Visits to Bulgaria Up 14.7% Y/Y in JulyTourism | August 29, 2016, Monday // 13:34| views
More than half of all visits paid by foreign nationals to Bulgaria were with tourism purposes. File photo, BGNES
The numbers of arrivals from abroad to Bulgaria increased in July compared to the same month of last year, national statistics show.
Visits paid by foreign nationals were 1.8724 M last month, predominantly (58.3%) with holiday and recreation purposes, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
"Trips with other purposes" (35.2%) ranks second as a purpose of visits paid by foreign nationals in July. This category includes people coming to Bulgaria as guests or using it as a transit destination.
Those who arrived for professional reasons formed 6.5% of the total.
A year-on-year increase was registered in the trips by all observed purposes, the biggest one being in those with professional purpose (by 25.6%), followed by trips with a holiday or recreation purpose (29.6%), and trips with other purposes (4.6%).
EU nationals made up the vast part of visitors to the country in July, with their share standing at 61.3%, or 20.2% compared to July of last year, the NSI has said.
An increase was registered in the visits of citizens from Czech Republic (73.3%), Poland (36.0%), Hungary (34.6%), France (31.1%), and others. At the same time, the visits from Portugal decreased by 13.0%, those by Slovenia dropped by 7.8%, and trips of Slovak nationals fell by 0.8%.