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Commenting article: Bulgaria Says No Tourism Slump in Summer 2009

Defying gloomy forecasts for a tourism slump, investors continue to build hotel complexes along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, significantly increasing the number of beds.

Bulgarian vacation spots along the southern Black Sea appear to be in no quandary. The global economic crisis and the short-term money mass tourism brings have not yet triggered the closure of hotels and investors don't shudder at the thought of building new ones, private bTV channel reported.

The Balkan country will welcome its first tourists as early as this month, who are expected to come from Germany. Hotel managers in all resorts say they are upbeat about this year's summer season and bookings are expected to be close to the numbers in 2007.

Among the problems that tour operators and hotel managers single out are poor advertising of the country as a tourist destination and the need for a significant change in the direction of state policy. They demand equal VAT taxes for private and organized tours, a decrease in the fee for issuing visas for tourists from Russia, Ukraine and the Balkan countries and the allotment of EU funds for the completion of tourist construction sites.

mrposhrat - 4 Mar 2009 // 22:56:22

What is the source of this article? TUI and Thompson have cut summer capacity by 20% already! Is BG the exception for some reason? Or, is this article just wishful thinking?

van4eto - 4 Mar 2009 // 23:02:32

You should listen to the forcast for the UAE. A HUGE increase, over 25%.

homerg88 - 5 Mar 2009 // 03:38:00

Well, we have our first flight from ARN-BOJ 2 maj. Then SAS will fly start their only flight, Novair, Fritidsresor, Thomas cook and primera and one or two more.
No cut in Sweden to Burgaz.

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