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Sprat Festival 2017
2017-03-21 00:00:00
After an extremely successful first edition and great interest of the audience, Kranevo will host the Festival of sprat for second consecutive year. Known as the most beloved fish on our coast, sprat will gather around tourists in another three-day adventure. Festival dates for 2017 are already known - 09, 10 and 11 June. On this year's edition visitors will be able t

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Norwegian to Launch New Flights from Helsinki to Varna
2017-03-15 00:00:00
Fourth low-cost airline is launching new flight to Varna this summer. Norwegian starts operating the new route from 1st July 2017. Tourists will be able to fly directly from Finland’s capital to Varna once a week on Saturdays. In addition to the new flights, Norwegian will launch more flights to Oslo and Copenhagen.

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Ryanair Announced New Scheduled Flights from Varna to Brussels in October 2017
2017-02-26 00:00:00
Another low-cost carrier, Ryanair, announced today its first flight from Varna. Direct lines from the sea capital will be launched to Brussels Charleroi. Plans are Varna's visitors to be able to fly to Europe's heart twice a week. The company promised to Bulgarian users even lower prices if they book their summer or winter vacation in advance. Ryanair’

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Wizz Air Announces Launching of 5 New Destinations from Varna
2016-12-15 00:00:00
Wizz Air carrier continues its expansion on the Bulgarian market. After significantly increasing their flights from Sofia, the airline announces its plans to expand flights from Varna airport too. The new flights will connect Varna with five new destinations - Dortmund, Eindhoven, Larnaca, Munich (Memmingen) and Milan (Bergamo). The frequency of London (Luton) flights wil

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Low-cost Carrier EasyJet Launches 2 New Flights from Varna in Summer 2017
2016-12-14 00:00:00
Airline EasyJet announced today that flights to two new routes, London (Gatwick) and Berlin (Schönefeld), will be launched in summer 2017. This way Varna will become the second airport in Bulgaria the carrier operates. Flights from Varna to London (Gatwick) will be carried out three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday) starting on June 6, 2017. From June 2

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Beach Library in Albena
2016-06-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort Albena opens beach library for third year this season. The library is first of its kind in Europe and boasts over 3,000 books in more than 15 languages. The idea of the beach library is based on the bookcrossing  - “the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise."

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Festival of Sprat in Kranevo
2016-05-27 00:00:00
First edition of the new maritime Festival of sprat will be held on 10, 11 and 12 June 2016 in Kranevo. To make this possible part of the resort will become a festival area prohibited for cars. The area will be divided on several scenes where variety of programs will take place. Visitors can enjoy participating different competitions and demonstrations, workshops, lawn g

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Bulgarian National Bank Releases New Coin
2015-12-26 00:00:00
As of 7 December 2015, the Bulgarian National Bank puts into circulation a new coin with a nominal value of 2 leva. At the same time the banknotes of 2 leva will continue to be a legal tender and will gradually be withdrawn. On the obverse of the coin of 2 leva, in the center of the inner circle, is the nominal value with the number "2", streaked with lines. On

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Melon Celebrations in Bulgarevo
2015-08-31 00:00:00
Traditional Melon celebrations will be held on 16 August 2015 in Bulgarevo village, Kavarna area. The guests of the festival will be able to enjoy culinary works made out of melon, as well as the competition for the biggest and the sweetest melon. Trademark of this year’s edition remains the attractive competition "Miss and Mister Melon".   The organi

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Balkan Holidays Launches New Flight Glasgow-Varna for Summer 2016
2015-08-24 00:00:00
Balkan Holidays has announced the launching of a new flight to Varna, Bulgaria from Glasgow Airport. The leading tour operator has added the service to its summer program, starting in May 2016. This is the first direct connection between the two cities and it will operate once a week.   Chris Rand, Sales and Marketing Manager at Balkan Holidays said: “This addi

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Umbrella and Sunlounge Prices for Summer 2015
2015-07-28 00:00:00
If you are packing your bags for a holiday in Bulgaria, this list might be very useful for you. Here are the prices of the umbrellas and sunlounges for 2015 on some of the most visited beaches over the Bulgarian Black sea coast.   Beaches under concession:   1) Moby-Dick – umbrella –  5lv, sunlounge – 5lv 2) Albena - umbrella &n

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Fireworks Festival in Kavarna
2015-08-10 00:00:00
Bulgarian beach resort Kavarna will host the third edition of the annual Fireworks Festival on 14th and 15th August 2015. Thousands of people will gather on the north Black sea coast to watch this spectacular view. The illumination show will be a combination of light effects and music. Attractive fireworks will light up the sky accompanied by favourite songs on the backgr

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Albena Resort Becomes the Largest Free Wi-Fi Area in Europe
2014-04-30 00:00:00
In summer 2014 all guest and visitors of the beautiful Albena resort will be able to access free Wi-Fi. The free service will be available not only in the resort hotels or restaurants, but also on the beach and the public areas such as alleys, parks, etc. This will make Albena the largest free Wi-Fi area in Europe. Taking advantage of the free Internet the tourists could e

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Turkish Airlines Launches Direct Flights Varna Istanbul
2014-04-17 00:00:00
A direct flight connecting Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna and Istanbul in just 45 minutes, will be launched in May. Turkish Airlines and Varna airport have signed an agreement and as of 21 May 2014, there will be direct flights between the two cities 4 times a week, BGNES reports. The flights are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In the summer t

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Aquamania Opens Doors in Albena in 2014
2014-02-24 00:00:00
Aquapark Aquamania opens doors in Albena in 2014. A true water magic will spread out on a territory of nearly 40,000 square meters within the resort of Albena. The water park is expected to be completed by June 2014 and will surprise water attractions fans with the following " Mammoth " 183 meters long , " Tantrum " - 191 meters long , "Pro Racer &

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Thracian Cliffs - the Best European Golf Resort for 2014
2014-01-22 00:00:00
Only 3 years after its official opening, Thracian Cliffs was awarded as European Golf Resort of the Year 2014. The big award has been voted by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO), which is the global trade organization of the golf industry. The prize was given on Thursday November 14th, 2013 at the IAGTO Awards gala dinner during the Internatio

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Bulgaria's Bolata Joins Global Most Beautiful Bays Club
2012-12-13 00:00:00
The picturesque Bolata bay near the town of Kavarna on Bulgaria's northern Black Sea coast is going to be included in the "Most Beautiful Bays in the World" Club. The information was reported by the Bulgarian Standard daily, citing the Chairman of the Association of Bulgarian Black Sea Municipalities, Atanas Stoilov, via the Kavarna Town Hall press center. The decision

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Bulgaria to Welcome Over 1 Million Romanian Tourists in 2012
2012-05-22 00:00:00
Over 1 million Romanian tourists will visit Bulgaria in 2012, Bulgaria's Deputy Economy Minister in charge of tourism, Ivo Marinov, predicted. Marinov spoke at a tourism forum in Romania's capital Bucharest on Friday during the 8th World Meeting of Bulgarian Media, as cited by Cross. He noted that a total of 960 365 Romanians visited Bulgaria in 2011, an increase o

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Czechs to Be 1st Passengers at Bulgaria's New Black Sea Airport in Balchik
2012-05-02 00:00:00
Bulgaria's brand-new Black Sea airport in the northeastern town of Balchik is set to welcome its first passengers after being transformed from a military into civilian airport, its director announced. On May 3, Thursday, Balchik Airport will receive a 9-seat passenger jet from the Prague Airport Ruzyne in the Czech Republic, according to Krasimir Kostov, chief of the ne

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More Macedonian Tourists in Bulgaria
2012-04-24 00:00:00
Bulgaria will try to attract a greater number of Macedonian tourists, as the country is to present itself at the Skopje Travel Market 2012 that is launched on Tuesday. New products, lesser known tourist routes and detailed information on Bulgaria's Spa and wellness centers will be presented at the Macedonian tourism fair, the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and To

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Bulgarian Resorts to Welcome Mostly Romanians during Easter Holidays.
2012-04-09 00:00:00
Bulgarian resorts will welcome guests mostly from Romania and Serbia during the forthcoming Easter holidays, according to statistics of hotel owners. Romanians will be the largest group of foreign tourists, with groups from Serbia and Macedonia also expected to arrive at the southern Black Sea resort. Hotel owners at the northern Black Sea resort of Golden Sands have repor

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BULGARIA AMONG 2012 BEST VALUE BREAKS - UK RANKING
2012-02-27 00:00:00
Bulgaria has been ranked as the fourth best value break of 2012 in UK Post Office holiday barometer. A cup of coffee costs as little as 96p and a three-course evening meal for two adults (including a bottle of house wine) in local restaurant averaged at GBP 24.04. The annual Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer monitors the price of eight popular tourist ite

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Holders of Schengen visas will be able to visit and stay in Bulgaria without Bulgarian visas
2012-01-27 00:00:00
Accepting a proposal by the Prime Minister, the Cabinet today decided that until the date of Bulgarias full accession to the Schengen zone, Bulgaria unilaterally will apply a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas. With this decision, Bulgaria will apply the Schengen acquis. The decision will allow holders of Schengen visas and residence permits to enter

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Bulgaria Ups Flights from Black Sea to Moscow in Summer 2012
2011-12-21 00:00:00
Flights from Bulgaria's Black Sea airports of Varna and Burgas to the Russian capital Moscow are increasing next summer season. The agreement was sealed by the Transport Ministries of the two countries. Since the spring of 2010, there have been seven flights a week on the Varna-Moscow line, which were increased to 14 in the spring of 2011. At the beginning of summer

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Bulgaria's Varna Airport with 19 Regular Lines in Summer 2011
2011-03-24 00:00:00
The international airport in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna will serve 19 regular routes in the summer season of 2011. The summer schedule of Varna Airport enters into force as of March 27, 2011; the first foreign tourists for the nearby Black Sea resorts are expected to arrive on Monday, March 28. The new destinations that Varna will have direct flights to Colon,

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Bulgaria Cheapest Destination for UK Tourists
2009-05-04 00:00:00
Bulgaria has been pronounced the cheapest destination, and a real bargain by a survey made by Post Office travel services. Ten typical holiday items and costs, including a meal out, postcards, English newspapers, insect-repellent and bottled water, will cost tourists just GBP 42,23 in Bulgaria, the survey showed. Bulgaria has ousted Thailand as the cheapest place for an ov

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Wizz Air Confirms New Varna - London Flights
2009-04-15 00:00:00
Wizz Air has confirmed that it will begin operating a new service from London Luton Airport to the Bulgarian seaside city of Varna. The Hungary based low-cost carrier plans to begin the route this summer, with flights departing twice a week between June 27 and September 5. It will be Wizz Air's third Luton link to Bulgaria. The no-frills airline already flies to capi

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Irish Aer Lingus to fly to Sofia
2011-01-24 00:00:00
Aer Lingus, Irelands budget air carrier, unveiled nine new routes to the UK and Europe, Bloomberg reported. The carrier will fly to Sofia all Thursdays and Saturdays from October 28. Earlier in the year the company launched its first Bulgarian route taking passengers to and from the Black Sea city of Burgas. Aer Lingus operates nearly 70 destinations across Ireland, the U

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More air carriers add Varna routes
2011-01-24 00:00:00
This summer, Varna will appear for the first time on the destination rosters of four airlines. Edelweiss Air will fly to Zurich; Lithuanian Airlines will offer flights to Vilnius while Air Italy Polska will open routes to Warsaw and Katowice. Ukrain?'s Lviv Airlines will offer a flight service to Lvov. The number of Boeing 747s jetting to and from the Varna airport, on

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Bulgaria's Varna to Host Biggest Exhibit on Water
2008-06-06 00:00:00
The biggest exhibit on water in Bulgaria, Bulgaria Boat Show is officially opening Thursday evening at the seaport of the country's sea capital Varna. The yacht exhibit will take place June 6 to the 8 and will present over 50 new yacht models. 20 of them will be on the water while the remaining will be showcased on land. The expensive yachts will be displayed on an area o

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British Tourists Flock to Bulgaria
2008-06-06 00:00:00
Rental investors in Bulgaria are seeing a surge in demand for tourist accommodation this summer, it has emerged. Online travel agency Lastminute.com revealed that the number of June bookings for the country is 151 per cent up on 12 months earlier. This means that some owners of holiday accommodation in Bulgaria will see higher occupancy rates this year, as well as greate

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Wizz Air to become first LCC to open domestic routes Sofia - Varna - Sofia
2007-12-03 00:00:00
Budget air carrier Wizz Air Tuesday announced on its website that it would expand its Sofia base by deploying an additional new A320 aircraft starting from 12 July 2008. The airline will start new flights from Sofia to the domestic Varna airport, on the Black Sea, becoming the first low cost airline to operate domestic flights in Bulgaria. Tickets are already on sale with

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Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia Recommended for Ski Holidays
2007-12-05 00:00:00
The eastern European destinations of Bulgaria, Slovenia and Romania have been recommended to British tourists looking for a bargain ski holiday. Bulgaria's Borovets resort is the cheapest ski holiday destination, with prices for equipment and accommodation half of what travellers would find in Vail, Colorado, according to Post Office Travel Services. For those people and f

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Bulgaria's Dental Tourism Flourishing Thanks to Britons
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Dental tourism is an increasing trend with more and more Britons, who combine a holiday to Bulgaria's Black Sea coast with a visit to the dentist. Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Thailand are cashing in from a growing number of Britons who cannot get treatment on the NHS or cannot afford to pay huge bills for going private, the Finance Market online edition

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Budget carrier easyJet to open Sofia-London route in Nov '07
2007-09-19 00:00:00
British low-cost air carrier easyJet Wednesday announced it has added Sofia to its destination network. The company will perform flights from London's Gatwick airport to the Bulgarian capital three times a week - on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from November 6. The carrier said return fares will start from 75.77 euro with airport charges. Lower fares will be availabl

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Borosport to invest 70 mln levs in Borovets ski runs
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Borosport AD, the company managing the skiing facilities in Bulgarian mountain resort Borovets under a concession arrangement, said it will invest 70 mln levs over the next 3 years in new ski runs, skiing equipment and installations for artificial snow. The combined length of the Borovets ski runs will be extended to 120 km over the investment period. The company will atte

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Budget airline Wizz Air to fly Sofia-Dortmund
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Low cost carrier Wizz Air said it is launching a twice-weekly service from Sofia to Dortmund. The one-way fare is 24.99 euro with airport charges. At the moment, Wizz Air flies from Sofia to London and Rome and from Varna and Burgas to Warsaw, Budapest and Katowice. The new routes will boost to 37& the carrier's share of the local budget air travel market and to 20% its sh

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Bulgarian co to build 5 mln euro shopping mall in Bansko
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Local company Bansko Privilege Resort said it will invest 5 mln euro in the construction of a shopping mall in Bulgaria's skiing hotspot Bansko. The retail center is sited next to the lower end of the gondola lift and the Kempinski Grand Arena hotel and should open for business in mid-2008. The 6,000 sq m mall will have 2 underground and 4 above ground levels.

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Low cost carrier SkyEurope opens Burgas service Jun 9
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Budget carrier SkyEurope said it will launch flights from Bulgarian Black Sea town Burgas to Krakow, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. The Burgas-Krakow route will be available three times a week from June 9, Burgas-Bratislava from June 16 and Burgas-Prague from June 23. No date has been set for the flights to Budapest. SkyEurope offers an onward coach connection from Brati

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Bulgaria welcomes influx of Romanian tourists
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Some 17,7000 Romanian tourists descended on the Bulgarian Black Sea resorts during the recent extended Labor Day holidays, shows data of the Romanian border authorities. The holiday rush brings the total number of Romanian arrivals to 40,000 for the past 3-4 weeks. According to Romanian news agency Rompress, the appeal of the Bulgarian resort destinations lies in the good

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Bulgaria Could be Europe's Next Golfing "Hotspot"
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Real estate developers in Bulgaria have woken up to the massive pulling power of top quality golf courses, experts say. "Five signature courses - from the likes of Ian Woosnam, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player - are planned," says Chris Goodall from English language magazine Quest Bulgaria. "Developers here have recognised that by setting a course in an excellent location

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Retro Passenger Ships to Travel from Bulgaria to Turkey
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The high-speed passenger ships "Comet" transporting tourists between Bulgaria and Turkey will be back in a month for the beginning of the summer season. The retro ships were stopped from motion more than 15 years ago, but now the businessman Radostin Dachev from the seaside city of Burgas decided to revive the idea and has already bough one ship for 240 passengers, which w

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1/3 of Sunny Beach holiday homes on the market
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Some 1,000 vacation homes in Black Sea resorts Sunny Beach and St. Vlas have been listed for sale, shows data of local real estate brokerage portal imoti.net. A third of the apartments were bought at 600-800 euro/sq m three to four years ago and now the owners are trying to sell them at double the purchase price. The holiday homes have been listed after the rent income the

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Terra Tour Service to invest 71 mln levs in Pravets golf resort
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Local company Terra Tour Service has announced plans to invest 71.8 mln levs in a golf resort near the city of Pravets. Northern Bulgaria. The project will be granted a First Class Investor certificate by the InvestBulgaria Agency, the local investment promotion authority Terra Tour Service is managed by Vasil Zlatev, father of Lukoil Bulgarian executive director Valentin

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Tourist Boom in Bulgaria Expected for 2007
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria and Romania's accession to the EU is expected to generate a boom in tourism around Eastern Europe, especially on the Balkans, according to Travel Blackboard e-zine. After the two countries joined the Union, experts envisage that 2007 the number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria will jump with 10%. Around 5.6 million tourists are expected to visit the country. Bulg

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Varna, Burgas airports to have new passenger terminals by mid-'09
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgarian coastal airports Varna and Burgas will have new passenger terminals by mid-2009, said Andreas Helfer, general executive director of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management which manages the two facilities under a 35-year concession arrangement. The new terminals will streamline the check-in and luggage inspection process and will allow checked-in passengers to shop

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Bulgarians to Travel to Mexico Without Visas
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The Bulgarian citizens will be allowed to travel to Mexico without visas from March 11 2007, the Deputy Foreign Minister Gergana Grancharova announced. The decision was made after negotiations between the two countries, Darik News reported. The Bulgarians will have the opportunity to stay in Mexico for up to 90 days within six months, crossing the border only by their pa

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FT: Bulgaria, Romania Set for Boom in Low-Cost Flights
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Business Bulgaria and Romania are likely to attract many low-cost carriers thanks to their accession to the European Union and fast growing economies, Financial Times Deutschland reported. "The two countries are hoping to enjoy the same travel boom experienced by their fellow former-communist neighbours in central and eastern Europe - such as Hungary, Poland and the Balt

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Budget carriers increase flights to Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Low cost carrier Wizz Air Monday announced it will add new destinations to and from Bulgaria with its summer flight timetable. Starting in June, Wizz Air will fly from Bulgarian coastal city Burgas to Budapest, Katowice and Warsaw. Flights to Budapest will be available from another Bulgarian coastal city, Varna. At the moment, Wizz Air flies only to London from Burgas, a r

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Bulgaria Promotes Tourism on Holland Exhibit
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Business Bulgaria will present itself with a stand on the international tourist exhibition Vakantiebeurs in the Netherlands. The exhibition will take place in the city of Utrecht from 9 to 14 January. Bulgaria will have its information stand installed on an area of 60 square metres. The stand will be the place where six travelling agencies and the Municipality of Smoliya

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Budget carrier Ryan Air to launch Bulgaria route in '07
2007-09-19 00:00:00
No-frills airline Ryan Air will start offering flights to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second biggest city, from August 2007, said Plamen Nikolov, executive director of the Plovdiv airport. The low cost carrier will fly from Plovdiv to destinations in Britain, Spain and Germany which have a substantial population of Bulgarian expats. In Germany, Ryan Air will use the Hahn airport n

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Tempo Holidays adds Bulgaria to '07 brochure
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Australian tour operator Tempo Holidays announced on its website it is adding Bulgaria to its '07 catalogue, saying its 43rd destination extends options for Greece and Turkey travellers. The launch products will include a two night Taste of Sofia package and a seven day coach tour including 4 star hotels, Roman ruins, old Bulgarian monasteries, city tours of Plovdiv, histo

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Bulgaria Welcomes More Russian Tourists
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Business Bulgaria has welcomed over 200,000 Russian tourists for the period until the end of September, which is 22% more than for the same period last year. Bulgaria and the Russian Federation will step up their cooperation in the sphere of tourism according to a draft agreement ratified by the cabinet Wednesday, the government press centre announced. Apart from

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Bulgarian Cuisine Is a Real Lure for Tourists
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Vacations for pregnant women and holidays for lonely people are the latest hit at the International Tourism Fair in London Tripe soup, banitsa, Shopska salad, cheverme, strong brandy and special wines will lure tourists to come to visit Bulgaria. The traditional Bulgarian dishes can attract as many foreigners as the ski resorts in the country, say tour operators. We

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Bulgaria Welcomes 1,5 M Tourists for Summer 2006
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts have received nearly 1,5 M foreign tourists for the 2006 summer season, shows a survey of the Analysis of Tourism Institute. The numbers were announced at the tourism forum "Bulgaria's Mountains". Rough calculations show the income from foreign tourists' visits for the summer season is about EUR 600 M. Bulgaria has scored a 8,3 % increase of th

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Batch of carriers eye Bulgarian budget air travel market
2008-10-30 00:00:00
Four no-frills carriers have notified the Sofia International Airport of their interest to offer regular flights to and from Bulgaria starting January 1, 2007 when the local aviation market opens to competition. Italian low-cost airline Myair will introduce on February 15, 2007 a new flight between Bologna, northern Italy, and Sofia, the company said in a statement quoted

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Austrian Airlines Lures Bulgarians with Discounts
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The Austrian Airlines in Bulgaria will offer discount prices to tickets to the most frequented sites in Austria within the "Welcome Aboard" initiative. The company launched the initiative in a bid to make more accessible the destinations within the European Union and encouraging Bulgarians embark on journeys to European countries on a daily basis. The initiative is part o

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Rehn: Bulgaria, Romania Deserve Warm EU Welcome
2007-09-19 00:00:00
On EU Doorstep Bulgaria and Romania have put remarkable efforts into becoming worthy of joining the EU and they deserve a warm welcome, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said presenting the monitoring report on Tuesday. Yet the report proposes some safeguard measures that would help keep both countries on the right track and guarantee that EU taxpayers' money is spent r

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EU Gives Green Light for Bulgaria, Romania to Join in 2007
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The European Commission has invited Bulgaria and Romania to join the European Union in January, as they are able to take on rights as full fledged members on 1 January 2007.

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Fraport to sink 10 mln euro in Burgas airport by mid-'07
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Fraport Twin Star Airports Management, the Fraport-controlled operator of Bulgaria's Varna and Burgas airports, said it will begin the construction of a new passenger terminal at the Burgas airport as soon as it obtained the necessary building permits. The new addition will double the current passenger capacity of the airport to 2.5 mln. The facility should be operational

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Iceland Discovers Bulgaria as Tourist Destination
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Icelandic tourists have been discovering Bulgaria as a favourite tourism destination this year, according to data by the state Tourism Authority. Along with Iceland, steady rise in the interest to spend the holidays in Bulgaria has been found with tourist from Ireland and Romania. Nearly 5% more tourists have come to Bulgaria in the first half of 2006 year-on-year, cash

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Alternative Tourism Gains Ground in Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Alternative tourism is among the sectors to which Bulgaria puts weight, the country's state-run tourism agency announced in Salzburg, Austria. The country has presented its tourism development strategy at the Second European Conference on Rural Development in the Austrian city. The event was attended by a large number of delegates representing a total of 40 rural areas

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Real Estate Prices in Bulgaria Up 20%
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Real estate prices in Bulgaria have increased by 20% over the last year, according to London-based Night Frank Estate agents, cited by 24 Hours daily. Bulgaria ranks second in respect of property prices growth after Latvia, enjoying a 45.3% rise for the said period, the survey showed. The ongoing trend of significant increase is due to the low inflation rate, the growin

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Water park to be built in Rusalka-Elite resort
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgarian tourism holding Russalka Holidays said it will invest 2 mln euro in an aqua park in the Rusalka-Elite vacation complex, on the Black Sea. The water park should be ready for next year's summer season. The holding said there will be no further construction of accommodation facilities in the resort, located some 90 km north of Varna, to prevent overdevelopment.

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Ancient Thracian Town to Draw Tourists to Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
A Thracian town dating back to IV century B.C. in central Bulgaria has the potential to become one of the country's archaeological hotspots, according to experts. Local authorities in the town of Kazanluk plan to turn it into a place of great importance to Bulgaria's tourism. The municipality and four Dutch companies will set up in September a foundation, aimed to promot

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Bulgaria Top Destination for 2007 - Survey
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria has topped as number one up-and-coming destination for travellers, according to a freshly released survey. The forecasts published by online travel company, Opodo, suggest that Bulgaria will be the top emerging destination for 2007. Close runner-ups to the Balkan state are Russia, Morocco and Cuba. According to Neil Mott, Opodo's UK country manager, 2006 has se

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German, Greek Tourists Turn Back on Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria sees a constantly decreasing number of holidaymakers from Germany, Greece and other markets that are considered traditional for the country. In 2005, the number of Greek tourists was down 15%, there were 14% less Macedonians and 4% less Germans. Central European countries, including Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, have also shown lower interest, according to a rep

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New British Airways Low Cost Service to Varna!
2007-09-19 00:00:00
BA will be operating a new direct flight service to Varna from March 26th 2006, from Gatwick. Flights are Wednesday and Saturday. Prices are usually £55 each way + taxes. With some dates showing £125 or £155 for one way. You should be able to get a total price of £148.50 return incl tax.

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New lowfare direct airline Oslo-Varna
2007-09-19 00:00:00
New lowfare direct airline Oslo-Varna is launched from 06 May 2006 with Norwegian Air Shuttle

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SkyEurope expands
2007-09-19 00:00:00
SkyEurope expands eastwards and enters Bulgaria and Romania

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Italian Myair
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The third low-cost airline to Bulgaria the Italian Myair has been granted traffic rights to launch services to Sofia till the end of 2005.

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Bulgaria has been included in the destination portfolios of a dozen Irish tour operators!
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria has been included in the destination portfolios of a dozen Irish tour operators, said the Bulgarian Tourism Authority. Some 29,000 Irish tourists visited the country in '05, up 100% y/y. Also, the number of the Danish companies selling Bulgaria as a holiday destination has also increased, going from 15 to 17 after the recent tourism bourse in Copenhagen. The numbe

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Apocalyptica will inaugurate the summer tourism season in Bulgaria!
2007-12-03 00:00:00
Finnish rock band Apocalyptica will inaugurate the summer tourism season in Bulgaria's Black Sea town Kavarna on June 1, Kavarna mayor Tsonko Tsonev announced. Apocalyptica's visit is part of their world tour and their only concert in Bulgaria will be in Kavarna, Tsonev explained. Tsonev managed to turn Kavarna into a rock capital on the Balkans Peninsula. After bringing r

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Greek Aegean Airlines Take off to Sofia
2008-06-12 00:00:00
Greek Aegean Airlines will start servicing flights from Athens to Bulgaria's capital Sofia on March 27. The prices for one-way travel are set at EUR 98,00, EUR 16 of fuel surcharge included. The total charge for the return ticket is EUR 196. The prices do not include a EUR 60 airport tax. Aegean Airlines carried a total of 4,007,515 passengers last year, marking an increas

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Bulgaria Awaits Legendary Sting in the Summer.
2007-12-03 00:00:00
The summer of 2006 will turn out to be among the greatest experiences for all Bulgarian music fans as some of the greatest world music stars have already placed the Balkan country on their tour maps. Legendary Sting, Alice Copper, Ronny James Dio are only a small part of the world-known names that will come to bring ecstasy to their fans in Bulgaria on the invitation of th

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Tourism Authority Lands Hand to Sofia 2014
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's Tourism Authority has declared its full support and cooperation to Sofia 2014 bid. The recently appointed tourism chief Mario al-Jebourri and Sofia Mayor Boyko Borissov signed an agreement for strengthening the administrative and expert capacity of the two institutions to improve the bid's chances to win. As part of the accord, the municipality and the state age

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Boom of 6.3% Predicted for Bulgaria's Tourism Sector in 2006
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria 's travel and tourism sector is expected to grow 6.3 % in 2006 and by 4.3 % per annum, in real terms, between 2007 and 2016, a survey of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) shows. According to the survey tourism in Bulgaria in 2006 will generate USD 6725.6 million of economic activity. Bulgaria's travel and Tourism economy (direct and indirect impact) in 2006

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Bulgaria Invites 1 M Koreans to the Seaside
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Nearly 1 million Koreans are expected to come to Bulgaria's seaside after 2007, local media reports. Bulgaria's embassy in Seoul will make a special presentation of the Balkan country, 24 Hours daily reported Saturday. Official figures show that annually nearly 9 million Koreans travel around the world. In 2005 alone one million people from the Asian country have visited d

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Bulgaria in TUI Top 10 Summer Hotspots
2007-09-19 00:00:00
German concern TUI, Europe's largest travel company, has placed Bulgaria in its Top 10 of summer holiday hotspots. Bulgaria is placed on the tenth position in the prestigious TUI ranking for the priority summer 2006 destinations, Romanian newspaper Cotidianul reports. A spokesman from the German concern explained that Bulgaria is the hottest destination from the countries

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TUI Nordic sees 10% uptick in Bulgarian bookings
2008-10-30 00:00:00
Tour operator TUI Nordic expects to sell 10% more Bulgarian holiday packages in '06 after assisting 65,000 Scandinavian tourists to book summer vacations here last year, said the company's local representative Valentin Yosifov. Bulgarian hoteliers are hoping Scandinavian tourists would offset the ebb on the German market where TUI is reporting a 15% y/y decline in bookings

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Independent: Bulgaria Enchants Britons
2007-09-19 00:00:00
"Investment has been the incentive for most buyers in Bulgaria, with off-plan apartments forming the bulk of sales. But a new trend is emerging as a growing number of Brits encounter the charms of this diverse country and opt to move there permanently", Independent wrote. Sunny Beach on the Black Sea Coast has so far drawn the most buyers, and signs of development are eve

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Bulgaria use of Visa cards for online payments abroad up 126% in '05.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The value of Internet payments made by Bulgarians using Visa credit cards zoomed up by over 100% in 2005, shows data of the international credit card company released on Wednesday, March 15. The value of electronic payments to non-native vendors topped $14.3 mln, up 126.7% over 2004, while their number posted an year-on-year gain of 195% to 155,000. In the Central and East

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British Airways to launch Varna-London flights in late March.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
British Airways will open a regular Varna-London service on Mar 29. The flight will be performed on Wednesday and Saturdays until the end of May. Two more flights will be added from June 6. Return fares will start from 150 euro. Low-cost carrier Thomsonfly, a unit of Thomson Holidays, will also launch flights from London to Varna and Bourgas in May. According to preliminar

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German tourists cooling on Bulgaria.
2007-12-05 00:00:00
The ITB international tourism fair that wrapped up in Berlin confirmed Bulgaria's declining popularity as a holiday destination on the German market. German tour operators ITS and TUI said bookings are currently lagging the year-ago period by 5% and 20%, respectively. Both companies reported a y/y drop in bookings in '05. Bookings at another major German tour operator, All

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Bulgarian carrier Hemus Air to start flights to London, Berlin.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgarian private carrier Hemus Air will launch flights from Sofia to London and Berlin from April 9 and intends to operate a regular service to all European capitals within 2 years, said the company's executive director Dimitar Pavlov. Hemus Air will fly to London's Heathrow Airport on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. Hemus Air will become the first Bul

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Bulgaria's "New Eldorado For Wine"
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Recent years have seen a revival in Bulgarian winemaking, London-based Decanter Magazine wrote in its March issue. There is an almost infectious enthusiasm for a new wave of high-quality wines, according to the story. It pointed out the intense inflow of foreign investments, and the role of EU cash through SAPARD. "Bulgaria is the new Eldorado for wine," a French winemaker

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Bulgaria's Tourism Sector "Needs State Support"
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's tourism sector will need additional state support, should the authorities lift the currently used state preferences, it appeared after a meeting between Bulgaria's president and representatives of the tourism sector. Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov, Finance Minister Plamen Oresharski, Mario Al-Jebouri, chair of the State Tourism Agency and representatives o

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Bulgarians Boost Foreign Trips
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgarians tend to travel more outside the country, according to data published on Saturday. Last year cross-border travels increased by 9.1% as compared to 2004. The state radio said that Bulgarians realized more than 4.2 million trips in a year. Most of those were travelling for business. Neighbours Turkey, Greece and Serbia and Montenegro were the most popular destinati

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Bulgarians Enter World Traveller's Poll
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgarian votes will be included in an influential world survey on favourite travel destinations. The next edition of the annual Lonely Planet Travellers' Pulse Survey will reflect the Bulgarian preferences for the first time, media said. Bulgarians will be able to vote via an online form, available until April 19 on the website of the Usit Colours travel agency. Last year

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Sofia, Seaside Presented at Moscow Top Forum
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's capital Sofia and the seaside resorts of Nessebar and Tsarevo will be introduced to international tourism professionals, starting Sunday. Ten Bulgarian firms are taking part in Moscow's ITM 2006. The expo is universally recognised as the leading travel industry event for Russia. Companies from 46 countries have signed up for the event. Bulgaria's representatives

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No-frills carrier Germanwings sees potential in Southern, Eastern Europe
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Low-cost carrier Germanwings sees promising potential in Southern and Eastern Europe, Joachim Klein, member of Germanwings board of directors, was quoted as saying by Global Travel Industry News. Currently, the Balkan destinations serviced by Germanwings are Athens, Thessaloniki, Ankara, Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir, Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Sources from the Bulgarian tour

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More Hungarian tour operators to market Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Hungarian travel companies Utas Tours, TGV Tours, Jalta Tours, Avantgarde and Gulet Touristik have added Bulgaria to their '06 catalogues after the UTAZAS tourism fair that wrapped up in Budapest. Bulgaria reported a fractional drop in the number of Hungarian arrivals last year when they topped 44,520. A total of 20 tour operators market Bulgaria as a holiday destination i

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Bulgarian parliament oks national flag-carrier sell-off strategy
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The Bulgarian parliament approved on Thursday the strategy for the privatisation of a 99.9% stake in national flag-carrier Bulgaria Air. The two-stage competitive procedure is open to strategic and financial investors but not consortia thereof. The Bulgarian state will retain a golden share and will ensure post-privatisation control options in a bid to prevent a repeat of

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Tour operator TUI sees doubling of Bulgarian summer bookings
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Thomson and Portland Holiday Direct, units of tour operator TUI UK, plan to increase the number of Bulgarian holiday packages sold in Britain to 70,000 this year, up from 33,000 in '05, Dnevnik learned from TUI Bulgaria manager Valentin Yosifov. TUI's carrier Thomsonfly will offer charter flights to Bulgarian coastal cities Varna and Bourgas this summer. No schedule has be

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Bulgaria Leader in Real Estate Yields
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria was declared top overseas property hotspot in a ranking of a London consultancy that compared the total return on cash in real estate markets. With yields rising to 12 per cent and capital gains remaining impressive at 36 per cent, Assetz assessed the total return on cash invested in Bulgaria at 116 per cent last year. This statistic has pushed Bulgaria above Cypr

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Croatia added to easyJet destinations
2007-09-19 00:00:00
British low-cost air carrier easyJet will start to fly from London's Gatwick airport to Croatian cities Rijeka and Split from this summer, reports breakingtravelnews.com. The company's regional reach includes also Athens, Istanbul and Ljubljana. EasyJet has been tipped as one of the budget carrier interested in using the Sofia airport. The Bulgarian capital is already on t

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Hunting Tourism Revenues Up in Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Revenues from Bulgarian hunting tourism have increased by half a million levs on a year-on-year basis. In 2005 Bulgaria cashed in BGN 4.2 M (about EUR 2.1 M) from this type of tourism, Deputy Agriculture Minister Stefan Yurukov announced on Wednesday. Yet, compared to the 80s of the previous century, revenues drastically slumped by 50%. According to data from the National

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Varna port arrivals seen at 20,000 in '06
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Traffic via the passenger cruise terminal in Varna is seen at 20,000 this year, up from 11,500 in '05, said Valentin Kitanov, chief of the terminal facility. The number of cruise ships at that will dock at the terminal will increase to 16 from 11 in '05. The first cruise ship for this year's season is expected to arrive on Mar 28.

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103 Foreign Millionaires Swoosh Down Bansko's Ski Tracks
2007-09-19 00:00:00
103 millionaires from Austria, Germany, and Italy gathered to try out the slopes of Bulgaria's skiing resort of Bansko for a couple of days. The business moguls were invited by the resort's concessionary Yulem Stockholding Company. Bulgaria's State Tourism Agency head Mario Al-Jebouri also joined the skiers for a couple of quick rides. He then held a lecture on the advanta

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Romania Says It Lost Tourism War to Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's higher quality of services and lower prices are beyond comprehension for Romanians, Romania's newspaper Cotidianul wrote in an article entitled "Romania Lost Tourism War to Bulgaria". The article attributes the successful development of Bulgaria's tourism to the privatisation of hotels, the contracts with powerful tour operators and the flow of investments. "The

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Bulgaria to open railway mkt to foreign carriers
2007-09-19 00:00:00
EU-based railway carriers will gain access to the Bulgarian market when the country's admitted to the union, say the amendments to the Railway Transport Act posted for discussion on the website of the transport ministry. Bulgaria has so far licensed only 2 private railway carriers, Bulmarket and National Railway Company. The new-comers will pay to the national railway infr

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Bulgaria's Tourism Opportunities Presented in China
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria is being presented as a tourism destination at the Beijing International Travel and Tourism Market that kicked off on Monday to continue to April 5. Bulgaria is participating in the event for the second time, the State Tourism Agency explained. Last year Bulgaria's stand was visited by 2,088 representatives of the Chinese tourism industry. A total of 31 destinatio

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President Parvanov Invites UK's Business to Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
After the political support voiced by British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Bulgaria's route to the EU, we are now looking for the business' support, President Georgi Parvanov told the Lord Mayor of the City of London David Brewer and business representatives. Over the last few years Bulgaria is known for its stable macroeconomic indexes and high levels of growth of the inv

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Greek Aegean Airlines Enters Bulgarian Market
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Greek Aegean Airlines started servicing flights from Athens to Bulgaria's capital Sofia every day in support of the growing efforts of Greek businesses to penetrate the markets of Eastern Europe. The maiden flight took place on March 27, but the company is and is about to disclose its further plans in Sofia next week. The flights' schedule is designed to serve both busines

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Smart Wings arrives on Bulgarian sea coast
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Czech budget carrier Smart Wings was quoted by news agency SeeNews as saying on Mon it would launch flights from Prague to the Bulgarian Black Sea cities of Varna and Burgas in June '06. Flights will be operated two times a week, on Tuesday and Friday, the company said in a statement published on its website. At present, Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air and Slovak-based

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Austrian Retirees Open Tourism Season in Posh Bulgarian Resort
2007-09-19 00:00:00
A total of 700 tourists from the Austrian Pensioners' Association are to arrive for a vacation at the Bulgarian posh resort Albena. In the days to May 18 some 1300 Austrian tourists will come to the Black Sea resort. They will be aquatinted with Bulgaria's his history and will visit several cultural and historical treasures in Balchik, Varna and Nessebar.

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Bulgarian Tourism Organizations Unite
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The National union of the Bulgarian tourism industry will be established on April 25. The new organization will unite the Bulgarian hoteliers and restaurateurs association (BHRA), the Bulgarian association of the tourism agencies (BATA) and the Bulgarian tourism chamber (BTC). Donka Sokolova, BATA chair, told local Darik radio that there should be such an organization that

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Bulgarian Property Market "Steals Spain's Limelight"
2007-09-19 00:00:00
While property investment in Spain has rarely been off the radar for years now, emerging property markets including Bulgaria and Cyprus have inevitably stolen some of the limelight, UK experts believe. House price growth has remained strong in Spain, however, and investors continue to flock to the country with the intention of making considerable returns, both through rent

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Balchik awards marina concession
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The municipal council of Balchik, on the Black Sea, has granted a 35-year concession for the civic yacht port to the Marina-Balchik consortium which lodged the only bid for the contract. The concessionaire undertakes to invest 2 mln levs in the facility, increasing the moorage capacity from the current 60 yacht berths to 160. A yacht marina is also planned further south in

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Bulgaria Presented at Belgrade Tourism Bourse
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria as a tourism destination will be presented at the 28th edition international tourism bourse in Belgrade - IFTS'06. More than 520 national and regional companies will be presented at the expo that opened doors Wednesday. In 2005 534,474 tourists from Serbia and Monte Negro have visited Bulgaria. The main interest of the Serbian and Montenegrin tourists was in Bulga

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BA Cuts Prices, Challenges Low Cost Airlines
2007-09-19 00:00:00
British Airways announced it is slashing prices to almost all short-haul European destinations. The company is the first traditional airliner to down one-ways by up to 50% of the total charge for a round-trip ticket for all classes. The fare for a one-way ticket from Sofia to London is cut down to EUR 80, airport taxes excluded. British Airways announced low fares for the

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Balkan Holidays: Bulgaria winter bookings up 35%
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Tour operator Balkan Holidays said the number of British tourists that visited Bulgaria's ski resorts Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo during the '05-'06 winter season rose 35% to 25,000, said Ilia Chuturkov, the company's marketing and advertising manager. Some 165,000 Britons booked vacations in Bulgaria last year through Balkan Holidays, up 50% y/y. Earlier this year, the

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Berlin Busses to Invite Tourists to Bulgaria
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Busses in Berlin will be adorned with ads of a new tourist destination - Bulgaria - Mario Al-Jebouri, head of the State Tourism Agency, announced. Nine bus lines in some of the most-populated areas of Berlin will advertise the Balkan hotspot to all the passers-by, Al-Jebouri has said. This was a trendy, unorthodox, and not so expensive way to tempt foreign tourists with Bu

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Bulgaria Revives Tourism-Wine Bond
2007-09-19 00:00:00
A festival in Bulgaria's far south has tried to rediscover the connection between local tourism and wine-producing traditions. "Wine and Tourism" filled the sunny town of Sandanski with good mood for a total of three days, media reported. Its aim was to boost the partnership between local tourism complexes and the wineries. This year, ten Bulgarian companies took part in t

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Bulgaria Advertised at Arabian Tourism Expo
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's State Tourism Agency has its own stand at the Arabian Travel Market tourism exhibition that opens Tuesday in Dubai's World Trade Center. During the following four days the Arabian Travel Market will gather exhibitors of over 90 countries, in what promises to be the must attend tourist event in the region. Bulgaria offers excellent conditions for family recreatio

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British Airways will fly with the Bulgarian air company to London every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's flag carrier has added to its summer schedule regular flights from the Black Sea coast of Varna to a number of European capitals, the city airport announced. Bulgaria Air and Austrian Airlines will jointly service daily flights from Varna to Vienna. British Airways will fly with the Bulgarian air company to London every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

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TUI sees 10% bump in Austrian arrivals '06
2007-09-19 00:00:00
European tour operator TUI expects to sell 10% more Bulgarian holiday packages to Austrian customers in '06, said the company's local rep Valentin Yosifov. The bookings, seen at 6,000 this year, will be made through TUI's subsidiary Gulet Touristik. TUI partners with the Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air and Air Via.

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Varna airport sees 10% uptick in '06 flights
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The airport in the city of Varna, on the Black Sea, kicked off its '06 charter program with 26 domestic and international flights on May 1, said Ivilina Koeva from the airport's press office. The airport will process 1,225 charter flights in May. Over 10 new air carriers will fly to the Varna airport this summer. A total of 50 airlines will be using the facility. The numbe

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Bulgaria to Lure More Russian Tourists
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria will be presented as a tourism destination at the international expo MITF '2006 in Moscow. The country's presentation is organized by the State Tourism Agency. The Moscow International Travel Fair will be held in Moscow in May11 to 14. It provides the tourism companies with helpful information ahead of the Summer 2006 season and is an important part of the adverti

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UAE air carrier mulls flights to Bulgaria.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
RAK Airways, a UAE air carrier based in Ras Al Khaimah, said it may launch flights to Bulgaria as the Balkan state could offer onward connections for UAE-bound European travellers. The base of the air carrier is 70 km from Dubai. Bulgarian general consul to UAE Milen Keremedchiev said the two sides could create a joint venture company to fly between Ras Al Khaimah and Sofi

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St.Vlas yacht marina to open in mid-June.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's biggest yacht marina, Marina Dinevi, will open near the St.Vlas resort on the Black Sea in June, said Georgi Mihov from Venid-Yacht, the local company that will manage the facility. Venid Yacht is owned by construction company Dinevi&Co. The marina capacity is around 300 yachts, including moorage room for up to 50 boats with 4 m draft and length exceeding 25 m.

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New Winter Resort to Rise in Bulgaria.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria will see the building of a new winter resort near Smolyan in the Rhodope Mountains. "Sports and Tourism Centre Perelik" plan to invest over EUR 255 M - an amount that won them a first class investment certificate by the State Investments Agency. This is the third such certificate given to a Bulgarian investor. The resort will include facilities for both winter spo

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Bulgarian ski resort Bansko adds 150 accommodation facilities.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
More than 150 new hotels, guest houses and holiday complexes were registered between December 2005 and May 2006 in Bulgarian ski resort town Bansko, in the Pirin mountain. The bed capacity of the resort now stands at 7,000. Over 100 mln euro were invested in construction in Bansko last year, shows an overview of the Center for Economic Development (CED). The CED report des

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Foreign Tourists Prefer Bulgaria's Capital in the Wintertime.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria's capital Sofia and the winter resorts were among the most preferred destinations for the foreign tourists in the wintertime, it appeared Tuesday. For the first three months of the year Sofia attracted the attention of the greatest part of the foreigners that came to Bulgaria, data of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) showed. Some 73,219 foreigners were acc

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Samokov municipality to call shots in Super Borovets project
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The Samokov municipality may become the king-maker among the shareholders of Rila Samokov 2004, a company specially incorporated to implement the Super Borovets project, if a June 12 general meeting approves a proposal to adopt a 4/5 majority rule for management decisions. Rila Samokov 2004 is co-owned by Contract 99 (51%), a company of late banker Emil Kyulev now passed o

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Depeche Mode Meet The Simpsons in Sofia.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Megastars Depeche Mode, who will perform in Bulgaria in two weeks, will be surprised to find the famous Simpson family in the audience. The Simpsons have "arrived" in Bulgaria and will tour numerous cities, visiting concerts and starring in TV shows. The visit of the messy but charming family was organized by the Bulgarian division of Fox Life, in cooperation with local mo

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Bulgarians Travel Visa-Free to Israel
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgarians will be able to travel without visas for a stay of up to 90 days in Israel, according to a bilateral draft agreement. The document removing visa requirements for citizens of either state was approved Thursday by the Bulgarian cabinet. Under the draft agreement, job seekers visiting either country will be required to apply and obtain a respective visa entry in ac

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Bulgaria Joins European Common Aviation Area
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria officially joined the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA). The European Union signed an agreement for the creation of a European Common Aviation Area with Bulgaria, seven more countries from South Eastern Europe, Norway and Iceland. The others include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Monteneg

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Bulgaria opens skies to EU air carriers.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria has opened its civil aviation market to competition with the signing June 9 of European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) pact. The EU agreed the pact with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and the U.N. mission in Kosovo. The pact would allow airlines to fly freely within the area, without limitations set previous

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Bulgarian Leaflet to Attract More Dutch Tourists
2007-09-19 00:00:00
A special prepared leaflet presenting Bulgaria as an attractive tourism destination is to attract more Dutch tourists to the Balkan country. The leaflet was prepared by Bulgaria's Embassy in the Netherlands, the Service for trade and economic relations - Hague and the Bulgarian Tourism Informational Bureau. It is to be presented to leading Dutch tour operators, media repre

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Fraport wins Varna, Burgas airport concession contract.
2007-12-03 00:00:00
The Bulgarian government has picked Germany's Fraport to run two large airports in the Black Sea tourist hotspots of Varna and Bourgas, a government source familiar with the process told news agency Reuters on Wednesday. Earlier, the EU candidate's transport ministry said the cabinet had agreed to award the 35-year concession but would not name the winner until the decisio

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Borovets ski runs to be treated with U.S. equipment
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Borosport AD, the company managing the skiing facilities in Bulgarian mountain resort Borovets, said it has imported U.S. hydroseeding equipment for the maintenance and recultivation of the resort's ski runs, becoming the first local user of this modern technology for the redevelopment of soil disturbed areas. Hydro-seeding consists of applying a mixture of wood fibre, see

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Polish Travel Agents to Increase Number of Bulgaria Bookings
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Some of the major Polish travel agents plan to increase the number of bookings for this year's summer season in Bulgaria. Agents like Itaka, Ecco Holiday,Open Travel Group, Adriatyk, Selva Travel and Alfa Star have decided to undertake that step due to the increased interest in the Balkan country as a tourism destination. Increased interest is also observed in offering hig

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Russian Tourists Prefer Bulgaria to Turkey
2007-09-19 00:00:00
More and more Russian tourists chose travelling to Finland and Bulgaria over the summer than going to Turkey. Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, director of the Federal Tourism Agency, was cited by the Russian online edition "Finansovi izvestia" as saying that since the beginning of the year the number of tourists coming to Russia has gone up by 11% due to Bulgarian and Finnish touri

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Thomas Cook sees 5% pop in British arrivals '06
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The soccer world cup in Germany slowed Bulgaria bookings for May and June, a blip that could be overcome in July, August and September, said Hristo Kolev, the local representative of tour operator Thomas Cook UK. The company official forecast 23,000-24,000 arrivals by British tourists this year, a figure that would mark a 4-5.5% growth over '05. Thomas Cook UK works with a

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Bulgaria's Bansko Puts Brake on Booming Construction
2007-12-03 00:00:00
Bulgaria's famous Bansko mountain resort, once a haven for winter sports but now seeking a year-round appeal, announced plans to restrict construction activities. The resort town that sits 150km south of Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, has seen lately construction and improvements going on apace and the tourism industry booming after decades of stagnation. Now authorities plan

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Russian Reporters to Explore Bulgaria's Tourism.
2007-09-19 00:00:00
A group of journalists from leading Russian media have arrived in Bulgaria to explore its tourism potential, it was announced on Tuesday. Until July 17, the Russians will get familiar with Bulgaria's rose oil and wine industries, as well as with cultural, sea and SPA holidaymaking. A series of cultural events and exhibitions will keep the guests entertained. They were invi

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Rock Hearth of Bulgaria to Meet Golfers
2007-09-19 00:00:00
The small Black Sea coast of Kavarna, which has earned the glory of "rock capital", is on the way now to have its own golf field. The town's mayor Tsonko Tsonev, awarded Man of 2006, turned Saturday the first sod of a major investment project, thus opening a new horizon of prosperity for the whole region. The project for a golf and spa complex, to be named Thracian Cliffs,

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Neckermann sees doubling of Bulgaria bookings in France, Poland and Hungary
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Tour operator Neckermann, part of Thomas Cook, expects to double the Bulgarian holiday packages sold in Poland and Hungary this year, said the company's local representative Hristo Kolev. Kolev said the number of Polish holiday-makers that will visit Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts courtesy of Neckermann is seen at 2,500 while that of Hungarians is seen at 2,500. Thomas Cook

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Bulgaria's Tourist Trade Set for "Bumper Year in 2006"
2007-09-19 00:00:00
Bulgaria has seen its popularity among tourists rocket in recent years and the country's tourist trade looks set to see another bumper year in 2006, forecast the property investment specialists from leading UK company Assetz. "With the growth of low-cost travel helping to boost the boom in travel around Europe, Bulgaria has been a major beneficiary as travellers have looke

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