2001 SUMMER SEASON EXPECTED TO BE LAST DECADE'S MOST SUCCESSFUL
Bulgaria will be visited by 2,700,000 vacationers in 2001, 15 per cent up from last year. The country has been preferred by 350,000 foreigners as a destination of their summer holidays. German holiday-makers, who are traditionally the largest group of West european guests at the Bulgarian seaside, are expected to increase most - by 20 per cent. Thanks to the postponed introduction of visa restrictions, organized vacationers from Russia and the Ukraine will rise by some 15-20 per cent this year. Russian holiday-makers, who used to flock to Bulgarian seaside resorts in previous years, are expected to reach 123,000, and guests from the Ukraine are pre-estimated at 71,000.
Scandinavians are another proof of the reviving attractiveness of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. According to preliminary estimates of tour operators for the 2001 summer season, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, and Finns will be up 25 per cent from 2000, reaching 110,000.
A total of 540,000 vacationers chose Bulgaria for their holidays in the first four months of this year, marking 6.6 per cent increase from the same period of 2000. Figures of the Ministry of Economy show that revenues from international tourism reached USD152MN in January-March, 2001.
We expect the most successful summer season at our Black Sea coast for the last eleven years, branch experts say. More than 70 per cent of the resorts are already full, and there are no vacancies for the high season.