Super Borovets approval a step further

Super Borovets approval a step further

Sofiaecho, Ivan Vatashov

TOURISM BAROMETER: Super Borovets approval a step further A LONG-EXPECTED project, dubbed Super Borovets, is on its way to become reality with some expert help. A working group set up by the Cabinet has approved a concept for the development of Borovets as a winter ski resort. The concept was expected to be submitted to the Cabinets regular meeting on February 10 and it was expected that it would be approved on February 17. The expert group, chaired by Deputy Economy Minister Dimitar Hadjinikolov, has outlined three stages in the concept for the development of tourism in the Samokov Municipality and the Borovets resort. The first phase, expected to be completed by 2007, should provide twice as much occupancy of the facilities in the resort. The second phase envisages construction of tourist facilities in the area enclosed by the Iskur River, Samokov and Borovets. This will be preceded by approving a cadastral plan, an environmental impact assessment and a comprehensive spatial development plan. Building of more facilities at an altitude above 1400 m above see level is planned in the third phase of the concept. Sofia Regional Governor Olimpi Kutev said the concept takes into account Bulgarias bid to host the 2014 winter Olympics. Meanwhile, the other two leading winter resorts of Bulgaria Bansko and Pamporovo are scoring points. In its February 5 issue, The Financial Times ran a story about Bansko. The newspapers Athens correspondent Kerin Hope wrote that investment in Bansko and its surroundings had transformed this once down-at-heel mountain hideaway into one of the shiniest ski resorts in new Europe. There are 17 ski runs in the resort, including a 16 km run from beneath the Todorka peak down to the outskirts of town. As foreigners grow more familiar with Bulgaria, pouring money into holiday homes along the Black Sea coastline and investing instead of renting as expatriates in Sofia, it seems only natural that ski resorts would be next in line for a property spending spree, the report said. The medium-term strategy was to bring the ski facilities up to a standard that would enable Bulgaria to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the article said. Meanwhile, hotels in Pamporovo were almost 100 per cent full, the Pamporovo 21 Century hoteliers association said. This is the most successful winter season in five years, said Georgi Georgiev, who chairs the association. The number of tourists has increased by 22 per cent compared to the same period of 2004. The hotels are almost full and 70 per cent of the guests are foreign tourists from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Serbia and other countries. There has been a decrease in the number of Bulgarian tourists mainly because of the hike in the prices of some services, Georgiev said. Some UK tour operators have already signed contracts for next year, the hoteliers association said. The contracts indicate growing interest in the skiing resort and an expected increase of 15 to 30 per cent in the number of tourists next winter.
     
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and spa.food was good.ski school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
  • RobJ From UK
    Sent on 01 January 2017
    Had a great week over xmas there - Hotel Lion was great, didn't see any lift queues but I did get there early. Easy blues for the most part, not loads for the advanced skier but great for beginners and families. I had more fun here than Chamonix last year at the same time. Bottom line ...manage your expectations... it is more than value for money but don't expect Whistler.
  • 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
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