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Mariyana Nikolova: 6400 charter flights expected this summer at Burgas Airport

6400 charter flights are expected to arrive at Burgas Airport this summer. Our goal is to impose Bulgaria as a year-round tourist destination, and Burgas region allows for various niche tourist trips. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova in front of the media in Burgas. He added that together with the local government since September last year we have been working for Summer 2021, the press office of the Ministry of Tourism announced.
Minister Nikolova commented that a tourist representation in Warsaw is about to be opened. Our ambition is to attract more tourists from Poland. I hope that we will find such priority representations in other countries as well, she explained.





The Minister said that at the request of the industry, the Ministry of Tourism prepared a specialized advertising campaign for the Russian and German markets. We have many requests from Russia, including from property owners, she clarified.

In her words, our winter resorts are currently full at 40%, and spa destinations are booked at 100%.

The Deputy Prime Minister also announced that over 4.5 million tourists stayed overnight in the accommodation accommodation in Bulgaria in 2020. Of these, more than 3.3 million are Bulgarians and foreigners are over 1.2 million, data from the Single System for Tourist Information (ESTI) show. I hope that the tested and challenging 2020 year will remain in the past, and from it we will retain only the experience gained and important conclusions to help us move forward, she said.

Minister Nikolova added that last year more than 400 000 Romanian tourists were registered in accommodation establishments and the number of guests from Germany was below 100 thousand. The third place in number of visitors is Poland with over 85 thousand tourists.

The leading 10 destinations in Bulgaria for the whole of last year are the municipalities of Sozopol, Primorsko, Nessebar, Varna, Sofia, Bansko, Velingrad, Balchik, Samokov and Plovdiv. The most visited was the municipality of Nessebar, which welcomed about half a million tourists last year.

Losses from domestic and incoming tourism amount to around BGN 4.2 billion according to data from the NSI and BNB for the first 9 months of 2020 They are expected to grow due to the low number of tourist trips at the end of the year. It is not excluded that the losses from domestic and incoming tourism will exceed 5 billion leva for the whole year and the final statistics are yet to be published, Minister Nikolova explained.

About the district of Burgas, the Deputy Prime Minister commented that just under 1.1 million stayed overnight in accommodation accommodation in 2020 according to data from ESTI. Of these, over 750 thousand are Bulgarians, more than 123 thousand are Romanian citizens, over 55 thousand are Polish guests. Visitors from Germany are over 33 thousand, Czech and Ukrainian tourists are more than 26 thousand and over 21 thousand respectively.

During the briefing Mr Kwante, Chief Executive Officer of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management, explained to the representatives of the media that the airports in Burgas and Varna are ready. We expect only tourists to make their decision. We want to show everyone that we work together and show the world that Bulgaria is a safe destination.

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