Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents
Travel companies protest in front of the Presidency. This was announced by the association "Future for Tourism". They demand the resignation of the Minister of Tourism - Stella Baltova.
The reason is that about BGN 16 million have not been paid yet - state aid, which should compensate the losses of the companies in tourism from the pandemic.
Many Bulgarians will spend the long weekend including September 22, Bulgarian Independence Day, in one of the neighboring countries.
Every third tourist who will travel abroad for the holidays chooses to go to Greece, according to Bayko Bajkov, head of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents (ABTTA), Standart news informs.
Some 15 000 – 20 000 Russians will not be able to spend their holidays in Bulgaria due to bankruptcies of Russian tour operators.
In an interview for Monitor daily, Bayko Baykov, Chair of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, argued that the decline was observable on all outbound markets for Russia without exception.
The 4.5-5.5% tourism growth planned for 2014 is currently implemented, Anelia Genova of Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy told the National Radio (BNR).
According to Genova, despite the heavy rainfalls and the crisis on some markets essential for the country, the tourist data for Bulgaria is quite optimistic.