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Nikolova: The pandemic put before a serious test tourism sector

We highly appreciate the relations and political dialogue between the two countries. We stand ready for them to continue even more actively with an exchange of high-level visits. This is what Deputy Prime Minister Marijana Nikolova said in Zagreb at a meeting with Branko Grcic, chairman of the Croatian Sabor Tourism Commission. The Bulgarian Minister of Tourism is on a working visit to the country, the press center of the Ministry of Tourism said.
At the meeting in the Croatian Parliament, the crisis and related safeguards were discussed in detail. The pandemic put to a serious test not only the tourism and transport sectors, but also the economies on a global and European scale, the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister said. Minister Nikolova stressed that despite the strong negative effect of the epidemic, Croatia has managed to achieve a relatively good summer season. We recognise that the structure of Croatian tourism is different from the Bulgarian one, and we are interested in specific government measures that contributed to the good result in the summer, underlined the Deputy Prime Minister.

The authorities of both countries have taken urgent measures to limit damage from the pandemic and closed borders for the tourism sector. In Bulgaria they were broad-spectrum and included legal amendments, financial assistance and social changes. Our country remains among the countries with the least infected in the Balkans, making it a safe tourist destination. The timely and rigorous anti-epidemic steps and strong sanitary control, pointed out the Minister of Tourism.



There are no universal solutions in the crisis, Branko Grcic said. Each country takes different measures, but the exchange of information and experience can help limit the negative consequences. Due to the collapse of air transport, we mainly welcomed tourists by car, we did not have from distant destinations arriving by plane. It's time to start talks about opening air links based on common safety protocols. Bulgaria and Croatia are competitors, but in the field of health tourism we can partner. We should establish contacts at different levels so that our peoples can get to know each other, added the chairman of the Committee on Tourism in the Croatian Parliament.

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