Sat, May 25 2013
Photo: Julia Lazarova
Last-minute bookings hold the key to success in Bulgaria’s upcoming winter tourism season as holidaymakers hunt for bargains.
Hotelier paints grim picture of some hotels on the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria closing down in the midsummer season, and even hotels that have guests are letting staff go.
Interest in Bulgaria overtakes Turkey, Egypt and Montenegro but ranks behind Greece.
High rents paid by doctors in Bulgarian Black Sea resorts force them to impose higher rates on tourists
The economic downturn has had an effect on foreigners visiting Bulgaria and Bulgarians travelling abroad. Amid the widespread reduction, however, some destinations still managed to indicate positive growth.
Bulgaria is no longer a low-cost tourist destination. Brits are the biggest spenders.
Bulgarian skiers save the winter season, tourism official says
A number of countries report reduced figures as credit crunch bites, while others see increases even if only off a small base.
The tax, levied on hotel owners, is calculated based on occupancy rate in the hotel, but assumes that at least 30 per cent of a hotel's rooms are booked at all times.
Most will be from Romania, followed by Greeks, then Serbians, Macedonians and Montenegrins.
Despite the warmer weather, this past winter’s record snowfall will enable the resort to offer skiing until mid-April.
'How much longer must this madness go on?' ask UK airlines worried that planned increase will kill jobs and quash tourism-led recovery.
Foreign and Bulgarian tourists victim of debt row at a Pamporovo hotel, Foreign Ministry intervenes after another tour group delayed in Morocco, and Bulgarian arrested in Serbia for forging receipts for payment for tour group.