Bulgaria Eyes over 3.0 Bln Euro in 2012 Tourism Revenue

Bulgaria Eyes over 3.0 Bln Euro in 2012 Tourism Revenue

Bulgaria's revenue from tourism in 2012 will most probably exceed 3.0 billion euro ($4.04 billion), deputy economy minister Ivo Marinov said.

"We still do not have final data for 2012 but considering that it was 2.8 billion euro in the January-November period, we have grounds to expect that the full-year figure will exceed 3.0 billion euro," Ivo Marinov told SeeNews on the sidelines of a media event promoting Bulgaria as an investment destination.

In 2013, tourist arrivals in the country are expected to increase by some 5.0%, Marinov said, adding that SPA tourism and culture tourism are emerging as the main growth drivers in the sector in Bulgaria.

He quoted officials statistics according to which tourist arrivals in the country in the January-November period totalled 6.5 million, up by 3.4% from the same period a year earlier.

Marinov pointed to Russia, Ukraine and Turkey as Bulgaria's main feeder markets. Russian tourists are also the biggest spenders in the country, he added.

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