Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister: Sharp increase in tourists from Ukraine, UK, Israel in summer 2019

Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister: Sharp increase in tourists from Ukraine, UK, Israel in summer 2019

There are significant increases in the number of tourists coming to Bulgaria for the 2019 summer season from Ukraine, the UK, Israel, France, the Czech Republic and Poland, Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said.

Angelkova said that she hoped that these increases would compensate in the decrease in tourists coming to Bulgaria from Germany and Russia.

Speaking at a meeting with Cabinet ministers and officials responsible for various aspects of the situation at Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Angelkova said that there was a 50 per cent growth in the market from Ukraine, 19 per cent from the UK, 16 per cent from Israel, 12 per cent from France and10 per cent each from the Czech Republic and Poland.

She forecast some decline in the German market. “We have taken a number of steps and we are keeping track of what is happening so that we try to compensate from other markets,” Angelkova said.

The decline in the number of tourists from Russia was not as steep as had been forecast at the beginning of the year, she said.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic policy Mariana Nikolova, Transport Minister Rossen Zhelyazkov, Varna mayor Ivan Portnih and representatives of various regulatory bodies, municipal authorities and the tourism industry.

Angelkova said that in 2019, the ministry was launching a new initiative, “The Day for You”, both on the northern and southern Black Sea coasts of Bulgaria. The idea is that, for one day during the period from June 15 to September 8, admission to all museums and other cultural and historical tourist attractions in a municipality would be free of charge. The concept is to attract more visitors to these places.

She said that inspections by her Tourism Ministry team would start as of June 1, with the beginning of the peak summer holiday season in Bulgaria. There would be at least three checks on each beach, at the beginning, middle and end of the season, while there would be continuous checks in response to complaints.

Varna mayor Portnih said that for the height of the season, police from Romania, Poland and possibly Germany would be seconded to assist their Bulgarian counterparts./ibna

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)