Charter flights help increase tourists

12.11.2009
Charter flights help increase tourists

If all new charter flights to Sofia airport announced so far are fulfilled, the number of passengers at the airport will increase by 45, 000. That emerged at a conference on Bulgaria at the World Travel Market (WTM) tourism exhibition in London.

Deputy minister of economy, energy and tourism Ivo Marinov said that seven carriers have ordered 260 charters, exceeding last year's number by 57. The British Flybe and Hungarian International will fly to Bulgaria. A new line was opened from Katunice, Poland. Four new flights, a Czech and three Russian ones, have been scheduled to Plovdiv from Dublin. That will increase the number of tourists at Pamporovo ski resort during the winter, the deputy minister added.

Conditions

A number of improvements have been made in the Bulgarian winter resorts. A snowmaking system will provide artificial snow at Pamporovo ski complex, thus guaranteeing 100% coverage of the runs. Bansko has made considerable investments to improve infrastructure. The equipment at Chepelare has been renewed.

Advertising

The WTM exhibition showed that Bulgaria's marketing and advertising performance in London was not developed well. A travel agency is needed to advertise this country as an attractive destination. When the crisis is over, tourists will be interested in cultural, spa, eco and rural tourism, which corresponds with the government's plans for the development of the industry, Marinov commented. (pari.bg)

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