Bulgarians Completed More Trips Abroad in MayTourism | June 29, 2015, Monday // 13:34| views
According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), which were released on Monday, Bulgarians completed more than 483 000 trips abroad in May.
This represented an increase of 13.1 % compared to the same month last year, with Bulgarians completing more trips to Hungary, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Spain and Germany.
There was a decrease in the number of visits made by Bulgarians to Israel, Russia, Macedonia, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia.
The greatest share of the travels were made for other purposes (visiting friends and relatives, education, visiting cultural and sport events) – 40.3 %.
Holiday trips and excursions represented 34.6 % of the trips, while business trips amounted to 25.1 %.
There was an increase in all three types of trips compared to May 2014.
The majority of the trips to Romania (67.9 %) and Turkey (60.1 %) were made for other purposes.
Most of the journeys to the Netherlands (63.6 %) and Belgium (56.3 %) were business trips
Spain and Greece were the preferred holiday destinations for Bulgarians with respectively 58.5 % and 50.6 % of the trips made to these countries being holiday travels and excursions.
The number of trips made by foreigners to Bulgaria in May were more than 714 000, which represented an increase of 4 % compared to the same month last year.
There was an increase in both the number of business trips and travels made for other purposes, while holiday trips and excursions registered a decrease.
The share of EU citizens visiting Bulgaria amounted to 60.7 %, which was an increase of 1.1 % compared to May 2014.
There was an increase in the number of visitors from the UK, the Czech Republic, Romania, Germany and Greece.
At the same time, less people from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and France visited Bulgaria.
There was also a 7 % increase in the number of visitors from other European countries, the greatest rise being in the number of people coming from Serbia.
The greatest share of trips was for other purposes (including visiting friends and relatives and transit journeys), followed by holiday travels and excursions and business trips.
Almost all visitors from Israel (96.7 %) came to Bulgaria on holiday or excursion, the vast majority of Hungarians (83.3 %) came on business trips, while 58.5 % of the journeys made by Romanians were for other purposes.
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