Bulgarian Tour Operators Expect Smoking Ban To Boost Family Tourism

Bulgarian Tour Operators Expect Smoking Ban To Boost Family Tourism

The ban that Bulgaria plans to impose on smoking in indoor public spaces will change the profile of tourists visiting Bulgaria, it emerged at a news conference of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents (ABTOTA), state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported on Thursday.

According to the legislative amendments proposed by the government, smoking in indoor public spaces will be prohibited from June 1, 2012.

Bulgaria is currently a tourist destination popular among young Europeans who come to have fun, drink alcohol and take advantage of the partially permitted smoking in public places and this situation could change next year, ABTOTA managing board member Bayko Baykov was quoted as saying.

He also added that non-smokers in Europe are close to 70% and that 84% of Europeans support a full smoking ban in public places.

Bulgaria's tourist industry will not only experience no significant fallout from the introduction of the ban but will probably profit from it since it will become a more attractive destination for family tourism, BTA cited ABTOTA chairman Irena Georgieva as saying.

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