Tourism Minister Expects 1.5 Million Russians to Visit Bulgaria in 2016

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Bulgaria: Tourism Minister Expects 1.5 Million Russians to Visit Bulgaria in 2016 Bulgaria's Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova. Photo BGNES

Bulgaria has the capacity to welcome one and a half million Russian tourists next summer.

This was stated by Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova in an interview for private NOVA TV on Sunday.

Angelkova’s words were based on a statement of the executive chairman of the Ural Association of Tourism Mikhail Maltsev.

Maltsev made the forecast during a round table with the participation of Bulgarian authorities, representatives of the Russian tourism agency and leading tour operators.

So far this year 450 000 Russian tourists have visited Bulgaria, with the trend in the past five years being for 600-700 000 Russians to visit the country annually.  

According to Angelkova, the forthcoming winter season will be a very successful one, with the early bookings indicating that an increase of 5-7 % will be registered compared to last year.

Angelkova assured that Bulgarian resorts have readiness to welcome their guests.

In her words, the tourism sector is self-regulating itself and is abiding by the rules, which explains the decrease in violations last year.                                                                                            

The minister noted that preparations for the 2016 season are ongoing, with 35 % increase of flights to the airports in Varna and Burgas already negotiated. There has also been a 50 % increase of requests from Germany.

She explained that the focus is on direct negotiations with large foreign tour operators as the country could not rely solely on image campaigns.

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Rurik - 2 Dec 2015 // 16:35:50

"uneducated Russian peasants" makes a powerful impression ;) .....

.....btw, one of those uneducated fellows will be poor me, in a padded jacket and valenki,
with a predatory smile and a bottle of vodka in the bosom and with one or, better, two bears on a chain ;)
And as for the charming "We are not any more the colony of theirs": to find salvation under another ruling ass is not to achieve Freedom.

Tania Oz - 2 Dec 2015 // 01:29:30

Shhhhh, hush your mouth Ms. Angelkova! Be careful what you wish for. Don't encourage the Russians. Let them holiday and create havoc with their rude, uncouth and arrogant behaviour elsewhere. We are no longer a colony of theirs.

Chushki - 29 Nov 2015 // 13:56:19

Thats the downside of Turkey downing that Russki jet - millions of uneducated Russian peasants descending on the Black Sea next summer. Gypsy scum like Seedy must be in raptures at the thought of the arrival of all these fellow travellers.

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