Bulgaria Boasts 3.2% Increase in Winter Tourism Y/Y

Bulgaria Boasts 3.2% Increase in Winter Tourism Y/Y

Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria Boasts 3.2% Increase in Winter Tourism Y/Y During the traditional months for winter tourism in Bulgaria, January and February, the industry had registered a 3.2% growth compared to the same period of 2009. The data was revealed for the media Saturday by Economy Minister, Traicho Traikov, who said the revenues for the same months in 2010 have been EUR 190 M while Bulgarians spent on vacations abroad EUR 130 M. A stark change in the ratio of countries sending most tourists to Bulgaria in the winter has been registered during the 2010 winter season in previous years 80% of them came from the UK and Russia while in 2010 most came from neighboring countries. Since the beginning of 2010, hotel owners in Bulgarias winter resort of Bansko have been reporting having most reservations from Greece, Serbia and Macedonia. There is also an increase of Romanian visitors, but on a smaller scale. Foreign tourists have spent an average of EUR 86 a day for their winter vacation, which they have combined with SPA and cultural tourism. The leading factor for them to select Bulgaria had been the low price. Their preferred hotels were the 4-star ones and most have purchased packages from travel agents. Bulgarians, on the other hand side, have chosen countryside and winter vacations almost with the same rates as in the fall. Most of them made their own reservations while 43% stayed with friends and relatives instead of using hotels. Bulgarians spent an average of BGN 46 a day for their winter trips while their top priorities have been beautiful surroundings and good food.