Tourism in Bulgaria: Huge increase in first seven months of 2017

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Tourism in Bulgaria: Huge increase in first seven months of 2017

Almost five million foreign tourists have chosen Bulgaria as a travel destination from January to July 2017, Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said. This is 7.2 per cent higher than in January to July 2016.

Angelkova called this “an outstanding achievement, which is within our forecast of an increase of seven to 10 per cent”.

According to the ministry, the numbers of tourists from Bulgaria’s southern neighbour Greece increased by 10 per cent. So did visits from Germany, while the number of Britons visiting Bulgaria even surged by 20 per cent. Also, more tourists from Poland, Czechia and Russia were registered.

Angelkova said that for the period from May to October 2017, she expected Bulgarians to spend 5.7 million nights in hotels, within their home country. According to her, this prediction shows that two million Bulgarians will have spent their holidays in Bulgaria.

The ministry said that the number of complaints had dropped. The Ministry of Tourism believes that more businesses related to tourism adhere to the law. The government has carried out many inspections on beaches and in resorts this year. Illegal businesses were closed. Individuals who collected fees on beaches, e.g. for umbrellas, and did not have the permission to do so, got into trouble.

Starting next spring, Angelkova intends to regulate the camping grounds more.

 

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