On the eve of August, Bulgaria’s 2014 summer holiday season appears troubled

The summer tourist industry in Bulgaria is eyeing the 2014 season with concern, given the factors that could hamstring it – everything from the war in Ukraine to the rainy weather earlier in July to the overall difficult domestic economic situation.

On the eve of August, there were forecasts that at least the weather would continue to improve, after recent days brought almost continuously sunny weather to the beaches of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.

One long-range weather forecast said that August 2014 would see mainly warm and sunny weather in eastern Bulgaria, location of the seaside resorts, while there could still be regular rain and thunderstorms in western Bulgaria throughout the month.

Roumen Draganov, head of the Institute of Tourism Analysis and Assessment, said on July 31 that the domestic political and economic situation was having a negative effect on local tourism.

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