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Commenting article: Djankov to Refocus Bulgaria's Cultural Tourism on Middle Ages

Bulgaria's Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has urged anew an emphasis on cultural and historical tourism, and a program to boost the Bulgarian pilgrimage sites.

Djankov took part Wednesday in a conference of the National Tourism Board, during which he encouraged the tourism sector to attract wealthier foreign tourists by focusing on cultural and historical sites, golf, and mountain tourism. He also said Bulgaria should not put efforts into developing its historical attractions from the medieval period.

"A lot has been done already about the projects related with Ancient Thrace, much more than about the Bulgarian medieval projects. From this point of view, we would like to focus on a few projects related with the First Bulgarian Empire in the early Middle Ages, especially in Northeastern Bulgaria where the first two Bulgarian capitals Pliska and Preslav are located. The capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire Veliko Tarnovo also has a lot of opportunities for development," Djankov declared vowing to invest public money in the development of the archaeological infrastructure of these sites and regions.

JG - 26 Jan 2011 // 18:30:32

Dear Henk

Why do not you fill out your website so everybody can see how much you do promoting Bulgaria in the Netherlands? I am proud that you have such a good site and this allready since 29 years !!!!

JG - 26 Jan 2011 // 18:26:45

Hello Henk

I know (your company) you are very active to get tourists to Bulgaria to other places than Sunny Beach. I think folkdancing is an aspect of life but if we realy want tourists to visit the Bulgaria that you and I like it will be a long way to go.

Henk - 19 Jan 2011 // 19:11:36

It is so sad that all this ministers and vice ministers are alway focusing on something to score on domestic markets.
It is so sad that the milkcows are Sunny Beach and Bansko and no foreigner who drives along the country ever see another foreigner .
it is so sad that this ministers only think about propaganda on expensive and hardly viewed tv-stations (viewed in hospitals and prisons) in stead of opening tourist offices abroad to support the serious small touroperators.
Mr Djankov, u are at least active, time to learn something as well without asking Doonka.

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