Minister Angelkova at a meeting in Spain with the chairman of National Geographic Partners: We follow the trends to offer tourists interesting and quality products

03 April 2019

We follow the latest trends and try to meet the expectations of tourists with quality, innovative and interesting tourist products.

This was stated by Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova during a conversation with Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners at the 19th Global Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit in Seville, Spain.

She presented the rich cultural and historical heritage of our country. Bulgaria ranks third after Italy and Greece in terms of cultural monuments and artifacts - over 40,000. In this regard were discussed opportunities National Geographic Partners to support the promotion of the Bulgarian cultural heritage.

The Minister said that at the end of 2019 a new wave of integrated communication campaigns is planned in the target markets of our country. They will use a variety of information channels to target specific focus groups directly.

The Bulgarian Minister informed Mr Knell that in recent years our country has become more attractive among foreigners, with foreign visits exceeding 9.2 million last year alone. Their growth compared to 2015 is 30.6%, representing more than 2 million more foreign tourists. Revenues from them in 2018 were 34% higher than in 2015. Only in Sofia the overnight stays of foreign nationals in accommodation establishments with 10 or more beds in 2018 were over 767 thousand.

Minister Angelkova also officially invited the chairman of National Geographic Partners to participate in the International Conference on Sustainable Investment in Tourism, to be held in Sunny Beach at the end of May.

Mr Knell congratulated Minister Angelkova on the efforts she is making to develop the tourism sector and added that Bulgaria has huge potential to attract even more guests as a preferred destination.

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