Bulgaria’s tourism industry faces problems on eve of new summer season – report

A downturn in Russian tourists, a lack of funds for advertising abroad, diminished service at hotels and the illicit economy are some of the main problems faced by Bulgaria’s tourism companies and hoteliers on the eve of the new summer season at the Black Sea coast, according to a report by Bulgarian National Television.

The tourism industry is proposing that the state cancels the fees that holders of beach concession-holders must pay, which in turn would make it possible to provide holidaymakers with beach beds and umbrellas free-of-charge, the report said.

The conflict in Ukraine, economic sanctions against Russia and the decline of the rouble are reducing the number of Russian-speaking tourists coming to Bulgaria, according to Blagoy Ragin, head of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association.

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