TOURISM BAROMETER: Bulgaria attractive tourism destination despite price changes

TOURISM BAROMETER: Bulgaria attractive tourism destination despite price changes

Sofia Echo, 07.11.2005

Bulgaria attractive tourism destination despite price changes THE price-sensitive interest towards Bulgarias holiday options has been playing seesaw in the past week, with news of cost moving in both directions. Local media reported on October 31 that charter flights to Bulgarian seaside resorts were expected to rise by about 40 euro next summer. The reason would be higher fuel prices, the Executive Agency on Tourism said. Nevertheless, the agency believes, interest in Bulgaria as a tourist destination will increase. Among the advantages of this country, agency experts point out, are the higher service prices in Turkey due to increased visitor interest. In addition, terrorist threats in Bulgarias southeast neighbours resorts led to a decrease in tourist interest. As a result, a number of tourists who planned to visit Turkey are expected to select Bulgaria as an alternative destination. Since the next summer season is still way ahead, some foreign tourists, like those in the UK, are still focused on winter opportunities. Bulgaria is represented in the majority of UK media as a cheap tourist destination, it appears. Information about its inexpensive ski resorts is published in newspapers like The Irish Times and The Times. The publications report that Bulgarian tracks are mainly suitable for inexperienced skiers. The number of UK tourists visiting Bulgaria for the winter season increases every year. Heightening interest towards Bulgaria is evident in the fact that a number of tourism agencies are, for the first time, including the country as a tourist destination in their catalogues. The number of UK tour operators offering trips to Bulgaria is growing. Currently there are about 35 companies offering such services in the UK. Bulgarian resorts offered cheap prices, refurbished ski tracks and hotel buildings, The Irish Times reported. A one-week stay, including airplane tickets, will cost no more than 500 euro, according to the publication. The Times wrote that the only legacy from Bulgarias Socialist past was the low prices. Resorts have totally changed and have practically become new places with the construction of hotels and infrastructure renovation, the newspaper says. Surprisingly enough, though, it is not the UK or German or any other developed countrys tourists that Bulgarian hosts value the most. Bulgarian travel agencies declared on October 28 that the Romanian tourists are the most welcome in this country. The statement was caused by the simple but very important fact holidaymakers from Romania were bringing their money with them to Bulgaria. That was in complete divergence from low-cost tourists of other states visiting the resorts here. In addition, the Romanians behaviour is almost impeccable. Bulgarian was visited by 146 000 Romanian tourists over the first nine months of this year alone, which was twice the number of Romanian guests to Bulgaria over the same period of 2004.
     
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas mentira.la comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
  • Juglena Bankova From Bulgaria
    Sent on 13 May 2016
    Nie byakhme tam na Velikden i pisha malko kŭsno. No vpechatleniata sa ni poveche ot prekrasni! Velikolepna kuhnia (ne savetvat jenite na dieta, da hodiat za poveche ot tri dni, zashtoto yastiyata sa neustoimi, vkusni i ogromni)! Great stil! I mnogo priaten personal!(osobeno damata v restoranta) Pozdravleniya !
  • ger99 From turkey
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    We loved it. Had a perfect 2 bedroom apartment modern, clean new renovated With view to slope. Perfect location in pamporovo as central ski in ski out. Friendly staff, not ovr crowded relaxed athmosphere. our friends (group with total of 7 rooms) all very happy! It is away from city center but close to bowling and 2 nice reaturans.
  • ashley hensman From uk
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    Flora is a lovely hotel clean in a great location and the food was good just make sure you use the safes.
  • Enjoy ski From UK
    Sent on 27 February 2015
    Just came back from Sevlievo in Bulgaria. Drove up to Hotel Impulse in Uzana where I hired skis, boots and poles for myself and two children for just 17 levs for adult and 10 levs each child and used the hotel ski slope 5 levs each. Perfect for the kids first time as parking right at entrance to hotel and slope is 20m walk! Food in restaurant tasty and cheap. Perfect for beginners!
  • Charlotte Hennessy From england
    Sent on 23 February 2015
    WOW, thats all i can say about the previous week of my life. The snow conditions were amazing and the people were so friendly. The night life was always active and the rila hotel was especially fantastic. I loved the accommodation at the rila and i loved the way it is right on the slope. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the holiday and i would recommend this resort to everyone including beginners and experts. Overall, i had an amazing time!!!
  • Brian mcvey From Scotland
    Sent on 20 February 2015
    Going to borovets for 2nd time this time with my son. Had a great time 4 years ago, now with park I expect it to be a lot better now and it was brill last time round. 20 days and counting
  • Lasse WP From Denmark
    Sent on 15 February 2015
    We just had a wonderful trip to Pamporovo. We were a group of 10 adults, and 3 small children (1 to 3 years old), who stayed at the Castle complex, in 4 apartments, for a week (7 days stay, 6 days skiing) Everything at the Castle was great, and the staff was very forthcoming and helpful in every way. The apartments were very practical, and equipped with all necessities. Not luxurious, but really good and adequate in size and layout. You should note though, that towels are not changed every day. Towels are not needed to bring to the spa area and treatments. The food at the Excalibur restaurant was typical for the area, and well prepared. The staff at the restaurant is also great. The Castle complex is situated 2-3 km. from Ski center 2 (Malina). It is of course easiest if you are driving, but there are shuttles from the hotel to the ski center and lift. Ski in-/out is possible at the backside of the complex. We had booked ski- and snowboard packages, and that worked out perfectly as well. The snowboard instructor was a true professional. Patient and very focused on making sure that all of us learned the moves, at our own individual pace. Everyone had a great time, and learned a lot. The area was perfect for us, as we are all beginners on snowboards. Had we been on skies, I suspect the terrain would not be challenging enough for an entire week. We can definitely recommend Pamporovo, and the Castle complex, and will be back next year.
  • james From england
    Sent on 05 February 2015
    Lovely apartments bang on yasterbets slopes. Great spa and swimming pool and cheaper prices than borovets for food and beer. Best hotel and facilites in borovets
  • Jayne Gay From England
    Sent on 25 January 2015
    Just got back from Bansko what a fabulous week. A party of 6 which includes our daughter's aged 20-24 and the night life for them was great. No long queues, food good and we cannot wait for next year!
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