Russians Would Prefer Sochi, Crimea to Bulgarian Coast
The Russian tourists would prefer to go on vacation in Sochi and Crimea, rather than in the Bulgarian sea resorts, shows an analysis of the Green Life real estate company.
“The stability of the tourist flow for this summer is uncertain,” said Iliyan Marinov, marketing manager of the company, which operates on the Russian real estate market. “The expectations of a very strong summer season will probably not be met.”
According to Marinov, after the Olympic games, the Russians have the ambition to fill up the resort to its full capacity. Besides, it is actively promoted and a considerable part of the Russian administration will send its employees on vacation in Sochi.
Another attractive vacation destination for the Russians would be the recently annexed Crimea.
According to Marinov, some new markets, such as Hungary and the Baltic states are showing interest to vacations in closed resort complexes in Bulgaria, but the majority of visitors are still Bulgarians and Russians.
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I just wonder how good your service would be if you were paid between 30 to 75 pounds a week , and that is when the owner of the place actually turns up to pay you .some do not get paid for two months and hnow if they leave they will never get paid ?????????????
I agree Warfou. Bulgaria has a long, long way to go if it wants to seriously compete on the tourism front. Number one is the need to understand the concept of customer service which is woefully lacking outside Sofia. Many times I have observed restaurant and hotel staff in tourist areas arguing with customers when the wrong order has been brought or change has not been given after a bill has been paid. Second many tourist areas look shabby a few weeks after a 'renovation' or cover up and I have seen tourists picking their way along partly fixed pavements - with a very unhappy expression on their faces. Not likely to return I suspect
For the past 5 years I go to Bulgaria for my holidays because I can't stand a long flights. I am not made of money, therefore I stay in 2-3 stars hotels. They are reasonably OK. Full of tobacco smell though. Women especially terrible - they smoke and smoke!Inside, outside,on a beach, in a swimming pool... Worse than men. Pushachki-I call them. It is impossible to find a decent place on the beach without paying for a parasol and a sun-bed. 4 leva minimum. Pay it in the morning for couple of hours, then go to rest etc. and if you want to go back on the beach - it is another 4 leva. Fancy coming with a family? Complete rip offs! Also toilets are a massive inconvenience - not easy to find them and they are dirty. Other than that, Bulgaria is fine. I am not writing this to complain, just hope these things were better. I cannot compare it to Crimea, not been there. I had a holiday in Sochi, but that was in 1984, still USSR. Must say, it was a great time! Hotel 'Zhemchuzhina' was very good: plenty of excursions and entertainment. Sochi itself- interesting and pretty place,the beach is stony, but it was free to sit on. How it is now, I frankly don't know. I enjoyed hot mineral waters of Pchelin in the Winter, apart from pushachki of course.More likely, will go there again and spend the Summer in UK.
Hungary and Baltic states are fine but they are small markets. Poland is a very big chance with its 40 millions citizens having visa free entry and good purchasing power by east european standards but the best bet for BG tourist advertisment should be the Ukraine as they like the Black Sea and won't come to Crimea anymore In the last year there were THREE MILLIONS Ukrainians visiting this peninsula. Bulgaria offers lower prices and much better standard the Crimea or that Sushi - Sochi.