Foreign tourist arrivals to Bulgaria fall 68% y/y in August

Foreign tourist arrivals to Bulgaria fall 68% y/y in August

The number of foreign tourists who visited Bulgaria in August declined by 67.9% year-on-year to 747,100, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on Tuesday.

Citizens of EU member states accounted for 63.1% of all international arrivals to Bulgaria in the month under review, or 67.4% less than a year earlier, NSI said in a monthly report.

Travellers who visited friends or relatives or just transited the country represented 58.4% of all foreign nationals who entered Bulgaria in the month under review. Vacation trips and business trips accounted for 32.5% and 9.1%, respectively.

At the end of August, the tourism ministry said that the European Commission has approved the government's plans to subsidise charter flights to Bulgaria in a bid to support the tourism sector. Bulgaria will provide subsidies of 35 euro ($40.9) per seat for flights with a capacity of at least 100 seats by the end of the year.

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