Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has announced an agreement with Turkish developer Garanti Koza to manage Swissôtel Sofia. The new flagship property is being developed in Bulgaria’s capital, and is expected to open in 2018.
According to the President of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, Bayko Baikov, Bulgaria has seen a 20% decline in western European bookings. According to Baikov, tourists form Germany, Britain, and Scandinavia just aren’t aiming to travel to the country this Spring.
According to news from novinite.com, February 2014 saw 1,893 hotels and other stays gain 11.1% year on year. The hotels reached a total of BGN 33.9 million, according to data released by the National Statistical Institute.
The very first of the brand, Novotel Sofia opened last week. The Accor luxury office – accommodation venue having been in operation for some months.
Ivo Marinov, Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism for Bulgaria, predicts 2012 will see a 5 to 6 percent increase in tourism to his country. Marinov was on hand Monday for the signing of contracts totaling over 20 million Lev slated to increase the country’s travel industry.
Though you may not realize it, Eastern Europe has some of the most exquisite hotel accomodations anywhere in the world. And, where relatively unsung excellence goes, the region has many small five star gems not many outside Europe have heard of. By way of revealing some of these, Argo Travel News presents; Marrol’s in Bratislava, Granary Suite Hotel in Wroclaw, Grand Hotel Toplice at Lake Bled, Villa Dubrovnik in Croatia, and Bulgarian ski resort Hotel Yastrebets.
For many of our readers the Black Sea port of Varna may be more memorable as the place Dracula embarked from in the 1992 film version of Bram Stoker’s classic. While Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins did a nice job entertaining us, the reality of Varna, Bulgaria is far more entertaining. Argo Travel decided to take a look at one of Varna’s oldest and most famous seaside resorts, Riviera Holiday Club.
If ever a flower needed to be a national symbol, then the rose was certainly meant for Bulgaria. In keeping with this, next month the world famous (but somehow under-publicized) Kazanlak Rose Festival gets underway. Scheduled for June 4th and 5th, this historic event pays tribute to the legacy of this amazing flower in Bulgarian history and commerce.
Eastern European value is becoming almost legendary as travelers search for extraordinary deals and destinations. A recent poll of hotels under 50 pounds sterling reveals some surprising values. From Estonia to Romania, people visiting these destinations can strike up unbelievable values actually.