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Mariyana Nikolova: The Germans Choose Bulgaria as a Tourism Destination

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Mariyana Nikolova spoke with H. E. Christophe Eichhorn, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bulgaria, announced the press center of the Ministry of Tourism.
Bulgaria and Germany have traditionally excellent bilateral relations and for us it is a priority target tourist market and partner of Bulgaria, said the Deputy Prime Minister. She informed that according to statistics, in 2019 the number of German tourists who visited Bulgaria exceeded 760 thousand, with the levels of visits in recent years being approximately equally high. This persistent trend shows that in recent years German citizens choose Bulgaria as a destination for tourism, recognizing the wide variety and qualities of the Bulgarian tourist product, Minister Nikolova explained. German tourists traditionally associate Bulgaria with summer, sea, tour trips, cultural tourism and visit the country mainly during their summer holidays.

For the upcoming summer tourist season in Bulgaria, in the conditions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the government is making all necessary efforts to ensure its smooth flow, stressed the Deputy Prime Minister. And assured that all necessary measures are applied to ensure the safety and health of all tourists.

Currently both Bulgaria and Germany have introduced a mandatory presentation of a negative PCR test and our country has been declared risky, Minister Nikolova pointed out. In her words, it is good for our two countries to make the necessary efforts from the beginning of May to remove the restrictions on non-essential — tourist, travel. I believe that Bulgaria will soon be removed from the list of risky countries and our country will welcome its guests from Germany during this year's summer tourist season, said the Deputy Prime Minister.

Regarding the trips between the two countries, Ambassador Eichhorn commented that within the EU the two countries are working intensively on the measures. At the next European Council in May, an interim balance will be drawn up.

“I think it is good for our countries to continue working together and increase the pace of vaccination, he added. Germany has successfully advocated that all EU Member States benefit from the EU vaccination programme. This helps especially Bulgaria. We need to find the balance between our hopes and the real situation. The virus does not follow the calendar,” he added. In his words, according to the development of the situation in May, we will see if the measures can be eased.