Russian Tour Operators Boycott Bulgaria over Visa Issue
Priority Bulgarian visas are currently being given out in Moscow to Russian tour operators who have secured at least 200 seats on chartered flights to Bulgaria this summer.
So far only 37 tour operators have called for the priority visas, after the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that Russians will still have to pay for Bulgarian visas. Hundreds of Russian tour operators have therefore said that they will boycott Bulgaria this summer.
The tour organizers also stated that the large number of chartered flight seat bookings required for priority Bulgarian visas cuts out the smaller and medium sized operators.
Greece has already declared free visas for Russians for the summer of 2009 which the Russians imagined the Bulgarian government would follow, Pari daily newspaper reported Wednesday.
The income from visas issued to Russian tourists visiting Bulgaria will be reinvested in the country's tourism business.
It is still unclear how this is going to happen, and how the companies and organizations that will receive the profit will be chosen. According the Chair of the State Tourist Agency, Aneliya Krushkova, this is a way to help the tourist business in Bulgaria during the financial crisis. Bulgaria's PM, Sergey Stanishev, also supports the idea.
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hahaha ... I think you are worth of each other , stupid Bulgarians and other Russians ... one dreamsof Russian tourists to get their hotels full because they are poor , others are so bad in geography to spent holidays in this shit hole ... I suggest Russians to visit Turkey , Egypt and Tunisia and get the same pleasure for the same money ...
вЂњIt's quite easy to tell so-called "standard Bulgarian" as used by business types, news presenters and so on from dialects like Shopi for instance.
That said, there's definitely a class distinction in BG, despite all those years of Socialismus. Uneducated people from working class backgrounds have a very different way of talking than urbane, educated professionals.вЂќ
The вЂњstandard BulgarianвЂќ used by news presenters is very crude and uncouth. The fast staccato, the stiff and dour delivery with echoes of unpleasant dialects in the speech and the throaty pronunciation of the letter вЂњLвЂќ are so primitive that one wonders who came up with this school of heavy handed news delivery.
As far as the вЂњuneducated people from working class background вЂњ verse вЂњeducated professionalsвЂќ goes, CJB, it shows that you have no understanding of the dynamics of the social and class developments in BG.
It is вЂњpeasantвЂќ verse вЂњurbanвЂќ distinction-- rather than formal education-- that really matter and affect the manner of speech and determines the class background. The class war waged against the old urban educated professionals (so called вЂњbourgeoisieвЂќ or вЂњintellectualsвЂќ) was successful and resulted in the annihilation of the budding class of вЂњeducated urban professionalsвЂќ.
Most of the now вЂњeducated professionalsвЂќ are from a privileged peasant and working class backgrounds. Their preoccupation with elitism-- as a substitute for the sophisticated and civilised manner of old-- is nothing but affectations of the parvenu easily detected by Bulgarians, but hard to appreciate by foreigners.
It sounds harsh, but this is how it is.
"Are you even able to distinguish between Bulgarian accents? Or is it just the loud, bratty voices that set your teeth on edge?"
It's quite easy to tell so-called "standard Bulgarian" as used by business types, news presenters and so on from dialects like Shopi for instance.
That said, there's definitely a class distinction in BG, despite all those years of Socialismus. Uneducated people from working class backgrounds have a very different way of talking than urbane, educated professionals.
Hence maybe the general distaste for mutri: they talk like peasants, but have money and power. This spurs the resentment of those educated Bulgarians who like to think of themselves as civilised, sophisticated even, but do not have the same assets as the mutri.
"Actually some of the cruder Bulgarian dialects are much more unpleasant, especially when shouted at top volume by some overly made up tart at Sunny Beach..."
Are you even able to distinguish between Bulgarian accents? Or is it just the loud, bratty voices that set your teeth on edge?
"there is nothing worse than hearing that horrible British accent especially when they are from the north of England."
Actually some of the cruder Bulgarian dialects are much more unpleasant, especially when shouted at top volume by some overly made up tart at Sunny Beach...
''there is nothing worse than hearing that horrible British accent especially when they are from the north of England.''
I agree its horrible, although I think we can all agree that the one accent worse is that dreadful nasal twang 'spoken' by those inbred Australians.
"Yes, we might be comfortable on the beach this year!"
Not so fast, V9000! I hear the Russians are bargain hunting and buying properties on the Black Sea in Bulgaria. Before you know it, they will have a ferry going back and forth across the Black Sea between Russia and Bulgaria. Cruise ships, the whole 9 yards.
Arrogant russian, drunk british, chauvinistic french, red german,...Tourists' behaviour is not always pleasant - whatever the nationality. Bulgarians are not bad in their style neither!
Tourism industry is one of the main sources of wealth for the country. Despite alerts made by the professionals, the recent weak measures will not save the summer season.
Yes, we might be comfortable on the beach this year!
yahooooooooooo!! maybe we will get real tourist and not russian village people anymore :) now only if the Russians could just go and holiday in Vladivostok and leave the Mediterranean in peace would be great... there is nothing worse than been on a beach next to a Russian family... "Masha massssssssssha!! masha!! " ;)