Bulgaria: Almost 9 million foreign tourists in 2017

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It is nice to explore Bulgaria, a tourist destination at the south-eastern edge of Europe, which offers a lot, including beaches, mountains, skiing slopes, a lot of history and exotic cities.

Getting eaten by bears in the Rila mountain range is a lasting experience. So is jumping into huge outdoor jacuzzis filled with hot mineral water, which Bulgaria is known for as well. Millions have tested Bulgaria’s Black Sea beaches. They are all sandy and salty.

In Sinemorets, the southernmost Black Sea resort, it is still relatively quiet. Stunning and partially empty beaches can be reached by tourists courageous enough to climb some rocks. Slanchev Briag (also known as “Sunny Beach”) is just the right place for crazy party people, who want to get drunk while they work on their sunburn.

Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova. Photo by Ministry of Tourism.

Albena, yet another Black Sea resort, or Kiten, are more cozy places suitable for families. And let’s not forget Kavarna, located further north. One aspect is valid in all of the places mentioned: Vacations there are affordable.

Climbing mountains, looking at ancient, carved stones the Thracians or Romans left behind is priceless too.

Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, knows all of this by heart. She announced the new numbers on Monday. According to those, a total of 8.882 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in 2017. Compared to 2016, when 8.251 million foreign tourists came, this is an impressive increase of 7.6 percent.

“We have succeeded in coming up with record-breaking achievements since 2016”, Minister Angelkova said in Sofia.

The beach in Balchik. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

The great numbers were “the visible results of the Tourism Ministry’s efforts to attract foreign guests”, she stated. Nikolina Angelkova also mentioned an even bigger number: 10 million. That is how many foreign tourists she wants to see travelling to Bulgaria this year. “This is achievable”, she said. And she might be right.

Most foreign tourists in 2017 came from Greece, one of Bulgaria’s southern neighbours. 1.157 million Greeks crossed the border, an increase of 8.5 percent compared to 2016. Romanians love Bulgaria too. 1.139 million of them chose Bulgaria for vacations. Germans, Turks and Russians came in big numbers as well.

The increase in revenues is even bigger than the increase regarding the number of tourist. According to Minister Angelkova, this is a good sign. She wants to attract more high-class tourists, who would stay at 5-star hotels and spend a lot.

Photo at top of page by Imanuel Marcus.




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