About 180 foreign journalists from 30 countries are touring Plovdiv, ahead of the city becoming European Capital of Culture in 2019.
The two-day visit has been organised by the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation, and includes visits to the cultural and historical landmarks in Bulgaria’s second city.
The foreign reporters were greeted by cold temperatures and snowfall in the city, but were undeterred by this, Plovdiv news website podtepeto.com said.
They are participating in the 65th World Ski Championship for Journalists, being held from February 25 to March 4 2018.
Bearing the national flags of their countries, the journalists were taken on a walk along the main pedestrian street to the Roman Stadium, where an official welcoming ceremony was held by the Plovdiv municipality and the International Ski Club of Journalists.
Meetings with local businesses from the region were also planned.
The media representatives include staff of Agence France Presse, Corriere della Sera, BBC World Service, Financial Times, CNN International, among others, podtepeto said.