Bulgaria's Bansko Will Face Unemployment without Urgent Development - Minister
Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism, has said that the mountain resort of Bansko has reached its full capacity against the backdrop of increasing numbers of tourists.
Dobrev attended Friday a round table discussion titled "Bansko Ski Zone – Challenges and Development."
Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister argued that Bansko required urgent steps to develop as a global ski destination.
"As regards tourism, the number of visitors keeps growing each year, but the rate will certainly decrease if the conditions remain the same," Dobrev stated, as cited by the Focus news agency.
He claimed that the Bansko municipality had no future if things stayed the same, stressing that 90% of the people were employed in the sphere of tourism.
Dobrev emphasized that Bansko citizens could not rely on two carpentry workshops for their sustenance.
He vowed that an urban development plan for the Bansko municipality would be drafted soon which would benefit the tourism industry without impairing the environment.
The round table discussion on the expansion of the ski zone and the construction of a second ski lift was organized by Georgi Ikonomov, Mayor of Bansko, and the Initiative Committee for the Development of the Bansko Ski Zone, and was also attended by Environment Minister Nona Karadzhova, Sports Minister Svilen Neykov and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
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I go to Bansko every Feb (about this time) which is right in the middle of the ski season. I have never seen the place full, there are plenty of empty apartments etc and offers on accommodation are always around, a sure sign that there is difficulty in bookings. Maybe Christmas/new year it is different but not a reason to assume more beds need to be accommodated. Scaremongering so developers can start building again, that is behind this article.