Turkey with 50% Lower Hotel Prices, Bulgaria Has no Special Offers
Turkey has lowered the holiday package prices in hotels for the upcoming tourist season by 50%.
That is a significant hit for the Bulgarian tourist business, the head of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association for North-Eastern Bulgaria, Dimitar Dimitrov, commented. In his words, this is one of the the reasons that Bulgarian hotels have not yet announced their special offers.
Russians' visas still remain a major issue, he added. Greece has already declared free visas for Russians. On the contrary, we still require payment for visas, and the procedure also takes time, Dimitrov said.
Bulgaria does not expect many Scandinavian tourists. Those who will come will be part of programs of their social ministries, he explained.
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Several items to note:
~If you have no friends in Bulgaria, Turkey naturally jumps up to you than other places (so would Greece, but the riots gave it so much bad rap lately that it'd probably scare most tourists away). Turkey has higher international profile than Bulgaria (or even Romania) and therefore has a higher advantage.
~What were Turkish prices anyway? If it were $50 in both countries, then TR would be ahead (now at $25 vs BG's $50). If it were $100 in TR vs $50 in BG, now we're even. If it were $200 in TR and $50 in BG, BG's still ahead. Everything needs to be put into context
"Where is the slavian friendship and the thankfulness for liberation of the turks, hmm?"
Russia owes reparations to Bulgaria for 50 years of communist colonization and exploitation. Where are the reparations, hmm? Let's not even go there. Russia owes Bulgaria big time for 50 years of arrested development.
Add in the 20% depreciation of TRY against EUR, and that makes it 60% lower in EUR, BGN terms. Given the depreciaction of GBP and RUB (20-30%), could be a quieter summer season in BG this year, and possibly almost empty in 2010. BG needs to wake up to the fact that in difficult economic times, the only way to survive is to cut costs and improve service.
What?!? England is not sending any chavs on holiday this summer? Thank the Lord for small mercies! No drunk Russians, English and very few Scandinavians? It doesn't get any better than this. Paradise on earth. It is almost worth going to Bulgaria this summer. lol