Bulgarian Tourism Minister: Number of foreign tourists increased in first half of 2017

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As expected, the number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria has increased during the first half of 2017. In Bourgas, Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said that 3.3 million tourists from abroad had visited the country from January to June. This is eight per cent higher than in 2016.

At a discussion entitled “Cleaner Sea Tourism”, Angelkova said that the growth was in both the number of tourists and in revenue.

She said that 340 000 foreign tourists visited the Bulgarian Black Sea coast ahead of the summer season, from January to May. This was an increase of three per cent.

Tourism at the Black Sea accounts for 70 per cent of the total tourism revenue in Bulgaria. By trying to convert the country into a year-round tourist destination, the government wants to change that.

A beach at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Photo: Lea Marcus.

Angelkova announced a continuation of beach checks. She said that inadequate numbers of lifeguards were the most frequent violation. The minister also wants to regulate camping sites.

Shortly before the summer season started, several agencies had “cleaned up” in Slunchev Briag, also known as “Sunny Beach”, by removing illegal shops and other tourist traps.

This year, Bulgaria is hoping for nine million tourists from abroad. That would be a large increase, from the eight million which came to the country in 2016. Recently, Angelkova said that her ministry was working with the big tour operators to make the summer season of 2018 a success.

(Main photo: Angelkova’s Facebook page)

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