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Postby ivan » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:10 pm

Tourism Minister Talks to Slovakian President Andrej Kiska

Bratislava/Sofia, January 30 (BTA) - Bulgarian Minister of
Tourism Nikolina Angelkova conferred with Slovakian President
Andrej Kiska in Bratislava. Angelkova is on a one-day visit to
Slovakia in connection with the opening of the international
tourist fair, ITF SLOVAKIATOUR - Incheba 2015).

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President Kiska visited the Bulgarian stall, where four
touroperator companies are presented. Local travel agencies and
touroperators are showing high interest in Bulgaria's
participation in this year's edition of the exhibition.

Bilateral cooperation featured on the agenda of the
Angelkova-Kiska talks. The interlocutors discussed the prospects
for joint initiatives to promote tourism in Bulgaria and
Slovakia. They agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two
countries' administrations in this sphere. There is an interest
in organizing a bilateral forum for the development of the
tourist sector. President Kiska is about to visit Bulgaria in
the autumn of 2015.

Bulgaria and Slovakia will work for the development of the
Danube Brand and for focusing on the implementation of the
Danube Strategy. An agreement to this effect was reached by
Minister Angelkova and Frantisek Palko, State Secretary at the
Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development.
The two countries will study the possibilities to set a foothold
on distant markets. Palko supported Angelkova's initiative for
stronger focus on tourism within the Juncker Plan. The
possibility for the launching of a direct service between Sofia
and Bratislava was also discussed as it was agreed that this
would boost bilateral tourist exchange.

Being listed amongst the most important events in the region of
Central Europe, the ITF SLOVAKIATOUR is the biggest fair of
travel in Slovakia. Each year it brings a complex service for
people who want to travel abroad or enjoy the beauty of
Slovakia. A huge portfolio of travel agencies is presented, as
well as tourist information mediated via foreign offices.

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Bulgaria Is Best Recognized as Tourist Destination for its Cultural Sites - Study

Postby ivan » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:37 pm

Sofia, February 26 (BTA) - A recent communication campaign
Bulgaria has carried out in the print media and television in
countries which are potential markets for Bulgarian tourist
products, has reached 59 million people. The campaign which
ended in December 2014, was implemented in Germany, Russia,
Ukraine, Romania, Poland and Sweden as part of an ongoing
project of the Tourism Ministry entitled "Integrated
Communication Campaigns for Bulgaria in Target Markets",
supported by the EU-funded Operational Programme Regional
Development. The results of the project were announced Thursday
at a news conference in Sofia by its leader Anelia Genova.

The campaign had a target audience of 40 million people. It
showed that what Bulgaria is most recognizable as a tourist
destination for its cultural sites.

The whole project of over 7 million leva and duration of 36
months ending in April 2015, aims to improve the efficiency of
marketing activities on the said target markets. It also seeks
to enhance the formation of a positive attitude to Bulgaria,
raise awareness of this country as a tourist destination,
motivate decisions to chose Bulgaria for tourism and broaden the
scope of people who regularly come on vacation in Bulgaria.

In the project, Germany emerged as the key European market with
a positive attitude to Bulgaria. Work there will continue with
supporting advertising. Very few negative assessments were
obtained in Russia. Romania tops the list of markets with a
potential. Ukraine is among the top 10 most important markets,
especially in respect to children camps. In Poland, Bulgaria is
the third most preferred destination and this country was found
to have a growth potential going beyond the traditional sea
resort tourism. The Swedish market does not generate many
tourists for Bulgaria but has a potential for interest in
versatile products.

Bulgarian tourism, however, has an image problem in Sweden after
several negative press stories connected with "alcohol tourism"
in recent years.


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Golf Tourism Can Drive Upmarket Tourism in Bulgaria - Minister

Postby ivan » Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:11 pm

Balchik, on the Black Sea, April 4 (BTA) - Tourism Minister
Nikolina Angelkova said golf tourism can be a driving force
behind upmarket tourism in Bulgaria. Golf tourism is very
promising because it brings together the tourists' interest in
nature, cultural and historical sites, the seaside and spa
tourism, she said at a roundtable on golf tourism at the
Lighthouse Golf Complex near Balchik.

Bulgaria has seven certified golf courses and could become a
year-round destination. To become an effective, competitive
destination, this country needs at least 30 golf courses,
according to the Ministry's strategy.

Angelkova said a special charter programme is being prepared for
late spring and early autumn, which can be launched in March
2016 at the earliest. It targets Scandinavian, German and
British tourists and can be used by golfers as well.

The State and businesses should pool their efforts to develop
golf tourism. Moreover, Bulgaria is not unknown to world golfers
and has been named the most promising golf destination, Sports
Minister Krassen Kralev said at the forum.

The Bulgarian News Agency (BTA)

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Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Says Choice of Bulgaria for Holiday by Russians Will Be Welcomed

Postby ivan » Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:14 pm

If more Russian tourists now prefer Bulgaria for their holidays this will be welcomed, as the country is a good opportunity, the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism, Oleg Safonov, said at a meeting with Bulgaria's Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. The sides met in Moscow on the initiative of the Bulgarian minister, Angelkova's ministry said Wednesday.

"We have the ambition to offer the best conditions to Russian tourists. We are continuing to investigate all opportunities to offer additional waivers at the issuance of visas, including by the opening of new visa centres," Angelkova recalled. She undertook to continue the dialogue with the Foreign Ministry in this respect, reminding that her ministry transferred funds from its account to finance the operation of consular services in the Russian Federation. At the moment, visas are issued at 21 visa centres and the time of issuance has been shortened to a maximum.

Angelkova and Safonov agreed that the Bulgarian-Russian roundtable held in November in Sofia had extremely positive results and was indicative that the tourist business of the two countries can cooperate very well and that the tourist flow can increase. A reciprocal B2B (business to business) roundtable to promote child tourism is planned to be held in Moscow next year, during the international tourist fair in March.

At the end of January Bulgaria is also expected to host the intergovernmental commission for economic, scientific and technical cooperation, which Safonov is expected to attend. It was decided that one of the days will be dedicated to discussion of bilateral relations in the sphere of tourism.

Other subjects on the agenda included joint work to open a specialized call centre in Bulgaria providing up-to-date information to Russian tourists.

Angelkova also conferred with the head of the Ethnic Policy and Tourism department of Moscow city government, Vladimir Chernikov, as well as with his deputy and the leadership of the Association of Tour Operators (ATOR).

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Bulgarian Tourist Information Centre Opens in Tokyo

Postby ivan » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:16 pm

Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova attended the opening of a Bulgarian tourist information centre in Tokyo, Angelkova's Ministry said in a press release Thursday. The centre opened in pursuance of an agreement between the Tourism Ministry and the Japan-Southeast Europe Business Association (JSEEBA). Bulgaria will not pay anything for the centre. Instead, the costs of all its activities will be covered by JSEEBA while the Bulgarian Tourism Ministry will provide up-to-date promotional materials.

Angelkova stressed the importance of the fact that Bulgaria is now physically present on the tourist market in Japan. She said that among Asian tourists Bulgaria is known for its rose oil and yoghurt and that the centre will offer many other attractive forms of tourism.

Japan is among the top 50 in the emerging markets for Bulgarian tourism and is ranked 41st in January-August 2016 with more than 9,000 visitors, which is an increase of 16.5 per cent compared to the like period in 2015.

Bulgarian official statistics puts the number of Japanese visitors in 2015 at 12,362.
At the opening ceremony JSEEBA President and Representative Director Kihachiro Nishiura spoke about the work and the services which the centre will provide. The Japanese official stressed the yet untapped potential for increasing the bilateral flow of tourists, adding that JSEEBA will continue to work in this direction. Nishiura thanked for the good communication with the Bulgarian Tourism Ministry and the support for the realization of the initiative to open the centre.

The Bulgarian News Agency (BTA)

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