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07. April 2010. | 08:23

Source: BTA

Bulgarian and Romanian touroperators report an increasing interest on the part of Romanian tourists to Bulgarian resorts, Mihail Nachev, chief of a Sofia-based tourist company, said.

Bulgarian and Romanian touroperators report an increasing interest on the part of Romanian tourists to Bulgarian resorts, Mihail Nachev, chief of a Sofia-based tourist company, said. He quoted as an example the considerable number of Romanian tourists in Bansko during the winter season of this year.

While Austria was the preferred destination for Romanian tourists in 2009, this year they would opt for Bulgaria, said Dragas Anastasiou, owner of a tourist agency in Bucharest.

The Romanian tourists began showing higher interest in Bulgaria as tourist destination upon the two countries' accession to the EU in 2007. At that time the number of Romanian tourists visiting Bulgaria doubled already in a year.

First, the Romanian tourist companies focused on the coastal resorts. Many of them purchased villas and flats in Bulgarian Black Sea resorts: mostly Balchik, Golden Sands, Sunny Beach and Varna. More active advertising of the winter resorts of Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo followed and in 2009 Romanians were the most numerous foreign tourists (about 1 million) having visited the Bulgaria coastal and sea resorts.

The full range of Bulgarian resorts was presented at a forum: "Bulgaria - Four Seasons, Balneo, Spa and Wellness Tourism", in Bucharest in the beginning of 2010. The two countries' plans to reduce road tolls charged for crossing the Danube Bridge is a move in support of tourism.

A high number of Romanian organizations hold their seminars in Bulgaria, Nachev also said. According to data of the National Association of Tourist Agencies in Bulgaria, Romanian tourists pay 500 euro for a one-week holiday abroad on the average.

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