Bulgaria will have 50% more foreign tourists in the summer

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In this summer season, foreign tourists in Bulgaria should be 50% more compared to the same period last year, said Rumen Draganov, director of the Institute for Analysis and Evaluation in Tourism (IAAT).

“We have not yet reached the record levels of 2019, when July and August each recorded more than two million foreign tourists. This means that only in 2024 Bulgaria will be able to return to previous summer levels throughout the country,” Draganov told BTA, according to G4Media.

The number of Bulgarians visiting the seaside resorts of the country is expected to be approximately 27% higher. Expected tourism revenues will be 7% to 11% higher than last year’s summer season, mainly as a result of higher prices. In 2019, the total number of foreign tourists was 12.5 million, while this year the number will be around 10 million.

One of the main reasons for these positive trends is the resumption of charter programs and many of the regular services to the Black Sea are becoming more frequent. An increase in foreign visits is also reported in hotels that offer spa and wellness services. More Bulgarians are traveling to the country and especially to the Black Sea coast, which is the trend of the last two years, said Draganov.

According to him, forecasts for a 25% to 30% increase in vacations on the Black Sea coast this summer, due to high energy prices, did not come true. Currently, vacations are between 7% and 11% more expensive.

“If last summer you were fine with 100 leva in your pocket, this year you will need 111 leva”, commented the IAAT director.