Last month in Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia, Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, held a work meeting with HE, Pooja Kapur, ambassador of India in Bulgaria. The highlight of the meeting was work to promote opportunities offered by Bulgarian tourism for Indian tourists.
In statements by Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Angelkova, the Minister indicated that the Bulgaria promotion activities need a boost. She went on to say; “Bulgaria want’s to present in India the opportunities for cultural-historical, medical and spa tourism in our country.” The minister and Ambassador Kapur discussed the development potential of film-related tourism in our country, as Bollywood films have been shot in Bulgaria in the past. Minister Angelkova also noted our country’s potential to attract investments.
HE Ms. Pooja Kapur stated that ways to promote travel of Bulgarians to India should be sought, indicating that some 25 million Indian tourists travel abroad annually, and that half of those travel to European countries. The opportunity to hold Bulgaria days in India and India days in Bulgaria is being contemplated, it was made clear during the meeting. Arrangements are being made for a get-to-know tour of Indian journalists and business representatives.
Finally, the Bulgarian minister invited her Indian counterpart to participate in the second Congress on World Civilizations, which will be held in November 2018 in Sofia. The Minister also presented the ministry initiatives during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, the first major event being the ministry-level meeting scheduled for February 2018.
India is among the leading 50 tourism markets for Bulgaria. During the January-October 2017 period 10 000 more Indians visited our country, a nearly 20 per cent growth compared to the same period of last year. In 2016 their visits stood at 9 900, thus growing by 28% compared to a year before.
Source: Ministry of Tourism Bulgaria