Bulgaria Expects 5-6% Growth in Tourist Numbers in 2012

Bulgaria Expects 5-6% Growth in Tourist Numbers in 2012

Tourists visiting Bulgaria are expected to increase by 5-6% this year, deputy economy minister Ivo Marinov said.

Bulgaria expects revenue from tourism to exceed 3.0 billion euro ($3.9 billion) in 2012 if the season is successful, compared to last year's 2.6 billion euro, state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) quoted Marinov as saying.

Marinov added that the bulk of tourists visiting the country come from Romania, Germany and Russia, news portal Darik News reported.

On Monday, the ministry awarded contracts worth a total 20.5 million levs ($13.7 million/10.5 million euro) to five projects to promote the country as a tourist destination both abroad and at home. The projects are financed under the EU-funded Operational Program Regional Development.

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