Bulgaria 'Strikes Back' at Brits over BBC Film

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Bulgaria 'Strikes Back' at Brits over BBC Film: Bulgaria 'Strikes Back' at Brits over BBC Film Bulgaria is retaliating for a recent BBC documentary with photos of British nightlife in the country's resorts. Photo beu.bg

The BBC team, who recently filmed a documentary on Bulgaria's Sunny Beach resort, came back to their hotel totally drunk every night.

The revelation was made before the BGNES news agency by Veselin Nalbantov, owner of the hotel, where the British journalists have been accommodated.

At the beginning of the week, The BBC aired the documentary, "Booze, Bar Crawls & Bulgaria", which focuses on the sometimes devastating consequences of the "no-rules" party scene in Sunny Beach where alcohol can be bought for the lowest prices in Europe and bar crawls dominate the strip.

The Bulgarian resort is described as place offering cheap booze, drugs, sex and bar hoping, and as being a crime hub.

Bulgarian hotel managers have now declared they would sue BBC, as they believe the documentary is damaging the resort's reputation.

Deputy Economy Minister Branimir Botev, who is in charge of tourism, has pointed out that tourists from over 40 countries visit the country's summer resorts.

"We do not have similar problems with any of them," he told the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency.

Blagoy Ragin, head of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association, has echoed Botev's words, saying Britons account for just 5% of the tourists visiting Bulgaria – and still cause most of the alcohol-related problems.

Ragin said authorities are seeking ways to ban shops in Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts from selling alcohol.

The Mayor of the historical coastal town of Nessebar, Nikolay Dimitrov, called the film biased, while Bulgarians on Facebook have started an action to show to the world Brits binging on alcohol in Bulgaria.

Sunny Beach is believed to have found its place in the hearts of young Britons, ousting Magaluf and Kavos as their favorite party destination. But UK holidaymakers have been increasingly getting into problems in the resort, with the crime rate increasing and hospitals reporting soaring numbers of Brits being rushed to A&E.

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George Zheliazkov - 9 Oct 2013 // 06:22:08

Hey Hairy,
Long time no talk…
Anyways Dave come on, Bulgaria laws intrusive?!? Bulgaria quite frankly is a lawless country and pretty much everybody does what he or she wish and want to do. Enforcing the law is the problem in BG. From a law standpoint a western society is way more regulated than the good old BG. In fact laws are changing constantly in the western society and the lawyers are having hard time keeping up. I know lawyers here in North America and they are constantly loading up their offices with truckload of law books on law changes and amendments. It’s a nightmare. From animal rights to gay/by/whatever sexual issues, tree huggers and etc. You are not allowed to do this and that… tons of regulations from municipal, provincial/state, federal laws and etc. Everything is regulated from your property to the air you breathe… You can’t have this and that in your yard, you can’t have this and that pet, you can’t even let your dog free in a park or on the street… Can’t go in the park at night, can’t drink alcohol while fishing or camping…..
Way too many issues to describe, books could be written about it.
Overall a very expensive and regulated lifestyle, some sort of synthetic unreal existence.

The conservatism, I think everybody will agree that Britain and the Monarchy are way more conservative than BG. Anyways you can argue any point of view but I would never live in Britain and would ALWAYS prefer BG.

Hairydave - 9 Oct 2013 // 05:17:57

George, I understand your point but you've not really experienced the UK. The rat race and all the stuff, possibly true enough but "over regulated life-style" - nah, much as I love Bg the laws there are far more intrusive than here. "Conservative traditions" - oh god no - Bg society is far more conservative. Even being invited for a cup of coffee involves so many different social rituals, it's a minefield.

George Zheliazkov - 7 Oct 2013 // 01:01:05

Hey let’s face the reality here.

The Brits are basically living in hell. The everyday “grave” reality of their life is STRESS! (pressure, hassle, rat race, strain, anxiety, etc. free market capitalism….)
I’m talking here about your average working Brit (mostly those who come to cheap Bulgaria) heavily burdened by the brutal tax system, insecure job market, over regulated lifestyle due to the law system culture and conservative traditions, depressing financial picture due to the insufficient income, faltering economy etc.(paycheque to paycheque existence) dull gloomy and miserable weather, absolutely pathetic cuisine (haggis, fish and chips…..)and etc. etc. etc.

So then all those “lucky” Brits who manage to come up with some money for a week sunny south vacation and arrive in BG realise that they just have landed in heaven!
The sunny, free, cheap, friendly, laidback and etc. lifestyle in Bulgaria releases all the oppressed life and soul of theirs and their animal instincts awake. Of course the cheap and readily accessible alcohol stimulates their feelings of freedom and wishful endeavour to escape from stress and brutal reality of their homeland!

Bulgaria was and in my opinion will always be (even with the brutal politics of the last 23 years!) a country with one of the best quality and lifestyles in the world!

bicheto - 6 Oct 2013 // 00:57:41

Съдбата си играе със съдбата на съдба

Guest - 6 Oct 2013 // 00:56:41

I saw the movie and it's so sad what Sunny Beach has become after being run for decades by corrupt and incompetent people like this mayor, backed by organized crime groups. Great idea, fellow Bulgarians. Let's bury our heads in the sand and blame the BBC movie team for the terrible reputation of our resorts.

Seedy - 5 Oct 2013 // 21:10:46

Sorry - I was confusing Brits and Chushki... ;)

Thenonymous - 5 Oct 2013 // 20:46:59

I couldn't agree more Seedy, although try not to tar all of us brits with the same brush.

Seedy - 5 Oct 2013 // 15:42:42

SB ain't BG, honey: it's a grotty concrete wasteland when it's empty and a grotty concrete cess-pit when it's full - the British scum-bag p*ss-heads must feel really at home when they come to show us that the sun has well and truly set on Perfidious Albion and her erstwhile stolen Empire.

No-one cares what these animals do back on the streets of their own has-been dump of a country but they clearly have no respect for themselves or anyone else; what on earth possesses the UK government to give these "people" a passport in the first place, since they're a disgrace to their country and indeed the whole of humanity?

Allison Mileham - 5 Oct 2013 // 14:49:38

We have been to BG 22 times, 20 times in SB and we never saw anything like that, we love BG, and have booked to go back next year,

Seedy - 5 Oct 2013 // 14:04:08

Maybe he's the mayor of the Nessebar Municipality which DOES include Sunny Beach (unlike the imaginary one with just a great history and no drunks)? ;)

And maybe he was twitchy because he knew darned well what goes on and wasn't about to ruin his chances of re-election - or living ;) - by saying the "wrong" thing....

At the end of the day, it's simple Darwinism: the dregs of an uneducated and uncultured country come here to make pigs of themselves in the "Third World" and with a bit of luck will go home to succumb to cirrhosis of the liver or some social disease and make the world a slightly better place with fewer pond-scum genes in it. In the meantime, the Clinic Mafia make a packet cleaning up the mess that they themselves, wearing their Cheap Booze And Drugs Mafia hats, have created earlier in the day. If the "businessmen" running SB don't want this kind of custom or reputation they can easily clean the place up - the question is: are they simply only interested in the money or do they maybe believe that these antics are the height of sophistication, since it's similar to the way our none-too-smart mutri behave anyway....

MTBPhil - 5 Oct 2013 // 13:22:58

He was the Mayor of Nessebar, a place that does actually have a history, *not* Sunny Beach...

Tania Oz - 5 Oct 2013 // 13:19:46

I just finished watching the BBC doc online. The Mayor wasn't very happy when asked about the booze and drugs problem at SB, and it was funny to watch the little contorted twitch on his face and his body language and trying to contain his anger while being filmed live, before he glossed over that and spoke of the great cultural destination it is.

Did anyone see the part when the reporter was filming the Gypsy camp nearby; and the tsiganka said that she'd like a job but no one will employ her, and that she can wash dishes better than a Bulgarian woman.

Both very funny to watch. But the rest of the doc was sickening to see all those grotty people being grotty. Yuk.

Chushki - 5 Oct 2013 // 12:20:18

"The only way to damage SB's "reputation" is to try to sell it as the sort of destination that educated and cultured people might conceivably want to go to" - amusingly this is exactly what the mayor did when he was interviewed, during the TV documentary by claiming tourists visited for the "culture & architecture" & not the cheap booze. :-D

Seedy - 5 Oct 2013 // 11:36:46

How can you "damage the reputation" of a crappy dive full of drink-fuelled Brit dick-heads? The only way to damage SB's "reputation" is to try to sell it as the sort of destination that educated and cultured people might conceivably want to go to......

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