TOURISM BAROMETER: Super construction

TOURISM BAROMETER: Super construction

Ivan Vatashov, Sofia Echo,23.05.2005

THE state is to spend 150 million leva on the construction of the Super Borovets resort, according to a Cabinet decision on May 12. Private investors are expected to inject a further 300 million euro into tourist infrastructure, lifts and ski-runs. The document approved by the Cabinet bears the title Concept for the Development of the Borovets Mountain Resort until 2015. It was adopted in line with Bulgarias candidacy to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2014 and envisages three stages. The first stage covers the period until 2007 when the occupancy rate of the resort must increase twice its current levels. The second stage will start after the ownership structure has been finalised, along with the cadastral plan, the environment impact assessment and the general spatial development plan. Tourist facilities in the area incorporating Beli Iskur, Samokov and Borovets will be built during the second stage. The third stage envisages construction of facilities in the mountain over 1400 metres latitude. A total of 10 000 jobs are expected to be created during the building phase. At the moment Borovets has 38 hotels and villas with a total of 5500 beds. Most of the ski runs were built in the late 1970s according to the standards of the time, 30 metres wide. In order to meet the modern requirements the runs must be widened. The runs are now served by a network of cable cars and tows with overall capacity of 12 000 people an hour. Borovets has six snow machines and two ski runs for night skiing, and a special snowboard run with a separate tow. While the Borovets project is a matter for the future, the current pressing problem in the tourist industry remains the question of construction at the largest Black Sea resorts of Zlatni Pyasutsi (Golden Sands) and Slunchev Bryag (Sunny Beach). The National Construction Supervision Directorate (NCSD) has ordered a halt to construction at nine sites in Zlatni Pyasutsi. The list of the frozen developments includes a holiday village, three residential complexes and five hotels. Because the sites have construction permits, they cannot be declared illegal. However, work is being halted following failure to keep to the deadlines for completing construction. The deadlines were set in permits issued by Varna Municipality. NCSD has issued halt orders for Body A and Body B of Sunrise Hotel, as well as for Yavor Hotel, Kempinski Grand Hotel Hermitage and Paradise Green Park Hotel. Local authorities in Nessebur, the municipality to which Slunchev Bryag belongs, also took a firm line. From May 16, heavy construction equipment has been allowed to enter the resort only if permission is given personally by Nessebur mayor Trifon Ivanov. Checkpoints, staffed by gendarmerie, have been set up to control the entrance of vehicles and equipment. There is a system of special permits for sites where work is being allowed to continue. A permit may be issued by the mayor at the request of an investor, describing the site, the type of the vehicle, and the date and time of the passage of vehicles and equipment. No other restrictive measures had managed to stop construction work. In an interview with Bulgarian National Radio on May 16, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Dimitar Hadjinikolov said that the management of Zlatni Pyasutsi and several companies had become the first to be fined this year for failing to stop construction. The fines were imposed by the regional inspectorates for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and the Ministry of Environment and Waters. In spite of the fines, it did not appear likely that construction at Zlatni Pyasutsi would stop before May 20. Meanwhile, Culture and Tourism Minister Nina Chilova announced on May 16 the creation of six tourist information centres all over the country. They will be in the cities of Vidin, Rousse, Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo and will act as representative offices of the ministry to provide information to tourists and to entrepreneurs in the sector. Hotel keepers and tour operators will be able to obtain information and to register their tourist programmes.
     
  • 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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