with representatives of the Council of the Federation of Russia
2019-02-06T09:43:00
Bulgarian and Russian deputies gave prominence to tourism as one of the engines for bilateral relations Minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova held in Moscow meetings with representatives of the Council of the Federation and the Bulgaria Cooperation Group. The minister is on an official visit in the Russian capital, accompanied by a Bulgarian parliamentary delegation.“For me as a minister and for the Bulgarian government it is important to ensure the safety and security of each tourist. These were also the highlights of the meeting of the prime minister Boiko Borisov and the president Vladimir Putin last year in Moscow,” said minister Angelkova. She emphasized the great importance of the Russian market for the sustainable development of the inbound tourism in Bulgaria and ensured the people present that the department had made constant efforts to stimulate the tourist flow from the Federation.“The commitments to work for the increase of the tourist flow will be met. One of the highlights was a two-year plan for the tourist sector which was accepted at a meeting of the Working Group in October 2018. At that meeting possibilities were discussed to declare a year of Bulgarian tourism in Russia and vice versa in order to stimulate the tourist flow to our country, we will work with the Russian regions,” said minister Angelkova.“During the exhibition Intourmarket we expect a memorandum with the Association of the Regions in Russia to be signed. We are negotiating and finalizing agreements with the Region Altai. We will welcome your cooperation for representative of all regions to visit Bulgaria, to get acquainted with the cultural and historical tourism and the children’s holidays. There are many towns in Bulgaria and Russia with friendship agreements and we plan a number of initiatives in that connection. The programme “Bulgaria – a Country of Health” is also under development. Last year we had more than 512k Russian tourists who visited Bulgaria. In 2018 the results in the sector are record – more than 9.27 million foreign visits for the year and 7.2 billion BGN of receipts for the first 11 months of last year.”“We are having negotiations and organizing regular meetings with the tour operators working on the Bulgarian market.” Minister Angelkova thanked for the support which the institutions in Russia render for popularizing the bilateral relations  and the tourism in particular. “This economic sector in extremely important for Bulgaria and there are long traditions of good business relations between Russia and Bulgaria. We work to build on the results achieved and to ensure high quality of the services offered in order to become a competitive and desirable destination,” generalized the Bulgarian minister of tourism.A discussion took place under the authority of minister Angelkova with the following participants from the Russian side: Vasiliy Ikonnikov, Head of the Cooperation Group between the Council of the Federation and the National Assembly, Igor Fomin, vice president of the Council of the Federation on social policy and member of the group, Veleriy Kulikov, member of the Committee of the Council of the Federation on defense and safety and member of the group, Elena Popova, member of the Committee of the Council of the Federation on social policy, Vasiliy Zhelnov, head of the Department for Bilateral Interparliamentary Cooperation of the International Relations Department of the Council of the Federation, Lidiya Nikitina, responsible secretary of the Cooperation Group between the Council of the Federation and the National Assembly.The participants in the workshop from the Bulgarian side were the Vice-President of the National Assembly Yavor Notev, Krasimir Velchev, co-chairman of the Bulgaria-Russian Friendship Parliamentary Group, the deputies Hristo Prodanov, Hairi Sadakov, Polina Tsankova-Hristova. The Bulgarian and Russian deputies agreed that the achieved results in the cooperation in the sphere of tourism between the two countries would serve as serious ground for better business relations  between the two countries. They expressed their desire for cooperation for the purpose of encouraging the bilateral relations in tourism.“We did a lot to attract the Russian tourists. The revenue growth is indicative. This is undoubtedly a success for Bulgaria,” commented Igor Fomin.Later the Bulgarian delegation and minister Angelkova had a discussion with the vice president of the Council of the Federation Ilyas Umahanov. Igor Chernishenko, member of the Committee of the Council of the Federation on federative development, regional policy, local self-government and North matters, also took part in the meeting. From Bulgarian side the meeting was under the authority of the Vice-President of the National Assembly Yavor Notev.Ilyas Umahanov welcomed the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism to popularize Bulgaria as a destination among the Russian tourists.Yavor Notev announced that in the delegation there were representative of all parliamentary groups in the Bulgarian parliament and that choice of members was not incidental. He thought that the important thing was that Bulgaria and Russia had economic topics on their agenda and  that quite a big part of the achieved in the sphere of tourism was due to the good management of the Ministry of Tourism and the personal contribution of minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova had a discussion with the vice-minister of the economic development of Russia Sergey Galkin in Moscow
2019-02-05T16:01:00
“We will do our best for an even more beneficial cooperation with Bulgaria,” said the Russian vice-minister before the minister of tourism and the accompanying parliamentary delegation“Russia is among the most important markets for the Bulgarian tourism and the Ministry of Tourism works steadily to guarantee the best terms and conditions for the tourists and the tour operators from the Federation”. These were the words of the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the meeting with the vice-minister of the economic development of the Russian Federation Sergey Galkin in Moscow. Minister Angelkova is on an official visit in the Russian capital, accompanied by a parliamentary delegation.“I am happy that tourism was one of the main topics of the meeting between the prime minister Boiko Borisov and the president Vladimir Putin last year in Moscow. I had the honour to be part of the delegation then and we raised specific questions for the development of the sector. I am very pleased that today we again have the chance to discuss and continue our good partnership with the Russian country.  Our bilateral relations are based on friendship,” said Nikolina Angelkova. She pointed out and emphasized the big support from the National Assembly for that policy. The Vice-President of the National Assembly Yavor Notev, Krasimir Velchev, co-chairman of the Bulgaria-Russian Friendship Parliamentary Group, the deputies Hristo Prodanov, Hairi Sadakov, Polina Tsankova-Hristova took part in the delegation in Moscow.The minister reminded that tourism was among the spheres of greatest importance for the bilateral relations. “It is one of the priority sectors of the Bulgarian economics and contributes, together with the related industries, approximately  12% of the GDP and forms almost 11% of the employment in our country.” Minister Angelkova thanked for the trust in Bulgaria as a destination. “Traditionally we enjoy the interest of the Russian tourists and we will count on your support in order to increase their number,” explained she.“2018 is the third record year in succession for the Bulgarian tourism in all its history. Bulgaria was visited by over 9.2 million foreign tourists which is the highest result since statistics on tourism has been kept in our country. The revenue from international tourism for the first 11 months of last year amounts to 7.2 billion BGN. The visits of Russian tourists are of considerable importance for this rise as they were almost 512k. The Federation was on 6th place in the classification of inbound tourism in Bulgaria.” emphasized minister Angelkova. She also underlined the excellent cooperation with the Federal Agency for Tourism and the Russian business.“Another important trend in our mutual cooperation is the introduction of a number of facilitations in the visa application procedures for Russian tourists,” became clear from the words of Mrs Angelkova. “The changes cover different categories of users – children, disabled people, property owners, people who had previously resided etc. In order to secure the activity of the consular offices on the territory of Russia, the Ministry of Tourism has helped for the opening of outsourced visa application centers. The Bulgarian consular office in Ekaterinburg is already working actively. Visas are issued in 21 outsourced centers in the Russian Federation and the procedures have been accelerated as much as possible. Since 1 February 2019 Bulgarian visa applications can be submitted in 59 towns on the territory of the whole of Russia. The fee is expected to be decreased and we hope that this will also help increase the interest of the Russian tourists toward Bulgaria, “ said minister Angelkova.She also underlined the importance of the modern technologies in the overall policy of the department for the provision of fast and high-quality services for the tourists. “This years we have focused on the digitalization in the sector and I would like to outline specific initiatives in that connection,” explained the minister. “The e-services which the ministry offers can be used 24 hours a days, 7 days a week. A special telephone, answered by an employee of the ministry, is also working for the Russian tourists. Traditionally the Russian tourists are interested in the Bulgarian summer resorts bit together we can develop the cultural and historic tourism, and the balneotherapeutic and SPA tourism, increase the number of children groups etc,” said minister Angelkova.“We will do our best for an even more beneficial cooperation with Bulgaria,” said the Russian vice-minister Galkin. He congratulated the ministerial team for the achieved record results and underlined that Bulgaria was an attractive destination for the Russian citizens. The vice-minister welcomed the efforts of the tourist administration for digital transformation in the sector. “The Russian Ministry of Economic Development also encourages the fast application of IT practices and innovations in tourism. It is preparing a new strategy for tourism development which will be ready in the second half of the year.”During the meeting it was announced that a bilateral economic forum on tourism is being planned together with the Trade Representation Office of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria to take place in April this year.  It will take place in Veliko Tarnovo within the International Cultural Tourism Exhibition. Minister Angelkova invited vice-minister Galkin to visit the business event.The Vice-President of the National Assembly Yavor Notev also confirmed his belief that the joint work between the institutions of both countries should continue.
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tourism.government.bg:6864:2019-02-05T16:01:00
The Ministry of Tourism was distinguished during the international tourist exhibition EMITT in Istanbul
2019-02-02T16:03:00
The Ministry of Tourism got a prize for Bulgaria for long-term successful partnership during the 23rd edition of the exhibition  East Mediterranean International Tourism & Travel (EMITT), which is held annually in Istanbul, Turkey.“This prize is a great recognition of our work. I am convinced that with the common efforts of the state, the local authorities and the tourist business we are consolidating the position of our country as a four-season destination at an international level,” commented the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova.The Ministry of Tourism participated at the international tourist event with an information stand of 108 sq.m. Besides the tourist administration of the forum, there were also 9 co-exhibitors from Bulgaria. The numerous visitors of the exhibition took a marked interest to the ski vacations and spa tourism in our country.Turkey is a generating market for Bulgaria. For 2018 it comes fourth among the top markets in our country and the total number of visits from our southern neighbour exceeds 625k. 
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tourism.government.bg:6863:2019-02-02T16:03:00
The foreign tourist visas in Bulgaria for 2018 are over 9.273 million
2019-01-28T14:48:00
Record number of visits has been reached and the sustainable rate of growth is preserved for a third year in successionThe foreign tourist visas in Bulgaria for 2018 are over 9.273 million. The reported growth is 4.4% as compared to the previous year. This is according to the data of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) published today.Market number one for the inbound tourism for the previous year is Romania. The visits from our northern neighbour are over 1.377 million and show an increase of 20.9% in comparison with 2017. Greece and Germany are respectively at second and third position among the top markets. The visits from Greece exceed 1.116 million, and from Germany are more than 850k.“For the first time the foreign tourist visits surpass 9 million and build on the record levels from the previous two years. The data acts as a stimulus and starting point for an even more active policy to popularize, together with the business,  the destination of Bulgaria,” commented the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova.The foreign visits from Turkey are more than 625k and the country comes fourth among the leading markets for inbound tourism in Bulgaria. Macedonia is on 5th position with almost 560k visits and directly after it comes Russia with more than 511 k visits.In 2018 the visits from Poland surpassed 425k which is a 7.9% rise. The market of Serbia is on the 8th position, having reached 421k visits and a 7% increase. The visits from Great Britain are almost 390k which is a 15.2% rise in comparison to the previous year. Ukraine comes 10th last year with more than 379k visits and a rise of 24.4% compared to the previous year. The visits from many other countries also show an increase. The visits from Israel rise with 17.3%, from Moldova – with 11.3%, from the Check Republic – with 6% and from France with 3.3%. 
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tourism.government.bg:6862:2019-01-28T14:48:00
Minister Angelkova had a discussion with Gloria Guevara, manager of WTTC, in Madrid
2019-01-24T13:32:00
The minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a workshop in Madrid with Gloria Guevara, chairperson and senior executive director of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The meeting took place  within the 38th International Tourism Fair FITUR, one of the biggest in the world.Minister Angelkova described the importance and potential of the Bulgarian tourism for the sustainable development of the country as an all-year destination with an almost 12% contribution to the GDP. She emphasized the achieved record results with regards to the number of tourist visits and revenues from the sector for the years following the establishment of the institution in the end of 2014. “We consistently build on the achieved results and participate actively in initiatives of the international tourist organizations,” said minister Angelkova during the meeting.The Bulgarian minister drew attention to the role of the investments and activities for the popularization of the internal tourism which would be a leading trend in the advertising and marketing policy of the department for the current and following years. She emphasized that the ministry would depend on the support of the WTTC for the organization of the forum for sustainable investments in tourism, planned for the end of March 2019 in the biggest and most popular Bulgarian sea resort – Sunny Beach. It attracts not only many tourists of different age and preferences but also a big number of enterpreneurs.“Having in mind the first-ever forum of the European leaders of the WTTC which took place in Portugal last year, we have decided to organize a forum, devoted to unlocking the investment potential for tourism in South-East Europe with a special emphasis on sustainability,” said also minister Angelkova. “As WTTC is an international organization which represents the private sector, it will be our honour to have such a partner to stimulate the sustainable development of the sector,” emphasized the minister.She also advised that over the last few years there had been a considerable interest by foreign investment funds for potential projects in the region. “Regional key investors and representatives of countries with extensive knowledge and experience in attracting such investments in infrastructure and services will be invited for the event. The Ministry, with the assistance of the municipalities and business representatives, has already created a map of the investment tourist projects in the region as an initial stage of this process.”The chairperson of WTTC Gloria Guevara congratulated the team of minister Angelkova on the achieved excellent results. Such would undoubtedly be a prerequisite for sustainability. During the meeting it became clear that the World Council would continue to encourage similar policies as they encouraged economic growth, development of the regions and higher employment.According to data from the WTTC reports, the tourist sector in South-East Europe will grow considerably. The forecasts of the organization indicate that for Bulgaria the sector’s growth is expected to be over 50% for the next 10 years which will make it an essential part of the GDP of the country.
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tourism.government.bg:6861:2019-01-24T13:32:00
Minister Angelkova had a meeting in Madrid with the Minister of tourism and trade of the Principality of Andorra Francesc Camp
2019-01-24T12:50:00
The minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a meeting in Madrid with Francesc Camp, Minister of tourism and trade of the Principality of Andorra. The two of them had a discussion during the International Tourism Fair FITUR. The tourism forum took place in the Spanish capital Madrid in the period from 23 to 27 January. This year the event was organized for the 38th time and the biggest Spanish tour operators and tourist agencies and business representatives from hundreds of states took part in it.“Bulgaria has serious traditions in the sustainable development of the summer and winter tourism and offers very competitive conditions for investments in the sector, “ said minister Angelkova.“The popularization of the Bulgarian cultural heritage is the way to get positioned successfully among the Andorran tourists, “ said the minister and added that the winter tourism, the SPA and balneotherapeutic  services, and the cultural and historic tours were also subject of great interest among the guests of Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova and minister Camp commented the forthcoming 2019 Ski World Cup. An important part of the competitions will start in Bansko and the Andorran resort  Soldeu. “This is a great acknowledgement for both countries and I hope that we will be able to attract a lot of winter sports fans, “ added minister Angelkova.Minister Camp congratulated Bulgaria on the achieved high results during the last years and expressed willingness for a closer cooperation between the administrations and business of both countries.
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Minister Angelkova held a workshop in Madrid with the minister of tourism of Kenya
2019-01-23T16:39:00
The minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a workshop in Madrid with Najib Balala, minister of tourism of Kenya, during the International Tourism Fair FITUR. The tourism forum took place in the Spanish capital Madrid in the period from 23 to 27 January. This year the event was organized for the 38th time and the biggest Spanish tour operators and tourist agencies and business representatives from hundreds of states took part in it.The two ministers discussed the role of tourism as a factor for the development of the relations between the countries as well as the future possibilities for cooperation between Bulgaria and Kenya for the purpose of attracting the interest of the Kenyan tour operators to our country and vice versa.Minister Angelkova emphasized that the purpose of all measures, applied by the Minister of Tourism, was Bulgaria to win recognition as an all-year tourist destination.The Bulgarian minister announced that the focus for 2019 would be investments in the sphere of tourism and invited her colleague to participate in the first edition of the forum for sustainable investments in tourism, planned for the end of May in our country.On his part minister Balala pointed out that Bulgaria was getting more and more attractive for visitors as it offered a diverse tourist product.
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Minister Angelkova opened the Bulgarian stand at the International Tourism Fair FITUR
2019-01-23T14:19:00
The minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova opened the Bulgarian stand at the International Tourism Fair FITUR. The tourism forum took place in the Spanish capital Madrid in the period from 23 to 27 January. This year the event was organized for the 38th time and the biggest Spanish tour operators and tourist agencies and business representatives from hundreds of states took part in it.“Similar forums give us the opportunity to present the potential of the Bulgarian tourism before professionals from the whole world and lovers of travelling,” commented minister Angelkova. She added that that event was a kind of platform for meetings of ministers, managers and representatives of the tourist administrations of dozens of countries, the United Nations World Tourism  Organization and many business experts who would get the chance to discuss long-term plans for sustainable development of the sector.Bulgaria traditionally participates on the tourist fair with an information stand. This year the exhibition area was 100 sq.m. – about 25% bigger in comparison to last year. Besides the Ministry of Tourism, there were 10 more exhibitors on the stand including the municipalities of Varna and Veliko Tarnovo. Business representatives and amateurs could get acquainted with the diverse and high-quality tourist product that Bulgaria could offer.The first 3 days the fair is opened only for professionals. During the weekend the forum will be opened for the general public as well. The tourists from Spain usually seek Bulgaria for visits connected with nature and culture. They are also interested in the urban visit and special attention is paid to Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Koprivshtitsa and Bozhentsi.FITUR is one of the biggest tourism fairs in the world. Last year 9672 companies from 165 countries took part in the forum and the international participation had a 9% rise. The visitors, most of them professionals, increased with 6% reaching almost 245k. This year the participants and visitors are expected to be more in comparison to 2018.
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tourism.government.bg:6856:2019-01-23T14:19:00
Minister Algelkova at the 2018 Third Annual Awards ceremony: Bulgarian tourism serves as an example of sustainable development worldwide
2018-12-12T16:30:00
There are 48 winners in 16 categories – municipalities, organizations and media, these are not just awards but honours for dedicated work.Tourism in Bulgaria is competitive, offers very good services and examples of world-class sustainable development. It has all the prerequisites for growth – good facilities and strong presence of our country on the main generating markets as well as excellent prospects for attracting new destinations. This is what the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at the Third Annual Tourism Awards ceremony. The awards were given during a sophisticated ceremony held in Sofia on Tuesday evening. The chairperson of the 44th National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva, the deputy-prime minister Mariyana Nikolova, the minister of youth and sport Krasen Kralev and the minister of labour and social policy Biser Petkov were official guests of this event. About 300 guests, leaders and representatives of diplomatic missions, representatives of the tourist business, employers’ organizations and media attended the event. Niki Iliev and Dilyana Popova hosted the ceremony.We are giving not only awards but also honours for high quality and dedicated work in the sphere of tourism, said Minister Angelkova. She expressed her gratitude to the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the members of the council of ministers and the members of parliament for their support in everyday work, owing to which the industry has achieved these good results.Within the three-year period since the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism as an individual unit, the number of the foreign tourist visits rose by 31% and the revenue deriving from them increased by 38%, said Minister Angelkova. She added that these results can be achieved when all the institutions, the local authorities and the business are going in the same direction, pursuing the common goal to make Bulgaria a year-round tourist destination.The winners of the Annual Tourism Awards received a statuette depicting the symbol of Bulgaria’s beauty, which is also the registered mark of the competition – the Bulgarian rose, made by Dimitar Germanov especially for this ceremony. The winners – 48 in number, were elected by means of electronic voting, which lasted from 13th November to 5th December. 125 contestants were competing in the 16 categories of the competition as they had been selected as finalists out of 132 applications received at the Ministry of Tourism.Great interest was shown in the third edition of the awards ceremony by both the candidates and the voters who elected the winners, said Minister Angelkova. 122 624 votes in total were registered for all the categories – about 23 thousand votes more have been submitted for a tourism event, a destination, an attraction, municipalities for mountain, seaside, balneological and SPA tourism, journalists’ materials and so on compared to the previous year.The chairperson of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva gave the special awards “The choice of the Bulgarians” to this year’s winner – the Belogradchik rocks and fortress. The award was received by the mayor of Belogradchik – Boris Nikolov. Pleven Epopee 1877 was second in this category and St. George Church in Kavarna ranked third.The winner in “The spirit of Bulgaria” category received an award from the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. This year’s winner was Open Air Ethnographic Museum “Etar”, which ranked first. The statuette was given to Assoc. Prof. Svetla Dimitrova – the director of the museum. The Castle of Ravadinovo “In love with the wind”, located in the village of Ravadinovo, ranked second and the Tuida Fortress in Sliven was third.The Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism (BUBSPA) is this year’s winner in the “Specialized Tourism” category. The chairperson of the parliamentary commission of culture and media Vezhdi Rashidov gave the award to Siyka Katsarova, the chairperson of BUBSPA. The information cycle track Iron Curtain Trail ranked second.The Minister of Youth and Sport Krasen Kralev gave the awards in the category “2018 Seaside Tourism Municipality”. The municipality of Primorsko ranked first in this category and its mayor Dimitar Germanov received a statuette and a charter. The municipality of Varna was second and the municipality of Balchik was third in this category.The winner in the category “2018 Mountain Tourism Municipality” is the municipality of Bansko. The award was given by the chairperson of the parliamentary commission of economic policy and tourism Petar Kanev and to the deputy-mayor of Bansko Asen Kiritsov. The municipality of Petrich ranked second and the municipality of Samokov ranked third in this category.The deputy-prime minister Mariyana Nikolova awarded the winner in the “Tourist event” category. The award this year was given to the Lion Heart Ultra Cross Triathlon and was received by Filip Shavov – the chairperson of the Lion Heart Association. The second place was taken by “Let’s set a Guinness record together: The largest egg painting worldwide – Arte Hotel Velingrad and “The national tourist hiking In the footsteps of Botev’s detachment-Kozloduy-Okolchitsa”.The awards in the “Tourist destination” category was given to the municipality of Sandanski. The award was given by Vasil Velev – the chairperson of the managing board of the Industrial Capital Association in Bulgaria and was received by the mayor of the municipality Kiril Kotev. The Southern fairytale of Bulgaria – Ivaylovgrad and Plovdiv ranked second and third, respectively.The municipality of Dryanovo won the award for “2018 Cultural Tourism Municipality”. The rector of Sofia University Prof. Atanas Gerdzhiekov gave the award to the chairperson of the Municipal Council Georgi Kazakov. The municipality of Plovdiv ranked second in this category and the municipality of Veliki Preslav ranked third.The Minister of Labour and Social Policy Biser Petkov awarded the winner in the “2018 Balneological and SPA Tourism” category. This year, the municipality of Velingrad ranked first as the award was received by the mayor Kostadin Koev. The municipality of Sandanski ranked second and the municipality of Mineralni bani Haskovo ranked third.The winner in the “Tourist attraction/sight” category is the Castle “In love with the wind” in the village of Ravadinovo. Boryana Manolova, the deputy-chairperson, gave the CRIB award to the site owner Georgi Tumpalov. The Belogradchik fortress ranked second, followed by Sapareva banya water facilities complex (Rila Mega Tour Ltd).The winner in the “Innovation” category was 3D added reality of the Beglik Tash Thracian sanctuary. The award was given to Dimitar Germanov, mayor of the municipality of Primorsko, by the Member of Parliament Dimitar Boychev. The Castle “In love with the wind”, 3D panoramic tours ranked second. TravelLine – Innovative services and technological solutions in tourist industry ranked third in this category.The winner in the category “Journalist material on tourism in Bulgaria for the year 2018 broadcast on television” is Zhivko Konstantinov, Nova TV with the material “Growing up but not growing old: Who is the architect that built Sofia’s symbolic buildings?”. The award was given by Radosvet Radev, chairperson of the Bulgarian Industrial Association. The second place was taken by “Danube – the human face of the river” – Tourism Television – Georgi Krumov. The film “The clang through the centuries” – Channel 3 – Iva Miloradova.Fokus – Miroslava Angelova information agency and chain of radio stations is the winner in the category “2018 Journalist material on tourism in Bulgaria broadcast on the radio”. The award was given by the Member of Parliament Hristo Prodanov. The tourism programme Via Pontica – BNR-Burgas - Valentin Atanasov ranked second in this category.The winner in the category “2018 Journalist material on tourism in Bulgaria published in a printed media” is “The covered bridge is the symbol of Lovech” by Natalia Malcheva, Trud newspaper. The award was given by master chef Petar Bachvarov – Uti. The publication called “The magic of Zlatograd”- Agrozona magazine ranked second and the third place was taken by “An ancient fortress in the Rhodopes built as Troy and Mycenae, published in 24 chasa newspaper. The award for “2018 Journalist material on tourism in Bulgaria in an online media” was given to travelbulgarianews.bg and the material entitled “Trayanovi Vrata Fortress” of Aleksandar Popkonstantinov. The statuette and the charter were given to the winner by the Member of Parliament Daniela Seveklieva. “Vila Ambra – the magic of the north has created unique amber on the sea coast” of Ruslan Yordanov ranked second. The third place was taken by Varna gold treasure – predecessor of the civilizations of Sumer and Egypt – brat-bg.The mayor of Vidin Eng. Ognyan Tsenkov gave the award to Marta Ros, who ranked first in the category “2018 Publication on tourism in Bulgaria on an Internet blog” with her material entitled “5 wonderful excursions you can have in Rila Mountain”. “Vidin, Bdin or a Danube treasure” of Dario Dionisi ranked second. “The monastery of Klisura or the place where the mountain, the river and spirituality have found its sanctuary” of Zhulieta Terzieva ranked third in this category.
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Minister Angelkova had a working meeting with ambassador Makarov and tour operators working on the Russian market
2018-12-05T18:58:00
The Russian Federation is one of the most important generating markets for Bulgarian tourism and has a major influence on the diversification of the services in this sector. Russia has ranked fifth on the inbound tourism chart in terms of number of visits since last year. In 2017, the number of visits was 558 thousand and during the first ten months of 2018 – over 496 thousand. This is what Minister Angelkova said at a working meeting with the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria His Majesty Anatoly Makarov. Representatives of the Russian and Bulgarian business also attended this meeting. The participants in the discussion talked about various measures and initiatives for increasing the interest of the tourists from both countries.  Minister Angelkova thanked the diplomat and, through him, she also thanked the head of the Federal Tourist Agency of the Russian Federation Oleg Safonov for the excellent bilateral partnership which fosters the mutual tourist interest. We have a number of joint initiatives for both cultural-historic and pilgrims’ routes and also initiatives aimed at stimulating the organized children’s recreation, she said. The minister also reminded that ambassador Makarov and she also visited children’ s camps located along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast in order to inspect the quality of the services and the safety of the adolescents’ stay there. She also added that Russia has always stated that Bulgaria is also preferred as a destination by the Russians due to the fact that it is a safe and peaceful destination which offers a wide variety of winter, summer and specialized tourism.   We can cooperate even more actively in order to stimulate the interest of the Russian tourists in balneological, SPA and wellness packages and also in the festival and pilgrims’ tourism, said the minister. She stressed the importance of the international tourist fairs at which Bulgaria is presented as a four-season destination. At the same time, the contacts with the Russian regions will be developed even more effectively to be able to popularize our country as an attractive place on the tourism map. Bulgaria will continue to be an active partner with the Association of Tour Operators in Russia (ATOR) because the interest of its members in our country is substantial.Minister Angelkova also assured that the Ministry of Tourism and the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been working consistently in order to optimize the organization of our visa centres in the Federation by employing additional staff, so that the Russian citizens will be able to process their documents for travelling to Bulgaria more promptly. In addition, the telephone line for Russian tourists, which the ministry opened upon its establishment as an individual administration, will continue to exist. It provides support to the Russian guests not only by orientating them about the places to visit and stay but also in all cases when assistance is needed.Ambassador Makarov announced that the main focus within the scope of the bilateral relations in this sector will be placed on the safety of tourists. He highly appreciated the work of the ministry and the Bulgarian diplomats who have created a favourable environment for the stay of the Russian tourists. The diplomat also recognized the importance of advertising for tourism and the role of the media in the popularization the large resorts, the inland, the thermal sources and others.Minister Angelkova also said that she has launched an integrated communication campaign on the Russian market, which is expected to make our country even more recognizable as a destination for the Russian tourists. She stressed that we have been working effectively with global tour operators such as TUI and Thomas Cook, including on the Russian market.The Russian consul general Vladimir Klimanov also participated in the meeting and stated that the summer season has yielded very good results.The trade representative of the Federation in Bulgaria Konstantin Artyushin stated that the Russian tourists love visiting Bulgaria and expressed his hope that their number will continue to increase. In his opinion, Russia has turned its attention to the new directions in this industry such as fishing and historic tourism and he expressed his willingness to help Bulgarian tour operators find new partners, including in the regions. During the meeting of the joint committee, an agreement was reached to organize a Bulgarian-Russian tourist forum. Minister Angelkova supported the idea and suggested choosing a date in March or April next year.The administration of Albena resort complex confirmed that there was interest by Russian tourists and also stressed their capacity to accommodate more sports groups, participants in specialized sports camps and organized children’s recreation.Andrey Gromov, consul general of the Russian Federation in Ruse, talked about the unused capacity for extending the active seasons and organizing different types of tourism – balneological and SPA tourism, cultural-historic tourism, cruises along the Danube and others.
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tourism.government.bg:6644:2018-12-05T18:58:00
Minister Angelkova presented the achievements of Bulgarian tourism to the foreign ambassadors in Bulgaria
2018-12-04T15:01:00
During the traditional working meeting with the diplomats she gave them charters for their fruitful cooperation in this sectorBulgaria has been developing steadily as a four-season tourist destination and over the last years record-breaking results have been achieved. This is what the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at her traditional meeting with the foreign diplomats in Bulgaria. She gave information about the statistics in our country and the number of visitors from the leading inbound markets.  The top five countries are Romania, Greece, Germany, Turkey and Russia. During the first ten months of the year 2018, Bulgaria was visited by over 8,4 million foreign tourists, which marks a 5% growth compared to the same period of the previous year. The revenues derived from international tourism are growing at an even greater rate, she said. They amount to 3,2 billion Euros for the period January-September 2018, which is a 7% increase compared to the same period of the previous year.Minister Angelkova also stressed that in summer, the foreign tourist visits to our country exceeded 5.4 million and this is the most successful season so far. We expect these record data to be further supplemented by the new winter season, which will be opened on 15th December and for which a 5% growth of the number of tourists has been prognosticated.These achievements are the result of the cooperation of the ministry with the business and the active support of the administration for facilitating the services offered to the citizens and the tourist industry, said Minister Angelkova. She also reminded that some of the changes that her team has initiated in the Tourism Act and the Act on the Black Sea coast spatial development have already been effected and others are about to be finally agreed on. They provide an updated framework of the activity in this sector and implement the priorities of the government for reducing the administrative burden. The European package travel directive has been transposed into Bulgarian legislation, which also contributed to the development of the business.Minister Angelkova pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism is the first state administration that will present a new generation of electronic services for all registration modes it offers under the Tourism Act on 1st December. They are already accessible for the users though a specially developed platform. The electronic signature on the documents is now possible via face recognition using a smartphone after making an initial registration. The services can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all corners of the world. This saves time and money to the citizens and the entrepreneurs, said the minister. By March 2019, the electronic services of the ministry will have encompassed about 80% of the countries worldwide. Minister Angelkova also informed that in January 2019, the institution will also demonstrate the demo version of the Unified tourist information system, which will make the tourists’ stay in Bulgaria even safer and will be very beneficial for the statistics, the movement of visitors in markets and the revenues in the sector. The data will be collected on the common information platform, which entirely complies with GDPR, and the personal data will be fully protected.The quality of the offered product is crucial for our administration in order to be able to establish our country’s reputation, which attracts more and more solvent tourists, said Minister Angelkova. An identification code will be introduced for each hotel and restaurant, which will personalize its activity. A key element of our work is also the determination of the statute of the national resorts which are the face of Bulgarian tourism, the minister pointed out.She also described in details another major challenge in the industry – the preparation and the qualification of a sufficient number of executive employees to work in this sector. One of the short-term measures taken this summer in order to overcome this shortage was the employment of 7700 seasonal workers in tourism – twice as many as the previous summer. Such employees will be appointed during the new winter season. The ministry keeps working on the long-term measures for resolving this problem. An agreement was signed with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy for cooperation in this respect and work is currently being done on a pilot project with a Bulgarian-German vocational training centre. It will provide training to both unemployed and employed people who will acquire a qualification in the sphere of tourism, added the minister.Minister Angelkova made an overview of the work done by the ministry for the popularization of the tourist potential of our country before the Bulgarian and the foreign visitors. After the success of the initially established 8 cultural-historic destinations, the tourist administration, in cooperation with the business and the municipalities, has developed 12 wine-culinary and 7 balneological and SPA destinations, which were widely debated at round tables organized around the country. Next year we are planning to develop destinations that will promote pilgrims’ tourism, said the minister. We are currently working with 11 countries from the region to establish a common Balkan route which will attract tourists not only from Europe but also from more distant places.Bulgaria continues to participate actively in other international initiatives – under projects of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the Danube Strategy and various projects of the World Tourism Organization. They will popularize even more actively our country as a destination offering a variety of services at an affordable price for the mass and specialized tourism as well, including culinary initiatives in the region.Minister Angelkova announced that a few investment rounds were being prepared in our country for leading companies in the sector. It is quite promising to work will all the countries showing interest in our country as a place for tourist visits and making business. Our marketing activities also contribute to this – the campaigns with leading global media, the presence in digital platforms, the popularization of our sights and services via the Internet platform I love Bulgaria, said the minister. She also stressed the significance of the dialogue with leading global tour operators and branch organizations from the partner countries, thanking them for the fruitful cooperation.When asked about the forthcoming year of Plovdiv as a European capital of culture, Minister Angelkova said that this extremely prestigious event will include over 500 performances presenting the region and the country as a cultural and historic destination.The minister said that efforts are constantly being made to satisfy the needs of the disabled tourists. We are doing our best, by means of urban planning, to ensure accessibility and comfort in the restaurants and hotels for the disabled people.  A number of beach concessioners have already installed the appropriate equipment providing access to such visitors where the terrain allows it. Over 300 hotels have been inspected to find out if they have special rooms and other equipment ensuring the comfort of these clients, said Minister Angelkova.The diplomats congratulated Minister Angelkova and her team for the achieved great results in tourism and supported Bulgaria’s efforts to become an attractive four-season destination, emphasizing the role of the international partnership and the initiative of the industry. They declared that they will continue to work together for the sustainable development of tourism.At the end of the meeting, Minister Angelkova gave each of the diplomats a charter for fruitful cooperation in the sphere of tourism. “You are not only ambassadors of your own countries, you are now ambassadors of Bulgaria to the world”, the minister stated explicitly.
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tourism.government.bg:6643:2018-12-04T15:01:00
Minister Angelkova had a working meeting with representatives of the Association of the Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB)
2018-12-03T18:25:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with Ali Bilir, a member of the executive office of the Association of the Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB). They met in Istanbul during the Bulgarian-Turkish business forum in the sphere of tourism. They both discussed the possibilities for promoting tourist visits in the two countries and promising investment projects in this sector.It is very important for us to attract more tourists and interest for investment in Bulgaria, commented Minister Angelkova. We are willing to discuss the signing of the cooperation agreement with TURSAB, which will serve as a basis for joint implementation of various initiatives for popularizing tourism, said the minister. We are also working to implement various information and investment rounds with Turkish tour operators.Mr. Ali Bilir thanked for Bulgaria’s preparation and hospitality during the first session of the Joint Bulgarian-Turkish working group in the sphere of tourism, which was held in Sofia in November. He also commented that such meetings between the neighbouring states need to be held on a regular basis.
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Minister Angelkova at a bilateral tourism business forum in Istanbul: We are planning visits of investors showing interest for investments in Bulgaria
2018-12-03T17:52:00
Turkey ranks fourth among the destinations for inbound tourism in Bulgaria for the year 2017 g.Bulgaria has enjoyed the stable interest of Turkish tourists over the last years, which serves as evidence of the trust they have in us. Our countries are located in one and the same region and we have great opportunities to develop joint initiatives and projects supporting the growth of tourism in Bulgaria and Turkey. This is what the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at the opening of the Bulgarian-Turkish business forum in the sphere of tourism in Istanbul. The Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey Nadir Alpaslan took part in this forum as well as representatives of the Bulgarian and Turkish business.Within the period January-October this year, the number of guests coming from our southern neighboring country was 540 thousand and in 2017, the Turkish market ranked fourth among the top destination for inbound visits to Bulgaria with over 636 thousand visits and a 12,5% growth, said the Bulgarian minister. The emphasized the significance of the Joint Bulgarian-Turkish working group in the sphere of tourism, which was established a few days ago in Sofia. Its first session was held in mid-November on the eve before the International congress of global civilizations and historic routes, organized by the World Tourism Organization, which was hosted by Bulgaria for the second time. The working group was the first platform for discussion of the possibilities for strengthening our cooperation in the sphere of tourism.I am convinced that we will continue to work as partners for the development of tourism, said Minister Angelkova. She also added that there are debates about the possibilities to organize days of Bulgaria in Turkey and vice versa. Work is also being done on a joint Balkan project and a joint product between Bulgaria and Turkey, which will popularize the rich and varied tourist product of the two countries before tourists coming from distant markets.We are also planning to organize tours for investors interested in investing in Bulgaria, said Minister Angelkova. They are expected to be implemented in February next year and will cover sights with a potential for development. I guarantee my personal engagement and the support of the Ministry of Tourism in order to ensure maximum institutional cooperation in the implementation of investments, said the minister. She thanked the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism for organizing the forum and also for the opportunity to present the potential for investments and initiatives for joint development of tourism.The whole world has realized the meaning of the tourist sector and the importance for investments in this industry, said the deputy-minister Nadir Alpaslan. He added that he expects such international meetings to be beneficial for both countries. The forum included presentations of representatives of the Bulgarian and Turkish tourist business.
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Minister Angelkova before a conference of the World Tourism Organization and UNESCO in Istanbul: Together with the local communities we gave an impetus to the cultural-historic tourism in Bulgaria
2018-12-03T13:51:00
The popularization of the cultural heritage led to a significant increase in the number of tourist visits to the sights, which stimulates the investments in the tourist infrastructureThe popularization of cultural-historic tourism and the interaction with the local communities for presenting the enormous heritage of Bulgaria over the last years has given a strong impetus to this type of tourism and has also proven its growing importance as a source of sustainable development. The increased interest of the tourists in the historic and cultural sights inevitably leads to investments in the tourist infrastructure. This was said by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in Istanbul during the Third World Conference on Tourism and Culture organized by the World Tourism Organization and UNESCO.“The wide variety of activities in the sphere of cultural tourism and the changes in consumers’ demand caused the cultural tourism to play a major role in the development of the sector. Culture and tourism are interrelated. Tourism is a way of marketing our cultural treasure”, said Minister Angelkova.She reminded that over 40 000 artefacts have been found around the country. For that reason, we decided to establish different tourist routes such as cultural-historic, wine and SPA routes, in order to consolidate the local expert knowledge and resources so as to give a common identity to the local cultural heritage, said the minister. According to her, after the establishment of 8 cultural-historic destinations in Bulgaria, there has been a substantial growth in the number of tourist visits. Minister Angelkova presented to the participants the platform iLoveBulgaria, which includes a complete list of the 100 national tourist sites.The minister announced that the tourist sector provides significant prerequisites for the economic growth of the separate regions of the country. That was the reason for the establishment of a National concept for zoning of tourism, which will contribute to the development of regional tourist strategies that, in turn, will popularize the local products on the national and the international markets. Minister Angelkova also said that in order to ensure a positive effect, namely to contribute to the economic well-being of our country or the region, cultural tourism has to be well planned. She added that the Ministry of Tourism is actively promoting Bulgaria before foreign investors through the so called Map of investment projects. It unites representatives of different regions and interested parties for the purpose of ensuring an economic benefit for the business and the local communities as well.Bulgaria has a lot to show both foreign and Bulgarian tourists and entirely follows the trend for a growth of cultural tourism worldwide, concluded the Bulgarian minister.At the Third World Conference on Tourism and Culture, which was organized by the World Tourism Organization and UNESCO in Istanbul, I stated that the popularization of the cultural-historic tourism and the interaction with the local communities for presenting the enormous cultural heritage of Bulgaria over the last years has given a strong impetus to this type of tourism and has proven its growing significance as a source of sustainable development. In my opinion, the increased interest in the historic and cultural sites will inevitably lead to investments in the tourist infrastructure.
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Minister Angelkova: All the services offered by the ministry are now accessible by clicking or showing the face through a smartphone
2018-12-01T16:18:00
The access to qualified electronic signature for e-services of the institution will be free during the first yearAll the registration services that the Ministry of Tourism offers in accordance with the Tourism Act will be accessible with just one click and via a smartphone since Monday.  In addition to the usual method involving a personal identification number (PIN), the qualified electronic signature will also be placed by means of face recognition. This has become possible after the development of a special platform for electronic services for the ministry, said the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during its presentation today. She clarified that in this way, the requests for the issue of all types of permits and services of the institution can be sent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from all corners of the world. In order to use the platform, you need a preliminary registration which takes about a minute, after which the application will be submitted for about 15 seconds, explained the minister.We are the first state administration providing this type of electronic services in Bulgaria, we are also pioneers in the EU, where such a platform is to be introduced by the Ministry of Digitalization of Austria, said Minister Angelkova.The qualified electronic signature for the users of services in the institution is expected to be free during the first year following the launch of the platform. Then, the users will have the opportunity to have 5 free electronic signatures a year and after the cessation of this option, the monthly subscription will cost 2 levs, said Minister Angelkova. It can be terminated and extended at any time and the citizens and the business will not be obliged to maintain their subscription permanently. The minister also clarified that this platform had been developed in four months. All the requirements of the legislation and the norms of GDPR have been observed and the protection of all personal data is completely guaranteed.The platform has been developed in accordance with all the legislative requirements and is also very easy to use, said Prof. Georgi Dimitrov, a representative of the supplier of verification services Eurotrust, which is the author of the platform. He gave a detailed presentation of the method of registration and use of the services and also stated that after we specify the service we would like to use, we provide identification using our personal ID number, telephone number or e-mail address, all the necessary data are verified and automatically entered in the application. When registering via the telephone camera in case of face recognition, 84 facial points are analyzed in order to verify the identity.The new platform will significantly facilitate the access of the citizens and the business to the services of the ministry because they will not have to observe the working hours of the institution and this can be done in all corners of the world, said Prof. Dimitrov. He also added that the project significantly optimized the work of the administration and the applications will be processed after being submitted. This will save people thousands of working hours and, compared to the minimum hourly wage, the financial effect will be enormous. Prof. Dimitrov clarified that by the end of the month the electronic services of the Ministry of Tourism will be used by consumers in all EU Member-states.
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Minister Angelkova had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Michael Christides
2018-11-16T17:27:00
The development of cruise and culinary tourism is crucial for the diversification of tourism in the Black Sea region. It was one of the topics of the conversation between the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Michael Christides. This bilateral meeting was held within the second International congress of world civilizations and historic routes, which has been held since yesterday in Sofia and has been organized by the World Tourism Organizations (WTO) of the UN.Minister Angelkova and Secretary-General Christides expressed their satisfaction that Bulgaria, Turkey and Russia will work together for the implementation of a project aimed at popularizing culinary tourism in the Black Sea region. The first stage of the project includes collecting statistical data which will present between 250 and 300 dishes typical of the countries in the Black Sea region. The second stage includes the organization of Culinary days in four European capitals of BSEC Member-states. Special events in the sphere of culinary tourism will be organized.Mr. Christides announced that in 2019, BSEC will participate is a large-scale initiative for popularizing cruise tourism in the Black Sea. The revival of cruise tourism in the Black Sea is one of the main priorities of BSEC.The two countries also discussed the implementation of a project in the sphere of film tourism. Greece is the project coordinator and Bulgarian will be one of the main partners. Our country has a lot of experience in this tourist sub-sector and is a preferred destination since it is famous for the implementation of large-scale film productions.Minister Angelkova discussed with Mr. Christides the innovations in the sphere of tourism. They also talked about the possibility to establish “Awards for the best “start up” companies in the sphere of tourism in the BSEC region”. The concept of this project will be developed jointly by the Permanent secretariat of BSEC and a network of universities from the Member-states of the organization, which will later be included in the awards selection committee. It has been planned to launch this initiative in 2019.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria and Greece work as partners on joint projects aimed at attracting tourists from the distant markets to the Balkans
2018-11-16T12:59:00
The Bulgarian minister had a working meeting with George Tziallas, Secretary-General for Tourism Policy and Development of the Ministry of Tourism of GreeceThe partnership between Bulgaria and Greece in the sphere of tourism is developing and the two countries are working on joint initiatives to attract more visitors to the Balkan region. This was said by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at a working meeting with George Tziallas, Secretary-General for Tourism Policy and Development of the Ministry of Tourism of Greece. This bilateral meeting was held during the second International congress on world civilizations and historic routes, which has been held in Sofia since yesterday and has been organized by the UN World Tourism Organization. Minister Angelkova said that the Greek tourists are among the most numerous groups of tourists coming to our country and added that Greece is one of the most preferred destinations for Bulgarians, as the exchange of guests is almost equal. Last year, the number of tourist visits from Greece to Bulgaria exceeded 1,1 million, which marks an increase of 8,5% compared to the year 2016 and the country ranked first on the chart of inbound tourism in Bulgaria. The number of visits of Greek tourists for the first nine months of this year exceeds 852 thousand.The initiative for establishing a Common Balkan tourist route, proposed by Bulgaria, is very promising and was supported by Greece at the meeting of 11 countries from the region held in Sofia in May 2018. The Ministry of Tourism will hold discussion meetings on this subject and will soon present the vision of the Bulgarian part of the route to the other members of the project working group, said Minister Angelkova. According to her, as two neighbouring countries on friendly terms, we will be able to popularize even more effectively the joint concept, which will make the Balkans a more attractive route.  The pointed out that the two countries cooperate with each other in the implementation of the initiative “Along the Western Silk road”, which is aimed at attracting visitors from markets that are far away from Europe. Bulgaria and Greece are members of the programme of the World Tourism Organization “Along the Silk Road”. In 2017, they hosted two working seminars under the new initiative “The Western Silk Road” and participated in the creation of a Road map under the project by means of national analyses. They were prepared by the Aristotle University is Thessaloniki and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The Bulgaria proposition envisages the creation of regional products related to silk, for example, by means of consolidating the tourist potential of Greek and Bulgarian cities with traditions like those in Soufli and Ivaylovgrad.Minister Angelkova suggested organizing a Bulgarian-Greek meeting on topical issues in the sphere of tourism before the ITB International tourism fair in Berlin, in order to discuss new possibilities for attracting more tourists from Greece to our winter resorts. This meeting is to be attended by representatives of the business and the local authorities of both countries.Secretary-General Tziallas expressed the confidence of his country in the usefulness of the cooperation and focused on the role of the joint work of the tourist administrations to mobilize the business and the experts for the implementation of these initiatives, whose host will be Bulgaria for the second time, as well as his satisfaction with the meetings held as part of the forum.
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Minister Angelkova opened the tourism fair which is part of the International congress on world civilizations and historic routes
2018-11-15T17:45:00
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the opening of the tourism fair which will be held during the International congress on world civilizations and historic routes. This is how the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova launched the fair, which will be held within 15-16 November in Sofia. She pointed out that such events serve as a fine example of a good practice that can draw the attention to our country and this may happen owing to the presentation of the variety of tourist resources that Bulgaria has.The opening event was attended by the Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organizations Jaime Sanclemente as well as a number of delegates from the International congress on world civilizations and historic routes, managers in the sphere of tourism, representatives of the public and private sector in this industry and the related industries, mayors and experts.The tourism fair was located in the centre of the capital city – the Sofia Largo. On the territory of the Ancient Serdika complex, more than 15 municipalities presented the potential of its regions as tourist destinations. Our country has extremely rich culture, traditions and customs, said Minister Angelkova. She added that it is crucial to preserve them and present them to the world intact and also make efforts to popularize this treasure and Bulgaria as a year-round tourist destination.I assure you that the Ministry of Tourism will continue to support initiatives strengthening the reputation of our national products and our country as an international tourist destination, said the minister. She thanked all the participants in the forum and wished all the visitors to have a nice time at the fair.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria with a message for establishing a world destination “Ancient Civilizations”
2018-11-15T14:25:00
The Bulgarian minister opened the congress on historic routes organized by the World Tourism Organization and quoted and increase of 31% in the number of foreign tourists coming to Bulgaria compared to the year 2015We will make a proposition to the World Tourism Organization to establish a world destination called “Ancient Civilizations”. This initiative would contribute to a better knowledge of the world cultural heritage. I hope that this initiative would be supported by the World Tourism Organization and it will be very important for Bulgaria to initiate it. This is what the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at the opening of the second International congress of world civilizations and historic routes. We will send a message to the regions with ancient culture to join the idea for establishing such a destination which will be open for a lot of participants. Minister Angelkova added that a good beginning of the implementation of this idea will be the inclusion of sites that are on the UNESCO world heritage list.Some of the official guests of the International congress on ancient civilizations and historic routes were the Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organizations Jaime Sanclemente, the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on culture and media Vezhdi Rashidov, the chairperson of the economic policy and tourism committee Petar Kanev, the deputy-minister of culture Amelia Gesheva, ministers and managers in the sphere of tourism, representatives of the public and private sector in this industry and its related industries, globally recognized experts in the sphere of culture and protection of cultural heritage. The forum was held on 15th and 16th November 2018 in Sofia as it was the second time Bulgaria had hosted such an event.The congress is aimed at exploring the way the link between culture and tourism creates opportunities for economic growth and social development, said Minister Angelkova. She added that tourism has proven its potential as one of the major generators of growth for the world economy and has been developing at a greater speed over the last decade. The sector has a share of 10,4% of the global GDP, providing employment to over 313 million people worldwide. In Bulgaria, it constitutes about 13% of the gross domestic product and is one of the leading economic sectors.We have been working hard to establish our country as a four-season destination with its winter and sea resorts and magnificent beaches popular worldwide, said the minister. According to her, our country is about to be discovered as a place that has a large number of mineral springs, SPA complexes and top-quality golf courses. More than 40 000 historic monuments and sites have been registered on the territory of our country, which makes Bulgaria one of the most attractive destinations for people interested in history and culture, added the minister.Of course, we have to continue to work hard in order to further develop our potential and this year we have promoted the initiatives for creating a Map of the 100 European tourist sites and a Common Balkan tourist product, said Minister Angelkova. The Ministry of Tourism has developed a new interactive web-based platform and a mobile application called iLoveBulgaria, which provides information about the major Bulgarian tourist sites. A Unified tourist information system is currently being developed.This measure as well as other similar measures have led to the achievement of record results for Bulgarian tourism, explained the minister. She clarified that in 2017, the total number of tourist visits of foreigners to Bulgaria was 8 882 747, which exceeds the number of the population of the country by 1,8 million.Based on the latest data for 2018, the number of visits of foreign tourists has risen by 31% compared to 2015, said the minister. She also added that Bulgaria has undoubtedly turned into a competitive and attractive year-round destination.The historic routes like “The Silk Road”, “Orient Express” and others have inspired numerous travelers and can play a major role for the popularization of the regions, said the Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organizations Jaime Sanclemente. He also added that we need to put joint efforts and exchange good practices and experience. One of the priorities of the World Tourism Organization is to generate a supplementary added value for all the countries, to guarantee the safety of travels, the digitalization and the innovations in the sector, said Sanclemente. He was certain that this congress will influence the development of tourism on a national and international level.This forum is very important and we have to be aware of the fact that the face of tourism in our country is its cultural heritage, said Vezhdi Rashidov, the chairperson of the parliamentary committee for culture and media. He also stressed the fact that Bulgaria has established its positions in world culture. He thanked Minister Angelkova for the organization of the forum and the subsequent initiatives for the popularization of the country and its historic heritage.
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Minister Angelkova met the minister of tourism of Egypt Rania Al-Mashat in London
2018-11-06T19:07:00
During the international tourism fair World Travel Market (WTM), which is held in London, the capital of Great Britain, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a conversation with the minister of tourism of Egypt Rania Al-Mashat.Rania Al-Mashat pointed out that Bulgaria is becoming a more and more attractive destination as it offers a varied and high-quality tourist product.The ministers discussed the future agreement for cooperation in the sphere of tourism, which is expected to be signed between the two ministries in the beginning of 2019.The Bulgarian minister focused on Bulgaria’s policy to develop a sustainable tourism by popularizing its cultural heritage. It was our idea to create a common map of the European cultural-historic sites as well as a common Balkan route, whose main subject would be the UNESCO heritage.She also added that all these initiatives will contribute to the long-term and sustainable development of this sector on a national and European level and the attraction of more visitors from distant markets to Bulgaria and the Old Continent. 
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Minister Angelkova had a conversation with her Greek colleague Elena Kuntura
2018-11-06T18:39:00
Bulgaria and Greece exchange almost the same number of tourists annuallyThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting in London with Elena Kuntura, the Greek minister of tourism, during the international tourism fair WTM. Despite working in a highly competitive environment, the two neighbouring countries have established very active relations in the sphere of tourism, said Minister Angelkova.The partnership with Greece and the respective ministry has long traditions and is developing steadily. A meeting of 11 Balkan countries was held in Sofia in May in order to prepare a common Balkan route with the participation of both countries. We are planning to include in this route UNESCO sites and other places of national and international importance, pointed out Minister Angelkova.  She announced that, after long and comprehensive discussions, our country will soon present its proposals for the Bulgarian section of the route.The two institutions and the business are considering other joint initiatives and exchange of information in order to attract distant and promising markets to this region. Bulgaria and Greece are members of the programme UNWTO Road Silk Road. The two countries participated in the creation of a road map under the project in cooperation with the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences-Sofia. Another purpose is to establish joint products under this project that will attract tourists from distant destinations to the Balkans, said Minister Angelkova.Minister Kuntiura was personally invited by Minister Angelkova to attend the second International congress on world civilizations and historic routes which will be held on 15th and 16th November 2018 in Sofia in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization. She stressed the major significance of the cultural-historic heritage of the two countries and emphasized the role of the timely exchange of information to support the tourists. Greece will participate in any promising joint initiative in this respect, said Mrs. Kuntura.At the meeting it was confirmed that the two countries exchange almost the same number of tourists annually. Based on the data provided by the National Statistical Institute, in 2017, Greece ranked first on the chart of inbound tourism with over 1,1 billion visits, which constitutes a 8,5% growth compares to the previous year. At the same time, Bulgarian tourists made over 1,3 million visits to Greece and it was the most preferred foreign destination for Bulgarian tourists.Traditionally, Greece is preferred by Bulgarians for summer holidays and the Greek citizens show a great interest in holidaying in our winter resorts.However, the data for the period June-September 2018 show that a substantial number of Greek guests visited Bulgaria in the summer as well. For the summer season of 2018, Greece has ranked third on the chart of international tourism in our country with over 464 thousand visits and the number of the visits of Bulgarian citizens to Greece was more than 628 thousand.
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Minister Angelkova participated in the ministerial meeting entitled “Investment in tourist technologies” as part of the programme of WTM-London
2018-11-06T18:25:00
We are introducing innovative products and technologies in order to support the work of the businessThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova participated in the traditional ministerial meeting as part of the programme of the international tourism fair WTM-London, which this year was called “Investment in tourist technologies”. The discussion between the leaders of tourism from the different countries focused on “investments in the future of tourism”. The event was hosted by the CNN journalist Richard Quest.The participants outlined the role of the government and the politicians as a tool ensuring a competitive tourist industry. The provision of up-to-date and easily accessible data is crucial for all the interested parties, said the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. She focused on the innovations which the institutions she is in charge of has introduced in order to facilitate the work of the business and the citizens as well. We are continually increasing the share of electronic services the administration offers. We have already removed 19 types of documents on paper and we are currently preparing the conditions for online applications for categorization and re-categorization of the places for accommodation, the specialized centres and others, she added. In the near future, after the respective initial registration, the entrepreneurs will be able to access our registers only by means of face recognition via their smartphones, she said.  Minister Angelkova announced that the Ministry of Tourism is developing, by means of public procurement, a Unified tourist information system that will satisfy the need of modern technologies. It will make the tourists’ stay safer and will encourage the business to work faster and more easily. The system serves as a portal for communication between the respective central and local authorities functioning as a counter for daily and periodic information along protected channels in real time. It is important for the safety of tourists and each of them would want to visit a destination that guarantees an undisturbed stay, said the minister.Another important aspect in the development of our country as a year-round competitive destination is the integration of innovative, digital and IT products for promoting Bulgaria as a destination that has magnificent nature and rich cultural-historic heritage, said Minister Angelkova. An Internet platform has been developed using the mobile application iLoveBulgaria, which offers a lot of useful information about the country’s sights and significantly facilitates the tourists in real time, providing them data about what routes and places of accommodation to choose via a GPS & QR scanner. The digitalization and the introduction of modern information technologies are among the major priorities of the marketing and advertising policy of the ministry for the future strategic development of tourism in Bulgaria, she said. In the beginning of the year, a thematic international conference called “Digital transformation in tourism” was held. It was organized by the ministry and registered substantial progress in our country’s recongnizability, using the innovative means of communication and impact. The modern approaches in the promotion and digital culture, the role of the online and social platforms are crucial factors for fostering the long-term economic growth in the sector.  Minister Angelkova announced that she is preparing a Permanent Council for digitalization in tourism, which will be a platform for dialogue and partnership. It envisages a broad representation of all stakeholders – businesses, state institutions and the executive, sectoral organizations, academia, IT industry, etc., to outline an action plan for real digitalization of services in the sector and facilitate travel in the country.
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tourism.government.bg:6632:2018-11-06T18:25:00
Minister Angelkova in an interview with the National Geographic: Bulgarian tourism is on the rise, more than 30% is the growth of foreign tourists in only 3 years
2018-11-06T13:57:00
The global TV channel interested in studying our country’s treasuresThe Bulgarian tourism is on the rise, the growth of tourist visas for foreigners for the period January-September 2018  is 31% compared to the same period three years earlier.This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in an interview for the National Geographic in London during the international tourism fair WTM – the largest one for professionals in the world. She expressed her satisfaction that the results marked a steady growth trend after the Ministry of Tourism was set up as an independent institution.Minister Angelkova also pointed out that the image of Bulgaria as a destination underwent a remarkable transformation, which was being developed in an innovative way and in active partnership with all the stakeholders - public, private, non-governmental ones. This sustainable progress should be understood as an investment for the growth of the destination as a year-round route and for the well-being of local communities.In addition to the investment map for tourism in Bulgaria, which we build on with a second stage for specific projects by regions, we also create conditions for the promotion of different types of tourism with a focus not only on the maritime and winter ones but also many specialized services for which we have prepared thematic destinations – thermal and spa tourism, cultural and historical tourism, wine tourism, gourmet tourism, etc. Urban tourism is also expanding because of the facilitated air links and the efforts to promote the vast material and spiritual heritage of Bulgaria from past epochs, commented the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism. The National Geographic team has expressed their interest in making a key study of the Bulgarian cultural and historic heritage with a focus on the treasures found on the Bulgarian lands.
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tourism.government.bg:6630:2018-11-06T13:57:00
Minister Angelkova at the World Travel & Tourism Council in London: We are focused on digitalization, innovations and the professional opportunities of young people in the country
2018-11-05T19:45:00
Among the leading focus points in our work are the accelerated introduction of digitalization and innovations in tourism as well as the successful realization of young people in the country. Only in this way can we offer a competitive and high quality product. This was stated in London by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova who was a panelist at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s international forum dedicated to the challenges before the modern tourism. The conference took place at the WTM International Tourism Fair.     Minister Angelkova reminded that the results in the sector after the establishment of the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism as an independent institution have been indicative: the growth of tourist visits of foreigners for the period January-September 2018  is 31% compared to the same period three years earlier. Besides the traditional summer and winter tourism, we also advertise many specialized services such as thermal and SPA, cultural and historical tours, gourmet, wine, golf, hunting, adventure, eco, rural, festival tourism, etc.It is very important to know what our guests want to see in our country and that determines the focus of our advertising and marketing policy. This is impossible without proper communication with people. Our position is public and we work for them, so any feedback is particularly important. Tourism has contacts with many sectors and so the efforts of the business need to be united in order to achieve good results on the horizontal chain. That is why we pay great attention to the training of the cadres who are the face of tourism to our foreign visitors, Minister Angelkova said.She reminded that the staffing issue was one of the most topical ones in the country, including in tourism. For this purpose, a specialized inter-departmental council was set up to look for solutions to the problem in partnership between the state, the business and the non-governmental sector. We work very hard with students and young people who choose this profession to make them feel good about it and keep them in their homeland.
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tourism.government.bg:6629:2018-11-05T19:45:00
Minister Angelkova spoke with Michael Ellis, Minister of Arts, Heritage and Tourism of Great Britain
2018-11-05T18:45:00
Within the WTM International Tourism Fair in London, Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with Michael Ellis, Minister of Arts, Heritage and Tourism of Great Britain. They discussed opportunities for exchange of experience in digital marketing, as well as joint initiatives to stimulate the influx of tourists.Minister Angelkova noted the steady record growth of foreign tourists and revenues from their visits to Bulgaria over the last three years, as well as the strong interest of the British in Bulgaria as a destination. For the first nine months of 2018 Bulgaria has been visited by nearly 8 million foreign tourists, which is about 6 per cent growth compared to a year earlier. Revenues from the international tourism industry in the period January-August 2018 exceed 2.8 billion euro – a growth of 7.2% compared tot he same period of the last year.For the first nine months of this year our country has been visited by more than 347 thousand citizens of the United Kingdom, which is almost 16 per cent growth compared to the same period of last year, and so the country ranks 8th in the ranking of incoming tourism in Bulgaria. We expect the interest of British tourists to remain so high in the upcoming winter season as well, said Minister Angelkova.She pointed out the priorities of the tourism administration policy to develop the country as a destination for year-round tourism with a focus on the summer, winter and many types of specialized tourism – thermal and SPA, cultural and historical, eco, rural, adventure, golf, gourmet, hunt tourism, etc. This diversity will be presented with an emphasis on the cultural heritage in Bulgaria at the Second International Congress of World Civilizations and the Historical Routes in Sofia organized by the Ministry and the World Tourism Organization (WTO). An important moment in our policy is also the creation of joint tourist routes with the neighboring countries, her words revealed.Minister Angelkova introduced her interlocutor to the excellent business opportunities in Bulgaria. In order to attract strategic investments to the sector, we have created the first map of investment projects in tourism and we are already planning to build on it with a second stage, which will include specific investment opportunities in different regions of the country. Another important element in our activity is the implementation of the innovative approach through the digitalization of the tourism sector, which will speed up the work of the business and will make the image of Bulgaria more complete with the help of IT technologies, Minister Angelkova explained.She presented the results of successfully completed marketing activities with the leading tour operators Thomas Cook and TUI Group during this and last year. In 2017, the number of tourists traveling to Bulgaria with Thomas Cook was more than 404 thousand and 18% more than in the previous year.Minister Ellis expressed his satisfaction with the serious work of Bulgaria and the results achieved in tourism. He suggested bilateral contacts be made more often so the two countries can exchange more tourists and ideas. The British Minister of Tourism said he was fascinated by the Bulgarian nature.
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tourism.government.bg:6628:2018-11-05T18:45:00
Minister Angelkova met in London with Mehmet Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey
2018-11-05T18:28:00
Minister of Tourism Angelkova met in London with Mehmet Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. They discussed the prospects of the tourism industry at the World Travel Market (WTM), the world's largest international professional tourism fair.Turkey is in the top 5 of inbound tourism markets for Bulgaria, Minister Angelkova emphasized. She added that over the period January-September of this year, more than 492 thousand Turkish citizens have visited the country, accounting for almost 2% growth compared to the same period in 2017. Last year, tourist visits from Turkey were more than 636 thousand and there has been an increase of 12.5%.Minister Angelkova explained that other than from a summer holiday, many Turkish citizens also come to Bulgaria in the winter. For the period December 2017 – March 2018, 213,477 Turkish guests came to Bulgaria, with the reported increase compared to December 2016 – March 2017 amounting to 14.4% Minister Ersoy confirmed that the interest of the Turkish citizens in our winter resorts is growing every year.The Ministers discussed the forthcoming working meeting between the two countries on November 14, where decisions to increase the tourist flow between Bulgaria and Turkey will be discussed. They agreed to hold a meeting in Turkey with the largest organization of tour operators.In turn, Minister Ersoy said he would rely on the two neighboring countries to continue their fruitful cooperation in tourism. He also added that he would support and assist in organizing any initiatives that would contribute to the successful development of the sector in the region.Regarding the development of a Balkan Route, the Ministers have agreed that this product will be of great benefit in attracting tourists from distant destinations to both countries. In their view, it is crucial to offer a good and quality product that will meet the needs of visitors from remote countries such as Japan and China. Minister Angelkova reminded that the establishment of a Balkan Route has been initiated and supported at the EU Tourism Ministers' High-level Ministerial Meeting on Tourism and Economic Growth organized within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
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tourism.government.bg:6627:2018-11-05T18:28:00
Minister Angelkova met with Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya
2018-11-05T14:36:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova greeted Indonesia's Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya at the Bulgarian stand at the WTM exhibition in London and discussed with him topical issues of bilateral co-operation.Bulgaria has serious traditions in the sustainable development of summer and winter tourism and offers very competitive conditions for investments in the sector, Minister Angelkova said. Our country forms one of the best values for a tourist product compared to most countries in its region. The Ministry of Tourism has launched a second edition of the Tourism Investment Card, which will include new projects for different regions of Bulgaria, she emphasized.Minister Angelkova assured her colleague that distant and promising markets are becoming an increasingly strong focus in our country's marketing and advertising policy. Bulgaria and Europe are becoming attractive destinations for travelers from the Far East, who want to visit several countries with one travel, Minister Angelkova explained. She spoke about the prospect of creating joint Balkan routes for such tours that will include UNESCO sites from 11 countries in the region.The Bulgarian Minister also pointed out that in 2017 tourist visits from Indonesia to Bulgaria were nearly 4 thousand, which was 30% growth compared to 2016. The possibilities are much larger and I am convinced that we can work together to make this growth sustainable, she emphasized.Minister Angelkova invited Arief Yahya to visit our country this month, when the second International Congress of World Civilizations and Historical Routes, organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization at the United Nations, will take place on the 15th and 16th. Bulgaria’s cultural heritage advertising is the way to popularize the Indonesian market and thus increase the influx of your tourists, she also said, adding that winter tourism, SPA and thermal services, cultural and historical tours are also of great interest to guests of Bulgaria.The Ministers united around the view that digitalization plays an extremely important role for the growth in the industry. The tourist administrations of Bulgaria and Indonesia are willing to exchange information on new technologies and advertising to promote each other's tourist products.Minister Yahya congratulated Bulgaria on the high results achieved after the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism as an independent institution and expressed his readiness for closer cooperation between the administrations and business of the two countries.    
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Minister Angelkova opened the Bulgarian stand at the largest international exhibition for tourism professionals WTM-London
2018-11-05T13:50:00
In London, Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova opened the Bulgarian stand at the World Travel Market (WTM), the world's largest international tourism fair. The space in the ExCeL Exposition Center where our country is represented covers an area of nearly 296 sq. m. At the stand, besides the Ministry of Tourism, 23 tour operators, municipalities and organizations participated.I'm glad to welcome you to one of the most important events in the global tourism industry. I am convinced that you will successfully unveil the diverse opportunities of our country as a competitive destination for four seasons, offering a wide range of services for sea, winter and many kinds of specialized tourism, said Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and wished success to all participants.Our stand has modern technical tools that demonstrate this potential as a destination for high quality tourism at a reasonable price. Bulgaria is positioned in a prominent position on the list of exhibitors. It is present with digital advertising on the official portal wtmlondon.com and on digital screens in the hall. The site has features for placing banners for Bulgaria, sending an email to Bulgaria, posting a blog, etc. Visitors can get acquainted with the landmarks and tourist sites in Bulgaria through modern IT tools and presentations.Famous Bulgarian resorts for summer, mountain, thermal and SPA tourism, large municipalities, airports, hotel owners, tour operators, tourist furniture and maintenance companies, a cluster for festivals, SPA centers, etc. are taking part in the exhibition.Minister Angelkova emphasized that for the third consecutive year our country states record numbers of international tourists and revenues in the sector. For the first nine months of this year, Bulgaria has been visited by nearly 8 million foreign tourists, which is nearly 6 per cent growth compared to a year earlier. Revenues from the international tourism industry in the period January-August 2018 exceed 2.8 billion euro – a growth of 7.2% compared tot he same period of the last year.   World Travel Market in London is the world's largest exhibition for professional audience in the field of travel industry. More than 5,000 exhibitors from all over the world have attended the forum in London, more than 3,000 media have been accredited.  51,000 professionals took part in WTM-2017, this year the interest in the WTM is even higher.
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tourism.government.bg:6625:2018-11-05T13:50:00
Ministry of Tourism with an award for institutional partnership from the National Tourism Board
2018-11-01T16:04:00
Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova received the award for institutional partnership in the tourism sector at a ceremony for giving out the First Annual awards of the National Tourism Board (NTB). They are awarded in 15 categories for achievements in the sector. The award for the Ministry of Tourism was given by Radosvet Radev – member of the Management Council of the National Tourism Board and chairperson of the Bulgarian Industrial Association.It is a great honor for me and my team to receive the award, Minister Angelkova said and expressed her satisfaction with the fruitful cooperation with the NTB over the years. I believe that it will continue in the future because the sustainable growth of the Bulgarian tourism industry can continue only with the joint efforts of the tourism administration, the responsible business and the local government.Minister Angelkova emphasized that the tourism administration is working in dialogue and constant interaction with the business. Since the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism, we have been discussing all the topics with you and with the people who contribute to the development of the sector with their work every day. In me you have a partner and an ally for all initiatives that promote Bulgaria as a holiday destination during the four seasons offering quality tourism, Minister Angelkova also said. The desire of the business has always been to have a separate Ministry of Tourism, and I am glad that this has become a fact. For 4 years now, the National Tourism Board has worked very actively with the Ministry of Tourism and this encourages growth in the sector, Mr. Radev said.
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tourism.government.bg:6624:2018-11-01T16:04:00
Minister Angelkova held a working meeting with the members of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce
2018-10-26T12:22:00
Germany is the third inbound market for our country, in the coming years we can meet more than 1 million German tourists per yearGermany is a key partner of Bulgarian tourism and the Ministry of Tourism actively promotes measures to attract more visitors from the Federal Republic. Germany is third in the top 10 of our targeted inbound markets this year with more than 640 thousand visits for the period January-August. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at a working meeting with members and partners of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The Minister presented the results of the 2018 summer season, the Ministry’s legislative policy and the most important goals for the sector.The host of the working meeting was the Chief Executive of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Dr. Mitko Vasilev, and Thorsten Geissler, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Bulgaria, Hubertus Klink, Head of the Economic Department of the German Embassy in Bulgaria, as well as representatives of leading German companies working in Bulgaria took part in the talks.For the past three years, an upward trend has been formed in tourism with significant growth in number of tourists and revenues, Minister Angelkova said. A major contribution to this has been the fact that the government has put the sector as a priority and since the end of 2014, an independent Ministry has been set up. We expect to reach 9.5 million visitors from the inbound markets this year, while international tourism revenues for the period January-August 2018 alone amount to over 2.8 billion euros, which is over 7% growth compared to the same period of 2017, Minister Angelkova pointed out. She highlighted the good interaction between the Ministry and the big tour operators working in the German market.In 2018, an integrated campaign for target markets, including the Federal Republic of Germany, is held again and includes print, online and digital advertising, as well as social networks. Minister Angelkova stressed that Germany is a sustainable market with great growth potential. Quality analyzes among tourists show that 83% of German guests who visited our country in 2016 returned in both 2017 and 2018. Within 3 to 5 years, we can reach 1-1.5 million German tourists per year, Minister Angelkova predicted.She introduced the members of the Chamber to the efforts to improve the conditions for doing business in tourism through legislative initiatives. Amendments to the Tourism Act provide for advisory councils on tourism, in which the industry and civil society will participate in local tourism policies. Among the most important changes in the law is the clarification of the status of national resorts. This will regulate the activities related to advertising, staff training, green areas maintenance, product area establishment, as well as noise regulations in national resorts. Where there is a balance, resorts develop better, Minister Angelkova said categorically.Each place for accommodation, dining and entertainment will receive an ID code reflected in the National Tourism Register. We connect the registers of the NRA, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance through the Unified Tourism Information System and all this will increase the quality of the service. As early as November, the Ministry of Tourism will present a facial identification feature so that business documents can be processed not only by an electronic signature, but also by facial recognition, and this could be done by a smartphone, her words indicated. Businesses will thus be facilitated, and administrative service provision will be done in much shorter time.Regarding the amendments to the  Black Sea Coast Act, the Ministry is making serious efforts to provide managers for all beaches. This year, revenues from concessions and rents are expected to be BGN 19 million,unguarded strips have decreased by about 35% within 3 years. In the conditions of serious competition in the region, Bulgaria is obliged to provide a better-quality product, so we are uncompromising with regard to violations, Minister Angelkova said. Sanctions up to BGN 50,000 are introduced for rogue traders who work illegally on movable sites on unguarded beaches. There are also sanctions for sites and sunbathers located on dunes, which is in violation of the law because they are protected areas, she added.Bulgaria is a wonderful place to relax, but also to do business, Minister Angelkova was categorical. Two years ago, the Ministry created an investment map in which municipalities outline potential projects for implementation. Our country attracts investors with government incentives through laws, social security and tax relief, and offers low production costs, Minister Angelkova stated.Our efforts for a better staff policy are serious, Minister Angelkova noted. We signed a contract with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and work together with the Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre. Through this project, people registered with the Employment Agency will receive the required or higher qualifications, the Minister said, and turned to the German businesses for feedback.Mr. Mitko Vasilev, Chief Executive of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, welcomed the good partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and recalled the successful presentation of Bulgaria at the world’s largest international tourism fair ITB Berlin, as well as at other major specialized markets. A delegation from the federal province of Schleswig-Holstein visited Bulgaria this summer and is ready to provide practical assistance in the training of cadres in tourism. Of the 5 German professional centers in Bulgaria, two - in Tsarevo and Smolyan - work in the field of tourism, and we can provide them with additional support, he promised.On the occasion of a proposal by the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism (BUBSPA), Dr. Vasilev explained that a health commission is functioning at the Chamber, and through the Bulgarian Ministries of Tourism and Health, it can assist in signing contracts with German health funds in order to give a chance to more German citizens to use the relevant medical and spa services in Bulgaria. He and Minister Angelkova united around the idea that a meeting with the Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev should be initiated next month to discuss these opportunities.BUBSPA will be presented again at the Berlin Exhibition as a thermal and spa destination offering a four-season product. This will extend the summer season in May, September and October, which the industry welcomes. To extend the season, entrepreneurs have also highlighted the excellent opportunities to promote golf tourism in Bulgaria. We work very well with the association, we also participate in the specialized golf exhibitions, Minister Angelkova commented in response and assured that golf visits were discussed in the optimization of flight programs.The businesses expressed hopes that additional lifts will be built in ski resorts. Minister Angelkova clarified that the Ministry supports the construction of new facilities to make the mountains more accessible, but this needs to be in line with the laws and regulations of the park management plans. She also focused on the accessibility of beaches for people with disabilities. Between us and the business, there is great communication. Annexes have been signed to beach management contracts regulating the movement of such visitors. I hope that next summer, this service will be greatly improved and expanded, Minister Angelkova said.
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tourism.government.bg:6622:2018-10-26T12:22:00
Bulgaria is now ahead of the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium and many other destinations by number of nights in hotels by foreigners for June-July 2018.
2018-10-19T16:58:00
By the level of tourism development in the summer season, our country is before countries like Cyprus and MaltaIn terms of number of nights spent in hotels and similar accommodation places by foreigners, Bulgaria is ahead of the Netherlands, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg and many other destinations in June-July 2018.In the two summer months, more than 7.407 million were night stays in hotels by foreigners in Bulgaria, while in the Netherlands, these were 5.4 million, in Ireland - 2.9 million, in the Czech Republic and Hungary they were respectively 4.5 million and 2.6 million. Nights spent by foreigners in hotels reported in Belgium - 2.2 million, in Poland - 2.9 million, in Slovakia - 900 thousand, in Luxembourg- 267 thousand for the same period this year.These data are proof of the sustainable progress of the sector and the establishment of the country as a preferred place for vacations and trips of foreign guests, the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said. She also pointed out that during the summer months, the interest in sea-based destinations is greatest, but accompanying tourist products such as SPA, cultural and historical, urban and mountainous ones also have a contribution.Within the EU, for the period June-July 2018, Bulgaria ranks 10th in terms of nights spent by foreigners in hotels. According to the level of tourism development in the summer season, Bulgaria is ahead of destinations like Cyprus and Malta, and the number of nights spent by foreign tourists staying in hotels is not significantly smaller compared to Portugal.These statistics show that the consistent and intensive work of the tourism administration and the businesses to attract more foreign visitors to Bulgaria delivers good results, the Minister said. She also added that this motivates us to continue to actively and purposefully promote Bulgaria as a year-round destination in order to preserve the sustainable development trend.
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tourism.government.bg:6623:2018-10-19T16:58:00
Minister Angelkova: With a common Danube brand and joint projects of the countries, we will promote the Danube Region
2018-10-18T17:16:00
At the 7th forum in Sofia, EU Commissioner Corina Creţu congratulated Bulgaria on highlighting the Danube strategy in Europe’s political agendaMinisters of tourism adopted a joint declaration to outline the areas of cooperation in the field of tourism and culture in the Danube region in the coming years. It highlights in general the importance of culture and tourism for the economic development and job creation in the region, the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said after the meeting of the Ministers participating in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in Sofia.The ministerial meeting in Sofia launched the 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. With the event, Bulgaria handed over the presidency of the Danube Strategy to Romania. The EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, also attended.At the suggestion of the Ministry of Tourism, the creation of a common route in the Danube Region was also discussed. It is to be related to intangible cultural heritage and the preparation of joint strategic projects to promote intangible cultural heritage. The initiative can be related to cuisine, traditions, folklore, rituals, festivals, legends. Thus, every country in the region can present itself with its rich intangible cultural heritage in order to attract tourists, Minister Angelkova said. He also pointed out that we also find it appropriate to use the common Danube brand, through which all countries in the region and the strategy can promote their cultural values and tourist products.The Bulgarian Minister added that this declaration is evidence of high political will to develop joint projects and achieve concrete results.Minister Angelkova thanked EU Commissioner Corina Creţu for both her presence at the forum and her support for the finalization of the Danube Strategy and the emphasis placed on this region. The countries of the Danube Region are extremely important for the development of Bulgarian tourism, the Minister also commented. She specified that they make up about 41 per cent of foreign visits to Bulgaria. The total foreign tourist visits are more than 2.853 million for the 8 months of this year.The signing of the declaration and the forum itself are important for the development of the Danube Region, EU Commissioner Creţu said.  The Danube Strategy is a unique project, let us keep it and develop it; it is Bulgaria’s achievement, and during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, we have had the opportunity to elevate it to the level it deserves, Commissioner Creţu said. She added that tourism can bring many economic benefits to the Danube Region, while at the same time some shortcomings have been overcome in this sector in recent years, such as precarious jobs. It is good to have joint projects that build on the potential for cooperation, the EU Commissioner also said. She outlined the role of the Bulgarian side and of Minister Angelkova for bring forward these key topics for the region.The 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, and Commissioner Creţu, the Minister of Regional Development Petya Avramova and the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova addressed the participants. The Forum was also attended by the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics.
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tourism.government.bg:6621:2018-10-18T17:16:00
Minister Angelkova: 125 million tourists visit the Danube region every year
2018-10-18T13:19:00
EU Commissioner Corina Creţu: The region can become a motor of tourism, I would like to thank Minister Angelkova for the organization of the eventTourist visits to the Danube Region amount to 125 million each year, and a total of 600 million tourists visit Europe. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova after the meeting of Ministers of Tourism participating in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The discussion took place within the 7th Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region. The event was held in Sofia during the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which was taken over in October 2017.Led by the understanding that the countries of the Danube Region should make full use of their potential, the Bulgarian Presidency aims to increase the visibility of the Danube Region and set among its top priorities “A Sustainable and Integrated Approach for the Danube Region,” Minister Angelkova said. She added that each country in the region has its own characteristics that determine their development, and one of the ways to overcome them is strengthening the importance of tourism and closer cooperation within the Danube Strategy among all stakeholders.One of the reasons for the growing importance of tourism on the Danube River is the general diversification of the tourist offer, which includes, among other forms of tourism, river cruise tourism as one of the most important forms of tourism activities in the region. We believe that joint initiatives to promote river cruise tourism will support the sustainable development of the sector, Minister Angelkova said. She explained that taking into account the importance of this product in the overall progress of the sector, an international seminar was also organized to discuss the possibilities of creating an integrated approach to the development of cruise tourism along the Danube.If we want to make full use of the opportunities offered by the Danube and at the same time we want to ensure greater socio-economic cohesion in the Danube Basin, we must act together and work in close partnership to deal with the challenges that exist in the area, whether transport, environment, economy or culture, the Minister stated. She specified that we cannot consider the Danube Strategy without confirming our support and our interest in further developing interregional and transnational cooperation in key areas such as tourism.“Minister Nikolina Angelkova is the driving force of the meeting here today where we can discuss the Danube Strategy. I want to thank her for placing the focus on a topic I feel so close to me”, said Corina Creţu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy. She added that the Danube Region is one of the greatest and can become a motor of tourism.Investments in tourism will be more sustainable if they are a part of an common plan for a region, Creţu pointed out. In her words, the development plan for the Danube Region can be included as a leading one in the EC’s local economic development goals as well. The Danube and its tributaries have great development potential and are an example of how coordination and cooperation have a strong positive impact on progress, the EU Commissioner said.
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tourism.government.bg:6620:2018-10-18T13:19:00
Minister Angelkova discussed with Saudi Arabian businessmen opportunities for investment in Bulgaria
2018-10-11T12:27:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met in Riyadh with Abdulmohsen Alhokair, CEO of Abdulmohsen Al-Hokair Holding Group, and discussed the opportunities for investment in Bulgaria with the management team of the corporation. The talks were a part of her working visit here at the invitation of His Royal Highness Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Prince of the Kingdom and chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.Our country offers a very good partnership to businesses with its favorable tax system and economic incentives for big investors. The options for such projects in tourism are in different directions - hotel base and adjacent infrastructure for summer and winter vacations, thermal, spa and wellness centers, socialization of tourist sites, etc., Minister Angelkova announced. This potential is outlined in the Map of Investment Projects, which the Ministry of Tourism has created to encourage entrepreneurs.The Minister expressed her satisfaction with the interest shown by Saudi Arabia in the construction and modernization of high-class sites on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and in tourist areas within the country. She emphasized the potential of our big winter resorts - Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo - which attract the attention of not only a growing number of foreign tourists but also of organizers of prestigious international ski competitions.The hosts confirmed their appreciation of Bulgaria as a promising place for investment offering very good financial conditions. The management of the holding assured that this interest is intensifying in various economic spheres - tourism, food and beverage industry, drinking water and meat production, processing industries, etc.The two delegations agreed to promote a mutually beneficial partnership with current advertising and marketing information as well as in the two countries’ participations in international business forums.
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tourism.government.bg:6619:2018-10-11T12:27:00
Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia are ready for active cooperation in tourism and the economy
2018-10-11T09:44:00
There is still much untapped potential in bilateral contacts in tourism and many other industries between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at a meeting in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia’s first Deputy Minister of Economy and Planning Khalid Al Shonaifi. The talks  took place during her working visit to the Arab country at the invitation of His Royal Highness Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Prince of the Kingdom and chairman of the State Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. Saudi Arabia is an important business partner for Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova said that the tourism sector in Bulgaria has been developing steadily and ascendantly over the last four years since there is an independent ministry. Thanks to the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the sector became a priority for the Bulgarian economy and as a result of this, the growth of international tourists significantly increased. Last year, they are over 8.8 million, said Nikolina Angelkova. There has been growth in a number of inbound markets, including from faraway countries such as India, the United States, the Philippines, Brazil.Tourism offers many opportunities for development - traditional winter and summer tourism, but also many kinds of specialized services - thermal and spa, medical, cultural and historical, gourmet, golf, mountain, etc. A large number of the significant artifacts in Bulgaria are located near mineral springs and attract many tourists for combined services, the Minister said and gave examples with the resorts Sapareva Banya, Sandanski, Hisarya and others. Bulgaria is well-known for its quality food, and therefore the Ministry has created culinary destinations encouraging not only domestic tourism but also the influx of many foreign guests. Each year, we conduct surveys and, on their basis, we implement various promotional campaigns to increase the number of tourists. IT technologies also help us for this in marketing and advertising - for example, through the online platform I Love Bulgaria which reaches a large number of users through the Viber application and not only attracts more visitors but also promotes our landmarks, Minister Angelkova commented.Two years ago, the two countries signed a memorandum on cooperation in tourism which provides opportunities for active partnership in offering diverse tourist services. In addition, Bulgaria is among the leading outsourcing destinations and I hope it will become an important and strategic partner for Saudi Arabia, Minister Angelkova assured. Attraction of more investments is a leading element in the tourism administration policy and therefore, legal changes have been initiated to facilitate and encourage business projects. Most of the documents needed by entrepreneurs are processed online. This is part of the strategy for sustainable development of the sector by 2030. Among the main priorities of the Bulgarian government in the field of tourism is the positioning of our country as a high-quality year-round tourist destination. The tourism sector in Bulgaria is expected to grow by over 40% in the next 10 years, which will be achieved by attracting more investments, the Bulgarian Minister explained.Khalid Al Shonaifi said that it is very important that the two economies deepen their cooperation. Tourism offers many opportunities for investment and I believe that this meeting is the beginning of benefiting from each other’s experience, he summed up.
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tourism.government.bg:6618:2018-10-11T09:44:00
Minister Angelkova presented the opportunities for investment on our Black Sea coast at the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund
2018-10-10T18:26:00
The opportunities for expanding cooperation with Saudi Arabia and attracting more investments to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast were discussed in Riyadh by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, Executive Director of the Saudi Arabia’.s Public Investment Fund. The two agreed that there are many untapped opportunities between the countries to stimulate investment in various economic spheres, especially in tourism.Minister Angelkova reminded of the success of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s visit to Saudi Arabia as a leader of a large delegation in November 2017, pointing out that it is proof of the political will for fruitful cooperation between the two countries. After this first-ever large-scale visit, bilateral co-operation has intensified and it is very important for us to continue to develop it, she said.Tourism is a horizontal policy and we can attract investment in many sectors related to the provision of tourism services. Bulgaria has noted steady growth in tourism in recent years, which stimulates the realization of business projects from different countries, Minister Angelkova said and gave concrete examples with the hotel industry, the construction of thermal and spa complexes, the popularization of artifacts that Bulgaria is very rich in, the production of mineral water, etc.She presented our country’s huge tourist potential for mass and specialized tourism. A few years ago, Bulgaria had the image of a low-budget destination but it has already established itself as a preferred destination for high-quality services at a reasonable price, the statement clarified. During the meeting, a presentation was made of Bulgaria as a four-season route and an excellent place for investment, especially on the Black Sea coast.Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Executive Director Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan assured his guests that his country is interested in expanding its investment abroad and that Bulgaria’s tourism sector is promising in this respect.
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tourism.government.bg:6617:2018-10-10T18:26:00
Minister Angelkova talked in Riyadh with Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
2018-10-10T18:14:00
The Bulgarian Minister is on a working visit to Saudi Arabia at his invitation, she presented the opportunities for investment in BulgariaThe Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talked in Riyadh with His Royal Highness Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Prince of the Kingdom and chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. She is on a working visit to the country at his invitation together with representatives of the Bulgarian tourism business. During the meeting, the Minister stressed that the Kingdom is among Bulgaria’s desired partners for cooperation in different spheres, and the opening of a Bulgarian Embassy in Riyadh is forthcoming.A major event in the history of bilateral relations is the official visit of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to the Kingdom in November 2017, Minister Angelkova pointed out and thanked His Royal Highness for the organized visit to our delegation at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. The Prince then acquainted guests with the exhibition “The Roads of Arabia”, part of the cultural institution’s fund, and discussed the possibilities for exchange of traveling museum exhibitions in the two capitals.During last year’s government visit, a political will was expressed to achieve rapid progress and decisive strengthening of the mutual dialogue between competent institutions of the two countries at different levels, Minister Angelkova emphasized. She pointed out that concrete steps are underway on the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism that was signed in Sofia personally by the Prince during his visit to the Bulgarian capital in October 2016. He then managed to see some of the natural and cultural landmark in the region. In addition to Riyadh, Minister Angelkova had fruitful meetings with him during the last two years in major economic and tourism forums in Madrid, Chengdu, Buenos Aires.Our country provides extremely favorable conditions for business partners and foreign investors, said Minister Angelkova. In her opinion, a future air link between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia will contribute to bringing the two countries together and exploring their potential as economies and tourist assets.Minister Angelkova also attracted attention to Bulgaria’s policy to develop sustainable tourism through the promotion of cultural heritage. Our idea is to create a common map of Europe’s cultural and historical landmarks as well as a Balkans Itinerary, the main themes of which are the UNESCO heritage, she said.The Minister also addressed a personal invitation to His Royal Highness for participation in the forthcoming Second International Congress of World Civilizations and Historical Routes, which is being prepared jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization in November 2018. In fulfillment of the commitments under the Memorandum of Understanding, a visit to Bulgaria of representatives of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage is forthcoming in 2019, during which the link between tourism, craftsmanship and arts will be discussed. A joint business forum is also foreseen. Bulgaria will also present itself as a competitive four-season destination at the Jeddah Intl. Travel & Tourism Exhibition and Riyadh Travel Fair next year, it was announced at the meeting.
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tourism.government.bg:6616:2018-10-10T18:14:00
Minister Angelkova met Dr. Hamad al-Bazai, Deputy Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh
2018-10-10T12:12:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a talk with Saudi Arabian Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Hamad Al-Bazai as part of her working visit to Riyadh. She is in the capital of the Arab country at the invitation of His Royal Highness Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Prince of the Kingdom and chairman of the State Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.During the meeting with Dr. Bazai, possibilities of expanding co-operation to attract more tourists and investments of bilateral interest were discussed. Very appropriate business climate has been established in Bulgaria to promote this process, Minister Angelkova said. She stressed that our country has the lowest cost of doing business within the European Union. Corporate tax of 10% is the smallest in the community, which competes with the indicators in a number of countries in the region and Central Europe - 15% in Serbia, 16% in Romania, 19% in Poland.Minister Angelkova stated that tourism accounts for about 12 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product and is a strategic sector. As a result of our intensive work with businesses, we have achieved record results for the last years since the establishment of the independent Ministry of Tourism. For the first eight months of 2018, around 7 million foreign tourists have chosen to visit Bulgaria, a growth of nearly 6 per cent over the same period last year. More than 2 billion euros are the revenues from international tourism from January to July inclusive - over 8% more than in the same months of 2017, she added.The Minister pointed out that last year, Prime Minister Borisov visited Saudi Arabia with a large delegation. I am sure we can cooperate on many topics. Tourism is a horizontal policy and depends on all sectors. Thanks to the efforts of the government, our country has established itself as an attractive tourist destination. The Bulgarian economy is on the rise and ranks second in the lowest debt in Europe. Large investors such as Hyatt and Marriott are interested in building sites for high-class tourists in Bulgaria, Minister Angelkova said, and explained that the tourist administration is actively cooperating with leading Bulgarian universities and many professional high schools in tourism.She also stressed that partnership with Bulgaria could provide access to key markets not only in the EU but also in strategic regions such as Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, etc. The Southeastern Europe market covers over 150 million consumers and the EU’s total market - over 500 million. Bulgaria offers investors government incentives, security of residence, tax breaks and good workforce, which makes it competitive not only for tourism but also as an outsourcing destination, Minister Angelkova said.Bilateral relations in the economy and finance have serious prospects, Deputy Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Bazai commented, and stressed that tourism is a structurally relevant and very important sector for each country and Bulgaria is doing very well in this sphere. It is a preferred destination for many foreign tourists. The financier congratulated Minister Angelkova on the good work and the achieved growth in tourism. In his opinion, joint partnership between the two countries will achieve very good results and this will help to conclude more memoranda of cooperation in different sectors, which would also trigger new investments.
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Minister Angelkova met with investors and representatives of the tourism business in Saudi Arabia
2018-10-09T18:02:00
The host of the talks in Riyadh was Dr. Saud Al-Mashari, Secretary General of the Council of Saudi ChambersTourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova met with investors from Saudi Arabia and representatives of the National Tourism Commission. The host of the discussion in Riyadh was Dr. Saud Al-Mashari, Secretary General of the Council of Saudi Chambers.The Bulgarian Minister is on a working visit in the country at the invitation of His Royal Highness Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Prince of the Kingdom and chairman of the State Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. The delegation also includes representatives of the Bulgarian tourism business.Bulgaria is a competitive place for foreign investment because it offers a favorable tax environment and promotes such projects through its legislation. We have government incentives, social security, we have highly educated experts and a skilled workforce, Minister Angelkova stated.She stressed that tourism is a priority sector for the Bulgarian government and is among the structurally determining branches of the economy. Thanks to the support of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, an independent Ministry of Tourism was established, said Minister Angelkova, and added that the sector is developing steadily and has record results in its history over the past three years. Nearly 7 million foreign tourists chose Bulgaria as a destination for the first eight months of 2018, an increase of almost 6% compared to the same period of the previous year. Over 2 billion euros are the revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria for the first seven months of this year - over 8% more than in those months of 2017.The Minister also noted the growth of tourists between the two countries achieved during the last two years. In 2017, 1,143 tourists from Saudi Arabia visited Bulgaria. For the first 8 months of 2018, they were already 946, which is a growth of 13.4% compared to the same period last year. Also in 2017, 267 Bulgarians traveled to the Arab country as a final destination, and this is 13.1% more than in 2016.Minister Angelkova presented to Saudi businesses the Map of Investment Projects in Bulgaria, created by the Ministry of Tourism and including mostly municipal projects with the possibility of public-private partnerships. They have an investment range between $ 500,000 and $ 200 million and include ideas for building spa centers in different municipalities. Investments in the construction of luxury 4- and 5-star hotels to which Saudi Arabia has a marked interest are an important prerequisite for attracting high-class tourists. This makes the destination competitive and sought after by many foreign guests, the Minister stressed.She also noted that Bulgaria is among the richest countries in Europe by number of artifacts, and pointed out that since its establishment, the tourism administration has supported businesses in their efforts to make the country a year-round destination. The Ministry promotes the realization of employees in tourism through its partnership with leading universities such as Sofia University and UNWE, the Bulgarian Minister stressed. Among the main priorities of the government is the development of infrastructure, which also attracts a lot of investment. Another important focus in our work is the development of specialized tourism. We have established 8 cultural and historical destinations, and 12 culinary and 7 thermal and spa destinations are in the process of finalizing, covering the territory of the country and stimulating the year-round influx of tourists along these routes, Minister Angelkova explained. She also pointed out that more than 1,800 events enjoying a great interest among tourists are included in the Tourist Festivals and Events Registry maintained by the Ministry. Bulgaria is among the leading countries in Europe by mineral water sources. That is why there is a great potential for bilateral cooperation in the modernization of existing rehabilitation centers and the creation of new ones, including on the basis of mineral resources, her words indicated.The Secretary General of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Dr. Saud Al-Mashari, congratulated our country for its achievements in tourism and economic spheres, stressing that the interest in partnerships with Bulgarian entrepreneurs is increasing among Saudi Arabian business circles. The hosts pointed out that for them, Bulgaria is a country with dynamic economic development, in which they see potential for attracting many investments. Such projects are possible in hospitality, food industry, investments in rehabilitation and treatment centers for spa services, etc. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-met-investors-and-representatives-tourism-business-saudi-arabia
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tourism.government.bg:6614:2018-10-09T18:02:00
Minister Angelkova: Tourism is a strong growth stimulus for the less developed regions
2018-10-02T16:22:00
The minister participated in the 14th Conference of the European Regions and Cities, which is part of the Salzburg Summit forumTourism is strong growth stimulus for the less developed regions. The Ministry of Tourism has been working purposefully for the popularization of the local natural resources and has organized a number of campaigns in order to attract more visitors in the interior of the country.  We have initiatives aimed at fostering the trips of Bulgarians, which stimulates internal tourism. This was said by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova when she participated in the 14th Conference on European Regions and Cities, which is part of the Salzburg Summit forum, city of Salzburg. She gave a speech before the participants in panel 5 of the forum on the subject of “Measures for preventing the depopulation of the rural areas in Europe”. This event is one of the major events included in the calendar of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU.Tourism is an imporntat economic factor constituting about 12% of the GDP of Bulgaria and opening and providing about 11% of the jobs, said Minister Angelkova. She also added that the Ministry of Tourism has been working closely with the academic circles, schools and universities in order to attract young professionally prepared employees to work in the sector, which will contribute to the improvement of the quality of services in this industry.Considering the importance of this sector, the Ministry of Tourism has developed a National Concept for Zoning of Tourism. The territory of Bulgaria has been divided into nine homogeneous tourist regions. We think that the National Concept for Zoning of Tourism will contribute to the development of regional tourist strategies, which in turn will provide transparency and legitimacy of the local products on the national and local markets, said Minister Angelkova. She also stated that the zoning may help cope with the problem of unequal distribution of the economic benefits, thus eliminating the economic disparity between the developing and the developed regions.She gave an example with the 40 thousand artefacts scattered around the country, most of which still relatively unknown. For that reason, we decided to establish different thematic routes such as cultural and historical, wine, culinary and SPA, in order to unite the local expert knowledge and resources and ensure a common identity of the local cultural heritage, which used to be popularized individually, said Minister Angelkova. Therefore, a decision was taken to establish these destinations in close cooperation with the local communities, by conducting open public debates with the local residents who are most aware of the potential of their destinations. The decisions in the sphere of tourism must be taken jointly, said Minister Angelkova. She presented to the participants the main initiatives in tourism during the first Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, emphasizing that one of the main events in the calendar of the presidency was the high-level meeting of the ministers of tourism, which was organized by this institution in February. The forum gathered more than 500 delegates from the Members-states of the EU and the Western Balkans. One of the most important results of this event is the decision to develop a booklet of the 100 European tourist sites, said Minister Angelkova. It has been planned to start working on this booklet by including places which are part of the UNESCO cultural heritage. The topic of this year’s Salzburg Summit forum was “The European Regions and Cities 1918-2018-2118”. This event was launched back in the 1918 and in 2018 it has been included in the official calendar of the Austrian presidency. The main subjects discussed at the forum were the future of Europe, digitalization, energy and the development of rural areas and the challenges facing the regions and the cities. The President of the European Committee of the Regions ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, the President of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka, members of the Austrian government, representatives of the local authorities, non-governmental organizations, the politics and the business from all over Europe participated in it.  
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tourism.government.bg:6547:2018-10-02T16:22:00
Minister Angelkova had a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction of Croatia Predrag Štromar in Salzburg
2018-10-02T14:56:00
They met during the 14th Conference of the European regions and cities, which is part of the Austrian EU presidencyThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talked to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction of Croatia Predrag Štromar in Salzburg. They met during the 14th Conference of the European regions and cities, which is part of the Salzburg Summit forum held during the Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union.Minister Angelkova and Mr. Štromar stressed the role of the modern infrastructure for the development of tourism and the regions and they both supported the idea that tourism is a horizontal policy and in order to obtain excellent results, it is necessary to conduct teamwork with all the interested parties. The investments in infrastructure contribute to a higher added value and attracts more visitors, said Minister Angelkova. She outlined the joint efforts of the European countries to propose common routes for the tourists coming from distant markets.Croatia is in top 50 of the inbound markets for Bulgaria as solely in August 2018, the increase in the number of Croatian tourists was 17,9% compared to the same month of the previous year, said Minister Angelkova.She clarified that the Ministry of Tourism is working in cooperation with the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW). In a few days, the two institutions will start a series of consultative round tables which will support the investments in the Bulgarian municipalities.
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tourism.government.bg:6546:2018-10-02T14:56:00
Minister Angelkova discussed the prospects in the sphere of tourism with the president of HOTREC Susanne Kraus-Winkler
2018-10-01T19:05:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova met the president of the European Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés HOTREC Susanne Kraus-Winkler in Vienna. The meeting was held during the 17th European Tourism Forum in the capital of Austria.They discussed current topics related to the development of modern tourism and the role of the hotels, catering and extertainment establishments for attracting more users of tourist services.Minister Angelkova presented the record-breaking results obtained by Bulgarian tourism over the last three years and emphasized that this proves its steady progress. She stressed the contribution of the hotel and restaurant managers and the café owners to the popularization of the destinations since tourism is a unique experience.The president of HOTREC expressed her satisfaction with the establishment of Bulgaria as a preferred and attractive destination not only for seaside and winter tourism but also for other types of specialized tourism.A number of opportunities for cooperation in the preparation of qualified staff to work in this sector were also discussed at the meeting.
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tourism.government.bg:6545:2018-10-01T19:05:00
Minister Angelkova met the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili in Vienna
2018-10-01T18:14:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili in Vienna. The minister visited the capital of Austria in order to take part in the 17th European Tourism Forum, in which the head of the World Tourism Organization also participated.They discussed the preparation of the forthcoming second International Congress on World Civilizations and Historical Routes, which will be hosted by the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia from 15th to 17th November this year.Invitations have been sent to all the full members of the World Tourism Organization. Representatives of the local authorities and the business will also be invited and we expect about 600 Bulgarian and foreign guests, said Minister Angelkova. She also mentioned the success of the first edition of the forum which was held in Sofia in November 2016. The Ministry of Tourism is planning to organize a tourism fair during the congress which will present typical local and international products and customs related to history.Zurab Pololikashvili congratulated Bulgaria and the Ministry of Tourism on the achieved excellent results in the sector over the last years. Our country will again apply to become a member of the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organization and the voting will be held in Saint Petersburg the following year as part of the General Assembly of the organization. The possibilities for cooperation between Bulgaria and the World Tourism Organization on new joint initiatives were also discussed at the meeting.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-met-secretary-general-un-world-tourism-organization-zurab
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tourism.government.bg:6544:2018-10-01T18:14:00
Minister Angelkova participated in the 17th European Tourism Forum in Vienna
2018-10-01T16:53:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova took part in the 17th European Tourism Forum in Vienna. This event is held for two days – 1st and 2nd October and is considered to be the biggest event in the sphere of tourism during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization were among the official guests. The forum was hosted by Elisabeth Köstinger, the minister of sustainable development and tourism of the Republic of Austria.Austria is one of the leading markets for inbound tourism in Bulgaria as the number of visits of Austrian citizens in our country within the period January-August 2018 exceeds 93 thousand. In 2017, the EU Member-states continued to be the most important market generating foreign tourism for Bulgaria with a relative share of 61,4% and more than 5,450 tourist visits in total, which constitutes a rise of 8,2%.Minister Angelkova participated in this forum at the invitation of her colleague Elisabeth Köstinger. The European Tourism Forum is usually held in October in the country presiding the Council of the EU.
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tourism.government.bg:6543:2018-10-01T16:53:00
Minister Angelkova talked to the minister of sustainable development and tourism of Austria Elisabeth Köstinger in Vienna
2018-10-01T15:48:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talked to the minister of sustainable development and tourism of Austria Elisabeth Köstinger. They met during the 17th European Tourist Forum in Vienna, which is to be opened today. This is the main event in the sphere of tourism during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.Minister Angelkova and Mrs. Köstinger stressed the inseparable connection between sustainability and tourism which contributes to the preservation of Europe’s status as a leading tourist destination worldwide and the popularization of the cultural and historical values of the European Union. They both shared the opinion that there is a great potential for developing the tourism between the two countries.Minister Angelkova presented to her Austrian colleague the results from the meeting of the ministers of tourism in Sofia, which was held under Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The forum, organized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism in February 2018, gathered more than 500 delegates from the Member-states of the EU and the Western Balkans. The delegates attending the forum emphasized that in order to develop tourism, it is important to use various possibilities for funding the tourist projects under the operational programmes. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization also joined the forum held in Sofia.Minister Angelkova officially invited Mrs. Köstinger to visit Bulgaria and wished the Austrian government successful presidency of the Council of the EU and achievement of all the goals set.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-talked-minister-sustainable-development-and-tourism-austria
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tourism.government.bg:6542:2018-10-01T15:48:00
Minister Angelkova had a working meeting with Ambassador H.E. Krzysztof Krajewski before his final departure from Bulgaria
2018-09-28T17:12:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with the ambassador of Poland in Bulgaria H.E. Krzysztof Krajewski, who is leaving our country tomorrow.Minister Angelkova thanked His Excellency for their effective partnership in the sphere of tourism. She expressed her contentment that Bulgaria managed to regain the trust of the Polish tourists and they choose our country as an attractive destination.The minister pointed out that in 2017, over 394 thounsand Polish tourists resided in our country, which is an increase of 8% compared to the previous year. For the first eight months of 2018, these tourist visits made by Polish citizens exceed 334 thousand, which constitutes an increase of 6,5% compared to the same period of the previous year. Poland is the seventh largest market for inbound tourism for Bulgaria.Ambassador Krajewski expressed his satisfaction with the fruitful joint work in the sphere of tourism and also said that his compatriots are really satisfied with their holiday in Bulgaria. He also added that in 2003, the number of Polish tourists in our country was about 25 thousand and this number was quite satisfactory back then. Today, the results are much better, said Ambassador Krajewski. He promised that his family and he will regularly come to Bulgaria as tourists and will continue to work hard to extend the amicable relationship established between the two countries. The diplomat also added that today’s meeting with Minister Angelkova was his last official meeting in Bulgaria, which is a guarantee for success.  
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tourism.government.bg:6541:2018-09-28T17:12:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talked to Luis Alfonso de Alba, a special envoy of the UN to the Climate Summit in 2019
2018-09-25T16:48:00
The Bulgarian minister participated in the second edition of the World Economic Forum in New YorkThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with Luis Alfonso de Alba, a special envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Climate Summit in 2019. Their meeting was held during the second edition of the World Economic Forum in New York. It is held within 24-25 September. The main issues of this year’s edition are the opportunities and the factors affecting the sustainable development. Minister Angelkova attended the event at the invitation of Mr. Borge Brende, the president of the World Economic Forum. Minister Angelkova and Mr. De Alba emphasized the direct influence of the climatic changes on tourism and the great significance of the measures aimed at protecting the environment. We have been working with the Ministry of Environment and Water on various initiatives for protecting the environment in Bulgaria, said Minister Angelkova. She added that inspections are incessantly being conducted along the Bulgarian sea coast regarding the cleanliness of the water and the beaches in order to ensure the safety of tourists.  The minister also added that during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, an informal meeting entitled “Tourism and Economic Growth” was held and a decision was taken for all EU countries to start working on reducing the risk of climate changes.During the World Economic Forum, Minister Angelkova also talked to Al Gore, the vice president of the USA within the period 1993-2001. He congratulated Bulgaria on the excellent results obtained in the sphere of tourism and added that this is an important sector for the economic growth of our country.  
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tourism.government.bg:6540:2018-09-25T16:48:00
Minister Angelkova participated in the World Economic Forum in New York
2018-09-24T18:24:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova participated in the second edition of the World Economic Forum in New York. It is held within the period 24-25 September. The main issues of this year’s edition are the opportunities and the factors affecting the sustainable development. The official guests attending this event were Prof. Klaus Schwab, the founder and the chairman of the World Economic Forum and Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York. Minister Angelkova attended the event at the invitation of Mr. Borge Brende, the president of the forum. It is a great honour for me to be one of the participants in the World Economic Forum where the opportunities for sustainable development will be discussed, which is the main goal set before tourism in our country, said Minister Angelkova. She also added that the sector is a major economic factor, constituting about 13% of the GDP of Bulgaria.The forum will include a presentation of the results of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube region and the role of the Ministry of Tourism as a co-coordinator under Priority axis 3 “Culture and Tourism” of the Danube Strategy.The World Economic Forum is a basis for a dialogue on the utilization of the most modern scientific, business, technological and digital innovations for achieving the global objectives for sustainable development of the UN. The event gathers representatives of international institutions and governments. More than 700 representatives of the business, the non-govermental sector and the academic circles will attend the forum. Representatives of leading companies and investment funds in the sphere of tourism will also take part in it.
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tourism.government.bg:6539:2018-09-24T18:24:00
Minister Angelkova before Chinese investors: We are currently preparing a campaign for attracting tourists from China, there will be a Chinese version on the tourist portal of Bulgaria
2018-09-21T14:36:00
China is extremely important for tourism in Europe and we have been working purposefully to popularize Bulgaria as a tourist destination on the Chinese market. We are currently preparing a marketing campaign in order to attract guests from China, which we are planning to implement the following year. The official tourist portal of Bulgaria will also be accessible in Chinese language after it is updated in 2019. This is what the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at a working meeting with Chinese businessmen and investors which has been held in Sofia today.Ping Liu, the president of Bright Food Group, Shaohua Pu, the chairperson of the board of directors of Bright Dairy and other company representatives participated in this talk. This company has been producing and distributing on the Chinese market yoghurt under the brand “Monchilovtsi” for 10 years and has participated in the organization of the festival of yoghurt in our country with the same name for 4 years. Mr. Ping Liu pointed out that “Momchilovtsi” is known to over 150 million Chinese people and is the most popular yoghurt in China.  This year, one of the major objectives in Europe is the initiative “2018 – The year of tourism EU – China”. The potential of the Chinese market is huge and it is expected that in the forthcoming years, the trips of the Chinese tourists will continually rise, said Minister Angelkova. She informed the other interlocutors that the Ministry of Tourism is developing a special product aimed at distant markets which will be used to popularize the possibilities for tourism in the region. This is the so called “Balkan route”, which is a joint project of 11 Balkan countries – Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia.The first Bulgarian tourist information centre was opened in Shanghai last year, reminded Minister Angelkova. At present, activities are being conducted to prepare the opening of a centre in Beijing and research is being done to study the possibilities for establishing such sites in other Chinese provinces.Minister Angelkova and Mr. Ping Liu commented that the relations between Bulgaria and China have been developing dynamically over the last years and this fact can be supported by the high-level meetings of the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the chairperson of the State Council of China Li Keqiang held in Sofia in July as part of the “16+1” forum. The guest expressed his hopes that the good partnership will continue and this will have a positive effect on the growth of the number of tourists.Within the period January-July this year, the visits of Chinese tourists have reached 15,5 thousand, which ranks the Chinese market 32nd among the leading countries for inbound tourism in Bulgaria, said Minister Angelkova, pointing out that the possibilities are much greater. In 2017, the visits of Chinese tourists exceeded 26,2 thousand, which constituted an increase of 41,2% compared to the previous year. Mr. Ping Liu said that the country has the potential to double the visits of Chinese tourists every year. They both stated their willingness to support and organize joint initiatives that will contribute to the exchange of tourists between the two countries.
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tourism.government.bg:6538:2018-09-21T14:36:00
Minister Angelkova had a working meeting with H.E. Hasan Ulusoy, the ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Bulgaria
2018-09-20T18:04:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with H.E. Hasan Ulusoy, the ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Bulgaria. They both discussed the progress of the organization for establishing a working group involving experts from both countries, whose aim is to prepare a list of measures for stimulating the bilateral investments in the sphere of tourism and cooperation in the process of training people to be employed in tourism. The activity of the working group will also include joint popularization of the two neighbouring countries on distant markets. The establishment of the joint authority for cooperation was negotiated at the high-level meeting with the ministers of tourism which was held in Sofia in February under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.Minister Angelkova and Ambassador Ulusoy also discussed the preparation of the second edition of the “International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes”, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. This event is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism organization and will also involve the CNN. The Turkish diplomat expressed the gratitude of the Minister of Tourism Mehmet Ersoy for the invitation to participate in the international forum.Turkey is a leading market for inbound tourism for our country and I am glad that we have such fruitful cooperation, commented Minister Angelkova. They both talked about the possibilities to organize events at which the potential of cruise tourism will be discussed.Turkey is in the top ten of the markets for inbound tourism for Bulgaria. Within the period January-July 2018, it ranks fourth with almost 380 thousand Turkish citizens visiting our country, which constitutes an increase of 7% compared to the same period of 2017. Last year, the number of the visits from Turkey exceeded 636 thousand and we can observe a rise of 12,5% compared to the previous year.
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tourism.government.bg:6537:2018-09-20T18:04:00
Minister Angelkova acquainted European Commissioner Corina Crețu with the preparation of the final conference of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Danube Strategy
2018-09-19T19:12:00
The European Commissioner congratulated Bulgaria on the success in tourism and praised the efforts of the ministry to achieve sustainable development in this sectorThe Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova acquainted the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu with the preparation of the final conference that will mark the end of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Danube Strategy. They talked in Brussels during the working visit of Minister Angelkova. The seventh annual forum of the Danube Strategy will be held in mid-October in Sofia, which will mark the ending of the year-long presidency of our country. The main subject to be discussed at the forum will be the importance of tourism for achieving economic growth within the Danube region. A meeting of the ministers of tourism of the countries in the Danube region will also be organized as part of the conference.  We think that culture and tourism are integrating factors for the territorial approximation and the emphasis of the importance of the Danube region, said Minister Angelkova.The digitalization of the cultural heritage sites within the Danube region is an added value for tourism.European Commissioner Crețu congratulated Bulgaria on the success achieved in the sphere of tourism and the work of Minister Angelkova for the sustainable development of this sector. The European Commissioner said that it would be a great pleasure for her to attend the conference and she expects that it will yield positive results that will have a practical impact and will contribute to the sustainable progress of the Danube region. European Commissioner Crețu noted that she appreciated the efforts and the persistent actions of Minister Angelkova for the prioritization of the region along the river Danube and the emphasis on its economic significance on a national and European level.
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tourism.government.bg:6536:2018-09-19T19:12:00
Minister Angelkova talked to Lowri Evans, Director General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission in Brussles
2018-09-19T18:20:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova talked to Lowri Evans, Director General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission in Brussles. They commented on the results and the initiatives related to the development of tourism which had been discussed during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They also talked about the proposal for making a booklet with the 100 European tourist sites, which was presented by Minister Angelkova in February in Sofia at the conference entitled “Tourism and Economic Growth”.Minister Angelkova officially invited Mrs. Evans to participate in the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in our country within the period 14-16 November 2018. This is the second time Bulgaria has hosted the international congress, which is organized in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) of the United Nations and also with the participation of the CNN. Mrs. Evans supported the efforts of the tourist administration in Bulgaria for the purpose of attracting more tourists to our country and guaranteeing a high-quality product. At this meeting, Mrs. Evans congratulated the Bulgarian government on the good organization and the excellent performance of our country during the presidency of the Council of the EU. They both agreed that the Community states should work together for the development of tourism for the purpose of preserving the position of Europe as a leading tourist destination in the world and popularizing the cultural and historical values of the EU. They also unanimously shared the opinion that a strong stimulus for the development of European tourism will be its opening to the distant markets such as China, as well as the development of innovative online platforms and business models.The Bulgarian minister acquainted the host with the excellent results that our country has achieved in the sphere of tourism over the last three years as well as with the various possibilities for holidaying in Bulgaria. She also added that it is extremely important to foster tourism by means of European and national policies and extend the cooperation between all the interested parties on European, regional, national and local levels.
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Minister Angelkova discussed the prospects of tourism with the Director General of DG Budget of the European Commission Gert Jan Koopman
2018-09-19T15:49:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting with Gert Jan Koopman, Director General of DG Budget of the European Commission. They both talked during the minister’s visit to Brussels.Minister Angelkova presented to the director general the results from the meeting with the ministers of tourism held in Sofia under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The forum organized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism in February 2018 gathered more than 500 delegates from the EU Member-states and from the Western Balkans as well. The delegates emphasized that what is important for the development of tourism is to use possibilities for funding the tourist projects under the operational programmes.Minister Angelkova informed Mr. Koopman that possibilities for funding major integrated tourist projects were being discussed in Bulgaria. She also stated that there is an established working group that is already working on the preliminary preparation and analysis of the projects.At this meeting, the minister presented the extremely favourable results of tourism in Bulgaria, the possibilities for varied tourism that our country offers as well as the competitive advantages for investments here.Tourism in an important factor for the economic growth of the European Union, said Gert Jan Koopman and admired the joint initiatives contributing to its development.
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tourism.government.bg:6534:2018-09-19T15:49:00
Minister Angelkova had a working meeting in Brussels with the Director General of DG Energy at the European Commission Dominique Ristori
2018-09-19T13:22:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova had a working meeting in Brussels with the the Director General of DG Energy at the European Commission Dominique Ristori. In Bulgaria, we are currently working on a concept for developing a strategy for energy efficiency in the sphere of tourism, which we think will increase the competitiveness and the effectiveness of the sector, by focusing optimally on the utilization of the natural resources. We believe that it will be another opportunity to support the sustainable development of tourism, said Minister Angelkova.All our efforts have been put into integrating enery-saving and ecological technologies in the buildings and also in the management of tourist sites, announced Minister Angelkova. She also added that it is important to encourage the application of eco-friendly technologies and systems and quality standards of the accommodation services.A major focus is the preservation of the purity of water and the maintenance of the high quality of water used for domestic purposes and also of the sea water, said the Minister. She also pointed out that seaside tourism is essential for Bulgaria and this directly affects the quality of the services and the country’s reputation as a tourist destination.The minister also said that the link between the two economic sectors was the main subject of the International Conference on Macro-regional Cooperation in the sphere of tourism and energy which was held under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and was organized by the two ministries. The Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova, Prof. Samuele Furfari, an adviser at DG Energy in the European Commission and international experts took part in this event. This meeting was the first of its kind and it included a discussion of the possibilities and the challenges facing the tourist sector in relation to the introduction of energy efficiency at the places offering accommodation and food and how this will affect the economy and the resource that could be saved, added Minister Angelkova.Mr. Dominique Ristori noted that this event plays an important role for emphasizing the link between the two sectors not only or a regional level but also on a European level and admired the forum in Sofia.Mr. Ristori also stated that the investments in energy efficiency are crucial for the European Commission since they have a beneficial long-term effect on the economic development of the countries. He congratulated Minsiter Angelkova and her team on their enterprise for encouraging the business to integrate ecological technologies in the sector of tourism.
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Minister Angelkova: We will make a proposal for funding integrated tourist projects during the next programme period
2018-09-15T16:39:00
The wine and culinary destinations Sakar and the Rhodopes were discussed at a round table organized in the town of Kardzhali.We will make a proposal to fund large integrated tourist projects under the operational programmes during the next programme period. We are planning to start with nine projects, one in each tourist region for planning. This was said by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova during the fifth round table under the project “Share Bulgaria” in Kardzhali. She clarified that at present negotiations are being held and preliminary preparation and an analysis of the projects are being conducted. A working group has also been established in order to prepare the plan and in the next stage of the preparation, the local authorities and the business will also be included, said the Minister. The possibilities for providing funds are part of the future programme for regional development or development of the rural areas. Now is the right time to launch the initial activities because we have a long way to go before we finish a proposal and it often takes a long time.The “Share Bulgaria” initiative can also support the development of these projects, said Minister Angelkova. This initiative is being implemented jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. It includes the establishment of 12 wine and culinary destinations encompassing more than 50 municipalities and over 100 tourist attractions.The main focus of the debate held in Kardzhali included the destinations Sakar and the Rhodopi. Sevda Kamburova, deputy regional governon of the district of Kardzhali and Eng. Krasimir Koev, executive director of the Executive agency on vine and wine took part in the forum. Sakar destination includes the municipalities of Harmanli, Lyubimets, Svilengrad, Topolovgrad. Some of the most emblematic tourist sites in the region, traditional dishes and typical wine are part of it. The Rhodopes destination includes the municipalities of Smolyan, Haskovo, Kardzhali and Ivailovgrad. Some of the most emblematic tourist attractions, not only for the region but in the country as well, are part of this destination. These sites include Perperikon, the Virgin Mary monument, the Stone Wedding, the Stone Mushrooms, the Devile’s Bridge and Tatul. The cuisine and wine typical for the region are also part of this destination.The concept of the debates is for all the interested parties, the business and the local authorities, to share their opinions and suggestions, which will help us develop a joint effective project, said Minister Angelkova. She also added that we expect to build on and finalize our concept. We think that this initiative will contribute to the enrichment and the extension of the summer and winter tourism – our main tourist products, said the Minister.  The destinations approved by the business and the local authorities will be presented in October, announced Minister Angelkova. We are planning to launch an active marketing campaign with which we will turn it into a discernible symbol of the project and the varied tourist product of our country. It is important for us to finish the project on time so that it will be included in the Annual Programme for National Tourist Advertising 2019, explained the Minister. She also added that it will contribute to the popularization and the development of regional tourism, which will affect the progress of the sector on a national level.
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tourism.government.bg:6532:2018-09-15T16:39:00
Minister Angelkova in Velingrad: We are launching the third annual awards in tourism
2018-09-01T19:01:00
Today we have started the competition for the third annual awards in tourism. This is what the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said in the town of Velingrad. She launched the process of applying for the 2018 awards on the day when the town of Velingrad was celebrating the 10th anniversary since it was declared the SPA capital on the Balkans, the 70th anniversary since its establishment and the 100th anniversary of organized tourism in the region. The Municipality of Velingrad won the first award for a balneological and SPA municipality in the first editition of the Annual awards in tourism organized by the Ministry of Tourism in 2016. The municipality ranked second last year.Winning one of these awards is regarded as a great recognition and a number of municipalities and managers of various attractions have already shown interest in them. This is also supported by the fact that the number of the participants in the competition is growing every year, said Minister Angelkova. Last yeat, more than 140 participants took part in the competition and the number of those who voted was 95 thousand.She encouraged all municipalities and the tourist industry in general to actively participate in the competition as it is a good way of presenting the results they achieved last year.“I would like to thank the representatives of the local authorities and, in particular, the mayor of Velingrad Dr. Kostadin Koev for his active position and his efforts to make Bulgaria a preferred and competitive tourist destination”, pointed out the minister.  This year, the applications for the Annual awards in tourism will be submitted in professional and journalistic categories and there will be a separate group for municipalities. The categories will be 16 in total, the applications will be submitted online on the platform www.tourismawards.bg. This platform contains a detailed description of all the requirements that the participants have to meet.The applications will be submitted by mid-October. After that, the applicants meeting the criteria will be announced on the awards website and the process of voting will be launched. By means of online voting, the winners in each category will be selected. The prize winners will be announced at an official ceremony held in December.Everyone will be able to vote only once for a participant in one category (one vote from each IP address is registered) but you can support a candidate in each category. The experts will carefully monitor the process of voting in order to prevent any manipulation and unregulated generation of votes. Such attempts will have an adverse effect on the ranking of the respective candidate. This competition has already become a tradition and I expect a close race this year, at the end of which we will award the most significant achievements in the sector”, concluded the Minister. The categories for which you can apply are the following:1.         “Tourist attraction/site”;2.         “Tourist event”;3.         “The spirit of Bulgaria”;4.         “Specialized tourism”;5.         “Tourist destination”;6.         “Innovations”;7.         “Journalistic material on tourism in Bulgaria in a printed media”;8.         “Journalistic material on tourism in Bulgaria in an online media”;9.         “Journalistic material on tourism in Bulgaria in an Internet blog”;10.       “Journalistic material on tourism in Bulgaria on a radio station”;11.       “Journalistic material on tourism in Bulgaria on a television channel”;12.       “Municipality for mountain tourism”;13.       “Municipality for seaside tourism”;14.       “Municipality for balneological and SPA tourism”;15.       “Municipality for cultural and historical tourism”;16.      The winner of the big award – “The choice of Bulgarians” is chosen among all the sites included in the list of “The 100 national sites” and “The 50 less known sites”.
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tourism.government.bg:6531:2018-09-01T19:01:00
Minister Angelkova held a working meeting with Wenping Yao, vice president of FOSUN GROUP
2018-08-28T19:16:00
The Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with representatives of the Chinese conglomerate Fosun (FOSUN GROUP). The delegation was headed by Wenping Yao, vice president of FOSUN GROUP. The other company representatives hold senior managerial positions. At this meeting, the minister presented the opportunities for various types of tourism offered by Bulgaria as well as the competitive advantages of investing in our country.Tourism constitutes approximately 13% of the GDP of the country, which ranks it among the major economic sectors in Bulgaria, explained the Minister. She also stated that of every 100 euros spent in our country, 7,4 has been spent on tourism and based on this indicator, the sector takes one of the top positions and is expected to grow by 40% over the next 10 years. Since the establishment of a separate ministry over the last three years, the results have been very good and we can observe a steady rise on an annual basis, said the Minister. She also added that this year, we expect to have an increased number of tourists and the data for the period January-July prove it. During the first seven months of the year 2018, the total number of foreign tourist visits is more than 5,265 million and this number has risen by about 7%. China is one of the markets having the greatest potential for inbound tourism to Bulgaria and it currently ranks thirty-second, with over 15,4 thousand guests, said Minister Angelkova. She also explained that the growth potential of this market is substantial and the ministry is currently developing special marketing campaigns in accordance with the interests of Chinese tourists.The minister also said that Bulgaria is presently working with 11 Balkan countries on a joint project aimed at attracting visitors from distant countries such as China. She also specified that this was the idea of the Ministry of Tourism and it was proposed and supported at a meeting of the EU ministers entitled “Tourism and Economic Growth”.The guests commented that tourism is very important for them and Bulgaria is an interesting country for investments. They also said that it has a very rich culture and a compact territory with a lot of places of intetest, which needs to be popularized. Minister Nikolina Angelkova and representatives of the company agreed to cooperate in the future and expressed their willingness to provide each other support for implementing joint initiatives.The Chinese conglomerate FOSUN GROUP was established in 1992. The company is the second largest shareholder of Thomas Cook and the owner of the chain of hotels and resorts Club Med. It deals with industrial operations, investments, asset management and insurance. It has a lot of subsidiaries in all spheres of business. It has more than 30 global partners worldwide.
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tourism.government.bg:6530:2018-08-28T19:16:00
The number of foreign tourists for the period January-July 2018 is over 5,2 billion people, which marks an increase of 6,9%
2018-08-28T16:49:00
5 265 367 foreign tourists visited our country within the period January-July 2018. Thus, for the first seven months of the year, there is growth of 6,9% compared to the same period of the year 2017, as can be seen from the data provided by the National Statistical Institute.During the previous month alone, the number of foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria was 1 620 576, which constitutes an increase of 2,7% compared to July 2017. During the sixth and the seventh months of the year, a total number of 2 828 973 foreign tourists chose Bulgaria for their holiday. During the first two summer months – June and July, the number of foreign tourists rose by 3,6% compared to the same period of the previous year.  These data can be used as evidence that tourism is steadily growing and Bulgaria is a preferred destination which offers a high-quality product at affordable prices. It is very important for us to ensure that the foreign tourists are satisfied with their stay and return to our country to spend their holidays, said the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova.The chart of inbound tourism for the first seven months of the year 2018 is topped by Romania with 769 811 visits and an increase of 27,7% compared to the same period of the previous year. Greece ranks second with 628 957 visits and Germany ranks third with 435 996 tourists visiting our country.Most of the markets included in the top 50 chart mark significant growth compared to the first seven months of 2017. The number of visitors from the United Kingdom has risen by 17,5%, Israel marks an increase of 26,5% and Ukraine – 24,3%. The growth of the USA is 13,6% and the number of foreign visits from Spain and Norway have risen by 21,8% and 47,4%, respectively.
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Minister Angelkova: “We will foresee through the Law on the Structure of Bulgarian Black Sea Coast /LSBBSC/, to regulate the access of people with disabilities to the beaches and the sea
2018-08-17T19:05:00
I undertake to add in the Black Sea Coast Act a change that defines the accessible beach environment for people with disabilities for which the responsibility of the beach owners. This will also be done by grouping beaches. We continue meeting with representatives of organizations of people with reduced mobility and I want to thank them for their cooperation. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova, who participated in the accessibility check-up on the “Bourgas-sever” beach along with Greta Asparuhova and Hristina Nacheva who are fighting for an accessible environment.The Minister announced that last year, through annexes to the contracts it was requested from the concessionaires and strip tenants to provide favorable conditions for people with disabilities to be able to rest comfortably on the beach. At some of the beaches, the concessionaires have already provided trolleys, which are extremely important. So once on the beach, people with disabilities can bathe in the sea. Such are available on the “Slanchev bryag - yug” beach, it was became clear from the words of the Minister. This is one of the few stripes where a person with disabilities can best enjoy the beach, as far as absolutely all additional equipment and facilities are provided.Minister Angelkova reminded that there is no clear regulation now, and that a legal basis is really needed in order for the tourist administration to oblige concessionaires and tenants to ensure this accessibility. Certainly, this will be done with the change of the LSBBSC, whose project is publicly debated. At the beaches for which an annex are signed with us on the rent and concession contracts and must ensure accessibility, we will issue prescriptions the real situation to be checked in order to actually serve the people, she said.Minister Angelkova said that for the Central Beach in Burgas a prescription for the old path to be changed will be also issued. It is very important to provide a legal framework that is for the sea beaches only. You know that there is a requirement for the accessibility to be ensured also under the European regulations. The inspection with the participation of the Minister Angelkova continued later on at the Sunny Beach-South, where the concessionaire created the most favorable environment for persons with disabilities. A total of 82 beaches are currently constructed, 53 of which are in the Bourgas region, the Minister said.
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9.7% is the growth of the revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria for the period January-June 2018.
2018-08-17T17:16:00
Over EUR 1.3 billion are the revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria for the first six months of this year. They increased by 9.7% compared to the January-June period earlier, according to the data of the Bulgarian National Bank. In June alone, the revenues from international travel exceeded EUR 490 million, an increase by 8.1% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.The results are extremely good and once again prove that tourism in Bulgaria is growing steadily and that with the joint efforts of the state and the tourism industry, Bulgaria is positioned as a destination offering a quality and diverse tourist product, said Minister Nikolina Angelkova.BNB data on the revenue growth were expected as at the end of July the NSI reported that 3 644 791 foreign tourists have chosen the destination Bulgaria for the first six months of 2018, an increase by 8.9% compared to the same period of 2017.
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tourism.government.bg:6304:2018-08-17T17:16:00
The Minister of Tourism Angelkova at a roundtable in Burgas: “In October, we will present the approved by the branch and the local government wine-culinary destinations”
2018-08-17T15:02:00
We will use the trademark "Share Bulgaria" to promote the project on the international exchangesWe developed the wine-culinary destination project in order to establish Bulgaria as recognizable for year-round tourism. With their support, we will direct the attention of tourists to our main services - winter and summer tourism, as well as to the other types of tourism that the country can offer. We plan in October, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forest, to present the approved by the branch and the local authorities wine-culinary destinations. This was announced by the Minister Nikolina Angelkova at the fourth roundtable under the project, which was held in Burgas. She said that once finalized, they will be included in the Annual National Tourism Promotion Program for the next year. The wine-culinary destinations are envisaged to be added to the various brochures and leaflets that promote the country. They will be digitized and added to the iLoveBulgaria platform.The forum was attended by Dimitar Nikolov, Mayor of Bourgas, Krassimir Koev, Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Vine and Wine, representatives of the tourism and wine business and MPs. The event is part of the second stage of the project "Share Bulgaria", which envisages the creation of the destinations. The concept includes 12 wine-culinary destinations that pass through the territory of the whole country. They involve more than 50 municipalities and more than 100 tourist sites, said the Minister of Tourism Angelkova. She pointed out that through public discussions we want to help businesses and local communities to enrich and upgrade the concept of destinations in order to create a comprehensive and useful product that will assist the tourism and agribusiness, and thus the development of the region. We already have a trademark and a logo "Share Bulgaria", which will help promote the project and present the country as a place for a variety of tourist products, said the Minister Angelkova. She added that it could be provided to the municipalities to use it to promote their cultural and historical heritage and the food and drink typical for the regions.The Minister urged all interested parties to submit proposals for destinations to create a useful and working project which to support the activities of businesses, the municipalities and the ministry and to contribute fully to the tourism development.At the height of the summer, I want to say that the data for Burgas region are very positive, the Minister said. Between January and June 2018, the number of people staying in the accommodation with 10 or more beds was increased by 10% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching nearly 480 000. The overnight stays were over 2.48 million, an increase by 10%. Revenues from the overnight stays were over BGN 112.6 million, recording an increase by 7.8% compared to January-June 2017. Almost every second tourist who stayed in the accommodation with 10 or more beds in the whole country for the period January - June 2018, has chosen a 4- and 5-star hotel.The total number of persons in the accommodation with 10 or more beds in the whole country was more than 3.165 million, of which in the 4 and 5 stars hotels were over 1.63 million. Both indicators show an increase by 6.8% and 8.5% over the same period last year. This proves that the country is increasingly recognized as a destination offering high quality tourism at a reasonable price, said Minister Angelkova. She also pointed out that this is thanks to the joint efforts and the teamwork between the state institutions, the local government and the business.This summer season we also expect about 5% increase of the foreign tourist visits compared to the last year, the Minister said. She expressed the hope that the rainy weather in July did not have a tangible effect, which will become clear from the statistics to be published at the end of the month.On the questions of journalists before the start of the event, the Minister commented that she will today file a lawsuit for defamation following the attempts to involve her name and the name of the institution in relation to possible criminal offenses on the occasion of the speech of the former Deputy Minister of Tourism Branimir Botev. It is quite ridiculous to make such absurd statements bordering on the sanity, Minister Angelkova said definitely. She added that it is absolutely unacceptable to undermine the prestige of the institutions and make suggestions. This is very damaging to the image of tourism, she said. I do not think that a person who has worked for Bulgarian tourism can have such attitude to its achievements in order to attract media attention, said the Minister on the occasion of the opinion expressed by the former deputy minister of tourism.
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Cultural events give tourism an added value
2018-08-04T12:11:00
Deputy Minister Lyuben Kanchev welcomed the participants and the guests of the second edition of the Summer Evenings of the Opera and Baba Vida BalletCultural events give tourism an added value. That is why the culture and tourism need to be developed together for the common progress and sustainable growth in the sector. This was said by the Deputy Tourism Minister Lyuben Kanchev at the opening of the second edition of the Summer Evenings of the Opera and Baba Vida Ballet. He congratulated the Mayor, the participants and the guests of the cultural event and wished success on behalf of the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. We firmly believe that such initiatives have a serious positive effect on the overall development of tourism, said the Deputy Minister Kanchev. And he pointed out that for this reason the ministry has created 8th cultural historical destinations. Vidin is included in them with a number of sites, including Baba Vida, Osman Pazvantoglu Mosque, Exarch Antim I Mausoleum and Ethnographic Museum "The Cross Barracks". The Baba Vida Fortress became the winner of the Grand Prize "The Choice of the Bulgarians" in the second annual tourism awards that the ministry organized last year. The municipality is also involved in the project for 12 wine-culinary destinations, which is jointly developed between the Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture, Food and Forestry. These attractions are impressive and have a serious positive effect on the image of Vidin Municipality and the development of tourism in the region, the Deputy Minister said. The results for the January-May period are very positive, with revenues from the sleeping accommodation of 10 and more beds in the area being BGN 2.192 million in the first 5 months of 2018, an increase by 11.4% compared to the same period a year earlier. The total number of the tourist nights spent increased by 21.1%, reaching over 57 thousand. On a national scale, the foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria for the first six months of the year amounted to more than 3.6 million, an increased by 8.9% compared to the same period lat year. The excellent indicators in tourism are the result of the joint efforts of the state, the local government and the branch, said the Deputy Minister Kanchev and assured that the Ministry of Tourism will support all initiatives supporting the sustainable development of the sector. He wished success to the participants and many exciting experiences to the audience in the summer evenings of the Opera and Baba Vida Ballet.
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tourism.government.bg:6306:2018-08-04T12:11:00
By the wine-culinary destinations we promote the interior of the country and prolong the active seasons
2018-07-31T16:36:00
The project was discussed with the local government and the business at a roundtable in Gabrovo By the project for 12 wine-culinary destinations, we promote the interior of the country before the tourists. It will also contribute to widening the wings of the season and attracting more visitors beyond the active months for trips. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva at a roundtable held in Gabrovo today. In April and May 2018, the foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria amounted to more than 1.24 million, an increase by 11.5% compared to the same period of the last year. Data for the season wings illustrates that the consistent policy and initiatives of the ministry, among which is the project of the wine-culinary destinations, have the effect, said the Deputy Minister Georgieva. On behalf of the Minister Nikolina Angelkova, she said that it is important for the ministry to finalize the project, together with industry and local authorities, to help them promote the tourist and agricultural products in the regions.The District Governor of Gabrovo, Nevena Petkova, took part in the forum, which welcomed the idea of a roundtable in Gabrovo, the District Governor of Veliko Tarnovo, Prof. Dr. Lyubomira Popova, who invited the two ministries for the next forum, the Deputy Mayor of Gabrovo, Nella Rachevitch, Eng. Krassimir Koev, Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Vine and Wine, and Malin Bistrin, representative of the Ministry of Tourism. The main focus of the discussion was placed on two of the destinations - Eastern Thrace and Old Capitals. The initiative is part of the project "Share Bulgaria", which is being developed jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.The 12 wine-culinary destinations are spread on the territory of the whole country. They include over 50 municipalities and over 100 tourist sites. The Eastern Thrace destination covers the municipalities of Stara Zagora, Sliven, Yambol and Karnobat and 8 emblematic tourist sites in the region, including the Neolithic dwellings - Stara Zagora, Karanovka Settlement Mound, Sinite Kamani Natural Park (The Blue Stones), Halkata Rock Phenomenon, Zheravna, Kotel, Skoka Waterfall - Medven and Markeli Fortress.The other destination on which the focus was placed today is one of the longest in the project, passing through seven municipalities. This is the Old Capitals, which includes Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Shumen, Targovishte, Pliska, Veliki Preslav, Gabrovo. It includes another 13 tourist sites - the historical hills of Tsarevets and Trapezitsa, Arbanassi, Hotnitsa Eco-Trail, Emenka Eco-Trail, Daskalolivnitsa - Elena, Slaveikovo School - Targovishte, Shumen Fortress, Madara Horseman, Osmarski Rock Monasteries, Hankrum Rock Monasteries, Pliska, Veliki Preslav and Nicopolis ad Istrum.We plan the final wine-culinary destinations to be announced in the autumn this year. They will then be digitized and uploaded to the web-sites of the two ministries, explained the Deputy Minister Georgieva.We foresee the 12 wine-culinary destinations to be recognized by the industry and the municipalities to be included in the iLoveBulgaria platform, which currently contains over 500 tourist sites and is used by more than 17 000 users. It is planned that the established business and local communities to be included in the Annual National Tourism Promotion Program next year.The ministry forecasts that the number of tourists will increase in the summer by about 5% compared to the last year, when the foreign guests in Bulgaria were 5.3 million, said the Deputy Minister Georgieva. The results for the six months of 2018 were also extremely positive. Over 3.6 million foreign tourists have chosen the destination Bulgaria, an increase by 8.9% compared to January-June 2017.The data shows that we are on the right track in the promotion of the country and its recognition as a four-season tourist destination. We need to look for more and more innovative products to complement the range of services offered, said the Deputy Minister Georgieva. She explained that the initiative for 12 wine-culinary destinations could also help in the development and popularization of the so-called slow tourism. Its concept is related to preserving traditions and culture, focusing on the local food and regional customs. They would help tourists to learn about typical wines and foods in the given region. In Bulgaria, this is still not widespread tourism, but in many European countries it is very widely developed. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/wine-culinary-destinations-we-promote-interior-country-and-prolong-active-seasons
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Over 3.6 million were the foreign tourists in Bulgaria for the period January-June 2018, which is an increase by 8.9%
2018-07-27T14:35:00
3 644 791 foreign tourists have chosen the destination Bulgaria for the first six months of 2018. Thus, for the period January - June, an increase by 8.9% was marked compared to the same period in 2017, according to data from the National Statistical Institute.Only in June 2018, the foreign visits to Bulgaria were increased by 4.7% compared to the same month of the last year. In June 2018, 1 208 397 foreign tourists have visited our country.The data confirms that the tourism growth is sustainable and Bulgaria is becoming a preferred destination, offering quality service at reasonable prices. It is very important for us that our guests, who saw the country for the first time, should come back again, said the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova.In the first place in the inbound tourism for the six months of 2018 was Romania with 575 609 visits, a 21.1% increase over the same period of the last year. Greece ranks second with 523 046 visits, and in third place was Turkey, from where 318 735 tourists came here.Significant growth rates were noted by the markets included in the top 50 compared to the first six months of 2017. The UK visitors were by 19.2% more, the Polish tourists - by 38.4%, and the Israeli tourists - by 27.6%. From Ukraine, the increase was 24%, and from France and Spain, the number of foreign visits increased by 20.8 % and by 22.7 %, respectively.
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Minister Angelkova in Varna: The project for SPA destinations is a way of using the Black Sea resort during the four seasons
2018-07-27T13:51:00
The project of the Ministry of Tourism to create 7 Balneo- and SPA destinations in the country, including the Black Sea, is part of the strategy for establishing Bulgaria as a year-round destination. The initiative is implemented jointly with the branch and the local government and is extremely important for the Black Sea region because it will help the hotel base here to be used during the four seasons. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in Varna at the third meeting of the series of discussions about the Balneo- and SPA destinations.She thanked the inter-departmental working group engaged for the project, which analyzed the related proposals received from the municipalities also for the support rendered to the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism. The aim was to create a basis for discussions with the business to upgrade the existing and provide a comprehensive quality product, the Minister Angelkova said.The SPA destinations will be advertised at all major forums with the participation of the ministry and on the iLove Bulgaria Internet Platform. The ministry is also working on a project that examines the current attitudes in the demand for tourism products. For example, German tourists associate Bulgaria predominately with the beaches and seaside holidays, while the Balneo- and SPA services are ranked 5th in their preferences. That means we have to develop this type of tourism and strengthen its demand, Minister Angelkova said. And noted the information received by the tour operator Thomas Cook, that Bulgaria is increasingly preferred as a destination and its tourists growth is close to 30% compared to the last year.Minister Angelkova also drew attention to the link between the destination project and the health tourism. We cooperate with the Ministry of Health that works on the transposition of the Cross-Border Patient Care Directive. I hope that after we focused on the health tourism and these issues at the first international conference, held in Sofia last year, we will now discuss them again at its second edition in October, the Minister said. She recalled that Bulgaria is extremely rich in mineral springs and occupies the second place after Iceland by its reserves. Through the SPA destinations, the ministry supports the efforts of the municipalities and tour operators. The purpose is what has already been created as a product to be more intensively advertised in order to attract the attention of tourists, including the great potential of the Black Sea region.In order to expand the wings of the active seasons and make Bulgaria a year-round tourist destination, we chose three concepts, the Minister added. One project is related to the 8th operative cultural and historical destinations that have greatly increased the number of tourists. The other project with which the SPA destinations can be combined covers the 12th wine-culinary destinations.The meeting for the SPA destinations in Varna was attended by the regional Governors of Varna - Stoyan Pasev and of Dobrich - Krasimir Kirilov, the regional Deputy Governor of Burgas - Vladimir Krumov, Mayors from all Black Sea municipalities, entrepreneurs, tourist organizations and others. Minister Angelkova thanked the Varna Mayor - Ivan Portnih for his commitment to developing high quality tourism products and pointed out that the city and the region completely meet the concept of a 4-season destination.In response to the media questions, Minister Angelkova said that the inspections at the sea region are very intense. By two beaches, as average, are inspected for observance of the free / paid area ratio and are surveyed by surveyors. On receipt of a signal that the free zone does not meet the requirements, an additional inspection is carried out. The inspection of the Golden Sands showed that the free zone was 52%, i.e., more than the regulated one. The “Nesebar-yug” beach area has also been monitored and the requirements are met there. We will do another monitoring, said the Minister Angelkova and assured that they continue to inspect the hotels in order to establish how the requirements of the Tourism Act are complied with for the correspondence between their category and the quality and volume of the services offered.
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The CEO of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser, to Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is attracting ever more tourists with diverse services
2018-07-24T15:15:00
We are working jointly and actively with businesses to attract more solvent tourists to Bulgaria with diverse services. It is very important to us that the first-time guests in our country return again, we are helped in this regard by the successful partnership with global tour operators, such as Thomas Cook. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a London meeting with the company’s CEO, Peter Fankhauser. This was the third business discussion between them over the last three years.As a year-round destination Bulgaria essentially offers any type of tourism, registering record-breaking stats in recent years. In 2017 our country was visited by nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016. Last year, revenues from international tourism saw an even bigger growth – in absolute terms they are nearly BGN 6.9 bill., which is 9.3% more compared to 2016, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She noted that this interest has also resulted in more chartered flights to Bulgaria by low-cost and other airlines.The Bulgarian minister informed the head of Thomas Cook of the diverse opportunities at the most visited resorts in our country, such as Sunny Beach, Golden Sands, etc., which offer rest and active recreation to clients with various needs – family type vacations, entertainment, party events, sports, etc. This is why we plan to regulate product zoning at our national resorts, so that all customer preferences may be fulfilled – from children to seniors.Peter Fankhauser congratulated Minister Angelkova’s team on its achievements, pointing out that despite intensifying competition, Bulgaria is attracting ever more tourists and has great potential to sustainably develop any type of services in the sector. The CEO paid attention to the need for high quality of the products in order to keep user interest active.Opportunities to expand bilateral business contacts in tourism were also discussed during the meeting. The representatives of Thomas Cook showed interest in the potential for new tourism investments in Bulgaria as a developing strategic market for the company.Thomas Cook is one of the leading global tour operators with 12 mil. unique online users of its website on a monthly basis. Those visiting the company offices and its partner network number 40 mil. In 2017 the number of tourists traveling to Bulgaria via Thomas Cook was 404 698, an 18% growth compared to the previous year (over 61 000 persons more). During the January-April period of 2018 they exceeded 264 000, but summarized results for the strongest summer months are upcoming. In 2018 a 61% increase is expected in the capacity of the company’s airline passengers from the UK, Germany, Belgium, and Scandinavia.
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H.E. Irith Lilian, ambassador of Israel, to Minister Angelkova: Thank you for developing cultural tourism and attracting ever more visitors from Israel
2018-07-19T15:45:00
We are reporting an over 31% growth in Israeli tourists during the five months of 2018Bulgaria can offer a lot more than just sun, sea, and partying. I thank the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, for developing cultural tourism and making such places of interest more accessible both to Israeli tourists and to all visitors in your country. Thus said H.E., Irith Lilian, ambassador of the State of Israel to Republic of Bulgaria during a meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. H.E. Irith Lilian further explained that the market is longing for cultural places of interest, with Bulgaria being selected increasingly often as a travel destination by families with children. She added that on the meeting’s day there were 14 flights from Israel to Bulgaria, a large part of the travellers being tourists, since our country is a preferred destination for Israelis.We are reporting a 31.8% increase of Israeli tourists during the period January-May 2018, compared to the same period of last year, with the visits totally exceeding 73 000. Over the past 10 years the number of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria has grown by almost 90% - from 97 000 tourists in 2008 to over 178 000 in 2016 and over 208 000 in 2017, Minister Angelkova stated during the meeting. She clarified that last year Israel ranked 12th among the top markets for inbound tourism to Bulgaria. The conversations were also attended by the CEO of Sunny Beach PLC, Zlatko Dimitrov, and representatives of Israeli tour operators.The Minister said further that a consistent policy is implemented to attract ever more Israeli visitors, with customized products being develop in alignment with their demand. This is one of the ways to enhance the quality of the tourism products we market, she commented. There is a tangible trend of the greater part of Israeli nationals coming to our country during the May-October period, meaning that the tourists come not only to the seaside but are looking for opportunities for a short vacation, recreation, and sight-seeing in our country, explained Minister Angelkova.Given the huge importance of the Israeli market for Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism regularly takes part in the IMTM tourism exhibition in Tel Aviv. Bulgaria took part in this year’s edition of the tourism exchange with an information stand of 49 sq. m., with the Ministry presenting the country as a year-round tourism destination, focusing on winter- and summer vacation, medical spa opportunities, cultural get-to-know tours, entertainment travel, etc. The Israel market is crucial for us, therefore, we will continue to take part in the Tel Aviv exhibition, the minister stated categorically.Minister Angelkova and H.E. Irith Lilian also discussed the opportunities for bilateral cooperation in tourism, as well as the development potential for tourism types other than the traditional summer and winter ones. They reached mutual agreement for cooperation between the two countries, stating their preparedness to support the implementation of future initiatives. We rely a lot on Israel’s expertise, this is why we hope to retain the successful partnership going forward, stated Minister Angelkova.The Ministry of Tourism is working hard to expand the season fringes, the Minister explained, adding that the institution has developed 7 medical spa & spa destinations, with 12 wine-culinary destinations having also been set up jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, thus complementing our efforts to attract more visitors outside the active travel months.Prior to their meeting, Minister Angelkova, H.E. Irith Lilian, and the Pomorie mayor, Ivan Alexiev, visited the ancient tomb near Pomorie. It dates back to the 2nd – 3rd century AD, according to scholars, pagan religious rites and rituals were performed in its circular, rotund-type hall, which were dedicated to the sun cult. It is also the biggest cupola tomb discovered in Bulgarian lands, the only one of its kind in the Balkans.The Israeli ambassador was impressed by Bulgarian culture, nature, and customs, with the two sides agreeing to have the tomb included in the itineraries of Israeli tour operators.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/he-irith-lilian-ambassador-israel-minister-angelkova-thank-you-developing-cultural
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Minister Angelkova talks to Mehmet Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey
2018-07-16T16:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a phone conversation with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, Mehmet Ersoy. Turkey is among the top 10 markets for inbound tourism to Bulgaria, emphasized Minister Angelkova, congratulating her counterpart on taking up his office. She added that during January-May of this year over 264 000 Turkish nationals visited our country, registering a 9.1% growth compared to the same period of 2017. Last year, tourism visits from Turkey were more than 636 000, registering 12.5% growth, while over the last 5 years Turkish tourists visiting Bulgaria grew twofold, announced the minister.Development of the so-called Balkan Route was one of the topics discussed by the two ministers. They shared the opinion that this product will be exceptionally useful in attracting tourists from remote destinations to both countries. Minister Angelkova emphasized that it is crucial to provide a personalized service, thus responding to the needs of visitors from remote countries, such as China and Japan. She added that this would build upon on the tourism products marketed in both Bulgaria and Turkey, recalling that its creation was proposed and supported during a summit meeting of the ministers of tourism of the EU member-states entitled Tourism & Economic Growth and organized during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.Minister Angelkova invited her Turkish counterpart to be a part of the second International Congress of World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. It is being organized under the aegis of the World Tourism Organization and will be held on November 14-16 in Sofia.Minister Mehmet Ersoy commented that he relies on the two neighbouring countries continuing their fruitful cooperation in tourism. He added further that he will support and assist the arrangement of any initiatives, which will contribute to the successful development of the sector.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-talks-mehmet-ersoy-minister-culture-and-tourism-republic-turkey
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Minister Angelkova at a business forum within the framework of the „16+1“ meeting: Chinese tourists will increase at 5% each year up to 2023
2018-07-07T16:50:00
Chinese tourists will increase at 5.1% a year up to 2023. This demonstrates how significant that market’s potential is and how active we need to be in promoting our country’s tourism opportunities in China. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the opening of a discussion panel on the opportunities for cooperation in tourism. The discussion forms part of the international business forum held in Sofia within the framework of the „16+1“ meeting. The event is under the aegis of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the Chair of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang.Some 10 mil. visitors from China travelled in Europe during 2016. Last year, Chinese tourists in Bulgaria exceeded 26 000, registering a 41.2 per cent growth compared to a year before, said Minister Angelkova. During the period of January - May 2018 Chinese tourists in our country numbered 8 234, a 4.1% growth compared to the same period of the preceding year.Tourism is a leading driver in the development of the global economy and among the chief contributors to the GDP growth. Last year, some 500 mil. tourism visits were made in Europe, thus, tourism accounts for some 10% of the European GDP, said Minister Angelkova. Explaining that the sector provides 12% of the jobs in the country.Last year, proceeds from international tourism in our country were nearly BGN 6.9 bill., a growth of 9.3 per cent. International tourist visits were nearly 8.9 mil., registering a 7.3% growth, the Minister said further. There are more than 27 000 firms in tourism and its associated sectors. The sector creates 13% of Bulgaria’s GDP, ranking it among the top 5 economic sectors, said Minister Angelkova.Creation of specialized tourism products and a marketing campaign are parts of the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy to attract more Chinese tourists to Bulgaria. The Minister explained that work is being done on the creation of the so-called Balkan Route, which is specifically intended to promote the tourism opportunities in the region. It is a joint project among 11 Balkan countries, which are Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Republic of Macedonia. The Minister recalled that the idea for the Balkan Route was discussed and proposed during a meeting of the EU ministers responsible for tourism, which was held in February in Sofia.It is not the first Ministry intended specifically for the Chinese market. The institution has been consistent in its efforts to promote the travel opportunities in our country, with the first Bulgarian tourism information centre having been opened in Shanghai last year. Minister Angelkova added that work is now being done on the preparations to open a centre in Beijing, as well as in other areas, such as Henan, Sichuan, and Yunnan.The Ministry of Tourism is preparing a second International Congress of World Civilizations and Ancient Routes to be held in Sofia in November, with one of the main topics being the link between China and Europe, announced Minister Angelkova.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-business-forum-within-framework-161-meeting-chinese-tourists
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Minister Angelkova before a conference on Eurostandarts in tourism: We work with the biggest tour operators, our priority is product quality
2018-06-28T12:04:00
Bulgaria achieved nearly 8.9 mil. Visits of international tourists last year, Germany being among the three leading markets for inbound tourism in our country. This is motivating us to work ever harder to offer a high-grade, competitive product. This is the principle we have set up in our partnership with leading global tour operators, including the biggest ones from Germany.This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Varna, before the participants in the European Standards for Tourism in Bulgaria conference, which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Conrad Adenauer foundation. The official guests of the forum include Klaus Schlie, Landtag Chair of Schleswig-Holstein, and Thorsten Geissler, head of Conrad Adenauer foundation for Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova thanked the guests for the exceptionally high grade, which our country received for its presidency of the EU Council. We proved that with Prime Minister Borisov in the lead we are a strong team, which can be relied upon and is a good mediator in problem resolution. We can successfully tackle challenges and be a loyal partner, she said further.The minister emphasized that the Bulgarian tourism product is a very diverse one. Our country has huge potential not only in terms of sea- and winter tourism, but also for spa and medical spa services, and cultural-historical routes. We developed various theme-based destinations, which stimulate the operations of tour operators and expand the active seasons. During the first five months of 2018 an over 11% growth in international tourists was achieved, with growth of the German ones being 18.5% compared to the same period of 2017, announced Minister Angelkova.She commented further that the Ministry has undertaken, jointly with the industry and with the government’s support, a number of legislative initiatives to reduce the administrative burden, develop the infrastructure, better train the tourism staff, etc. The sector was upgraded to a national priority, last year alone, the number of employees in tourism and its related economic operations stood at nearly 336 000. The Ministry is also preparing the establishment of a Training and Retraining Centre under its aegis, in order to enhance the tourism product’s quality, Minister Angelkova said further, pointing out Bulgaria’s role in the cooperation within the Danube Strategy framework, with an annual forum in Sofia upcoming under that initiative.Klaus Schlie, a first-time visitor in our country, shared his exceptionally positive impressions from Bulgaria, congratulating it on its professionalism in its conduct of the EU Council presidency. She stated that cooperation with Bulgaria will continue and deepen, with many new opportunities for convergence to the Eurostandards in tourism to be discussed during the forum in Varna. We all see how positive are the signals coming from your country as regards the common European future, he said categorically.Thorsten Geissler also congratulated Bulgaria on the successful EU Council presidency and emphasized that the country has a European spirit and a great potential to elaborate concepts for the long-term, sustainable development of Europe. In this regard, tourism in Bulgaria provides some very good examples with double-figure growth values and a positive image not only as a sea destination. One can stay in your country at any time of the year. There are few countries in Europe, which have as many open doors to the Germans, which I thank you for. They feel comfortable and keep returning here, summarized the head of Conrad Adenauer foundation for Bulgaria.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-conference-eurostandarts-tourism-we-work-biggest-tour-operators
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tourism.government.bg:6164:2018-06-28T12:04:00
The Ministry of Tourism welcomed the participants in the first Bulgarian-Chinese Seminar on management of the sector
2018-06-23T17:30:00
I am happy today with the start of the first-of-its-kind joint initiative in tourism between the Ministry of Tourism and China’s Ministry of Trade. Thus said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Lyuben Kanchev, upon commencement of the first 2018 Bulgarian-Chinese Seminar on management of the tourism. 25 participants representing municipalities, tertiary institutions, the Ministry of Tourism, and businesses departed on a training seminar in China. The visit is taking place with the support of China’s Ministry of Trade and is fully funded by the Chinese party.One of our priorities is to attract tourists from remote markets, China being key among such markets. I am convinced that your involvement in that seminar will help you acquire priceless experience and impressions about China and the local tourism market, stated Deputy Minister Kanchev.The China market is among the top 50 countries for inbound tourism to our country. In the first 4 months of this year Chinese tourists in our country were nearly 4 500, registering an over 3 per cent growth, compared to the same period of last year. In 2017 visits from that distant country were over 26 000, growing by 41.2% compared to a year before.One initiative of the Ministry of Tourism is to set up a Balkan Tourism Route for remote markets. The idea was put forward during a meeting of EU ministers responsible for tourism, involving 11 countries from the Balkan region.Deputy Minister Kanchev thanked the Chinese embassy for the attention and help in the arrangement of the seminar and stated his belief that our fruitful partnership will continue going forward.
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tourism.government.bg:6163:2018-06-23T17:30:00
Minister Angelkova presented the priorities and strategy in tourism before representatives of the Christian Democratic Union in the Stuttgart area
2018-06-22T18:29:00
Germany was a top market for international tourists in our country last summer, we are expecting a circa 5% growth in summer 2018The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, presented the priorities and strategy in tourism before representatives of the Christian Democratic Union in the Stuttgart region. The delegation was led by the Chair of the provincial CDU chapter, Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer, the participants also include a Union chair for the Stuttgart area, as well as former and current mayors.Germany was a top market for international tourists in our country last summer. During June-September 2017 over 700 000 German visitors came to our country. This summer we are expecting a circa 5% growth of German tourists, stated Minister Angelkova before the guests.During the first four months of this year travel of international tourists from Germany were over 18 000. Last year they exceeded 870 000, registering a 5.3% growth. Thus, our country ranks third in the top markets for inbound tourism to the country.The minister noted that Germany is a priority market for us and that we are working actively to develop it. We have fruitful cooperation with the large-scale tour operators, as well as a dedicated marketing campaign. She outlined to the guests Bulgaria’s ability to offer a rich tourism product, from sea and winter tourism, through cultural-historical and spa tourism, to golf and adventure tourism.Minister Angelkova also touched upon the share of Bulgarian tourism in the country’s GDP – circa 13%, noting that the sector is a top 5 industry. In 2017 revenues from international tourism travel to Bulgaria amounted to EUR 3.5 bill., registering a 9.3% growth compared to 2016. It is very important that our country is a secure destination, which gives us solid ground for sustainable development of the sector, the Minister noted further. One of the government’s priorities is to reduce the administrative burden; in pursuance of that policy the Ministry of Tourism introduced changes in the secondary legislation, thus considerably relieving the operation of businesses, explained Minister Angelkova. She clarified that amendments to the Tourism Act removed 19 types of documents, thus facilitating certification and the registration regimes.Jointly with 11 countries in the Balkan regions we are developing a tourism product to attract remote market tourists, Minister Angelkova informed further, explaining that through the Balkan Route project the region will promote its cultural-historical heritage. That initiative is one of the successes achieved during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, the Minister commented further.Responding to questions from the guests about the tourism strategy, Minister Angelkova said that there are plans to attract more guests to the country’s regions and interior. The institution’s purpose is to establish our country as a year-round destination. Both the Ministry and local governments have a number of activities conducive to the development of high-grade tourism product, Minister Angelkova said further. She cited as an example the multitude of sporting events on a global scale, which are hosted in our country, as well as the selection of Plovdiv as a European Capital of Culture next year. These help promote the opportunities for diverse tourism in Bulgaria, we have many initiatives to that end, added the minister.
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tourism.government.bg:6162:2018-06-22T18:29:00
Minister Angelkova at the season’s opening in Sunny Beach: We are expecting a successful summer and growth in tourists
2018-06-16T10:09:00
We are expecting very solid growth in tourists in summer’2018, which we couldn’t hope to achieve without active partnership with businesses. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the opening of the new season in Sunny Beach. She predicted a 5% growth of international visits this summer compared to the record-breaking 2017 and predicts growth from markets such as Germany, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, France, even USA, where a digital advertising campaign for our country took place last year for the first time ever.The Minister indicated that travel for summer vacation at the Black Sea coast is among the most preferred by tourists in our country. This makes sea tourism a fundamental and key product for the entire sector’s sustainable development. Over 70 per cent of all tourists come to Bulgaria for their summer vacation, she emphasized recalling that during the June-September period of 2017 visits of international tourists exceeded 5.3 mil. We also expect that Bulgarians traveling during that period will increase to 1.9 mil., compared to 1.6 mil. the year before.Minister Angelkova congratulated the local government and state enterprises’ administration for the efforts to develop our biggest resort complex as an even more hospitable and attractive one. More visitors are expected here as well this season. One of the indicators is the increased number of booked flights to Bourgas Airport. The current stats indicate 18% growth in flights, there are more booked flights from Germany, Poland, UK, Czech Republic, and Israel. Last summer, over 756 000 spent nights in accommodation, wits the overnight stays exceeding 5 mil. The growth in revenues from overnight stays is nearly 6%, almost reaching BGN 270 mil.Minister Angelkova wished successful operation to the businesses and promised assistance in the resolution of all issues relating to service quality and high-grade servicing. We are selling high-grade quality at affordable rates, becoming an increasingly preferred summer destination, despite facing huge competition in the region, she concluded. The opening ceremony was also attended by the CEO of Sunny Beach PLC, Zlatko Dimitrov, the MP’s Dimitar Boychev and Diana Savateva, the Deputy Governor of Bourgas region, Sevdalina Turmanova, etc.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is a crucial factor for the sustainable development of tourism in the Black Sea and Danube regions
2018-06-15T12:07:00
Bulgaria is an active participant in two very important multinational initiatives in the framework of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the Danube Strategy. As a coordinator of Priority Area 3, To Promote Culture, Tourism, and People-to-People Contacts, within the Danube Strategy, and of the Tourism Cooperation task group of OBSEC, the Ministry of Tourism is working towards intensification of regional cooperation and enhanced visibility of both regions, which was among the priorities of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council in 2018. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism at the opening of the second day of the conference on the role and significance of the Black Sea region and its link to the Danube Strategy. The forum is being held in the Albena resort, with the participation of Michael Hristides, Secretary-General of OBSEC, and many other officials.We are lucky to be among the few countries where the Black Sea and the Danube regions cross each other. Over 330 mil. live around the Black Sea and over 115 mil. in the Danube region. We are making consistent efforts to encourage understanding and partnership among them, including in tourism, emphasized the Minister.She recalled that yesterday a meeting was held in Varna of the ministers responsible for tourism in the OBSEC member-stated, a class A event in the agenda of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The participants expressed their preparedness to work towards creation of a common Black Sea tourism brand and development of intra-cruise tourism in the Black Sea. They signed a joint Varna declaration aiming to increase tourist flows between the destinations and turn sustainable tourism into one of the major drivers of social-economic development in the region.We will also be working together for the creation of a common product, bringing together wine, gourmet, cultural, spa & medical spa tourism, indicated Minister Angelkova, adding that Bulgaria has already initiated the setting up of a common Balkan Route, the first of its kind project of trans-border cooperation among the region’s countries. It would have a positive impact on the measures to attract more tourists from remote and promising markets to South-Eastern Europe, she predicted.Minister Angelkova pointed out that it would be difficult to implement all those initiatives without direct involvement of businesses. Since the very establishment of the Ministry as a standalone administration, communication with businesses is maintained permanently and openly as regards each key decision in the sector. Through the amendments to the Tourism Act and following the priorities of the government’s governance agenda, we reduced the administrative burden for businesses and citizens by removing 19 types of documents in the area of tourism, which up to now had to be submitted in hard cover. We are also working to enhance the quality of the tourism products marketed in order to attract higher end tourists. To support the businesses, we also created a Map of Tourism Investment Projects in Bulgaria jointly with the municipalities; it comprises over 30 promising locations that are important for tourism, announced Minister Angelkova. She cited the record-breaking stats in the sector in recent years as evidence that the path taken is the right one. Last year Bulgaria was visited by nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists, which is 7.6% more compared to 2016 – a record-breaking year for the entire history of tourism statistics in our country. The 2017 revenues from international tourism amount to nearly BGN 6.9 bill., which is also a record and amounts to over 9 per cent growth compared to 2016. Nearly 4.5 mil. of the tourists hail from member-states of OBSEC, a 6.5% growth compared to 2016. Nearly 3.5 mil. tourists from countries featured in the Danube Strategy visited Bulgaria in 2017, a 4.7% growth compared to 2016.  During the first 4 months of 2018 over 1 mil. of the tourists visiting the country hail from member-states of OBSEC and over 580 000 hail from countries featured in the Danube Strategy. Here too, we register an 11% growth compared to the first 4 months of 2017. Those results encourage us to work ever harder towards sustainable development of the tourism industry and to bring together the people from those regions, concluded Minister Angelkova. In 2016, the Ministry of Tourism took up coordination of OBSEC’s Tourism Cooperation task group. Yesterday’s Varna meeting essentially concluded Bulgaria term in office in that function. Our country will also be chair of the Danube Strategy until October 2018, with the holding of its annual forum due to take place in Sofia on October 18-19. The event’s main topic will be economic growth and territorial convergence via investment in tourism. On October 18 a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the Danube region will be held in Sofia, they will make a common statement on the significance of culture and tourism as a driver of economic growth and creation of jobs.
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Minister Angelkova in Varna: the Black Sea countries are creating a common tourism brand
2018-06-14T15:55:00
The market in the region has 333 mil. users and a total GDP of USD 2.8 trillionWe will work jointly to create a common Black Sea tourism brand of the intra-cruise tourism in the Black Sea. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Varna where a meeting was held of the ministers responsible for tourism in the member-states of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC). The event is in the highest, A class, which is included in the agenda of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.One of the initiatives on which we will be working is the creation of a common product bringing together wine, gourmet, cultural, spa & medical spa tourism, indicated Minister Angelkova. She announced that one result of the meeting is the signing of a Joint Varna Declaration of the Ministers Responsible for Tourism in the Member-States of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC), clarifying that the document provides the framework for joint activities going forward. Therein the OBSEC countries declare their intentions to work towards growth of tourist flows between the destinations and towards turning sustainable tourism into one of the major drivers of social-economic development in the region. The forum was attended by Michael Hristides, Secretary-General of OBSEC, Bratislav Djordjevic, executive manager of OBSEC, and Assaf Hadjiev, Secretary-General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, as well as representatives of OBSEC member-states.Guided by the understanding that the Black Sea countries must make full use of their common potential, the Bulgarian presidency is attempting to increase the region’s visibility, the Minister commented further, indicating that tourism is undoubtedly one of the key sectors for a region with a populace of over 333 mil. users and a total GDP of USD 2.8 trillion, which accounts for 14% of the entire European economy, as well as 4% of the global one. The area of the OBSEC countries is 423 000 sq. km. In recent years the region has asserted itself as a leading tourism destination visited by 115 mil. people in 2016. This equates to 19 % of all tourism visits in Europe, noted Minister Angelkova.During the meeting she also reported on the presidency of the Organization’s Tourism Cooperation task group. Bulgaria took up coordination of its activities in July 2016, with its term in office expiring this July. In the course of those two years the Ministry of Tourism held, jointly with the Permanent Secretariat of OBSEC, three meetings of the task group, indicated Minister Angelkova. We put the focus on the tools to achieve competitiveness of the tourism sector in the region via a common approach to its development, introduction of innovations, and consolidation of the image of Black Sea as a tourism brand for visitors from both the nearby European market and from remote destinations, such as China, South Korea, Japan, USA, etc.During Bulgaria’s term, OBSEC and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) also joined efforts in WTO’s Along the Silk Route program.The way to develop tourism in the region is to make use of our shared cultural and natural resources by relying on the development of common tourism products, initiatives, and specific projects involving businesses from the OBSEC member-states, commented the Minister, citing as an example the initiative to set up the so-called Balkan Tourism Route, which aims to promote the region’s cultural-historical heritage to remote markets. This initiative is also linked to another priority of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, namely the Balkans, with 11 countries taking part in its inception this May, noted the Bulgarian, adding that there was complete consensus among participants that improving regional connectivity, exchanging information and best practices, and implementing joint marketing campaigns are indispensable prerequisites to the successful creation of the common Balkans brand.Responding to post-meeting media questions, Minister Angelkova explained that the Ministry of Tourism’s proposal is to set forth the status of national resorts and key operations therein in an ordinance to the Tourism Act. We have proposed that the mayors and the local industries determine which is best for their development. We want to take the path of decentralization, while local governments are best aware of the specifics of national resorts in their territory.  Thus, various types of tourism will continue to be developed in Bulgaria the way the industry wants them to, noted Minister Angelkova, adding that it was the only way to achieve the desired balance. We have received strong support from the global tour operators, from tourism organizations, and from mayors, noted the Minister. I was notified by over 30 tourism organizations that the subject matter needs broad public discussion. National resorts are an image for our country, the voice of the ministry and of tourists has to be heard, and we have expressed their opinion. The decision will be made by the MP’s, summarized Minister Angelkova.
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The Ministry of Tourism receives an award as a government institution supporting the small and medium businesses
2018-06-08T10:30:00
The Ministry of Tourism was bestowed an award in the Government Institutions Supporting the Small and Medium Businesses category at the competition of the Association to Support Small and Medium Businesses  - United Business Clubs. The ceremony was held within the framework of the 2nd Balkan Conference on Small and Medium Businesses.It is a recognition for the work done by our entire team and for the active communication with the businesses that we have been engaging in since our establishment as a standalone institution. Small and medium companies are prevalent in tourism and good care for them is a prerequisite for sustainable development of the sector and high quality of the tourism product, commented Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, on account of the event.She recalled that the number of businesses involved in lodging and dining in our country stands at circa 27 000, while those employed in tourism and its associated economic operations stood at 335 500 in 2017, i.e., nearly 11% of everyone employed in Bulgaria.To many of those people tourism is not just a profession but a destiny and we are grateful for their dedication and initiative, emphasized Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova: Beds in the 4- and 5-star hotels in our country have increased by 24% during the 2014-2017 period
2018-06-07T12:41:00
The Minister opened the third international Hotel&Tourism Investment ForumAn ever growing number of tourists in Bulgaria are opting for accommodation facilities offering high-grade services. In 2017 those spending nights in 4- and 5-star facilities exceeded 3.7 mil., 32 per cent more compared to 2014. Such growth also took place in the overnight stays during that period, with the 2017 revenues from them exceeding BGN 919 mil. – a nearly 49% growth compared to 2014. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the opening of the third international Hotel&Tourism Investment Forum. She emphasized that it is especially important for the tourism administration to operate in direct communication with the industry organizations and the large-scale international tour operators, who are also among the leading investors in the sector – such as Hyatt, Marriot, Review Pro, Avvio, Choice Hotels, Louvre Hotels, IDeaS a SAS Company, STR, etc., who took part in the forum.Bulgaria is interesting not only for its nature and culture, but also for a place to do business, our legislation providing for a number of tax reliefs to such end and incentives for sizable investments, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She recalled the record-breaking results in the sector as evidence of sustainability. In 2017 Bulgaria was visited by nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists, which is a lot more than its own populace and an over 7% growth compared to the hitherto record-breaking 2016. We registered a very good start in 2018 and are expecting an at least 5% growth in tourists compared to the previous year’s records, she said further.Minister Angelkova announced that beds in 4- and 5-star accommodation facilities have increased during the 2014-2017 from almost 121 000 to some 150 000, a 24% growth. Deluxe hotels were 369 in 2014 and in 2017 their number already stood at 418. These are venues and beds, which run out fastest during bookings, while summer 2019 is already getting booked now. As a share in the total number, the 4- and 5-star hotels take up some 43 per cent of the beds in facilities with 10+ beds in our country, the trend being a sustainably upwards one, the minister added.Nikolina Angelkova provided specific examples of how Bulgaria is becoming an increasingly recognizable destination. During the meeting of the G20 ministers responsible for tourism in Argentina’s capital I had the honour of holding numerous conversations, where we discussed many options to promote investment. I welcome the interest of chains such as Marriot, Hyatt, etc. to invest in the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, she stated, reminding of the government’s policy to reduce the administrative burden.Amendments to the Tourism Act have removed 19 types of documents in the area of tourism, which up to now had to be submitted in hard cover. A unit was established at the Ministry of Tourism, which focuses on the measures intended to attract more investment, together with the Ministry of the Economy and its agencies.To facilitate entrepreneurial interest in tourism our ministry created, in partnership with municipalities, a Map of Tourism Investment Projects in Bulgaria. It comprises over 30 locations that we are presenting to international investors, at international expositions and tourism forums, clarified Minister Angelkova. The map is an open initiative and interest in it is significant. The Ministry is already preparing part two, with updates and more specifics regarding the investment intentions aimed at attracting entrepreneurs.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria is in the top 5 of preferred destinations for Russian tourists
2018-05-31T13:38:00
We are preparing the announcement of 2019 as the year of tourism of Russia in Bulgaria and of Bulgaria in RussiaBulgaria is in the top 5 of the destinations preferred by Russian tourists with a significant growth potential for the number of visitors from the Russian Federation in our country. There were very important steps, which were supported on a top political level by the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the President Vladimir Putin in the context of the current geopolitical situation and competition from countries like Turkey and Egypt. This was stated before media in Moscow by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, following discussions during the visit of the Bulgarian government delegation headed by the Bulgarian prime minister. It was again pointed out during the meetings that our country offers a very high-grade tourism product, especially as regards family and child tourism. We are holding on to the top stop as regards demand in these aspect, according to the evaluation of National Geographic Traveler, she added.Minister Angelkova also met the Russian Federation’s Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinskii, whose institute also covers the tourism sector. She also spoke to the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (FAT) – Oleg Safonov. We have wonderful relations with Mr. Safonov and again confirmed the good mutual cooperation in the development of various type of tourism. Apart from the key seaside vacations, visitors from the Russian Federation also display great interest in the pilgrimage-, cultural-historical, spa and medical spa, festival-, and other specialized services. We should also not leave out the child camps, which have long-standing traditions in our relations, emphasized Minister Angelkova.She recalled that the recent years, 2016 in particular, were record-breaking in terms of visits of Russian tourists to Bulgaria. Back then there was growth of circa 20 percent, last year we maintained that sustainability. We are hopeful to solidify these results in 2018 and welcome some 550 000 Russian tourists, she said further.We undertook to arrange joint initiatives in both Bulgaria and Russia of the two ministries and FAT, but the most important thing is we received the exceptional support of both Prime Minister Borisov and President Putin in how important it is to develop tourism, commented Minister Angelkova. They supported our proposal to announce 2019 as the year of tourism of Russia in Bulgaria and of Bulgaria in Russia; based on this we are planning to sign a special agenda until the year’s end. It is the first time that this is happening in the relations between the two country and I am convinced that this will further stimulate the sector. We already have a confirmation of a visit of Oleg Safonov to Bulgaria this fall, during the International Congress of World Civilizations and Ancient Routes that we are now organizing, then we will formally announce the decision made, it was made clear by the Minister.Nikolina Angelkova further explained that it was pointed out during the meetings between the Prime Minister Borisov and President Putting what an important and safe destination Bulgaria is for Russian tourists. I am very thankful to both for their support because this will play a part in further promoting the flow of tourists. I advised our hosts that we are starting a special communication campaign as of June 1 for the Russian market on all media channels. We received a lot of positive feedback and support for our work with the Federation’s regions. We are focusing actively our bilateral relations with them because there is marked interest in Bulgaria not just from the bigger cities, the Bulgarian minister added.
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Minister Angelkova discussed tourism partnership with leaders of Vladimir Oblast
2018-05-25T14:29:00
Bulgaria is increasingly cooperating with Russian regions to attract growing numbers of tourists from the Federation. We are prepared to expand that partnership with the institutions and businesses from Vladimir Oblast. Thus stated the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Alexei Konoshov, First Deputy Governor of the Oblast. The conversation took place during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), with the participation of Rinat Chegaev - Deputy Governor, Andrey Shohin – administration manager, and Elena Pereskokova – chair of the Tourism Committee.Minister Angelkova recollected that Russian Federation tourists remain among the most numerous visitors of Bulgaria and that their interest in our country as a destination remains high. She emphasized that Bulgaria offers very good conditions for organized children’s camps and is known for its cultural-historical tourism. To promote that potential even more actively, we are starting a communication campaign on the Russia market at the beginning of this summer, she announced, adding that the ministry is ready to sign a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Oblast, as it did with another Russian administrative unit, the Altay Kray.Future activities envisage more showcasing of Bulgaria’s tourism capabilities, a photo exhibition entitled Bulgarian Customs and Traditions, industry level forums, short itineraries for the underage, under the initiative entitled „По болгарским дорогам памяти“ (On the Bulgarian Memory Paths) about the 140th anniversary of our country’s Liberation, etc. Another thing of interest is the foreign languages program during the organized vacation of Russian children and youths in our country.There is also perspective in the contacts between secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Bulgaria and Vladimir Oblast, which train future tourism staff, explained Minister Angelkova. Young Russians are increasingly interested in vacationing in our country, preferring seaside and mountain vacations, city tours, etc. Another focus of the bilateral partnership will be contacts in regional tourism – restoration of cultural ties, exchange of delegations, joint festivals, competitions, celebrations, etc.
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The head of Russian tourism, Oleg Safonov, during a Minister Angelkova in Saint Petersburg: Interest of Russian tourists in Bulgaria is keeping its levels
2018-05-25T14:07:00
Our country is preferred among our nationals, our relations have been and continue to be wonderful, said the Chair of Russia’s Federal Tourism AgencyThe interest of Russian tourists in Bulgaria is staying at levels similar to those of recent years. This was stated by Oleg Safonov, Chair of Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency, during a meeting with Minister Nikolina Angelkova in Saint Petersburg. The two conversed during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which was held during May 24 - 26.Bulgaria is sought as a very good price performance and as a secure destination, said Safonov, adding that the allegations about an expected reduction of the number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria are not realistic.He stated his gratitude to Prime Minister Borisov and to Minister Angelkova for the good conduct of summer 2017. The leader of Russian tourism cited as an example the swift and adequate reaction of Bulgaria’s government in resolving a problem with Russian children at a Black Sea camp. At that time, the vacation of the group of children in Obzor could have been foiled due to the sudden death of a camp owner but after the Bulgarian authorities intervened the vacation was not only not interrupted and was concluded successfully, but even the next batch of vacationers was accepted. Safonov emphasized that close cooperation with the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism continues.Minister Angelkova also confirmed that she is not expecting a reduction of the number of Russian tourists. Safonov confirmed that Bulgaria is a preferred destination for Russian nationals. They were both unanimous that more active work is required to advertise Bulgaria in Russia. As of June first we are starting a new communication campaign in the Federation, added Nikolina Angelkova. The Russian Federation remains one of the most important tourism-generating markets for Bulgaria, with stats from businesses indicated that interest in our country remains sustainable, it was made clear by her words. Last year Russia ranked 5th in terms of numbers of tourists visiting Bulgaria – 557 915, with over 450 000 Russian nationals now having a second home in our country. During the May holidays Bulgaria was in the top 5 of the destinations chosen by Russian tourists. Our country is established as one of the most demanded locations for family vacations. In 2016 Bulgaria received the award of National Geographic Traveller as the best family vacation destination for Russian tourists, and the country is maintaining those levels of attention, it was made clear by the minister’s words. Bulgaria is among the 10 destinations (including Russia), which are the most demanded for summer vacations by Russian tourists, according to April 2018 stats.Minister Angelkova thanked Mr. Safonov for accepting the invitation to participate in the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in November 2018 in Sofia. She invited him to also attend the meeting of the Cooperation in Tourism task group of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC) on June 13, 2018 in Bulgaria.
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The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in a Tourism & Exports discussion, a part of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
2018-05-24T17:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in a Tourism & Exports discussion, a part of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Official guests of the event included, among others, Oleg Safonov, head of the Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturism), Petar Ivanov, Director General of the Federal Passenger Company; Ruslan Novikov, Director General of the Argumenti & Fakti company.Russia is key to Bulgaria in terms of tourism, so it is crucial for us to have not just partnership relations, but ones of close friends, in order to support bilateral development of the sector, indicated Minister Angelkova. The Russia market is among the key tourism-generating ones countries for our country. During the first three months of this year visits of Russian tourists to our country exceeded 27 000. Last year they were almost 558 000, with Russia ranking 5th in terms of tourism visits in Bulgaria.The minister added that a consistent policy is implemented to attract ever more Russian tourists, we are elaborating tailor-made products aligned to their demand. We are also working under a specific marketing campaign to promote the Bulgaria destination in Russia, she indicated further. There is also an active hotline at the Ministry of Tourism, where Russian guests in our country may obtain information or file a signal. All these efforts prove the significance of this market and I can assure you that we will keep working as intensively going forward, so that Bulgaria may become a magnetic destination for ever more trips of Russian nationals, stated Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova and Anatolii Artamonov, governor of Kaluga oblast, discussed the opportunities for cooperation in tourism
2018-05-24T16:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, and Anatolii Artamonov, governor of Kaluga Oblast, discussed the opportunities for cooperation in tourism. The two conversed during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.They commented on the opportunity to have visits of Bulgarian representatives of tourism businesses in Kaluga Oblast, sharing the opinion that this would support bilateral development of the sector. Other topics of discussion included the opportunities to present Bulgaria in the Kaluga Oblast, present the Oblast during exhibitions in Bulgaria, and intensify contacts between Oblast and Bulgarian tourism businesses.Minister Angelkova indicated that the Russia market is among the key tourism-generating ones for our country, ranking 5th last year in terms of international visits to Bulgaria. It is crucial for us to build on the good partnership and keep offering an ever improving and upgrading product to Russian tourists, stated the minister.Anatolii Artamonov said that he would support and assist the implementation of each initiative, which can help increase the two-way tourist flow, as well as to enhance the recognition of the Bulgaria destination in Kaluga Oblast. He also added that he is prepared to visit the country and get to know first-hand the tourism opportunities. 
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Minister Angelkova took part in the opening of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
2018-05-24T14:34:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the opening of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. The event was held during May 24-26 in Saint Petersburg. The minister attended at the personal invitation of the hitherto deputy prime minister and chair of the forum’s organizational committee, Sergey Prihodko. The forum was opened by the Saint Petersburg governor, Georgii Poltavchenko.The event has been held annually since 1997, having been under the aegis of the Russian Federation’s president since 2005. It involves over 10 000 participants from over 120 countries each year. The main forum audience are established Russian and international companies and business representatives, heads of state, prime ministers, ministers, and political leaders.The international event’s major objective is to be in support of businesses and help overcome the geographic and information barriers between Russia and the rest of the world. Key issues for the entrepreneurs are discussed and tailored decisions are sought.
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Minister Angelkova to WTTC: Over the last two years, tourism in Bulgaria has reported an over 25% growth
2018-04-20T19:01:00
Each tourism development project involved the locals, the municipalities, and the industryOver the last two years, tourism in Bulgaria has reported an over 25% growth. There were nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists in our country in 2017, 5.3 mil. of whom chose to visit the Black Sea coast. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, before the delegates of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). She took part as a panellist in a panel dedicated to the topic of the major role of local communities in the development of tourism. The minister stated further that work is presently going on to separate the country into nine distinct tourism areas. The Black Sea coast, for example, will be divided into two areas – Northern and Southern one. All local establishments will be involved in the creation process – municipalities, local organizations, and businesses, explained Minister Angelkova. We offer quality – not just a single tourism project, but an experience. Which goes hand in hand with the warmth and hospitality of the locals.The minister commented that travel helps people to communicate and getting to know each other. Tourism also has an educational component, due to which understanding among nations is being fostered, she added further.In most countries there are more tourists in the large settlements, while there aren’t as many in the smaller, countryside settlements. The same is also true for Bulgaria. Therefore, the ministry’s goal is to focus on attracting tourists countrywide. So, we have focused on our cultural-historical heritage. Bulgaria ranks third in Europe in terms of artefacts discovered. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism elaborated 8 thematic routes comprising over 150 culture sites in more than 70 locations in Bulgaria, stated the minister, explaining that the cultural-historical destinations are accessible on the Ministry ‘s website. The creation and promotion of those destinations plays a major role in developing the local attractions, since owing to them some of the sites along the routes report a 90% growth in visits, Minister Angelkova indicated further. She highlighted that promotion of the destinations offers an opportunity for local communities to ensure employment in those areas and create social-economic stability. It is an important step towards increasing the competitiveness of the entire sector and the sustainable development of tourism, the minister added further.
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Minister Angelkova conversed in Buenos Aires with the president of Emirates Airline, Gary Chapman
2018-04-20T14:07:00
Tourism can contribute to the global economy’s growth because it is a leading sustainability factor. Traditionally, it has been one of the top drivers of welfare and prosperity, developing at accelerated rates in recent years. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with the president of Emirates Airline, Gary Chapman. The two conversed in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council.The minister emphasized that Bulgaria is reporting a nearly 17% growth in international tourists during the December 2017 - January 2018 period. She pointed out that the growth in revenues from international tourism during the December 2017 - January 2018 period was over 11 percent. This, revenues during a large part of the winter season reach nearly BGN 796 mil.It was made during the meeting that the Emirates company may schedule flights between Dubai and Bulgaria in its new flights program. Minister Angelkova explained that the Fly Dubai company is already active on the Bulgarian market, while Mr. Chapman commented that his company is cooperating closely with Fly Dubai. In his opinion, there is room to increase the flights to the United Arab Emirates via Fly Dubai and other airlines. Nikolina Angelkova emphasized that the Ministry of Tourism is working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies, and Communications, as good transport links and aviation in particular are crucial to the development of tourism and to attracting visitors from near and remote markets.Minister Angelkova introduced to her interlocutor the Ministry of Tourism’s initiatives to develop high-grade tourism product to establish Bulgaria as a four-season destination.
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Minister Angelkova to her Mexican counterpart Enrique de la Madrid Cordero: Exchange of experience in summer tourism will be very beneficial for us
2018-04-20T13:49:00
Exchange of experience in summer tourism between the two countries will be very beneficial for us, considering Mexico’s huge experience in this area. This was indicated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, to Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Mexico’s Tourism Minister. They met during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which is held in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.The minister presented to her interlocutor the Bulgarian potential for tourism development, mentioning that summer tourism is the major type, accounting for some 60-65 per cent out of the overall international tourist flow. According to her, our country was visited last year by nearly 8.9 mil. international guests, whose number may grow to 10 mil. this year, according to projections. Minister Angelkova explained some 62% of tourists arrive from our neighbouring countries, such as Serbia, Greece, Romania.Minister Angelkova invited her counterpart Enrique de la Madrid Cordero to attend the summit meeting during the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The forum is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization, with CNN’s anchor, Richard Quest, having been invited to moderate the forum.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-her-mexican-counterpart-enrique-de-la-madrid-cordero-exchange
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Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a work meeting with Michael Frenzel, Honorary Chair of the Global Tourism & Economy Forum
2018-04-19T19:21:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Michael Frenzel, Honorary Chair of the Global Tourism & Economy Forum (GТEF). They conversed during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which is held in Buenos Aires. The two discussed the opportunities for joint initiatives in tourism to expand travel from China to Bulgaria.Minister Angelkova presented to Michael Frenzel the projects that the country is working on, one of them being the preparation of the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The forum is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and UN’s World Tourism Organization. The Bulgarian government and the Ministry of Tourism are consistently implementing a policy to establish the country as a four-season destination, stated the minister, explaining further that hard work is going on to achieve sustainable, year-on-year growth in tourism.China is among the major markets for Europe, especially in the tourism sector. This year, the Old Continent’s focus is on the 2018 – EU-China Tourism Year initiative. Over 12.4 mil. tourism visits from China were reported in the European countries in 2017, a 17% growth compared to 2016. Over 180 mil. Chinese are traveling the worlds.Development of joint products and routes with Greece, Serbia, and Croatia was also discussed during the meeting, with the intention of attracting tourists from remote markets, such as China. Ways to encourage Chinese investments in Bulgaria were also discussed, which in turn be a premise for attracting even more tourists.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-nikolina-angelkova-held-work-meeting-michael-frenzel-honorary-chair-global
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Minister Angelkova to Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airport: This summer we are expecting significant growth of international tourists
2018-04-19T16:09:00
This year we are expecting significant growth from all our top generating markets, it is an indicative fact that at the airports of Varna and Bourgas alone, the flights scheduled for the 2018 summer season are nearly 22 more than the flights carried out during summer 2017. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airport. The two conversed during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which is held in Buenos Aires.The minister reported that revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria from January to August 2017 alone stood at nearly BGN 5.2 bil., a nearly 10% growth compared to the same period of last year. Angelkova stated that the proceeds from the summer months of June to August exceeded BGN 3.7 bil. which is 8 per cent more compared to the same period of last year.The Bulgarian minister said that the Ministry of Tourism is working with the large tour operators and that our country is present on the map of major international forums and exhibitions.The opportunities for promoting Bulgaria as a tourism destination were also discussed during the meeting.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-paul-griffith-ceo-dubai-airport-summer-we-are-expecting
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Minister Angelkova met Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook Group, in Argentina
2018-04-19T15:08:00
„Partnership with large tour operators, such as Thomas Cook, is very important to us and I am happy that it has been yielding such good results over a limited time“. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook Group. The two conversed in Buenos Aires, during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council. The minister emphasized that during this season Bulgaria is establishing itself as one of the most preferred destinations in the region, with significant growth being reported in a number of markets, Germany being among the more considerable ones. It was made clear during the meetings that there is a 10% growth in the tourists choosing our country for their vacation via Thomas Cook.Peter Fankhauser emphasized that it is very important to keep up the work in Bulgaria to ensure the tourism product’s quality. The two discussed the investment opportunities at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, as well as the development of combined types of tourism – medical spa with summer tourism or marine tourism with cultural-historical tourism, which will expand the summer season’s duration.The Bulgarian minister emphasized that 2017 was a record-breaking year for the entire history of the sector in our country and that she is hopeful that the growth in the number of tourists and in revenues would still be exceeded this year.Minister Angelkova emphasized that her institution’s marketing activities were yielding increasingly better results. Last year, revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria stood at nearly 6.9 bil., a 9.3 per cent growth compared to the hitherto record-breaking year 2016The Russian market is exceptionally important for incoming tourism to Bulgaria, indicated Angelkova, announcing that in 2017 Russia ranked 5th in terms of tourism visits in our country, with some 558 000 visits.Remote and new markets are also important to us because Bulgaria is still not very popular there as a 4-season route, said Minister Angelkova. She cited China as an example, as it generated over 26 000 tourism travels to Bulgaria in 2017, an over 41 per cent increase, compared to 2016. The potential, nonetheless, is much bigger, therefore we are prepared, together with other countries in the region, to offer joint tourism routes.
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Minister Angelkova to the President and CEO of Marriott Group: Bulgaria is increasingly asserting its image as a country of high-grade tourism
2018-04-19T14:49:00
The chain sees significant development potential in the country, assured Arne SorensonBulgaria is increasingly asserting its image as a country of high-grade tourism. It is not by chance that 4-star and especially 5-star hotels are the first ones to sell out, currently, the high-category hotels are almost full for summer 2018. Thus commented the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with the President and CEO of Marriott Group, Arne Sorenson. The meeting took place during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. The minister emphasized that 72% of the international tourists prefer 4- or 5-star hotels, adding that this is causing investment interest in our country.Minister Angelkova pointed out that promotion of domestic tourism is a Ministry priority, with the capacities for spa and medical spa tourism being upgraded for that purpose. The Ministry of Tourism elaborated 7 spa and medical spa destinations covering the entire country. The minister explained that the season fringes are expected to expand as a result of the initiative. Our country ranks 2nd in Europe in terms of mineral springs, whose number exceeds 600, emphasized Minister Angelkova, noting that the Ministry of Tourism continues its hard work to reduce the administrative burden in the sector.It is very important for me that the world’s biggest hotel chain - Маrrіоtt Іntеrnаtіоnаl, which started building a facility in Sofia, is planning to work on more projects in our country, indicated the minister. Mr. Arne Sorenson stated in turn that the Marriott hotel chains see a significant potential for their development in Bulgaria.Opportunities for investments in top winter resorts were also discussed during the meeting.
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Minister Angelkova to Cathy Fallon: Bulgaria is an excellent place to invest in tourism
2018-04-18T20:23:00
Bulgaria has a huge potential to develop various types of mass and niche tourism, offering excellent conditions to invest in the sector. This is evidenced by the 25%+ growth of international tourists reported over the last two years. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Cathy Fallon, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at Hilton. The meeting took place in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).The Bulgarian government upgraded tourism to a national priority, placing significant focus on the development of tourism infrastructure, she emphasized. Our country is becoming an increasingly attractive tourism investment location due to the country’s financial stability and legislation, which is supportive of large-scale investors. Bulgaria’s advantages also include a 10% corporate tax rate and a 10% income tax, political stability, GDP growth of 3.4% in 2016 (fifth highest in EU) and the second lowest government debt-to-GDP proportion within the Union. A trend of growing demand for high-category hotels is registered in the country, indicating a growing number of high-end tourists. 90 per cent of the 4- and 5-star hotels have already been booked for summer 2018.We are expecting Hilton to expand its investments in Bulgaria, which would have a beneficial effect on the overall development of tourism in our country, indicated Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova converses with Kazuo Yana, Deputy Minister of Land Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan
2018-04-18T19:41:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Kazuo Yana, Deputy Minister of Land Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan. The two conversed during the summit meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in Buenos Aires.Japan is in the top 50 generating markets for Bulgarian tourism, stated Minister Angelkova, explaining that this is due, among others, to the opening of Bulgaria’s tourism information centre in Tokyo. It was implemented by virtue of an agreement signed between the Ministry of Tourism and Japan South-Eastern Europe Business Association (JSEEBA). Last year the Japanese tourists in our country were nearly 14 000, growing by 6.7 per cent. The stats for the first two months of 2018 indicate that Japanese visitors have increased by over 70%.It is an important priority for us to transform Bulgaria into a year-round tourism destination, as well as attract tourists from remote markets, which is why we set up 8 cultural-historical destinations and are in the process of completing 12 wine-gourmet and 8 spa and medical spa destinations, stated Minister Angelkova, clarifying that our country is also working actively on the creation of the so-called Balkan Route proposed during the summit meeting of the EU member-states’ Ministers of Tourism, which was entitled Tourism and Economic Growth and was organized during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. Joint routes with countries such as Serbia, Greece, and Croatia aim to attract tourists from remote target markets, such as China, Japan, and some Latin American countries.The minister also informed her interlocutor about our country’s investment potential due to the favourable conditions and the tax policy.Kazuo Yana stated that the interest of Japanese tourists in Bulgaria has expanded considerably. The two agreed to sign a tourism cooperation agreement during the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. The event will be held in mid-November in Sofia and is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and UN’s World Tourism Organization.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-converses-kazuo-yana-deputy-minister-land-infrastructure
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Minister Angelkova to the CEO of TUI Group: We are establishing Bulgaria as a year-round destination, Germany is one of our top 3 tourism generating markets
2018-04-18T14:21:00
We are working towards establishing Bulgaria as a year-round destination, relying on digital marketing and internet communications. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Friedrich Joussen, CEO of TUI Group. The two conversed during the G20 tourism ministers’ meeting in Buenos Aires. A crucial priority is to expand the fringes of the high season, we therefore set up 8 cultural-historical destinations and are in the process of completing 12 wine-gourmet and 8 spa and medical spa destinations, thus aiming to attract more visitors beyond the active travel months, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She announced that Germany is one of our top 3 tourism generating markets for Bulgaria. In 2017 German tourists in our country exceeded 870 000, their number growing by 5.3 per cent compared to 2016. The stats for the last winter seasons are very good as well. During the December 2017–February 2018 period the visits of German tourists in our country were 41 804, with the growth being 7% compared to December 2016–February 2017, added Minister Angelkova.“Bulgaria is a constantly expanding tourism destination”, emphasized Friedrich Joussen. The CEO of TUI Group assured that the company will continue to work jointly with the Ministry of Tourism in promoting Bulgaria as a vacation destination to its customers worldwide.The two also discussed the opportunities to arrange a joint workshop in Bulgaria, with topics relating to upgrading the tourism product’s quality and the opportunities for joint projects with the TUI group to be potentially discussed during such an event.
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Minister Angelkova converses with Wei Hongtao, Deputy Chair of China’s National Tourism Administration
2018-04-17T19:41:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, conversed with Wei Hongtao, Deputy Chair of the National Tourism Administration and member of the ruling party of People’s Republic of China. The two discussed the cooperation opportunities during the meeting of the G20 line ministers for tourism, which is held in Buenos Aires. China is among the top 50 markets for tourism generating for Bulgaria, announced Minister Angelkova, adding that the country ranked 32nd during this year’s first two months. Last year over 26 000 Chinese visited our country, registering an over 41 per cent growth, the minister said further.This year one of the major highlights is the 2018 – EU-China Tourism Year initiative, with the Chinese market’s potential being so huge, Minister Angelkova. According to 2017 stats, European countries reported over 12.4 mil. tourism visits of Chinese nationals, the growth being 18%, compared to 2016. Visits of Chinese tourists are expected to keep growing in the coming years, commented the minister, informing her interlocutor that a general meeting is planned for next month to discuss the so-called Balkan Route, whose establishment was proposed following the summit level meeting in Sofia of the line ministers of tourism of the EU member states, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that the event was of the highest A class in the agenda of Bulgaria’s EU Council presidency, which the country took over for the first time since its accession in 2007.Mr. Wei Hongtao congratulated Minister Angelkova on the goal-oriented policy to attract more Chinese visitors to the country and Europe, adding that a better way to promote the country is exactly through tourism products, which are tailor made for China.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with her Indian counterpart in Argentina
2018-04-17T19:02:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Alphons Kanaanthanam, India’s Minister of Electronics, IT, Culture, and Tourism, during the summit meeting of the G20 line ministers, which is held in Buenos Aires.The two discussed the tourism cooperation opportunities between the two countries and shared the idea that development of digital technologies and modern-era marketing are hugely important for tourism.India is among the top 50 tourism markets for Bulgaria, with nearly 22% more Indian tourists have come to our country last year, compared to 2016. Indian guests take interest in cultural-historical and festival tourism, medical spa and spa programs, city tours, event tourism and other types of tourism. The opportunities, though, are even bigger because remote markets are among the prospective priorities in the ministry’s marketing policy, explained Minister Angelkova.She also noted our country’s record-breaking performance in tourism over the last two years, highlighting Bulgaria’s potential to attract growing investments in the sector as a four-season destination. Our country’s advantages include one of the lowest corporate tax rates, which encourages entrepreneurs to make business in our country. For the purpose we set up a map of investment projects in tourism, which we are now building on with a second stage and new proposals, said the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism.
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Minister Angelkova took part in a meeting of the G20 ministers responsible for tourism in Buenos Aires
2018-04-17T18:10:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the 8th meeting of the G20 ministers responsible for tourism in Argentina’s capital. The high-level guests of the forum include, inter alia, HRH Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, a prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and India’s Minister of Tourism, Alphons Kanaanthanam. The major speakers are Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO), Daniel Reymondi, Argentina’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, line ministers from all over the world, and delegates. One of the major forum topics is The Leading Role of Tourism in Sustainable Development: an Employment Driver“.Bulgaria supports UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and works in promotion of its ideas both in country and internationally, said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the G20 ministerial meeting. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism created a concept for tourism zoning, thus enabling a more successful development of local communities, which is a sustainability fundament, said the Bulgarian minister, adding that the institution has also elaborated a strategy for sustainable development of tourism until 2030. She stated her certitude that the fact of Bulgaria taking over the EU Council presidency for the first time since its accession in 2007 will also contribute to tourism development in the region.
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Minister Angelkova conversed with the Saudi Arabia prince during the summit G20 tourism ministers meeting in Buenos Aires
2018-04-17T16:57:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met His Royal Highness, Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, a prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The two conversed during the G20 tourism ministers meeting, which is held in Buenos Aires. A highlight of their conversation were the opportunities to build on the exceptionally good cooperation in tourism between the two countries.Minister Angelkova focused on the country’s capability to develop various types of tourism - spa, cultural-historical, health, and marine. She noted that some of Bulgaria’s advantages as a destination include political and financial stability, and the legislation, which is supportive of large-scale investors. Minister Angelkova recollected that in recent years our country has registered sustainable growth in the sector. There were nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists in our country in 2017, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016. Revenues from the visits of international tourists were nearly BGN 6.9 bil., an over 9 per cent growth. During the first two months of this year the visits of international tourists were nearly 11% more compared to the January–February 2017 period.We are promoting Bulgaria as an attractive tourism destination, assured prince Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud.Bulgaria welcomes the interest of investors, including Saudi Arabian ones, in the development of 5-star hotels due to the rising interest of an increasing number of high-end tourists, Minister Angelkova said further. The preparedness of both countries to support various initiatives in promotion of the cultural and historical landmarks in their territory, as well as exchange experience in marketing and tourism, was reiterated during the conversation.
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Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos
2018-04-16T18:45:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos. The two conversed during the G20 tourism ministers meeting, which is held in Buenos Aires.Minister Angelkova invited Gustavo Santos to participate in the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, which will be held in mid-November in Sofia. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Tourism Organization. CNN’s anchor, Richard Quest, has been invited to moderate the event.Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism is working actively on the creation of the so-called Balkan Route proposed during the summit meeting of the EU member-states’ Ministers of Tourism, which was entitled Tourism and Economic Growth and was organized during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, said Minister Angelkova. Joint routes with countries such as Serbia, Greece, and Croatia aim to attract tourists from remote target markets, such as China, Japan, and some Latin American countries, such as Argentina.Minister Angelkova and и Minister Santos discussed the opportunity of presenting a Bulgarian tourism product before leading tour operators in Argentina.
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Strong interest in Bulgaria as a partner country at the AITF international exhibition in Baku
2018-04-10T12:36:00
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev visited the info booth of our countryBulgaria presented itself as a year-round tourist destination with increased interest by professionals and guests during the AITF international tourism fair in Baku, which took place last week for the 17th time.This year Bulgaria was a partner country on the Azerbaijan international exchange. AITF is the leading international tourism fair in the Caucasus region. Bulgaria has demonstrated its cultural, historic, spa, wine, gourmet, summer and winter tourism opportunities with an info booth of 63 sq.m, organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The info booth was honored with an award at the show.At the opening of the AITF Deputy Minister of Tourism Irena Georgieva congratulated the participants on behalf of Minister Nikolina Angelkova and noted that our country has many opportunities for mass and specialized tourism of high quality.The opening of the forum was also attended by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization at the United Nations. The official guests of the ceremony were Bulgarian Members of Parliament - members of the Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.Personally, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Vice President Mehriban Alieva visited the info booth of Bulgaria. They spoke with the Bulgarian representatives and welcomed efforts to promote bilateral relations in the field of tourism between the state institutions and the business. Mr. Aliyev stressed that the two countries have friendly relations and noted that it is extremely important that they develop in the future. He noted the results of the visit of the Bulgarian governmental delegation headed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in January this year. The President of Azerbaijan paid special attention to this year's direct airline Baku-Sofia and its role for developing bilateral relations and increasing tourists between the two countries.
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Minister Angelkova: Priority is given to cultural and historical, wine-culinary and SPA tourism, so more visitors will be attracted to the interior of the country
2018-04-05T17:52:00
We envisage to waive 19 types of documents related to the services that the Ministry of Tourism provides to the business. They will be supplied through official channels aimed at easing the work of the branch. These measures are in line with the government priorities to reduce administrative burdens. We are also preparing a change in the regulation on the categorization and re-categorization of the accommodation places, with which we will disburden the industry from unnecessary requirements. At the same time, we are looking for a way together with the business to identify mechanisms for motivating the tourism staff. This was announced by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova at a discussion entitled "Prospects for the Development of Cultural and Historical Tourism in the Kardzhali and Eastern Rhodopes Region". She explained that the waiving of the 19 types of documents will be made with amendments to the Tourism Act, which are to be discussed at second reading. By changing the categorization regulation, the 4- and 5-star hotels will be relieved from requirements that do not affect the quality of the service. We adhere to the international requirements for accommodation places, but we will keep on the quality of the product, definitely stated Minister Angelkova.We plan together with the Ministry of Education and Science since 2019 to create a training and retraining center for tourism staff to the Ministry of Tourism which will be fully focused on the practice. It is foreseen to invite internationally recognized lectures in the sector, the Minister also specified. The center will be able to train staff regardless of their age as long as they meet the terms for graduation.The Ministry of Tourism has created 8 cultural-historical destinations. Online maps and brochures were created in 6 languages for them. As a result, a 90% increase in the number of tourists was registered to the sites included in the destinations, said Minister Angelkova. She pointed out that the cultural-historical, wine-culinary and spa tourism play an important role in expanding the wings of the season and attracting more visitors to the interior of the country. These are top priorities in the work and policy of the ministry.In 2017, the total overnights spent in categorized accommodation sites with 10 or more beds across the country were more than 26 million, an increase of 3.4% compared to a year earlier. The district of Kardzhali has also enjoyed a successful year in the sector. Over the last year, over 76,000 overnight stays in the categorized accommodation places with at least 10 beds were realized and their revenues amounted to nearly BGN 2,7 million, which is a 3.2% increase compared to 2016, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that the cultural and historical tourism in the region is the main contributor to this interest.According to latest data provided by the Regional Museum of History in Kardzhali, a 48% increase was registered in visitors to the Perperikon Archaeological Complex. In 2016, they were 43,651 while in 2017 they reached 64,586. The Minister congratulated the local community for actively promoting this heritage. The discussion was also attended by the district governor of Kardzhali - Nikola Chanev, the chairman of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association - Atanas Dimitrov, Dr.Fahri Idris - Chairman of the AT Perperikon Management Board and representatives of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists - Kardzhali.The interest in Perperikon is not only for Bulgarians, but also for guests from France, Japan and Russia. The sacred site also gathers foreign archaeologists from Spain, Israel, the United States, Germany, and Greece.The region was also involved in the new initiative for the establishment of 12 wine-culinary destinations, developed by the Ministry together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Kardzhali participates in the Rhodopes destination together with Haskovo and Ivaylovgrad. The project, which is currently being discussed in a series of roundtables in the country, together with the business and the local authority, includes traditional wine and typical local food, specified Minister Angelkova.Before the community in Kardzhali, Minister Angelkova announced that a second stage of the investment map will be launched, which the ministry has developed based on the proposals from the municipalities. After the realization of its first stage, 32 sites were included. The investment card was presented by the Ministry of Tourism and representatives of the Qatar Investment Fund.
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Minister Angelkova and the Chair of the Bulgarian Red Cross discussed texts for amendments to the Water Rescue Ordinance
2018-04-02T19:19:00
It is proposed that the rescue posts are within 150 meters of each other on the beaches outside the national resortsTourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the President of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Acad. Hristo Grigorov on the occasion of the joint proposals of the two institutions for amendments to the Ordinance on Water Rescuing Activities and the Safety of Water Areas. Changes are in the process of preparation and the main aim is to update the texts according to the new realities. The current Water Rescue Ordinance was adopted in 1996.One of the experts' suggestions is that the distance between the rescue posts to be up to 150 meters, except for the beaches in the national resorts for which the requirement so far remains - the posts are up to 100 meters. Another change that has been discussed is that after the adoption of the Ordinance a possibility to be provided also for certified rescuers from other countries to practice their activity in our country.It is planned that the rescuers will start working from 8.30 am. The experts are definite that the requirements for the necessary mandatory equipment of the rescue stations will be updated to ensure greater opportunities for protection of the life and health of Bulgarian and foreign tourists.Perhaps there will be sanctions for beach keepers if the rescuers they employ perform activities other than their direct water rescue duties. The reason for this text was the received during the summer signals that rescue workers were engaged in collecting umbrella fees on the beach. These and other changes to the Water Rescue Ordinance will be prepared jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the Bulgarian Red Cross. Because of the importance of the document on the life and health of tourists it should enter into force as early as this summer season, commented Minister Angelkova and Academician Grigorov.
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Minister Angelkova discussed with Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev a pilot project for the establishment of a training center for the tourism staff
2018-03-28T18:48:00
Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting with the Minister of Education and Science Krasimir Valchev. They discussed alternatives for launching a pilot project through which the desired direct link between the tourism business and the training of executives for the sector to be realized. Ministers Angelkova and Valchev and the legal teams of the two ministries will specify the mechanisms for setting up the first Center for Qualification and Re-qualification at the Ministry of Tourism.Securing the sector with qualified personnel is crucial for the even more successful development of the sector in the country, Minister Angelkova said and added that they are working hard to solve the problem permanently, and such practices for qualification centers exist in a number of countries with highly developed tourism such as Spain and Italy.Minister Valchev stated that he understands the importance of the implementation of this project and will contribute to its timely implementation.
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Minister Angelkova: Each tourist site will have its own identification number
2018-03-27T16:17:00
The first meeting of the Public Council with the Minister of Tourism was held with representatives of the branch and scientific circles  We plan to create an identification number for each tourist site - each accommodation, catering and entertainment place will have its own unique number by which a uniform classification of tourist sites will be made and will help to improve the functioning of the Unified Tourist Information System and eliminate duplication with the same names of sites. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the opening of the first meeting of the Public Council with the Minister of Tourism. It includes representatives of the tourism industry, the scientific community and the tourism organizations. The first meeting of the Council was attended by nearly 60 people. The site identification number will be introduced through changes in the Law on Tourism, being currently prepared. The amendments to the Law on Tourism will include the important texts related to the status of the national resorts, said Minister Angelkova. The regulation will help solve the problems of financing, development and maintenance and management of the related tourist infrastructure, said Minister Angelkova.She definitely stated that the intensified checks on the work of tour operators and travel agents will continue. It is therefore important for the ministry to have more powers in the subsequent administrative control. This could be achieved by setting up an inspectorate at the ministry so that they can make timely inspections of the sites without waiting for alerts until the situation becomes intolerable, the Minister said. She gave an example with the Chiflika Hotel with falling ceilings and damp in the walls, where the tourists have been also accommodated in the basement. The control of observance of consumer rights in the future will continue to be performed by the Commission for Consumer Protection, the Minister said.We expect the amendments to the Law on Tourism to create a mechanism for uniting the tourist industry and developing sustainable and environmentally-friendly mountain and ski tourism. The new texts will include the decisions of the expert groups that have been working on the project for more than a year, Minister Angelkova said. She announced that the final proposal for the Amendment and Supplement Act (ASA) of the Law on Tourism will be uploaded on the official website of the Ministry within 2 weeks. It will then be subject to a one-month public consultation during which all interested parties will be able to send their comments and suggestions. The final ASA will be submitted for discussion to the Council of Ministers.Minister Angelkova presented to the Public Council the main changes that the experts prepare in the Ordinance on the requirements for the accommodation, catering and entertainment sites. In line with the government's priority to reduce the administrative burden on businesses, there will be substantial relief in some requirements. It is planned that there will be no special condition for the volume of the rooms in the four-star and five-star hotels, the rules for a certain size of the rooms remain, but as square area, it became clear during the Council’s meeting. Possibly, the obligation will be waived for having air conditioners in the rooms of mountain hotels, it is likely that high-class hotels will choose whether to have a currency exchange office or not, explained the experts from the Ministry of Tourism. However, the changes will be discussed with the branch. Its representatives will be able to indicate the texts that are not currently operative and need to be changed. For me, however, in the first place the quality of the tourist product is important. So, when re-evaluating the existing requirements will remain those that guarantee the good customer service, the minister definitely stated.She added that active work is being done for establishing a direct link between business and education, as the hiring of worker from third countries is only a temporary solution.The Public Council to the Minister of Tourism has a key function - it has to discuss the main policies in the sector, said Martin Zahariev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the National Tourism Council.
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Minister Angelkova: Bulgarians have spent 9 million overnights in hotels in Bulgaria in 2017
2018-03-24T16:08:00
We expect 450,000 compatriots to travel on Easter and the quality control of tourism will be continuousMore and more Bulgarians choose to travel in Bulgaria. In the past year, our compatriots have spent about 9 million overnights in accommodation places with 10 or more beds. This was said by the Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova before the Darik Radio Weekly News. She stressed that one of the main policies of the Ministry of Tourism was the promotion of domestic tourism. Only in the summer in the period July-September nearly 2 million Bulgarian citizens aged 15 and older made tourist trips. Of them, over 1.6 million people have chosen to visit a place in the country and less than 300 thousand have traveled abroad. About 29% of Bulgarians traveling in the country choose where to stay on the basis of whether there are cultural and historical sites, the Minister explained. He added that the first campaign, which was implemented by the Ministry, was for cultural and historical tourism. During its implementation, 8 cultural and historical destinations were created for which are available online maps and brochures in 6 languages. This has led to an increase of between 10 and 90% in visits to tourist attractions, said Minister Angelkova. She added that the transformation of Bulgaria into a year-round destination is a major goal of the Ministry.We expect more than 450,000 Bulgarian citizens to travel around the upcoming Easter holidays, the Minister said, specifying that they include travels in the country and abroad. It is mainly planned that the trips will be directed from the big cities in the country to the small town and the villages. At the same time, we foresee that there will be many foreign visitors, who will travel mainly to the bigger cities, said Minister Angelkova and added that the opportunities for balneo- and SPA tourism are being improved. The building of 7 balneo- and spa destinations was started, covering the entire territory of the country. The second stage of the investment card is also being developed, which facilitates and encourages investments in tourism. Separately, the discussions were also initiated on the joint project with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - "Share Bulgaria", which includes 12 wine-culinary destinations, Minister Angelkova informed. She explained that following all these initiatives they expect the season wings to expand and more and more tourists to travel after the active months. A Festival of Events Register was also established, which includes 1278 events and festivals, of which 99 are of international and 358 of national importance. It can be found on the Ministry’s official website, and we will also create a special QR code in order to further facilitate the tourists, the Minister said.Regarding the continuing winter season, the Minister announced that the visits of foreign tourists were nearly 895 thousand between December 2017 and January 2018, an increase of 17% compared to the same period a year earlier. We expect for the other months of the season to achieve an increase, she said.Asked about the Unified Tourism Information System, Minister Angelkova said that its introduction is a key priority for the government and the ministry and explained that the commission should choose a contractor within a month and a half. It is envisaged that by the end of the year the unified system to be launched if there is no delay in the appeal procedure.We consider that it is important and necessary to set up a tourist inspectorate at the ministry, Minister Angelkova said. It will be responsible for the subsequent administrative control and thus the quality control of tourism will be permanent. She gave an example with the Chiflika Palace Resort & SPA in the Troyan village of Chiflik, which should be closed, but in order to take action to remove the stars, the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) should alarm the Ministry. The hotel was twice inspected by the CPC and these checks revealed that there is no hair salon and even a vase, but not the vase is so important for the tourists but the rooms located in the basement, the walls of which are damp and the ceilings are cracked. Such situation was established from the inspection of the Ministry of Tourism after the alerts. It was also clear from her words that she was awaiting a letter from the CPC proposing a procedure for removing the stars of the "horror hotel" because that is the requirement of the Law on Tourism. If the Ministry had the possibility of subsequent administrative control, it would not wait for alerts, but would carry out continuous inspections as it does at the sea beaches, the Minister added.A total of 328 inspections of sea beaches were performed by the Ministry of Tourism last year. The penalties imposed are BGN 93 thousand, all of them collected. In addition penal decrees were issued for BGN 70 thousand. In 2017, penalties from previous years amounting to BGN 131 thousand were collected. The total amount collected is BGN 224 thousand.For the injured Bulgarians in Egypt, the Minister said that the tour operator Abaksa reacted promptly and did the right thing, as the relatives of the victims were immediately informed. The tour operator has immediately alerted the insurer so that to be able to react as quickly as possible, she added. Minister Angelkova also said that everyone must check whether her/his chosen tour operator has insurance and whether the same is registered in the National Tourist Register.
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Minister Angelkova to the Tourism Council: In partnership with the business and municipalities, we raise the quality of tourism and attract higher-class visitors
2018-03-23T19:07:00
I welcome the efforts of all of you, of the business and the local authorities, which have helped to increase the quality of the Bulgarian tourist product, and so Bulgaria reported a higher class of visitors. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelova at the next meeting of the National Tourism Council (NTC) in Pamporovo resort.She drew attention to the active work of the tourism administration to attract more investment in the sector - both of recognizable brands and investments to meet the increased needs of holidaymakers. Our analyses show that the 4- and 5-star hotels were mostly occupied in Bulgaria, and the same for the summer of 2018 were almost entirely booked yet at the end of the last active season, the Minister said. She pointed out that in the year 2017 the overnight guests in 4- and 5-star hotels in the country total more than 3.7 million, which is a 5.5% growth, and the revenues from the overnight stays total more than BGN 919 million (a 12% increase compared to that for 2016).We are working on an extremely important topic - the creation of a Unified Tourist Information System (UTIS), which will link online via protected channels and in real time hotel booking systems with the databases of the Ministry of Interior, the National Revenue Agency, the Ministry and this will not only increase the security of the tourists but will also enlighten the sector, Minister Angelkova said. We had almost a year and a half for appealing against the procurement procedure, but we have already overtaken this stage. Seven Tenderers have submitted their tenders and the following year we hope the system will be launched. With the amendments to the Law on Tourism (LT) we reduced the administrative burden and when it comes into force there will be a change in the regulations, especially for categorization and re-categorization of the places of accommodation, the Minister Angelkova said.She warned that also this summer the control on the part of the Ministry will be increased. You know that we deleted in the National Tourist Register and ceased the activity of 116 tour operators and tourist agents for violations. We will be zero-tolerant when implementing the Ordinance on categorization and re-categorization, in order to prevent instances of violated rights of users, the Minister was definite.As far as electronization is concerned, she expressed her confidence that by the end of the year electronic documents could be submitted to the department for categorization and re-categorization of the sites. A QR code will also be introduced which will inform users about a tour operator or hotel, referring to their details in the National Tourist Register. We place a great emphasis on the digitization of tourism, which is a leading component of the Bulgaria's marketing and advertising as a four-season destination. In this sense, it is important for each region to show its strong tourist destinations. Three tourist regions have already been set up, five more are to be established, she said.The Mayor of the municipality of Smolyan - Nikolay Melemov also welcomed the participants in the NTC and thanked Minister Angelkova and her team for the efforts to develop tourism in the Pamporovo area. He said that for the last year the number of foreign tourists in the resort is nearly 85 thousand, while the total income from the overnight stays of Bulgarians and foreigners amounts to over BGN 15.3 million, which is nearly a 25% growth. Tourism is a sphere in which, if the efforts are not united, there is no way forward. That's why the results here are so good because we work together with the state, he added.The meeting was attended by representatives of the tourism business, mayors, members of public and non-governmental organizations.
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Minister Angelkova: The winter season is extended and the revenues for the first two months amounted to BGN 567 million.
2018-03-23T10:40:00
We will have an extended winter season, perhaps by the end of April, and at the moment it goes very successfully. In total for the first two months of the winter - December and January, the revenues from the international tourism are close to BGN 567 million, an increase of over 15% compared to the same period last season. For the same months, the tourist visits by foreigners to Bulgaria amounted to almost 895,000, an increase of 17% compared to this period in 2016-2017. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova in the morning block of BTV.Asked whether the complicated international situation would affect the tourists from Russia, she was adamant that, in the words of the head of the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia - Oleg Safonov, during their meeting in Moscow this month, Bulgaria would be a preferred destination for the Russians. With regard to other markets, the Minister Angelkova added that our country is becoming an increasingly competitive destination and for example the number of exchanged tourists between Greece and Bulgaria is almost equal.The government is making a lot of effort for the attractiveness of the beaches and the cleanliness of seawater. Water treatment plans have been built or modernized in almost all resorts on the Black Sea coast, the Minister said. She announced that together with her colleague Nino Dimov they will again check how these facilities work and how the expansion and modernization of the treatment plant at the Golden Sands is going on.Minister Angelkova paid attention that the concern about the beach stripes is among the main accents in the work of the department. There are clear rules on how to conduct the concession or rental procedures. These are competitions conducted under all rules. Laws must be respected and anyone can go to any beach to which pedestrian access should be provided, said Nikolina Angelkova.We will continue with the inspections of possible irregularities on the beaches under the approved scheme and for the location of removable sites. We will continue to demand the removal of all irregularities, she said and reminded that at Sunny Beach-North such 190 sites have already been removed. This summer we will also work to have no stands in the streets of the resort located in front of pavilions in the private properties of hoteliers. Their commodities should not be placed on the street, but inside the pavilions, the Minister said.Setting up a Unified Tourist Information System, she also stressed, is a priority for the Ministry since the second Borisov Cabinet. One and a half years ago appeals were filed by companies which did not even apply for a public procurement contract, and we have to wait for the court to complete the procedure, it became clear from her words. The tender committee is currently working on this matter and within a month and a half it shall pronounce its decision. If there are no appeals, the deadline as per the technical specification is 6 months and I hope the system will work by the end of the year, Nikolina Angelova predicts.
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Minister Angelkova: The growth of foreign tourists in Bulgaria is 25% compared to 2015
2018-03-22T17:35:00
Visits by foreign tourists to Bulgaria in 2017 are 25% more than in 2015, which shows that our country is steadily improving the results achieved and becoming an increasingly desirable destination for four seasons. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at a meeting with representatives of the management of the Bulgarian Construction Chamber, headed by the Chairman of its Management Board, Mr. Iliyan Terziev.The Bulgarian builders, who make our resorts more attractive and comfortable for their guests, are also contributable for these successful results, the Minister said. She pointed out that the record highlights of the incoming tourism in Bulgaria lead immediately to the necessity of building new five-star hotels, as the high class of tourists is growing steadily. One of the leading accents in our policy is to attract solvent customers of tourism services that require excellent service, the minister said.Nikolina Angelova stressed the importance of high quality in the sector, which is directly related to the image of our country in front of the world. It predicts 5 to 10% growth in foreign tourists over the coming summer and highlights the importance of well-trained professional teams to make this growth possible.The staffing problem is among the main in our tourism industry and we are working actively with all interested institutions and business to cope with it, said the Minister. She recalled the timely legislative changes that have allowed since the last year to provide executives for the sector from third countries. This is however a short-term solution. This is why we have undertaken a joint initiative with the Ministry of Education and Science for establishing a Training and Retraining Center for the tourism staff, where the experience of other countries will be used, the Minister Angelkova explained.The Ministry of Tourism and the Chamber will continue to actively cooperate in the construction and maintenance of a high-quality material base in tourism, on which is largely dependent the safety and comfort of the consumers.
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tourism.government.bg:5842:2018-03-22T17:35:00
Minister Angelkova: A special QR code will inform the users of their chosen tour operator, hotel or mountain guide
2018-03-21T17:21:00
The Minister received a prize from the Union of Veterans of Bulgarian Civil AviationA special QR code will forward users to the National Tourist Register in order to be informed of their chosen tour operator, hotel, catering and entertainment establishment or mountain guide. The code will be placed on the statutory certificates required by law to be obtained by all of them in order to perform activity. When scanned, it will forward the tourists to the data of the respective site in the registry. This way, anyone who travels will receive the information they need through their smartphones. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at the Club - Museum of Aviation.Minister Angelkova explained that through the code the users will be able to verify if their chosen tour operator has the statutory insurance. They can currently do this but through the website of the Ministry of Tourism, by entering the National Tourist Register. In the month before the expiration of the insurance, the name of the tour operator "lights up" in orange, and after it expires - in red. This helps tourists to orient themselves when deciding to make holiday reservations, the minister said. She also said that the administration would also receive a signal when the tour operator's insurance limit was raised sharply. In this way, we will provide additional protection for tourists because the practice of recent years has shown that often after a sharp increase in the limit, tour operators declare insolvency.At the annual meeting of the Bulgarian Airlines Association (ABA), the Minister Angelkova received a prize from the Union of Veterans of Bulgarian Civil Aviation for contribution to the preservation of the historical heritage of Bulgarian Aviation and the honorary sign of ABA on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Bulgarian Civil Aviation. I cordially thank for the awards, they are a high recognition, which I accept not only as a personal evaluation of my work but also for the team of the Ministry of Tourism, the Minister added.Last year, the total number of visits by foreigners in Bulgaria was nearly 8.9 million, which is by more than 1.5 million over our population and we reported a growth of over 7% compared to 2016, said the Minister Angelkova. The results of the first month of 2018 are very good, with more than 437,000 foreign tourists visiting Bulgaria in January, 19% growth over the same month a year earlier. She added that only Sofia airport had served nearly 6.5 million passengers and reported a growth of 30%.Air transport is one of the safest and fastest transport links preferred by billions of tourists, Minister Angelkova said. We should not forget also the activity of the local authorities to open up more and more airlines, which will ensure more tourists and investors for the country, the Minister Angelkova said. She highlighted the successful work of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications for the development of aviation and all modes of transport in the country. We all have a common interest that our country is a recognizable and preferred destination and we will unite our efforts in building its positive image", the Minister said.
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Minister Angelkova: We support the Bulgarian children, who have chosen to become professionals in their country’s tourism
2018-03-20T15:53:00
The staff training centre will start operation as a pilot project in Sofia with the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of EducationWe congratulate you and support you for choosing such important and demanding specialties for your vocational training. They are crucial to the sustainable development of Bulgarian tourism and the quality of the services marketed. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Velingrad during her meeting with pupils and teachers from the Aleko Konstantinov Vocational Secondary School of Economy and Tourism. She emphasized that the image of our country as a year-round destination largely depends on the highly skilled teams, which is particularly true for the town – the spa capital of the Balkans.The Minister pointed out that the lack of sufficient well-trained staff is tourism is one of the major issues but is a challenge that we need to tackle with joint efforts. The record-breaking growths reported by Bulgarian tourism over the two most recent years mean a lot more efforts in welcoming and servicing our guests, therefore, it is very important to make the link between businesses and education an effective one, said Nikolina Angelkova. She announced that using the example of Spain, Italy, and other countries, the institution is planning to set up a Tourism Staff Training and Retraining Centre jointly with the Ministry of Education and Science. We have support and expect to start the pilot project in Sofia next year. Should it progress successfully, we will also open up branches in the country, she added.We can also support the sector via the short-term option of recruiting seasonal workers from third countries, which we have been applying since last year, but it matters to us that Bulgarian can have a career in their own country. We set up the Interdepartmental Council for Tourism Staff in order to resolve these issues in a coordinated manner. We also have a scheduled meeting with the Association of Vocational Secondary Schools and we want to cooperate with it as well and achieve tangible results, the minister announced further.The Vocational Secondary School of Economy and Tourism in Velingrad is among the most up-to-date and preferred ones in the country to have such profile. Future staff are trained here after grades 7 and 8, following secondary education, and on part-time basis. Significant care is also paid to hands-on training – the school has three workshops for cooks and confectioners. There is a serving room, as well as workshops for snacks and confectionery, which are sold both in the school and outside. A state-of-the art workshop for cookery is set up with European standards, under the Bulgarian-Austrian TOUR-NET project. Apart from cooks, waiters, bakers, and confectioners, hoteliers, accountants, and managers for the catering establishments are also trained here. Classes with intensive teaching of English and German have been opened up under the Bulgarian-Austrian BAK-TOURMAN project. One of the three multimedia computer rooms is a training desk with embedded hotel management software.
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Minister Angelkova: The categorization and recategorization documents will also be filed electronically
2018-03-20T14:48:00
The Ministry of Tourism is working to make electronic the services, so that the categorization and recategorization documents may also be filed electronically. It is about the basic services at the Ministry of Tourism –categorization of accommodation locations and of catering facilities, of spa, medical spa and wellness centres, and the registration documents for tour operators and travel agents. This will further reduce the administrative burden for both businesses and citizens. Also set up was a Public Council under the Minister of Tourism, with changes in the categorization and recategorization legislation also scheduled for discussion. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in Velingrad during a meeting with representatives of the local government and tourism businesses in the area.She emphasized that Velingrad’s award as the spa capital of the Balkans, which was bestowed in 2008 by the global industry organization of hoteliers and restaurateurs, IHRA, is very important to the municipality and the country. Minister Angelkova also congratulated attendees on the establishment of the Managing Organization of the Rhodope tourism region, which also includes Velingrad. This is the first such establishment in the country pursuant to the Tourism Act’s requirements, it will provide many new marketing opportunities for the region to showcase its tourism potential, addedMinister Angelkova.She recalled that her institution has already established 8 cultural-historical destinations and has now developed jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture 12 wine-culinary destinations, which are presently discussed at roundtables country-wide, Pazardzhik Region being in one of them – Western Thrace. Velingrad will also feature actively in the upcoming 7 spa & medical spa destinations currently being developed, announced the Minister.Velingrad Municipality is very active in the exhibitions where various parts of the country are promoting themselves with new visions. Digital marketing is an important focus in our policy and should be the next step in the operations of the managing organizations of tourism areas, it was made clear by Minister Angelkova. Special attention will be paid to municipalities identified as resort centres or national resorts, so that they may make use of priority funding.Nikolina Angelkova recalled Bulgaria’s successful performance at the prominent INTURMARKET tourism fair in Moscow this month, where an invitation was extended to the Bulgarian mayors to more actively promote our countryas atourism destination offering high-grade tourism services in all four seasons. During the fair in the Russian capital, Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism, pointed out that Bulgaria is a preferred destination for Russian tourists. For us Russia is one of the 5 most important markets for incoming tourism, highlighted Minister Angelkova.Upcoming amendments and additions to the Tourism Act will introduce a voluntary quality protocol in the sector, she said, adding that the institution was working on the public procurement to set up a Single Tourism Information System (STIS), which is to link real-time the hotel registers to the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Interior, the National Revenue Agency, and the municipal administrations. I believe that within 6 months we will demonstrate the system’s demo version, commented the Minister.The Ministry of Tourism will support the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Velingrad being declared as the spa capital of the Balkans on September 1 and 2.
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tourism.government.bg:5808:2018-03-20T14:48:00
Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with Albania’s ambassador in our country
2018-03-13T17:29:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Albania in Bulgaria, H. E. Kiryako Kureta, and discussed with him the opportunities to expand mutual cooperation in the sector. In 2017 over 34 000 Albanian tourists visited Bulgaria, ranking that country 27th in terms of our international visitors. The two pointed out, however, that the opportunities are much bigger because our peoples and countries still do not know each other well in terms of history, culture, and tourism potential. Therefore, the upward trend in the two-way tourism flow is a fact.Minister Angelkova stressed that one of the priorities of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2018 are the Western Balkans integration and the economic prosperity of countries in that part of Europe. This may also be achieved with input from tourism, which is reporting promising results in trans-border partnership, she made clear.Nikolina Angelkova announced that the Ministry of Tourismis ready to initiate very soon a meeting of the tourism ministers from the region’s countries and the setting up of an international task group to create a common Balkan route. The initiative will focus on promoting the peninsula countries on common markets, including remote ones, she explained.Ambassador Kureta supported the idea, stating that his country would also joint such a meeting, which would promote tourism and economic contacts, the impetus having been provided already by the successful Sofia meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism, entitled „Tourismand Economic Growth“ within the framework of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council. He also stated readiness to also set up a bilateral joint committee to share experience in the sector.Minister Angelkova recalled that our country will host in November 2018 the 2ndInternational Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes jointly with the UN’s World Tourism Organization. She extended an invitation, via the ambassador, to the Albanian Minister of Tourism and the Environment, Blendi Klosi, to become involved in the forum and expressed her hope that bilateral contacts in the sector will develop upwards and at sustainable pace.
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tourism.government.bg:5807:2018-03-13T17:29:00
Minister Angelkova: With the 12 wine-culinary destinations project we expect to draw more tourists to the country’s interior
2018-03-12T14:49:00
Business and municipalities support the idea, the Struma Valley and the Mesta Valley were discussed at the first roundtable  We expect to draw more tourists to the country’s interior through the 12 wine-culinary destinations project. The Ministry is following a consistent policy, aiming to create interest in more Bulgarians to travel to various corners of the country. This was announced in Bansko by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the first roundtable to discuss the wine, gourmet, and tourism project, which is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forests. The forum was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Rumen Porozhanov, by Georgi Ikonomov, mayor of Bansko, Eng. Krasimir Koev, executive director of the Executive Agency on Vine and Wine, and MP’s. The first and second destinations - the Struma Valley and the Mesta Valley – were the focus of discussion.We believe that the project will contribute to Bulgariabeing asserted as a 4-season destination, emphasized Minister Angelkova, adding that positive impact would thus be exerted on the development of a number of municipalities, not just tourism-wise but also as regards improving the quality of life of the locals.When we were developing the concept we chose to have 12 wine-culinary destinations – as many as the year’s months. They include traditional wine beverages and the cuisine typical for each region, covering some 50 municipalities and some 100 tourism sites in the country, announced the Minister, explaining that the first two destinations, which were primarily discussed today, cover 9 municipalities and over 15 tourist attractions.This roundtable sets off stage two of the project, which envisages a total of 6 regional roundtables country-wide. Thus we expect to obtain detailed feedback from businesses and supplement and build on the proposals we have developed, announced the Minister. She also made it clear that businesses now come to the fore in order to build on what was initiated by the Ministry. She will propose to the Regional Development Minister, Nikolay Nankov, to place indicative signboards directing and informing tourists about the destinations.There is ongoing work to establish a Share Bulgaria trademark. A procedure has already been initiated for the purpose at the Patent Office. We have also carried out the relevant checks to reserve the mark, said the Minister.I had the opportunity to showcase the wine-culinary destinations project to Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism, who responded very well to the idea and commented that it would have a generally positive effect on the development of tourism in Bulgaria, announced Minister Angelkova. The idea was also taken onboard with great interest in Berlin, during the ITB international exhibition.The finalized wine-culinary destinations are expected to be announced in the fall of this year. They will then be digitalized and uploaded on both Ministries’ websites. The 12 wine-culinary destinations, as acknowledged by the businesses and municipalities, are expected to also be incorporated into the iLoveBulgaria platform, which currently contains over 500 tourism sites and is used by over 17 000 users, explained the Minister.The 2017 results in tourism were exceptional, suggesting that we are on the right path, said Minister Angelkova.Stats about the winter season’s first two months are good, we are expecting the visits of international tourists to grow by some 10-15 percent meanwhile, announced Minister Angelkova, adding that during the December 2017 -  January 2018 period the visits of international tourists to Bulgaria totalled 895 000, a 17 percent growth, compared to the December 2016 -  January 2017. During those two months of the winter season, tourists in Bansko municipality were nearly 116 000, growing by 14.8 percent compared to the same period of the year before. The number of night-stays has, on the other hand, increased by 18.5%, reaching nearly 377 000.The first stats about this year are promising, we expect to achieve sustainable growth in 2018 as well, commented the minister, quoting the NSI stats, according to which in January the total number of visits of international tourists to Bulgaria was over 437 000, growing by nearly 19% compared to the same period of the year before.The first analysis of the project is taking place currently, said Minister Rumen Porozhanov, indicating that the project is open to building up and that many municipalities have tabled proposals to include sites in the destinations. Minister Porozhanov also added that it is important how the businesses conceptualize the destination and that it is their and the local government’s job to make the necessary arrangements. He called on the stakeholders to table their ideas so that the project may be built upon in due time.
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Minister Angelkovareceives award for professional partnership at the Intourmarket international tourism fair
2018-03-11T10:42:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, received an award at a ceremony held in Moscow during the 13th Intourmarket international tourism fair. The distinction is bestowed for “long-standing cooperation, large-scale participation and creative approach in organizing the exhibition’s operation”. The award is signed off by Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism, with whom Minister Angelkova held a fruitful meeting during the exhibition.Russia is a tourism-generating market for Bulgariaand is among the five countries sending the most tourists to our country. In 2017 nearly 558 000 Russians preferred our country for vacation and travel, with over 400 000 Federation nationals having a second home in Bulgaria, stated Minister Angelkova during her awarding.Bulgaria, on the other hand, is among the top 10 preferred destinations for Russian tourists, solidifying its image as a family destination among them. Tour operators from the Federation, who are active on the Bulgaria market, announced 15-20 percent stronger demand currently for summer 2018 compared to last year’s March.Intourmarket is one of the biggest international tourism fairs for trade professionals. This year over 1400 exhibitors from over 130 countries took part in it, as well as Russian regions and national tourism representative offices. According to interim data, the forum, which was held on March 10-12, will have been seen by over 74 000 visitors. Bulgaria presents on its national stand diverse opportunities for sea, cultural-historical, medical spa, and wellness tourism. 
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Minister Angelkova took part in the opening of the Day of the Altai Krai at the Intourmarket tourism fair
2018-03-10T15:12:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, took part in the opening ceremony for the Day of the Altai Krai. The event was held within the framework of the Intourmarket-2018 tourism fair in Moscow.Russia is the 5th ranking market for incoming tourism to Bulgaria in 2017 with nearly 558 000 tourists, indicated Minister Angelkova. Our countryis a preferred vacation location due to its clean nature, numerous cultural and historical monuments, medicinal water and wonderful cuisine, she added.We are working on the approval of 12 wine-culinary and 7 spa and medical spa destinations for the territory of Bulgaria to attract Russian tourists. Digitalization in tourism is an important highlight in our work, said the Minister, noting that Bulgariaranks first in EU in terms of high-speed internet coverage. This makes tourist awareness and tourist access to tourism services easier.I believe that the Ministry of Tourismof Republic of Bulgariaand the administration of the Altai krai will continue working to activate the cooperation between our two countries and promote the natural and cultural landmarks, added Minister Angelkova.
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Minister Angelkova: Over 19 000 Russian tourists have chosen Bulgaria for their winter vacation in two months
2018-03-10T14:21:00
Over 19 000 Russian tourists visited Bulgaria in December and January of the current winter season, registering a 1,3% growth compared to the same period of last year. Thus saidthe Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova,during a meeting with Mikhail Maltsev, Executive Director of the Ural Tourism Association, adding that Russia is traditionally one of the main tourism partners of our country.During the meeting the two discussed the expansion of opportunities for the Russian users to make use health packages in our country or corporate vacations of Russian institutions and companies. One of the highlights were the way to promote on the Russian market typically Bulgarian medicinal and convalescence practices and unique methods and procedures not encountered elsewhere. A good starting point for this are the unique qualities of mineral water and medical clay in Bulgaria. Minister Angelkovastated that there are over 600 mineral springs with various characteristics in the country, which are suitable for treatment of many of the most common diseases.Presently, Ministry experts and representatives of businesses are developing spa destinations, which will help promote the opportunities for convalescence tourism in Bulgaria, said the Minister, explaining that the destinations are 7 and span the entire country. They provide information about the general characteristics and qualities of water in a given area, about the climate and tourism attractions. She invited her interlocutor to visit Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Black Sea coast during summer.Mikhail Maltsev indicated that he is welcoming the Ministry’s efforts to set up a specialized tourism product, which would be helpful to Russian guests, adding that the Association will support any good idea, which supports the development of tourism in both countries. „I am hopeful that going forward thecooperation between the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and the Ural Tourism Association will deepen and develop“, noted Mr. Maltsev.
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The head of Russian tourism to Minister Angelkova: Russia is interested to see its tourists spend their vacations in Bulgaria
2018-03-10T13:51:00
Russia is interested to see its tourists spend their vacations inBulgaria. This was stated by Oleg Safonov, head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourismat a meeting with the Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, adding that this year Russian tourists are expected to grow in number. The two conversed during Intourmarket, the international tourism fair in Moscow, where Bulgariawas presented with a national stand. MinisterAngelkova indicated that Russia is among the strategic tourism markets for Bulgaria, ranking 5th last year in terms of number of visits to our country, with nearly 558 000 visits. During this year’s January Russian tourists to our countrywere over 9 600.The Visit Russia national marketing centre is expected to be unveiled in Bulgaria this year, stated the Minister. The idea about the Centre, which will accelerate the development of tourism between the two countries, has come from the Bulgarian minister.Oleg Safonov commented further that ways are being sought to deepen cooperation in the sector. One of these opportunities is to have joint action in cruise tourism, which will be discussed by a joint task group. A promising idea is also to create and assert a Black Sea cuisine project, said Safonov. He and Minister Angelkova were united around the idea that such initiatives would be very beneficial in attracting more Russian tourists.The 2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes will be held in Sofia in November this year, announced Minister Angelkova, inviting Mr. Safonov to take part.Bulgariaand the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Tourism have traditions in partnering in initiatives supporting tourism development.
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Minister Angelkova opens the Bulgarian stand at the Intourmarket international fair
2018-03-10T10:46:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, unveiled the Bulgarian stand at Intourmarket the international tourism fair for professionals. The forum was held on March 10-12 in Moscow, for the 13th year running.Bulgaria is presented at the international fair with its national stand of 100 sq. n. Along with the Ministry of Tourism, co-exhibitors include Bulgarian municipalities and representatives of businesses. A major focus in our country’s showcasing are the opportunities for sea, cultural-historical, spa, medical spa and wellness tourism. These are the most in-demand travels for Russian tourists in Bulgaria, noted Minister Angelkova, adding that presentation at the tourism fair is very important for our country because Russia is among the top markets for international visits.Visitors to the national stand will be able to taste traditional dishes and see typical crafts and elements of our folklore. Tasting of products typical for the Razlog area has been scheduled. The visitors will also be able to taste quality Bulgarian wines. An eye-catching group from Gorno Dragalishte village will be making Pushets, woollen thread balls, and will be re-enacting authentic Bulgarian customs. During the exhibitions there will be performance of Bulgarian folk songs and dances.Along with Bulgaria, over 1 400 exhibitorsfrom 130 countries and all Russian regions will be participating in this year’s Intourmarket. Over 74 000 visitors are expected.
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Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, opens a press-conference themed Four-Season Bulgaria in Berlin
2018-03-08T18:09:00
Bulgaria has the potential to be a year-round destination, with globally renowned winter and sea resorts. This was stated in Berlin by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Irena Georgieva, during the opening of a press-conference themed Four-Season Bulgaria in Berlin, which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism.At ITB Berlin, the most significant tourism forum worldwide, Bulgaria is presented via a national stand of 400 sq. m., which was arranged by the Ministry of Tourism, stated Deputy Minister Georgieva. The major products and services targeting both professionals and end users include, inter alia, summer/sea vacation offers, cultural and historical itineraries, wellness and spa services, eco and rural tourism, etc., added the Deputy Minister, indicating that during the exhibition the guests can expand their idea about Bulgaria and rediscover it as an ancient country with rich history and beautiful nature, a country offering various forms of tourism.During ITB-Berlin, the Ministry of Tourismalso took part in initiatives relating to EU Strategy for the Danube region, emphasized Deputy Minister Georgieva, adding that Bulgaria is presented via a national stand during the Danube Hall, which is traditionally held in the Federal Province of Baden Württemberg. That forum also includes a discussion relating to Bulgaria’s role as a Chair of the EU Strategy for the Danube region in 2018.Bulgaria is chairing the EU Council for the first six months of 2018. During the presidency we will be working actively to achieve important priority objectives, such as the future of Europe and its young people, the prosperity and economic growth of European countries, Deputy Minister Georgieva indicated further.In 2017 Bulgariawas visited by nearly 8.9 million international tourists, with growth exceeding 7% compared to 2016, stated Deputy Minister Georgieva. Last year over 870 000 German tourists visited Bulgaria, thus registering a 5.3% growth. The German market ranks 3rd in the national ranking of international tourist visits and we will continue to position Bulgariaon it as a preferred year-round destination, the Deputy Minister said further.
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tourism.government.bg:5800:2018-03-08T18:09:00
Minister Angelkova presents destinationBulgaria at the Berlin economic forum
2018-03-08T13:27:00
As a representative of the country now chairing the EU Council, I’d like to emphasize that we live in challenging times for Europe and the entire world, which could, however, be transformed into great opportunities. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, before the highly esteemed Berlin economic forum, which is organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. The event is concurrent with ITB,the largest-scale international tourism exhibition worldwide, in the German capital.Minister Angelkova emphasized that the most important priority of Bulgaria’s presidency is the European perspective and the connectivity of the Western Balkans. We have achieved prominent progress over the last two decades. Economies in the region grew by 2.6% in 2017, opening huge opportunities for trans-border cooperation. Integration is a fact in tourism and we keep developing joint product projects, she underscored.Bulgariahas a strategic position providing easy access to the market of over 150 mil. consumers in South-Eastern Europe. We have attracted over EUR 45 bil. in international investments over the last 20 years. The GDP growth in 2017 is nearly 4%, we are reporting the second lowest government debt level, compared to GDP in Europe, the Minister announced to the forum participants. She added that the country is among the leading investment destinations for IT, outsourcing of business processes, and manufacturing of car parts. Bulgaria is in the top 10 countries with the fastest internet and ranks first in Europe in terms of broadband network coverage, Nikolina Angelkova indicated further.The Minister pointed out the importance of tourism as a structurally crucial sector of Bulgaria’s economy, which was elevated to national priority by the government. The average statistical 6% growth of incoming tourists to our country during the 5 most recent years is above the EU and worldwide averages. We reported nearly 8.9 mil. international tourists in 2017, exceeding Bulgaria’s own populace. Revenues from international tourism in the country amount to BGN 6.9 billion, which is a 9% growth compared to 2016, indicatedMinister Angelkova. She explained that the development of subsectors such as cultural, business, conference, spa and wellness itineraries, of wine and gourmet tours are among the Ministry’s major targets in promoting Bulgaria as a competitive destination.Within the Berlin Economic Forum’s framework Minister Angelkova also held a meeting with Mark Donfried, Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. She presented the priorities of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council, as well as the newly created Map of Investment Projects, which the Ministry of Tourismis actively promoting to international entrepreneurs. My main goal is to transform our country into a year-round tourism destination offering a high-grade product, stated the Minister.Nikolina Angelkova drew attention to digitalization in the tourism sector, the challenges and opportunities, which it delivers. We are expecting the inclusion of digital technology to contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in the country, announced Minister Angelkova, adding that the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one internationally to provide a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension.
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Minister Angelkovatook part in the 8th meeting of tourism ministers in the Along the Silk Road program in Berlin
2018-03-07T18:38:00
The historical Silk Road connects the two biggest economic powers and ancient cultures – Europe and China. Nowadays we are working actively to develop new initiatives and projects in that framework, in close cooperationwith UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO), institutions, private organizations and NGO’s, and the academia. This was stated bythe Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the 8thmeeting of tourism ministers in the Along the Silk Road program of UNWTO, which was held during the ITB international exhibition in Berlin.Minister Angelkova notes that Bulgaria is chairing the EU Council for the first 6 months of 2018. During the informal meeting of the EU tourism ministers in Sofia the idea was put forward to set up a Map of the 100 European Tourism Sites, making use of the Bulgarian experience with the Map of the 100 national tourism sites. The forum also had a special panel dedicated to the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative, where forecasts and perspectives in the mutual relations were discussed.One of the priorities is to promote Bulgariaas a competitive year-round destinationnot only in Europe but also on remote markets, such as China, the Minister said further. As regards the Chinese market, Bulgaria registered a huge spike of over 41% in 2017. We are actively working to promoteour countryon the Chinese market, thus, in September 2017 Bulgaria’s first tourism informationcentre was opened in Shanghai, she added.Nikolina Angelkova commented further that our country will be hosting the 7th summit meeting of state- and government leaders of the Central and Eastern European countries and China during the second half of 2018. Therefore, arrangement of a summit Forum on Tourismis being planned during that meeting. The event is within the framework of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative and will be a new opportunity for dialogue among institutions, businesses, the research community, and NGO’s on tourism cooperation.She noted that active work is carried out with Greece to create joint tourism products and trans-national itineraries targeting potential visitors from remote markets. There are plans to develop such cooperation with Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, and Montenegro.Minister Angelkova noted that last year the Ministry was also heavily involved in the UNWTO’s initiative to develop the so-called Western Silk Road. In June 2017 the Ministry hosted jointly with UNWTO the Second international seminar entitled Along the Western Silk Road. Within the Improving the Understanding of European Tourism project, which was developed by UNWTO in cooperation with the European Commission, the event underlying the significance of setting up stand alone tourism routes along the Western Silk Road. Bulgaria will host the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes in November this year, announced Minister Angelkova. It is being organized jointly by UNWTO the Ministry of Tourismand will focus on the significance of the concept of ancient routes as effective links among peoples, civilizations, and cultures. The Silk Road is another opportunity to revive the ancient routes as a concept, which is based on mutual knowledge and benefit, summarized the Bulgarian minister.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkovatook-part-8th-meeting-tourism-ministers-along-silk-road-program
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Minister Angelkova gives an interview to Euronews during the ITB – Berlin tourism exhibition
2018-03-07T17:48:00
We are working towards information technologies being increasingly used in tourism, stated Minister Nikolina Angelkova in an interview for Euronews. The conversation with a journalist from the global media was held during the ITB – Berlin international tourism exhibition. Nikolina Angelkovanoted that the Ministry of Tourismis the first one, not only domestically but internationally as well, to launch a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension. It is a joint project of the Ministry of Tourism and iLoveBulgaria.Digital transformation of Bulgariantourismas a means to ensure its long-term competitiveness was a major focus of the round table on digitalization, which the Ministry of Tourism organized less than a month ago. The international forum was part of the events on the agenda of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, which our countrytook over for the first time at the start of 2018, the Bulgarian minister said further.             Еuronews reaches over 430 homes in 166 countries. Its 12 versions cover global news in 11 languages. The team has 500 journalists from 30 nationalities. 
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Minister Angelkova to David Ruetz, Executive Director of ITB Berlin: Germanyis in the top 3 of the leading tourism-generating markets for Bulgaria
2018-03-07T17:25:00
 Germanyis in the top 3 of the leadingincoming tourism markets forBulgaria. In 2017 German tourists in our countryexceeded 870 000, growing by 5.3 percent compared to a year before. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova,during a work meeting with David Ruetz, executive director of ITB Berlin. She noted that in 2017 the international visitors to Bulgaria exceeded by a million the country’s populace, reaching 8.882 mil. It is a 7.6 percent compared to the previous record breaking year of 2016.Minister Angelkovaadded that results from the first month of 2018 were also promising. In Januarythe total number of international tourist visits toBulgariawas nearly 438 000, registering an 18.8% growth compared tothe same month of the year before. During the first month of 2018 visitors from Germany were nearly 12 000, increasing by 7.7% compared to January last year.Minister Angelkovapresented to her interlocutor the tourismopportunities inBulgaria. Sea tourism is traditional for the country and is the type most in-demand among German tourists. There are more than 40 000artefacts in our country, which is a basis to successfully develop cultural-historicaltourism. The Minister also highlighted the natural riches in our country - nearly 600 mineral springs and some 40 mountain ranges. These provide the premises for marketing a high-grade product in spa, medical spa, wellness, winter, ski, eco, and rural tourism.Mr. David Ruetz congratulated Bulgaria on the long-standing and consistent participation in ITB Berlinand indicated that it is a venue for Bulgaria to be promoted as a tourism destinationnot only to German professionals and amateurs, but also to representatives coming from countriesacross the globe.
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Minister Angelkovaheld a work meeting with Jason Wong, executive director of theGlobal Tourism Economy Forum’sresearch centre
2018-03-07T17:03:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Jason Wong, executive director of the research centre of the Global Tourism Economy Forum. The two converses during ITB Berlin –the most significant tourism forum worldwide – where Bulgariais presented with a national stand.Minister Angelkovapresented the Ministry events within the framework of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council. She informed Mr. Jason Wong about the outcomes from the council meeting of the ministers of tourism, which was held in Sofia in mid-February. The forum was attended by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of UN’s World Tourism Organization, and over 500 delegates and guests. Minister Angelkovaindicated that the major topics of discussion included the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative. The Chinese market’s potential is huge, in 2017 12.4 million visits of Chinese nationals were registered in the European country, an 18% growth compared to 2016, said the Minister.She noted that Bulgaria will be hosting the 7th summit meeting of state- and government leaders of the Central and Eastern European countries and China during the second half of 2018. The Minister advised that during the event the Chinese-Bulgarian tourism forum will also be held and offered co-organization to Mr. Jason Wong.Also discussed at the meeting was the cooperation potential with the southern Guangdong province, which has the highest gross domestic product per capita.Minister Angelkovafamiliarized her interlocutor with the preparations for the 2nd edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes in November this year and invited Mr. Jason Wong to attend the forum. The Minister indicated that her institution and the government are implementing a consistent policy to establish Bulgaria as a 4-season tourism destinationand promote our cultural-historical riches.Mr. Jason Wong congratulated Minister Angelkovaon the hard work done to develop tourism in Bulgaria and indicated that the eventsscheduled for this year will have a positive effect in attracting more Chinese to Europe and Bulgaria.During ITB Berlin Minister Angelkovaalso held a work meeting with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Mauritius – Anil Gayan. Last yearthe total number of international visitors to Bulgaria was nearly 8.9 mil., which is 7.6 percent more than 2016. The 2017 revenues from international tourism in the country amount to BGN 6.895 billion, which is a 9.3% growth compared tothe hitherto record-breaking year 2016, said the Bulgarian minister.The two discussed options to expand cooperationin tourism, as well as the investment map, which contains 32 Bulgarian projects of potential interest to investors.
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tourism.government.bg:5795:2018-03-07T17:03:00
Minister Angelkovaunveiled the Bulgarian stand at the most significant tourism forum - ITB Berlin
2018-03-07T13:28:00
Our country is being presented at the exhibition for the 50th time with a 400 sq. m. stand to visitors hailing from 180 countriesThe Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova,unveiled the Bulgarian standat ITB Berlin –the most significant tourism forum worldwide. The exhibition is held during March 7-11, with Bulgaria being presented there for the 50th time. Our country is among the longest-standingexhibitors, notedMinister Angelkova adding that Germany is a leading market for incoming tourismtoBulgaria. In 2017 German tourists traveling in our countrywere over 870 000, growing by 5.3 percentcompared toa year before. During the first month of 2018 visitors from Germany were nearly 12 000, growing by 7.7% compared tolast year’s January.Bulgaria takes part in this year’s edition in Berlin with an exhibition stand of 400 sq. m.Also presenting there, further to the Ministry of Tourism,are 40 co-exhibitors, Bulgarian municipalities and businesses being among them. Last yearthere were 10 000 exhibitors hailing from180 countries at ITB Berlin. There were 160 000 visitors, trade professionals out of them 100 000. This year’s forum is predicted to draw even greater interest.A major focus in the Bulgarian showcasing are the tourism opportunities at the Black Sea coast, as well as the cultural-historical and spa products offered by the country. These are the most in-demand types of tourism both for professionals and the general public. The Glagolitic script is a peculiar part of the promotion. Forum guests may receive a document with their name written in the Glagolitic script. During the weekend guests will also be able to see authentic folk dancing.
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tourism.government.bg:5794:2018-03-07T13:28:00
Opening of the bids for setting up the Single Tourism Information System (STIS)
2018-02-28T17:51:00
It will connect the hotel registers to the National Revenue Agency and the Ministry of the Interior, shrinking the grey sector in tourism.The bids for the public procurement to set up the Single Tourism Information System (STIS) were opened at the Ministry of Tourism.There are seven bids. According to the procedure, upcoming is the document review in terms of admissibility and review of the technical proposals. The bidders will then be invited to the opening of the price offers, with a final ranking of the admitted bids due to be made then. The contractor will be selected among them and will have 6 months to set up and commission the single system.STIS will connect real-time the hotel registers to the Ministry of Tourism, the National Revenue Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, and the municipalities.The system will optimize the collection rate of proceeds from tourism operations. STIS is expected to contribute to higher security levels and limit the grey sector in tourism. 
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tourism.government.bg:5707:2018-02-28T17:51:00
437 000 international tourists visited Bulgaria in January, a 19% growth compared to January 2017
2018-02-28T17:04:00
Nearly 19% more international tourists visited our country this January. This is revealed by today’s stats of the National Statistical Institute. In 2018 the total international tourist visits to Bulgaria were over 437 000, whereas in January 2017 they stood at 368 000. Last year’s December results were also very favourable as the total international tourist visits to Bulgaria were 457 000, 15.2% more than December 2016.During the December 2017 - January 2018 period the total number of international tourist visits to Bulgaria was nearly 895 000, a 17 per cent increase, compared to the December 20176 - January 2017 period. Presently, the results are very good, we are expecting this winter season’s international tourist visits to grow by some 10%, commented the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, adding that owing to the accumulated snow in recent days, the season is expected to last until late April, providing further positive effect.Growth has been registered on a number of markets during the two winter season months. Tourists from Greece have increased by 13,3%, surpassing 198 000. Visitors from Romania were nearly 120 000, growing by 33 per cent. Guests from Turkey exceeded 117 000, registering a 21% growth. Growth is also registered on the Macedonia, Serbia, and Germany markets, by 8%, 17% and 12,8%, respectively. During December and January UK tourists were 19,8% more compared to the same period a year before. Visitors from Italy and the Ukraine grew by 18,8% and 15,4%, respectively, while the increase in Israeli guests is nearly 43%.The minister reminisced that the 2016/2017 winter season was the most successful for our tourism since Bulgaria’s EU accession. The total international tourist visits were 1.476 mil., achieving a 19,6% growth. This means that the visits are over 242 000 more compared to the previous winter season.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/437-000-international-tourists-visited-bulgaria-january-19-growth-compared-january
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Minister Angelkova at the Carnegie Endowment, USA: Russia, China, and remote markets are very important for Bulgarian tourism
2018-02-24T16:45:00
Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, visited the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C. as part of her work visit to USA. She talked with Paul Stronski, senior fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program. His research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighbouring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The program has projects in various areas – tourism, adventure travel, economy, culture, etc.The Russian market is extremely important for Bulgaria’s incoming tourism, indicated Minister Angelkova. She announced that in 2017 Russia ranked 5th in terms of tourist visits to our country, with some 558 000 visits. At the upcoming international exhibition Intertourmarket in Moscow, which is among the most important ones for our country’s promotion, Bulgaria will be presented with a large stand as an attractive destination for summer, sea, spa & medical spa, cultural-historical, pilgrimage, and other types of tourism. The Bulgarian minister emphasized that 2017 was a record-breaking year for the sector and shared her hopes that the growth in revenues and number of tourists would be surpassed this year as well.Bulgaria’s 6-month presidency of the EU Council, which started at the turn of the year, will undoubtedly be helpful to this end. It will not only enhance our country’s prestige as an active member state, but will also make it more recognizable as a tourism destination. Bulgaria also has a particularly important role as a middleman in the promotion of the Western Balkans’ integration into European projects and initiatives.Minister Angelkova emphasized that the institution’s marketing activities bear increasingly noticeable fruit. The 2017 revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria were almost BGN 6,9 bil., a 9.3% growth compared to the previous record-breaking year of 2016.  Conducive to such achievements is also the active communication with large-scale international tour operators, such as TUI, Neckermann, Thomas Cook, Der Turistik, etc. Significant growth was registered on a number of markets – inter alia, Germany with 870 000 tourists (third in the rankings) and over 5% growth, UK with 338 000 visits and 24% growth, Ireland – 31 000 and 22% growth, and many others.Remote and new markets also matter to us because Bulgaria is still not very popular there as a 4-season destination, said Minister Angelkova. She gave an example with China, which generated over 26 000 tourist visits in 2017, an over 41 per cent hike, compared to 2016. The potential, however, is much greater, therefore we are ready to offer the Asian markets, jointly with other countries in the region, common tourism products, summarized Minister Angelkova.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-carnegie-endowment-usa-russia-china-and-remote-markets-are-very
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tourism.government.bg:5705:2018-02-24T16:45:00
Minister Angelkova showcases destination Bulgaria to the WACA President, Bill Clifford
2018-02-24T15:41:00
During her work visit to the US, the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held talks with the President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America - WACA, Bill Clifford. Bulgaria is an attractive destination offering diverse and competitive services, both mass and niche, to millions of tourists, she said, pointing out our country’s role as a regional factor for the promotion of good quality and sustainable development of tourism in Europe.Nikolina Angelkova reminisced that only days ago Sofia hosted a large-scale meeting of the EU tourism ministers, entitled Tourism and Economic Growth, which involved participants and observers from over 30 countries. It was a class A event in Bulgaria’s rotational presidency of the EU Council, which will last until June 2018. One of the most significant messages of the forum was that countries must use joint efforts to promote durable economic growth and work on Europe’s image as a leading tourism destination worldwide, having generated over USD 440 bil. of revenues in the sector during 2016.According to latest stats, South-Eastern European countries have drawn in over 115 mil. international tourists, accounting for 9% of the global tourist flow, having generated revenues amounting to USD 57 bil., or 5% of the global proceeds from tourism. Bulgaria’s contribution in this regard is noticeable, it was proposed during the meeting to set up, based on Bulgaria’s experience, a Map of 100 European Tourism Sites, which will cause even more tourists to have interest in the continent, announced Minister Angelkova.She added that our country is registering two record-breaking years in a row for the sector ever since national statistics have been available. The upgrade is a fact, we have registered nearly 8.9 mil. international tourist visits for 2017, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016, while revenues from international tourism stand at circa BGN 6.9 bil., a 9,3% growth, added Minister Angelkova. It is pleasing that guests are now arriving from even more remote markets, which is a testament to the country’s increasing recognition as an attractive destination, stated Minister Angelkova, citing as an example our success on the US market. Last year almost 88 000 American tourists travelled to Bulgaria, which is some 10% more, compared to 2016.Thus, USA ranks 20th among the countries generating incoming tourism to our country. A successful campaign using billboards and digital screens was already held for Bulgaria as a destination in some of the biggest US cities, and it yielded very good results, it was made clear by the minister.Nikolina Angelkova also provided detailed information about the large diversity of tourism services, which make Bulgaria attractive to visitors – winter and summer vacations, spa and medical spa packages, cultural-historic tours, golf, gourmet, ecotourism, adventure tourism, etc. She also reminisced that in late 2016 Bulgaria’s capital successfully hosted the first International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization. It will have its second edition next November, again in Sofia, but now as an International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes, and will again be carried out in partnership with UNWTO. The CNN anchor, Richard Quest, has already been invited as a moderator.The World Affairs Councils of America is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the public and leading global voices to better understand the world, America's international role, and the policy choices that impact our daily lives and our future.Bill Clifford has been President and CEO of WACA since 2013. He was previously a reported in international finance, economy, and politics in Asia and a correspondent in Tokyo. He has an MA from the John Hopkins University in International Studies, a BA in International Relations and French Literature from the Tufts University, as well as C.E.P. in Public Policy from the Science Po in Paris. 
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-showcases-destination-bulgaria-waca-president-bill-clifford
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Minister Angelkova showcased Bulgaria’s potential before Paul Brown, assistant deputy secretary of state at the US Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
2018-02-24T13:42:00
Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held talks with Paul Brown, assistant deputy secretary of state for transportation affairs at the US Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs - EB, showcasing to him our country’s potential as an attractive year-round destination. The meeting is part of the agenda during the minister’s work visit to USA.Minister Angelkova emphasized that Bulgaria is being promoted increasingly actively by state-of-the-art means such itinerary of the European tourism map. She drew attention to the fact that digitalization and the internet presence are among the main highlights in the ministry’s promotional and marketing campaign. The sector is one of the defining sectors of Bulgaria’s economy, having been upgrade to national priority by the government, she said.Intensive economic development of the country and the region is another key highlight in our work and also a focus for Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council since the start of 2018, added the minister.She advised the assistant deputy secretary of state of our country’s excellent performance in tourism. During the 2015–2017 period the average annual growth in tourist visits to our country was 12%, compared to circa 6-7 per cent EU-wide for the same period. Last year alone, Bulgaria registered nearly 8.9 mil. international tourism visits, a 7.6% growth compared to 2016, considerably exceeding the country’s populace. Our revenues from international tourism are also high – some BGN 6,9 bil. last year, a 9.3% growth compared to 2016, announced Minister Angelkova.Bulgaria is becoming increasingly recognizable as a 4-season travel and vacation itinerary. Apart from the traditional winter and sea tourism, we are offering diverse niche tourism services, which are increasingly in demand. The Ministry created eight cultural-historical destinations for the country’s territory, considerably enhancing the tourist flow to those locations. Presently, 12 wine-gourmet destinations are also being developed, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forests, businesses, and municipalities, the idea being to promote specific tourism products in the regions and encourage local marketing in tourism, explained Minister Angelkova.She further emphasized that Bulgaria is among the European countries richest in mineral water and medical resources, with the potential to become the continents spa hub. Medical spa tourism is among the leading highlights in our product policy. This is why we are preparing 7 specialized destinations for this tourism type as well.Nikolina Angelkova also commented specifically on Bulgaria’s potential as a country with rich heritage spanning at least 7 historical era. We have over 40 000 discovered artefacts, ranking us third in Europe in this type of heritage. It is a basis to deploy new projects and itineraries for cultural-historical tourism, which is becoming an ever stronger motivation for trips around Europe and worldwide, said Minister Angelkova.Paul Brown saluted Bulgaria’s achievements in tourism, recognizing our country as being very beautiful, with strong potential for tourism development, emphasizing that it is a key partner for USA, and congratulating it on the important role as rotational president of the EU Council. The host also appreciated highly Bulgaria’s priorities for cooperation and partnership in the economy and tourism both in the region and on a more global scale.EB is a unit of the US Department of State, which is charged with promoting economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. It reports to the Minister of the Economy, Energy, and Environment. The Bureau’s work lies at the nexus of economic prosperity and national security, addressing a range of economic issues including intellectual property rights, and helping in the promotion of a coherent economic policy across the US government.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-showcased-bulgarias-potential-paul-brown-assistant-deputy
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Minister Angelkova holds talks in Washington with Paul McCarthy, Regional Deputy Director for Europe of the International Republican Institute
2018-02-24T13:09:00
Bulgaria is playing an increasingly active role on the Balkans and could be a crucial factor for the region’s economic development, including via various tourism initiatives. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, before Paul B. McCarthy, Regional Deputy Director for Europe of the International Republican Institute - IRI. Their meeting was held in Washington D.C., within the framework of the minister’s work visit to USA.Minister Angelkova showcased the demanding mission now being performed by Bulgaria as president of the EU Council in regards to the security, prosperity, and modern-era development of the Community countries. The EU Presidency’s important focuses also include integration of the Western Balkans, which still have untapped economic, social, and cultural potential.Together with other countries in the region we are developing infrastructure projects, which are key to the development of tourism as well, said the minister, emphasizing that common products and itineraries were being set up, which will attract more tourists to that part of Europe, including tourists from remote markets, such as USA.Tourism contributes to the global economy’s growth because it’s a key factor of sustainability. Traditionally, it is among the more important drivers of wellbeing and advancement of countries, developing at accelerated pace in recent decades, added the minister, reminding that this month an informal meeting was held in Sofia of the EU tourism ministers entitled Tourism and Economic Growth. The forum was attended by some 520 delegates, discussing these matters and Europe’s role as a leading tourism destination globally.The minister reminisced that according to the European Travel Commission in 2017 international tourism travel on the continent exceeded 670 mil., growing by 8.4 per cent compared to the year before. Bulgaria is also registering excellent results in the sector. In 2017 the total number of international tourism visits to the country was nearly 8.9 mil., way over a million more than our populace. We are increasingly attracting investors to tourism, offering high-grade, competitive services, stressed Minister Angelkova.IRI is a non-partisan, non-governmental international organization for the development in democracy. Since 1983 it has been active in over 100 countries – in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa – it now has offices in over 30 countries. Its operations include support to political parties and their nominees for the development of their values and institutional setups, good governance practices, civil society, education, youth leaders, election reforms, election monitoring, etc.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-holds-talks-washington-paul-mccarthy-regional-deputy-director
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tourism.government.bg:5702:2018-02-24T13:09:00
Minister Angelkova met the National Endowment for Democracy leadership in Washington
2018-02-23T14:47:00
Minister Nikolina Angelkova met the leadership of the National Endowment for Democracy - NED in Washington during her work visit to Washington. The presented our country’s potential as a tourism destination and outlined topical matters in its democratic development. „At the year’s start our country took over the presidency of the EU Council and is fulfilling the responsible mission of proposing important solutions for the future of the Union and millions of people. It is a big opportunity to draw attention to the region and the country as a year-round tourism destination“, stated Minister Angelkova.She explained that the one of the key highlights is the Western Balkans’ economic and political integration, which is a crucial shared priority for the member-states. In the past the region was a hotbed for conflicts, but it is now a place of increasingly active partnership and understanding. In tourism such integration is a fact by virtue of the planning of projects for common itineraries and services to shared markets, it was made clear by the minister.Bulgaria has very good economic relations with Turkey – our southern neighbour is a strategic tourism partner. Last year in ranked 4th in incoming tourism to Bulgaria, generating a nearly 13% growth in visits, compared to 2016.Minister Angelkova drew attention to the fact that Bulgaria is also very attractive to foreign investors as an outsourcing destination. We are also proud to have very fast internet. There is a growing number of large-scale hotel chains wishing to invest in high-category tourism facilities in the capital city Sofia and along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.The Bulgarian minister also presented to the NED representatives the sustainable results in the sector, which Bulgaria has achieved in recent years. In 2017 international tourist visits to our country stood at nearly 8.9 mil., a historical record for the sector and way more than the country’s own populace. The 2017 revenues from international tourism were some BGN 6.9 bil. a 9,3 per cent growth, compared to 2016.We are working actively to promote Bulgaria as an attractive destination for summer-, winter-, and specialized tourism, including on remote markets, USA being among these. Last autumn we had a successful outdoor promotional campaign in some of the biggest US cities, with the visible outputs from the marketing activities being that US tourists coming to Bulgaria in 2017 were nearly 88 000, a circa 10% growth, compared to 2016, placing the US among the top 20 countries for our incoming tourism, added Minister Angelkova.NED is a non-profit foundation established in 1983 and dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year the foundation is giving away over 1 600 grants to overseas NGO”s working for democratic goals in over 90.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-met-national-endowment-democracy-leadership-washington
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tourism.government.bg:5701:2018-02-23T14:47:00
Minister Angelkova talks with the Club of Young Professionals and the Bulgarian community in Washington
2018-02-23T14:07:00
Bulgaria’s popularity as a destination is growing all the time, each year it is increasingly visited by international tourists. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with representatives of the Club of Young Professionals and the Bulgarian community in Washington, D.C. The minister added that the encouraging 2017 stats are indicative in that international tourist visits last year exceeded 8.882 mil., growing by 7.6%, compared to the year before. An even bigger growth of 9.3 per cent is registered in the revenues from international tourism. In 2017 the total revenues in the sector stood at BGN 6.895 bil. according to BNB (Bulgarian National Bank) data. Over the past 2 years the average annual growth in tourist visits to our country was 12%, compared to circa 7 per cent EU-wide for the same period, indicated Minister Angelkova.She stated that now there is work going on under two projects, which are expected to draw more tourists to the country’s interior and increase tourist visits during the windows between the active summer and winter seasons. The Ministry of Tourism is developing spa and medical spa destinations, with the concept project covering 7 directions, country-wide. For the purpose of engaging a broad range of stakeholders in the development of destinations, opinions were requested from 50 municipalities, which provided the basis for creating the destinations.Bulgaria’s Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forests, is also setting up 12 wine-gourmet destinations, the minister announced further, explaining that these include both traditional wine beverages and cuisine typical of the respective region, as well as nearly 50 municipalities and some 100 tourism sites. The number is not accidental as well, it was chosen to match the number of months in a year.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-talks-club-young-professionals-and-bulgarian-community
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tourism.government.bg:5700:2018-02-23T14:07:00
Minister Angelkova before the leadership of the US Centre for European Policy Analysis: We are working actively to attract investments
2018-02-23T09:25:00
Bulgaria’s government, partnering with the private sector, is taking active steps to promote the Bulgaria investment opportunities in the US, highlighting the country’s geographic location and economic benefits. This was stated by Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a Washington work meeting with Peter Doran and Réka Szemerkényi, President and Vice President of the US Centre for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). The minister clarified that Bulgaria has a 10% corporate tax, which goes hand in hand with a skilled labour force and low operating costs. Furthermore, there are specific investment support measures and incentives, via the respective legislation.In line with promotion of investments in the sector, the Ministry of Tourism elaborated an investment map. It covers 32 projects countrywide, which aim to make it easy for the businesses and for investors to target promising endeavours.One crucial prerequisite for tourism to develop well is staff, we are therefore cooperating with the academia in staff training projects, commented Minister Angelkova, adding that the education of children is a priority for Bulgaria’s government. The Centre leaders, Peter Doran and Réka Szemerkényi, commented in turn that they know Bulgaria as a tourism destination, further indicating their awareness of the advertising to promote the country in the US and evaluating positively our promotion initiatives.  
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-leadership-us-centre-european-policy-analysis-we-are-working
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tourism.government.bg:5699:2018-02-23T09:25:00
Minister Angelkova discussed the opportunities to expand bilateral relations with Dominic Restuccia, US senate representative
2018-02-22T19:54:00
Minister Angelkova discussed with Dominic Restuccia, US senate representative, the opportunities to expand bilateral relations. The two held a work meeting during Minister Angelkova’s two-day visit to Washington. We will continue to develop purposefully the trade-economic cooperation and rely on the American side to encourage American investments in Bulgaria, including in tourism, the minister noted further.It is extremely important for us to elaborate an increasingly active campaign for the promotion of Bulgaria on remote markets, such as the USA, commented Minister Angelkova. In 2017 Bulgaria was promoted using billboards and digital screens in various locations in Boston, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.At the year’s start our country took over the presidency of the EU Council, which is a huge opportunity to showcase ourselves as a tourism destination. Minister Angelkova added that the presidency motto is: United We Stand Strong. Bulgaria is highlighting the importance of stability on the Balkans. We are actively with our neighbours, we have good partnership with Turkey, elaborating with them joint tourism products for remote markets, stated Minister Angelkova. Security in the region is important for tourism, while energy diversification will provide predictability for economic development in the region, it was noted during the meeting.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-discussed-opportunities-expand-bilateral-relations-dominic
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tourism.government.bg:5698:2018-02-22T19:54:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Andrew Forbes, legislative director at the US Senate
2018-02-22T17:59:00
US tourists increased by nearly 10 per cent last year, exceeding 87 000. The country is among the leading markets for incoming tourism to Bulgaria, ranking 20th in 2017. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Andrew Forbes, legislative director at the US Senate. The two conversed in Washington, where Minister Angelkova is on a two day work visit. The minister pointed out that USA is a strategic partner for Bulgaria, that US tourists are very important for our country, and that we will continue to work actively on advertising in America. Our country was promoted there for the first time last year, in September and October, with billboards and digital screens in public locations.During the meeting Minister Angelkova presented to her interlocutor the latest tourism data in our country. She informed him that in 2017 international tourists in Bulgaria exceeded 8.882 mil., growing by 7.6%, with tourism revenues standing at nearly BGN 6.9 bil. a 9.3 per cent growth.The Ministry of Tourism is working actively to not only attract more visitors but also to encourage investments in the sector, stated Minister Angelkova, showcasing to her interlocutor the Ministry-developed investment map. The minister commented that the map contains specific proposal for promising projects, aiming to not only increase investments in tourism but make it easier for the businesses as well. The Bulgarian minister and Mr. Andrew Forbes commented that security is crucial both for investments and tourism. Minister Angelkova emphasized that Bulgaria is a symbol of stability in its region and is often chosen for family vacations precisely because of its security.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-held-work-meeting-andrew-forbes-legislative-director-us-senate
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tourism.government.bg:5697:2018-02-22T17:59:00
Minister Angelkova held a work meeting with Thorsten Geissler, head of the Bulgarian office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation
2018-02-19T18:16:00
Germany is in top 3 of Bulgaria’s tourism markets   Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Thorsten Geissler, head of the Bulgarian office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Germany is in top 3 of Bulgaria’s tourism-generating markets. The German tourists visiting our country last year exceeded 870 000, growing by 5.3 per cent compared to the year before, said Minister Angelkova. This year we are expecting the results to be even better and also register another growth in the number of German tourists, indicated the minister, clarifying that such were the indications about the early summer vacation bookings of tour operators, as well booked flights. Preparation for the new active season takes place in communication with the large-scale international tour operators, such as TUI, Neckermann, Thomas Cook, Der Turistik, explained the minister. The meetings in preparation of summer 2018 started back in the heat of last season. Mr. Geissler added that Bulgaria is often a preferred destination for German tourists.Tourism development is an important priority for the government, emphasized Minister Angelkova. She presented to her interlocutor the tourism opportunities offered by Bulgaria. Sea tourism is traditional for the country, but in addition we are also developing the cultural-historical, spa, medical spa, wellness, gourmet, and eco ones, said the minister, adding that the country is in the position to offer to its visitors a broad range of products owing to its natural riches and millennial history.The minister stated that the Ministry is working actively to attract ever more German tourists to our country. We have on schedule the presentation of Bulgarian tourism products at the ITB Berlin exhibition, which will be held early next month, announced Minister Angelkova. The tourism forum is among the most significant ones globally and is intended both for professionals and the general public. Last year there were more than 10 000 exhibitors from 180 countries and regions, while the visitors’ number reached 160 000.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-held-work-meeting-thorsten-geissler-head-bulgarian-office-konrad
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tourism.government.bg:5696:2018-02-19T18:16:00
Minister Angelkova: Digitalization is a major priority in tourism, we are making a long-term concept for its development
2018-02-15T13:16:00
EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel with a video address for the roundtable of the Ministry of Tourism- an event in Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council 70% of smartphone-using tourists make surveys for their journeys through their phones, international research suggests. Each second journey begins from a mobile device. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, at the opening of the international roundtable entitled Digital Transformation in Tourism. The event was held within the framework of the Vacation & Spa Expo international tourism exchange, which is part of the Ministry’s initiatives in the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The roundtable was attended by Renata Pindjo, Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Republic of Serbia. Maria Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, also participated via a video address.According to international analyses, internet users have increased globally by 7% last year, while people actively using social networks, have increased by 13 per cent in 2017 г. A 14% growth is also registered in the users of social networks via mobile devices, said Minister Angelkova.We are using the international roundtable as a platform for dialog among government institutions, NGO’s, and businesses. Tourism needs a long-term, sustainable digitalization concept, we are developing it, stated Minister Angelkova.Two major topics will be discussed during the roundtable. The first looks at New Economic Models and Digital Culture – Factors for the Future Development of Tourism“. It will discuss how digitalization and the emergence of new business models are affecting the tourism industry, announced Minister Angelkova. The second discussion will focus on Digitalization and New Opportunities to Preserve Cultural Heritage. Participants will discuss how innovative management may be used to stimulate the tourism sector’s development, explained the Minister.In her video address, EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel thanked Minister Angelkova for the active works and for transforming Bulgaria into a preferred tourism destination. She also added that online visits of tourists in Europe are leading ones and that European tourism goes hand in hand with digitalization.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-digitalization-major-priority-tourism-we-are-making-long-term
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tourism.government.bg:5621:2018-02-15T13:16:00
Minister Angelkova opens the Vacation & Spa Expo international tourism exposition
2018-02-14T18:34:00
Minister Angelkova opened the 35th edition of the largest tourism exposition in Bulgaria – the Vacation & Spa Expo international tourism exchange. The forum was held between February 14 – 16, 2018 in the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia, under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism and in partnership with Sofia Municipality and the industry organizations. Each year the exposition attracts over 350 companies and more than 20 000 professionals and visitors, while last year it registered a 9% growth in visitors.The exchange is a part of the events organized by the Ministry of Tourism during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, which undoubtedly is notable recognition of its significance. A day before, the Tourism and Economic Growth informal meeting of the EU tourism ministers was held, being the first of its kind. Discussion led to the shared desire to jointly support the development of tourism, which is a crucial driver of sustainable economic growth in the EU. Its share in the Union’s GDP is nearly 10 per cent, while it has a 12% share of all European jobs. In Bulgaria the industry generates some 13% of the country’s GDP, emphasized the minister.She announced that the sector ranks among the three most important economic sectors in terms of these indicators. In 2017 international tourist travel in Europe exceeded 670 mil., with more than 8 per cent growth being registered, according to stats of the European Tourism Commission.Minister Angelkova stated her conviction that these up-to-date topics will also be discussed during the exchange. Bulgaria has a lot to show for during the 3-day forum because it is working hard to upgrade its image as an attractive European destination. This is also evidenced by stats. The total number of international tourism visits in our country in 2017 are nearly 8.9 mil., registering a 7 per cent growth compared to 2016, while over 61% of the visits are by EU nationals. International tourism revenues have grown by over 9% for the January-November period of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, exceeding BGN 6.6 bil. in absolute terms.Positive results are not possible without application of innovations and state-of-the-art technology. Therefore, we planned as a special highlight in the exchange’s agenda tomorrow’s international roundtable entitled Digital Transformation in Tourism also here, at Inter Expo Centre, and it is also part of the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, Minister Angelkova said further. She emphasized in this context that for the first time ever the traditional annual awards of Vacation & Spa Expo envisage a recognition for the best innovative project implemented in tourism.The Minister invited the guests to visit the Ministry-organized Bulgarian stand, which spans an area of 150 sq. m. and reveals our country’s potential as an attractive year-round destination. Participating as co-exhibitors are over 20 municipalities, tourism chambers, culture centres, museums, regional associations, specialized clusters, and various associations.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-opens-vacation-spa-expo-international-tourism-exposition
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tourism.government.bg:5620:2018-02-14T18:34:00
Minister Angelkova: A task group involving several countries will draft Balkan routes for remote market tourists
2018-02-14T11:46:00
Bulgaria will increasingly be attracting tourists from China and other remote markets with common Balkan routes involving several countries. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, in an interview for the morning talk show of bTV. She summarized as very successful the first of its kind Tourism and Economic Growth meeting of the tourism ministers in EU within Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, adding that it was highly rated by Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of UN’s World Tourism Organization. The forum gathered a record number of over 520 delegates.We discussed with EU member states the ways to attract more tourists from China and remote markets to the single destination Europe, with Turkey and the Western Balkans also to be integrated in the initiative. We are setting up a task group with representatives of ministries and municipalities to create routes, which will attract Chinese tourists. This will be considerably helped also by our idea to create a map of the top 100 European tourism sites, which will incorporate for a start landmarks from the UNESCO lists. Also discussed was the establishment of a European Tourism Fund, which would assist the implementation of such ideas via financial and other mechanisms, explained Minister Angelkova.Analyses indicate that Bulgarians increasingly prefer to spend their vacations in Bulgaria because quality of our tourism services is sustainably on the rise. This is evidence that tourists are pleased with the marketed product, the minister stressed. According to polls, half of the surveyed Bulgarians will, for example, opt for the Bulgarian Black Sea next summer, with half of our compatriots also staying in their motherland for the ski vacations.Minister Angelkova anticipated some upward movement in the prices of summer vacations because demand for high-category hotels offering better quality is expanding but this depends entirely on the industry because tourism in our country is 100% privately owned. The minister reminded, however, that according to data in the western media, Bulgaria is among the leading destinations in terms of price performance vacation.   She focused on the need to ensure the stewarding of sea beaches in order to provide trouble-free summer vacation to the visitors. Whether the procedures are under the Black Sea Spatial Planning Act or under the new Concessions Act, the beach concessions will be granted by the Ministry of Tourism, she explained adding that it is normal practice because the ministry is the responsible institution. I and the Deputy Prime Minister, Valeri Simeonov, are fighting to have order in the resorts. We are fully compliant with the law and monitor the transparent conduct of procedures. The problem with beaches in the gated resorts will be resolved via concessions because the highest price is not the criterion to determine the steward, unlike the case with letting, it is a set of criteria.Users demand that the beaches are granted under concessions and stood against the total removal of portable vending stands. 92% of those surveyed insist that the beaches be stewarded, while 60% request that there are portable vending stands at the beach itself, for the comfort of tourists. We are preparing documents to proceed with the concessions as fast as possible, in order to safeguard the government’s interest, Minister Angelkova said categorically.She also drew attention to winter tourism, which should develop at accelerated pace as well. Everything will be done according to the rulebook in the case of Pirin. There is no risk of overdevelopment in the mountain, there is no way for this to happen on 48 per cent of its territory. Only sports-technical facilities will be constructed. This holds not just for Bansko, but also for Borovets, Pamporovo, Vitosha, Stara Planina, Rhodope mountains, commented the minister.There should be quick and environmentally friendly access, such as lifts, to our mountain resorts, it became clear from her words. Change, however, doesn’t come quickly – there has to be investment intention, which would then undergo public discussion and environmental assessment. It is a fact that we are registering growths of winter tourists, with this season being expected to result in a growth of their number in the range of 5-10%, summarized Minister Angelkova.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-task-group-involving-several-countries-will-draft-balkan-routes
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Malta supports Bulgaria’s idea to create a map of the top 100 European tourism sites
2018-02-13T15:12:00
Malta supports Bulgaria’s idea to create a map of the top 100 European tourism sites. The proposal was tabled by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during the Tourism and Economic Growth summit meeting of the ministers of tourism, a level A event in the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. The idea for the map of European tourism sites evolved following dialogue with the NGO sector. During a work meeting Minister Angelkova and Konrad Mizzi, Malta’s tourism minister, discussed the council proposals, as well as the opportunities for joint initiatives in the sector. Minister Mizzi indicated approval for the idea to set up a European Tourism Fund.Minister Angelkova showcased last year’s achievements of Bulgarian tourism. She announced that over 8.8 mil. tourists visited the country, a 7.6 per cent growth compared to a year before. There are growth forecasts for this year as well, added the minister.The two also discussed the opportunity to open a direct air service between Malta and Bulgaria. The ministers shared the opinion that the direct transport link would support tourism in both countries and would contribute to more travel both ways. Significant growth of Maltese tourists in Bulgaria of over 118% was registered in 2016, their number growing to nearly 5000. Malta ranks among the top 50 destinations for international travel of Bulgarians. Last year, their number grew by over 38 per cent, reaching almost 13 000.Minister Angelkova invited her counterpart Mizzi to participate in the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization and is due to be held in mid-November in Sofia.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/malta-supports-bulgarias-idea-create-map-top-100-european-tourism-sites
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tourism.government.bg:5618:2018-02-13T15:12:00
Bulgaria and Turkey will attract remote destination tourists with joint promotion of their folklore and cuisine
2018-02-12T17:00:00
Turkey is the 4th incoming market for Bulgarian tourism, announced Minister Angelkova during a meeting with Minister Kurtulmuş in Sofia.Turkish tourists travelling to our country last year were 12.5% more, exceeding 636 000. Thus, the Turkey market ranks 4th among the leading countries for incoming tourism to our country. This was said by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, to Numan Kurtulmuş, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism. The minister added further that our southern neighbour is among the preferred international travel destinations for Bulgarians, whose number grew by 7.6 per cent last year.Minister Angelkova presented to her guests the currently developed wine-gourmet and spa routes and the digital projects, such as cooperation with Viber ad the setting up of Chat Extension, which enables direct sharing of tourism sites.Tourism is a key sector for the strengthening of international cooperation as well, stated Minister Angelkova, adding that Bulgaria is working with its partners from South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans to create joint projects in the area of cultural, historical, sea, wellness, rural, environmental, and religious tourism. Turkey plays an important part in this context, we are working together within the tourism task group of OBSEC, the minister said further, explaining that a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the OBSEC member-states is due to be held and invited her counterpart to the scheduled event.The task group established between Bulgaria and Turkey is an example of the good partnership the two countries have. Today’s meeting between ministers Angelkova and Kurtulmuş is precisely what symbolically inaugurates the commencement of the task group’s operations. Its purpose is to prepare joint projects to promote Turkish and Bulgarian folklore customs, kitchen, and others. With these the two countries will attract more tourists, the main focus being remote markets, such as China, India, and USA.Days of Bulgaria in Turkey and Days of Turkey in Bulgaria are in the pipeline of events. We are preparing a marketing promotional campaign for the Turkish market, stated Minister Angelkova, explaining that the special target groups will include not only tour operators and agencies, but end user as well, such as families with children. It is exceptionally important for use to attract more Turkish tourists to Bulgaria during winter, Minister Angelkova commented further.Minister Kurtulmuş congratulated Minister Angelkova for the consistent work and efforts for the advancement of tourism in Bulgaria, stating preparedness for cooperation in the future joint projects, which will contribute to the sector’s development both in the two countries and region-wide.
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tourism.government.bg:5617:2018-02-12T17:00:00
Minister Angelkova: A task group will prepare tourism cooperation measures between Bulgaria and Montenegro
2018-02-12T15:41:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, met Pavle Radulovic, Montenegro’s Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism. The two conversed on the eve of the summit level Tourism and Economic Growth ministerial meeting of tourism ministers of EU member states, which forms part of the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council.Following on the bilateral agreement from June 2016 between Bulgaria and Montenegro, Minister Angelkova proposed the setting up of a task group between the two countries to outline development and cooperation measures in tourism. Actions for the better presentation of the cultural-historical traditions will be discussed, as well as facilitation of the procedures for exchange of tourists between Bulgaria and Montenegro.Tourism has an important contribution to the Bulgarian economy. Revenues in the sector stood at BGN 6.6 bil. in 2017, with the sector’s share in the GDP being nearly 13%, noted Minister Angelkova. She informed the guest about the recently created Map of Investment Projects, which is intensively promoted by the Ministry of Tourism to international investors. Our main goal is to transform the country into a year-round tourism destination, marketing a high-grade, competitive product, added Minister Angelkova.6 619 guests from Montenegro visited our country in 2017. Compared to 2016, the growth is over 16%. The two ministers agreed to exchange experience in tourism. Montenegro will share its practices for attracting international investment in the sector, while Bulgaria will in turn inform Montenegro about its success in developing winter tourism.Minister Angelkova showcased to her counterpart the opportunity to promote our country due to Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. She explained that this is exceptionally important for tourism. We will demonstrate that Bulgaria is a secure destination offering a high-grade, diverse product, stated the Bulgarian minister.
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/novini/minister-angelkova-task-group-will-prepare-tourism-cooperation-measures-between
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tourism.government.bg:5616:2018-02-12T15:41:00
Thirty EU and Balkan countries meet in Sofia to discuss the economic role of tourism
2018-02-12T14:37:00
During a high-level meeting on tourism taking place in Sofia on 13 February 2018, representatives from 30 EU and Balkan countries will discuss the sustainable development of the tourism sector and its role as a driver for economic growth. The focus of three panel discussions will be the EU tourism regulations, security and the possibilities for boosting cooperation between Europe and China.Tourism has an important economic role, accounting for more than 13 % of Bulgaria's GDP and about 10 % of the EU's GDP. In 2016, the revenue from international tourism in the EU amounted to EUR 341 billion. Host of the event will be the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Ms Nikolina Angelkova.Among the high-level delegates are Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. Ministers of tourism from all EU Member States and from the Balkan region as well as business representatives will attend the forum.  Overall, delegations from around 30 countries are expected to take part. The informal meeting will consist of three main panels. The first panel will focus on the role of tourism as a driver for economic growth and regional integration and on the shared economy phenomenon and the implementation of related EU regulations. The second panel discussion will emphasise the role of security for the attractiveness of tourist destinations. During the last session, panellists will debate the importance of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative. The potential of the Chinese outbound market is enormous.According to preliminary data, in 2017 there were more than 12.4 million tourist visits of Chinese citizens to Europe, a growth of 18 % compared to 2016.
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tourism.government.bg:5535:2018-02-12T14:37:00
Croatia’s minister of tourism to Minister Angelkova: You are making Bulgarian tourism recognizable worldwide. I salute that
2018-02-12T13:21:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Gari Capelli, Republic of Croatia’s tourism ministers. The two conversed during the Tourism and Economic Growth summit meeting of the ministers of tourism in the EU member-states in Sofia.Minister Capelli welcomed the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts to make Bulgarian tourism products recognizable on the global market. He expressed his satisfaction with the establishment of a standalone ministry of tourism in Bulgaria, which acknowledges the sector’s importance in the country, and also stated his preparedness for bilateral cooperation.Minister Angelkova presented to her Croatian counterpart the positive data about the sector’s development in Bulgaria. Visits of international tourists exceeded 8.8 mil. throughout 2017. The reported growth is 7.6% compared to the previous year. In total, over 630 700 international visitors came to Bulgaria last year. We have registered a growth of over 26% of tourists from Republic of Croatia, who visited Bulgaria in 2017. 23 000 Croatian tourists chose our country for their vacations. Thus, Croatia ranks 35st among the biggest incoming destinations in our country, noted Minister Angelkova.Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council is an opportunity, which gives us the chance to highlight the role of tourism as a sustainable factor for economic growth and as a bridge between people, countries, and cultures. The EU Council presidency is a wonderful opportunity to promote our country as a four-season tourism destination, stated the Bulgarian minister. Get-to-know tours are planned in all Western Balkan countries in the second half of 2018, she noted further, adding that we are planning to showcase in Croatia the opportunities for sea-, cultural-historical, medical spa and spa tourism in our country.The two ministers also discussed the development potential of our country for film tourism. Many Bollywood films have been shot in Bulgaria at an exceptionally good price performance. We are expecting the inclusion of digital technologies to contribute positively to the development of tourism in our country, stated Minister Angelkova, explaining that the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is the first one on an international level to provide a service enabling direct sharing of tourism sites via Viber’s Chat Extension.Also discussed was the opportunity to intensify flight service to remote destinations, which would contribute to the increase tourism exchange among countries. Angelkova and Capelli stated that tourism is a joint products and cooperation among government institutions, private organizations, and local communities is important for it.
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tourism.government.bg:5615:2018-02-12T13:21:00
Minister Angelkova: Bulgaria may play a leading role in the promotion of tourism in the Black Sea region
2018-02-12T12:25:00
OBSEC nominated the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism for a second term as coordinator of the Tourism Cooperation task group Bulgaria may play a leading role in the promotion of tourism in the Black Sea region. We have the idea to put the focus on the wine- and gourmet tourism, which are among the priority products for development for the Ministry of Tourism. The topic is due to be discussed at a meeting of the Tourism Cooperation task group of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC), which is now being chaired by Bulgaria. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a meeting with Michael Christides, Secretary-General of OBSEC. She noted further that focus on the sector’s development in the region would thus be strengthened further. Collaborative aid in tourism with the other OBSEC member-states is crucial for us, Minister Angelkova commented further.The Minister thanked Mr. Christides for his involvement in the Tourism and Economic Growth summit meeting of the ministers of tourism, a level A event in the calendar of Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. This year we are paying special attention to the 2018 EU – China Tourism Year initiative, explained Minister Angelkova, clarifying that it was the reason why the topic is a major focus for the ministerial council, which is due for tomorrow. Bulgaria has an exceptionally beneficial cooperation with China and is actively involved with various projects on the famous Silk Road route, the Minister informed further.The two also discussed the progress in the setting up of a meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the OBSEC member-states. The event is also part of the calendar of our presidency of the EU Council and is also a highest category event. It is scheduled to be held in June in Varna. The Ministry of Tourism will report there on the work done during the period of its coordination of the tourism task group in OBSEC, which started in July 2016 and is due to conclude in June this year.The Secretary-General of OBSEC asked the Ministry of Tourism to consider the option of taking on a second term as coordinator of the Tourism Cooperation task group for a further two-year tenure. Christides stated further that he rates highly the institution’s good work in both leading the group and contributing to the progress of tourism in Bulgaria and the Black Sea region. He highlighted cruise tourism in the Black Sea region, explaining that action should be taken to develop it.Minister Angelkova invited Michael Christides to participate in the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes. It is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization and is due to be held in Sofia in November. The link between economy and tourism will be the event’s major highlight.
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tourism.government.bg:5614:2018-02-12T12:25:00
Minister Angelkova and her Israeli counterpart Yariv Levin discussed in Tel Aviv joint actions to increase tourists
2018-02-06T12:28:00
A joint task group between Bulgaria and Israel will be set up. Its purpose will be to promote development of tourism and increase the number of travellers between the two countries. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Yariv Levin, State of Israel’s minister of tourism. The two talked during the IMTM tourism exposition in Tel Aviv.208 141 Israeli tourists visited Bulgaria in 2017. We are registering a nearly 14% growth compared to the previous year, said Minister Angelkova. Israel is a key partner of Bulgaria, with great prospects. Minister Angelkova showcased to the Israeli minister of tourism the positive data about the sector’s development in Bulgaria. Visits of international tourists exceeded 8.8 mil. throughout 2017. The reported growth is 7.6% compared to the previous year. In total, over 630 700 international visitors came to Bulgaria last year, the Minister explained.Another point of discussion was tapping the country’s potential as a four-season tourism destination. Spa, wellness, and medical spa tourism are the major development drivers for the Bulgarian health and medical tourism, which is a priority for the Ministry, stated Minister Angelkova.She invited her Israeli counterpart to the second edition of the International Congress on World Civilizations and Ancient Routes“. The forum is scheduled to be held in Sofia in November. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the UN World Tourism Organization.The Minister presented to Mr. Levin our priorities during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council. She explained that this is exceptionally important for tourism since our country will be in the limelight of Europe’s attention. We will demonstrate that Bulgaria is a preferred tourism destination offering a high-grade, diverse product. Our objective is to showcase our country to the visitors as much as possible, we will use all potential directions – Sofia, Varna, Bourgas, among others, added Minister Angelkova.Yariv Levin rated positively Ministry of Tourism’s work during the presidency. He expressed his gratitude for the good relations between the two countries and stated his preparedness for cooperation and support in the implementation of initiatives going forwards. Minister Levin added that an increase in the flights to and from Bulgaria would boost tourism for both countries.IMTM is the biggest and oldest tourism exhibition in the East Mediterranean, being held for the 21st time this year. 384 exhibitors from 46 countries participate in the event.
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tourism.government.bg:5612:2018-02-06T12:28:00
Minister Angelkova opens the Bulgarian at the biggest tourism exhibition in Israel
2018-02-06T11:52:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, opened the Bulgarian information stand at the IMTM international tourism exhibition – the biggest in the East Mediterranean and Israel. In terms of significance, the forum is among the leading international exchanges in the region, registering a consistent increase in the number of participants, professional visitors and end users. In the course of two days, February 6th and 7th, visitors will be able to look at the offers of dozens of countries. Last year, 1780 exhibitors from 58 countries participated, while the visitors exceeded 27 000, whereof 16 800 were professional audience. Bulgaria is presented by an information stand with an area of nearly 50 sq. m. The main focus is on winter and summer tourism, which are among the most demanded by tourists in the region. Another highlight is the medical spa opportunities, which are often selected as an extra service in recent years. Professionals and amateurs visiting the forum will also be able to become aware of the culture get-to-know tours and entertainment travel offered by Bulgaria.This year, municipalities and companies present themselves, along with the Ministry of Tourism, while interest is growing compared to a year before. Our exhibitors offer niche products – winter and summer vacations, medical spa, and cultural-historical routes. Israel is among the leading markets in international tourist visits to Bulgaria, ranking 12th last year. In 2017 over 200 000 Israeli tourists travelled to our country, registering a 13.7% compared to a year before.
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tourism.government.bg:5613:2018-02-06T11:52:00
Minister Angelkova meets Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance, Mohammed al-Jadaan
2018-01-26T10:51:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, talked with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance, Mohammed al-Jadaan, during the Global Economic Forum in Davos. They discussed the investment opportunities and confirmed the agreements reached during the Riyadh visit of the Bulgarian delegation led by the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov. The progress made in the cooperation between the two countries was also discussed.Over 8,4 mil. international tourists visited Bulgaria during the January-November period of last year, said Minister Angelkova. She explained that a 7,3 percent growth was registered, compared to the same period of the year before. Revenues from international tourism amount to BGN 6,6 bil., growing by 9,1 per cent, compared to the January-November period of 2016.Bulgaria also registered one of the most significant GDP growths in Europe - 3,9% on an annual basis for Q3 of 2017, noted the Minister of Tourism, adding that the Ministry is working actively to promote the country as a year-round tourism destination. Another major objective is attraction of investors in tourism. For that reason, the institution created a Map of Investment Projects, which is intensively promoted by the Ministry of Tourism to international investors. The map includes over 30 sites.Opportunities to promote the cultural-historical heritage of Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia were discussed during the meeting. The two countries will exchange experience in regards to a number of marketing projects and advertising in tourism.In October 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Tourism was signed between Republic of Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia. The document’s objective is for the countries to present their tourism potential, encourage mutual investments, support joint tourism and culture events, and actively cooperate on initiatives of international institutions, such as the UN World Tourism Organization.
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Minister Angelkova: We are registering an 60% growth of Portuguese tourists
2018-01-25T14:43:00
We are registering a 60% growth of tourists hailing from Portugal during the January-November period of 2017. This was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, during a work meeting with Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Portugal’s Minister of Economy, who is also responsible for tourism. The two Ministers conversed during the Global Economic Forum held in the Swiss town of Davos. Over 15 000 Portuguese tourists have visited Bulgaria during the first 11 months of last year, indicate NSI stats.The topics of the meeting between Minister Angelkova and the Portuguese Minister of Economy also included the tourism cooperation between Bulgaria and Portugal. They shared the idea that the two countries could build on the good interaction by encouraging participation in tourism fairs, exhibitions, seminars, and events held in the other country, as well as get-to-know visits of media representatives for the purpose of promoting the destinations. It would be useful for us to exchange experience in the area of education and training curricula, as well as information about tourism development programs, which would encourage investments in the sector, stated Minister Angelkova. The two Ministers also discussed the opportunities of Portuguese experts holding trainings in the Centre for Training and Retraining of Tourism Staff, which is currently being set up. Minister Caldeira is expected to visit Bulgaria soon.Single European tourism policies for sustainable economic growth were also discussed during the work meeting. Development of sustainable tourism is a major priority of the Ministry. The government of Bulgaria is creating conditions to attract more investments in the sector and is setting up partnerships, which accelerate tourism development in a safe environment, stated Minister Angelkova, adding that the objective of the Ministry of Tourism is not just to attract more investments in the sector but also to assert and build on Bulgaria’s image as a competitive destination offering a lot of entertainment and recreation year-round.         
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Minister Angelkova holds work meeting with Peter Lochbihler, director of Public Affairs of booking.com
2018-01-25T09:11:00
The Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with Peter Lochbihler, director of Public Affairs of booking.com, which took place during the Global Economic Forum held in the Swiss town of Davos. The main discussion topics included the investment opportunities in Bulgaria. Minister Angelkova showcased to her interlocutor the advantageous conditions for tourism investments available in our country. An important advantage of Bulgaria in this regard is the low corporate tax rate. Tourism also makes important contribution to the economy, commented the Minister, indicating that revenues in the sector for the first 11 months of 2017 amount to BGN 6,6 bil., the sector’s share in the GDP being nearly 13%.Minister Angelkova and Mr. Lochbihler also commented the opportunities for joint initiatives going forward. She emphasized that the Ministry is working consistently to promote the country as a year-round destination and establish it as a place to visit in all four seasons.We agreed to mutually provide information about unfair competition. Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism will inspect whether all accommodation locations listed on Booking are registered under the Tourism Act, said Minister Angelkova.There are 10 000 Bulgaria accommodation locations in Booking’s network. The website helps on the one hand businesses market their products, while on the other it helps consumers easily search and select where to stay, always relying on genuine information, said the Minister, adding that this makes it easier for people to get to know the world, for businesses to improve their products, and for us to promote Bulgaria as a competitive and interesting destination.Mr. Lochbihler expressed hope that joint projects may be discussed going forward, to stimulate the development of the tourism sector and enhance the recognition of Bulgaria as a destination offering a high-grade tourism product.
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Minister Angelkova: We are working jointly with Turkey on joint tourism products for remote markets
2018-01-22T17:58:00
Nearly 600 000 visitors from our southern neighbour during the January-December period                                                                                                                                    We are working jointly with Turkey on joint tourism products for remote and prospective markets, as well as on the holding of information days of Turkey in Bulgaria and of Bulgaria in Turkey. Thus said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, who held a work meeting with His Excellency Hasan Ulusoy, ambassador of Republic of Turkey in our country. The Minister indicated further that get-to-know tours are being planned in our country for Turkish media and tour operators. The purpose of those tours is to introduce the guests to the opportunities for medical and spa tourism, wine-gastronomy tourism, and culture tourism.We are working purposefully to transform Turkey into a year-round tourism market for us, stated the Minister. Turkey ranks 4th in terms of leading tourism markets for Bulgaria. During the January-November period of 2017 nearly 600 000 Turkish tourists came to