Bulgaria's economy ministry said it expects tourist arrivals from Romania this year to exceed one million.
Early holiday bookings from Romania show 6.0% growth compared to the same period last year, the ministry said in a statement quoting deputy economy minister Ivo Marinov as saying during a tourist forum in Bucharest.
Most foreign tourists to Bulgaria come from Romania. Last year, Romanian tourist arrivals in Bulgaria increased by 4.6% to 960,365, the ministry said on Friday.
In 2012, Bulgaria expects 6.0% to 8.0% growth in foreign tourist arrivals as visitors from Russia alone are seen jumping 20%.
Tourism generates 15% of Bulgaria's gross domestic product, according to economy ministry data.