Romanian, Turkish tourists visiting Bulgaria increase as Russian holidaymakers numbers drop

The number of tourists visiting Bulgaria is falling, with a notable decrease in Russian tourists, but the first half of the year also has seen significant increases in tourists from neighbouring countries including Romania, Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia.

This emerges from separate figures released by the Ministry of Tourism for January to May 2015 and by the National Statistical Institute for June 2015.

Year-on-year, June 2015 saw a 3.7 per cent decrease in the number of arrivals of foreign visitors to Bulgaria, including a drop of 23.9 per cent in trips for holiday and recreation, compared with June 2014.

European Union citizens accounted for 57.6 per cent of the total number of foreigners’ visits to Bulgaria in June 2015, 0.5 per cent more than in June 2014.

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