Archive for January, 2010

Bulgaria – the Best Kept Tourism Secret

The Bulgarian resorts have lately outshined the sights of Istanbul. The British tourists prefer sunbathing in Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, or skiing in Bansko and Pamporovo mountain resorts in Bulgaria to sightseeing in Istanbul. Bulgaria ranks fourth among the world tourist destinations, recommended by the “Scotsman”.
Only the city of Kyoto in Japan, Morocco and South Africa rank before Bulgaria in this chart. According to the edition, Bulgaria is one of the best-kept tourism secrets in Europe.
“Now that the country is a EU member, this gem comes to light. Skiing in Bulgaria is cheaper than in the Alps and the Black Sea coast offers resorts that are especially built for the purposes of summer tourism and traditional resorts, as well as one of the best sandy beaches in Europe,” the article reads.
“The East meets the West in this charming corner of the world,” the Scotsman writes.
Istanbul, Nepal, Salvador, Nicaragua, Suriname and Iceland rank after Bulgaria on the tourist map.

Standart News 13/01/10

Bansko Ski season video Jan 2010

A short video featuring the beginning of the Bansko 09/10 ski season.



Wizz Air reports 76 per cent increase in Bulgarian traffic

Budget carrier Wizz Air has reported a steep increase in traffic on its Bulgarian network, accounting for a 76 per cent rise in 2009 on the previous year, the company reported on its website.

In total, Wizz Air ferried 7.8 million people in 2009, a 33 per cent increase on its 2008 figures.

Wizz Air also announced that it would expand its fleet in Romania and introduce new flights. Reportedly, from June 12 2010 the carrier will base a third aircraft in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca that will enable it to launch new flights to the Italian destinations of Pisa and Turin and increase frequencies on other existing routes.

The airline will also add Pisa to its list of destinations from the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and start new services from Timisoara in Romania to Bologna in Italy. Additionally, Wizz Air will also initiate flights from the Hungarian capital, Budapest, to Forli in Italy as of March 30 2010. This route will be thrice weekly.

The company reported that it carried 3.6 million passengers in Poland in 2009 and envisages those figures rising to about 4.7 million passengers this year.

Reuters – Nick Illev

Bulgaria’s Ski Resort Bansko Triumphs Over the Crisis

The town has never been so busy with tourists, local people assure

In the last week hotels, ski facilities and restaurants in Bulgaria’s mountain resort Bansko (southwestern Bulgaria) work at full speed – not the slightest trace of economic crisis. For New Year eve the small town was packed with tourists – over 15,000 Bulgarians and foreign tourists came to spend the holiday. According to some local hotelkeepers the number of visitors is even bigger – about 20,000. The overflow surprised the local people from Bansko used to the ups and downs regarding flow of tourists.
In the streets of Bansko could be seen automobiles with different registration plates. Bulgarian speech mixes up with English, Greek, Romanian and Serbian.

Vladimir Simeonov
Strandart News


5% еxpected increase in tourism revenues in 2010

Sofia. In 2010 the development of tourism in Bulgaria has started stabilizing. We expect to keep the parameters of the tourism of 2009 with about 5% increase in the revenues, said director of the Institute for Analysis and Assessment in Tourism Rumen Draganov in an interview to FOCUS News Agency.
“This will be felt this winter, mainly with the increase of Romanian, Macedonian and Greek tourists, who are acquainted with Bulgarian tourist product and in which we see a high level of repetition in travels,” Draganov said.
He said further that regarding to Christmas and New Year, Bulgarian tourism has closed 2009 very well and has started 2010 very good, as well.
“The hotel base in all winter resorts-Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo has worked at full speed,” Draganov noted.
Desislava ANTOVA

6 January 2010 | 22:11 | FOCUS News Agency

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