Bulgarians' Travels Slump in 4Q 2009 over Crisis

Business » TOURISM | March 4, 2010, Thursday // 14:01| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgarians' Travels Slump in 4Q 2009 over Crisis: Bulgarians' Travels Slump in 4Q 2009 over Crisis The number of Bulgarians who took trips in the last quarter of 2009 is down 8,4% compared to the same period of 2008. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The trips of Bulgarians abroad during the fourth quarter of 2009 have been 1 178 000, the National Statistics Institute data shows.

The data was published Thursday and reveals that compared to the same period of 2009, the number of personal trips is down 8,4%. The reduction is registered for both local trips – 6% and trips abroad – nearly 26%.

Those who traveled to foreign countries for vacation are the majority – 55% of all trips abroad while 46% have visited friends and relatives.

When traveling on vacation in the country during the last quarter of 2009, Bulgarians spent most money on food – 38% of all expenditures, while for trips abroad 35% of all expenses were made for accommodations and transportation.

During the last quarter of 2009, each person had spend an average of BGN 144 for personal trips inside the country and BGN 1 095 for trips abroad. The expenses for business trips are BGN 116 and BGN 1 168 respectively.

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