Bulgarian Caretaker Minister Emphasizes Increase in Tourist Numbers, Revenues
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Bulgaria’s caretaker Economy Minister in charge of Tourism, Branimir Botev, has opposed gloomy forecasts about the sector.
In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Television, he emphasized that the National Statistical Institute had registered increases in both tourism revenues and numbers of visitors for the summer season, despite the complaints of tour operators and hoteliers.
Citing data of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB), Botev noted that the sector of tourism had fetched over EUR 1.74 B by June.
He said that decreases in numbers of tourists had only been registered for Ukraine and the United Kingdom out of the top ten countries by number of visitors.
Botev suggested that the launch of the Maritsa motorway would be very beneficial for the mountain resort of Pamporovo, taking into account the interest of Turkish tourists in Bulgarian ski resorts.
He added that the number of Turkish visitors to Bulgarian mountain resorts had increased by 61% to a rate of over 250 000.