Bulgaria and Russia sign a two-year joint action program in tourism

04 March 2019

Bulgaria and Russia signed Joint Tourism Action Program between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation for the period 2019-2021. The ceremony was part of the official visit to Bulgaria of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and a delegation led by him on March 4th and 5th. It is at the invitation of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, signed the document. The Program is in implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the Russian Federation for Tourism Cooperation of 8th of May 2007.

The program is another serious step to deepen the traditionally good relations between the two countries in a sector as important to their economies as tourism, said Minister Angelkova. She emphasized that Russia is one of the most important generating markets for the incoming tourism of Bulgaria and that the preferences of the tourists from the Federation are constantly in the focus of attention of the Bulgarian tourist administration and business in Bulgaria for conducting an active marketing policy and attracting more visitors.  

With the new program, the two countries are keen to strengthen their ties, recognizing tourism's potential for their economic development. They will help increase the mutual tourist flow, it is also planned to establish direct contacts between the Bulgarian and Russian tourist organizations and exchange information on the legislation in the field of tourism.

Bulgaria and Russia will contribute to the protection of the legal interests and rights of tourists, to ensure the safety of their stay, to improve the quality of service, as well as to take measures in extraordinary and emergency situations.

The document will encourage the exchange of statistical information in tourism, including related to the development of tourism infrastructure. An exchange of information and experts will also take place between the organizations for the purpose of training and professional development of the professional staff for the tourism industry.

It is envisaged that the two countries will also cooperate in the implementation of the state marketing strategy and projects in the tourism sphere, as well as in the implementation of innovations. The experience of tourism professionals and journalists will be shared. The program aims to organize a year of tourism in Bulgaria in Russia and Russia in Bulgaria. Relations between regional tourism organizations will also be encouraged.

Bulgaria and Russia express their will to continue their cooperation in a number of international organizations, including the World Tourism Organization Commission for Europe (UNWTO), the Working Group for “Tourizm cooperatin” of the the Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), etc.

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