Tourism Minister: EU Presidency is opportunity to promote Bulgaria as tourist destination

Written by on November 25, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Tourism Minister: EU Presidency is opportunity to promote Bulgaria as tourist destination

Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova sees the country’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting 36 days from now, as an opportunity to promote Bulgaria as a tourist destination.

“The Presidency of Bulgaria of the Council of the EU from the beginning of 2018 is extremely important for the promotion of our country,” Angelkova said during a visit to Plovdiv. “Our country will have the opportunity to set the direction of the big European political arena and be at the centre of attention.”

The minister said that several key events were scheduled during the period of the presidency. These included:

> A high-level meeting on tourism and economic growth

> A roundtable on digital transformation

> A meeting of the member states of the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation

> a roundtable on cultural tourism in Veliko Turnovo

Angelkova said that all of these events would be branded with the EU Presidency logo. Also Plovdiv, as European Capital of Culture 2019, will bring opportunities, she said.

Bulgaria is trying to extend its series of records regarding the number of foreign tourists who visit the country. In 2016, the magic number of eight million was exceeded. In 2017, Bulgaria is hoping for nine million foreign tourists on its beaches, skiing slopes and mountains, as well as in its cities.

“We have expanded the reach of events not only within the EU, but also with the World Tourism Organization, to show what we have as a tourist destination,” Angelkova said.

“The Euro Presidency gives us the opportunity to initiate many discussions and debates for the benefit of the whole society,” she said.





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