Minister Expects 5 % Rise in French Tourists to Bulgaria after Louvre ExhibitionTourism | May 15, 2015, Friday // 12:06| views
Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova. Photo: BGNES
Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on Friday that a 5 % increase in the number of French tourists to Bulgaria was expected in the summer after the exhibition of Thracian treasures in the Louvre.
Angelkova stated this during the regular parliamentary control and added that an increase was also expected in the number of tourists from Poland, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia and Austria.
She was one of the nine ministers questioned during the parliamentary control, who had to answer to enquiries on the measures taken by the ministry to address the expected drop of Russian tourists.
Angelkova reminded that the Foreign Ministry negotiated easing of the issue of visas to Russian tourists at the beginning of February.
According to her, the Foreign Ministry expressed readiness to issue the visas in the space of three days.
She revealed that the interest of Russian tourists towards Bulgarian visas was heightened and at present nineteen visa centres were functioning in Russia with additional personnel being posted to Bulgarian consulates.
Angelkova pointed to data, according to which Bulgaria was among the top ten of summer destinations chosen by Russians.
The minister said that the forthcoming season would be full of challenges, but hoped that the expected drop of tourists would not materialise as the Tourism Ministry had taken the necessary measures.
She pointed to information provided by Russian tour operators, which showed that no significant decrease of visitors choosing Bulgaria as their summer holiday destination was expected.
Angelkova assured that Bulgaria was doing everything possible to decrease the impact from the withdrawal of Russian tourists.
This included the Bulgarian participation at international stands, meetings and seminars and the advertisement of the country on popular international TV channels.
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