Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism: Hopes for Record Year 2016

Written by on August 21, 2016 in Bulgaria, Business, Economy - 1 Comment

Bulgaria might be in for a record year in tourism. In the first half of 2016, the country registered 15% growth in the sector. A total of 3.1 million tourists came to Bulgaria, during that period.

The minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, said these numbers made her happy, also because tourism was an integral part of the Bulgarian economy. Never before had the county seen this much growth.

At this time, German tourists are the biggest group. According to the ministry, there are more and more Polish tourist in Bulgaria. Also, British and Russian tourists play an important part, regarding the excessive growth in the sector.

One aspect leading to increasing numbers is the growing fear of terrorism elsewhere. Big tour operators, such as Thomas Cook, have increased their offers in Bulgaria, due to the shaky situation in Turkey and elsewhere. The Germany-based tour operator Öger Tours offered a wide range of holidays in Bulgaria as well, for the first time ever.

While “adventure tourism” and skiing tourism in Bulgaria are on the rise as well, Black Sea tourism still makes up far more than two thirds of the pie.

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Bulgaria's Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. Photo: Ministry of Tourism.
Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. Photo: Ministry of Tourism.



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