Mixed views on prospects for Bulgaria’s summer tourism season

Bulgaria will have a very difficult summer tourism season because of an expected decrease in Russian and Ukrainian tourists, but there was no reason for apocalyptic forecasts, Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova has said.

Her comments come against a background of recent reports of a significant drop in the number of Russians making early season bookings for holidays in Bulgaria, and of tour operators expecting this summer holiday season to be a “disaster”, the weakest in more than 10 years.

Addressing a parliamentary committee on March 17, Angelkova said that urgent steps should be taken to respond to the expected decrease in the number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists.

The Tourism Ministry was taking part in every international tourism expo possible and was to adapt Bulgaria’s tourism advertising campaign to the specifics of each market. Bulgaria also was reviewing its policies on visas for third-country nationals, meaning those who are not European Union citizens.

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