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Mariana Nikolova met with representatives of tour operators

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariana Nikolova held a working meeting with representatives of tour operators and tourism organizations. The discussion was attended by the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, Bulgarian Association of Travel Agencies, Future for Tourism Association and Tourism Association, the Ministry of Tourism announced.
Minister Nikolova presented to the business the latest update on the measures taken by the government to help the tourism industry in the fight against the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

She explained that the Ministry of Tourism has already completed the payment of BGN 10 million in support of enterprises registered under the Tourism Act as a tour operator or travel agent to overcome the economic consequences of COVID-19 under Operational Programme “Innovations and Competitiveness “2014-2020 The total number of applications approved for financing is 720. The funds represent about 1% of the company's turnover in 2019, as tour operators and travel agents received assistance from BGN 51 to BGN 371 000 depending on their declared turnover, she specified.

Regarding the assistance of BGN 3 million for guides and mountain guides under OPIC, the Deputy Prime Minister commented that the Ministry of Tourism is ready for action under the procedure.

The Deputy Prime Minister also said that during this year he will continue to work just as hard as last year. As you know, I'm where business is. I hope that in this year our good dialogue and fruitful cooperation will continue because the crisis has not yet resolved, she clarified. And he added that everyone needed to show flexibility to restore travel, with people's health and security first and foremost to the fore.

During the conversation the representatives of the industry thanked Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova and Finance Minister Kiril Ananiev for their financial support because of their frozen business. They insisted to the Deputy Prime Minister be co-financed because of the problem of prepaid travel and frozen tourism options.