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Bulgarian EconMin: New Law Will Boost Tourism

Bulgarian EconMin: New Law Will Boast Tourism: Bulgarian EconMin: New Law Will Boost Tourism

Bulgaria’s Minister of Economy, Energy and TourismDelyan Dobrev, says he supports of all changes that would benefit tourism and development of the country’s resorts.

“I am on the side of tourism, opening opportunities for its development. The new legislation will provide precisely such opportunities,” the Minister stated Saturday, speaking before Darik radio.

Commenting on the controversial Forestry Act, passed by the Parliament during the week, Dobrev pointed out that in the last few years winter tourism in Bulgaria is catching up with the summer one, stressing the importance of winter resortsreaching full capacity by having modern equipment.

The controversial amendments, giving a green light to construction of ski tracks and lifts without changing the status of use of the land, triggered large-scale protests, shaking the capital Sofia since Wednesday evening.

On the topic of the recently introduced full smoking ban, Dobrev explained that it would not create difficulties for food establishments and coffee shops in the summer when people can smoke outdoors. He said the ban is affecting the most the night clubs and the casinos.

Regarding the country’s economy, the Minister noted that “we are still living in difficult times.”

“In 2010 and 2011 we had a 30% increase of our exports. We will not reach these levels in 2012 – we have a 2% decrease so far,” Dobrev stated.

Tags: Law, tourism, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Delyan Dobrev, Forestry Act, winter tourism, winter resorts, protests

Bulgaria’s Bansko is Europe’s cheapest ski resort, travel website says

Bulgaria's Bansko is Europe's cheapest ski resort, travel website says

Bulgaria’s Bansko has been named Europe’s best value ski resort by TripAdvisor.

The evaluation is based on TripIndex Ski which calculates the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, one day’s ski pass, one day’s basic ski hire, a local meal and a bottle of beer.

Bansko tops the list with just 106 pounds sterling, followed by Italy’s Mount Etna with 117.73 pounds sterling. Germany’s Berchtesgaden took third position with 150.31 pounds sterling.

Bansko is nearly four times cheaper than Europe’s most expensive ski resort – Switzerland’s St. Moritz (405 pounds sterling), which is closely followed by Zermatt and Gstaad, both of which have total costs of almost 400 pounds.

According to Emma Shaw, spokesperson of TripIndex, “great value can be found in Bulgaria, Andorra and Germany and others, while the traditionally expensive French and Swiss resorts have mostly remained so.”

UK journalists touring Bulgaria as guests of tourism ministry



Twelve journalists from leading UK media were to arrive in Bulgaria on January 16 2012 at the invitation of the Economy, Energy and Tourism ministry, a media statement by the ministry said.
Their five-day tour is the third in a series intended to promote tourism to Bulgaria in the UK market, the ministry said.
The programme is funded from the Regional Development Operational Programme.
The ministry said that the journalists were from “some of the most influential” publications in the UK covering tourism and recreation.
The first two tours were focused on cultural and historical tourism, wellness and spa, golf and wine tourism, the ministry said. During those visits, journalists visited Thracian sites, spa resorts, were shown Bulgaria’s scenic beauty and tasted traditional Bulgarian dishes and wines.
The tour starting on January 16 is intended to show off Bulgaria as an all-year-round tourism destination, according to the ministry.
The journalists’ first scheduled stop was Borovets, where they would be able to take part in night skiing, and the journey is to continue to Rila Monastery and other historical and cultural landmarks on the road to Bansko, with the tour ending in the southern spa resort town of Sandanski.
The ministry said that the UK is a key market for Bulgaria’s tourist industry. About 300 000 people from the UK visited Bulgaria as tourists in 2010.
The current campaign, which also includes news conferences, workshops, print, television and outdoor advertising, is intended to increase the number of British tourists visiting Bulgaria to 500 000 by 2020.

Whats your view? Will an expansion to the skiing area in Bansko be a positive development for the region?

The Bansko Municipality has advanced its plans to substantially increase the regions skiing area, following a change to the Bulgarian Forest Act in March. The change to legislation will enable the Municipality to issue construction permits for the development of ski lifts and ski runs in the Pirin National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.This has caused controversy amongst environmental groups as an expansion to the skiing area will result in a 12% reduction to the size of the Pirin National Park and will probably have an adverse effect on the wildlife in the area. Environmental groups have stages protests in Sofia and UNESCO is threatening to declare the Pirin National Park a “World Heritage Site in Danger” unless the Government can guarantee against construction taking place.

Despite the opposition, it seems unlikely that the decision will be overturned, as the expansion has the support of the Prime Minister and the head of the country’s forest agency, on the grounds that it will boost tourism and accelerate the economic development of the region. Residents of Bansko also appear to be in support of the scheme, as a survey found that 80% would vote in favour of the expansion, should a referendum be held.

What are your views on this?

Bulgaria Boasts 3.2% Increase in Winter Tourism Y/Y

During the traditional months for winter tourism in Bulgaria, January and February, the industry had registered a 3.2% growth compared to the same period of 2009.

The data was revealed for the media Saturday by Economy Minister, Traicho Traikov, who said the revenues for the same months in 2010 have been EUR 190 M while Bulgarians spent on vacations abroad EUR 130 M.

A stark change in the ratio of countries sending most tourists to Bulgaria in the winter has been registered during the 2010 winter season – in previous years 80% of them came from the UK and Russia while in 2010 most came from neighboring countries.

Since the beginning of 2010, hotel owners in Bulgaria’s winter resort of Bansko have been reporting having most reservations from Greece, Serbia and Macedonia. There is also an increase of Romanian visitors, but on a smaller scale.

Foreign tourists have spent an average of EUR 86 a day for their winter vacation, which they have combined with SPA and cultural tourism. The leading factor for them to select Bulgaria had been the low price. Their preferred hotels were the 4-star ones and most have purchased packages from travel agents.

Bulgarians, on the other hand side, have chosen countryside and winter vacations almost with the same rates as in the fall. Most of them made their own reservations while 43% stayed with friends and relatives instead of using hotels. Bulgarians spent an average of BGN 46 a day for their winter trips while their top priorities have been beautiful surroundings and good food.

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