Foreign tourist arrivals in Bulgaria totalled 320,400 in February, almost flat on the year, official statistics showed.
Tourist arrivals from EU member states accounted for 48.8% of all foreign tourists in February, up by 4.1% from the same period in 2013, the National Statistics Institute said in a press release. Bulgaria registered a 13.4% rise in the number of visitors from Spain and a 13% growth in the number of visitors from Italy.
Tourist arrivals from European non-EU member states decreased by 4.4% on the year in February, driven by a decrease by 6.5% in the number of visitors from Turkey and a 5.4% fall in arrivals from Serbia.
As many as 38.6% of all foreigners who visited Bulgaria in February were visiting friends or relatives, or just transiting the country, 47.2% were holidaymakers and 14.2% came on business.