Bulgarians Made 779,500 Trips Abroad in July 2019, or 7.2% More Year-over-year
Bulgarians made 779,500 trips abroad in July 2019, or 7.2% more than in July 2018, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said in a press release.
The increase was registered in the trips to the United Kingdom - by 11.4%, Romania - by 11.2%, Turkey - by 8.4%, Germany - by 8.1%, Greece - by 6.9%, Republic Northern Macedonia - by 4.8%, Spain - by 4.5%, Austria - by 3.8%.
At the same time, the trips of Bulgarians to Italy decreased by 3.8%, to Serbia - by 2.3%, to the Netherlands - by 2.3%.
The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education or visiting cultural and sports events) in July 2019 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 40.7%, followed by holiday trips - 39.7%, and business trips - 19.6%.
In July 2019, most trips of Bulgarian residents were made to Turkey - 181,300, Greece - 160,700, Germany - 71,500, Romania - 69,800, Serbia - 37,300, Republic of Northern Macedonia - 34,900, Italy - 27,700, Austria - 23,500, United Kingdom - 21,900, Spain - 19,300.
In July 2019, the number of arrivals of foreign visitors to Bulgaria was 2,083,100, or 3.2% less than in July 2018. The share of EU citizens was 60.1%, or 5.2% less than in the same month of the previous year. An increase was registered in the visits of citizens from the UK - by 21.0%, Ireland - by 19.1%, Hungary - by 6.5%, Romania - by 6.1%, Spain - by 3.5%, France - by 1.6%. At the same time, the number of visits by citizens from the Czech Republic decreased by 13.9%, Germany - by 12.9%, Poland - by 11.6%, Greece - by 7.6%.
Visits from the Other European Countries group decreased by 0.2%, with the largest decrease in visits from the Russian Federation by 15.7%.
Most visitors to Bulgaria in July 2019 were from...