Bulgaria's Tourism Industry Looks Forward to Successful SummerTourism | February 18, 2012, Saturday // 16:29| views
Bulgaria's tourism industry has high hopes for the 2012 summer season. Photo by BGNES
The Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents has forecast a successful summer season for the country's tourism industry.
Based on booking requests for the 2012 summer, the Bulgarian tour operators made it clear they have high hopes for the summer tourist season, speaking at a public discussion as part of the 29th Vacation and Spa Expo, Bulgaria's oldest international tourism forum, in Sofia.
Representatives of the tour operators' association further noted that the 2011-2012 tourism season for Bulgaria's winter resorts is hard but is still expected to reach last years levels of profit.
The last winter season brought Bulgarian winter resorts revenues totaling EUR 204 M, while the Bulgarian summer tourism industry usually makes 10 times as much.
"The new Tourism Act does not encompass electronic trade when the tourist products are purchased online," Bayko Baykov, chair of the board of the Association, said when it came to discussing the problems for Bulgaria's tourism industry.
The tour operators and travel agents have also complained of the government's failure to eliminate the gray economy in the tourism sector.
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