Nikolina Angelkova: Outgoing Tourism Minister Wants Cooperation with Spain

Written by on January 19, 2017 in Latest, Leisure, Tourism - No comments

Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister, Nikolina Angelkova, is busy, even though she will most likely keep her position in the outgoing Borissov government for a few days only. In Madrid, the minister took part in an event which kicked off the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism”, an initiative by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Nikolina Angelkova, who was speaking at a reception she was invited to by Spain’s King Felipe VI, said she wanted to intensify Bulgaria’s cooperation with Spain on sustainable tourism, by exchanging experience and by starting joint initiatives.

Regarding tourism, Bulgaria has reached record numbers in 2016. A total of 8 million foreign tourists hit the country’s beaches at the Black Sea, climbed Bulgarian mountains and raced down skiing slopes in Bansko, Borovets and elsewhere. For the first time ever, the number of tourists from abroad during one year was higher than the number of inhabitants Bulgaria has.

This year might be another very strong one in the Bulgarian tourism sector, which is so important for the country. One of the reasons are terrorism fears in neighbouring Turkey. The Turkish tourism business has taken a direct hit.

Things are generally looking good for Bulgarian tourism. At the same time, huge problems, like the poor health of the Black Sea, are being overlooked. Scientists believe that Bulgaria will soon pay a high price for largely ignoring this alarming issue.

Another neighbour, Greece, is in for a good year too. According to Germany’s giant tour operator TUI, Greece has replaced Turkey as the second most popular tourist destination for German tourists, the first one being Spain. Again, this has to do with terrorism fears in Turkey, at least in part.

On the other hand, Germans do not seem to look into dangers in other contexts. Mexico, a country in which the drug war and other aspects lead to unprecedented dangers for both inhabitants and tourists, is seeing a growth of well over 70 percent, regarding tourists from Germany.

According to media reports, growth in the tourism sector applies to northern African countries as well, including Egypt.

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Photo: Minister Nikolina Angelkova, by Ministry of Tourism

 

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