Sofia: Bulgaria’s EU Presidency to affect hotel room prices

Written by on October 14, 2017 in Business - Comments Off on Sofia: Bulgaria’s EU Presidency to affect hotel room prices

The Bulgarian tourism industry is predicting higher prices for hotel rooms in Sofia, during Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first six months of 2018. According to the organisation, the search for hotel rooms for that period has already started.

Since the number of tourists in Sofia is also increasing constantly, thanks to low cost airlines, hotel accommodation will be harder to find once the Presidency kicks in. Therefore, higher prices are a foregone conclusion.

During Bulgaria’s turn at the EU Presidency, guests will probably book some 32 000 nights at hotels in Sofia, spread over six months. That is why the Bulgarian National Tourism Board does not see big obstacles, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reports. Sofia offers a total of about 12 500 hotel beds.

The Executive Director of the National Board of Tourism, Martin Zahariev told BNT that the security of the visitors needed to be guaranteed, from the time they landed at Sofia Airport to the moment they reached their hotels.

Hotels were already renewing their menus, Zahariev was quoted as saying, “and some of them expect to make money”.

During the Presidency, there will be about 2000 high-ranking guests, who will be accommodated at one specific hotel. The remaining visitors will stay at 21 hotels, which had been approved by the Ministry of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of Europe, BNT reports.

The entire tourism industry is hoping that the business will remain good after Bulgaria’s EU Presidency.

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