2008 News Archive - Holidays - Bulgaria attracts record number of visitors
15 01 2007
Last year was a record year for Bulgaria with more than five million overseas tourists enjoying their holidays there.
According to the Novinite News Agency, tourism in Bulgaria generated a staggering â‚¬2 billion last year, as 5,158,000 holidaymakers enjoyed the country's outstanding beaches, sublime scenery and friendly atmosphere.
Stanislav Novakov, deputy chair of the country's Tourism Agency, told officials at the Caravan-Motor-Touristik exhibition that Bulgaria now offers a desirable blend of traditional and alternative tourism, with spa and eco breaks now competing with traditional beach holidays.
According to the Sofia Echo, state officials believe that tourism now forms 14 per cent of GDP in Bulgaria and it seems certain that 2007 will be yet another buoyant year.
The Black Sea resort of Varna is an example of one of the areas that has seen its popularity skyrocket in recent years and similar trends are expected for next year. Varna offers an appealing blend of antiquity and modernity and its art galleries and museums are among its major attractions.
As a stunning beach resort, however, many tourists are more interested in the long days and the agreeable warmth.
Tourists are also expected to flock to Lozenets, Sunny Beach and Ravda this year, all of which offer something slightly different and unexpected.