Bulgaria Is Receiving Queries about Winter Tourism from Israel – Minister
Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Energy, Economy and Tourism has said that there have been no cancelled charter flights from Israel to Bulgaria and the country has been receiving numerous queries about the winter season.
"This week we published an advertisement of Bulgaria in 4 print media outlets in Israel to prevent a decline of the number of tourists on this market," Dobrev announced Friday, informing about the government's efforts to dispel fears after the July 18 bus bombing in the Black Sea city of Burgas, which killed seven, including five Israeli tourists.
"By end-June, there was a 1% growth of tourists in Bulgaria but our strong months are July and August, when we hope to achieve the 5-7% previously forecast. Let us hope that it will be much more. Over the past few months, the number of tourists from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine has been on the rise. There has been a small decrease in the number of tourists from the EU but it has been compensated for by the increased number of tourists from third countries, so, generally speaking, we expect a successful season," Dobrev added, as cited by the BGNES news agency.
"The number of Bulgarian tourists matches forecasts. We hope that everything we do helps Bulgaria turn into a year-round tourist destination," he emphasized.
Commenting on the scandal with the huge amount of money spent on Bulgaria's official tourism portal, bulgariatravel.org, Deputy Minister Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ivo Marinov said that an official inspection of documents had been carried out, with no violations detected.
Marinov noted that the website was available in 8 languages and the information on it was constantly being updated.
Dobrev and his deputy opened Friday a photo exhibition in front of the Sofia City Gallery.
The exhibition includes 20 photos which took part in the national online photo contest "Excellent tourist destinations EDEN Bulgaria 2012".
The photos will be on display in the next 2 weeks.
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