Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova attends World Travel Market London

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Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova is attending the World Travel Market London (WTM), one of the more important European tourism fairs.

Five thousand exhibiting destinations are on site. So is Angelkova, at a rather large Bulgarian stand, which her ministry shares with Fraport, P Group and other companies directly or indirectly involved with tourism in Bulgaria.

At WTM, travel professionals meet investors, travel journalists, so-called ‘digital influencers’, and, yes, tourism ministers. Angelkova is holding several meetings during her visit.

The Tourism Ministers of Bulgaria and Turkey, Angelkova and Kurtunluş. Photo: Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism.

On Tuesday, she met her Turkish counterpart Nouman Kurtunluş. The outcome of their conversation: Cultural Days. Under this title, exhibitions presenting Turkish customs will be organised in Bulgaria, and the same kind of events about Bulgaria will be held in Turkish cities.

In addition, Angelkova and Kurtunluş, who is both Tourism and Culture Minister of his country, decided to work on what they call a “common tourist project” aimed at “prospective markets”. Those are markets in Asian countries such as China, Japan and India, as well as the United States and Canada, the two North American markets.

According to the Ministry of Tourism in Sofia, Turks are the fifth largest nationality among all foreign tourists, who visited Bulgaria from January- September 2017. More than 485 000 Turks came across the border. On the other hand, the number of Bulgarians who visited Turkey is more than twice as large.

As a tourist destination, Bulgaria has a lot to offer. 

Angelkova and her staff have organised expedition tours for Turkish tour operators, internet ads in Turkish media, and visits of Turkish journalists, who travelled Bulgaria extensively.

While in Bulgaria, ski resorts like Bansko were gearing up for the first snow of the season, Angelkova met Gloria Manso, President of the World Travel and Tourism Committee, at the Bulgarian WTM stand.

Angelkova spoke of Bulgaria’s tourism numbers. In the first nine months of 2017, Bulgaria was visited by about 7.5 million foreign visitors, an increase of 7.7 per cent. Foreign travel revenue from January to August added up to more than 5.2 billion leva.

At an investment forum at the London fair, Angelkova spoke of Bulgaria’s “enormous potential to develop different types of mass tourism and specialized tourism products”. Her stated goal is to turn her country into a year-round tourist destination.

 

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