When it comes to finding encouraging words about the summer season, which has just begun, Bulgarian politicians are surpassing each other with optimistic statements. In Sofia, Deputy Prime Minister Bulgaria’s tourism, one of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s ultra-nationalist coalition buddies, said “A safe is opening right in front of us”. He is right.
What he meant: Tourism in Bulgaria is exploding, yet again. Last year, someone should have called the Guiness Book of World Records, when a total of 8.2 million tourists from abroad invaded this small Balkan country. They left a lot of money. And they will again, this year.
In Bulgaria’s main tourist resorts, more and more tourists are arriving right now, from Romania, Germany, Britain and Russia. They want the sand, the salty water and all the action. And when they are done staring at their smart phones at the beach, they are hungry. Once they filled their stomachs, they want to party. All of that costs money. Money, which contributes 13 percent to Bulgaria’s economic output./IBNA
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