22% More Foreign Tourists Come to Bulgaria in May

Tourism | June 28, 2010, Monday // 17:05|  views

The number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria went up by more than 20% in May y/y. Photo by BGNES

The number of foreign holidaymakers who visited Bulgaria grew by almost 22% in May 2010 year on year, the National Statistical Institute reported.

A total of 593 000 foreigners traveled to Bulgaria in May, which is an overall increase of 6.2% compared to the same month of 2009.

Transit trips also increased – by 6.6%, while business trips to Bulgaria and guest stays were down by 18% and 13% respectively.

The number of Romanians who visited Bulgaria in May increased by 22.4% year-on-year, of Austrians – by 16.6%; of Russians – by 66%; of Serbians – by 51%; of Macedonians – by 30%.

About 35% fewer Swedes and Finns came to Bulgaria in May.

A total of 43% of the foreign visitors came for a vacation, 28% traveled transit through the country, while 16% came on business.

At the same time, the number of Bulgarians traveling abroad in May 2010 declined by 34% year-on-year. Some 40% of those who traveled internationally went on business trips, while 20% went on vacation.

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