Expectations for the upcoming winter season in Bulgaria are terrific according to the forecast of Minister of Tourism – Nikolina Angelkova. She attended the ongoing International Tourist Exhibition in Pamporovo – “Bulgarian mountains – hospitality in four seasons”. According to Minister Angelkova, the exhibition shows the huge opportunities for development of mountain tourism not only as winter but also as an Environmental and Spa. The unfolding of this tourist potential would transform the country in a year-round destination. The Ministry will support all efforts of the tourism industry so that Bulgaria can take a leading position as a recognizable tourist destination in Europe, said Minister Angelkova.
Winter season 2014-2015 was extremely successful with a growth of 8% and 1.2 million tourists said comment Angelkova. According to her this winter is envisaged over 30% increase for Turkish tourists due to introduced visa facilitation. And this season will remain visa facilitation according the law, including the possibility of issuing multiple-entry visa within six months. Smolyan is an example how tourism should develop and the 54% growth in tourists in the area prove it. The Minister expressed hope that Pamporovo will continue to be a leading place among the winter centers in terms of domestic tourism.
Participants in the International Tourist Exhibition officially expressed an opinion in support of the initiative to create a video with world famous people promoting Bulgaria.