Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister Angelkova: ‘Israel is promising partner’

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Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelova held talks with her Israeli counterpart Yariv Levin on September 12. The two ministers held a workshop at the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (SOT) in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

After talks with Levin, Angeklova said that Israel was “an important and promising partner for our country.” She  said that every effort had to be made “to deepen the good co-operation and increase the number of tourists between the two countries.”

Since the Bourgas terrorist attack on July 18 2012, in which five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver died, the numbers have not just normalised, but increased.

From January to July 2017, the number of Israeli tourists was 113 000, ten per cent higher than in the same period of 2016. Israelis are mainly interested in cultural sites. Plovdiv is therefore a popular destination to them, according to the ministry in Sofia.

Angelova said that the Israeli embassy was actively helping to promote tourism in Bulgaria. It was one of the initiators of two initiatives entitled “You Think You Know Bulgaria” and “The Taste of the World”.

The latest project in Sofia is “Jerusalem Garden”. Israel is developing this initiative with Sofia municipality, which consists of a playground at the Bulgarian capital’s South Park, to be inaugurated in 2018.

(Photo: Ministers Nikolina Angelova and Yariv Levin in Chengdu)



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