VisitBulgaria - News http://www.visitbulgaria.net/ VisitBulgaria - News en-us BO office@visitbulgaria.com info@visitbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/images/logo.gif VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/ VisitBulgaria.net 32672 Go2Balkans tourism conference in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20151124/go2balkans_tourism_conference_in_sofia.html A Southeastern European conference called Go2Balkans begins in Sofia on November, 25 bringing together tour operators, hoteliers and municipalities from Bulgaria and other countries from the Balkan Peninsula.The event is focused on popularizing the cultural and historical heritage and nature of these countries.The conference will be held at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia for the 2nd year.The registered companies are from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, etc.]]> 24 Nov 2015 12:00:00 Go2Balkans tourism conference in Sofia visitbulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20151124/go2balkans_tourism_conference_in_sofia.html Veliko Tarnovo is third most affordable tourist destination in world http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20151112/veliko_tarnovo_is_third_most_affordable_tourist_destination_in_world.html The medieval capital of Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo is the third most affordable tourist destination in the world, according Trivago ranking.The travel search engine ranks destinations according to a quality - price ratio of the tourist services in the cities. The results combine an average hotel price for a night in a standard double room and the average users' rating for hotels in the destination.Veliko Tarnovo is the only destination representing Bulgaria in the top 100. ]]> 12 Nov 2015 12:00:00 Veliko Tarnovo is third most affordable tourist destination in the world visitbulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20151112/veliko_tarnovo_is_third_most_affordable_tourist_destination_in_world.html Bulgaria Gets Approval to Create World Tourism Museum in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20150727/world_tourism_museum_in_sofia.html Bulgaria was granted the approval of the World Tourism Organisation to create a World Tourism Museum in Sofia, announced the Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova.The forecasts of the Tourism Ministry showed that all initiatives on stimulating domestic tourism will contribute to maintaining the positive trend for the growth of the number of Bulgarians spending their holidays in the country.Angelkova reminded of the campaign on the fifty less-known tourist sites, which was funded under the Regional Development Operational Programme.She added that the eight cultural-historical routes spanning the territory of the whole country were ready and the design of promotional materials popularising them was forthcoming.In her words, the main focus in the policy of the ministry this and next year would be the cultural-historical tourism as the country held a great potential in this area.The exhibition of Thracian treasures in the Louvre attracted an additional interest to Bulgaria.Angelkova concluded that one of the goals of the ministry was to provide more funding on advertisement and make the brand “Bulgaria” more well-known and recognisable in the world.]]> 27 Jul 2015 12:00:00 Bulgaria Gets Approval to Create World Tourism Museum in Sofia information by Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20150727/world_tourism_museum_in_sofia.html Top 7 Places to Visit in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20150722/top_7_places_to_visit_in_bulgaria.html The Insider Monkey website has listed 7 Best places to visit in Bulgaria.These places are:- the Srebarna Nature Reserve;- the resort of Sunny Beach;- the northeastern town of Ruse;- the Seven Rila Lakes;- the Ledenika cave;- the Iskar river;- Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria.]]> 22 Jul 2015 12:00:00 Top 7 Places to Visit in Bulgaria visitbulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20150722/top_7_places_to_visit_in_bulgaria.html The Rafting season 2014 is starting! http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kresna/news/20140331/rafting_season_2014.html This year the opening of the rafting season will be combined with the rafting race for the European Cup 2014.Bulgaria will host a round of the European Rafting Cup on 05th April 2014 from 9:30 am on Struma River at Kresna Gorge.Bulgarian competitors, as well as guests from Romania and Serbia will participate in the race.The Struma river is in southwest Bulgaria. The nearest towns to the biggest gorge are Simitli and Kresna. It is located on road E79. ]]> 31 Mar 2014 12:00:00 The Rafting season 2014 is starting in Bulgaria Ludmila Racheva, VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kresna/news/20140331/rafting_season_2014.html Bulgaria's historical capital - Veliko Tarnovo attracts record number of tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20140327/veliko_tarnovo_attracts_record_number_of_tourists.html A record number of more than 30 thousand tourists have visited Bulgaria's historical capital Veliko Tarnovo on 22 March, the city holiday.According to statistics of the Regional Historical Museum, as many as 15,650 tourists have visited the architectural reserve, the medieval stronghold Tsarevets. The town's multimedia visitor center, museums and churches have attracted more than 11 thousands visitors in one day, Standart news informs.All hotels and restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo and the historical village of Arbanasi have been 100% full during the holidays.]]> 27 Mar 2014 12:00:00 Bulgaria's historical capital - Veliko Tarnovo attracts record number of tourists Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20140327/veliko_tarnovo_attracts_record_number_of_tourists.html Sofia is the most affordable destination in Europe http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20140321/sofia_is_the_most_affordable_destination_in_europe.html Bulgaria's capital city of Sofia is the most affordable destination for tourists in Europe in March with average prices of BGN 115, according to the Trivago Hotel Price Index.According to the latest survey held in more than 50 European cities and resorts by hotel comparison website trivago.co.uk, the cheapest hotels in Bulgaria are located in Veliko Tarnovo and cost an average of BGN 76 per night.Hotels in the Black Sea resorts Sunny Beach, Sozopol and Nessebar cost an average of BGN 80-86 per night. The Golden Sands resort hotels are the most expensive accommodation in Bulgaria included in the survey with an average of BGN 131 per night.The most expensive European city is Geneva with the record BGN 542 per night. Hotels in Lodnon, Milan, Venice and Paris cost between BGN 321-BGN 366 per night. Hotels in Warsaw, Budapest and Bucharest offers accommodation for BGN 130-140.]]> 21 Mar 2014 19:08:07 Sofia is the most affordable destination in Europe Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20140321/sofia_is_the_most_affordable_destination_in_europe.html The number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria continues to grow http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140320/the_number_of_russian_tourists_in_bulgaria_continues_to_grow.html Bulgaria was visited by 18 113 Russian tourists in January 2014 that is 14,9% more compared to the same period in 2013. The positive results show that Bulgaria is an attractive destination for Russian tourists not only in summer, but also in winter season. The information was provided by the deputy economy minister Branimir Botev during his visit of a tourist exhibition in Moscow. The Bulgarian winter resorts Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are among popular resorts in Europe. ]]> 20 Mar 2014 12:00:00 The number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria continues to grow VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140320/the_number_of_russian_tourists_in_bulgaria_continues_to_grow.html The number of tourists in Plovdiv increased http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20140318/tourists_in_plovdiv_increased.html Tourists in Bulgaria's second biggest city Plovdiv increased by 7% in 2013, compared to the previous year, reaching 14,261, data of National Statistical Institute shows.Plovdiv Municipality experts recorded an increase of individual visits of the city, as well as a 5% raise in museum visits, Standart news reports.A 7-year strategy for tourism development Plovdiv 2014 - 2020 has been worked out in order to make full use of the existing cultural, historical and natural resources in the city. The strategy foresees events aimed at the creation, promotion and marketing of tourist packages, including cultural, business, wine and gourmet, sports and weekend products.The 'Tourism' Operational Program has already developed two packages that have been offered to tour operators and will soon be available on the market.]]> 18 Mar 2014 12:00:00 The number of tourists in Plovdiv increased Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20140318/tourists_in_plovdiv_increased.html Ancient Roman Fortress Restored in Bulgaria's Montana http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/montana/news/20140313/ancient_roman_fortress_restored_in_montana.html The ancient Roman fortress Kaleto near Bulgaria's town of Montana has been restored and is opening for visitors. The project cost BGN 1.3 M and was co-financed by EU funds and Montana municipality. The restoration of the Montana fortress is among the several similar projects, whose aim is to attract tourists in smaller municipalities. Probably the most well-known so far is the Tsari Mali Grad fortress in Belchin – a village near Sofia, which opened for visitors last summer.On June 8, the day of Montana, in the fortress will be held a Roman festival, which will feature a Roman town with soldiers, slaves, traders and free citizens. Montana is the only Bulgarian town, which uses its old Roman name. ]]> 13 Mar 2014 15:37:58 Ancient Roman Fortress Restored in Bulgaria's Montana Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/montana/news/20140313/ancient_roman_fortress_restored_in_montana.html Bulgaria's hotels increased number of tourists in Jan 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140312/increased_number_of_tourists_in_jan_2014.html Bulgaria's hotels have reported revenue growth and increased number of tourists in Jan 2014, according to the National Statistical Institute.In January 2014, 1886 tourist accommodation establishments-hotels, motels, camping sites, mountain chalets and other establishments for short-term accommodation have operated in the country. The total number of rooms was 55.2 thousand and the number of beds was 110.1 thousand, the NSI reports.In comparison with January 2013, the total number of accommodation establishments increased by 5.3%.The total number of days spent in all tourist accommodation establishments registered in January 2014 was 733.8 thousand or by 13.9% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year, as the greatest increase by 24.0% was observed in 4 and 5 stars accommodation establishments.In January 2014, the arrivals in all accommodation establishments increased by 10.2% compared to the same month of 2013 and reached 288.2 thousands.In January 2014, the total number of bed reservations in tourist accommodation establishments was 21.9% and it was the highest in 4 and 5 stars accommodation establishments-32.9%.The total revenues in January 2014 reached BGN 34.3M or some 15.1% more compared to January 2013.]]> 12 Mar 2014 12:00:00 Bulgaria's hotels increased number of tourists in Jan 2014 Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140312/increased_number_of_tourists_in_jan_2014.html Bulgaria To Launch Tourism Campaign in Germany http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140311/bulgaria_to_launch_tourism_campaign_in_germany.html Bulgaria launches in Germany a new advertising campaign under the slogan “Bulgaria – discover and share”.According to Bulgaria's deputy minister of Economy and Energy Branimir Botev, the goal of the campaign is to promote the country as an attractive tourist destination. So far Bulgaria is known at the German market mainly as a summer seaside destination and the goal of the campaign is to promote it as a SPA and ski destination and as a country for cultural tourism.“The communication campaign includes ads in print, electronic and online media and outdoor advertising,” said Botev at a press conference during the ITB international tourist exhibition in Berlin. According to him tourism has contributed 16.5% to Bulgaria's GDP last year and is expected to continue its growth.“There is an interesting ratio – the local population is 6.9 million and the foreign tourists were 7.2 million,” Botev said. “By 2020 we expect that the number of tourists reaches 9.5 million.”]]> 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 Bulgaria To Launch Tourism Campaign in Germany novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140311/bulgaria_to_launch_tourism_campaign_in_germany.html Bulgaria expects loads of snow on Women’s Day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140304/bulgaria_snowfall.html March 8 comes with snow. On Women's Day a snowy blanket will cover the high plains of Bulgaria.Friday will bring pouring rain across Bulgaria.Average temperatures this week will be between 9 and 14 degrees. On Friday night, however, the north of the country will be invaded by a cold front that will bring the cold. So on March 8 parts of the country will wake up to snow.According to Yankov, the cool weather will persist until next week. On Monday and Tuesday, the minimum temperatures will be between -5 to -1 degrees.Overall March will see more rain than usual, Yankov informed. Temperatures will be 1-2 degrees lower than the average for the month: during the day the mercury will be between 8 and 13 degrees.]]> 04 Mar 2014 12:00:00 March 8 comes with snow. On Women's Day a snowy blanket will cover the high plains of Bulgaria. Standartnews daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140304/bulgaria_snowfall.html Russian tourists choose Bulgaria for spa and monastery tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140226/russian_guests_in_bulgaria.html Russian tourists show interest in spa holidays, cultural sightseeing and pilgrimage tourism. Organized Russian groups will visit some of the most popular Bulgarian monasteries. The guests from Russia are also interested in spa and wellness procedures and cultural sightseeing. During the past year the number of Russian tourists has increased with 14%. almost 400 000 Russian residents own properties in Bulgaria. ]]> 26 Feb 2014 12:00:00 Russian tourists choose Bulgaria for spa and monastery tourism VisitBulgaria.net, February 26, 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140226/russian_guests_in_bulgaria.html Bulgarian artwork decorates USA’s JFK Airport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140226/bulgarian_artwork.html 26 Feb 2014 11:43:02 A 5 meters tall Bulgarian art piece will wave goodbye to the passengers at New York's JFK Airport information by Standartnews, February 26th, 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140226/bulgarian_artwork.html Old Plovdiv Guesthouse is listed in the top hostels guide by Lonely Planet http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20140224/plovdiv_hostel.html The Lonely Planet listed the Old Plovdiv guests house in Plovdiv among in the best value accommodation guide. The guide described the hostel as a beautifully restored boutique hostel is right in the heart of Plovdiv’s colourful and cobblestoned Old Town. Private and dorm rooms are all bedecked with hand-picked antiques, and lovingly painted in pastel shades from orange to sky blue.Whether you’re savouring a leisurely breakfast in the sun-dappled courtyard or snuggling down in an antique bed, the Old Plovdiv Guesthouse oozes old-world charm. The entire property is a labour of love for the owner Hristo Giulev and his wife, who rescued it from dilapidation. Today it’s unrecognisable, easily as lovely as the folk museums sprinkled around Plovdiv’s Old Town. And the entire staff welcome guests like family.“Within ten minutes of arriving, I was sitting with hot tea and a basket of fish, shooting the breeze with the owner who immediately hooked me up with travellers heading the same way as me. The welcome I received at this guesthouse is a large factor in why I fell head over heels with this spirited city.” - Anita Isalska. ]]> 24 Feb 2014 12:00:00 Old Plovdiv Guesthouse is listed in the top hostels guide by Lonely Planet VisitBulgaria.net, January 24, 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20140224/plovdiv_hostel.html Sofia Hosts Vacation and Spa Expo 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140213/vacation_spa.html 250 companies and organizations will present their tourism and vacation offers at the "Vacation and Spa Expo 2014" in Sofia, Bulgaria.The event starts on Thursday at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia and will last until Saturday.The Altai region in Russia, a leading Turkish company for medical tourism, and software companies offering tourist services from Germany and Greece will be among the participants in the exhibition. There will also be stands of tourist agencies from the neighboring countries.Traditionally, the companies will be offering tourist packages at discount prices, if booked and paid during the expo.]]> 13 Feb 2014 11:42:50 The "Vacation and Spa Expo 2014" starts in Sofia, Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140213/vacation_spa.html The Ethnographic Museum in Sofia opens Martenitsa exhibition http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20140206/ethnographic_museum.html Bulgaria's National Ethnographic Museum in Sofia is hosting an exhibition of the traditional Bulgarian good health charm "martenitsa".It features the works of the Cooperative of Folk Crafts Masters and shows traditional martenitsas from various parts of Bulgaria and own unique models of the masters.During the exhibition, which will continue through March 8, there will be workshops where the handier visitors could make their own martenitsas.There will also be a martenitsa market where the visitors can buy the red-and-white charms, traditionally given to family and friends on March 1.]]> 06 Feb 2014 14:07:08 The Ethnographic Museum in Sofia opens Martenitsa exhibition Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20140206/ethnographic_museum.html Bulgaria received the most prestigious award of EMITT tourism fair in Istanbul http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140204/bulgaria_awarded_at_emitt.html Bulgaria received the most prestigious award for the best stall at the International Tourism Exhibition EMITT (East Mediterranean International Travel & Tourism Exhibition) 2014 in Istanbul, the press office of the Ministry of Economy and Energy announced. The award is determined in an exclusive competition among the national stalls of 71 countries and 150 other provinces and regions.]]> 04 Feb 2014 15:20:58 Bulgaria receives the most prestigious award of EMITT tourism fair in Istanbul focus-fen.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140204/bulgaria_awarded_at_emitt.html Bansko to be presented at the prestigious EMITT expo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20140130/bansko_emitt_expo.html The mayor of Bansko, Georgi Ikonomov, will represent the resort at one of the biggest international tourism exhibitions – the 18th Annual East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT) in Istanbul, Turkey, the press office of Bansko Municipality announced.The exhibition starts on January 30 and will last until February 2, 2014.Bansko will be presented before tour operators and journalists with an accent on the winter tourism. EMITT is the biggest tourism exhibition East Mediterranean region, the fifth biggest in the world.There will be more than 4,5000 participants from 70 countries, such as Abu Dhabi, Adigeya, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Brazil, Czech Republic, China, Crimea, Dominique Republic, Dubai, Dubrovnic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco Moldova, the Maldives, the Seychelles Islands, South Africa, Pattaya- Thailand, Peru, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, the Republic of Tatarstan, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Palestine, Peru, Senegal, Secyhell Island, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa Sudan Tanzania RP, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukrain, Vietnam, Yunanistan and others.“Bansko’s presence, as a ski destination at the EMITT exhibition, will be a serious application for entrance at the Turkish tourism market. Bansko takes part in the event for a second year in a row. I believe that the geographic closeness and the good product offered by Bansko are important preconditions for the attraction of fans of the winter sports from Turkey and we should take advantage of this opportunity as much as possible,” Mayor Ikonomov remarked. ]]> 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 Bansko to be presented at the prestigious EMITT expo in Istanbul, Turkey information by focus-fen.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20140130/bansko_emitt_expo.html Surva Masquerade Games in Pernik are among the 15 best winter destinations http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20140119/surva_games.html The Surva Masquerade Games, staged in the town of Pernik each January, have been picked by the editors of National Geographic as one of the 15 best winter destinations worldwide. The Bulgarian festival is recommended along with world-recognized festival cities and exotic destinations like Paris, Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, the Winter Wolf Viewing in Yellowstone National Park, the Whitefish Winter Carnival World Ski Joring Championships in Montana, USA, the Almond Blossom Season in Mallorca, etc.“Western Bulgaria’s rural masquerade rituals are fueled by a primal energy: animalistic masks, beating drums, fire jumping, rhythmic chanting, clanging bells. It’s all on display at the Surva International Festival of Masquerade Games, staged each January to banish evil spirits and clear the way for a prosperous year,“ the National Geographic editors wrote.The Surva XXIII International Festival of Masquerade Games will take place between January 24-26.]]> 19 Jan 2014 21:50:24 Surva Masquerade Games in Pernik are among the 15 best winter destinations TM Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20140119/surva_games.html Bulgaria is among the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 by the Rough Guides http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140102/bulgaria_in_top_10.html The recognized British magazine included Bulgaria in the top 10 countries to visit in 2014. The edition describes the country as an intriguing destination with fabulous beaches, balmy weather, low prices, pretty historic towns and friendly people. A sort of cheaper alternative to Croatia it is currently far less touristy. The Black Sea resorts pull in the most visitors, but skiing, hiking and mountain biking are becoming increasingly popular, especially on the mountain massif of Vitosha outside Sofia, the Rhodope Mountains in the south and the towering granite peaks of the Rila. Ethiopia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Japan are also included in the list. ]]> 02 Jan 2014 16:39:42 Bulgaria is among the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 by the Rough Guides VisitBulgaria.net, January 02, 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20140102/bulgaria_in_top_10.html Bulgaria's Bansko - Europe's Cheapest Ski Resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20131221/bansko_ski_resort.html Bulgaria's ski holiday resort Bansko has been named Europe's best value ski resort by TripAdvisor for the second year in a row. The resort was found to offer the best value when compared with 40 other ski destinations, based on typical one-day-visit ski costs plus food and drink.The costs amounted to just GBP 104 at Bansko. A similar day on the slopes at Courchevel in France - the most-expensive destination - was as much as GBP 432.Other bargain resorts included Sochi in Russia (where the one-day costs were GBP 137), Ordino Arcalis in Andorra (GBP 138) and Arinsal in Andorra (GBP 141).In contrast costs were as high as GBP 428 in St Moritz in Switzerland and GBP 404 in Meribel in France.The ninth least-expensive resort was the Cairngorms in Scotland where a one-day trip would set visitors back GBP 173.The survey covered the cost of one night's hotel accommodation, one day's ski pass, one day's basic ski hire, a meal and a bottle of beer for the ski season from December 15 2013 to April 15 2014.TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "Eastern European destinations and Andorra offer the best value and, for those wanting to stay closer to home, it's great to see a Scottish ski resort among the 10 least-expensive destinations."]]> 21 Dec 2013 09:47:43 Bulgaria's Bansko - Europe's Cheapest Ski Resort Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20131221/bansko_ski_resort.html Pernik builds BGN 300M Disneyland-like adventure park http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20131219/pernik_adventure_park.html Pernik's BGN 300 million Disneyland will be located 30 km away from Sofia, Standart daily reports.The idea sparked in the imagination of young people of the mining town. Officially, the municipality announced plans to construct an adventure park offering alternative activities and entertainment for children and youngsters in the area of Voynikovets.The area in question is dotted by old mines, because the hills is the old Pernik hide many underground works. Therefore, a roller coaster indeed entering underground is envisaged also benefiting from the steep slides using the natural height of the hill.The designers also plan the construction of a green school with many rope bridges where children learn to survive in extreme conditions, along a trail for extreme mountain bikers. The ideas are piling up, but all of them have a common aim: to have a Disneyland for recreation and sport.]]> 19 Dec 2013 12:00:00 Pernik builds BGN 300M Disneyland-like adventure park StandartNews daily, December 19th, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20131219/pernik_adventure_park.html Wine museum attracts tourists in Melnik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/melnik/news/20131217/wine_museum_attracts_tourists_in_melnik.html A wine museum will open doors in Melnik this Saturday, December 21st, 2013. The new attraction in the smallest town of Bulgaria will help the development of wine tourism.The wine museum is located in the wine cellar of one of the hotels in the town. A rich exposition of wines will be arranged in several halls. Visitors will be able to trace back the history of wine and wine production during the centuries. The museum will also offer a wine tasting hall, where visitors will be able to taste and find the wine that most suits their personality. The collection at the moment offers 400 bottles, including some very expensive exponents. Local enologists will provide additional information and will tell the story of the vine growing and the wine production in the region. ]]> 17 Dec 2013 12:00:00 Wine museum attracts tourists in Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, December, 17th, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/melnik/news/20131217/wine_museum_attracts_tourists_in_melnik.html Alberto Tomba: Bulgaria could host the Winter Olympics at any time http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20131217/alberto_tomba_bulgaria.html Bulgaria could immediately host the Winter Olympics, ski legend Alberto Tomba stated at the opening of the ski season in Bansko."Once Sochi can organize such an event, Bulgaria should also cope'' said the l legend, nicknamed La Bomba.According to him it is completely realistic for Bulgaria to get the rights to organize the major event in 2022 or 2026 by latest. "I admire how quickly you develop your resorts. Alpine ski could be held in Bansko, jumping in Vitosha, biatlon in Borovets and ski running in Pamporovo, Tomba noted.Tomba opened the ski season in Bansko with other legends Marc Ghirardelli, Luc Alphand, Jure Kosir and Peter Popangelov and another 14,000 skiers.]]> 17 Dec 2013 10:23:41 Alberto Tomba: Bulgaria could host the Winter Olympics at any time information by Standartnews Daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20131217/alberto_tomba_bulgaria.html Bulgaria expects white Christmas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131213/bulgaria_expects_white_christmas.html Professor Valeri Spiridonov, deputy head of the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydology said he expects that this winter will be colder and with less precipitation than the previous.According to him the likelihood for snow for Christmas and New Year is very high.Spiridonov said it is hard to tell with certainty as Bulgaria is at the border of two main climatic areas, but the weather in January and February will most likely be drier and colder.]]> 13 Dec 2013 14:16:50 Bulgaria expects white Christmas and New Year Bg Daily News, December 13, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131213/bulgaria_expects_white_christmas.html Four Bulgarian cities to compete for European capital of culture 2019 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131213/european_capital_of_culture.html Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo are the four Bulgarian cities, candidates for European Capital of Culture 2019, recommended by the selection committee.The four cities have time till the summer to complete their applications. The selection committee will convene in the third quarter of 2014 to make the final selection.The competition among the Bulgarian cities Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Burgas, Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Russe and Shumen started in the end of 2012. Their candidacies were considered by a selection committee of 13 experts in culture – six appointed by Bulgaria and seven – by the EU institutions.The other country, which will host the initiative European Capital of Culture in 2019, will be Italy.]]> 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 Four Bulgarian cities to compete for European capital of culture 2019 bg-daily-news http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131213/european_capital_of_culture.html More Romanian tourists plan a ski holiday in Bulgaria this winter http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131209/romanian_skiers.html Over 20,000 Romanian tourists are expected to visit the ski resorts in Bulgaria this winter, according to Romanian tour operators cited by BTA. Bulgaria is among the most desirable destinations for Romanians to celebrate the New Year.Most of the bookings were made in early September, mostly for packages in Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. It turns out that the early bookings for winter holidays in Bulgaria have registered a growth of 30% this year. According to travel industry experts the opening of Vidin-Calafat Danube Bridge is the reason for many skiers in Romania to choose Bulgarian over Austrian ski resorts. On the Romanian tourist market Bulgaria competes primarily with Greece, Turkey and Spain, experts report.]]> 09 Dec 2013 12:00:00 More Romanian tourists plan a ski holiday in Bulgaria this winter VisitBulgaria.net, December 09, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131209/romanian_skiers.html A balneotherapy complex to be developed in Sapareva Banya http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sapareva_banya/news/20131204/balneotherapy_complex.html A Russian fund will invest 18 million leva in the construction of a large balneotherapy complex in Sapareva Banya.The capacity would be for about 2000 people and will include a centre for rehabilitation, prophylaxis and genetic studies. It will also include a SPA zone and sport facilities, resting areas and restaurants.Sapareva Banya is known for the hottest mineral water in Bulgaria, with temperature of 102 °С, which gushes out as a geyser near the town. The water is recommended for treatment of various ailments of the musculoskeletal system, the peripheral nervous system and chronic intoxication with heavy metals.It is expected that the construction will start by the end of the year on a 30 decare plot, provided by the Sapareva Banya municipality, which has set up a joint company with the Russian fund. The total capital of the company is 22.4 million leva, of which 16.8 million are of the Russians. The municipality participates with the aportionment of the land, evaluated at 5.6 million leva.The fund "Law, justice and charity" has been set up to protect the social rights of the employees of the Russian judicial system.This is the second similar Russian project. - Three years ago the Moscow municipality started the construction of a children's complex at the seaside, on 300 decares in the Kamchia reserve. The project was completed this year.]]> 04 Dec 2013 12:00:00 A Russian fund will invest in the construction of a large balneotherapy complex in Sapareva Banya. Bg Daily News, December 04, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sapareva_banya/news/20131204/balneotherapy_complex.html Bulgaria expects winter tourism growth http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131129/winter_tourism_growth.html The hotel owners expect this year the growth of winter tourism visits.The forecast includes both the number of tourists and the revenues, said Blagoi Ragin, chairperson of the Bulgarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, in an interview for the national radio."The early registrations of tourists are very good and we hope this years to top the numbers", Ragin said.According to him the growth of tourists from Turkey is most considerable – 27% and there are many tourists are expected from Greece, Macedonia, Romania and Ukraine.Ragin predicted that the prices in Bulgaria's winter resorts will remain the same as the previous season, as the competition is very stiff. He said he expects by mid-December the resorts to be nearly full.]]> 29 Nov 2013 15:52:39 Bulgaria expects winter tourism growth VisitBulgaria.net, November 29, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131129/winter_tourism_growth.html Bulgarian wine triumphed with a gold medal at Alliance du Monde- France http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131111/bulgarian_wine_gold_medal.html Le Photographe – Syrah, made from grapes from the Karnobat area, was placed fourth in the Top 10 of best wine producers, earning Bulgaria’s only gold medal in the competition. Minkov Brothers stands in the Top 10 along with famous wine cellars from France, Spain, and Australia. Oenologists from the prestigious competition unanimously awarded the modern series Le Photographe with the only gold medal for Bulgaria. The recognition is unprecedented in Bulgaria’s modern wine history and places the syrah of Minkov Brothers wine cellar among the best wines in the world from this impressive variety. The founders of Alliance du Monde – France are some of the most prominent oenologists in Europe, and the awards they give are considered as a universal standard for quality. That is why the grades of the jury are a proof for the value of the winning wines, according to participants in the event. The French wine critics stated that, Le Photographe – Syrah impresses with the modern style and combines all unique characteristics of the terroir of the Karnobat area. The rich soils give the wine a unique mineral flavor, characteristic only for the highest-quality wines, produced in top European style. The aroma includes invaluable shades of dark chocolate and ripe sour cherry, essential for the sort. According to Alliance du Monde’s oenologists, the Syrah of Minkov Brothers is a magnificent example for a wine, whose quality is achieved solely thanks to the natural blessings of the fruitful region, while the technological intervention is extremely small. This fact brings additional value to the gold medal, because it corresponds to the trend of consuming wines made in an environmental friendly way. That is exactly why Minkov Brothers wine cellar selected the famous Terziyski Bair area for planting the Syrah grapevines, as the rich soils, lavish sunshine, and specific terrain contribute to the richness, balanced taste, and deep garnet-red colour of the wine. The wines from Le Photographe series made their debut on the Bulgarian market in the beginning of the year, and from the very start were declared as the best wines on the Balkans at the prestigious Balkan International Wine Competition. The wine series is inspired by photographic art and is dedicated to all artists, whose talents and work bring joy to the senses. As oenologists also belong to this group, the wines from Le Photographe series are a virtual compliment of the Minkov Brothers wine cellar to all wine virtuosos, who establish Bulgaria on the global wine scene.]]> 11 Nov 2013 12:00:00 Bulgarian wine triumphed with a gold medal at Alliance du Monde- France information by FOCUS Information Agency, November 11, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131111/bulgarian_wine_gold_medal.html The Belogradchik rocks attract more tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20131101/belogradchik_rocks_tourists.html Belogradchik marks 12% increase in the number of tourists for 2013, reported the mayor of the town. Due to financial problems, the municipality cannot allocate advertising budget for its sights, however, interest in them is growing and the local authorities aim to reach 100 000 visitors per year.At present the fortress is being restored under a project funded by the European Regional Development Program valued at BGN 3 M.The Belogradchik Rocks, located near the northwest Bulgarian town of Belogradchik, are miraculous sandstone and limestone rock formations of up to 200 m in height with various shapes resulting from erosion. They form a strip which is 30 km in length and 3 km in width in the northwestern part of the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain.Every single rock is named after a real object that it resembles. The rock range varies in color. The Belogradchik Rocks were declared a natural landmark in 1949. The ancient Belogradchik fortress is also located among the rocks.In 2009, the Bulgarian natural phenomenon was included in The New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign organized by the Swiss non-profit New7Wonders Foundation.]]> 01 Nov 2013 16:55:04 Belogradchik rocks attract more tourists. VisitBulgaria.net, November 01, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20131101/belogradchik_rocks_tourists.html Bulgaria registers record high tourism industry revenues http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131024/record_revenues.html In 2013 the tourism industry in Bulgaria has brought more than 3 billion Euro.Nights only revenue for this year is about 900 million BGN.Bulgaria is expected to welcome 9 million guests until the end of the year.This year, there has been an increase in tourists from Russia, Ukraine and Israel. The market from the Netherlands has been stabilized, while the flow of Germany and that of the native tourists in the Bulgarian resorts has been growing, Draganov informed.Cruise companies rediscovered Bulgaria and make serious claims about our ports.With the changes that are being made now in the port of Burgas, do expect the southern Black Sea city to become one of the top destinations for cruises.]]> 24 Oct 2013 14:33:07 Bulgaria registers record high tourism industry revenues VisitBulgaria.net, October 24, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131024/record_revenues.html A picture from VisitBulgaria included in the Europe List initiative by Goethe institute http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131022/rose_fest_in_geothe.html Goethe institute included a picture of the Rose festival in Bulgaria, by Visitbulgaria.NET, Europe List in the initiative. The Europe list aims to get people enthusiastic about Europe. The project focuses on long-lasting issues, such as the significant cultural achievements of Europe and also for reasons why Europe appears to be so attractive, both culturally and as a place to live. Bulgaria is presented with illustrations of the rose picking ritual during the traditional Rose Festival held in Kazanlak and Karlovo regions. The image listed in a central position in the campaign is provided by VisitBulgaria.NET. The edition also shows the traditional Bulgarian Martenitsa as a unique custom held on March 1st. ]]> 22 Oct 2013 12:00:00 Goethe institute included a picture of the Rose festival in Bulgaria, by Visitbulgaria.NET, in the Europe List initiative. VisitBulgaria.net, October 22, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20131022/rose_fest_in_geothe.html New Year 2014 celebration at Veliko Tarnovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20131011/veliko_tarnovo_new_year.html Veliko Tarnovo plans an exciting cultural program for the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations. Numerous concerts and art events will entertain guests and residents of the resort during the Christmas holiday period. The festival program of the city starts with the Strauss Orchestra Vienna on December 13, 2013.The culmination of the festivals will be held at New Year's eve with a grandiose Sound and Light show at the Tsarigrad Tarnov fortress. The spectacular show includes dramatic music, multicolor lights, lasers and chiming bells, synchronized in an unique way to depict the tumultuous history of Bulgaria.Enjoy a very special Christmas and New Year holiday with accommodation in nice hotels, special holiday dinner with programme and lots of fun in Veliko Tarnovo.%PT1% New Year in Veliko Tarnovo - Grand hotel Yantra in Veliko Tarnovo resort presents special offer for the New Year holidays.%PT1% New Year at Rosna Villa - New Year holiday offer at Rosna Villa Ambaritsa in Rosno Village near Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria!]]> 11 Oct 2013 12:00:00 New Year 2014 celebration at Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, October 11, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20131011/veliko_tarnovo_new_year.html Bulgaria's top ski centres are getting ready for Winter 2014 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130930/ski_season_in_bulgaria.html After the successful summer season in the mountain, its high time to wipe away the dust from the ski and get ready for the winter fiesta in Bulgaria. The major ski centres in Bulgaria - Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are preparing for the new season and will surprise guests with new attractions and improvements in the ski zones. Pamporovo is constructing a brand new high speed quad. The investment is estimated to cost 3.5 million Euro. The lift will be about a kilometer long and should be completed by the beginning of the new ski season. It will start from the two bridges site and will connect Studenets and Malina ski centres. The resort also plans to invest another 1.2 million Euro for new artificial snow equipment, covering additional 6 km ski slopes. Borovets on the other hand will host a round of the European alpine ski cup (men giant slalom and slalom) during the period February 15-16, 2014. The big news from Bansko is that the Bulgarian government supports the construction of a second gondola lift in the resort. However the idea is now being discussed by experts and more details on the project are expected to be revealed shortly. ]]> 30 Sep 2013 12:00:00 Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are preparing for Winter 2014 VisitBulgaria.net, September 30, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130930/ski_season_in_bulgaria.html The International Technical Fair opens in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130930/plovdiv_fair_opening.html The 69th edition of the International Technical Fair opens today in Plovdiv.The official opening will take place in front of Chamber 6 of the International Fair Plovdiv at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 30.The International Technical Fair is the most renowned Bulgarian forum of investment goods and technologies.The International Technical Fair presents the latest developments of the world's leading companies in machine building, automobiles, transport, information technologies, software products, electronics, electrical engineering, construction, chemistry, power engineering, ecology, etc.]]> 30 Sep 2013 12:00:00 The International Technical Fair opens in Plovdiv, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, September 30, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130930/plovdiv_fair_opening.html The Thracian treasures from Bulgaria will be exhibited in Moscow http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130930/thracian_treasures_in_moscow.html The biggest Thracian treasures, found in Bulgaria will be exhibited at a special exhibition in Moscow. The history museum on the red square will exhibit the original exponents of five Thracian treasures, found across Bulgaria. For the first time Bulgaria will exhibit the newly found Thracian findings from Sinemorets and Svilendgrad. The unique exhibition will show 317 exquisitely ornamented exponents, creating the complete image of the Thracian art. ]]> 30 Sep 2013 10:25:16 The Thracian treasures from Bulgaria will be exhibited in Moscow VisitBulgaria.net, September 30, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130930/thracian_treasures_in_moscow.html Russian construction giant builds an oceanarium in Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130930/bourgas_oceanarium.html One of biggest Russian construction companies - NPO Mostovik, will build the Burgas Oceanarium as a showroom project to Europe. The investors have chosen Bulgaria, as it is stable and has a political system and interpersonal connections. It also provides the most opportunities for investment and development, including being a reference to other countries in the EU or in the region.The company will invest EUR 50 million euros in the Oceanarium. The project will be set on the 117 acres terrain and the construction works begin this October. A waterpark, a hotel and a commercial area are also included in the project.According to the submitted offer the Russian company proposes to pay BGN 660 thousand when signing of the concession contract and then commits itself to submit 1% of the revenue from the project to the municipal budget.According to the computer graphics, the facility will be huge and will look like a model of the ocean. The construction works are expected to start this fall, if the project is approved by the local authorities.The futuristic building will be located in the northeastern part of the "Lake" park by the sea in Bourgas. ]]> 30 Sep 2013 12:00:00 Russian construction giant builds an Oceanarium in Bourgas city on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, September 30, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130930/bourgas_oceanarium.html A science festival will be held in Bourgas this weekend http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130926/sea_of_science_festival.html An open air laboratory, located next to Cultural Center "Sea Casino" will gather young scientists and experimenters on September 26th and 27th.The first edition of the festival "Sea of Science" in Bourgas is part of the project "Science in Southeast Europe - SEE Science".The event aims to engage young people with science and to recognize the importance of innovation at every level in the field of physics, chemistry and mathematics.The creative projects will be evaluated by international jury in three age categories and the best research project will travel to Trento, Italy for its festival in the winter.All materials and supplies for the realization of individual projects are provided by Burgas Municipality.]]> 26 Sep 2013 12:00:00 A science festival will be held in Bourgas this weekend. VisitBulgaria.net, September 26, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130926/sea_of_science_festival.html Thracian carriage discovered near Sveshtari http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/razgrad/news/20130926/thracian_carriage.html A 25-centuries-old two-wheel carriage was discovered near Sveshtari town in Razdrad region in Bulgaria.The hill where the carriage was discovered is adjacent to the famous Mound of the Bulgarian Khan Omurtag where a research team of archaeologists found an ancient golden treasure last year.]]> 26 Sep 2013 13:11:36 Thracian carriage discovered near Sveshtari, Razgrad region in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, September 26, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/razgrad/news/20130926/thracian_carriage.html The regional museum in Pleven will present gladiator fights at the Strogozia fortress http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pleven/news/20130924/strogozia_fortress.html The lifestyle and crafts in the Roman province Mizia will be presented by the Regional History Museum in Pleven, as part of the “European Heritage Days”.Guests and residents of Pleven will be able to attend numerous cultural events between 26-28th September. A festive evening “Pleven – the birthplace of the folklore ensembles” will be held on September 26th from 5.30 PM. The program also includes the projection of the documentary film “The guardian” and a concert of ensemble for folk songs and dances “Ivan Valev – Pleven”On September 27th – the international tourism day, studio “Golden century” will present the everyday life at the antique fortress “Strogozia”. 80 performers will present the crafts and professions from that period. Demonstrations of gladiator fights will be performed by Pankration group from Rome, Italy. The spectacles will be shown throughout the whole day. ]]> 24 Sep 2013 09:48:38 The regional museum in Pleven will present gladiator fights at the Strogozia fortress VisitBulgaria.net, September 24, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pleven/news/20130924/strogozia_fortress.html Whitewater kayaking event will be held at the Struma river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kresna/news/20130905/whitewater_kayaking.html The fifth national fair “Whitewater kayaking 2013” will gather all keen rowers by the Struma river from September 6-8th, 2013.The whitewater kayaking competition will be held on September 7th at the slalom terrain over the Kresna hans. The slalom terrain is already prepared and is opened for training. It is 300 metres long and a third category difficulty, according to the International Categorization.]]> 05 Sep 2013 13:44:20 Whitewater kayaking event will be held at the Struma river near Kresna, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, September 05, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kresna/news/20130905/whitewater_kayaking.html Bungee jumps from Danube bridge 2, Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130830/bungee_jumps_vidin.html Bungee jumps from the Danube bridge 2 will be available on September 01st, 2013. Everyone is invited to try an unforgettable jump right over the magnificent Danube river. The event is part of the program of the Vidin Fair and is organized by the Vidin municipality, Sport club “Vertical world” and the management team of the bridge. The Vidin municipality has already regulated the route, which will allow access to the bridge. The participants should pass through the duty free zone Vidin, the wagons, the Transport centre for management of the bridge. Cars will be allowed to park in the free zones in the area. The route continues on foot or by bicycles. ]]> 30 Aug 2013 20:13:53 Bungee jumps will be available from Danube bridge 2 in Vidin, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, August 30, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130830/bungee_jumps_vidin.html Medieval festival "Budin" will be held in Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130828/vidin_festival.html The medieval fortress “Baba Vida” will host a historical festival on August 30 and 31. “MODVS VIVENDI” as well as Chigot will entertain guests and residents of Vidin. An open air museum, coinage, medieval drinks tasting, archery, fencing and other medieval games will be performed in during the event. Guests of the festival will be able to participate in the activities. A live concert will be performed by Erinay. ]]> 28 Aug 2013 22:50:15 The medieval fortress “Baba Vida” in Vidin will host a historical festival on August 30 and 31 VisitBulgaria.net, August 28, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130828/vidin_festival.html Art festival to take place in Plovdiv this autumn http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130819/art_fest_plovdiv.html The annual art festival in Plovdiv will be held between 1 – 30 September in the picturesque houses of Old Town. Bulgarian artists aged between 25 – 40, among which Kaliya Kalacheva, Alexander Petkov, Darina Peeva, Dimitar Genchev, Eleonora Drumeva, Zina Nedelcheva, Lora Aprmakova, Lyubomir Krastev, Nina Ruseva, Stoyan Dechev, and others will be the main focus of the event.A general art curator – Ms Galina Lardeva - will decide the conceptual and technical parameters of all exhibitions. A bilingual catalogue with reproductions of many of the paintings, as well as articles about every artist will be available across all the exhibition art spaces.]]> 19 Aug 2013 18:43:45 Art festival to take place in Plovdiv this autumn VisitBulgaria.net, August 19, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130819/art_fest_plovdiv.html Adventure on 2 wheels along the banks of the Danube river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130816/cycling_along_the_danube_river.html 32 young volunteers from “Velo Rousse” and “Cycling Romania” traveled more than 5000 km on bikes, to research the cycling routes for tourism along the banks of the Danube river. This year, they were looking for beautiful sights, sightseeing and people with interesting stories in Romania.The cycling tour started from Calarasi and Oravitsa on June 24th. The volunteers from Rousse are preparing for new research tour along the Bulgarian bank of the Danube river.]]> 16 Aug 2013 16:26:39 Adventure on 2 wheels along the banks of the Danube river in Bulgaria and Romania VisitBulgaria.net, August 16, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130816/cycling_along_the_danube_river.html Tents and caravans are the new beach holiday trend in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130813/camping_trend.html Camping holiday is becoming more and more preferred by vacationers. Mid-August is the time when all sites for tents and caravans along the Black sea coast in Bulgaria are fully booked.Though vacationing on the beach is romantic, it is not cheap. The costs are close to those of the all-inclusive hotels, keen campers acknowledged. A permit to raise a tent is often more expensive than a hotel stay. Yet hardcore campers are ready to follow their passion for any price.The strong demand raised prices in Albena, where currently pitches for tents and caravans cost from BGN 30 to BGN 50. In the famous camp Zlatnata Ribka in Sozopol tourists flock each day, asking about availability. A caravan place on the first line there currently costs BGN 50 per day and about BGN 35 is charged for the tents. The second line for the tents is BGN 10 cheaper.The campers of the Gradina camping explain that the fight for the places closest to the sea for the summer already starts in February. The rent is between BGN 2000 and BGN 3000 for the June to September period. During the rest of the year, owners have to pull their caravans out from the beach. The price of the third line is BGN 1000.]]> 13 Aug 2013 11:58:38 Tents and caravans are the new summer trend on the Black sea in Bulgaria Information by Standart news daily, August 13, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130813/camping_trend.html Flying lanterns illuminated the night sky over Bulgarevo village http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/lozenets/news/20130813/flying_lanterns.html Bulgarevo village near lozenets celebrated the World Youth Day with an attractive open air show on the Black sea coast. Numerous flying lanterns illuminated the night sky over the sea last night. The initiative was supported by the Mayor of Bulgarovo -Mr. Yordan Yordanov. ]]> 13 Aug 2013 11:50:18 Flying lanterns illuminated the night sky over Bulgarevo village near lozenets on the Black sea in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, August 13, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/lozenets/news/20130813/flying_lanterns.html Bourgas boasts a 25% increase in the number of tourists compared to last year http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130811/bourgas_tourism.html Bourgas boasts with various opportunities for relaxation and tourism like eco tourism, cycling tourism, cultural tourism, spa, seaside and recreational tourism. The resort has already registered a 25% increase in the number of tourists compared to last year.The Sand Sculptures Festival seems to be tourists’ favourite, as more than 33,000 people have already visited. The treasures of the Bourgas area are also quite popular. Every day around 200-250 people observe the exhibition in the Sea Casino Centre of Culture. They are all unorganized tourists. Bourgas municipality also launched a tour bus last week and people are already showing interest in it. The bird sanctuary at the Atanasovsko Lake is yet another popular site within the city limits. An expert biologist provides information to all visitors. Organized groups of ornithologists also choose Bourgas to observe the birds’ migration. Huge interest was recorded in the Bourgas 2019 Summer Tour, part of its application for European Capital of the Culture 2019. The trip to the village of Gramatikovo, located near Malko Tarnovo, was particularly popular. 500 free tickets were provided to people who wanted to see the event. The municipality bike rental initiative, caused a huge positive response in media and among people. This service is quickly becoming popular throughout the city. Meanwhile, the Bourgas salt-mines have emerged as the largest free outdoors spa centre. The municipality and the mines’ management worked on improving the vicinity in order to provide better access to the site. ]]> 11 Aug 2013 12:00:00 Bourgas boasts a 25% increase in the number of tourists compared to last year VisitBulgaria.net, August 11, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130811/bourgas_tourism.html Bansko expects 10,000 tourists daily at the International Jazz Festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20130809/bansko_jazz_2013.html The XVI Bansko International Jazz Festival was opened last night. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, ministers, deputy ministers and the ambassadors of the U.S. and South Africa to Bulgaria attended the opening ceremony. This year the local authorities expect the festival to attract around 10,000 tourists a day.The event will be held at the central square in the town during the period 08-13 August 2013. More than 25 jazz formations will perform live.Throughout the festival week jazz is also played during the day on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.]]> 09 Aug 2013 01:23:28 Bansko expects 10,000 tourists daily at the International Jazz Festival 2013 VisitBulgaria.net, August 08, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20130809/bansko_jazz_2013.html More than 15,000 guests attended the Gela International Bagpipe Contest http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gela/news/20130804/gela_international_bagpip.html The traditional bagpipe festival in the Gela village ns attracted more than 15,000 tourists, including many foreigners.The eleventh edition of the traditional bagpipe contest in Gela gathered thousands of music fans from Bulgaria, Sweden, Japan and France. Over 50 bagpipers competed during the event. The ''gaida'' or bagpipe is Bulgaria's most traditional musical instrument and forms the basis of the local folklore.]]> 04 Aug 2013 16:34:09 More than 15,000 guests attended the Gela International Bagpipe Contest near Gela this weekend VisitBulgaria.net, August, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gela/news/20130804/gela_international_bagpip.html Bulgaria to patent it curative mud in the European union http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130729/curative_mud.html Bulgaria present the curative mud in Brussels, that it be recognized as a traditional, specific to our country and patented product. This is recorded in the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Agriculture from 2014 to 2020. If the EU approves our request, healing mud can be a very profitable business. As a trademark will rely on EU funds for its promotion abroad.They will benefit both manufacturers and SPAs, which are using it. Besides mud we will want the EU to recognize our trademark, and rose oil, and products thereof. It will also demand recognition for dairy and meat products, local wines (as Mavroud and Melnik) honeydew honey from Strandzha and dessert sorts of grapes.]]> 29 Jul 2013 18:26:16 Bulgaria to patent it curative mud in the European union VisitBulgaria.net, July 29, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130729/curative_mud.html Perelik peak hosted an eco jazz festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/smolyan/news/20130728/eco_jazz_festival.html The bears house at the Perelik peak hosted an eco jazz festival “The sound of silence” this weekend. Over 300 guests attended the unique Jazz fest in the Rhodope mountains. The festival was held with the support of the ambassador of USA Marcie Ries. The open air scene was created by 4000 packs of straw. 2000 candles and four hearths illuminated the eco hall.]]> 28 Jul 2013 12:00:00 Perelik peak hosted an eco jazz festival this weekend in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, July 28, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/smolyan/news/20130728/eco_jazz_festival.html Music fans are in rigorous expectations of Spirit of Bourgas 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130726/spirit_of_bourgas_2013.html This year’s edition of the biggest music event – SPIRIT of Burgas, will welcome for the sixth time some of the hottest artists of the world music scene. The abundant programme will offer various style artists from almost all music genres - reggae, hip-hop, drum and bass, punk, soul, hardcore, dub step and many other.- 27.07 /Little Roy, Rizzle Kicks, ZAZ, EDITORS, Chase & Status, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold and many more/. - 28.07 /Che Sudaka, Enter Shikari, Selah Sue, Wu-Tang Clan, Andy C, Dub FX and many more/.]]> 26 Jul 2013 12:00:00 One day to the start of Spirit of Bourgas 2013 in Bourgas, on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, July 26, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130726/spirit_of_bourgas_2013.html Ravadinovo fairytale castle attracts tourists near Sozopol http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20130722/ravadinovo_fairytale_castle.html Ravadinovo fairytale castle - a medieval style building right off of the main road to Sozopol at Ravadinovo attracts the attention of all travelers. The castle is named "In Love with the Wind" - as it is erected at a place that collects all the breezes and thus provides a place to catch a breath of cool air even in the most intense heat.Last December, the castle was prized with the special award of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association for the fastest growing tourist attraction site in 2012.This unique wonderland is built from thousands of tons of stone from the Strandja mountain, which is unique due to its changes in colour depending on the light and during the night time it becomes transparent. All windows will have a multi-colored stained glasses.Here time flows differently. The place is surrounded by quiet fairytale-like music. The ivy, planted at the ceremony of the first dig in 1997, has already covered the high walls. The park is not like the manicured French gardens, but is rather a fascinating place full of life and bird songs, with many flowers, shrubs and trees, fountains, statues, mermaids, and strange animals made from stone.The castle is also housing the "House of Tales", or rather what was left of it, from the Central Park of Sofia. A Local carver voluntarily agreed to recover it. The castle is opened every day from Monday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm.]]> 22 Jul 2013 15:16:38 Ravadinovo fairytale castle attracts tourists near Sozopol beach resort on the Black sea, Bulgaria Information by Standartnews daily, July 22, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20130722/ravadinovo_fairytale_castle.html "Tsari Mali Grad" fortress will be opened or visitors after complete restoration http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belchin_bani/news/20130719/tsari_mali_grad.html The only completely restored roman fortress “Tsari Mali Grad”, located on the St. Spas hill over Belchin, near Samokov will be opened for tourists on July 19th, announced the mayor of the town Vladimir Georgiev.Until recently the fortress known as Tsari Mali Grad existed only in folklore legends. Archaeologists did not know its exact location but treasure hunters managed to find it.  For 5 or 6 months almost the whole fortress wall has been rebuilt. Archaeologists say the fortress served to protect the iron ore in the region. It is also situated on an ancient crossroads. ]]> 19 Jul 2013 12:00:00 "Tsari Mali Grad" fortress in Belchin is opened for visitors after complete restoration VisitBulgaria.net, July 19, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belchin_bani/news/20130719/tsari_mali_grad.html Map of Bansko ski centre http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20130715/ski_centre_map.html 15 Jul 2013 12:00:00 Map of Bansko ski centre in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20130715/ski_centre_map.html Veliko Turnovo included a Japanese program for cultural tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20130715/veliko_turnovo.html 15 Jul 2013 00:44:10 Veliko Turnovo is included a Japanese program for cultural tourism VisitBulgaria.net, July 15, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20130715/veliko_turnovo.html A raft tour along the Danube River is offered in Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130711/a_raft_tour_along_the_danube_rive.html A raft tour is organized along the Danube River, announced the mayor of the village of Koshava, Galina Radionova.The raft departs from the northwestern Bulgarian town of Vidin to the village of Koshava, with a stop in the village of Antimovo. Around 50 tourists can float on the raft. Food and drinks are offered. From the village of Koshava the raft returns back to the town of Vidin. A one-way ticket costs BGN 40. A similar trip will be organized also in the Romanian stretch of the river. There the raft will depart from the town of Calafat and the final destination is the village of Cetate.]]> 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 A raft tour along the Danube river is offered in Vidin, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, July 11, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130711/a_raft_tour_along_the_danube_rive.html Trakiya motorway will be opened on Monday http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130709/trakiya_motorway.html “Trakiya motorway will be opened on Monday and Bulgarians will have the chance to use it to go to the seaside,” said engineer Lazar Lazarov, executive director of the Bulgarian Road Infrastructure Agency, in an interview with Nova TV.Engineer Lazarov explained the lack of filling stations along the newly built lots of the motorway with the analysis on the return of the needed investments.“The construction price is high, while traffic along Trakiya motorway is not too busy, especially in winter,” Lazarov said but added that there would be information boards saying where the nearest filling stations were and there would be 22 places equipped with chemical toilets.]]> 09 Jul 2013 15:25:30 Trakiya motorway connecting Sofia with Bourgas will be opened on Monday information by focus-fen.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130709/trakiya_motorway.html Pirin Golf & Country Club to host Piraeus Bank Golf Tournament http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20130627/piraeus_bank_golf_challenge.html The first round of Piraeus Bank Golf Challenge 2013 will be held at Pirin Golf and Country Club on June 29th, 2013. The second round will be held on September 14th, 2013.The format of the challenge is divided in three formats, as follows: Division A – to 12.4 – Strokeplay, Division B – 12,5 – 22 – Stablefort, Division C – 22, 1 – 36 – Stablefort. The awarding will be according to the individual scores in each division. 3 net prizes will be given for each division. The awarding ceremony will be held at the Greek restaurant “Octopus”, downtown. ]]> 27 Jun 2013 12:00:00 Pirin Golf & Country Club to host Piraeus Bank Golf Tournament near Bansko in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, June 27, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20130627/piraeus_bank_golf_challenge.html Bulgaria marks Enyovden http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130624/enyovden.html Enyovden (June 24) is a festival connected with the summer solstice.On Midsummer Day the sun is believed to end its journey towards summer and, after giving three jumps it turns towards winter. There was a popular belief that the herbs gathered on the eve of Enyovden have stronger healing powers than those gathered on any other day of the year, so female herbalists and sorcerers roamed the woods and meadows that night to collect herbs. According to the tradition, on Enyovden children and adults roll in dewy fields and have a bath in rivers and brooks in the woods. The women twine flowers and herbs into a wreath and everybody passes through it three times as a ritual for health and fertility.The day is associated with the collection of herbs for medicine and magic.Bulgaria’s herbs exports amount to BGN 30 million annually and thereby rank first in Europe, data of the national herbs and mushrooms association shows. The largest share of our exports is of nettle, which is mainly used in the pharmaceutical manufacturing of dietary supplements for the treatment of many diseases, Bulgaria on Air informed. For Bulgarians treatment with natural herbs is significantly cheaper than foreigners who use our plants. The price of 250 grams of mix costs about BGN 10, which is nearly 30% cheaper than the price abroad. ]]> 24 Jun 2013 12:00:00 Enyovden is celebrated in Bugaria VisitBulgaria.net, June 24, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130624/enyovden.html Medieval military campsite attracts tourist at the Mezzek fortress http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/svilengrad/news/20130624/mezzek.html An unique Medieval attraction was opened nearby the fortress in the Mezzek village. A military campsite with tent, carts and horse models are just a small part of the attractions which will entertain visitors. The site offers many more interesting activities, such as paintball, archery, crossbow, lasso throwing and many more. There is also a picnic area with tables and chairs made of tree trunks. The new tourist attraction was launched under a project of Svilengrad Municipality, funded by EU. Also part of the project is the improvement of the infrastructure of the ancient Thracian beehive tomb nearby. The archaeological artifacts, found during the excavations on the site are displayed in the tomb as holographic images. ]]> 24 Jun 2013 12:00:00 Medieval military campsite attracts tourist at the Mezzek fortress in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, June 23, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/svilengrad/news/20130624/mezzek.html Spectacular show opens the festival at Perperikon http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20130617/perperikon_show.html The thirteenth edition of the festival "Perperikon" will begin on June 22 at 21:00, with the "Samodivska wedding" dance performance by R. Buchvarova which will involve the spectators.This was announced by the festival director Petar Savchov at a press conference.According to Savchov performance impresses with attractive audio-visual aids and costumes for the creation of which were used over 20,000 beads and 600 light emitting diodes. Expected to attend is and the Culture Minister Petar Stoyanovich.The next day, June 23 "Perperikon 2013" will continue with a concert of classical music based on poems by Goethe in Dramatic Theatre (SPT) 'D.Dimov "in Kardzhali, plus Bulgarian musicians and singers will participate from Finland - Dora Asterstad (violin) and Aapo Hakkinen (harpsichord).For three days - 25, 26 and 27 of June guests will be able to see and appreciate the performances of the competition for best musical and dance performance, at the House of Culture in Kardzhali and DKT.Winners will receive a financial support, which will help them fund future projects, announced Savchov. The festival will conclude with the traditional happenings at Perperikon, including spectacular reconstructions and the ceremony of the "Golden Perperikon" a prominent representative of the Bulgarian culture.]]> 17 Jun 2013 02:44:41 The festival at Perperikon will be opened with a spectacular show. Culture program in Kardjali region. VisitBulgaria.net, June 17, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20130617/perperikon_show.html A modern zoo with aquarium will entertain guests in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130617/plovdiv_aquarium.html The biggest aquarium in Bulgaria will be constructed in Plovdiv, together with the expansion and improvement of the local zoo. The facility will be built in two phases. The first stage involves the expansion and improvement of the cells and the space of the existing facilities.The second stage envisages the construction of a glass aquarium with sizes 22 to 10 meters. Preferences of the municipality are the aquarium, which is expected to be the largest in Bulgaria, will be inhabited by marine species, including sharks.It is expected the new zoo, which price will be around 6 million levs, to be launched in early 2014, when the first phase will start.By late summer of 2015 should be completed the work on the second stage, with which to finish the entire facility.]]> 17 Jun 2013 12:00:00 A modern zoo with aquarium will entertain guests in Plovdiv, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, June 17, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130617/plovdiv_aquarium.html The Danube bridge 2 will be officially opened today http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130614/danube_bridge_vidin_calafat.html The longest bridge over the Danube was officially inaugurated. It will connect Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania.) The bridge was built with the gratuitous help of the EU.EU Commissioner for regional development Johannes Hahn, President Rosen Plevneliev, premiers of Bulgaria and Romania Plamen Oresharski and Victor Ponta have arrived for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. All of the Bulgarian prime ministers who have held office since 2000 have been invited for the ceremony – among them Ivan Kostov, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Sergey Stanishev and Boiko Borisov. Danube bridge 2 is a road and rail bridge between the cities of Calafat, Romania and Vidin, Bulgaria. It will be the second bridge on the shared section of the Danube between Romania and Bulgaria. The bridge is built by the Spanish company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, and the cost is about $160 million.Construction officially began on 13 May 2007 in Vidin in the presence of Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Erhard Busek. ]]> 14 Jun 2013 12:00:00 The Danube bridge, connecting Vidin and Calafat will be officially opened today information by Standart daily, June 14, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130614/danube_bridge_vidin_calafat.html Albena beach resort welcomed Chinese tour operators http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130607/chinese_touroperators.html Albena beach resort welcomed Chinese tour operators within the frameworks of Bulgarian-Chinese forum "Discover and Invest in Bulgaria", which was held in the city of Plovdiv. The Asian guests were impressed by Albena Black Sea resort. Besides the modern hotels and endless beaches, the Chinese particularly liked the natural apple juice produced from the fruit of gardens. ]]> 07 Jun 2013 14:52:06 Albena beach resort in Bulgaria impressed Chinese tour operators. information by Standart daily, June 06, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130607/chinese_touroperators.html Bulgaria Celebrates the International Children's Day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130601/international_children_day.html Bulgaria celebrates the International Children's Day. The event was established in 1925 during the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.June 1 was chosen as the International Children's Day because the Chinese Consul-General in San Francisco (US) gathered a number of Chinese orphans to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in 1925, which happened to be on June 1 that year, and also coincided with the conference in Geneva.The International Day for Children Protection was established on June 1, 1949 by a decision of the Council of the International Women's Democratic Federation during its Moscow session.International Children's Day was first celebrated in 1950 in 51 countries worldwide.On November 20, 1959 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was then signed on the same day in 1989, which has since been ratified by 191 states.Children's Day is celebrated on 1 June each year. It is usually marked with speeches on children's rights and wellbeing, children TV programs, parties, various actions involving or dedicated to children, families going out etc.Many events are organized across the country to mark the day.Sofia’s Pirogov hospital is to offer free medical examinations of children on Saturday.The Interior Ministry is launching a nationwide road safety campaign focused on children.]]> 01 Jun 2013 19:28:15 Bulgaria Celebrates the International Children's Day information by novinite.com, June 01, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130601/international_children_day.html Smolyan will hold the first festival of the wild flower http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/smolyan/news/20130520/festival_flowers.html Smolyan municipality will host the first “Festival of the wild flowers.” The official opening of the event will be held on June 21 in Smolyan. The program of the festival will present various tourism options and attractions in the region. Botanic and cycle routes through the colourful meadows of the Rhodope mountain, lectures for the healing qualities of the local herbs, a well as ateliers for traditional and art crafts will be presented at the event. Visitors will have the chance to indulge in the local atmosphere of a working bee at Sivino village and learn how to prepare couscous . Herbal tea and local culinary specialties will be tested. Children will be surprised with interesting entertainment program. During the festival in Mogilitsa village will be held the traditional “Festival of the national craftsmanship and crafts”, where the unique custom “Adrelez” - a dance of the water and flowers will be performed. The residents of Gorna Arda village will present the custom “Eniovden” and the children from kindergarten “Rodopchanche” in Smolyan. The culmination of the festival will be the folklore singing competition “Izvoren glas”, which will be held in Smolyan on June 29th. ]]> 20 May 2013 18:40:08 Smolyan will hold the first festival of the wild flowers in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, May 20, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/smolyan/news/20130520/festival_flowers.html Pomorie hosts the 18th Congress of the European Spas Association http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20130515/pomorie_spa_congress.html Over one billion euro has been invested in the wellness and spa industry in Bulgaria over the past twenty years. The sector has been the target of most of the recent investments in Bulgaria’s tourism. This became clear from yesterday’s speech of Stefan Sharlopov, President of the Bulgarian Union for Balneology and Spa Tourism, delivered on the sidelines of the 18th annual congress of the European Spas Association. The preliminary meeting was also attended by Martin Plachy, President of the European Spas Association and its Secretary-General Joachim Lieber, Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Ivo Marinov and Pomorie Mayor Ivan Alexandrov.“Bulgaria has the second largest resources of mineral water and healing mud after Iceland, but these resources should be developed and exploited properly,” Sharlopov said. In his words, Russian and Arab companies have shown interest in project in Bulgaria?s spa sector. Bulgaria already has 300 spa hotels that have been awarded quality certificates by ESPA. ]]> 15 May 2013 12:00:00 Pomorie hosts the 18th Congress of the European Spas Association. Standartnews daily, May 15, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20130515/pomorie_spa_congress.html Borovets hosted Drop The Mountain Borovets 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20130513/borovets_hosted_drop_the_mountain_borovets_2013.html Borovets hosted Drop The Mountain Borovets 2013 - the first mass bike ride on mountain terrain in Bulgaria. It started on May 11th, 0100 PM from Yastrebetz peak (near Top station of the Gondla lift - 2369 m. of altitude), then crossed Markudjik center still covered with snow and ended in front of the Rila hotel in the resort's centre.The trail was 14 km. long and the organizer of the event arranged perfect conditions. 65 men and 4 women took place in the competition. Minister Petar Stoychev awarded the winners. ]]> 13 May 2013 00:12:57 Borovets hosted Drop The Mountain Borovets 2013 VisitBulgaria.NET, May 12, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20130513/borovets_hosted_drop_the_mountain_borovets_2013.html Thracian Cliffs Beach and Golf Resort will host Volvo World Golf Championship http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20130512/volvo_world_golf_championship.html Thracian Cliffs Beach and Golf Resort will host the European Tour's 50th Volvo World Golf Championship.After a three year stay at Spain's Finca Cortesin Resort, Volvo have moved this premier match-play championship to Thracian Cliffs in the Balkans as a part of new strategy to target geographical areas of interest by rotating the tournament to a different venue across Europe each year.That they have moved it to Thracian Cliffs, which has only been open for just over a year says a great deal about the quality of a course that has been likened to Pebble Beach in Northern California.]]> 12 May 2013 12:00:00 Thracian Cliffs Beach and Golf Resort will host the European Tour's 50th Volvo World Golf Championship. VisitBulgaria.NET, May 12, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20130512/volvo_world_golf_championship.html Grand Hotel Sofia will host the BIWC 2013 Festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130508/grand_hotel_sofia.html Grand Hotel Sofia will host the BIWC 2013 Festival on May 18th and 19th, 2013. Official program:16 - 17 May, Grand Hotel Sofia, Triaditsa Hall 2, floor 1 - Tasting and evaluation of BIWC 2013 wine samples (closed for public)17 May, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), 9, Iskar street - Conference: Wine and Wine Tourism in the Balkans - Possibilities of Development and Synergy (for more contacts: pr@balkanswine.eu) 18 May, Saturday - BIWC Festival - day one11:00 AM - 01:00 PM - Specialized TRADE TASTING for importers, buyers, distributors, wine journalists, bloggers and the BIWC 2013 jury 01:00 PM - BIWC Festival Official opening ceremony01:00 PM - 07:00 PM - Tasting of Balkan and other wines, olive oil, olives and other typical regional products - open for the public (more) 18 May, Saturday, Triaditsa Hall 2, Grand Hotel Sofia, floor 111:00 АМ - 12:00 АМ - Movie premiere "Bulgarian wine" - The film tells the story of one of the pride of Bulgaria - excellent wines and beverages. Besides advanced technology, Bulgarian wine culture is primarily a history, spirit, tradition and of course, a lot of positive emotions. The episode examines the main wine routes in Bulgaria, as well as the most famous traditional Bulgarian grape varieties.12:00 AM - 02:45 PM - Master class - Christy Canterbury's Selection: The Best of Balkans - Christy Canterbury MW, USAUniqueness and extraordinary diversity of Balkan wines are more and more globally recognized and appreciated. The indigenous local varieties from the region should be discovered. For us to enjoy, our panel member Christy Canterbury MW picked her Balkan favourites, and will show us some of the Balkan best wines!9 wines will be tasted - Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary. List with all wines coming soon! 02:00 AM - 03:45 PM - Master Class - Turkey - Bringing the Old and New Worlds Together, Taner Ogutoglu, TurkeyIn the past few years Turkish wines firmly positioned themselves on the global wine market, especially on the very demanding British market. This state of affairs is a primarily result of the diligent work of Wines of Turkey, which managed to organize and integrate the best wineries from Turkey under the single umbrella body! Wines of Turkey director Taner Ogutoglu managed to discover and show the world the beauty, richness and potential of Turkish wines.04:00 PM - 04:45 PM - Lecture - Andreas Wickhoff MW, Austria - What’s hot and new in Austria’s wine world! (the latest trends from the Alpine countries, up- and coming regions, challenges in the appellation system, rising stars etc.)Andreas Wichkoff is Austria’s third Master of Wine is the managing director of Premium Estates of Austria, a group of the country‘s leading wineries.05:00 PM - 05:45 PM - Lecture - Authenticity in wine - Jamie Goode, United KingdomJamie Goode is a London-based wine writer who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. Jamie came to wine writing by a rather convoluted route, via a PhD in plant biology and several years of working as a book editor, before he began publishing www.wineanorak.com, which is now one of the leading GLOBAL wine websites.06:00 PM - 07:00 PM - Lecture - Efficient and Winning Advertising Strategies of Wine -prof Christo Kaftandjiev, Ph.D.Christo Kaftandjiev is professor, Ph.D. and Doctor Habilis on marketing communications in Faculty of Journalism, Sofia University, Bulgaria, in Tomsk University, Russia and in “Boris Grinchenko” University, Kiev, Ukraine. He specialized in Holland (CITO Institute); UK (Westminster University); and Ireland (Dublin Institute of Technology).The most efficient and winning communicative strategies are analyzed in the multimedia presentation with the help of the best and newest from the world marketing communications.The explored topics are: different ads of wine, the rich system of advertising appeals in wine advertising, different communicative strategies. 19 May, Sunday - BIWC Festival - day two;12:00 AM - 07:00 PM - Tasting of Balkan and other wines, olive oil, olives and other typical regional products - open for the public (more); 19 May, Sunday, Triaditsa Hall 2, Grand Hotel Sofia, floor 1;12:00 AM - 01:45 PM - Master Class - Greek Wines - The Jurassic Park of Viticulture - Rare Greek varieties, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, Greece, BIWC Chairman;02:00 PM- 03:45 PM - Master Class - Falling in Love with Croatian Wines – Charming; Mediterranean Terroir, Saša Špiranec, Croatia;04:00 PM - 05:45 - Lecture - Italian Wine Market - An Inside Approach, Alessandro Griccioli, Italy05:00 PM - 05:45 PM - Presentation - #winelover Community: The Wine Power of Today, Luiz Alberto, USA;06:00 PM - 06:45 PM - Lecture - How to Promote Balkan Wines via Internet, Dusan Jelic, Serbia, BIWC Social Media Manager.]]> 08 May 2013 09:31:52 Grand Hotel Sofia will host the BIWC 2013 Festival on May 18th and 19th, 2013. VisitBulgaria.NET, May 08, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130508/grand_hotel_sofia.html Sofia ranked as the most affordable European travel destination http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130507/sofia_destination.html Sofia has been ranked the most affordable European travel destination by the Huffington Post’s European 3-Star Traveler Index. Topping Price of Travel's European 3-Star Traveler Index for 2013—which compares the cost of a centrally located, well-reviewed three-star hotel, plus the cost of transportation, some activities, food and drink Sofia, earned the title of Europe's cheapest tourist city, coming in at under USD 50 a day.Airfare to Sofia is somewhat expensive, and there aren't a lot of good alternative options, though Sofia does have connecting service from other European cities on low-cost carriers such as easyJet and Wizz Air. Other cities that are featured in the ranking are Berlin (Germany), Riga (Latvia), Lisbon (Portugal), Kiev (Ukraine), Istanbul (Turkey), Budapest (Hungary), Prague (the Czech Republic), and Vilnius (Lithuania).]]> 07 May 2013 14:43:34 Sofia ranked as the most affordable European travel destination http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130507/sofia_destination.html 500 tourists visited Baba Vida fortress during the weekend http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130422/baba_vida_visitors.html 500 guests visited Baba Vida fortress during the weekend, a reporter of Radio Focus - Vidin announced. On Saturday the number of visitors was over 300 people. 200 visits were reported on Sunday. "On Saturday we received 5 groups - students, 2 groups of adults from Kavarna, a group of students from Sofia University and many other tourists," the curator of the historical site said. "This year we started the season a little early - at the end of March, but so far the intensive flow of visitors is mostly during the weekends,” the curator said.]]> 22 Apr 2013 14:46:51 500 tourists visited Baba Vida fortress during the weekend. Travel information for Vidin, Bulgaria FOCUS information agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130422/baba_vida_visitors.html New routes will take tourists at the Valley of roses and the Thracian kings http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20130416/the_valley_of_roses.html 40 routes are developed for the project “The valley of roses and the Thracian kings” part of the regional tourism marketing concept. These routes are combined in 5 complex tourism packages, explained the mayor of Kazanlak Galina Stoyanova. The travel packages combine several themes - “Thracian heritage”, “The rose and the festival of roses”, “Cradle of the Renaissance culture and struggle for national liberation”, “The best site for air sports and adventures”, “Spa and wellness all year round”, “Preserved nature and biodiversity for eco tourism”.In May and June Kazanlak and the region will hold numerous festive events]]> 16 Apr 2013 12:00:00 New routes will take tourists at the Valley of roses and the Thracian kings VisitBulgaria.NET, April 16, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20130416/the_valley_of_roses.html 40% of the tourists from the Balkans chose Bulgaria for a spa holiday http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20130415/spa_tourism_bulgaria.html The deputy minister of economy, energetics and tourism Ivo Marinov stated that the forthcoming congress for spa tourism of the European SPA association (ESPA) which will be held in Pomorie in May, is a great recognition for our country. According to latest data 40% of the tourists from the Balkans chose Bulgaria for a spa holiday.Balneology is an important traditional element of the tourism outlook of Bulgaria as a year round holiday destination. Bulgaria possesses unique mineral water springs with healing qualities, used for prophylactics and therapy for centuries. ]]> 15 Apr 2013 17:06:37 40% of the tourists from the Balkans chose Bulgaria for a spa holiday VisitBulgaria.NET, April 15, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20130415/spa_tourism_bulgaria.html The hall with prehistoric pictures in the Magura cave will be opened for visitors http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130411/magura_cave.html Tourists will be able to observe prehistoric drawings in the hall with prehistoric drawings in the Magura cave. The drawings, which number over 750, are located at 375 metres under the ground and, in order to preserve them, access to them has been limited. The images are multi-layered and date to various periods, from the Epipaleolithic, through to the Neolithic and Eneolithic, to the beginning of the early Bronze Age.The drawings contain images of dancing female figures, dancing and hunting men, masked people, a rich diversity of animals and plants, suns, stars and labor tools. Through these drawings, prehistoric people preserved information about religious calendars and the holidays by putting down their symbolic images, Mihaylov explained.The local authorities announced the program for the Tourism holiday on April 19th. All tourism attraction in Vidin region will provide free access to visitors. A Ukrainian delegation will visit Belogradchik during the period April 18-20 and its folklore ensemble will perform in Belogradchik, Vidin and Chuprene.]]> 11 Apr 2013 22:25:46 The hall with prehistoric pictures in the Magura cave will be opened for visitors VisitBulgaria.NET, April 11, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130411/magura_cave.html The 2nd bridge connecting Bulgaria and Romania to be launched in May http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130410/vidinbridge.html The second Danube Bridge connecting Bulgaria and Romania will be launched and operational in May at the earliest, according to Bulgarian Transport Minister Kristian Krastev.Krastev told reporters that the bridge is yet to receive the so-called Act 15 and Act 16 certificates, which would confirm that the construction has been finished.In February, officials stated that the so-called Danube Bridge 2 connecting Bulgaria's Vidin and Romania's Calafat would be inaugurated on May 9, the Day of Europe.The road toll collection point on the bridge will be on Romanian territory and the revenues will be divided between the two countries proportional to the investments made.Over 100 000 vehicles are expected to pass through the bridge each year.]]> 10 Apr 2013 12:00:00 The 2nd Danube bridge connecting Bulgaria and Romania to be launched in May Sofia News Agency, April 10, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130410/vidinbridge.html Troyan will host the traditional Plum festival this month http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/troyan/news/20130404/plum_festival_troyan.html The Bulgarian plum festival will be held during the period April 22 – 27, 2013 in Troyan, Bulgaria. The program of the festival includes eco events related to the spring traditions. A special crafts street with demonstration of traditional crafts and souvenirs will be opened for visitor. Three art ateliers will allow tourists to prepare their own souvenirs. The culinary exhibition with traditional dishes will be part of the attraction for the day of st. Lazar. Troyan awaits you at the most colourful and delicious spring event in Bulgaria.]]> 04 Apr 2013 12:00:00 Troyan will host the traditional Plum festival this month in Troyan, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, April 04, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/troyan/news/20130404/plum_festival_troyan.html Gabrovo - the 'Laughter Capital' of Bulgaria Celebrates April Fool's Day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20130401/gabrovo.html Gabrovo, known as the "laughter capital" of Bulgaria, celebrates April Fool's Day on Monday.Gabrovo is located some 220 km North-East from the capital Sofia. The city's residents are famous for their unique sense of humor and stinginess.The citizens of Gabrovo are known to enjoy poking fun at themselves. They often claim to clip the tails of their cats to keep the room warmer and stop their watches at night to spare the worn-out of the cog-wheels.The city is also the residence the renowned House of Humor, which marks Sunday its 41th anniversary.Monday will be a day of free entry for all visitors of the museum, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.]]> 01 Apr 2013 21:34:31 Gabrovo - the 'Laughter Capital' of Bulgaria Celebrates April Fool's Day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20130401/gabrovo.html A festive Dionysus procession will open Vinaria 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130401/dionysus_procession.html Free wine will be provided for the first toasts for the opening of the latest edition of the VINARIA 2013 International Exhibition of Vine-Growing and Wine Producing which will be held in Plovdiv this week.The wine barrels will be placed at the Stefan Stambolov Square, which is the final stop of the traditional Dionysus procession dedicated to the international wine and vine expo and festival held in Plovdiv. The procession will start at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 from the Roman Stadium Square and will end up at the square in front of the Municipal Office. Citizens and guests will have the chance to taste the wines of popular winemakers and enjoy a performance by Trakiya folklore ensemble. The Dionysus procession is just one of the art events in VINARIA 2013’s programme. Bulgaria is among the countries with longstanding traditions in winemaking and VINARIA is one of the most representative wine industry events. The exhibition has contributed to the success of many wine producing and trading companies.VINARIA brings together leading companies from the most important industry sectors relating to vine-growing and wine producing. The event serves as a centre for exchange of information, presentation of innovations and technologies through the numerous conferences, seminars, presentations and business meetings included in the parallel business programme.]]> 01 Apr 2013 12:00:00 A festive Dionysus procession will open Vinaria 2013 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, April 01, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130401/dionysus_procession.html Buzludja is among the most beautiful abandoned places in the world http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/buzludja/news/20130401/buzludzha.html The communist memorial at Buzludja is among the most attractive abandoned sites in the world. The abandoned monument of the Bulgarian communist party at the Buzludzha peak was chosen from BuzzFeed as part of the most beautiful abandoned sites on the planet. The memorial was built in 1981 in honour of the 100 year anniversary of the congress ate the Buzludzha peak. The specific atmosphere and the site attracts numerous tourists. ]]> 01 Apr 2013 00:25:11 Buzludja is among the most beautiful abandoned places in the world VisitBulgaria.NET, April 01, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/buzludja/news/20130401/buzludzha.html The Plovdiv International Fair will host Vinaria exhibition this weekend http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130329/vinaria_2013.html Vinaria exhibition will be held in Plovdiv during the period April 03 – April 06, 2013. Vinaria is an international exhibition of vine-growing and wine producing companies. Bulgaria is among the countries with longstanding traditions in wine making and VINARIA is one of the most representative wine industry events. The exhibition has contributed to the success of many wine producing and trading companies.VINARIA brings together leading companies from the most important industry sectors relating to vine-growing and wine producing. The event serves as a centre for exchange of information, presentation of innovations and technologies through the numerous conferences, seminars, presentations and business meetings included in the parallel business program.]]> 29 Mar 2013 20:06:28 The Plovdiv International Fair will host Vinaria exhibition this weekend VisitBulgaria.NET, March 29, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20130329/vinaria_2013.html Bulgaria to open 2 new visa centers in Russia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130319/new_visa_centers.html 19 Mar 2013 20:59:35 Bulgaria to open 2 new visa centers in Russia Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130319/new_visa_centers.html Four new sand beaches to be registered in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130318/new_sand_beaches.html Four new beaches were formed along the southern part of the Black sea in Bulgaria. The new sand beaches are located nearby Sozopol, Maslen nos cape nearby Sveti Vlas. Bourgas municipality is recording the new beaches in order to be given to concession.One of the new beaches is located right between the resorts Sunny Beach and Saint Vlas. The ministry of the Regional development and public works will have to complete the procedure for mapping of the new beaches. The beach is located right next to a sanatorium with a huge garden, which is the only green site in the region. Every year over 26 beaches are not officially opened due to the lack of leaseholders, because of the high concessionary taxes.]]> 18 Mar 2013 22:38:19 New sand beaches will be registered along the Black sea in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.NET, March 15, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20130318/new_sand_beaches.html Vidin opens tourism season 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130315/tourism_season_vidin.html Vidin opens the tourist season in the region. The event will be held under the slogan “Travel destination in the Balkan triangle: Vidin – Negotin – Rayats, Serbia – Kalafat, Romania”.The organizers presented a “tourism alley” including:- Exhibition of traditional costumes and knit arts.- Market of the regional crafts camera;- Presentation of local hotels, restaurants, wineries and attractions.- The event is organized with the support of the Vidin Bishop, the Vidin Association of hoteliers and restaurateurs and the Bulgarian tour guide association.]]> 15 Mar 2013 12:00:00 Vidin marks the official opening of the tourist season in the region VisitBulgaria.NET, March 15, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20130315/tourism_season_vidin.html Thracian gold will be displaied at the Louvre http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130226/thracian_gold.html A French delegation representing the Louvre Museum visited Bulgaria at the invitation of the Bulgarian Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov. It was in connection with the forthcoming Bulgarian exhibition in the world-famous museum in Paris, where treasures from the Thracian civilization will be displayed. Minister Rashidov managed to negotiate this exhibition in 2012 with the President of the Louvre Henri Loyrette. The exhibition will take place on April 16, 2014, Minister Rashidov confirmed. Central to the event will be the display of a bronze head of the Thracian ruler Sevt 3 as well as unique finds from his tomb.]]> 26 Feb 2013 22:26:28 Thracian gold will be displaied at the Louvre information by BNR, February 26, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130226/thracian_gold.html Sofia hosts unique ICE Fest http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130201/sofia_ice_fest.html The first ice sculpture festival in Bulgaria will take place in Sofia – in front of the VIVACOM Art Hall. Sofia ICE Fest starts on January 31, the organizers announced.Sculptures and ice figures of crystal clear ice will be exhibited for a week in the centre of the capital city.The Ice Festival figures are made by the sculptures Ruslan Korovkov and Irina Taflevskaya. A special ice bar, made entirely of huge ice blocks will welcome the visitors of the fest. One can enjoy the drinks served in ice glasses sitting on crystal ice sofas and bar stools.The festival program features special workshops, games and presentations for the children. DJ parties are scheduled for every day of the festival. They will start at 7pm.]]> 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 Sofia hosts unique ICE Fest information by tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130201/sofia_ice_fest.html Burgas, Varna and Sofia are among the Top 100 city destinations http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130127/top_city_destination.html Euromonitor International released its latest Top City Destinations Ranking for 2011, covering 100 of the world's leading and most dynamic cities in terms of international tourist arrivals.Hong Kong topped the ranking with more than 20 million arrivals in 2011, a nine percent increase over 2010. Hong Kong remains largely dependent on arrivals from China, but new themed events organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board helped draw in visitors from Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.Singapore and London kept their 2010 positions as number two and three on the list, recording nearly 20 million arrivals and 15 million arrivals, respectively. Singapore's growth was driven primarily by large events like the Great Singapore Sales, Formula One Grand Prix and TravelRave, while London benefited from a wide mix of entertainment options and its position as Europe's best connected city.Three Bulgarian cities are among the Top 100 City Destinations – Bourgas, Varna and Sofia. Bourgas has been ranked 74th with an increase of 7.7%. Varna is ranked 79th, and Sofia is making it to the 96th spot.2011 international tourist arrivals in Bourgas are estimated at 1.860 million people, in Varna – at 1.814 million, and in Sofia – 1.468 million.]]> 27 Jan 2013 12:00:00 Burgas, Varna and Sofia are among the Top 100 city destinations tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20130127/top_city_destination.html Bulgaria is announced top Virgin money family destination 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130114/virgin_money_family_destination.html Virgin Money recommended Bulgaria as a destination for family travel for 2013.Bulgaria is recommended for its low costs yet high quality experiences, in particular for the tour of the Rhodope Mountains.The report mentions the country’s popular skiing resorts, which attract thousands of tourists from all over Europe and the world, with world-class amenities and services, at a fraction of the cost. But there’s much more to recommend Bulgaria as a year-round destination.With the Vitosha mountain right at its doors, the capital, Sofia (София), claims to be the ideal destination for families looking for a good place to ski in the winter, or for those who enjoy hiking expeditions in the summer. The capital is a strange mix of European and Communist-style architecture, but it is charming, nevertheless, and fortunately has managed to preserve many medieval treasures, and some of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in this part of the world. One of these churches, Hagia Sophia (named so because during the Ottoman rule it was used as a mosque), gave its name to the city in the 14th century. For a breathtaking religious art experience, see the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.And then, there’s Varna (Варна) – for families who’d rather enjoy a day at the beach. Here you can take a leisurely stroll in the Sea Garden, or visit the local archaeological museum, to discover some of Bulgaria’s precious treasures. 18 km westwards from Varna you’ll discover a curious natural phenomena, called the Stone Forest, by the locals, or the “petrified forest.” Whatever you choose to call it, they are close to Bulgaria’s premier seaside resort, and a must if you are in the area.]]> 14 Jan 2013 22:42:46 Bulgaria is announced top Virgin money family destination 2013 information by argophilia.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20130114/virgin_money_family_destination.html Bulgaria's Largest Kukeri Festival Started in Pernik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20130114/surva_pernik.html The mummers games in Pernik started yesterday. The festival in the miner's town were opened by the mayor of Pernik Rositsa Yanakieva. Representatives from the National committee of UNESCO for Bulgaria will attend the event. They will observe the custom. The final decision is expected to be taken during the spring. A special commission in Paris will take the final decision. The Surva Festival, which first took place in 1966 as a cultural event based on Bulgaria's folklore traditions, is the largest carnival event in Bulgaria and the Balkans. ]]> 14 Jan 2013 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Largest Kukeri Festival Started in Pernik VisitBulgaria.NET, Jan 14, 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20130114/surva_pernik.html Chepelare constructs a mountain bike park at Mechi Chal http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20121127/mountain_bike_chepelare.html Chepelare constructs a mountain bike park close to ski centre Mechi chal. The project will be supported by government fund “Agriculture”. The government will provide 387 352 BGN financial support. The project was presented in the program for the development of the rural regions 2007-2013. The new sport infrastructure will attract more tourists during the summer season. Chepelare aims to become a year round tourism destination by diversifying the sport and relaxation attractions in the region.]]> 27 Nov 2012 12:00:00 Chepelare constructs a mountain bike park at Mechi Chal ski centre VisitBulgaria.NET, Nov 27, 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20121127/mountain_bike_chepelare.html Ancient Thracian gold treasure discovered in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/razgrad/news/20121109/thracian_gold_treasure.html Bulgarian archaeologists unearthed ancient golden artefacts, including bracelets with snake heads, a tiara with animal motifs and a horse head piece during excavation works at a Thracian tomb in northern Bulgaria.The golden artefacts are dated back to the end of the fourth or the beginning of the third century BC and were found in the biggest of 150 ancient tombs of a Thracian tribe, the Getae, that was in contact with the Hellenistic world.The findings also included a golden ring, 44 applications of female figures as well as 100 golden buttons.“These are amazing findings from the apogee of the rule of the Getae,” said Diana Gergova, head of the archaeologist team at the site of the ancient Getic burial complex situated near the village of Sveshtari, some 400 km northeast from Sofia.The Thracians lived in what is now Bulgaria, and parts of modern Greece, Romania, Macedonia, and Turkey between 4,000 B.C. and the 7th century A.D., when they were assimilated by the invading Slavs.]]> 09 Nov 2012 12:00:00 Ancient Thracian gold treasure discovered in Bulgaria information by Reuters http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/razgrad/news/20121109/thracian_gold_treasure.html The oldest prehistoric town in Europe found in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20121101/the_oldest_town_in_europe.html Bulgarian team of archaeologists unearthed the settlement near the town of Provadia which dates back to 4700 B.C. Archaeologists assume that the village was well known for its production of salt.The remains of the town consist of parts of two-storey houses, a number of pits used for rituals, as well as remains of gates.Another interesting fact, related to the excavations, is the golden treasure of Varna that had been discovered nearly 40 years ago and is considered the oldest golden treasure in the world.Researchers and archaeologists say that the prehistoric settlement is extremely interesting, because of the huge stone walls, built around the town, which is something unseen in the excavations of prehistoric site in Southeast Europe.]]> 01 Nov 2012 12:00:00 The oldest prehistoric town in Europe found near Varna, Bulgaria. Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20121101/the_oldest_town_in_europe.html Unique adornment dating back to the 2nd century at the museum in Veliko Tаrnovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20121015/unique_adornment_in_veliko_tarnovo_museum.html A unique adornment was added to the collection of the regional museum of history in Veliko Tarnovo, dating back to the 2nd century. The adornment is a tiger eye gemstone with the image of the Roman deity Genius.The precious jewellery was found during the studies carried out by Prof. Pavlina Vladkova in the ancient city Nicopolis ad Istrum. The project was financed by the Ministry of Culture.During the excavations were also found rare objects like different clay pots and lamps, as well as other bronze tools.]]> 15 Oct 2012 12:00:00 Unique adornment dating back to the 2nd century at the museum in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20121015/unique_adornment_in_veliko_tarnovo_museum.html Exhibition in the Naval museum in Varna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20121011/exhibition_in_the_naval_museum_in_varna.html The Naval museum in Varna commemorates 100 years since the Balkan war with a special exhibition of the renown Bulgarian painter Vladimir Dimitrov - Maistora.The paintings, depicting moments of the Balkan war, are less famous than his other works of art, but acknowledged all over the world. Most of these works are exposed at galleries in the United States and in Russia.Vladimir Dimitrov – Maistora participated as a military painter in the Balkan wars and also in the First World War. Everyone enjoying art can visit the exhibition until the end of November.]]> 11 Oct 2012 12:00:00 Exhibition in the Naval museum in Varna, Bulgaria Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20121011/exhibition_in_the_naval_museum_in_varna.html Unique excavations near the resort Sinemorets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sinemorets/news/20121001/excavations_near_sinemorets.html The excavations of the Thracian palace near the seaside resort Sinemorets were rewarded with success. The archaeologists found a remarkable silver treasure which is believed to be part of the possessions of a Thracian ruler.Some of the coins were depicted with the images of Lysimachos, Seleucus and Nikomedes, but what provokes great interest is a coin of Mostis, for there are only 3 coins of the kind, found in the whole world.According to the words of the director of the excavations, Daniela Agre, this treasure was most probably hidden in a moment of danger and the pot with the coins was sealed with lead.The research is being financed by the project “Via Pontica” by the Council of Ministers. So far, were also found many amphoras on the first floor of the tower.]]> 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 Unique excavations near the resort Sinemorets, Bulgaria Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sinemorets/news/20121001/excavations_near_sinemorets.html New location for the National History Museum under the project “Bulgarian Louvre” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120928/national_history_museum_in_tzum.html The idea for the National History Museum to be moved from Boyana residence into the Central Department Store (Tzum) is about to be realized. The offer came from the director of the museum, Bozhidar Dimitrov, 3 years ago. According to his words, the National History Museum is one of the most visited in Sofia and will attract much more tourists if its location is in the central part of the capital. Until now, the museum has been visited in Boyana residence, but its distance from the center and the lack of direct transport, make it difficult to visit.The new location of the National History Museum is part of the project “Bulgarian Louvre”. The opening ceremony of the project was held by the Minister of Culture Vezdhi Rashidov. It is expected that three more museums will be opened in this historical part of the city. The realization of the project will take 10 months and the investments exceed 27 million leva.]]> 28 Sep 2012 12:00:00 New location for the National History Museum under the project Bulgarian Louvre in Sofia, Bulgaria Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120928/national_history_museum_in_tzum.html One of the oldest temples of the Sun found in Ohoden village, Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20120924/temple_of_the_sun_in_ohoden_village.html A remarkable archaeological discovery was made in the northwestern part of Bulgaria. One of the oldest temples of the Sun was found in the village Ohoden, close to Vratsa town. The studies carried out by archaeologist Georgi Ganetsovski reveal that the temple is 3000 years older than Stonehenge prehistoric monument. The sanctuary was used to determine the position of the Sun which makes it one of the earliest observatories. The inhabitants of the ancient village used the temple to calculate the best time for harvest. In a close proximity to the monument had been discovered the skeletons of a man and a woman dated to around 8000 years ago. The site gained international interest and the archaeological team was introduced to a forum in Romania where specialists from all over the world could meet and share experience.]]> 24 Sep 2012 12:00:00 One of the oldest temples of the Sun found in Ohoden village, Bulgaria Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20120924/temple_of_the_sun_in_ohoden_village.html Archaeological treasures displayed at Serdica II subway station http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120918/exhibition_in_serdica_subway.html After the opening of the second Serdica subway line on 31st of August, citizens as well as tourists have the great opportunity to enjoy an unusual exhibition of ancient pottery and other excavations in Serdica subway station in Sofia.New excavations, have been made outside the metro station, in the top center of the Bulgarian capital. They reveal the remains of ancient fortress walls, towers and ancient streets.Many of the discovered artefacts are displayed behind glass walls in the subway station. The exposition of ancient statues, fragments and illustrations aims to attract visitors and tell the ancient history of Sofia in a brief and interesting way.]]> 18 Sep 2012 12:00:00 Archaeological treasures displayed at Serdica II subway station in Sofia, Bulgaria Avgustina Asenova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120918/exhibition_in_serdica_subway.html 100 years since the the first Bulgarian flight over the country http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120825/lesnovo_air_show.html Lesnovo hosts unique International Air Show this weekend.The event is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first Bulgarian flight over the country.This is the first international aerobatics contest in Bulgaria, gathering pilots from the U.K., Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria.]]> 25 Aug 2012 23:17:22 Lesnovo Air Show marks 100 years since the the first Bulgarian flight over the country Kamelia Krumova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120825/lesnovo_air_show.html Vazduharia in Sopot http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sopot/news/20120819/vazduharia.html The second edition of the festival for freestyle flight will be held in Sopot this September. “Vazduharia” will entertain guests of the resort in four days from September 3d. A carnival procession with para gliders, acrobatic demonstrations and even more surprises. Guests are encouraged to attend the event in a carnival costumes with -15 % discount of the price for a tandem flight. Special surprises will be also available for the best costumes. Famous musicians and DJ-s will entertain guests of the event. The music program will be announced later.]]> 19 Aug 2012 12:00:00 Vazduharia festival in Sopot. Paragliding festival in Sopot, Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sopot/news/20120819/vazduharia.html The night of Museums - Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20120814/night_museums.html The eighth edition of “The night of museum and galleries in Plovdiv” will be held on Friday 21th September 2012. The program is divided in three parts “Museum and galleries”, “Culture and club” and city and urban environment. Over 50 galleries, art sites, clubs, bookstores, theatre halls, history and archeology monuments will transform the city into a huge scene. This year 23 private and regional museums will present special exhibitions. 18 projects of culture institutes, bookstores, informal art sites and clubs will participate in the project. The platform “City and urban environment” will present the culmination of the festival “Rituals of the common” with 10 international projects around the city. ]]> 14 Aug 2012 01:18:37 Plovdiv will host the night of museums art fest in September http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20120814/night_museums.html Special sign for the crafts in Veliko Tarnovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20120809/veliko_tarnovo_trade_mark.html The authorities in Veliko Tarnovo will reserve a special mark, which will be a trade mark for all ateliers offering hand crafts. In addition, the municipality plans to develop a more effective information campaign for all culture events in Veliko Tarnovo. The municipal tourism agency “Tsarevgrad Tarnov” and students offer a free two hour walking tour in Tarnovo. ]]> 09 Aug 2012 11:52:59 Trade mark for all hand crafts in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20120809/veliko_tarnovo_trade_mark.html Touched by antiquity festival in Kazanlak http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120805/touched_by_antiquity_festival_in_kazanlak.html The stories fir the Thracian warier and priests, mythical creatures and heroes will become alive during the Festival in the Valley of the Thracian KingsCraftsmen from the region will present ancient and contemporary techniques during the fair of the Thracian crafts. The Thracian legends will be presented through the attractive spectacle “The new Thracian”. Legends and natural elements will become alive through ancient rituals, music, dance and fire. Photographers will present their art interpretation of the nature and culture resources of Kazanlak. Horseback riding, archery and traditional rituals will be demonstrated by boys and girls from “Bagatur”. The event will be held in park Rosarium. Guests of the event will be able to see an open air exhibition of young talented painters. The festival will be accompanied by an open air rock, metal, jazz and pop concert. The youngest guests of the event will be entertain with an attractive children animation. The festival will be held with the support of operation program “Regional development”. Its second edition is planed for the beginning of the summer season in 2013. ]]> 05 Aug 2012 16:47:58 Touched by antiquity - Thracian festival in Kazanlak city in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120805/touched_by_antiquity_festival_in_kazanlak.html Bulgaria is the biggest producer of lavender oil in the World http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120716/lavender_bulgaria.html Bulgaria is N 1 in the world in the production of lavender oil. In 2011 Bulgaria produced between 45-50 tons of lavender oil. The former leader in the production of lavender oil - France produces only 25-30 tons a year. The two countries produce 75% of the world production of lavender oil, France press informed. Some 80-90% of the lavender oil production in Bulgaria is exported for France. The biggest number of lavender fields in Bulgaria are in the region of the town of Kazanluk. A kilogram of lavender oil sells at 90-100 euro. ]]> 16 Jul 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria is the biggest producer of lavender oil in the World information by Standart daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120716/lavender_bulgaria.html Plovdiv launches free guided tours in English http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20120711/plovdiv_tours.html Free guided tours in English will be offered to all guests of Plovdiv. The initiative Free Plovdiv Tour will start on Friday in front of the tourists centre in the central part of the town. The tours are completely free. The tours will be offered all year round from 6.00 PM and will take around two hours. The route starts from the central post station and passes through the Odeon along the way to the Old town. The free Plovdiv Tours is a project of a non profit organization, which also offers free guided tours in Sofia and Varna. The organizations aims to develop a positive outlook of Bulgaria as a tourist destination. The initiative is also supporting the candidature of Plovdiv for European capital of culture in 2019. over 15 000 guests from over 105 countries attended the tours from its first launch in Sofia and Varma. Volunteers from Veliko Tarnovo also plan to launch similar tours, inspired by the idea. ]]> 11 Jul 2012 00:29:32 Plovdiv launches free guided tours in English. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20120711/plovdiv_tours.html Bulgaria Eases Visa Rules for Loyal Tourists from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120705/tourism_bulgaria.html The citizens of Russia, Ukraine and Moldova who visited Bulgaria in 2011 will now receive visas easier. As of July 1, Bulgaria's consular offices in the aforementioned countries will issue annual multiple entry visas to all citizens who made a holiday or business trip to Bulgaria in 2011.The candidates have to bring a photocopy of their 2011 visa.As of January 2012, Russian holders of Schengen visas have been able to visit and stay in Bulgaria without Bulgarian visas.]]> 05 Jul 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria Eases Visa Rules for Loyal Tourists from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120705/tourism_bulgaria.html An antique festival will attract tourists at Nicopolis ad Nestum http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kovatchevitsa/news/20120608/nicopolis.html An antique festival will attract tourists at Nicopolis ad Nestum and Garmen municipality as a tourist destination. This project will advertise Garmen as a travel destination. The close proximity to Ognynanovo spa resort, the Thracian sanctuary in Dolno Dryanovo, Kovachevitsa and Leshten, the site will be transformed into a modern tourism destination with various attractions. The project plans the contraction of an attractive illumination, alley network, parking, benches and additional attractions. ]]> 08 Jun 2012 12:00:00 An antique festival will attract tourists at Nicopolis ad Nestum, Garmen http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kovatchevitsa/news/20120608/nicopolis.html Nely Slavova is the new Queen Rose in Kazanlak http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120603/queen_rose.html The new Queen Rose was chosen and crowned late last night in Kazanlak. The crowning ceremony was held on Sevtopolos square. The mayor of Kazanlak – Galina Stoyanova handed her a roll with breves for her mission. She will be a good will ambassador of goodness, beauty and the popularization of Kazanlak – a town rich in traditions and culture. ]]> 03 Jun 2012 12:00:00 Nely Slavova is the new Queen Rose in Kazanlak town in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120603/queen_rose.html Internatinal rafting competition in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kresna/news/20120521/rafting.html The Struma river in Bulgaria will host an international rafting competition this weekend. The organizers from AdventureNet and the Bulgarian Rafting Federation invite all rafting fans to attend the event on 26-27 may 2012The competition  will be according to IRF rules, the teams which provide  boats Robfin 420    will not pay participation free.Adventure camp will be provided for all guests and participants.]]> 21 May 2012 12:00:00 Internatinal Rafting competition in Bulgaria on the Struma river VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kresna/news/20120521/rafting.html Bulgaria Moves to Focus on Alternative Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120511/bulgaria_focuses_on_alternative_tourism.html Bulgaria is focusing on developing alternative forms of tourism, the country's Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delyan Dobrev has stated.On Monday, Dobrev commented on an announcement made by the country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov that the Tourism Unit of the Ministry is to be shifted to Bulgaria's second largest city of Plovdiv."We reckon that a high priority should be set on alternative forms of tourism and specialized tourism," Dobrev stated, explaining that Plovdiv is the "heart of Bulgaria's alternative tourism."Dobrev reminded that cultural, historical, agricultural, religious, wine and Spa tourist destinations are all situated near Plovdiv.However, Dobrev pointed out that his Ministry will not abandon the development of mass tourism.]]> 11 May 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria Moves to Focus on Alternative Tourism novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120511/bulgaria_focuses_on_alternative_tourism.html The number of tourists in Bulgaria will increase http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120502/the_number_of_tourists_in_bulgaria_will_increase.html The number of tourists that will visit Bulgaria in summer 2012 will increase 8%, announced Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delyan Dobrev. Dobrev and Deputy Minister of Tourism Ivo Marinov visited the International tourism fair Cultural Tourism in Veliko Turnovo from 19 – 21 April 2012. More than 15 countries presented their opportunities for tourism. Russian tourists in Bulgaria this year will increase 20 % due to the fact that Russians with Schengen visas can enter Bulgaria free, Dobrev said. The tourism industry in Bulgaria is 15 % of the GDP and it continues to develop in spite of the crisis.]]> 02 May 2012 12:00:00 The number of tourists in Bulgaria will increase this year VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120502/the_number_of_tourists_in_bulgaria_will_increase.html Bulgaria enters in top 50 tours of National Geographic Traveler http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120425/bulgaria_in_top_50_tours_of_national_geographic.html National Geographic Traveler includes a Bulgarian tour in its top 50 tours of a lifetime for 2012.The selection process was competitive and our editorial team worked long and hard to find 2012’s most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours, the magazine stated.The tour is entitled "Cultural Splendors of Bulgaria: Art, Wine and Traditions." It offers 12 days in the cultural heritage of Bulgaria - from the period of Thracians and the legends for Orpheus to the present days.]]> 25 Apr 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria enters in top 50 tours of National Geographic Traveler tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120425/bulgaria_in_top_50_tours_of_national_geographic.html Tourism international exposition in Veliko Tarnovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20120419/tourism_expo_in_veliko_tarnovo.html Fifty Bulgarian municipalities and representatives of 21 countries on 4 continents take part in the 9th edition of the Cultural Tourism international exposition.The event takes place in Veliko Tarnovo, Northern Bulgaria and will be on until April 21. For the first time taking part are also Tarnovo’s twin cities from Greece, France, China, Russia, Romania, Malta and Serbia. The fair presents new destinations for cultural tourism in this country and abroad. During the days of the exposition a round table is envisaged under the title “The City is a Stage – good practices for promoting cultural heritage”. The experience of France would be presented in the sphere of tourist animation in the old French town of Bayonne.]]> 19 Apr 2012 12:00:00 Record high attendance at Cultural Tourism international exposition in Veliko Tarnovo bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20120419/tourism_expo_in_veliko_tarnovo.html Rhodopes in Top 10 of European National Geographic Traveler destinations http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120405/rhodopes_in_top_10.html The Rhodope mountain range features on the Top 10 of the 2011 National Geographic Traveler chart Best Tours in Europe. In the chart the mountain known as the birthplace of mythical singer Orpheus, has been singled out as one of the most luring adventure targets along with the Alps and the Caucasus. %LIMG1“Carved by deep river gorges and riddled with vast networks of caves, southern Bulgaria’s Rhodopes mountain range is a wonderland for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and spelunking. Do it all on this multi-sport family adventure, including a trek into the forested Chairite Reserve, where you’ll set up camp for the night and sleep under the stars”, the review reads. It invites adventurers to come and know one of Europe’s most picturesque nooks. The Bulgarian section of the mountain that stretches across the border and into Greee, has been recommended as a place that is good for both adventure and family trips. %LIMG2 %RIMG3]]> 05 Apr 2012 12:00:00 Rhodopes in Top 10 of European National Geographic Traveler destinations information by bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120405/rhodopes_in_top_10.html Easter golf holiday for children in Pravets Golf Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20120403/golf_holiday_for_children.html Pravets Golf Club will organize Easter golf holiday for children to teach the basics of golf in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.Children will get the opportunity to test their skills with different games and exercises. Classes start Monday 09th April 10.00 am/ 4 day course. The price is 20 BGN (10 Euro) per day and 72 BGN (36 Euro) per 4 days, equipment included.Pravets Golf Club offers a lot of options for entertainment like a golf school, bike rental, swimming and tennis classes.Adults can enjoy a great time in the hotel's gourmet restaurant and piano bar. The hotel also offers aqua aerobics tae bo and latin dances for those who are keen in sport activities.]]> 03 Apr 2012 12:00:00 Easter golf holiday for children in Pravets Golf Club VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20120403/golf_holiday_for_children.html Bulgaria received award on tourism fair in Ukraine http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120402/bulgaria_on_tourism_fair_in_ukraine.html Bulgaria received a special award for long-standing participation in the biggest Ukrainian tourism exhibition UITT 2012. The tourism fair took place from March 28 till March 30.Bulgaria was presented at over 30 tourism companies and the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism. During the MICE Ukraine 2012 meeting Bulgaria demonstrated its big opportunities for business and congress tourism development.Over 700 exhibitors from 50 countries participated in UITT 2012.]]> 02 Apr 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria received award on tourism fair in Ukraine tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120402/bulgaria_on_tourism_fair_in_ukraine.html Hunting Tourism Brought to Bulgaria almost 1,5 Million Euro http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120402/hunting_tourism_brought_to_bulgaria_3_million_leva.html Hunting tourism brought to Bulgaria nearly three million leva (1,5 million euro) in 2011. It presents 30 percent increase compared to the figure from 2010. The data was announced by the Executive Forest Agency.Over 4000 foreign hunters visited Bulgaria last year. Red deers are among the most expensive trophies, the price for one reaches over 50 000 euro. 13 of the fired deers took golden medals and 18 silver medals.Mouflons are also among the most preferred species. In 2011 were shoot 19 trophy mouflons, seven of them took golden medals.]]> 02 Apr 2012 12:00:00 Hunting tourism brought to Bulgaria nearly three million leva (1, 5 million euro) tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120402/hunting_tourism_brought_to_bulgaria_3_million_leva.html A new destination advertises the culture sites along the Danube river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120402/trans_border_tourism.html Following the traces of Amazons, legendary heroes and GodsA new tourism destination for culture tourism Istar-Pontica (Danube – the Black sea) will popularize culture sites along the Danube river. The region offers a unique combination of culture layers with interesting and attractive sites. This is a mystical combination of the eternal river in the enigmatic sea, keeping the legends of the Noa's ark, for the fairy amazons, mermaids and wood-nymphs, legendary heroes and Gods. The destination includes six regions on the birder between Bulgaria and Romania – Dobrich, Silistra, Rousse and Constantsa, Calarasi and Gurgevo in Romania. The tourism sites included in the new trans border destination are various – museums, galleries, aquariums, sea tokens, architecture chefs d'oeuvre, monasteries, Nature reserves, 199 culture sites, representing the common features of the region. Findings from the mound nearby the Shabla village Dourankulak and Varna Necropolis talk about a thriving European civilization from 5th century B.C.A luxurious map of 200 culture sites in the region was developed during the working project. The Rocky monasteries and churches are of great interest for tourists. The cross border region offers over 100 churches and over 200 remains from religious temples. The destination offers an unique collections of authentic old icons, part of museum collections in Constantsa, Rousse, Dobrich, Calarasi, Silistra, Toutrakan and Balchik. Some of the icons are believed to posses a miraculous power. Some of the Christian churches in the region are also beloved to offer miraculous relics. The region is also characterized with a huge ethnographic diversity. The historians remind, that this part of the river has been the entrance door for the Great migration of the people with constant invasions. With a special care for the nature, the project also includes “Our Green Zone” section, applied to the map. The section reminds of the unique natural sites along the delta of the Danube river, the Dourankulak lagoon and the migration corridor Via Pontica, extremely interesting for ornithologists. ]]> 02 Apr 2012 12:00:00 A new destination advertises the culture sites along the Danube river in Bulgaria and Romania VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120402/trans_border_tourism.html Ivanovo Rock Churches and Cherven Fortress open for tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120328/ivanovo_churches_and_cherven_fortress.html From March 31 Ivanovo Rock Churches and ]]> 28 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Ivanovo Rock Churches and Cherven Fortress open for tourists tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120328/ivanovo_churches_and_cherven_fortress.html Bulgaria is the Cheapest Holiday Destination for Russians http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120328/bulgaria_is_the_cheapest_holiday_destination_for_russians.html Bulgaria and Greece are the cheapest summer holiday options for Russians, said Tuesday Alexander Tugolukov, Executive Director of the Biblio Globus company.In a statement at the international tourism exhibition MITT 2012 held in Moscow he explained that German tour operators had given up on Greece in 2012.He specified that German travel agencies accounted for 40% of the tourism revenues of Greece, as well as for some 1 million tourists per year.Tugolukov argued that this made Greeks offer bargain prices to Russian nationals in a bid to compete with Turkey and Spain.The expert said that Bulgaria's advantages were the traditionally low hotel costs per night and the reduced prices of plane tickets.]]> 28 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria and Greece are the cheapest summer holiday options for Russians Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120328/bulgaria_is_the_cheapest_holiday_destination_for_russians.html Insurance services in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120326/insurance_bulgaria.html INSURANCE BULGARIA is our new partner and they can offer you full cooperation for all kind of insurances. You can now easily make the insurance for your travel or holiday online, direct from your computer. A professional team will give you all the needed information; they will advice you and assist you in the period of the insurance.INSURANCE BULGARIA can also help you for the following insurance types:• Property insurance;• Motor vehicle insurance;• Life insurance;• Accident insurance;For more information please contact our insurance expert Galya Zlatanova.]]> 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Insurance services in Bulgaria. Holiday insurance online. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120326/insurance_bulgaria.html Danube bridge 2 is almost ready http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20120326/danube_bridge_ready.html The construction works on the Danube bridge 2, connecting Vidin and Calafat are almost ready. The top construction of the bridge is almost connected. The last pillar was recently placed and the equipment has reached its marginal height. Protection elements are now being installed around the pillar to prevent from eventual incidents. The road and the junction to the railway overhead road are also being constructed. The construction works will be personally inspected bu the prime minister of Bulgaria – Mr. Boyko Borisov. ]]> 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Danube bridge 2, conncting Vidin and Calafat is almost ready. VisitBulgaria.NET, 26.03.2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20120326/danube_bridge_ready.html Official opening of the tourist season in Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20120323/vidin_tourist_season.html Vidin marks the official opening of the tourist season in the regionVidin municipality in cooperation with the association of hoteliers and restauranteurs marks the official opening of the tourist season in the Danube region. The event will be held under the slogan “Vida, Kula and Gamza – a contemporary legend without boundaries” and is organized with the cooperation of the guide association in Bulgaria. Different activities like visits to history sites, concerts and forums will be held in Vidin and Zaichar.Official guests form the tourism business and the ministry of economy will be welcomed in front of the art gallery. Guests and residents of Vidin will be able to visit Baba Vida fortress and the mosque Osman Pazavantoglu. ]]> 23 Mar 2012 15:17:12 Vidin marks the official opening of the tourist season in the Danube region. Vidin city on the Danube river in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20120323/vidin_tourist_season.html Bulgaria participates in the biggest tourism fair in Russia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120323/bulgaria_promotes_alternative_tourism_in_mitt.html Bulgaria participates in the biggest tourism exhibition in Russia - MITT. This year is the 19th edition of the fair. It is taking place from March 21 to 24 in Moscow.Bulgaria has a 552 sq m stand with over 40 tourism representatives - tour operators, municipalities, hotels and organizations. Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism organizes Bulgarian participation.The companies will offer various opportunities for vacation and relaxation - alternative spots for extreme tourists, offers for seaside holidays, cultural trips and spa vacations and procedures. Among the highlights are the possibilities of Bulgaria as a dynamic destination for quality tourism product at reasonable prices.All visitors of the Bulgarian stand will have the choice to see painter Pavel Mitkov who will demonstrate specific techniques for painting on three sculptures - eggs in the colours of the Bulgarian flag (white, green, red). The painter will represent the town of Nessebar with its churches on one of the eggs.The third conference for medical tourism will take place during the fair. Bulgaria will present its huge potential in the healing tourism.Russia is among the most important tourism markets for Bulgaria. In 2011 more than 455 000 Russians visited Bulgaria, which represents 20.3 percent increase in comparison to 2010.]]> 23 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria promotes alternative tourism in MITT tourism exhibition in Moscow in Russia tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120323/bulgaria_promotes_alternative_tourism_in_mitt.html Bulgaria Got 450 000 Russians in 2011, Expects 20% More in 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120321/bulgaria_got_450_000_russians.html Bulgaria is going to open a tourism representation office in the Russian capital Moscow, Deputy Economy Minister in charge of tourism Ivo Marinov has announced.Marinov spoke at the annual tourism expo Intourmarket in Moscow, as cited by Interfax and BTA. In his words, the Bulgarian tourism office in the Russian capital will be launched in a few months.He said that over 455 000 Russian citizens visited Bulgaria in 2011, which is an increase of more than 20% year-on-year.The number of visas that Bulgaria issued to Russians in 2011 grew by 35% compared with 2010, and by 100% compared with 2009, Marinov explainedAt the same time, he noted that the Bulgarian government expects a new 20% year-on-year increase in the number of visiting Russians in 2012."Bulgaria's recent adoption of the Schengen visas is an additional incentive for attracting Russian tourists," the Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister added.He also said a new agreement between the aviation authorities of Bulgaria and Russia is now going to allow each country to conduct 28 flights to the other per week, and has abolished the need to coordinate charter flights with approved airline companies.Interfax points out that Bulgaria's main foreign tourist source countries are Russia, the UK, Germany, and Romania.]]> 21 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria Got 450 000 Russians in 2011, Expects 20% More in 2012 novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120321/bulgaria_got_450_000_russians.html Bulgaria is presented at INTOURMARKET in Moscow http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120319/intourmarket_moscow.html Bulgaria is presented at an international tourism exhibition INTOURMARKET in Moscow. The event is held form 17- 20th March 2012 in the exhibition complex Krokus expo centre. The ministry of economy, energetics and tourism presents Bulgaria for a 7th year in a row at the event. The leading slogan of the Bulgarian presentation this year is “Bulgaria-known and unknown”.The presentation program plans a dance show, performed by folklore ensemble “Bulgare”. Spa procedures with products from Bulgarian rose will be also demonstrated. ]]> 19 Mar 2012 11:48:26 Bulgaria at INTOURMARKET in Moscow. Travel and tourism advertisement campaigns of Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120319/intourmarket_moscow.html Vinaria 2012 starts in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20120315/vinaria_2012.html The jubilee 20th edition of the international exhibition “Vinaria” starts in Plovdiv. 40 wine producers from Bulgaria and 200 companies from abroad will participate in the event. The exhibition will take place from 15th - 18th march in Plovdiv. For the first time this year a blitz course “The magic of wine tasting” and a sommelier competition will be held during the event. This was announced by the press centre of the Fair. ]]> 15 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Vinaria 2012 starts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. International wine fair in Plovdiv, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20120315/vinaria_2012.html Bulgaria at the Berlin International tourism fair http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120312/bulgaria_at_the_itb_berlin_in_germany.html Bulgaria's summer resorts have found their place in the hearts of German tourists and will not be easily ousted, latest data shows.Pre-bookings for Bulgaria from the German market mark a 14% increase under the program of one of the four major tour operators - TUI, representatives of the company announced on Wednesday (07 March 2012) at the opening of ITB Berlin, the world's largest tourism fair.Bulgaria enjoys good prospects for profitable summer season not only thanks to its attractive resorts and price-quality ratio, but also due to a tangible outflow of tourists from Greece and Egypt, the German experts pointed out.Data shows that Germans, primarily students, who have come to Bulgaria for their proms, account for 70-80% of the tourists in resorts such as Sunny Beach.The prices as low as EUR 300 per week for an all inclusive package play an important part in their decision where to spend their money and enjoy the summer sun and the sea.Germany has traditionally been the primary market for visitors to Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. About half a million Germans come here every year and they are the only one that can fill up hotel vacancies from May till October. German visitors are the largest single country represented within the figure of EU visitors, followed by the UK and Greece.]]> 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria at the Berlin International tourist expo. German tourists in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120312/bulgaria_at_the_itb_berlin_in_germany.html Bulgaria's Spa Sector to Flourish Again due to Russians and Turks http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120312/spa_sector_in_bulgaria_to_flourish_again.html Bulgaria's spa industry saw positive signs of recovery in 2011 even though a far cry from the boom years during the previous decade, figures show.The number of tourists, who visited balneo-spa hotels in Bulgaria to enjoy the balmy effects of the procedures on offer, increased by 8% last year, according to data of the country's balneo and spa tourism association.Industry officials expect balneo and spa tourism revenues to continue to increase in 2012 due to the recognition of Schengen visas for Russian and Turkish tourists.The first modern balneo-spa hotels in Bulgaria were built in the towns of Devin and Velingrad.Shortly before Bulgaria's accession to the European Union this type of hotels began to mushroom across the country together with the creation of SPA centers in hotels, the most attractive of which are those along the Black Sea coast.The foundation on which this booming industry thrives is a wealth of springs of healing mineral waters.It is namely the wide use of mineral waters that makes the Bulgarian variation of the spa culture unique as compared to the Russian bath, the Turkish bath, the Scandinavian sauna or the Asian massage centers.The effects are beneficial not only for the man who suffers from a particular illness but also for those who is considered healthy but wants to shed the side effects of a stressful and hectic life.Local experts have however recently struck a much more down-to-earth note by pointing out to the lack of strategy for the future of balneo-spa tourism, legislation and norms in staff recruiting and training.]]> 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Spa Sector in Bulgaria to Flourish Again due to Russians and Turks. Balneo and spa tourism in Bulgaria novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120312/spa_sector_in_bulgaria_to_flourish_again.html Varna Airport opened after rehabilitation http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20120308/varna_airport_bulgaria.html Varna Airport opened a rehabilitated runway on March 4. The transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski and representatives of the concessionaire Fraport Twin Star Airport Management participated in the official opening.“The concession of the Burgas and Varna airports is a good example of public-private partnership” Moskovski said at the ceremony. “We managed to attract EU financing for the railroad infrastructure but when it comes to airports and ports concession is the best approach” he added.Varna airport resumed serving passengers and flights after it was closed in October 2011 for rehabilitation of its runway. Since the fall of 2011 concessionaire Fraport Twin Star Airport Management has invested 40 million leva (20 million euro) to improve the runway. During the construction, had been used about 150 000 tons asphalt, side lanes of the track was carried out, a new drainage system was built and of the photometric system of the runway at the airport was completely replaced.Especially for the realization of the project near the airport were built new, modern production plants for polymer modified asphalt with a capacity of 240 tons per hour.The project was completed in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Directorate General "Civil Aviation Administration," BULATSA, District Administration - Varna and the Directorate for national construction control.]]> 08 Mar 2012 12:12:17 Varna Airport opened after rehabilitation. Varna airport on the Black sea in Bulgaria information by tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20120308/varna_airport_bulgaria.html Tarpan days in the Eastern Rhodopes http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20120308/tarpan_days.html Eastern Rhodopes will host a unique fest - Days devoted to tarpans (wild horses) on 27, 28 and 29 April 2012 near the village of Sbor, Krumovgrad Municipality.The Tarpan days are organized by the Dutch-Bulgarian project New Thracian Gold (NTG). Tarpans live in the village since September 2011. They have been reintroduced in the Eastern Rhodopes with the support of NTG.Bulgarian and Dutch experts and young eco volunteers will explain to visitors the role of the trapans in nature. They will answer questions about this reintroduction, the daily and seasonal life of the horses and the future expectations of the project. While traveling in the region you can see also vultures in Madzharovo, deer in the hunting reserve Studen Kladenets, wild orchids flowering near Ivaylovgrad, Karakachan horses near the village of Pelevun, the organic model farm in Topolovo.12 tarpans were brought from the Netherlands in Spetember 2012. They were reintroduced in the area of Krumovgrad, Eastern Rhodopes. During their first year in Bulgaria they are in an enclosed area to become habituated to Eastern Rhodopean nature. In the autumn they are expected to be released.Tarpans have a reputation of being tough and easily adapted to the harsh conditions of semi-open landscapes. Towards humans tarpans expose their quiet, inquisitive and well-intentioned character. The total number of tarpans in the world at this moment is around 4000, almost half of them are in the Netherlands. Dutch Tarpans have been reintroduced in Latvia, England, France, Belgium and Germany and everywhere they became a tourist attraction.Bringing Tarpans to the Eastern Rhodopes is part of the wilderness restoration plans of the NTG project. Three herds of the rare Rhodope Shorthorn cattle and a herd of Karakachan horses are already raised in the region in a semi-natural way. Red deer is under reintroduction in the hunting reserve Studen Kladenets. Reintroduction of European bison is planned, as well.]]> 08 Mar 2012 12:00:00 Tarpan horse days in the Eastern Rhodopes near Kardjali in Bulgaria information by tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20120308/tarpan_days.html Ski Stars Raised 20,000 BGN for Ski Lessons for the Children of Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120227/ski_stars_charity.html Ski Stars Raised 20,000 BGN for ski lessons for the children of Bulgaria. Top ski stars raised 19,700 leva, supporting the children’s ski sport in Bulgaria. The event took place in the VIP pavilion at the Banderishka Polyana site in Bansko. Bulgaria’s President Rossen Plevneliev, bankers, businessmen and the world best ski racers Lindsey Vonn, Maria Riesch, Julia Mancuso, Lara Gut and Anja Parson attended the event. The skiers donated personal equipment for the charity raffle. Especially for the gala event Bulgarian sculptor Georgi Chapkanov – Chapa made a miniature of a ski racer featuring on the official poster of World Cup Bansko 2012. It was sold for 3,200 leva and was given as a present to the president of Bulgarian Ski Federation Tseko Miniev as the money was donated.]]> 27 Feb 2012 12:00:00 Ski Stars Raised 20,000 BGN for ski lessons for the children of Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120227/ski_stars_charity.html The Danube river top destination project http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120227/danube_river_destination.html Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia work over a top destination project for the Danube river region. The ministers in charge of tourism of the Danube countries signed a memorandum to launch a joint project aimed at developing tourism in the Danube area.The project launches the Roman Emperors' Road project, set to link the rich historic heritage of the area with contemporary opportunities for tourism."We have joined efforts to make the "Danube" a recognizable brand not only for mass tourism, but also for alternative venues such as cultural, historical, eco-, wine, gourmet, bike, and SPA tourism," said Bulgarian Minsiter of Economy, Energy and Tourism Traicho Traikov.The Danube countries will apply for EU funding for the development of the project. ]]> 27 Feb 2012 10:59:09 Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia cooperate to make Danube Top Destination VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120227/danube_river_destination.html Bulgaria Takes Part in Danish Tourism Fair http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120224/bulgaria_takes_part_in_danish_tourism_fair.html Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism has organized Bulgaria's participation at this year's "Ferie for Alle" (Vacation for Everyone) tourism fair in Herning, Denmark.The fair will take place between February 24 and February 26. Bulgaria's 24-square meter pavilion will present the country as a year-round tourists destination, with sea, cultural, Spa and golf tourism in the focus.Herning is located in Jutland, the Danish region with the greatest number of tourists that have chosen Bulgaria as a tourist destination.In 2011, over 75 200 Danish tourists visited Bulgaria, the highest number among all Nordic countries."Ferie for Alle" was launched in 1998. In 2008 "Holidays for Everyone" had 845 exhibitors, co-exhibitors and company representatives. 2012 is Bulgaria's fifth consecutive year at the fair.]]> 24 Feb 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria Takes Part in Danish Tourism Fair novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120224/bulgaria_takes_part_in_danish_tourism_fair.html Google expand its Street View service in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120224/street_view_service.html Google will expand its Street View service in Bulgaria. The service offers panoramic views from a particular spot alongside a street, can be used both through Google Maps and Google Earth applications.The list of destinations includes all the major cities - Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv - as well as additional 70 towns. The list includes all of Bulgaria's major winter (Borovets, Bansko, Pamporovo) and summer resorts (Suny beach, Golden sands, Balchik and Sozopol, as well as historical towns like Koprivshtitsa and Melnik.Google will blur out faces and car registration numbers caught on camera. ]]> 24 Feb 2012 12:00:00 Google expand its Street View service in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120224/street_view_service.html Bulgaria's Tourism Industry Looks Forward to Successful Summer http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120221/successful_summer_season_in_bulgarian_tourism_industry.html The Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents has forecast a successful summer season for the country's tourism industry.Based on booking requests for the 2012 summer, the Bulgarian tour operators made it clear they have high hopes for the summer tourist season, speaking at a public discussion as part of the 29th Vacation and Spa Expo, Bulgaria's oldest international tourism forum, in Sofia.Representatives of the tour operators' association further noted that the 2011-2012 tourism season for Bulgaria's winter resorts is hard but is still expected to reach last years levels of profit.The last winter season brought Bulgarian winter resorts revenues totaling EUR 204 M, while the Bulgarian summer tourism industry usually makes 10 times as much.]]> 21 Feb 2012 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Tourism Industry Looks Forward to Successful Summer novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120221/successful_summer_season_in_bulgarian_tourism_industry.html The 29th edition of Holiday and Spa Expo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120210/holidays_and_spa.html The 29th Edition of the HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO will take place in INTER EXPO CENTER in Sofia, from 16-18 February 2012.The Exhibition is held under the patronage of Ministry of the Economy, Energy and Tourism with the partnership of Bulgarian Association of Travel Agents, Bulgarian Hotel & Restaurant Association, Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, Sofia Tourism Council, Sofia Municipality.HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO is the place to promote destinations and tourism products with customized proposals, to showcase new products, develop new contacts, spot key market trends. For the consumers it is a wonderful possibility to get information about numerous attractive offers for travel and holidays within a few hours.This year the Exhibition features over 270 exhibitors from Bulgaria and 15 other countries including Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine. Exhibitor Profile includes: tour operators and travel agencies, representatives of hotels and other forms of lodging facilities, government officials, representatives of tourism boards, members of tourism associations and organizations, municipalities, climatic resorts, Spa and Welness centers, cultural tourism, eco-tourism, training and schools, hotel and spa equipment. “KID'S HOLIDAY” - the NEW THEME of HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO 2012 is devoted to the free time of the young of all ages.Together with the National Association for Children and Youth Tourism we present specialized companies, organizations, and schools, offering programs for full value entertaining vacations and excursions to children, students and young people.Several countries willbe presented with national stands. These are the Ministry of the Economy, Energy and Tourism-Bulgaria, Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Greek National Tourism Organisation - Greece, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, National Tourism Board – Tunisia.For the first time at HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO are participating, Zagreb Tourist Board and Convention Bureau – Croatia, Hugarian Tourism Private Limited Conpany and Palestine Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities.Some of the new participants froam abroad are Qatar Airlines representative, tour operators and travel companies from Turkey and Greece, Germany, Spain and others. Bulgarian Ministry of the Economy, Energy and Tourism participates with a national stand with co-exhibitors Regional Councils of Tourism and Tourist Information Centers. HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO Event Programme offers a diverse range of discussions, presentations seminars and round tables on current tourism issues and a number of attractive performances and entertainments for the public and the participants.Prim Expo will present its special prizes and awards in different categories at a traditional cocktail-party, organized for the participants of HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO 2012.]]> 10 Feb 2012 12:00:00 The 29th edition of Holiday and Spa expo will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20120210/holidays_and_spa.html Devin will turno into the first certify ecotourism destination in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20120209/devin_eco_destination.html Devin spa and wellness resort in Bulgaria will turn into the first certify ecotourism destination in Bulgaria. Three of the top spa and balneo hotels in the resort - Ismena, Persenk and Devin together with the municipality signed the Charter for Sustainable SPA & Wellness destinations.In 2011 the Charter initiators and experts from TIME Foundation and the Green Business Initiative worked with local hotel owners to reduce the consumption of water, energy and also to introduce efficient measures for water conservation and waste management. The charter is the first step in transforming the town in the first sustainable eco destination in Bulgaria.]]> 09 Feb 2012 14:02:04 Devin will turno into the first certify ecotourism destination in Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20120209/devin_eco_destination.html Etno, Jazz, fusion and classic music will entertain all guests of the Rose festival 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120206/rose_festival.html The beauty of the Bulgarian folklore, interpreted in jazz, classics, fusion and drum and base will attract all music fans at the Festival of roses this year. This season the festival will last from 19th may until 24 June and the music program will include two leading lines combined in “EtnikaFEST” and “OpeROSE”. Teodosii Spasov will present his project “Heaven strings” on 24th May 2012. Due to the high tourist interest, the folklore ensembles from the municipal will present the “Rose picking” ritual three weeks in a row. Additional information on the festival and its program will be presented at “Vacation and Spa expo” in Sofia form 16th - 18th February 2012. ]]> 06 Feb 2012 14:18:41 Etno, Jazz, fusion and classic music will entertain all guests of the Rose festival 2012 VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120206/rose_festival.html Over 120 companies will participate at the “Bee-keeping” fair in Pleven http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pleven/news/20120203/bee_keeping_fair.html Over 120 companies from all over Europe and Asia will participate at the tenth edition of the “bee-keeping” fair, which will be held in Pleven, announced Ivan Novkirshki – head of the exhibition.Over 300 companies had applied for the Jubilee event, which will be the biggest of its kind on the Balkans. The pavilions will be arranged at the “City centre” nearby the central station square in Pleven. Three days visitors and guests of the event will be able to negotiate and get the newest products in the field. Guest from China, Canada, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, France, Inland, as well as all Balkan countries will participate at the event. For travel arrangements and hotel bookings in Pleven during the event, please contact us. Check out our best hotel rates for the period here!]]> 03 Feb 2012 10:06:16 Over 120 companies will participate at the “Bee-keeping” fair in Pleven VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pleven/news/20120203/bee_keeping_fair.html Special promotional rates for flights across Europe with Malev http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120131/malev_flights.html Malev air company announced special promotional offer “2 in 1” departing form Sofia, Varna or Bourgas to many European destinations. The tickets are available until 29 February 2012 for flights until 31 may 2012. For more information and bookings, please contact us.]]> 31 Jan 2012 12:00:00 Special promotional rates for flights across Europe with Malev. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120131/malev_flights.html Bulgaria will be presented at 43 tourism fairs around the world this year http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120131/tourism_fairs.html Bulgaria will be presented at 43 tourism fairs around the world in 2012. The Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism announces a program for the state participation in fairs. Bulgaria will participate in the most important exhibitions in Europe - ITB Berlin, Intourmarket and Mitt in Moscow, UITT and WTM in London.Bulgarian tourism will be presented also in Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Paris, Tokio, etc.The Ministry, which organizes the national presentation in fairs, will take part in eight of the exhibitions in Bulgaria. Every year the cities of Sofia, Bourgas, Varna, Veliko Turnovo and Smolyan host tourism exhibitions with international participants.]]> 31 Jan 2012 11:28:03 Bulgaria will be presented at 43 tourism fairs around the world this year tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120131/tourism_fairs.html Magurata cave and the Belogradchik rocks will be connected by a tourism route http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20120123/magurata_cave.html The construction of a tourism route between Magurata and the Belogradchik rock has started last summer.The route with a total length of 13 km will start from Bela village and will reach Belogradchik. According to the regional governor of Vidin this will be the main tourism route for visits to Magurata cave, the Rabisha lake and the Belogradchik rocks. At the moment the regional administration is working over the idea for a united tourism product in Vidin region. ]]> 23 Jan 2012 11:24:41 Magurata cave and the Belogradchik rocks will be connected by a tourism route Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20120123/magurata_cave.html The rose festival in Kazalnak will be held for more than a month http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120123/kazanlak_rose_fest.html The traditional rose festival in Kazanlak will be held from 19 may to 24th July this year. This year the festival will be transformed into a multi-style Festival of nature, traditions and art in Kazalnak. The event will start on 19th May with “OpeRose” - a mini festival dedicated to Emanuil Manolov – author of the first Bulgarian opera, written for the Kazanlak Opera theatre. The festive program of Kazanlak will offer music for everyone – all fans of ethno, jazz and camera music, open air spectacles, carnival, flash mob, planers, art exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The official program of the holidays will be ready by the end of January. In February the program will be presented at “Vakancia expo” and in March at ITB “Berlin” with a special accent on the culture tourism.]]> 23 Jan 2012 10:51:29 The rose festival in Kazalnak will be held for more than a month this year Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20120123/kazanlak_rose_fest.html Sourvakars chased away the evil in Pernik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20120116/pernik_sourvakars.html The residents of tens of villages in Penik, Radomir, Zemen and Kovachevitsa regions had a magical weekend. According to the tradition during the night between 13th and 14th January the magic of sourva gathers masked people in the region. Hundreds of torches illuminated the night, fires were lighted to burn all the evil, thunderous noise of heavy belles and scary masks chased away the evil. One of the most impressing events was held in Gabrov dol village. Dancers form the popular dance formation “Masters of the dance” also participated in the event. The old koukers symbolically passed the tradition to their ancestors. A traditional wedding ritual – graovska wedding – was presented by the dancers from the “Masters of dance” formations. The high spirit of the event was supported by a beautiful wedding horo dance. The midnight sky was then illuminated by the lights of hundreds of torches from an impressive torch procession. A powerful ding from hundreds bells echoed in the night and chased away the bad spirits. The scary masks danced their crazy horo dance. At the end everyone threw their torches in the fire, which lighted the darkness. Early in the morning the sourvakars made a round through all houses in the village to wish health and good crop. ]]> 16 Jan 2012 16:12:34 Sourvakars chased away the evil in Pernik, Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20120116/pernik_sourvakars.html Latest report from Osogovo ski centre http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/osogovo/news/20120112/excellent_skiing_in_osogoov.html Numerous keen skiers are flocking in Osogovo ski centre for another downhill on the slope. All skiers and snowboarders enjoy the perfect weather and excellent ski cover in the resort. According to them, the winter attractions in Bulgaria should be improved and developed. The drag lift in the resort is operating since 1994 and is the only private drag lift in Bulgaria. The owners are already working for the development of the resort. Regarding to them, there should be an easier procedure for the construction of ski equipment, as the mountain activities are a healthy and a pleasant way to entertain tourists. ]]> 12 Jan 2012 12:00:00 Excellent skiing conditions in Osogovo mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/osogovo/news/20120112/excellent_skiing_in_osogoov.html Bulgaria, Germany and Andorra offer Europe's best-value skiing http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120109/value_winter_tourism.html Bulgaria, Germany and Andorra offer best-value skiing in Europe, TripAdvisor announces.The web site compares prices in 34 popular European ski destinations. The estimation is based on the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, one day’s ski pass, one day’s basic ski hire, a local meal and a bottle of beer. Topping the list for affordability is Bulgaria’s Bansko with a total cost of just £108, while Italy’s Mount Etna took second place with £117.73 and Germany’s Berchtesgaden took third with £150.31. Andorra and Germany lead the best-value list, with each country laying claim to three destinations in the top ten.]]> 09 Jan 2012 10:34:36 Bulgaria, Germany and Andorra offer Europe's best-value skiing holiday. tmbulgaria.com, 09 Jan 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120109/value_winter_tourism.html 2011 Brought EUR 3.2 B in Revenues for Bulgarian Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120109/tourism_revenue_bulgaria.html The head of the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber - Mr Tsvetan Tonchev, has described 2011 as a good year for Bulgarian tourism.The sector saw good revenues in 2011 despite the financial crisis, Tonchev said in a Thursday interview.He pointed out that the past year had fetched EUR 2.7 B in revenues from foreign tourists and BGN 1 B in revenues from Bulgarian tourists.The Chair of the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber also told journalists that there was a very good outlook for the winter season."Bulgaria deserves at least EUR 5 B in revenues from international tourism. This has already happened in other countries, for instance Croatia has already attracted EUR 8-9 B, Montenegro over EUR 3 B and Finland over EUR 5 B. Not to mention Greece and Turkey," he explained.Tonchev suggested that Bulgaria should develop rehabilitation and sport tourism.]]> 09 Jan 2012 10:28:38 Bulgarian Tourism revenues statistic infromaiton. information by Sofia News Agency, 09 Jan 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20120109/tourism_revenue_bulgaria.html Marc Girardelli Registers Own Bulgarian Wine Brand http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20120104/marc_girardelli_wine.html The world famous 5-time skiing champion Marc Girardelli has registered his own wine brand, released by Bulgarian wine producers Domaine Boyar.The Austrian skier, who has won renown competing for Luxembourg, has long been connected to Bulgaria and has fallen in love with Bulgarian wine.Among other things, Girardelli is an official face of Bulgarian top ski resort Bansko.The Marc Girardelli wine is a coupage from syrah and the local Bulgarian grape variety rubin, yield 2010, and has been created by Domaine Boyar's Korten winery.It is now available in Bulgaria and is set to be offered in ski resorts in Austria, Germany, as well as in Luxembourg.]]> 04 Jan 2012 12:00:00 Marc Girardelli Registers Own Bulgarian Wine Brand in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20120104/marc_girardelli_wine.html New Ski Slope in Srebarna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/srebarna/news/20120104/srebarna_ski_run.html A dirt road near Sreberna in northeastern Bulgaria, has been converted into a beginner ski slope.The idea for the facility occurred to Georgi Ivanov, Mayor of Srebarna."I want tourists to come to Sreberna in winter too, and there are many people who travel long distances to practice the sport," Ivanov said, as cited by Radio Shumen.The northeastern village is popular for the Srebarna Nature Reserve situated in its vicinity.The nature reserve comprises Lake Srebarna and its surroundings and is located on the the Via Pontica, a bird migration route between Europe and Africa."People embraced the idea with enthusiasm," the Ivanov told journalists.The initial cost of clearing 980 meters of an unused dirt road was BGN 5000, but Srebarna's Mayor plans to expand the ski run and to install a ski lift.]]> 04 Jan 2012 12:17:27 Srebarna village near Srebarna Nature Reserve offers a new ski slope for beginners. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/srebarna/news/20120104/srebarna_ski_run.html Archaeologists Discovered Apollonia's Eastern Gate in Sozopol http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20120102/apollonia_eastern_gate.html Archaeologists made a breakthrough discovery in the ancient Black Sea town of Sozopol – they found the long-sought East Gate of Apollonia Pontica.The precious discovery had been located underneath illegal shacks selling food and beverages in the center of the town. It will allow scientists to recover all fortification systems of the ancient city in their original state. This, in turn, will attract more tourists from the country and Europe.After clearing the shacks, which invaded the center of Sozopol for years, archaeologists now have a chance to explore the last missing part of the fortress walls of the ancient city. Although damaged by locals, using them for building material for their houses, the walls reach a height of nearly 7 meters. This, according to archaeologists, makes them the largest fortifications found in Bulgaria."There is no original so well preserved, at least in Bulgaria. Even in Veliko Tarnovo the walls are smaller in height, "said Tsonya Drazheva - head of the excavation expedition, which is financed by Foundation Sozopol.As early as half century ago, French archaeologists have been searching for Apollonia's ancient East Gate. The recent discovery even impresses older residents of Sozopol, who are already hoping for more tourists.The biggest surprise for archaeologists was to find, just a day ago, at the fortress' entrance, a church from the 5-6 century, for which there is no historical data whatsoever."Perhaps it was burned and destroyed in the 10th century during the campaigns of John Tsimishiy in the conquest of Preslav" suggests Tsonya Drazheva.The church is just a few meters away from the restored, with funds from the State budget, "St. Cyril and Methodius" church, where the relics of John the Baptist are kept. The investment of BGN 2 M was reimbursed with money from pilgrims in just months, while there have been nearly a million more visitors.With the new find, Sozopol reaffirms its position as a pilot project of the government to develop year-round tourism on the Black Sea Coast.]]> 02 Jan 2012 16:08:51 Archaeologists Discovered Apollonia's Eastern Gate in Sozopol beach resort on the Black sea in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency, 29 December 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20120102/apollonia_eastern_gate.html Bulgaria to spend 4.2 M leva on tourism fairs in 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111227/bulgaria_at_tourism_fairs.html In 2012, Bulgaria plans to be represented at 42 tourist fairs, spending 4.2 million leva to show off its attractions, which equals the amount allocated for advertising in the past few years.The country will withdraw from participation in some international tourist expos but will join others to promote itself as a tourist destination.Traditionally, Bulgaria has had a stand at the largest expos in Europe (Berlin, Kyiv and London), as well as at the MITT and Intourmarket events held in Moscow. The Ministry of Economy has decided that in 2012 the country will not take part in the fairs in Slovakia, Bratislava, Frankfurt and Munich because of lack of interest on the part of Bulgarian companies.However, the plan is to have Bulgaria represented at the tourist expos in Skopje, Baku, Lucerne and Algarve.In 2012, the Ministry of Economy will also participate in eight Bulgarian-hosted tourist fairs, with entry open to municipalities and regions.]]> 27 Dec 2011 14:02:14 Bulgaria to spend 4.2 M leva on tourism fairs in 2012 sofiaecho.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111227/bulgaria_at_tourism_fairs.html Bulgarian ski resorts look forward to profitable season http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111227/profitable_season_for_bulgarian_ski_resorts.html The Bulgarian Tourist Chamber has forecast a profitable winter season for the country's ski resorts, according to its chair Tsvetan Tonchev.This will be largely due to the large number of Bulgarian tourists, who will be the major group of holidaymakers this winter.Toshev's comments come after great worries among the Bulgarian winter tourism industry because of the lack of snow in November and early December, which, however, was followed by heavy snowfall last week.On Friday, Borovets was the last major Bulgarian ski resort, after Bansko and Pamporovo, to open its winter season."As a whole, we have ahead of us not such a good winter season but still a decent one," he stated.According to the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism, the number of tourists visiting Bulgaria's winter resorts is expected to grow by 5% - 10% in 2011 - 2012 year-on-year; the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber has put the number at 7%. Tonchev pointed out that the satisfied tourists are the best means of advertising.]]> 27 Dec 2011 12:25:09 Bulgarian ski resorts look forward to profitable season information by novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111227/profitable_season_for_bulgarian_ski_resorts.html Bulgaria attracts British tourists with eco tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111221/eco_tourism_bulgaria.html Bulgaria presented eco-tourism products and services at a special meeting with British journalists in the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London. The event was part of a campaign for promotion of the Bulgarian tourism in the UK market. Journalists got interesting facts about Bulgaria as a tourism destination - about its biodiversity, ecopaths, protected areas, etc.The journalists tasted Bulgarian wines and national dishes typical for Christmas. They learned more about various wines in Bulgaria thanks to Tania Nikolova from the Wine Museum, in Pleven. The Wine Museum is one of its kind on the Balkan Peninsula.]]> 21 Dec 2011 10:03:08 Bulgaria attracts British tourists with special offers for eco tourism. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111221/eco_tourism_bulgaria.html Vidin to participate in a tourism fair in Upper Rhine 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20111220/vidin_travel_news.html Offenburg city in Germany sent an official invitation to the Regional Administration of Vidin region for participating in Upper Rhine 2012 tourism fair. The exhibition will take place from September 29 until October 7 2012.Until December 20 municipalities in Vidin region have to decide will they participate in the fair and how they will present its tourism opportunities.Over 500 exhibitors participated in the fair in 2011 and more than 72 000 people visited it.]]> 20 Dec 2011 09:52:44 Vidin to participate in a tourism fair in Upper Rhine 2012 VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20111220/vidin_travel_news.html More tourists from Russia will ski in the Rhodope mountain this winter http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20111219/more_tourists_from_russia.html 20% increase in the number of tourists is expected in Pamporovo and Chepelare this seasonPamporovo and Chepelare expect a 20 % increase in the number of tourists from Russia, considering the number of charter flights from Moscow to Plovdiv, announced the executive director of Plovdiv Airport Doichin Angelov.According to him the majority of flights to Plovdiv will be executed during the New year and Christmas holidays. The charter flights to Plovdiv this year will come from Dublin, Belfast and Moscow. The good forecast for the forthcoming ski season in s the increase in the number of individual tourists landing at Plovdiv from London and Frankfurt. ]]> 19 Dec 2011 14:32:50 More tourists from Russia will ski in the Rhodope mountain this winter VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20111219/more_tourists_from_russia.html The best hotels and restaurants in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111208/the_best_hotels_and_restaurants.html The best hotels and restaurants in Bulgaria were praised on an official ceremony. The Bulgarian hotelier and restauranteur association distinguished the best hotels and restaurants in Bulgaria on an official ceremony on 5 December 2011.In 2011 the new categories are: “Eco complex”, “Mediterranean restaurant”, “Casino hotel”, “Foreign hotel manager”, “Contribution in personnel training and education in the field of culinary art in Bulgaria”, “Contribution in the prolonging of the tourist season in Bulgaria” as well as a special reward for “Following the rules and regulations for smoking on public places”.The winners for 2011 are:Hotels and complexes: - “Four star city hotel for 2011” - hotel “Danube” - Silistra.- “Four star mountain hotel for 2011” - “Iglika palace hotel” - Borovets.- “Four star Black sea hotel for 2011” - hotel “Regina Maria Spa” - Balchik.- “Three star Black sea hotel for 2011” - “Grifid hotel Vistamar” - Golden sands.- “Boutique hotel for 2011” - hotel “Vega” - Rousse.- “Balneohotel for 2011” - hotel “Sandanski”, Sandanski.- “Spa hotel for 2011” - Spa club Central, Hissarya. - “Eco complex for 2011” - Eco hotel “Sherba”.- “The est family hotel for 2011” - “Villa di Poletta”, Dobrich.- “Aparthotel for 2011” - Aparthotel Lucky Bansko – Bansko.- “Casino hotel for 2011” - Hotel Colosseum, Sunny beach.Restaurants:“Classic restaurant for 2011” - restaurant “Nova Mizia” - Targovishte.“Gourmet restaurant for 2011” – restaurant “Panorama” - Shoumen.“Mediterranean restaurant for 2011” - mediterrenian restaurant “Polmary” - Sandanski. The special award for “Following the rules and regulations for smoking in public places” - Restaurant Chain “Happy Bar and Grill”]]> 08 Dec 2011 11:52:52 The best hotels and restaurants in Bulgaria were distinguished on an official ceremony. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111208/the_best_hotels_and_restaurants.html Bulgaria develops Danube cycle route http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20111125/danube_cycle_route.html A new project will develop the trans-border tourism along the Danube river in Bulgaria.“The Danube cycle route” was presented in Vidin city. The project is estimated to cost 285 540 Euro, and most of the funds will be supplied by the European fund for regional development.The project will be executed during the next 18 months. The main goals are popularization of tourism activities from Budapest to the Black sea. Tourists choosing the route will have the chance to participate in festivals, culinary holidays, and other events, traditional for the local regions. ]]> 25 Nov 2011 15:11:46 Bulgaria develops Danube cycle route. VistiBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20111125/danube_cycle_route.html A new archaeology park will be designed in Sandanski http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20111125/sandanski_archaeology.html Sandanski spa and wellness resort holds a good chance to become a cultural tourism center. Sandanski municipality already signed an agreement for the implementation of a project, planning the construction of an Architectural Park in the resort town. The project is estimated to cost 6.1 million leva and will be funded by the Regional Development operational program. The cultural heritage of Sandanski is considered among the richest and most versatile in Bulgaria. The region boasts 5000 cultural monuments dating back to all periods of human civilization. Among the gems of Sandanski are the Episcopal Basilica, The Basilica of Bishop John and the architectural complex of the Early Christian times. The three sites will be united in one Architectural Park. It will guarantee their conservation, restoration and make the park a magnet for tourists. Both basilicas are decorated with unique mosaics and it is planned to put them under a glass-and-steel “lid” along with a unique stone water fountain in the atrium. ]]> 25 Nov 2011 14:04:12 A new archaeology park will be designed in Sandanski spa resort in Bulgaria information by Satndart daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20111125/sandanski_archaeology.html Bulgaria presents ''magical" advertising campaign in London http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111109/bulgaria_at_wtm_in_london.html Bulgaria is taking part in a World Travel Market (WTM) 2011. The largest tourist exhibition in the world takes place from 07 November – 10 November 2011 in London, Great Britain. 5,121 exhibitors from 187 countries takes part in the event. The Bulgarian stand with an area of 292 square meters features representatives of 22 tourist organizations.As it prepares to position itself as one of the key international tourism destinations for UK tourists, Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Mr Ivo Marinov and Mrs Anelia Genova, Director of Marketing for Tourism were in London to announce Bulgaria’s tourism strategy for the next decade, including the launch of an enhanced advertising campaign titled ‘Bulgaria: Magic Lives Here’.Known primarily as a beach and skiing destination, Bulgaria is keen to showcase its other attractions including a rich history and culture, a diverse nature and delicious food and wine. Bulgaria also wants to turn the spotlight on some of its fast-expanding tourism products including city breaks, spas and eco-tourism. Scheduled for launch in November 2011, the campaign will reveal little-known aspects of Bulgaria such as a heritage steeped in rich history and culture, a diverse and beautiful landscape and its natural mineral springs. The campaign’s underlying message is that Bulgaria is both ‘unexpected’ and value for money.The media campaign consists of advertising in print and electronic media in the UK, the internet and outdoor advertising. Advertisements, advertorials and articles about Bulgaria will be published in specialised travel media as well as in more general media. The television campaign includes four new promotional videos of Bulgaria – “Image”, “Nature”, “Culture” and “Spa & Wellness”. The other components of the campaign are outdoor advertising with more than 200 locations in England and Scotland, as well as internet campaign encompassing 7 web-sites.World Travel Market (WTM) is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business.All sectors of the travel industry are represented including Tourist Boards, Airlines, Cruise, Hotels, Luxury, Responsible Tourism to Technology and Online Travel.]]> 09 Nov 2011 15:03:08 Bulgaria takes part at tourist exhibition World Travel Market (WTM) in London, Great Britain information by www.wtmlondon.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111109/bulgaria_at_wtm_in_london.html Bansko pampers students with hot offers for 08 December http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20111109/bansko_students.html This year the celebrations of 08 December will cost around 80 and 100 BGN in a three star hotel in Bansko. Usually the students' celebrations attract numerous young tourists in the Bulgarian ski resorts. The good mood and party atmosphere is guaranteed, as Bansko is well known for the excellent night life. ]]> 09 Nov 2011 10:31:23 Bansko pampers students with hot offers for 08 December VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20111109/bansko_students.html Electric vehicle tour in Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20111101/electric_mobile_tour_in_vidin.html The first electric mobile vehicle was presented in Vidin. It will start operating in the park by the Danube river.The 12 seat electric mobile vehicle will offer tours in the Danube Park in Vidin. The new attraction in Vidin was bought by the professional school “Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov”. The power of the electric mobile vehicle can last up to 1 week. ]]> 01 Nov 2011 17:02:40 Electric vehicle tour in Vidin. The first electric mobile vehicle was presented in Vidin VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20111101/electric_mobile_tour_in_vidin.html Bulgaria and Russia discuss tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111028/bulgaria_and_russia_discuss_tourism.html A Bulgarian delegation takes part in an international conference on development of the tourism infrastructure in the Black Sea region, which takes place in Russia on October 26-28. During the forum there will be a meeting of a Russian-Bulgarian work group on tourism. It will discuss the perspectives of tourism in Bulgaria and Russia and the results in the sphere this summer, as well as the preparation for the winter tourist season.]]> 28 Oct 2011 11:34:57 Perspectives of tourism in Bulgaria and Russia. Preparation for the winter tourist season bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111028/bulgaria_and_russia_discuss_tourism.html Bulgaria presents top ski resorts in Moscow http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111021/moscow_travel_fair.html The Bulgarian tourism board participates at the Moscow tourism fair.The ministry of economy, energetics and tourism works on the presentation of Bulgaria at the 18th international tourism fair Ski& Board Salon 2011 until 23 October in Moscow. During the past few years, Bulgaria proved to be a high quality winter destination. Over 200 touroperators and agencies, distributors of popular sport trademarks and ski resorts will participate in the event. ]]> 21 Oct 2011 15:49:35 Bulgaria presents top ski resorts in Moscow VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111021/moscow_travel_fair.html Bulgaria presents Beach and Ski Holiday Offers on the Tourist Fair "Tour Salon" in Poland http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111020/bulgaria_at_tourist_fair_in_poland.html Bulgaria takes part at this year's edition of the international tourist trade fair "Tour Salon". The fair takes place from 19 – 22 October 2011 in Poznan, Poland. The participation of Bulgaria is organized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Tourism. Bulgaria is placed on an advertising stand of 80 sq.m. It featured the country's Economy Ministry and 9 tourist companies. Bulgaria presents itself as a destination not only for Black sea holidays, but also for ski tourism.Tour Salon features many Polish tour operators and tourist agencies and is an opportunity for business negotiations.This year's edition of the fair includes more than 700 participants from 38 countries. About 3,500 representatives of the tourist sector and 50,000 visitors are expected. In 2010 the partner of the Polish Tourist Fair was Bulgaria, whereas this year's partner of the event is Morocco.]]> 20 Oct 2011 10:41:24 Bulgaria presents beach and ski holiday offers on tourist fair "Tour Salon" in Poland VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111020/bulgaria_at_tourist_fair_in_poland.html International On the path of the Thracians tour for journalists organized in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111020/on_the_path_of_the_thracians_tour.html From 18th through 23rd October, the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, is organizing a thematic tour On the path of the Thracians for journalists – 10 participants from respected European outlets. The initiative is part of a campaign launched by the ministry to advertise Bulgaria’s potential for cultural tourism. The schedule of the tour includes some of the most interesting historical sites of the Thracian civilization in Southern Bulgaria.]]> 20 Oct 2011 10:05:48 International On the path of the Thracians tour for journalists organized in Bulgaria bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111020/on_the_path_of_the_thracians_tour.html The first snow in the mountains of Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111011/fresh_snow.html This weekend the temperatures all over Bulgaria went down with more than 10 degrees. It is snowing almost everywhere in the mountains over 1500 m above the sea level. The snow cover at the Cherni Vrah peak in the Vitosha mountain, right next to Sofia is already 15 cm, which is not common for this time of the year. The weather during the next week will remain the same, so keep your fingers crossed for more heavy snowfalls and early winter this season.]]> 11 Oct 2011 18:19:59 The first snow in the mountains of Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111011/fresh_snow.html Bulgaria Top Destination for Red Deer Hunting http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111009/red_deer_hunting.html Bulgaria has proved to be one of the most popular international destinations for red deer hunting among "hunting tourists," according to the State Forestry Agency.A total of 73 foreign hunters arrived to hunt red deer only for the past month, the Agency said in a statement, adding that the red deer population in Bulgaria numbers between 18 000 and 21 000 animals.The trophies from red deer's horns that are obtained by the hunters in Bulgaria usually weigh between 7 kg and 14 kg.The fall period (September-October) is the best time to hunt red deer, the Forestry Agency says.The hunting tourists who came for red deer trophies in Bulgaria in September were from Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Denmark."The competitive and attractive prices for organized hunting tourism are an opportunity not only to provoke interest for Bulgaria with foreign hunters but also to promote Bulgaria's eco and rural tourism," the Agency statement reads.In March 2011, the Forestry Agency announced data for 2010 showing that Bulgaria's hunting tourism is enjoying growing local and international interest: a total of 3 992 foreign nationals and 3 761 Bulgarians had hunting tourism trips in Bulgaria in 2010.The group hunt of wild pigs is the most sought after hunting tourism attraction in Bulgaria, the data indicates.The foreign nationals who hunt in Bulgaria come primarily from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Greece.In 2010, Bulgaria's state hunting areas, subdivisions of the Forestry Agency, registered a total of revenue of EUR 2.050 M from hunting tourism.The state hunting areas "Cherekitsa", "Rositsa", and "Cherni Lom" have generated the largest revenues.]]> 09 Oct 2011 18:40:06 Bulgaria is a top destination for hunting red deer. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111009/red_deer_hunting.html Archaeologists discovered unique mosaic in Stara Zagora http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/stara_zagora/news/20111007/mosaic_stara_zagora.html Unique mosaic was discovered by archaeologists in Stara Zagora cit in Bulgaria. The mosaic depicts the three figures of Bacchus and two bacchantes, all companions form the suite of God Dionysus, and is an unique finding for Bulgaria. It is believed that the mosaic dates back to the III rd century AC. "The complicated shapes of dancing women are a proof of the great mastership of the artists who created it," said Dimitar Yankov, head of the excavation works and chief curator of the Regional Historical Museum in Stara Zagora. Archaeologists believe that the building was a temple of Dionysus. It is located 30 meters from one of the walls of Augusta Traiana. The Mosaic will be exhibited in the Ancient street in the museum in Stara Zagora.]]> 07 Oct 2011 10:12:30 Archaeologists discovered unique mosaic in Stara Zagora city in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/stara_zagora/news/20111007/mosaic_stara_zagora.html The first rope park in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/blagoevgrad/news/20111005/the_first_rope_park_in_bulgaria.html The first rope park outside forest was opened in Simitli. The park was created by Stanimir Stanimirov, professional kayak and rafting trainer in an extreme sports club. Stanimir explained that the first idea of the project was to own e terrain nearby the river in order to extend the opportunities for sport activities in the region. Later on they decided to build a rope park. They used iron poles, due to the lack of enough threes in the region. The attraction is the first artificial park in Bulgaria. The Russian National Kayak team train in their club. They come to train in Bulgaria and later become champions. This is the main idea of the training field – to develop different sports. Struma offers very nice training opportunities and they are trying to preserve the river. The park develops combination thinking, as the rope line is artificial and created by 24 elements in two levels. From every element one can jump on additional 6. The rope park is located in close proximity to international road E75. Every second vehicle, that passes goes to Greece. Most of the passengers come from the neighboring countries and it would be a good opportunity for the municipality to develop the park as an attractive tourism destination for everyone. This can be achieved with adequate advertisement of the region. Bansko and Sandanski are just 40 minutes by car away from the site. ]]> 05 Oct 2011 11:01:05 The first rope park in Simitli Bulgaria. Sport park near the Struma river in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/blagoevgrad/news/20111005/the_first_rope_park_in_bulgaria.html 3 million BGN will be invested in the tourism industry of Veliki Preslav http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/preslav/news/20111003/tourism_in_veliki_preslav.html The main goal of the project is to transform the town into an attractive tourism destination. Three million BGN will be invested in the development of culture-history tourism in Veliki Preslav.This was announced by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works – Lilyana Pavlova opened a brand new station for waste waters in Veliki Preslav.]]> 03 Oct 2011 11:31:34 3 million BGN will be invested in the tourism industry of Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/preslav/news/20111003/tourism_in_veliki_preslav.html Bulgaria is a health tourism destination http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111003/bulgaria_health_tourism.html Bulgaria is ranked among the countries with the best chance for development of health tourism. Bulgaria is among the countries, that combine excellent quality of medicine service at very competitive prices. Thus the country hold a high chance to transform into a preferred destination for health tourism. This was pointed by Reuters and the Independent daily, based on a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit based in France. More recently, cross-border travel for fertility treatment, plastic surgery, dental and other treatment has been increasing, bringing with it fears about patient safety. Medical tourism has long been a feature of healthcare, but it has largely been the preserve of wealthy patients from developing nations who traveled to western hospitals to get the best treatment they could buy. However scientists warn that medical tourism holds some risk of spreading dangerous bacterias around the world. In 2013 the European Union will apply a new directive, that patients, who have received medical service in other European countries will have the chance to refund the expenses. This directive will increase the tendencies for health tourism. ]]> 03 Oct 2011 10:17:57 Bulgaria is a health tourism destination. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20111003/bulgaria_health_tourism.html The weather in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110921/weather.html Meteorologists forecast sunny weather during the holidays this week. Temperatures will reach 24 – 29 degrees, and will reach 30 degrees in some parts of the country. The weather by the seaside will be sunny and still appropriate for sun baths. The mountains will also provide excellent conditions for tourism. Temperatures over 1200 metres above the sea level will be 16 – 18 degrees. ]]> 21 Sep 2011 15:24:08 The weather during the holidays along the beach and in the mountains in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110921/weather.html Rose oil production is one of Bulgaria’s most successful tourist attractions http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110916/rose_oil_production.html More and more foreign tourists are attracted by the opportunity to see how the world-famous Bulgarian rose oil is produced. Organized tourist visits related with the production of rose oil are becoming increasingly popular. € 4,500 is the price of one kilogram of rose oil for whose production three and a half tonnes of rose petals are needed. Rose oil contains some 300 constituents, and some of the trace elements have not yet been fully studied. Yet, the proven properties of the products of the Bulgarian rose oil are applied in cosmetics, medicine and the food industry.]]> 16 Sep 2011 11:59:31 Rose oil production is one of Bulgaria’s most successful tourist attractions bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110916/rose_oil_production.html Thousand of tourists visit the salt pits in Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110915/healing_mud_bourgas.html In fact these are the Bourgas salt pit – the biggest natural open air Spa centre in Bulgaria. The red lye is a natural balm with proven healing qualities for the locomotive system, skin diseases and even just simple colds. The healing mud has positive impact on the nervous system and gynecological diseases, claim specialists. According to doctor Diana Borisova, the healing procedures should be performed early in the morning or before dusk. The treatment should be at least 10 days.Mostly women choose to take advantage of the healing properties of the mud, mostly because it has anti age effect. ]]> 15 Sep 2011 12:36:49 The salt pit in Bourgas is the biggest natural open air Spa centre in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110915/healing_mud_bourgas.html Honey Fest held in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110913/honey_fest_held_in_plovdiv.html Bulgaria’s second largest city of Plovdiv is the venue of the traditional Honey Fest (13 September - 22 September 2011), organized by the Acacia 1899 Apiculture Association. The organizers announced that from the 10 000 tons of honey produced in 2010, some 8 000 have been exported. This statistics once again proves that the honey product made in Bulgaria is of exceptionally good quality but it is not consumed widely enough within the country. Figures show that Bulgarians consume only 300 grams of honey per year.]]> 13 Sep 2011 15:51:48 Honey Fest held in Plovdiv city in Bulgaria. Festivals in Bulgaria bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110913/honey_fest_held_in_plovdiv.html Plovdiv night of museums and galleries 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110912/night_of_museums_and_galleries_in_plovdiv.html The Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries will offer a concentrated experience of the visual and performing arts for the 7th consecutive year. More than fifty locations – museums, galleries, bookshops, clubs, streets and parks – will remain open to the public for the duration of 10 hours on the night of 17th September, turning Bulgaria’s second largest city into a giant art stage.40 000 visitors and guests attended last year’s edition of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries, which makes it one of the largest cultural events in Bulgaria. The festival takes its cue from the best traditions of art cities around the world, while at the same time serving as a catalyst for local cultural processes. This year's program includes exhibitions, educational programs for adults and children, interactive performances, meetings with artists, live events across the town, concerts, screenings and workshops. The program will be divided in three segments: Museums&Galleries, which provides a core of professionally curated shows; Culture & Club, with the participation of cultural institutes, bookshops, informal art spaces and clubs; and The City and Public Spaces segment, whose events will happen across the town. All spaces will be accessible to the public from 7 p.m. on Saturday, 17th September to 1.00 a.m. on Sunday, 18th September. A separate children’s program – the Small Night – will be organised from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on Saturday, with entertainment and educational events provided for the youngest. The official afterparty of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries 2011 will be hosted in the Tobacco Warehouse, on the corner of Ivan Vazov St. and Ekzarh Yosif St., in the small hours of 18th September.Most of the events in the program are produced by the participating cultural organisations, with the Open Arts Foundation running two platforms of its own – Special Projects and Open Call platform.New participants in the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries this year are the recently renovated Regional Museum of Archeology, the Ivan Vazov National Library, the Surp Kovork Armenian church and the Victoria and Kirkor Armenian school, as well as locations such as Fabric Bar in 31 Otets Paisiy St., the iconic and now derelict Cosmos Cinema and the monument to soldiers who have died for Bulgaria known as Bratska mogila.A new element in this year is a VIP event – called the Collectors’ Forum – which will from now on precede the official shows. Its goals are to provide visibility for successful private collectors’ practices and to encourage aspiring collectors to start and run their own art collections. Participation in the event is by invitation only. The visual identity of the Night is the work of Poststudio for visual culture, who have developed a special font inspired by the city’s street signs, graffiti and magazines, called The Letters of Plovdiv. Visitors and guests of the festival can put together their itineraries with the help of the Night’s catalogue, which includes a map of all locations.The Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries is organised by the Open Arts Foundation in partnership with the Municipality of Plovdiv and the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Vivacom.]]> 12 Sep 2011 13:51:15 Plovdiv night of museums and galleries in Bulgaria. Program of the Plovdiv night of museums VisitBulgaria.NET, information by www.gallery-night.info http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110912/night_of_museums_and_galleries_in_plovdiv.html The International Technical Fair in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110912/international_fair_plovdiv.html This year the International Technical Fair in Plovdiv will be held from 26th September – 01 October. This is the most renowned Bulgarian forum of investment goods and technologies. The International Technical Fair presents the latest developments of the world's leading companies in machine building, automobiles, transport, information technologies, software products, electronics, electrical engineering, construction, chemistry, power engineering, ecology, etc.This year's Partner Country of the International Technical Fair is the Russian Federation. ]]> 12 Sep 2011 13:15:59 The International Technical Fair in Plovdiv city in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110912/international_fair_plovdiv.html September sun holiday with 30% discount in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110908/september_beach_holiday.html The prices along the Bulgarian black sea coastline lowered with at least 30 % since the beginning of September.The weather is still suitable for sun baths by the sea and tourists continue to flock along the beaches in Bulgaria. Following the tradition in the end of the summer hoteliers announce great discounts with up to 50 % from the regular rates.Meteorologists forecast hot and sunny weather until the end of September and this is a good chance for every one to extend their summer holiday. VisitBulgaria.NET has prepared lots of last minute summer discounts for everyone who wish to enjoy the last summer sunbeams along the Black sea. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 08 Sep 2011 10:54:01 September sun holiday with 30% discount in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110908/september_beach_holiday.html Wild horses return back to Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110908/wild_horses.html Wild horses, vanished thousands of years ago, were settled again, as part of a project for tourism development.The initiative is taken bu the Bulgarian-Netherlands project, “The new Thracian gold” for recovery of the nature in the Eastern Rhodopean region. The main idea of the project is to introduce the horses as a tourism attraction. Several nature parks on the Balkans are interested in the project. The animals were brought in special vehicles from the Netherlands and were set free in the region of Krumovgrad municipality. The wild horses are 12 and are part of one family. They will live freely and will probably meet a lot of challenges. The wild horses also known as tarpani, used to inhabit the Balkan peninsula ever since the stone age. The species vanished by the end of the 19th century. Later the species were restored through a special selection of tamed horses in Pollard. The tarpans are quiet, calm and curious towards people. The horses will spend almost 3 years in a secured section of a total area of 3 decares to adopt. 22 year old lady from the Netherlands – Yael van der Schleiss will live in the region to observe their behaviour. ]]> 08 Sep 2011 10:17:55 Wild Horses return back to Bulgaria in Krumovgrad in the Rhodope mountain VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110908/wild_horses.html Thousands of tourists visited Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi museums in August http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110907/tarnovo_and_arbanassi_museums.html In August close to 62,000 tourists visited the museums in Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, Central Northern Bulgaria, the municipal tourism agency said. Figures suggest that 23,090 of the guests were foreigners. As far as Bulgarians are concerned there are more visits made by pupils, students and children. The top site in terms of visitor interest is the Tsarevets architecture reserve visited by 45,761 tourists last month alone, of them 11,387 foreigners. From among foreign tourists more than 10,500 came from European countries, and close to 4600 - from Russia.]]> 07 Sep 2011 15:59:09 Thousands of tourists have visited Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi museums in August bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110907/tarnovo_and_arbanassi_museums.html Bulgaria develops eco and alternative tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110903/bulgaria_eco_tourism.html Bulgaria has a great potential and resources of becoming a desirable tourist destination for eco and alternative tourism, but the great wealth of the country is unknown to most Western countries. The ambassadors of the Dutch Postal Lottery, which funds the project "The New Thracian gold" Rikus Wegman and Sijmen Tenwolde said.The main idea of the project involves the development and promotion of eco and alternative tourism and organic farming in the Eastern Rhodopes. On 31 March the two Dutchmen were determined by the lottery for its ambassadors from more than 5,200 other candidates. From 1 June Rikus and Sijmen travel all around the world to see what is being done by the charity organizations in the countries, included in the projects. A week ago they were in Africa, and now it is turn of Bulgaria."Even the majority of Bulgarians do not realize how many opportunities have their country, and how beautiful places you have here..." If you are going in the right direction Bulgaria could turn into very attractive place for foreign tourists who seek a different type of tourism, said the ambassadors.The main task of the project "The New Thracian gold" is to promote precisely this way Bulgaria - through nature, flora and fauna and organic farming in the Eastern Rhodopes.Bulgaria is among the best places in the world for ornithological tourism, said Johan Bekhuis - tourism and communications coordinator of environmental organizations ARK. This is especially true for tourists from England, Holland and Scandinavia.Dutch ambassadors are completely objective when talking about the places they visited and their resources. One week before coming to Bulgaria, Rikus and Sijmen were in Kenya, where people live extremely poor and need mostly drugs and health culture and the ambassadors also helped them mainly in this area. Local people in all the countries of the projects in which young people have already been, are friendly and proactive. People in Bulgaria are no exception, they are dedicated to what they do and it is really inspiring to be around them, tell Rikus and Sijmen. Each project has its own history and ideas, so we become part of people's problems and help them to solve it, commented the young ambassadors in Bulgaria.Rikus Wegman and Sijmen Tenwold will stay in Bulgaria until the early September. Until then, their program involves the marking of the trail from Madjarovo to Chernichino and meetings with local people.]]> 03 Sep 2011 14:51:29 Bulgaria has a great potential for eco and alternative tourism tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110903/bulgaria_eco_tourism.html Japanese investors design a geothermal plant in Sapareva Banya http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sapareva_banya/news/20110901/japanese_investors.html 01 Sep 2011 10:48:53 Japanese investors design a geothermal plant in Sapareva Banya in Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sapareva_banya/news/20110901/japanese_investors.html International Agro Expo in Dobrich http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrich/news/20110831/agro_expo_in_dobrich.html From August 30 till September 3 the town of Dobrich in Northeastern Bulgaria is hosting the annual international exchange under the motto “Agriculture and Everything about It”. 150 companies present novelties in the sector. Farmers, scientific institutes, and trade companies from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Greece, Romania, Serbia and other countries offer agricultural equipment, devices for the stock breeding and feed manufacture, the foods industry, seeds for various agricultural crops, plant protection preparations, greenhouses, conservatories, hydromelioration facilities, etc. to the visitors.]]> 31 Aug 2011 15:01:34 Тhe town of Dobrich in Northeastern Bulgaria is hosting the annual international Agro Expo information: bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrich/news/20110831/agro_expo_in_dobrich.html Tourists to plant oak trees along Black Sea coast http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110831/oak_trees_along_black_sea_coast.html A project by the State Forestry Management in Balchik in Northeastern Bulgaria envisages the restoration of some 11.5 ha of oak forests along the Black Sea coast in the valley of the Batova River not far from the famous resort of Albena. The venture is co-funded by the Life + programme of the European Union. Tourists will be able to plant 400 000 oak trees in 3 years’ time in an attempt to restore the natural habitat of foes, reindeer, wild boars, mouflons and other game species.]]> 31 Aug 2011 14:16:52 Tourists to plant oak trees along Black Sea coast in Bulgaria information: bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110831/oak_trees_along_black_sea_coast.html Bulgaria welcomes more tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110829/bulgaria_tourists.html The increase of the number of tourists is expected to reach 14%.The national tourism board announced an increase in the number of tourists, visited Bulgaria.The tourism revenue is expected to be 4,5 % higher. Experts forecast that the tourism revenue might reach 2.7 milliard Euro. The national statistics institute announced an increase in the number of guests from Russia, Slovakia, the Czechs republic, Hungary and Poland, as well as a slight increase in the number of Britons and Germans.The tourism brunch plans to launch huge discounts for September and to prolong the summer season, as the weather is expected to be suitable for sun bathing. ]]> 29 Aug 2011 11:07:36 Bulgaria welcomes more tourists - official statistics and information VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110829/bulgaria_tourists.html Bulgaria marks 116 year “Organized tourism movement” anniversary http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20110828/organized_tourism.html Over 3000 tourists visited mount Cherni Vrah for the 116 year anniversary of the foundation of “Organized tourism movement” in Bulgaria, this was announced by the head of the tourism union.The firs organized climbing of mount Cherni Vrah was held in 1895 with 297 participants. It was an initiative of the famous writer Aleko Konstantinov.%LIMG1%RIMG2%LIMG3%RIMG4]]> 28 Aug 2011 17:08:50 Bulgaria marks 116 year “Organized tourism movement” anniversary at Vitosha mountain VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20110828/organized_tourism.html Lyaskovets will become “Colourful Vegetable Capital“ http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/lyaskovets/news/20110826/vegetable_capital.html Carving fest “Lyaskovets – colourful vegetables capital” will popularize the town, as a centre for vegetables growing. The project will be financed by operation program “Regional development”. It will cost 485 000 BGN and will be completed in 20 months. A festival scene “Kingdom of the vegetables” will be constructed near the museum of gardening. The festival zone will show vegetables market and art ateliers. ]]> 26 Aug 2011 14:37:37 Lyaskovets will become “Colourful Vegetable Capital“ near Veliko Tarnovo VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/lyaskovets/news/20110826/vegetable_capital.html “Etara” Architecture Ensemble near Gabrovo will hots a Crafts\' Fair http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110826/etar_gabrovo.html 60 masters from all over Bulgaria will participate in the International Fair of the National crafts, which will be held in Architecture- ethnography museum “Etar” in Gabrovo, from 03 – 06th September. The craftsmen will present special techniques in pottery, knife making, carving, weaving, knitting and etc. Guests from Italy, Scotland, Romania, morocco and Japan will also demonstrate traditional crafts for their regions. The program also includes folklore performances. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 26 Aug 2011 12:17:45 “Etara” Architecture Ensemble near Gabrovo will hots a Crafts\' Fair VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110826/etar_gabrovo.html Bulgarian-Romanian project to develop ecotourism in the region of Danube http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110826/bulgarian_romanian_project_for_ecotourism.html Bulgarian Municipality Vetovo and Romanian municipality Gostinu start a joint project of ecotourism.Cross-border project Ecotourism: prospects for development of two small communities, provides the construction of a bikeway from Pisanets village to Vetovo and construction of а cultural and tourist information centers in both communities and beach band of the Danube near Gostinu.Long 18 km the bikeway Pisanets-Vetovo will become a cultural and entertainment facility with places for rest. Information centers and improvements to the beach will be built on a reciprocal basis by Romanian and Bulgarian workers to activate cultural and social contacts between people from the both communities.The project is worth 1 493 683 euro and will be implemented over 18 months. During the project the municipalities will organize an international conference and seminars on tourism.]]> 26 Aug 2011 11:30:33 Bulgarian-Romanian project to develop ecotourism in the region of Danube tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110826/bulgarian_romanian_project_for_ecotourism.html Aviation show to mark Bulgarian aviation centenary http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110823/bulgarian_aviation_centenary.html On the occasion of the centenary of the Bulgarian aviation, from 2 to 4 September Bulgaria’s second largest city Plovdiv is hosting an aviation show at three stages – past, present and future. The stage of the past will include a retro parade showing the earliest aircraft used by the Bulgarian army. At the stage of the present the Bulgarian Air Force will present its program as well as the Pilatus Group from Switzerland. The stage of the future features demonstrations with Gripen, Typhoon 1000 and MIG 29M aircraft.]]> 23 Aug 2011 14:32:17 Aviation show to mark Bulgarian aviation centenary bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110823/bulgarian_aviation_centenary.html Sofia airport services 336,500 passengers in July http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110823/sofia_airport_passengers.html In July Sofia Airport serviced 336,000 passengers – by 9400 more year-on-year, accounting for a 3 percent growth. Traffic along regular international lines grew by the same percentage reaching 305,000 passengers during the month. The most passengers flew with flights run by Bulgaria Air, Wizz Air and Lufthansa Group. They have increased the number of their weekly flights to Sofia. 25,000 passengers were serviced in domestic flights, meaning a 53 percent growth year-on-year.]]> 23 Aug 2011 13:40:10 Sofia airport services 336,500 passengers in July bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110823/sofia_airport_passengers.html Archaeology Digs at Bulgarian Black Sea Coast Reveal Precious Finds http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20110822/kaliakra_cape_excavations.html The archaeological excavations at the Bulgarian Black Sea Kaliakra cape have been renewed at the beginning of August, immediately yielding more artifacts.The information was reported by the Head of the archeological team, Boni Pertunova, from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS).Until now, the researchers have already discovered 20 gold objects – mostly jewelry as well as silver jewelry. They were located inside a necropolis and date from the 12th-14th century. The most interesting find has been a golden earing with two exquisite pearls, Petrunova explains.43 tombs have been found in the area of the so-called Church 2 in Kaliakra. The most precious find there is a stamp with the portrait of the Virgin Mary, discovered on August 15th, the very same day when the Christian world celebrates the Dormition of Mary. The stamp also has the monogram of its owner – a wealthy, prominent person.The latter find proves that in the 5th-6th century local residents wrote plenty of documents and correspondence, history experts say, pointing out the stamp is extremely rare and even unique.The excavations will continue at least until the end of the month since there is still a lot to research, Petrunova reports.The work of her team is financed by the Town Hall of the Black Sea city of Kavarna.]]> 22 Aug 2011 17:30:14 Archaeology Digs at Bulgarian Black Sea Coast Reveal Precious Finds novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20110822/kaliakra_cape_excavations.html Kavarna tourists 8-10% up http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20110822/kavarna_tourists.html The tourists in the Black Sea resort of Kavarna are from 8 to 10 percent more on last year. These are mostly holidaymakers from the former Soviet republics, as well as Romanians. Kavarna is getting ready for the Fish & Mussels Festival held in early September as a way to prolong the summer season. This year it opens on 2 Sept.]]> 22 Aug 2011 16:55:33 Kavarna tourists 8-10% up. Summer holiday in Kavarna Black Sea resort bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20110822/kavarna_tourists.html Tangibly More Foreign Tourists Visited Bulgaria in Q2 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110819/bulgarian_tourism_has_strong_summer_season.html Data from the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (NSI) is confirming the various reports that Bulgaria's tourism sector is enjoying a very strong summer season in 2011.The total revenue from tourist accommodation (i.e. hotel room and apartment stays) in Bulgaria in the second quarter of 2011 reached BGN 165.3 M, an increase of 14.4% year-on-year compared with the same quarter of 2010, NSI announced Thursday.The accommodation income from foreign tourists in Q2 is reported to have increased by 16.1%, while that from Bulgarian tourists – by 10.3%.The total number of hotel stays in the second quarter has reached 4.524 million, an increase by 761 000 (20.2%) compared with the same period of 2010. Of those, 1.454 million came from Bulgarian citizens (an increase by 13.6%). The hotel stays by foreign tourists grew by 23.6%.The most impressive growth was registered with tourists from Ukraine (70.5%), Croatia (101.7%), Serbia (72.4%), Hungary (65.1%), and Estonia (112%), while hotel stays in Bulgaria by citizens of Portugal declined by 35%, Cyprus – 32%, Luxembourg – 30%, France – 23%.According to NSI, a total of 3 226 accommodation places with more than 10 beds functioned in Bulgaria in April-June 2011 with 112 600 rooms, and 246 400 beds.]]> 19 Aug 2011 13:55:53 Bulgaria's tourism sector is enjoying a very strong summer season in 2011 novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110819/bulgarian_tourism_has_strong_summer_season.html Festival of Arts - Apollonia 2011 in Sozopol http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110818/apollonia_festival.html Festival of Arts - Apollonia 2011 will take place from August 27th - September 5th 2011 in Sozopol Black Sea Resort in Bulgaria. Here is The Program of the Festival.The largest Bulgarian festival of the arts, Apollonia, began in 1984 as a friendly initiative among the regular visitors of the quiet sea resort Sozopol. Within their ranks were many musicians, artists, theater folk, cinematographers and journalists. The crème of the crop from an era when the mind prevailed.One of the most astounding facts that the first participants encountered is that at Apollonia artists are taken care of by other artists. And they really take care of all aspects of the festival - program, lodging and even daily necessities.%RIMG1From the very first year of its existence, Apollonia established its own unique style. A resort festival that takes place at the end of the summer, where there are stages for every type of art, every genre and every form. Some are popular, others more difficult, with greater depth, even slightly elitist.Back in 1984, between the 1st and 12th of September, the common boredom near the sea was annihilated. The festival presented 18 concerts, 8 plays, 4 ballet performances, 4 poetry readings, 8 art shows and 6 movie premiers. Over 50 documentaries and 60 animated movies were screened. Every single hall for every single event was filled beyond capacity...%LIMG2For the past 27 years, Apollonia has been attended by almost all the brightest Bulgarian artists, culture fiends, experts and stars - many of them are regular visitors and participants.In addition, Sozopol has provided the stage for the first steps for many young artists and performers.Tradition prevails that the program for the evenings at the Amphitheatre must provide a wide spectrum of options that can satisfy an array of preferences and tastes. This tradition has never been broken.Through the years the theatre playbill has included not only the best plays from the past season, but also brave experiments and authors who have tried to take the pulse of the audience regarding some of their more imaginative work. First performed at the old church, and now at the Historical museum, the chamber music concerts have offered many timeless classics and contemporary works performed by stars and young talents alike. In the last few years these concerts showcase many young Bulgarians, who have earned their ranks abroad, but are still quite unknown to the Bulgarian audiences.%RIMG3Traditionally, the literary program includes many premiers of books that are yet to be published.The Art gallery located in the Old Town has become the home for one of the most popular events of the festival - "Play readings" - evenings when popular actors read unknown plays to the audience. And the gallery traditionally hosts different exhibitions from some of the brightest artists.Late nights at the festival are reserved for the "UBB" Club where the jazz stage is located. There, Bulgaria's biggest stars and numerous, elite foreign guests can be heard in an intimate and inspiring atmosphere.%LIMG4 Starting this year the screenings of new Bulgarian movies can be seen at the "House of the Fleet". Some of the most acclaimed films and Bulgarian cinematic accomplishments have been played at the Apollonia screens throughout the years and the festival remains one of the prime outlets for viewing quality films from established and up and coming filmmakers.For the past 27 years, Apollonia has been a celebration of art in all its forms. ]]> 18 Aug 2011 15:09:03 Festival of Arts - Apollonia 2011 in Sozopol Black Sea Resort in Bulgaria information by apollonia.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110818/apollonia_festival.html 37 guest houses in Bulgaria have the Certificate Green House http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110817/certificate_green_house.html 37 guest houses in Bulgaria have the certificate "Green House", the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism (BAAT) reported.The certificate guarantees the visitors that homes that have it, fulfill the EU criteria for quality accommodation, where the negative impact of the environment is minimized.The hosts of the green houses are mostly families from the local community who know their region and are able to introduce their guests the beauty of the surrounding countryside.]]> 17 Aug 2011 17:15:21 37 guest houses in Bulgaria have the Certificate Green House tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110817/certificate_green_house.html Bulgaria's Balchik Palace Turns Attractive Wedding Spot http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110816/balchik_palace_wedding_spot.html The Balchik palace complex in the northern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria is marking during summer 2011 a peak of weddings of couples from all over the world.Over 30 couples from Bulgaria, the US, Switzerland, Australia, Romania and Slovakia have chosen the beautiful backdrop of the sea and the castle to tie the knot, the Culture Activities Department at the complex reports.The most exotic wedding had been the one of a couple from Iran, who had chosen the Bulgarian site after visiting it during a business trip. They married strictly according to ancient Persian traditions and rituals.The brides have shown a variety of gown color choices beyond the traditional white while a young woman from the US had wed in a lace gown from the wardrobe of her grand-mother. The decoration has been most often chosen to match the scenery and had included sea creatures and blue accents.The couples are said to favor the Nympheum where Romanian Quinn Maria used to celebrate her birthdays. The price for a wedding is BGN 200 as listed by the Balchik Town Hall.Balchik's Palace – or "Dvoretsa" in Bulgarian – is a complex built in 1924 by Queen Maria of Romania at a time when the region of Southern Dobrudzha was part of Romania (1918-1940).The Balchik Botanical Garden was established in 1940. It has an area of 65,000 m² and accommodates 2000 plant species belonging to 85 families and 200 genera. In May 2010, a government decision was made to transfer the Garden's management to the Culture Ministry, which caused a fierce inter-institutional battle.]]> 16 Aug 2011 17:34:10 Bulgaria's Balchik Palace Turns Attractive Wedding Spot novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110816/balchik_palace_wedding_spot.html Royal Wine House at Balchik’s Palace keeps age old collection http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110812/royal_wine_house_at_balchik.html The Royal Wine House in The Palace Architecture & Park Complex in the Black Sea town of Balchik keeps a unique wine collection more than a century old. The oldest wine dates back to 1878. More than 150 original bottles from end - 19 c. to 1924 are part of the collection. The wines were found by chance buried in the sand beneath the rubble of an old house. The collection is not for sale though a few collectors are keen to buy it. A 1894 red Gamza from Pleven, a 1909 white and a 50-year-old brandy with medals from international competitions made by families, wineries and cooperatives display the traditions of Bulgarian wine-making.The Royal Wine House keeps close to 5000 of Bulgarian wines. It is a tourist attraction apart from wine-tasting sessions with wines that can only be tasted in Balchik.]]> 12 Aug 2011 17:17:17 Royal Wine House at Balchik’s Palace keeps age old collection bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110812/royal_wine_house_at_balchik.html Golden Sands is in the Top 10 hottest beach resorts in Europe http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/golden_sands/news/20110811/golden_sands_is_in_top_10_resorts.html The Bulgarian Black Sea resort - Golden Sands is in the Top 10 hottest beach resorts in Europe, along with Ibiza and Mallorca in Spain, island of Mykonos in Greece, the Aegean resort of Bodrum in Turkey, the Croatian Adriatic seaside, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo.The ranking of the most attractive resorts is made by the German newspaper “Bild”. According to the research Golden sands offers a relaxing holiday on the Black Sea, an active night life with lots of fun and great music. For its wide beach strip of fine golden sand the resort is known as “The pearl of the Bulgarian Black Seaside”. ]]> 11 Aug 2011 18:17:32 Golden Sands is in the Top 10 hottest beach resorts in Europe VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/golden_sands/news/20110811/golden_sands_is_in_top_10_resorts.html Northwest Bulgaria's Authorities Seek Investors to Revive Vidin Airport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110811/vidin_airport_reconstruction.html Bulgaria's state authorities are seeking bidders for the concession of the inactive airport in the northwestern city of Vidin, Plamen Stefanov, Vidin District Governor, told Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency).In an interview for Novinite.com dedicated to the situation of Bulgaria's Northwestern (Severozapaden) Region, which is the EU's poorest region in terms of per capita GDP, Stefanov announced that his administration and the central government are now prepared to grant the Vidin Airport on concession."This is the former civil airport in Vidin which was used for domestic flights. Back then, the flights from Vidin to Sofia lasted about 40 minutes, and were rather popular," Stefanov said.He explained that the Vidin Airport was shut down in 1998-1999 because of a dispute between the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture about which one of them is supposed to pay compensations to the former owners of the land where the Vidin Airport is located. (The land was nationalized during Bulgaria's communist period when almost all agricultural land was state-owned; it was restituted to owners after 1989 either in full or through compensations – editor's note)."Because of this dispute, the Vidin Airport has simply been abandoned, and has been left to the mercy of Mother Nature. We have a wonderful runway there, and all experts say it can be used. The airport also has all the respective infrastructure even though its buildings are now defunct. But it can very well be served by small planes. I am not talking about some grand airport project," believes the Vidin District Governor. He stressed that the Vidin Airport could in fact turn out to be very attractive as a transport hub because of the city of Vidin's Danube ports and railway connections as well as its proximity to Serbia and Romania."I think that the potential combination of the Vidin Airport with Vidin's Danube ports – which are very good – and the railway transport – by 2020 the high-speed railway line from Vidin to Sofia should be ready – would be a very interesting spot for the development of inter-modal transport – with Central Europe and the former Yugoslavia states which are now seeking to join the EU," Stefanov said.He also noted the example of a former NATO military airport in Germany's Baden-Wuerttemberg province now used for civilian purposes that the Vidin District administration got acquainted with through its cooperation with the authorities of Germany's Ortenau district (Ortenaukreis), saying that his administration wants to grant the Vidin Airport to a concessionaire in a similar fashion."We would be happy if Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) can help us spread this information that we are looking for a concessionaire for the Vidin Airport; this would really help our region... More detailed information is available on the website of the Vidin District Administration. The Vidin Mayor and I as well as the other mayors are ready to provide any cooperation needed to a potential investor that is interested in the concession of the Vidin Airport," Stefanov said.With his announcement, the Vidin Airport has become the latest among several currently inactive airports in Bulgaria's provinces – such as the Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport, the Ruse Airport (Shtraklevo), and the Balchik Airport – that only in the recent months the Bulgarian government has set out to revive by starting procedures to grant them on concessions to interested bidders as a way to utilize the potential of Bulgaria's provinces.]]> 11 Aug 2011 15:48:36 Northwest Bulgaria's Authorities Seek Investors to Revive Vidin Airport Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110811/vidin_airport_reconstruction.html Varna Airport will close for reconstruction http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110809/varna_airport_reconstruction.html Varna airport will close for reconstruction after the end of the summer season for the period 15 October 2011 – 28 February 2012. Most air companies are now considering redirecting flights to Bourgas airport. Bulgaria air announced that all completed bookings will be redirected to Bourgas airport, where passengers will be transported to Varna by buses. The bus transfer will be additionally announced. ]]> 09 Aug 2011 20:40:53 Varna Airport will close for reconstruction. Varna airport on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110809/varna_airport_reconstruction.html Ornithological tourism in Bulgaria is most attractive for Britons http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110809/ornithological_tourism_in_bulgaria.html About 1500 foreign tourists visited Bulgaria each year to shoot or just to see live a rare butterfly, bird, bat, lizard or a flower.Ornithological tourism in Bulgaria attracts many Britons who arrive under the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, in which 2.5 million people are members. Here tourists can see species not found in their countries - two types of pelicans - Great White Pelican and Dalmatian Pelican, Eastern Imperial Eaglå.Among foreign tourists keen on ornithologist tourism in Bulgaria are Belgians, Dutchmen, Frenchmen, Italians, Americans, Canadians, Germans, Swedes and Finns.From 2010 there is organized tours for sightings of reptiles and amphibians - around the Melnik, armchairs and sleeve Mountains and the Black Sea coast in Strandja.]]> 09 Aug 2011 19:50:30 Ornithological tourism in Bulgaria is most attractive for Britons tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110809/ornithological_tourism_in_bulgaria.html This year expected best for tourism in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110808/the_best_year_for_tourism.html At present, almost all of Bulgaria’s big resorts are full, announced Mr. Blagoi Ragin, president of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association. The season has been good for the Southern and Northern Black sea coast, where tourist attractions such as golf and hunting have revived. Cultural tourism has received a boost, too. “This year is expected to be one of the best in the tourism sector in the last 10 years”, Mr. Ragin pointed out.]]> 08 Aug 2011 11:34:06 This year expected best for tourism in Bulgaria bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110808/the_best_year_for_tourism.html 61 Bulgarian municipalities to welcome tourists with reconstructed cultural, historical and natural attractions in 2013 summer http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110807/bulgarian_municipalities.html 61 Bulgarian municipalities will have reconstructed and developed tourist attractions in 2013 when a 24-month projects worth some BGN 202 million will be accomplished under Regional Development OP, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Lilyana Pavlova said in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.“What we consider important is to have tourist attractions that can draw as many tourists as possible and develop the attractions and their infrastructure. Each cultural, natural and historical attraction is very significant,” she said further.She enumerated some of the sites that will be financed to become tourist attractions: ancient Thracian city of Perperikon, Madara Rider medieval rock relief, Shumen Fortress, Bulgaria’s old capital Veliki Preslav, island of Saint Anastasia close to seaside city of Burgas, the archeological and ethnographic complexes Etar and Bozhentsi, Belogradchik Fortress, Ledenika cave, museums in the coastal towns of Sozopol and Nesebar and in Sofia.]]> 07 Aug 2011 14:25:24 61 Bulgarian municipalities to welcome tourists with reconstructed cultural, historical and natural attractions in 2013 summer Focus News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110807/bulgarian_municipalities.html Archeologists Discover Emperor Constantine’s Palace http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110805/sofia_archaelogy.html The metro station in Sofia downtown may soon happen to house the residence of Byzantine Emperor Constantine I. The archeologists have not confirmed for sure the identity of the findings as excavations continue. All facts for now, however, lean towards the variant that the palace of the first Christian Emperor lies just under the square in front of St Nedelya Church. Yesterday Bulgaria’s Minister of Culture, Vejdi Rashidov and Sofia Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova presented the latest archeological findings. A unique dwelling and a church from the 4th century have been the most recent sensation that came up from Sofia’s underground depths. “The well-preserved building must have belonged to a noble citizen of Serdica,” explained archeologist Mario Ivanov from the Bulgarian Academy of Science. There is a bathroom, yard and a bakery in the building. The most precious finding, however, is the 30sq.m of mosaics. Such a large mosaic preserved with all the ornaments is vary rare to find, so far only separate parts have been discovered, experts commented. ]]> 05 Aug 2011 12:18:10 Archeologists Discover Emperor Constantine’s Palace in Sofia, Bulgaria Standart daily, Siyana Sevova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110805/sofia_archaelogy.html Bulgaria in top 10 adventure tourism destinations http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110804/bulgaria_adventure_tourism_destination.html Bulgaria features on the top 10 of destinations for adventure tourism among emerging markets, a survey of George Washington University in Washington DC has found. Slovakia ranks first among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Bulgaria is sixth. The chart has been based on criteria including sustainable development, safety, nature resources, resources for adventure activities, infrastructure and the way the country is accepted in the world.]]> 04 Aug 2011 17:30:33 Bulgaria in top 10 adventure tourism destinations bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110804/bulgaria_adventure_tourism_destination.html The Madonna of Perperikon http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110804/madonna_of_perperikon.html The Madonna of Perperikon is the newest find of the archaeologists’ team of Professor Nikolay Ovcharov this summer. The archaeologists came across a part of medieval necropolis, where a young woman with baby in hands was buried in a chamber hewn into the rock. The discovery was made during the excavations in the eastern part of the Acropolis. Most probably the burial dates back to the period X-XII century as on it underlies the wall of a medieval church from XIII-XIV century, prof. Ovcharov assumes. He told that three years ago he had similar experience in the necropolis of Nisovo village, Russe district. In Nisovo necropolis he found burials of mothers with their children, who presumably died from bubonic plague. After the thorough examination of the tomb it turned out the the child had some of its milk teeth, which means it was not a baby. This suggests that in both cases - in Nisovo and in Perperikon – the cause of death was plaque epidemic, Nikolay Ovcharov believes.]]> 04 Aug 2011 15:11:59 The Madonna of Perperikon sanctuary in the Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria Irina Angelova, Standart daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110804/madonna_of_perperikon.html British tourists prefer Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110803/british_tourists_prefer_bulgaria.html Vacations in Bulgaria are very popular among the tourists from UK this year, as one of the main reasons are the excellent hotels.UK citizens can enjoy 5-star luxury, excellent food and excellent Black Sea beaches.British tourists also prefer destinations in Spain, Greece, and Turkey, but Bulgaria is an attractive option that gains popularity. ]]> 03 Aug 2011 16:55:43 British tourists prefer vacation in Bulgaria. bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110803/british_tourists_prefer_bulgaria.html Bulgarian-Romanian project revives the traditional crafts http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110803/crafts_vidin.html The main focus of the pilot project "Dolj - Vidin" is to present all the traditional crafts of Vidin region and the Romanian town of Dolj.The project plans to donate 2000 guides with information about crafts and tourist attractions to the embassies, partners of the Bulgarian Economic Forum, travel agencies.7 countries and 16 organizations are involved in the project and will present their traditional crafts on exhibitions and conferences.The final project meeting was held in the medieval fortress "Baba Vida".The project developed a tourist route - Chiprovtsi, Belogradchik, Calafat, Craiova and Vidin.The Bulgarian side project is implemented by the Bulgarian Economic Forum. Romanian partners are the National Institute for Study and Development of Tourism and National Institute for Research and Development URBANPROIECT.]]> 03 Aug 2011 12:03:51 Bulgarian-Romanian project revives the traditional crafts tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110803/crafts_vidin.html Russian artists get inspiration in Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110802/vidin_art.html Vidin hosts an International Art Workshop “Vidin palette”. The planner is organized by the “Vida Art” foundation and will take place in two parts – from 01 until 14th august and from 01 - 14th September. Local artists and painters from St. Petersburg, Alma Ata, Kazakhstan will participate in the event. The organizers have planned six tours to different sites in the region, where the young artists will look for inspiration – the views by the Danuve river, Baba Vida castle, the museums in Vidin, “Kaleto” fortification wall, the Belogradchik rocks and the beauties of the western part of the Balkan mountain range. The event will end with an exhibition in the Baba Vida fortress. ]]> 02 Aug 2011 15:03:21 Russian artists get inspiration in Vidin city on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110802/vidin_art.html Official program of Spirit of Bourgas 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110802/spirit_of_bourgas_2011.html This year the best music festival in Bulgaria will again take place on the beach in Bourgas. The Spirit of Bourgas will happen in Burgas for the 4th time on 12, 13 and 14th of August 2011.The official program of the festival will be as follows:12th of August20:00 - 20:45 Smallman;21:00 - 22:00 Onyx;22:15 - 23:30 Suicidal Tendencies; 00:00 -01:20 Gotan Project; 01:30 - 03:00 Benga and MC Youngman; 03:00 - 05:00 Tommy Gun, World Premiere и Tekniq;13th of August20:00 - 20:45 Jeff Scot Sotto & Grass; 21:00 - 22:00 P.I.F. 22:15 - 23:30 Skunk Anansie; 00:00 -01:30 Moby; 01:30 - 03:30 Shy FX and MC Stamina - HMSU night; 03:30 - 05:00 HMSU dj's back2back; 14th of August20:00 - 20:45 Piromania; 21:00 - 22:00 Skindread; 22:15 - 23:30 Deftones; 00:00 -01:30 Leftfield Live; 01:30 - 03:30 Scratch Perverts;03:30 - 05:00 Illmate;Make the trip and visit The Spirit of Bourgas on August 12th and let you spirit fly over the dunes and the sea waves sharing some unforgettable moments with thousands of other music lovers!]]> 02 Aug 2011 14:49:45 Official program of Spirit of Bourgas 2011 music festival on the beach in Bourgas city, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110802/spirit_of_bourgas_2011.html Vratsa Plans to create a Recreational Park in Ledenika Cave in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20110801/ledenika_cave.html Vratsa city announced a project for the construction a recreational part in the Ledenika Cave, estimated to cost BGN 5.3 M The project is funded by the Regional Development Operational Programme within the framework of a strategy for developing tourist attractions in the region.The recreational park will consist of separate thematic units, with light and music themes within the different halls of the cave.Shows will include images projected in the cave lake, a volcano simulation, as well as music played in the so-called Concert Hall.Another unit of the park will give tourists important information about Ledenika - one of Bulgaria's most popular and spectacular caves.A small tourist train line is set to join the entrance of the cave with the informational Natura 2000 center nearby Vratsa.The project is expected to be completed within 2 years.Ledenika is located 16 km off Vratsa in the Western Stara Planina Range. With a length of some 300 m, it includes 10 separate halls and countless karst formations.]]> 01 Aug 2011 13:13:33 Vratsa Plans to create a Recreational Park in Ledenika Cave in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20110801/ledenika_cave.html Resort festival of the mineral water and the mountain in Varshets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varshets/news/20110801/resort_festival.html The traditional Resort festival of the mineral water and the mountain “Varshets 2011” starts today. The idea of the holiday is to cherish the healing powers of the mineral water and the beautiful nature in Varshets. This year the holiday will last one week from 01 August, until 07 august and is dedicated to the second largest pine three park in Bulgaria, following the Borisova Garden in Sofia. All guests and residents of the town will be able to observe a children show, art plenary, the exhibition “100 years Pine three park – Varshets”, folklore concerts, dog exhibition, crafts alley, volleyball and football tournaments. Children theatre formation will perform its new play “The little red riding hood”.]]> 01 Aug 2011 12:35:04 Resort festival of the mineral water and the mountain in Varshets spa resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varshets/news/20110801/resort_festival.html High competition in the second golf tournament by Devin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110801/devin_golf.html 62 players participated in the golf tournament with the cooperation of Devin, which took place at Pirin Golf & Country Club on 30 July 2011.In April 2011 Devin and Pirin Golf and Country club organized the first golf tournament for journalists with unique and interesting format. The first three journalists again participated in the competition. After a very competitive game the teams of Petar Stratiev and Ivo Dimitrov won the tournament cup with 46 net Stableford points. Golf is not just a competition. It is a norm for behaviour and impeccable outlook. ]]> 01 Aug 2011 10:14:08 High competition in the second golf tournament by Devin water in the Pirin Golf and country Club, near Bansko in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110801/devin_golf.html Russian tourist get the leading role in Bulgarian tourist market http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110728/russian_tourist.html During the last two years the number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria has increased and they have become an important part of the Bulgarian tourism market, said Marin Neshkov - Chairman of the Varna Chamber of Tourism, quoted by Radio "Focus - Varna".Tourists form Germany and UK also form a major group. The number of tourists from Serbia and Macedonia, has also increased after the fall of visa. Specialists expect a 10% increase in the number of tourists for 2011.]]> 28 Jul 2011 10:45:32 Russian tourist get the leading role in Bulgarian tourism market VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110728/russian_tourist.html Golf tourism in Bulgaria may bring income of 60 million leva http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110727/golf_tourism_bulgaria.html Golf courses in Bulgaria may bring income of 60 million leva in the short term. This was said Peter Walten and Carleton Carugatiand on the the conference of the President and the General Manager of the International Golf Association of the Tour Operators.According to them, Bulgaria is a golf destination of high perspectives. The whole vision of the country as a tourist destination may be changed due to golf course possibilities.]]> 27 Jul 2011 13:15:29 Golf tourism in Bulgaria may bring income of 60 million leva tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110727/golf_tourism_bulgaria.html Bulgaria to Appoint Tourism Attache in Germany http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110727/tourism_attache_in_germany.html Bulgaria will appoint a tourism attache in Germany, it was announced Tuesday.Currently, the post is open to competition, deputy Economy Minister Ivo Marinov said during a meeting between the Ministry's trade representatives abroad and the Bulgarian business.Once a candidate is selected for the job, Germany will become the second state in which Bulgaria will have its special tourism attache after Russia. Bulgaria's tourism attache in Germany will be based in Frankfurt, because many German tour operators working with the country have offices there."One should consider also that ever since tourism was included in the Ministry of Economy, our trade representatives represent our tourism, too," Traicho Traikov, Bulgaria's Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, pointed out during the meeting.]]> 27 Jul 2011 09:59:56 Bulgaria to Appoint Bulgaria to Appoint Tourism Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110727/tourism_attache_in_germany.html Bulgaria's Tourism Optimistic about 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110801/bulgarian_tourism_results.html The Bulgarian tourism branch expects good results 2011, according to Blagoy Ragin, chair of the country's organization of hotel and restaurant owners.However, this year's mistakes should be seriously analyzed, he told Darik radio, referring to the several fatal accidents which happened in Bulgarian seaside resorts in the peak of the season."We should find a way to make sure accidents will not happen again," Ragin declared.Bulgaria is still a leading cheap holiday destination, according to polls conducted among local and foreign tourists in 2009 and 2010, Mariya Ivanova, head of the tourism department within the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, has stated.2011 was expected to bring a 10% growth in tourist arrivals, Bulgaria's Economy, Energy and Tourism Minister Traicho Traikov recently said, remarking that over 90% of the target had already been met.]]> 01 Aug 2011 17:54:45 Bulgaria's Tourism Optimistic about 2011 Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110801/bulgarian_tourism_results.html Foreigners fancy Bulgarias' cultural and spa tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110715/cultural_and_spa_tourism.html Cultural and spa activities are considered the most attractive forms of tourism among the foreign tourists in Bulgaria, according to a poll conducted by Synesta Consortium.In contrast, Bulgarians most frequently visit relatives or travel to the country during their summer breaks, the poll shows.Foreigners spend between EUR 70 and EUR 90 per day on average in Bulgaria's resorts and usually stay 9-10 days, while locals spend just EUR 19-EUR 25 daily and stay 5-6 days.Many foreigners prefer to combine several different types of tourism during their stay in Bulgaria in order to make their experience more dynamic, the poll concludes.The region of Thrace, the Rhodope, Rila and Pirin mountains are the most popular Bulgarian tourist destinations among the foreigners questioned.]]> 15 Jul 2011 14:30:10 Foreigners fancy Bulgarias' cultural and spa tourism. novinite.com, 15 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110715/cultural_and_spa_tourism.html The yoghurt festival will be celebrated on 16th of July http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tran/news/20110714/the_yoghurt_festival.html On 16th of July at 11:00 AM started the Yoghurt Festival in the town of Tran.It will be celebrated and the 15th anniversary of Foundation “Stamen Grigorov”. Dr. Stamen Grigorov discovered the bacterium “Bacterium Bulgaricum”.Part of the fest program are: musical performances, a competition “The Bulgarian name of longevity” and an exhibition “Traditions and Modernity”. Tourists can visit museum of yogurt – the only one in the world. It is located in village of Studen izvor.]]> 14 Jul 2011 14:54:06 The yoghurt festival will be celebrated on 16th of July in Tran, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 14 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tran/news/20110714/the_yoghurt_festival.html New little octopus in Varna aquarium http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110713/new_little_octopus.html One month old octopus from the Indian ocean is the new member of Varna aquarium, reported radio “Focus” - Varna.The little octopus is long over 30 centimeters. More than 100 offers for names was given in a competition for choosing the name to the new member of the aquarium.This species stay alive one or two years and are very sensitive to polluted waters. Camera flashes stressed the little octopus and his is hiding in a different holes.]]> 13 Jul 2011 13:51:52 New little octopus in Varna, Bulgaria aquarium. The little member still has no name yet. VisitBulgaria.net, 13 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110713/new_little_octopus.html 174 Cross the Balkan Mountains down Levski's Steps http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20110713/balkan_mountains.html A Russian, two Americans and an Englishman will take part in the national tourist march "Along the Apostle's Steps" due to start on Thursday. Total 174 people volunteered for crossing the Balkan Mountains on foot. They will start in six groups on routes of varying levels of difficulty. They will gather in Karlovo for Vassil Levski's birthday - July 19. Vassil Levski or the Apostle of Freedom is Bulgarian national hero, the ideologist and strategist of the Bulgarian revolutionary movement of the end of the 19th century. Five of the tourists are of Turkish origin. "Two thirds of the participants are secondary and higher students," reported Vassil Kopchev, founder and leader of the march. The oldest participant is 70-year-old and will lead one of the groups. Vassil Chardakliev, a kin to Vassil Levski will lead another of the groups. The youngest mountaineer is Teodora Hadjieva, she has not turned three yet and will cross the mountains on the shoulders of her parents. ]]> 13 Jul 2011 13:35:15 174 people to Cross the Balkan Mountains down Levski's Steps in Bulgaria Standart daily, Evgeni Goranov http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20110713/balkan_mountains.html Military airport in the Bulgarian resort Balchik became civil http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110712/new_civil_airport.html Military airport in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Balchik will be transform into a civil, wrote “Klasa”. The project is evaluated for 30 million Bulgarian leva.Part of the charter flights will arrived in Balchik during the summer seasons. The project is funded by the Bulgarian national budget. The owner of the new airport now is the Ministry of Transport and Communications. More than 33 old military airports in Bulgaria are closed for flights. ]]> 12 Jul 2011 18:24:11 Military airport in the Bulgarian resort Balchik became civil. VisitBulgaria.net, 12 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110712/new_civil_airport.html Strandzha mountain tipped for joint Bulgarian-Turkish project with UNESCO status http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sinemorets/news/20110711/strandzha_mountain.html The border Strandzha Mountain should become a joint Bulgarian-Turkish project for non-material cultural heritage that should seek UNESCO status, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov has proposed upon welcoming his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul."Both countries are tourist destinations, especially Turkey. We need to try to diversify the tourism opportunities. Spa tourism has a very good potential but I would add cultural tourism, which leads to dialogue between civilizations," Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov said at a Bulgarian-Turkish business forum in Sofia."We have start the so called "Cultural Corridors" initiative – its point is to unit the local routes into international routes for European and international travelers. This is when we can achieve a lot more. I have actually talked with Mrs. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, about turning Strandzha into a joint Bulgarian-Turkish project for non-material cultural heritage of UNESCO," he elaborated.The Strandzha Mountain (in Turkish Yildiz Daglari or Istranca) is located in southeastern Bulgaria and the European part of Turkey, bordering on the Black Sea to the east. Its highest peak is Mahiada or Mahya Dagı - 1 031 m in Turkey, while the highest point on Bulgarian territory is Golyamo Gradishte – 710 m. The total area of the mountain is approximately 10 000 square km.Most of the Bulgarian part of Strandzha is encompassed by the Strandzha Natural Park established in 1995. It is the largest protected area in Bulgaria with a territory of 1 161% about 1% of Bulgaria's total territory.The Strandzha region harbors a number of unique biological species, archaeological sites, and pagan rituals such as nestinarstvo – or fire-dancing – that survive to this day.]]> 11 Jul 2011 18:25:55 Strandzha mountain tipped for joint Bulgarian-Turkish project with UNESCO status. novinite.com, 11 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sinemorets/news/20110711/strandzha_mountain.html Bulgarian town of Plovdiv boasts increase of tourist visits http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110711/more_tourists_in_summer_2011.html The number of Bulgarian and foreign tourists, who have visited the second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv, has increased significantly.The data comes from the Tourist Informational Center in downtown Plovdiv, cited by the local daily "Maritsa."In June 2011, there have been 300 more visitors of the Center, seeking information, compared to June 2010.In June 2011, people from 44 different countries have visited Plovdiv, mainly from France, the UK, Germany, and the US. They latter have also shown the strongest interest in sightseeing, cultural events, entertainment, food establishments and shopping.]]> 11 Jul 2011 14:28:29 Bulgarian town of Plovdiv boasts increase of tourist visits. novinite.com, 11 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110711/more_tourists_in_summer_2011.html Free of charge sun umbrellas in the central beach of Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110708/bourgas_central_beach.html In the summer 2011 the central beach of Bourgas offers tourists free of charge umbrellas and sun beds. Beach sport lovers can use some of the playgrounds for free.Bourgas municipality is the new owner of the central beach. Medical staff and 11 lifeguards will take care for the security of the tourists until the middle of September.The beach will have more than 20 umbrellas. Near the entrances are installed showers and toilets. There is access for people with disabilities. There will be built three courses for football, handball, volleyball and beach tennis. ]]> 08 Jul 2011 14:23:07 Free of charge sun umbrellas in the central beach of Bourgas, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 8 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110708/bourgas_central_beach.html Culinary Exhibition for the Fest of Bread http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20110707/fest_of_bread.html For the second year in the village of Orizare is celebrating Fest of Bread. From now on part of the fest is a culinary exhibition where local people will show their talent in bread producing.Delicious breads will be exposed on a long table. “Fest of Bread” is celebrating in Orizare village since 2010. The years before it was celebrating in the old town of Nesseber.]]> 07 Jul 2011 12:07:09 Culinary Exhibition for the Fest of Bread near Nesseber, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 07 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20110707/fest_of_bread.html European standards for the beach in Albena http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110708/european_beach_standard.html Bulgarian Black sea resort Albena already has a certificate for 15 years holder of the prize "Blue Flag". The Albenas beach is the fourth in Bulgaria and the hundred in the world awarded with this certificate.National and international commission determines the beach and the ports as ecological clean. Twice a month they monitored the resorts. The Bulgarian resort Albena is always covered the criteria.“Blue Flag” is standard that orients western tourists which is cleanliness and security beach according to European requirements.]]> 08 Jul 2011 14:46:53 European standards for the beach in Albena, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 07 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110708/european_beach_standard.html Kyustendil hosts a conference of cultural tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20110706/cultural_tourism_conference.html From 6 to 8 of July in the town of Kyustendil/ will held international conference “Approximation of cultural corridor Sofia - Ohrid - Cultural Tourism without Borders”.The idea is cultural tourism to be without any borders and based on common cultural and historical roots of the people.The conference will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism – Traycho Traykov. The initiative is to South-West University “Neophyte Rilski” in Blagoevgrad.]]> 06 Jul 2011 11:24:34 Kyustendil hosts a conference of cultural tourism in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 06 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20110706/cultural_tourism_conference.html Priest and Whitesnake to Rock Sofia with 80 Tons of Steel http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110705/sofia_rock.html Bulgarian capital Sofia is preparing for the massive Sofia Rocks festival Friday featuring as headliners heavy metal legislators Judas Priest with special guests rock icons Whitesnake.Support comes from a varied array of bands in the mellower and heavier register of rock, from Mike & the Mechanics, to UK heavy metal veterans Saxon, to US glam rockers Slade.80 tons of steel have already be brought for the 40 by 20 m stage that is being erected at the Balgarska Armiya (CSKA) Stadium in downtown Sofia.Organizers Balkan Entertainment Company have announced that they have no limits set at the volume by local authorities and that audiences will be crushed by a 200 kW sound system and over 400 kW of light.5 trucks are expected later on in the week for Judas Priest's lazer show, which has been massive on their current "Epitaph" tour, set to be the last big global tour of their decade-long career.Sofia Rocks 2011 will take place July 8 at the Balkarska Armiya Stadium in the Borissova Gradina park in Sofia. Entry time is 1 pm, the show starts at 4 pm.]]> 05 Jul 2011 11:24:20 Priest and Whitesnake to Rock Sofia with 80 Tons of Steel, Bulgaria. novinite.com, 05 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110705/sofia_rock.html Dolphins herd in the sea near "Trakata", Varna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110704/dolphins_herd.html In the sea waters near Varna place “Trakata” people can see a herd of dolphins. The herd is consist of more than 30 big dolphins. Fisher mans in the area said that it is a usual natural attraction.Dolphins followed a passage of small fish witch is hiding in the shore rocks. The beautiful view makes fisher mans discontent because dolphins scared the fish.This area is a little dangerous for the dolphins because they can get tangled in nets. For the last time a dolphins herd was observed in the sea waters near Varna three years ago.]]> 04 Jul 2011 16:13:28 Dolphins herd in the sea near "Trakata" - Varna, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 04 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110704/dolphins_herd.html Vidin medieval fortress attracted 50 000 tourists per year http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110704/vidin_medieval_fortress.html For the past few years the Vidin fortress has attracted about 50 000 tourists per year, according to Fionera Filipova, Director of the Regional History Museum in Vidin, cited Darik Radio. This trend continued for several consecutive years.Foreign tourists arrived by cruise ships on the Danube. The fortress host wedding ceremonies and private parties.The Danube city of Vidin is the center of Bulgaria's Northewestern region, which is the poorest region in the EU under the NUTS 2 classification. The historic landmark has been restored for the last time in 60s of XX century.]]> 04 Jul 2011 11:16:12 Vidin medieval fortress attracted 50 000 tourists per year. VisitBulgaria.net, 04 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110704/vidin_medieval_fortress.html Six Bulgarian towns nominated for European Capital of Culture http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110701/bulgarian_nominations_for_cultural_capital.html Bulgarian towns nominated for the European Capital of Culture in 2019 are Sofia, Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Rousse. The official promote of Rousse will be discussed at the session of the town counselors.Bulgarian and Italian invitation for the prestigious title will be published on 31 December 2012. The result of their choices will be announced on 31 December 2014.For European Capital of Culture have been declared 37 towns. The initiative stimulates long-term urban development in the field of culture, tourism, infrastructure, social and economic development.]]> 01 Jul 2011 16:03:02 Six Bulgarian towns nominated for European Capital of Culture. VisitBulgaria.net, 01 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110701/bulgarian_nominations_for_cultural_capital.html Are you ready to ROCK: Kavarna Rock Fest 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20110701/kavarna_rock_festival.html Two weeks countdown to the sixth edition of Kavarna Rock Fest – are you ready to ROCK?Opeth, Katatonia and Moonspell have confirmed their performance on Kavarna Rock Fest 2011!Loud Concerts and the Municipality of Kavarna proudly announce that the headliner for the second Kavarna Rock Fest 2011 evening will be Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. Also swedish dark metalheads Katatonia and the Portuguese from Moonspell will play at the festival, on the 15th and the 17th of July respectfully.]]> 01 Jul 2011 13:17:57 Dark metalheads at Kavarna Rock Festival on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kavarna/news/20110701/kavarna_rock_festival.html 80 % of Bulgarians prefer local sea resorts http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110701/bulgarians_in_local_sea_resorts.html More than 79% of Bulgarians have chosen the sea resorts in Bulgaria for their summer breaks, the reasons being mainly financial, a new poll has showed.Only 15% of the 300 participants in the poll, conducted by Synovate, intend to travel abroad during their summer breaks. Among them, most prefer Greece (32%) and Turkey (22%).41% of their compatriots who have chosen local sea resorts have pointed out their relative cheapness as the main reason. The Bulgarians who have decided to visit summer resorts in 2011 will spend BGN 1144 (EUR 587) on average during their breaks.A little more than one third of the respondents (36%) have claimed they will spend more in comparison with the previous year, while 47% have said they will spend the same amount of money as they did in 2010.]]> 01 Jul 2011 12:23:16 80 % of Bulgarians prefer local sea resorts. novinite.com, 01 July 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110701/bulgarians_in_local_sea_resorts.html Bulgaria hosts the biggest golf tournament in the Balkans http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110630/golf_tournament_in_bulgaria.html The largest international golf competition in the Balkans - Balkan Challenge Trophy will be held on July, 1 and 2 at the course of BlackSeaRama in Bulgaria. Golf tournament is organized by the Bulgarian Golf Association. The president of the Committee for Development of R & A - Keith Hodzhkinsan visited Bulgaria for the golf tournament.The minister of Physical Education and Sports – Svilen Nejkov shared with Hodzhkinsan that Bulgaria hopes to have it's own golf players in the Olympic Games in 2016.In 2011 R& A funded various projects related to the golf development all over the world. The annual budget for R & A is about 5 million pounds. It is used about training programs and training for adolescent golfers.]]> 30 Jun 2011 13:56:04 Bulgaria hosts the biggest golf tournament in the Balkans. VisitBulgaria.net, 30 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110630/golf_tournament_in_bulgaria.html Official opening of the renewal Bourgas Sea Garden http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110630/renewal_bourgas_sea_garden.html Tale Wall in the Sea Garden in Bourgas was renewed. Start of the official opening was given by the Bourgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov and the manager of "Regional Policy"department for Bulgaria of European Commission - Carsten Rasmussen.The park is recovered under the project “Improvement of public significant spaces in favor of social integration and sustainable urban development in Bourgas municipality".The total costs of the project are 10 million Bulgarian leva. It also includes reconstruction of Main Street "Alexandrovska", "Gurko street ", “Adam Mitckevich street” and the park area behind the old post office and playground to Sheltered Home "Hope". During the opening Rasmussen promised to accelerate the work on the construction of highway "Black Sea".]]> 30 Jun 2011 12:09:10 Official opening of the renewal Bourgas Sea Garden, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 30 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110630/renewal_bourgas_sea_garden.html Bulgaria expected massive increase in German tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110629/increase_of_german_visits.html Over 20% more German tourists are expected to flock to Bulgaria's sea resorts during the ongoing summer season.A total of 135 000 Germans are expected to visit the Balkan countries sea resorts, according to Kalin Sutev, manager of MTS Incoming BTS company, partners of German Rewe Touristik.For the first time since 10 years, high-ranked Rewe Touristik representatives are on a visit to Bulgaria and are set to meet representatives of the states hotel owners.ReweTouristik is specialized in packaged tours to all continents, mainly to the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, but also to the Bulgarian Black Sea resorts.]]> 29 Jun 2011 12:35:51 Bulgaria expected massive increase in German tourists. novinite.com, 29 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110629/increase_of_german_visits.html More cruises on Danube river in summer 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110629/more_cruises_on_danube_river.html The cruises on the Bulgarian part of Danube river increased double, said Rumen Vidov – the mayor of Vidin, reported Darik Radio.In 2010 at the port of Vidin stopped 150 cruise ships. The number of cruise ships stopped at the Bulgarian port last years was below 100, says the mayor.Because of the high port charges and services at all ports river cruises are more expensive than the sea. Despite the higher price more tourists prefer to spend their vacation trip on river cruises.Tourists who trip with a cruise ship on the Danube are citizens of Europe and America. The Cruise ships passing through the Bulgarian part of Danube stopped at ports of Vidin and Rousse.]]> 29 Jun 2011 12:09:47 More cruises on the Bulgarian part of Danube river in summer 2011. VisitBulgaria.net, 29 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110629/more_cruises_on_danube_river.html Bulgaria looks forward to record number of Romanian and Polish tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110628/record_number_of_tourists.html Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts expect an even higher number of Romanian tourists in summer 2011, according to hotel managers."Figures are already indicating that there will be a substantial growth in the number of Romanian tourists. It is another matter if this boom can compensate for the decrease in the number of tourists from other destinations," Ivan Portnih, CEO of Grand Hotel Varna, is quoted as saying by the Cherno More newspaper."The record number of Romanian tourists has its explanation. On the one hand, the Romanian resorts have a shorter summer season. On the other, they are not as developed as the Bulgarian ones, and the prices in Bulgaria are cheaper for them," Portnih says, adding that a large number of Romanians, as well as Bulgarians have taken advantage of the early booking offers of the Bulgarian resorts.In 2010, the number of Romanians on vacation in Bulgaria surpassed one million people, prompting the governments of the two countries to launch joint police patrols of the resorts and the border areas.2011 forecasts also indicate a record number of tourists from Russia, and an increased number from Germany, while UK tourists are generally expected to be fewer than in 2010.Portnih has especially stressed the fact that Bulgaria's tourism industry is looking forward to a "comeback" by tourists from Poland as well as from Hungary, who used to be regulars in Bulgaria in the communist period and in the 1990s."Poland is an enormous market, and the number of Polish tourists in Bulgaria is growing each summer," Portnih is quoted as saying.The CEO of Grand Hotel Varna has pointed to the resort of St. Constantine and Helena as a good example because it is green, does not allow car traffic, its all-inclusive services are on a good level, and it provides good conditions for family tourism.]]> 28 Jun 2011 13:44:41 Bulgaria looks forward to record number of Romanian and Polish tourists. novinite.com, 28 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110628/record_number_of_tourists.html Bulgarian monasteries attract the most foreign tourists in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110627/bulgarian_monasteries.html Rila monastery, Bachkovo and Troyan monasteries are the sites that attract the most foreign tourists in Bulgaria, said Nikolai Mindov, chairperson of Association of Bulgarian Tour Guides.Ancient Roman ruins near Varna and Plovdiv, along with preserved architectural reserves like Bozhentsi, Arbanasi and Zheravna, are perceived as magnets for most foreign tourists who visit Bulgaria during the summer.Another group of tourists prefer SPA hotels and the mineral springs available, said Mindov."Bulgaria has so many resources, so the country can develop any kind of tourism; ornithology tourism, religious tourism but more investments are needed," he said.After Greece and Italy, Bulgaria ranks third in the number of historical monuments in Europe, he said."Bulgaria's varied geography provides excellent condition for mountain trekking and any other type of tourism; the problem with quality of services remain, if we do not develop the quality, we risk losing a lot of potential tourists," Mindov said.In his view, the all-inclusive tourist package holiday offered by most Bulgarian tour operators is not the best option because it keeps tourists away from sightseeing in the area they are staying in. He said that most tourists went home with favourable impressions and that there were many unexpected pleasures to be found on holidays in Bulgaria.]]> 27 Jun 2011 17:40:46 Bulgarian monasteries are top sites for foreign tourists. Tourism in Bulgaria sofiaecho.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110627/bulgarian_monasteries.html American Air Aces Performed at the Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110625/air_show.html The Bulgarian air force marked 100 years anniversary with a spectacular air show at the Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base. Demonstration group of the USA Air Force the “Thunderbirds” entertained guests and residents of Plovdiv at the Graf Ignatievo airport.The air show started with parachute jumps. They were followed by a breathtaking demonstration, performed by the “Thunderbirds”. Six airplanes F16 showed thrilling aerobatic maneuvers and fairly deserved the laud applause of the audience. The show was stopped due to the strong wind and shower rains, but definitely impressed everyone who attended the event. The nex6 air show in Plovdiv will be BIAF 2011, planned to take place at the Krumovo airport between 02 – 04 September 2011. ]]> 25 Jun 2011 20:38:27 American Air Aces Performed in Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base for the 100 year anniversary of the Bulgarian Air Force Kamelia Krumova, 25 July 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110625/air_show.html The first 3D-Projection on a building in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110624/the_first_3d_mapping_in_bulgaria.html The first Realistic 3D-Projection on a building will be shown to all guests and inhabitants of Sofia. On Friday the 24th of June 2011 and Saturday the 25th of June 2011, LG Electronics and MP-Studio will introduce a large-scale commercial 3D-Outdoor projection in Bulgaria, at the “Ivan Vazov” National Theatre in Sofia.The spectacular show starts at 9.30 pm. This unique 3D-Projection will take place for the first time in Bulgaria. The projection interacts with the historic architecture of the “Ivan Vazov” National Theatre, creating a spectacular 3D visual and audio experience. The 3D mapping will be fully adapted to the architecture of the building. Characteristic elements of the building will be used to create fabulous effects.Visitors are offered a chance to win one of the 10 LG GS290 mobile phones, 1 LG Optimus 3D phone or 1 Cinema 3D LW4500 TV.The event is organized by LG Electronics, MP-Studio with the kind cooperation of Megaboard Bul­garia, R and I Adver­tis­ing, 2A Propaganda and PrimeSpot. ]]> 24 Jun 2011 14:52:22 The first 3D-Projection on a building in Bulgaria. The first 3D mapping in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net, Ludmila Racheva http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110624/the_first_3d_mapping_in_bulgaria.html Bulgaria offer best-value summer tourism packages in EU http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110622/best_value_packages.html Bulgaria offers the best prices for vacations in the EU this summer, according to Blagoy Ragin, head of the Bulgarian Association of Restaurant and Hotel Owners.The Bulgarian tourist business expects at least 10% more foreign tourists in 2011 compared with 2010, Ragin told the Cross news agency.The head of the Restaurant and Hotel Owners' Association stressed that Bulgaria's tourist sector is looking forward to the completion of the Trakiya Highway (expected in 2012) – connecting Sofia with the southern Black Sea coast.In his words, the Trakiya Highway will increase substantially the number of tourists from Central European countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland visiting the Bulgarian seaside.Ragin expressed concern that the citizens of neighboring countries have unfair difficult to enjoying a Black Sea vacation in Bulgaria.He said that Bulgaria "loses" 200 000 Kosovo tourists per year because of the slow and expensive process for obtaining a Bulgarian tourist visa.]]> 22 Jun 2011 18:17:24 Bulgaria offer best-value summer tourism packages in EU. novinite.com, 22 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110622/best_value_packages.html Golf Tournaments in Pirin Golf and Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110620/golf_tournaments.html The second golf tournament “Diplomats and business friends” took place on 18th June in Pirin Golf and Country Club. The golfers had the chance to compete on 18 holes. The event was officially opened by the ambassadors of Slovakia and Germany, who are among the initiators of the golf tournament. ]]> 20 Jun 2011 11:31:10 Pirin golf and Country Club: Diplomats and friends from the business tournament in Bansko, Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110620/golf_tournaments.html Bulgaria hosts the congress of the European SPA Association in 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110617/congress_of_spa_assotioations.html Bulgaria was chosen to host the XVIII Annual Congress of the European Spa Association in 2013. It was decided after a vote of board members of the association during the XVIth Congress held in Antalya.Bulgaria was presented by experts of the Bulgarian Union of balneology and spa tourism.Participants of the Congress in 2013 will be representatives of all organizations, members of the ESPA and leading experts in the field.]]> 17 Jun 2011 18:18:52 Bulgaria hosts the congress of the European SPA Association in 2013. VisitBulgaria.net, 17 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110617/congress_of_spa_assotioations.html Asenovgrad hosts extreme sports fest http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/assenovgrad/news/20110615/extreme_fest.html The extreme sports fest “Asenovgrad – adventure town” will held on 18th and 19th of June. A special camp created for the fest will accommodate participants with tents and camping equipment.Club “Tangra” organized paragliding, cycling races and a night concert of the group “StopBgBend”. Paragliding platform will be formed near the village Dobrostan. Among the attractions of the festival also are paint ball games and climbing wall.]]> 15 Jun 2011 12:33:21 Asenovgrad hosts extreme sports fest, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 15 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/assenovgrad/news/20110615/extreme_fest.html Bulgaria Ranked 4th by Romanians as Top Tourist Destination http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110615/top_destination.html Bulgaria is among the top tourist destinations for Romanian travelers, but the economic crisis has a negative influence on their vacation plans.A survey, conducted in the beginning of June, has revealed that due to the crisis many Romanians will favor local tourist attractions, the Romanian news agency Agerpres informs.49% of those polled have designated Romania as their favorite destination while 42% said they will vacation abroad. The number of those who will stay in Romania for their vacation is up to 2%, compared to 2010, while the number of those interested in traveling abroad is down to 6%.Greece is ranked first with 22% of Romanians wishing to vacation there, followed by Spain (15%), Italy (14%), Bulgaria (9%) France and Turkey (7%).Compared to last year, there is a decrease in interest in travel to France, Italy, Spain of Germany while the interest towards Greece and Bulgaria is rising.]]> 15 Jun 2011 10:46:19 Bulgaria ranked 4th by Romanians as top tourist destination. novinite.com, 15 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110615/top_destination.html Borovets attracted tourists with jeep safari and mountain biking http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110614/summer_season_in_borovets.html The summer season in Borovets will start on June, 18. The mountain resort will attract tourists with a special summer program. Part of the program includes a jeep safari and off-road trails, mountain biking, horse riding, archery and entertainments in the rope city of "Borolandia”.New entertainment in Borovets will be the popular oversea game disk-golf, where is using Frisbee instead balls. The resort offer various hiking and mountain tours. A new Kids club “Boroland” will open special for the little one visitors of the resort.Borovets Bike Park host the International Cycling Union (UCI) competition on June, 24 and 25. And the sixth round of the European Rally Championship 2011 will start here on July, 8.]]> 14 Jun 2011 15:14:29 Bulgarian resort Borovets attracted tourists with jeep safari and mountain biking. VisitBulgaria.net, 14 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110614/summer_season_in_borovets.html Russian tourists attracted by Bulgarians good behavior http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110614/bulgarians_good_behavior.html Russian tourists visit Bulgaria because of the good behavior of Bulgarians and the low language barrier, according to the consul of Russian Federation in Varna - Yuri Solovyov.Tour Operators forecasts growth of the number of Russian tourists visited the country in 2011, which in 2010 were 230,000.The Bulgarian Black Sea coast is preferred by the Russian tourists because of current political situation in other traditional tourist destinations like the Mediterranean.]]> 14 Jun 2011 12:59:12 Russian tourists attracted by Bulgarians good behavior. VisitBulgaria.net, 14 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110614/bulgarians_good_behavior.html Plovdiv attracts tourists with a special summer, culture program http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110613/plovdiv_summer_events.html Plovdiv will host numerous culture events of local and international significance during the summer season.The traditional Opera spectacle will welcome guests in the Antique theatre in Plovdiv in June. The spectacles will take place on 09, 15m 22m 29 and 30 June. Special gala concert will close the events on 05 July 2011. All cinema fans will have the chance to visit “Movie nights in Philipopolis”, which will be held at the “Orpheus” stage in July. The international festival of camera music will start on 10th July and will last until 20th July in the Ethnographic museum in Plovdiv. The week of crafts will be opened from 27th June - 03rd July in the Ethnоgraphic museum in the town. Traditional crafts from all parts of Bulgaria will be presented in the museum. Exhibition-bazaar of national costumes, carpets and pottery will be also shown in the museum from 01st August - 31st August. Additional information can be received in the Information centre - +359 32 620 229.]]> 13 Jun 2011 14:11:20 Plovdiv attracts tourists with a special summer, culture program VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110613/plovdiv_summer_events.html Pirin golf and country club hosted tournaments of the Allianz Golf Open http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110610/allianz_golf_open.html Golf tournaments of the Allianz Golf Open started in Pirin Golf and Country Club on June, 11 and in Black Sea Rama Golf on June, 16.More than 76 foreign and Bulgarian participants will take part of the tournaments. The format of competitions is scramble in pairs and the start is at once for all the holes.The first two best-ranked will have the opportunity to participate in the Allianz golf tournament at St. Andrews.]]> 10 Jun 2011 13:20:48 Pirin golf and country club hosted tournaments of the Allianz Golf Open, Bansko in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 10 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110610/allianz_golf_open.html Hissar is the new Spa Residence of the Balkans http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/hissarya/news/20110609/residence_of_the_balkans.html The Bulgarian town of Hissarya was voted for “The Spa Residence of the Balkans”. The title was given by the Balkan Alliance of Hotel Associations. The city has stunning nature with many parks and gardens with old trees, dozens species of plants and flowers, and no factories. The tourism infrastructure is also well develop – all season tourism services, 22 mineral springs with temperature between 41 and 52 degrees, unique for all over the world.The town has an interesting history. In the past town was called to Emperor Diocletsian who proclaimed it as residence. Here is situated the best preserve fortress wall from the late antiquity.During celebrations of the town of Hissar in June, 10 it will officially proclaimed for “The Spa Residence of the Balkans”.]]> 09 Jun 2011 15:41:50 The Bulgarian town of Hissar is voted for the Spa Residence of the Balkans. VisitBulgaria.net, 09 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/hissarya/news/20110609/residence_of_the_balkans.html Yambol to hosts Congress of the Federation of European Carnaval Cities in 2013 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/yambol/news/20110609/yambol_to_host_a_fecc_congress.html ХХХІІІ Congress of the Federation of European Carnaval Cities 2013 to be held in Yambol. It was discussed during the “Kukerlandiya” masquerade festival by the president of the federation Henry van der Kroon and the mayor of the town of Yambol, George Slavov. Yambol become a FECC member after the promotion of Kukerlandiya which already has an international participation. Pernik is the only one Bulgarian city hosts a congress of FECC till now.]]> 09 Jun 2011 11:38:15 Bulgarian town of Yambol to hosts Congress of the Federation of European Carnaval Cities in 2013. VisitBulgaria.net, 09 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/yambol/news/20110609/yambol_to_host_a_fecc_congress.html Veliko Tarnovo participated at tourism exhibition in Hiroshima http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110609/hiroshima_tourism_exhibition.html Veliko Tarnovo will take part in the tourism exhibition in Hiroshima, Japan. That was decided at the meeting between Dr. Rashev, mayor of the city and the general manager of Association of Friendship “Hiroshima – Bulgaria” - Co Imamura.Bulgarian wines, rose oil, traditional souvenirs and exhibition of local artists will presented Veliko Tarnovo.At the meeting also was discussed Japanese tourists to be included in the themed route Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak.]]> 09 Jun 2011 10:45:38 Bulgarian Veliko Tarnovo participated at tourism exhibition in Hiroshima, Japan. VisitBulgaria.net, 09 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110609/hiroshima_tourism_exhibition.html Kyustendil voted top Spa destination in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20110608/the_best_spa_destination_2011.html The western Bulgarian city of Kyustendil was voted "Most dynamically Developing SPA destination" at the second edition of the annual "Spa Nominations" ceremony.The event was held at the Kempinski-Zografski hotel in Sofia.In 2010, the town of Sandanski was declared "Best SPA destination" in the country, after Velingrad withdrew from the competition in a bid to stimulate other towns famous for their mineral springs."This is good news that has not happened for 30 years in Kyustendil", Darik Radio reported Kyustendil Mayor Petar Paunov as saying.The goal of the annual 'Spa nominations' is to promote SPA and wellness tourism in Bulgaria and to boost the the popularity of the country as a tourist, economic, cultural, sports and social hub in the region.Some of the categories in the competition include: SPA Complex, SPA Destination, SPA Hotel, Medical SPA, SPA Cosmetics, SPA Manager, SPA Equipment Company, SPA Chain, etc.The nominations are selected by a jury of experts at SPA and wellness tourism.]]> 08 Jun 2011 10:59:58 Kyustendil voted top Spa destination in Bulgaria. novinite.com, 08 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20110608/the_best_spa_destination_2011.html WWF photo exhibitions opened in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110607/wwf_photo_exhibition.html Exhibitions of photographs from the lower Danube and the underwater world opened this week in Sofia. They are relieve with the work of the world environmental organization WWF for Bulgarian Nature protection.“Danube – the true river” - photo exhibition opened on June, 8. It includes 30 photos of six artists from Bulgaria, Romania, Austria and France.The second exhibition - “Totally Wet” include aqua photographs from all over the world with author Mary Radoslavova and opened on June, 9.The photographs will be exposed until June, 30. Part of the proceeds are for the work of WWF in Bulgaria.]]> 07 Jun 2011 12:19:36 WWF photo exhibitions opened in Sofia, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 07 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110607/wwf_photo_exhibition.html Medieval Gold Treasure to be exposed in Nessebar http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20110607/gold_treasure_of_nessebar.html The exhibition "Medieval Gold Treasure of Nessebar” will be officially opened today at 05:30 PM in the Archaeological Museum in Nessebar.Visitors can see two necklaces, two medallions, one pendant, five bracelets and six rings. All of them made of gold with a total weight of 275 grams.Golden Treasure will be exposed for three months in the Archaeological Museum in Nessebar.]]> 07 Jun 2011 11:28:14 Medieval Gold Treasure to be exposed in Nessebar, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 07 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20110607/gold_treasure_of_nessebar.html Bulgarian Wine Declared Best in the World http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110606/bulgarian_wine_best_in_the_world.html Bulgarian red wine from the Minkov Brothers cellar has won for the first time in history the biggest world award in the industry. In competition with 12 250 wines from all over world the Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc from the Bulgarian cellar won the first prize at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. This way the Bulgarian wine became one of the 180 best ones on the planet. The Minkov Brothers cellar is situated near the town of Karnobat in Southeastern Bulgaria and was established in 1875. The cellar’s enologists combine the ancient technologies with the contemporary trends in wine making. The unique combination of climate and soils is an important factor for the development of the wine industry in the region of Karnobat. The high quality of the wine and its unique taste made it a favorite of a number of experts in London. Journalist and wine expert Angela Muir was part of the jury at the competition and she dedicated an article to the Minkov Brothers cellar in the British magazine Decanter. The enologist writes about the uniqueness of the Bulgarian wines and adds that the Cabernet Sauvignon&Cabernet Franc wine of Minkov Brothers cellars fulfills the Bulgarian promise for a successful return to the world wine arena. Ms. Muir expressed satisfaction that the legendary Bulgarian cellar continues to develop wine culture in Bulgaria and present new and unknown types of wine to the Bulgarian market. The awarded wine was made using a classic technology and matured in new French oak casks for 20 months. The wine was produced in limited quantity and is offered in the best Bulgarian restaurants, as well as the cellar itself.]]> 06 Jun 2011 15:19:15 Bulgarian red wine from the Minkov Brothers cellar has won the biggest world award in the industry bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110606/bulgarian_wine_best_in_the_world.html Strandja Natural Park offered hiking with professional guides http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tsarevo/news/20110606/strandja_hiking_routes.html The administration of Natural Park Strandja organized tour guide on the tourist route "In Search of the Golden Fleece" on 11, 18 and 25 of June.The route is four hours and include one hour lunch break. The starting point is in the center of the Kondolovo village.Hiking lovers can enjoy a seven hours circular route on 11 and 25 of June. It starts at the Information and Visitor Centre in Gramatikovo village and include one hour lunch break. Participants will learn more about the residents and the landmarks in Strandja mountain. Natural Park Strandja will celebrate Yanovden on June, 24. Part of the activities are picking herbs in the meadows near Zvezdets village. Local people believe in the old belief that grasses, herbs and the waters become the greatest healing power in the night before Yanovden.]]> 06 Jun 2011 14:46:39 Strandja Natural Park offered hiking with professional guides. VisitBulgaria.net, 06 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tsarevo/news/20110606/strandja_hiking_routes.html Strandja Natural Park offered hiking with professional guides http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tsarevo/news/20110606/np_strandja.html 06 Jun 2011 14:29:03 Strandja Natural Park offered hiking with professional guides. VisitBulgaria.net, 06 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tsarevo/news/20110606/np_strandja.html Bulgaria forecasts 10% growth in foreign tourists' number http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110606/more_foreign_tourists_in_2011.html The increase of the number of foreign holidaymakers during the summer season is expected to be about 10%, the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Traicho Traikov, told journalists Saturday.Russian tourists would contribute the most to the increase with 30% more compared to previous seasons. The positive trend is to include both mass and alternative forms of tourism – culture, country, wine, SPA, and religious one.According to Traikov, the upcoming very strong summer season can be further attributed to the advertisement campaign to showcase Bulgaria as an attractive tourist destination. The campaign was financed by his Ministry with funds from the EU operational program Regional Development.]]> 06 Jun 2011 11:55:24 Bulgaria forecasts 10% growth in foreign tourists' number. novinite.com, 06 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110606/more_foreign_tourists_in_2011.html Kazanlak hosted the traditional Rose festival this weekend http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20110605/rose_festival_2011.html Simona Petkova is this year's Queen Rose in KazanlakFollowing the tradition Kazanlak welcomed tourists form all over the world for the Rose festival. The festival started with the “”Rose picking” ritual nearby the Enina village near Kazanlak.The culmination of the festival was the traditional carnival, lead by the mayor of the town and Queen Rose – Simona Petkova and Queen Grasse from France. The ambassadors of Japan, Germany, Great Britain, China, South Korea, Moldova, Gruzia, Kazahstan, Venecuaela and other countries were among the official guests of the festival. A friendship note was signed between Kazanlak and the French town Grasse – a centre of the perfume industry, was signed during the festive session of the municipal council. The First festival of the “Rose” wine also attracted the attention of all guests and residents of Kaznlak. ]]> 05 Jun 2011 19:34:34 Kazanlak hosted the traditional Rose festival this weekend VisitBulgaria.NET, Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20110605/rose_festival_2011.html The Rose Fest in Kazanlak celebrates 108 years http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20110603/rose_fest_starts_today.html The Rose Festival was celebrated for the first time in 1903. Today is the 108 anniversary of the festival.Traditional rituals like rose picking and rose boiling in the rose valley are part of the program and this year. There will be also concerts, exhibitions, Queen Rose competition and festive procession.Official guests of the Rose Fest are people from friendly towns in Hungary, Romania, China, Japan, Greece and Turkey.Wine Fest is also included in the festival program, it will be held at the Historical Museum "Iskra" in Kazanlak.]]> 03 Jun 2011 14:05:01 The Rose Fest in Kazanlak, Bulgaria celebrates 108 years. VisitBulgaria.net, 3 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20110603/rose_fest_starts_today.html 10 hours chocolate fiesta in the Sea Garden in Varna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110601/the_sweetest_day_in_varna.html The children of Varna will sing, draw and dance at the Amphitheater stage in the Sea garden in Varna. Lets welcome the sweetest day once again on 05 June 2011 by the seashore in Varna.The program of the sweetest day plans many chocolate surprises, tombola with many prozes for all children, asphalt drawing event and a chocolate happiness wall, created by the palms of the children. ]]> 01 Jun 2011 14:20:52 10 hours chocolate fiesta in the Sea Garden in Varna city on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110601/the_sweetest_day_in_varna.html Bicycle alleys in Sevlievo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sevlievo/news/20110601/bicycle_alleys.html The second phase of construction of bicycle alleys in the municipality of Sevlievo started. The total length of alley is 3100 meters and the most width is 2 m.The alley starts from the parking of “Chernishkite” park, passes near the river and continues to the former armory.Through the alley are placed benches, two bowers, litter bins, site for fishing, tables and benches for rest and picnic.Funds for the construction of the alley for hiking and bicycling are provided by the business association “Sevlievo 21 century”, collected in a special charity event.]]> 01 Jun 2011 13:34:52 Bicycle alleys in Sevlievo, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 01 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sevlievo/news/20110601/bicycle_alleys.html International theater festival started in Varna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110601/varna_summer_2011.html The nineteenth edition of the International theater festival “Varna Summer” started today in Varna. Festival will start with the performance “As you like it” by William Shakespeare in the theater “Bulgarian Army” and a concert of Ibrahimova and the Varna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gancho Ganchev.Visitors can enjoy the module "Selected Bulgarian performances” which combined the artistry and innovations.The first edition of “Varna Summer” was held on June, 1993. Over the years the festival productions was presented in Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and Hungary.]]> 01 Jun 2011 11:16:58 International theater festival started in Varna, Bulgaria. touristmedia.info, 01 June 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110601/varna_summer_2011.html Bulgaria is in vogue for convention travel http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110531/incentive_travel.html As part of the IMEX, Bulgaria presents itself as a host for events of all kinds. The relatively unknown country, which offers a diversity of history and unique archeological sites, shows as well picturesque landscape, enchanting cities, elaborated churches and high mountains. The country is full of rich folklore, and attracts between tradition and modernity with a favorable price-performance ratio and various social programs.Bulgaria has a unique combination of endless beaches and high mountains, remarkable ethnographic and architectural variety, but that's not all what the country on the Black Sea has to offer. 2010, the attendance rate rose by 5.4% by comparison to the last year. Not only tourists but also more and more business people discovering the diversity of Bulgaria. Anelia Genova, Marketing & Promotion Director at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, introduced the attractiveness of the country for incentive travel at the IMEX in Frankfurt. “By its central location Bulgaria offers a good value for money and versatile meeting facilities, such as the National Palace of Culture and the International Plovdiv Fair, the best conditions for successful events of all kinds. We have top class resorts and hotels with high quality standards and services, with friendly and safe environment. As well for example in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna are more than 400,000 square meters of event space available. The international airports in these cities have an absolutely easy accessibility within 2 hours from any European airport. In addition, individual recreational activities such as winter, water sports and golf take care of a varied scope and leave permanent impressions.”According to the New York Times Magazine Bulgaria is the fourth most attractive investment destination. Large hotel chains like Radisson and Hilton have in their 4 and 5 star hotels a variety of venues for small seminars and workshops. The participants are also increasingly using the many social programs and sightseeing tours, balneo-therapy, spa and wellness attractions.These attractions offer a harmonious balance to the stressful working day and are administered by highly trained specialists. Not least, the good quality combined with attractive prices account for an additional stimulus to decide for Bulgaria as travel destination.From Germany there are numerous flights to Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. The rest of the country is easily accessible by train, car or bus. The local currency is the Lev, in which 1 Euro corresponds to about 2 Lev. Bulgarian is written in Cyrillic letters, the spoken languages in hotels are generally English and German.]]> 31 May 2011 19:13:17 Bulgaria at the IMEX in Frankfurt. Meeting facilities and convention tourism in Bulgaria traveldailynews.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110531/incentive_travel.html Karlovo Rose Festival 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20110530/karlovo_rose_fest.html Over 250 guests form Japan, Holland, Italy and the USA attend the Rose fest in Karlovo. They were able to attend the rose picking ritual, as well as rose rakia tasting.The festivals will continue next weekend when Kazanlak will welcome guests from all over for the world. ]]> 30 May 2011 17:11:39 Rose Festival 2011 in Karlovo town in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20110530/karlovo_rose_fest.html Traditional Bulgarian crafts in Historical museum - Pernik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20110530/historical_museum_in_pernik.html Historical museum in Pernik will celebrate the Children day on 1st of June with exposition of authentic Bulgarian crafts. Visitors can rounding a wheel and crating vessels.Museum visitors will be able to wear clothes, ear with bone needle.Lovers of authentic traditions will have an opportunity to weave on a loom and to produce ointments and salves for beauty and health.]]> 30 May 2011 11:38:05 Traditional Bulgarian crafts in Historical museum - Pernik, Bulgaria. touristmedia.info, 30 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20110530/historical_museum_in_pernik.html Sunny Beach introduces SMS parking fees http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20110528/sms_parking_fee.html The biggest Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach announced the introduction of parking SMS fees just as the high summer season is about to kick off.As of May 30, all who want to pay their parking fees in a hassle-free way have to send a text message to number 135544 for subscribers of the three mobile operators Mtel, Globul and Vivacom.After sending the SMS, the person gets a reply that the payment was successful. Five minutes before the pre-paid hour elapses, the subscriber receives a notification.An hour's stay in the parking zones in the coastal resort will cost BGN 1.50. To this the mobile operators will add the price of the sent text message.Local authorities have said that the introduction of SMS parking is the first step towards the establishment of a blue zone on the territory of the whole resort.]]> 28 May 2011 10:53:15 The biggest Bulgarian Black sea resort Sunny Beach introduces SMS parking fees. novinite.com, 28 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20110528/sms_parking_fee.html Sofia Opens New Museums http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110528/sofia_museums_opening.html “A Museum of the Bulgarian Contemporary Art will be inaugurated within days in Sofia, reported Sofia Mayor,” Yordanka Fandakova. It is constructed on EU financing and is located in proximity to Earth and People Museum in Southern Park. Some of the exhibits will be placed in the open in the museum’s garden. Within a month a Museum of Totalitarian Art will be opened in Darvenitsa neighbourhood, Sofia. Concrete work is planned to begin on the Bulgarian Louvre, according to Fandakova. A couple of projects for EU financing await approval in the coming month. One of them is on the unearthing of archeological strata in Sofia downtown. Another one is for the establishment of a museum with St Sophia basilica and the third is on a museum to Sofia, planned to be accommodated in the buildings of Central Mineral Water Baths. ]]> 28 May 2011 10:42:45 Sofia Opens New Museums. Sofia the capital city of Bulgaria: Standart Daily, Ralitsa Russeva, 28 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110528/sofia_museums_opening.html The hidden gems of Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110527/the_hidden_gems_of_bulgaria.html The hidden gems of BulgariaThe ministry of economy, energetics and tourism, presented a list of 50 less known tourism sights in Bulgaria. MEET aims to popularize these sites and create prerequisites for new working The list is part of the project “Communication campaign for the tourism in Bulgaria”, financed by the OP “Regional development.”The list includes:1. The turkish “Konak” nad “Krastata Kazarma” military barracks in Vidin;2. Fotress Castra Martis, Kula town;3. Ethnographic complex Vratsa, Vratsa;4. Cave monastery st. Ivan Pusti, nearby Vratsa;5. The sunny garden in Varshets, Montana;6. Antique fortress Montana, nearby Montana;7. Chiprovtsi, Montana; 8. St. Nikolsko school in Svishtov;9. Ancient Roman town Nove, Svishtov;10. Town-fortress Hotalich, Sevlievo;11. Geo complex Zarapovo, Vishovgrad village, near Veliko Tarnovo;12. Kapinovski Monastery “St. Nikolai”, Veliko Tarnovo;13. Emenski Canyon;14. Waterfall "Skoka", Teteven; 15. The “Cherven” Fortress, near Rousse;16. Niskovski monastery “St. St. Constantine and Elena”, Nissovo village, Rousse;17. Thracian – Roman rocky sanctuary Badzhaliata, Strelkovo village, Silistra;18. Roman tumb, Silistra; 19. Ethnographic complex “The Old Dobrich”, Dobrich; 20. Teke and cult site, Obrochishte village, Dobrich;21. The Rocky monasteries nearby Provadia, Varna;22. The wonderful rocks, Dalgopol, Varma;23. Early Christianity Basilica, Dzhanavara site, Varna; 24. Markeli Fortress, Karnobat, Bourgas; 25. Antique Cupola Thumb, Pomoria, Bourgas;26. Thracian sanctuary Begliktash, Primorsko, Bourgas;27. Rusokastro fortress, Bourgas;28. Brashlyan village, Bourgas;29. Bukelon fortress, Matochina village, Haskovo;30. Neutzikon fortress, Mezzek village, Haskovo;31. Dolmens, Hlyabovo village, Topolovgrad, Haskovo;32. the Stone mushtooms, Beli Bryast village, Haskovo;33. Kromleh, nearby Dolni Glavanak village, Haskovo;34. Kovan Kaya site, vulture reserve, Madzharovo village, Haskovo;35. Ayazmo, Momchilovtsi, Smolyan;36. The waterfalls canyon, Smolyan;37. Golubovitsa Cave, Smilyan village, Smolyan;38. Kosovo village, Asenovgard;39. Eco trail “Byala Voda”, Kalofer;40. The red church in Perushtitsa, Plovdiv;41. Thracian tomb Golyamata Kosmatka, Shipka;42. Trayanovi vrata fortress, Sofia;43. The Mine museum, Perik;44. The yogurt Museum, Studen Izvor village, Tran44. The Chirch in Berende village, Dragoman, Sofia;46. Dragoman lake, Sofia;47. Pottery Museum in Busintsi village, Tran municipality;48. Zemenski Monastrey, Pernik;49. Nature Park Belasitsa, Blagoevgrad;50. Prehistoric sanctuary Gradishte in Dolno Dryanovo village.]]> 27 May 2011 15:46:37 The hidden gems of Bulgaria: Travel and tourism sites in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110527/the_hidden_gems_of_bulgaria.html More zones added to Natura 2000 conservation network http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110527/new_zones_natura_2000.html Nature 2000's conservation network will contain more areas in Lomovete and western Rhodopes and additional four territories will be added to protected areas, so that it will embrace 34 per cent of the country's territory.The four new zones will be for protection of wild birds: Pirin buffer, Central Balkan buffer, Bulgarka and Rila monastery.The national council for biological diversity, affiliated to the Ministry of Environment and Water, proposed the change that would add 244 000 hectares to the overall area.The Bulgarian Cabinet will also amend the list of protected zones in the Vardim conservation zone.The future of Rila buffer zone in Natura 2000 is still unclear because there is no consensus regarding which part of the zone needs protection from building plans.]]> 27 May 2011 11:59:02 More zones added to Natura 2000 conservation network in Bulgaria sofiaecho.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110527/new_zones_natura_2000.html M-tel Golf Masters gathers a record number of golfers at Pirin Golf and Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110526/mtel_golf_masters.html The first tournament M-tel Golf Masters for 2011 will be held at the Pirin Golf and Country club on 28th May 2011. The attractive prizes attracted a record number of golfers.Over 120 golfers will compete in the tournament, which will start on May 28th at 8.00 o'clock. Bulgarian and foreign golfers with official handicap will have the right to take part in the tournament. ]]> 26 May 2011 18:19:48 M-tel Golf Masters gathers a record number of golfers at Pirin Golf and Country Club information by Pirin Golf and Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110526/mtel_golf_masters.html New edition of Bulgaria’s Red Book on the Internet http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110525/bulgarian_red_book_on_the_internet.html A new edition of the Red Book of Bulgaria will come out in the Internet within a month’s time, said Vulko Bisserkov, director of the Central Laboratory on General Ecology with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences /BAS/.The new edition contains information on the extinct and disappearing and threatened with extinction habitats, mushrooms, vegetal and animal species. The paper edition of the publication will be ready not earlier than 2012. Bulgaria is among the first countries in Europe to have published a National Red Book in relation to the preservation of biological diversity on their territory. The BAS issued the first Red Book of the Republic of Bulgaria in two volumes – Plants (1984) and Animals (1985).]]> 25 May 2011 17:04:11 New edition of Bulgaria’s Red Book on the Internet. The Red Book of the Republic of Bulgaria bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110525/bulgarian_red_book_on_the_internet.html The first golf tournament Mercedes Trophy started in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110520/mercedes_trophy_in_bg.html More than 200 Bulgarian and foreign golfers participated in the first edition of Mercedes Trophy in Bulgaria on May, 21.Bulgaria will broadcast its first representative team in the world golf tournament for amateurs.The tournament will take palace on 21, 22 and 23 May at the three courses around the cape Kaliakra - Thracian Cliffs, BlackSeaRama and Lighthouse. National finals will be played in Pirin Golf & Country Club on 25 June.]]> 20 May 2011 17:19:04 The first golf tournament Mercedes Trophy started in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 20 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110520/mercedes_trophy_in_bg.html Tourist Info Center opened in Bourgas Airport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110520/new_info_centre.html Info Center opened doors at terminal “Arrived” in Bourgas Airport. For the forth year the tourists can take information about the sites and tourism options in Bourgas region during their summer holiday.Because of the increased interest in Bourgas this year there is an expectations for successful summer season.Bourgas participated in interactive tourist exhibition “Bulgaria awaits you” in the city of Leeds. The city hosted a tourism forum “New Challenges on the Bulgarian South Black Sea Coast” with the participation of Hungarian tour operators.]]> 20 May 2011 15:39:01 Tourist Info Center opened in Bourgas Airport, Bulgaria Black Sea. VisitBulgaria.net, 20 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110520/new_info_centre.html Festival of contemporary Bulgarian cinema in Ukraine http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110520/bulgarian_movies_in_ukraine.html Festival of contemporary Bulgarian cinema will be held in Odessa, Ukraine, from 23 to 27 May 2011.This year, viewers will see 8 contemporary Bulgarian movies, most of which have received awards at prestigious international film festivals. The movies are translated into Russian. The main organizers of the event are Bulgarian National Film Centre, Bulgarian Association in Ukraine, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine, etc.]]> 20 May 2011 15:24:39 Festival of contemporary Bulgarian cinema in Ukraine VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110520/bulgarian_movies_in_ukraine.html Project for sustainable tourism in Bulgaria and Romania http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110519/sustainable_tourism.html Bulgaria and Romania together realized the project “The path of the water - natural and cultural-cognitive routes for sustainable tourism” worth 604 thousand Euro. It is a part of the program Cross Border Cooperation Bulgaria - Romania 2007-2013.Logo of the tourist brand "Euro region Lower Danube” will be choose with competition. Tourist guides and geographical information system are part of the activities in this project.Traveling Seminar with Bulgarian and Romanian experts evaluated 45 sites in Veliko Turnovo region. Experts have assessed the tourism potential of natural and cultural attractions near Arbanassi, Veliko Tarnovo, Elena and Pavlikeni.]]> 19 May 2011 18:07:11 Project for sustainable tourism in Bulgaria and Romania. VisitBulgaria.net, 19 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110519/sustainable_tourism.html Temple of Goddess Demeter discovered in Sozopol http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110519/new_descovered_temple.html Ancient temple was discover at the cape Scamni in Sozopol. The archaeologists suggest it is the temple of the Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. In the temple were found statues and antique vessels painted with the face of the Goddess Demeter.The sanctuary is located near the medieval imperial monastery of St. Apostles and the 20 000 martyrs. Last week here was found a funeral of a man.The funeral was found on the the right side of an altar. On the mans' chest was a silver medallion witch were engraved with two saints – probably St. Peter and St. Paul.]]> 19 May 2011 12:17:52 Temple of Goddess Demeter discovered in Sozopol, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 19 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110519/new_descovered_temple.html European tourists plan their main holiday in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110519/eu_tourusts_in_bulgaria.html A total of 1.2% of the EU citizens planning holiday have chosen Bulgaria as their main holiday destination, including domestic trips, according to the latest Eurobarometer study on the bloc's attitudes towards tourism.This makes the Balkan country the 13th most popular destination, together with Croatia and the Netherlands. Italy was the most frequently mentioned planned holiday destination for 2011 (11.5%). Spain came second with 8.6% followed by France (8.2%). 23% of EU residents have not decided yet where to spend their holidays.If domestic holidays are excluded, Spain tops the list with 6.6%, followed by Italy with 5.8% and France with 4.4%. A total of 0.6% will visit Bulgaria.In 2011, 58% of Europeans plan to spend their holidays in their own country or in another EU country.According to the same report, Bulgarians are the EU citizens who are making holiday decisions based on personal experience – 52%, while only 32% rely on the Internet as an information source.]]> 19 May 2011 11:18:20 European tourists plan their main holiday in Bulgaria. novinite.com, 19 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110519/eu_tourusts_in_bulgaria.html May Flower Festival in St. St. Konstantin and Elena http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/st_constantine_elena/news/20110518/flower_festival.html In the period from 18th to 24th of May in the resort St. St. Constantine & Elena will be held the fourth May Festival of Flowers.The fest coincides with the start of the summer tourist season in the resort which is on May 21.More than 20 producers of flowers and seedlings, garden designers, landscape architecture professionals, retailers of garden and park equipment will participate in the festival.The Flower Festival takes place under the sign of the 20 anniversary of the Free University of Varna.]]> 18 May 2011 11:31:46 May Flower Festival in St. St. Konstantin and Elena, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 18 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/st_constantine_elena/news/20110518/flower_festival.html Largest Bulgarian resorts acquire new status http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110518/new_resort_status.html Bulgaria's national resorts will be declared "settlements with particular status" with unified urban planning and management.The information was reported by the daily Standard, citing Deputy Minister in charge of Tourism, Ivo Marinov.These settlements will include the beach resorts of "Sunny Beach", "Albena", "Golden Sands, "Dyuni" and the winter ones of "Borovets", "Bansko" and "Pamporovo" among others.Currently, ownership of the infrastructure varies from resort to resort. The largest Bulgarian summer resort "Sunny Beach," for example, is a public association with 75% State stake and 25% belonging to minority shareholders. The "Albena" infrastructure has one owner; the "Golden Sands" one belongs to different hotel owners and other owners; in Borovest the ski facilities are owned by the "Borosport" company while the infrastructure belongs to the municipality, and the one at Pamporovo is shared between the municipalities of Chepelare and Smolyan, Marinov points out, adding all resorts now will have common organization.The Deputy Minister further said the cabinet is mulling eliminating resort tax for hotels for periods when they are not in use.]]> 18 May 2011 10:59:46 Largest Bulgarian resorts acquire new status. novinite.com, 18 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110518/new_resort_status.html Bulgaria to boost National Tourist Sites to 150 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110518/new_tourist_sites.html The list of so-called National Tourist Sites, currently numbering 100, is set to be increased to 150, announced Bulgarian vice-Minister for Tourism Ivo Marinov.The list of 100 National Tourist Sites was created in 1966 and includes most of Bulgaria's most popular natural formations and cultural and historic destinations, such as some of the more famous mountain peaks, waterfalls, museums and memorials.Among them are the Rila Monastery, the Shipka Monument, the Musala and Vihren peaks, the St. Alexander Nevsky cathedral.The new sites will have to meet a number of criteria, such as relative closeness to other sites from the network and good infrastructure.]]> 18 May 2011 10:28:46 Bulgaria to boost National Tourist Sites to 150. novonite.com, 18 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110518/new_tourist_sites.html Bulgaria to open world centre for wild game’s health http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110517/world_centre_for_wild_game_in_bulgaria.html Bulgaria will open a world reference centre for the health of wild game, announced Bernard Loze, president of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), during the 58th CIC congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Loze said that the centre would be the first of its kind. The project is developed by CIC, the World Organization for Animal Health and should be completed by the end of the year. The project will popularize the hunting tourism in Bulgaria.]]> 17 May 2011 16:27:41 Bulgaria to open world centre for wild game’s health. Hunting in Bulgaria bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110517/world_centre_for_wild_game_in_bulgaria.html Bulgarian hotel revenues up 2% Q1 2011 Y/Y http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110517/foreign_prefers_hotels.html The total number of accommodation facilities in Bulgaria - hotels, motels, camping sites, mountain chalets and others increased by 1.9% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period of 2010.Meanwhile, rooms and beds in them decreased by 5.1% and by 6.8% respectively.The data was released Tuesday by the National Statistics Institute, NSI.In the first quarter of 2011, 2 041 accommodation facilities with more than 10 beds were functioned in the country. The number of rooms in them was 51.1 thousand, while the number of beds - 108.7 thousand.In the first quarter of 2011, the total number of nights spent in accommodation facilities was 1 558.6 thousand and rise by 63.7 thousand (4.3%) compared to same period of 2010.In the first quarter of 2011, the number of nights spent by Bulgarian citizens in accommodation facilities was 881.5 thousand and increased by 77.0 thousand (9.6%) compared to the same quarter of 2010.At the same time the number of the nights spent by foreigners in accommodation facilities decreased by 1.9%.An increase of stays was registered for residents of the following countries: Iceland – by 313.4%, Republic of Korea - by 145.6%, Switzerland - by 140.9%, Ukraine - by 52.6%, Croatia – by 52.6%, Turkey - by 37.9%, People's Rep. of China - by 22.9%, Australia – by 18.4%, etc.A decrease in the nights spent in accommodation facilities by foreigners was observed for Portugal - by 52.3%, Denmark - by 43.0%, Hungary - by 38.6%, Belgium - by 38.0%, South Africa - by 33.5%, Austria - by 32.2%, Luxembourg - by 31.0%, Slovakia - by 23.9%, Spain - by 23.9%, Japan – by 19.8%, Germany - by 19.0%, Malta - by 16.1%, etc.In the first quarter of 2011, the total number of arrivals in accommodation facilities increased by 25.0 thousand (3.8%) and was 680.2 thousand.The relative share of arrivals of Bulgarian citizens was 67.3% of all arrivals. The number arrivals of foreigners in accommodation facilities decreased by 3.2 thousand (1.4%) compared to the same period of the previous year. The greatest share was registered for citizens from Greece (17.6%).Almost all foreigners (98.8%) preferred to spend the night in hotels and the rest 1.2% - in other accommodation facilities.The total occupation of the beds in accommodation facilities in the first quarter of 2011 was 16.3% which was 1.4 percentage points above the registered in the same period of 2010.The total revenue from nights spent in the accommodation establishments increased by 1.9% in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010, reaching BGN 75.2 M, but revenues from nights spent by foreigners decreased by 1.6% - down to BGN 0.7 M.]]> 17 May 2011 14:35:32 Bulgarian Hotel Revenues Up 2% Q1 2011 Y/Y. novinite.com, 17 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110517/foreign_prefers_hotels.html Official opening of Pravets Golf Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110516/opened_golf_club.html More than 150 people take part in the official opening of Pravets Golf Club under the motto “Everyone can play” on 14th of May.The Prime Minister Boyko Borisov cut the ribbon at the new golf club. Designer of the golf course with 18 holes is Peter Harradine.European Championship of golf club professionals will be held in Pravets between 27th and 30th of September 2011.]]> 16 May 2011 15:46:25 Official opening of Pravets Golf Club in Pravets, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 16 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110516/opened_golf_club.html Official opening of Pravets Golf Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110516/pravets_golf_club_opened.html 16 May 2011 15:39:53 Official opening of Pravets Golf Club in Pravets, Bulgaria. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110516/pravets_golf_club_opened.html „Future with traditions” fest in Kardjali http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110516/future_with_traditions.html The first edition of the “Future with traditions – Kardjali 2011” fest was held in Kardjali on 14th of May. It was the official opening of the tourism summer season.The fest presents the cultural and historical heritage of the Eastern Rodopi mountain and the opportunities for tourism development.More than 170 types of “Banitsa” and the traditional local “kupana banitsa” participated in the competition for the best banitsa in Kardjali.The local Community Centers participated in the fest with folk songs, customs and demonstrations of traditional customs and culture, handicrafts and folklore.]]> 16 May 2011 15:12:07 „Future with traditions” fest in Kardjali, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 16 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110516/future_with_traditions.html Bulgarian-Hungarian tourism forum in Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110516/tourism_forum_in_bourgas.html Bulgarian-Hungarian tourism Forum about the southern Black Sea was held today in the Sea Casino in Bourgas.“The new challenge for the South Bulgarian Black Sea” forum presented the tourism development opportunities of the region.Part of the forum were tour operators representatives, airlines, travel agents of Bulgaria and Hungary, Bulgarian and Hungarian hoteliers.]]> 16 May 2011 14:30:59 Bulgarian-Hungarian tourism forum in Bourgas, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 16 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110516/tourism_forum_in_bourgas.html Bulgaria set for the highest growth of Russian tourists' number ever http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110516/growth_of_russian_tourists.html Bulgaria expects an year-on-year growth of some 70% in the number of Russian tourists for the 2011 summer season, according to consular officials.A total of 10% more foreign tourists are expected in Bulgaria in 2011 as a whole, Deputy Economy Minister in charge of tourism Ivo Marinov forecast in Ruse Friday, as cited by BNR.In his words, most of the foreign tourists in Bulgaria will be from Russia, Germany, Central Europe, and other Balkan countries.Marinov stressed the fact that the Bulgarian authorities have opened additional points for processing tourist visa documents in Russia, and that two airlines have been authorized to transport Russian tourists to Bulgaria, with options to authorize others as well.According to the Bulgarian Consul in Moscow Angel Georgiev, Bulgaria will see at least 60% more Russian tourists, possibly as many as 70% more than it welcomed in 2010, while the number of Russians who own real estate property in Bulgaria has grown even further."By the end of 2011 we expect to issue no fewer than 300 000 visas. This is a staggering growth. We have never seen such a growth in the history of visa relations between Bulgaria and Russia. For 2011 so far, the y/y growth is 63%, and compared with the same period of 2009, it is about 110%. We expected that the overall 2011 y/y growth will be 70%," Georgiev said at the Moscow International Fair for travel and tourism, as cited by the national radio in Sofia.He further stressed that the number of Russians owning real estate properties in Bulgaria has grown by 100% compared with 2010, while the number of tourists is up by 50% is expected to grow further.The Bulgarian Consulate in Moscow expects to be issuing about 3 500 visas per day in the busiest summer period, which is why its staff was increased with 5 additional members. On Thursday, May 12, 2011, a Bulgarian visa center was opened for the first time in the Russian city of Samara, while by the end of May the first Bulgarian visa center in Nizhny Novgorov will also open doors.]]> 16 May 2011 13:37:49 Bulgaria set for the highest growth of Russian tourists' number ever novinite.com, 16 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110516/growth_of_russian_tourists.html Bulgaria to participate in World Travel Fair 2011 in Shanghai http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110513/shanghai_exhibition.html Bulgaria will participate for the third time in World Travel Fair 2011 - one of the biggest tourism exhibitions in Asia, which opens today in Shanghai.The Bulgarian pavilion has been provided by the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism (MEET).Minister Traycho Traykov has highlighted China as a high-priority country in which MEET actively presents tourist and investment opportunities.The eleventh edition of the tourism exhibition will bring together more than 500 participants from 45 different countries and regions.The main purpose of the expo is to provide a platform for contacts and meetings between professionals in the sphere of tourism.World Travel Fair 2011 is expected to attract over 6000 professionals and more than 30000 visitors.The focus of this year's edition of the fair will be on eco- and health tourism.]]> 13 May 2011 18:14:17 Bulgaria to participate in World Travel Fair 2011 in Shanghai novinite.com, 13 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110513/shanghai_exhibition.html Night of the museums in National Historical Museum http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110513/nights_of_museums_in_nhm.html The National Historical Museum participated in the Nights of the museums on 14th May 2011 organized from the European Council and UNESCO.Visitors can observe the permanent exhibition and the masterpieces of ancient art in the exhibition "Thrace and the ancient world - a collection Vasil Bozhkov" from 9:30 to 1:00 after midnight.The main attraction in National Historical Museum is the opportunity to dress and be photographed with costumes used in the Bulgarian films of soldiers and the nobility. The program of the Night of Museums will continue with a concert of Bulgarian and worlds classic music and the “Bulgarian music” concert-show.]]> 13 May 2011 15:34:56 Night of the museums in National Historical Museum, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 13 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110513/nights_of_museums_in_nhm.html Bansko will start summer season with festivals http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110513/bansko_summer_season_fests.html Bansko Mountain resort popular among lovers of winter sports is ready to offer various attractions during the summer season, as well. The summer season in Bansko will be officially opened with holidays of Bansko’s traditions and folklore festival for authentic songs and dances. The festive program will continue from 17 May - 24 May 2011. During the holidays guests and residents of the resort will be able to visit ethnographic and culinary fairs, exhibitions of fine and applied arts, theme nights devoted to local humor, songs and customs. An exhibition “Made in Bansko” will present traditional and current trends in production of furniture and woodcarving in the region. On 18 May 2011 Bansko will celebrate the International Night of Museums. The annual folklore festival "Between the Three Mountains" will be held from 22 May – 23 May 2011. Balkan ensembles will present traditional songs and dances from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece.The development of the cultural tourism in Bansko is one of the objectives of the municipality.]]> 13 May 2011 11:10:58 Bansko will start summer season with festivals. Summer season in Bulgaria Ludmila Racheva, information by Bansko Municipality http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110513/bansko_summer_season_fests.html Foreign tourists participated in Karlovo Rose Fest http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20110512/rose_fest_2011.html The Rose Fest in Karlovo starts on 28th of May. More than 250 foreign tourists will take part in the activities of the fest.Every year people from Italy, Holland, Japan and America arrived in Karlovo to observe the traditional rose picking ritual.Participants can see demonstration of the producer process of a rose oil. Part of the program is tasting of foods and beverages prepared from rose oil and the folklore dance “Rozober” created especially for the fest.]]> 12 May 2011 12:26:09 Foreign tourist participated in Karlovo Rose Fest, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 12 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20110512/rose_fest_2011.html Summer season 2011 starts in Nessebar http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20110512/summer_season_2011.html Official opening of the summer season in Nessebar starts on 11th of May with blessing for successful season and health for the inhabitants of Nessebar. The event was held at the church “St. Assumption”.Tourism season opening become a tradition for Nessebar. The municipality intentions are promoting of Nessebar as destination for alternative types of tourism, said Eli Kirilova – manager of The Department of Culture, Education and International Cooperation.Nessebar has potential to develop pilgrimage tourism if they restore all the churches and cultural heritage monuments.]]> 12 May 2011 11:25:20 Summer season 2011 starts in Nessebar, Bulgarian Black Sea. VisitBulgaria.net, 12 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20110512/summer_season_2011.html Cultural events attract tourists in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110511/cultural_events_attract_tourists.html Increasing of tourists number visited the cultural events and the Old town in Plovdiv.At the first three months of 2011 more than 1 466 tourists are visited the two info centers in the town which is with 156 more than the same period in the year before.The main interest is on the landmarks in the Old town, cultural events and the free of charge pedestrian tour started in the autumn, 2010.Official opening of the tourism season in Plovdiv started with festive tour in 12th of May.]]> 11 May 2011 11:27:40 Cultural events attract tourists in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 11 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110511/cultural_events_attract_tourists.html “Weekend Tourism” exhibition starts in Rousse http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20110511/weekend_tourism_exhibition.html The exhibition “Weekend tourism” will held in Rousse for the seventh time in the period 12th -14th of May. More than 70 companies participated in the event.For the first time on this exhibition will take part hotels and places for accommodation from all over the country. The program include demonstration of traditional crafts. Rousse is hosting the Forth Annual Festival of tourism entertainment and animations with near 120 participants and 18 products.]]> 11 May 2011 10:40:12 “Weekend Tourism” exhibition starts in Rousse, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 11 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20110511/weekend_tourism_exhibition.html "Etara" presents the exhibition “When the past becomes alive” in Shoumen http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/shoumen/news/20110510/exhibition_of_etara.html Architectural-Ethnographic Complex “Etara” - Gabrovo presents the exhibition “When the past becomes alive” in Regional Historical Museum in Shoumen. They both will take part in “The nights of the museums” on May, 14 when the exhibition can be seen without any taxes between 01:00 pm and 01:00 am. The program includes demonstration of crafts and presenting movies of “Etara”.“When the past becomes alive” will be exposed in the Regional Historical Museum, Stara Zagora on July, 2011.]]> 10 May 2011 13:38:14 "Etara" presents the exhibition “When the past becomes alive” in Shoumen, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 10 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/shoumen/news/20110510/exhibition_of_etara.html Aeroflot starts flying free WW II veterans to former battlefields http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110509/free_flights_for_veterans.html The Aeroflot-Russian Airlines Company will fly free veterans of the Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945, between May 3 and 12 in line with the traditional action “To former battlefields of glory” on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Great Victory.The filling-out of fare documents, started on April 25, will last till May 12 inclusive, Itar-Tass learnt at the air company press service.This year, “apart from participants in and invalids of the Great Patriotic War, other categories of WW II veterans – people who worked in the hinterland of the Soviet Union, residents of besieged Leningrad and former inmates of Nazi concentration camps – will enjoy the right of free flights in directions from points in Russia and other former Soviet republics to points in European countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Austria and the Czech Republic, the air company noted.“Persons, accompanying veterans, have the right to purchase tickets at a discount rate,” Aeroflot specified.In 2001, Aeroflot was the first among Russian air carriers introduced a tradition to grant WW II veterans a chance to fly free to former battlefields.]]> 09 May 2011 15:23:31 Aeroflot starts flying free WW II veterans to former battlefields www.itar-tass.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110509/free_flights_for_veterans.html Pirin golf and country club hosted the first tournament of the WGTF http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110509/pirin_golf_country_club.html The Pirin golf and country club hosted the first tournament of the WGTF. The president of WGFT America – Jeff Brain and the president of WGTF Europe – Edward Furstrata attended the event which was held during the weekend. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 09 May 2011 13:56:41 Pirin golf and country club hosted the first tournament of the WGTF near Bansko in Bulgaria The Pirin golf and country club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110509/pirin_golf_country_club.html Ryaniar carries out the first Milano-Plovdiv flight http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110509/the_first_milano_plovdiv_flight.html As Ryaniar's first flight from Milano to the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv arrived on Saturday, its 140 passengers were welcomed with bread and salt, according to an old Bulgarian tradition.The company will carry out regular twice-weekly flights from Milan Bergano to Plovdiv, from now on.Until now, Ryanair performed flights from Plovdiv Airport to Stansted Airport in London twice a week - on Tuesday and on Saturday. One-way fares start from GBP 32.99 including taxes. The flights provide easy access for Britons to the ski slopes of Bansko and Pamporovo.Ryanair also plans to open flights from Spain to Plovdiv in the fall of 2011 at the latest.Plovdiv became even more attractive for air companies as of April 1, 2010, when its fees were sharply reduced and now stand three times lower that the fees at the airport in the capital Sofia. The low fees will be in force for two years.Bulgaria, which attracted a number of low-cost carriers thanks to its accession to the European Union and fast economic growth in the years right after its entry, is expected to continue to see the expansion of their market share.]]> 09 May 2011 11:27:29 Ryaniar carries out the first Milano-Plovdiv, Bulgaria flight. novinite.com, 09 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110509/the_first_milano_plovdiv_flight.html UN Chief fascinated with Bulgaria's Plovdiv Old Town http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110509/un_secretar_visited_bulgaria.html UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has completed his two-day Bulgarian visit in the southern city of Plovdiv where he was amazed at the history and architecture of the Old Town.Ban was the guest of a formal lunch given by Plovdiv District Governor Ivan Totev in his honor on behalf of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.The UN head was fascinated with the cultural heritage of Plovdiv from Antiquity to modernity such as the amphitheater, the churches, and a number of the 19th century Bulgarian Revival period homes restored under a UNESCO project."I am extremely impressed with the historical heritage of the Plovdiv region starting with prehistoric settlements and the numerous historical finds. These are common values for the entire humankind and they must be preserved well for the future generations. I appreciate the efforts of the Bulgarian government, UNESCO, the European Union, and the District Governor of Plovdiv to preserve these riches," Ban Ki-moon wrote in the guest books of the Balabanova house, one of the top architectural monuments of the Plovdiv Old Town.District Govenor Ivan Totev said during the lunch Ban and his Bulgarian guests talked for an entire hour and a half only about the history of Plovdiv."I shared with the UN Secretary-General our intention to restore the Old Town to its glory, which will allow us to apply for an UNESCO status with our cultural landscape. Ban's major impression was that Plovdiv has no analogy in the world when it comes to its cultural layers," Totev explained.Ban's visit in Sofia and Plovdiv is especially remarkable because he is the first UN Secretary-General to come to Bulgaria after the communist period.]]> 09 May 2011 10:56:12 UN Chief fascinated with Bulgaria's Plovdiv Old Town. novinite.com, 09 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110509/un_secretar_visited_bulgaria.html Moto Fest “Bakadjik” 2011 near Yambol http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/yambol/news/20110505/moto_fest.html For the twelfth time Moto Club Red Riders MC organized the traditional Moto Fest “Bakadjik”. The event will be held in the area Bakadjik near Yambol on 06 – 08 May 2011.Part of the events are Stunt Bike Show and Drag Rase. Competition between stunt men in “Tenevo” track will start at 01:00 PM on May, 7.]]> 05 May 2011 17:51:30 Moto Fest “Bakadjik” 2011 near Yambol, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 05 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/yambol/news/20110505/moto_fest.html Beginners' Program in St. Sofia Golf Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110505/golf_beginners.html St. Sofia Golf Club organized six months training program for beginners. The program starts on May, 09.Golf instructor will train participants in six group lessons about the basic practices and rules like posture, swoop and removal of the ball to the hole.There is and a train program for those who want “BGA – Green card” which allows to practice the game in all the Bulgarian and European courses.]]> 05 May 2011 15:53:29 Beginners' Program in St. Sofia Golf Club, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 05 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110505/golf_beginners.html Tourism season in Plovdiv started with festive manifestation http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110505/tourism_season.html Festive manifestation to the Old town in Plovdiv and the Ancient Theater will be held on May, 12 in case of the official start of tourism season in 2011.The festival will started with ritual Thracian dances performed by folklore ensemble “Thracia” in front of the Tourism information center in Plovdiv. Participants can enjoy new exposition in Cultural center “Trakart” - “The Antique window”. Festive program also include performances of theater “Hend” and “The academy folklore choir.]]> 05 May 2011 14:33:50 Tourism season in Plovdiv started with festive manifestation, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 05 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110505/tourism_season.html International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110504/varna_theatre_festival.html Information by the International Theatre FestivalInternational Theatre Festival “Varna Summer” is the biggest international theatre event in Bulgaria. It is held every year between 1st- 12th June in Varna city in the festivals' framework "Varna Summer". It aims to present the main trends in the Bulgarian and international scenic practice and to provoke intercultural dialogue, exchange and market. The programme is created as a mosaic of modules. The Bulgarian selection keeps focus on the local theatre developments and features the best productions from the current season. The international programme presents cutting-edge and innovative processes in theatre, contemporary dance and performance. The festival atmosphere is intensified by various parallel events such as concerts, workshops, exhibitions, meetings and discussions. The scope of ITF “Varna summer” is continually expanding. Since 2007 in partnership with Sofia Municipality the festival has been showing performances from the international programme in the capital city of Sofia as well. The festival also aims to incorporate Bulgarian theatre production in the international market. Since 2008 in collaboration with Art Office Foundation it has been initiating a Bulgarian Showcase for innovative and mobile productions addressed not only to the general audience but also to specially invited selectionists and managers of international festivals and organizations. International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer” is organized by ITF Varna Summer Foundation and co-organized by Bulgarian Theatre Association, Varna Municipality and Ministry of Culture. Its is hosted by Drama Theatre – Varna, State Puppet Theatre – Varna, City Art Gallery, Festival and Congress Centre, Archaeological Museum etc. The Bulgarian program includes the following 1. Carnaval.com, by Jordi Galceran, director Vasilena Radeva – 02 June 2011 (Second stage);2. The winter's tale – by William Shakespeare – adaptation and staging Margarita Mladenova – 04 June 2011 (main stage) – 06.30 PM.3. Bulgarian Short Stories – based on short stories by Angel Karaliichev, folk stories and legends stage version set design and staging Marius Kurkinski – 05 June 2011 (Main stage);4. The open couple – by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, director Marius Kurkinski – 06 June 2011(Second Stage);5. Under Control – by Frederic Sonntag, director Mladen Alexiev – 08 June 2011 (Second stage) – 07.30 PM;International Programme:1. Express Flight Club – artistic direction post theater (New York/ Belin/Tokyo) – performers Samuel Finzi and 30 anonymous performers (performed in both Bulgarian and English) – puppet Theatre – 03 June – 4.20 PM, 5.30 PM, 6.30 PM, 7.30 PM2. Stereoscopic Trilogy – 3D video installations – Varna Museum of Archaeology – 01 June 2011; 04 Juen 2011 – 7.00 PM;3. SKIA – hyperactive installation – single person project realization by Andreas.muk. Haider;4. Collection Movies/ Dance – Varna Radio – 04 June 2011;5. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace, director Ivan Pantaleev – Second stage 05 June 2011 – 07.45 PM;6. Rankefod – choreography/ dance Kitt Johnson;7. Contigo – a show by Joa Paulo Dos Santos and Rui Hotta, interpreted by Joao Paulo Dos Santos – Varna Museum of Archaeology – 07 June 2011 – 09.00 PM;8. The Avalanche by Tuncer Cucenoglu, director Radu Afrim – 09 June 2011 – 08.00 PM;9. Life is a fream (closing) by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Staging Galin Stoev – Second stage 12 June 2011 – 07.00;]]> 04 May 2011 12:07:42 International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer”, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 04 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110504/varna_theatre_festival.html National day of Natural Parks in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110504/natural_parks_day.html National day of Natural parks in Bulgaria 2011 is organized by WWF Bulgaria on May, 14. The initiative started in 2007 and this year this will be its fourth time.Volunteers will clean the parks from waste to keep that places beautiful for visitors (in 2009 they collected 15 tones of waste). The campaign also include: cleaning, improving and upgrading the infrastructure and marking of routes in the 11 nature parks in Bulgaria. Information signs will be placed on the most visited places in each of the natural parks in Bulgaria.There are eleven natural parks in Bulgaria - Belasitza, Balgarka, Vitosha, Vrachanski Balkan,Golden sands , Persina, Rila Monastery, Rusenski Lom, The Blue Stones, Strandzha and Shoumen plateau. Every year they are visited of more than 10 millions people.]]> 04 May 2011 10:52:06 WWF organised the National day of Natural Parks in Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 04 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110504/natural_parks_day.html Bulgaria and Croatia to draw tourists to Roman Emperors' Road http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110503/roman_emperors_road.html The development of the international tourism project "Roman Emperors' Road" was a focus of the meeting of Bulgarian and Croatian Economy Ministers in Zagreb.Tourism harbors a great potential for the Bulgarian-Croatian economic ties, according to Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism, Traicho Traikov, and his Croatian counterpart Duro Popijac. Traikov was in Zagreb on Wednesday as a part of the Bulgarian state delegation led by PM Boyko Borisov.The "Roman Emperors' Road" is a project for an international cultural itinerary of four countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Serbia. It focuses on promoting cultural heritage from the Roman Empire period combining with modern practices such as spa tourism.In Bulgaria, the itinerary includes Roman routes that are still in use today as major transport arteries such as the Danube River, the Sofia-Plovdiv-Svilengrad road, the Black Sea panorama road, the Economy Ministry reminds.Ministers Traikov and Popijac have hailed the growth of the Bulgarian-Croatian trade by 10% in 2010 y/y. Traikov remarked in Zagreb that Croatia's accession to the EU will boost substantially the exchange of trade and investments.Traikov and Popijac opened a Bulgarian-Croatian business forum, while Bulgaria's Deputy Economy Minister in charge of tourism Ivo Marinov took part in the Joint Bulgarian-Croatian Tourism Commission.In 2010, Bulgaria's trade with Croatia amounted to EUR 117.6 M, 10% more than in 2009. Bulgaria was visited by 14 186 Croatian tourists in 2010, also a 10% growth y/y. Croatian companies invested a total of EUR 38 M in Bulgaria in 2000-2010.]]> 03 May 2011 17:43:27 Bulgaria and Croatia to draw tourists to Roman Emperors' Road. Novinite.com, 03 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110503/roman_emperors_road.html Opening of eco trails at Pomorie Lake http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20110503/eco_trails_at_pomorie_lake.html On May 5th, 2011 Green Balkan NGO will make a presentation about the touristic services of Pomorie Lake Visitor Center and will officially open the eco-trails around the saline lagoon!The event will take place in the Visitor Center of Pomorie Lake in the town of Pomorie (on the southern bank of the lake, next to the Salt Museum). Program of the event: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.– Presentation about the Visitor Center and the opportunities for ecotourism in the region of Pomorie Lake. 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Official opening ceremony of the ecotourism trails and a walk along the botanical eco-path. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Cocktail-party in the Visitor Center of Pomorie Lake; time for conversations and settlement of terms for joint work.For more information: www.greenbalkans.org/pomoriecenter/Green Balkans’ activities in the area of Pomorie Lake are implemented within ”Urgent Measures for Restoration and Conservation of Species and Habitats of European Significance within Pomorie Lake Complex of Protected Natural Areas” project funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through Operational Program “Environment” 2007-2013. ]]> 03 May 2011 14:27:07 Opening of eco trails at Pomorie Lake. Tourism in Pomorie, Bulgaria www.greenbalkans.org http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20110503/eco_trails_at_pomorie_lake.html Night of Museums in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110503/night_of_museums_2011.html Museums in Bulgaria and more than 47 other countries with longer working hours on May, 14 – The night of the museums. The secretary general of the Council of Europe and UNESCO supporting the initiative which first starts in France.French Cultural Institute in Sofia prepared special entertainments for The night of museums. The visitors of “Sredets” gallery can see the painting exhibition of Svilen Blazhev until 9:30 PM. The artist has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions in England, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, Russia, USA, Slovakia, Japan and many others.The International Museum Day is celebrating every year on May, 18.]]> 03 May 2011 12:08:41 Night of museums in Bulgaria on May, 14. VisitBulgaria.net, 03 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110503/night_of_museums_2011.html Sofia Airport improves security and passenger service http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110503/sofia_airport_improves_security.html Bulgaria's Sofia Airport will invest 1.6 million euro in improving security and passenger services this year, the transport ministry said.The investment aims to make the airport meet European Union requirements regarding airport security and passenger services, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.Some 1.5 million levs will go to buy 130 surveillance cameras, to add to the current 320 cameras at Sofia airport’s Terminals 1 and 2.Sofia Airport will also buy 25 metal detector frames worth 700,000 levs and 10 X-Ray devices worth some 1.0 million levs.Last month Transport Minister Alexander Tsvetkov said Bulgaria will launch a tender to award a concession on Sofia Airport.]]> 03 May 2011 10:58:30 Sofia Airport improves security and passenger service information: seenews.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110503/sofia_airport_improves_security.html The number of bio producers in Bulgaria doubles each year http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110429/bio_life_bulgaria.html The number of bio agriculture enterprises has doubled during the past year, announced the deputy minister of agriculture and food Svetlana Boyanova at the opening of the “Green days festival.”The festival is taking place in front of the National Theatre “Ivan Vazov” in Sofia. For a second year in a row it is dedicated to the healthy way of living, the eco and rural tourism, as well as the responsibility towards nature. Tourism and bio products are exhibited at the festival.Visitors are able to see nutrition additives based on organic sea weeds, eco cosmetics, vitamins, minerals and nutrition additives from the natural souses, bio and natural products, as well as medicine goods. Tourism companies, nongovernmental organizations, parks and protected areas are also presented at the event. ]]> 29 Apr 2011 10:30:48 The number of bio producers in Bulgaria doubles each year VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110429/bio_life_bulgaria.html Tourism events in Belogradchik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110427/belogradchik_unesco.html Belogradchik opened the new tourism season during the weekend.The president of Bulgaria Mr. Georgi Parvanov supports the initiative the tourism sightseeing in the region to be included in the list of important sites of UNESCO.This was announced by Parvanov in Belogradchik, during the events organized for the official opening of the season in Belogradchik.If these sites are included in the UNESCO list, this would be an exceptional stimuli for the development tourism in the municipality. ]]> 27 Apr 2011 16:30:13 Tourism events in Belogradchik town near Vidin in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110427/belogradchik_unesco.html Interhotel Sandanski is Completely Renovated http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110426/interhotel_sandanski.html Interhotel Sandanski is completely renovated and welcomes guests from all over.Enjoy your spring break and May holidays at the newly refurbished hotel. We are happy to provide you with the best holiday offers for accommodation and spa treatments in Sandanski wellness resort in Bulgaria. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 26 Apr 2011 14:51:11 Interhotel Sandanski is Completely Renovated. Special spa and wellness offers in Interhotel Sandanski, Sandanski, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110426/interhotel_sandanski.html Summer charter flights starts at Bourgas Airport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110421/charter_flights.html Today is the official opening of the summer charter flights season in Bourgas Airport.The management welcomed a flight from Tel Aviv with 170 tourists on board. The first Israel tourist group arrived in Bourgas Airport last week.Israel tourists are attract from the casinos and low prices in Bulgarian Black Sea resorts. The Airport management expects 5% rising of tourists compared with 2010.Tourists can travel with regular flights from Bourgas to Oslo, London and Moscow.]]> 21 Apr 2011 16:47:33 Summer charter flights starts at Bourgas Airport, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 21 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110421/charter_flights.html Easter skiing in Bansko http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110421/easter_surprise.html Easter Surprise – Yet another snowy weekend on the slopes in BanskoThe new fresh snow that surprised us few days ago made it possible for all keen skiers and snowboarders to enjoy another long ski weekend on the slopes in Bansko. Everyone is invited to spend the Easter holidays in Bansko. The gondola lift, as well as the two part of the height speed quad from Banderishka polyana to Todorka, together with the new high speed quad will be operating in the ski zone. The full day lift pass will cost just 20 BGN. It will definitely be fun, come and join us. ]]> 21 Apr 2011 16:16:14 Easter skiing in Bansko. Easter Surprise – Yet another snowy weekend on the slopes in Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 21 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110421/easter_surprise.html Pravets Golf Course – official opening in May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110421/golf_opening.html Pravets Golf Club official opening will be held on 14 and 15 May, 2011. The complex announced open doors day on May, 15. Famous people from worlds golf industry like Peter Haradin, architect of the championship course with 18 holes and Ian Randall, general manager of PGAs of Europe will take part of the event.Peter Haradin is designer of more than 200 courses all over the world. His son Michael will participate in the official tournament Braemar Golf Team Challenge on May, 15.Pravets Golf Club will host “The European Championship of golf club professionals” on September, 27.]]> 21 Apr 2011 15:36:42 Pravets Golf Course – official opening in May, 2011, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 21 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110421/golf_opening.html Easter Holidays http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110421/easter_holidays.html Dear Friends,Thank you for being with us during the years. Have an Easter full of love, true friends and new beginnings!VisitBulgaria.NET]]> 21 Apr 2011 12:12:50 Happy easter - Have an Easter full of love, true friends and new beginnings. VisitBulgaria.NET team http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110421/easter_holidays.html Bulgaria's Albena welcomes the first summer tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110421/first_tourists.html The Bulgarian Albena Black Sea resort welcomed its first tourists, as a group of 80 Germans marked the early start of the summer season on Tuesday.The group will go through balnotherapy, receive massages and other medical procedures for a period of three weeks, representatives of the resort have clarified before the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency.On Easter, the tourists will have the opportunity to visit churches in the nearby cities of Varna, Balchik and Dobrich and experience the traditional Bulgarian way of celebrating the holiday.In 2011, Albena expects to receive some 26 000 German tourists, or a 30-30% increase year on year. After the market was scarce during the last couple of years, Germany once again shows interest in Albena, its representatives have stated.]]> 21 Apr 2011 16:27:59 Bulgaria's Albena welcomes the first summer tourists. novinite.com, 20 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110421/first_tourists.html Bulgaria's Winter Tourism Does Well, More Reliant on Balkan Countries http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110419/more_balkan_tourists.html Bulgaria's winter and ski resorts will seek to attract more and more tourists from the Balkan states, according to experts who took part in a round table in Sofia Monday.The round table was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism, which presented the results from the completed winter tourism season 2010-2011.The most staggering increases came from the numbers of Balkan tourists and some of the more traditional source countries: Romania – 113 110 tourists, up 9.3%; Macedonia – 80 560, up 30.7%, Serbia – 47 901, up 28.1%; Turkey – 46 029, up 0.8%; Germany – 26 241, up 18.6%; Russia – 32 541, up 11.8%; Ukraine – 15 485, up 16.4%; France – 10 583, up 29.7%; Israel – 8 247, up 25.9%; USA – 6 629, up 13.7.The tourists from Greece were 172 845, a decline of 5.2% year-on-year; the UK – 35 704, down 3%; Italy – 13 531 – down by 20.7%.For the next winter tourism season, the Bulgarians ski resorts plan to invest heavily in artificial snow equipment in order to be able to extend the duration of the season. Some of the top resorts such as Bansko and Pamporovo has the ambitions to organize various world winter sports competitions – a goal already achieved by Bansko which hosted a world ski cup round this winter.While Bulgaria's winter resorts are traditionally seen as important for the country's tourism revenue, their share is nowhere near that of the Black Sea summer resorts which are usually visited by several million foreign tourists each year.]]> 19 Apr 2011 12:18:36 Bulgaria's Winter Tourism Does Well, More Reliant on Balkan Countries. novinite.com, 19 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110419/more_balkan_tourists.html “Tsarevgrad Tarnov – sound and light” awarded at tourism exhibition http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110419/sound_and_light_take_prize.html The audio-visual spectacle “Tsarevgrad Tarnov – sound and light” received a prize for contribution of the development of culture tourism on the International exhibition “Culture tourism 2011” in Veliko Tarnovo. The award is presented for the 25th anniversary of the spectacle projected and realized by the Bulgarian producer Valo Radev and his Czech colleague Yaromir Hnik.The minister of economy greeted the organizers of the show for the high quality of the product. This show is the most eminent trade mark of Veliko Tarnovo.]]> 19 Apr 2011 11:53:42 “Tsarevgrad Tarnov – sound and light” awarded at tourism exhibition in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 19 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110419/sound_and_light_take_prize.html Sofia to compete for European culture capital http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110419/sofia_cultural_capital.html The initiative committee will support the candidature of Sofia for European culture capital for 2019.Famous culture, education, business, media and sport activists will support the candidature of Sofia, announced Yordanka Fandakova, quoted by BTV.Each year 2 European culture capitals are chosen in two different countries from the European union. Bulgaria and Italy are chosen for 2019. Varna, Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv will also compete in the event. Sofia municipality already prepares different culture projects. It plans to complete the Largo, to finish the refurbishment in the museum for contemporary art and the Museum for Socialist art.]]> 19 Apr 2011 11:38:57 Sofia to compete for European culture capital, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 19 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110419/sofia_cultural_capital.html Balchik and Albena were prized for tourism movies http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110419/tourism_movies.html Albena took a prize for tourism movies “The eastern coast of Europe”. The movie “Albena – a real paradise” was chosen among 46 movies, shown during the festival “Culture tourism” in Veliko Tarnovo. The movie “A summer in Balchik” also took a prize for a documentary movie.Balchik was presented with this movie, a stand and photo exhibition from Kibela temple during the festival in Veliko Tarnovo.]]> 19 Apr 2011 11:04:10 Balchik and Albena were prized for tourism movies, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria.net, 19 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20110419/tourism_movies.html Bulgaria sees more foreign tourists in 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110419/more_tourists.html The number of foreign tourists who visited Bulgaria in the first two months of 2011 grew by 6%, year-on-year.According to Ivo Marinov, Deputy Minister of Economy, who is in charge of tourism, in January-February, Bulgaria saw more tourists from Greece, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia, the UK and Russia. The visas issued to Russian tourists in January were 50% more than in the same month of last year.Marinov also announced that Bulgaria's revenues from foreign tourists in the first two months of 2011 amounted to EUR 109 M, a 5% increase year-on-year. Together with Deputy Culture Minister Todor Chobanov he opened the 8th annual Cultural Tourism Fair in Bulgaria's medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo, featuring 80 participants including a number of Bulgarian towns and cities and foreign destinations.The organizers revealed data showing that in the first quarter of 2011, a total of 32 683 tourists, both Bulgarian and foreign, have visited the cultural landmarks of the country compared with 28 245 in the first quarter of 2010.The participants in the Veliko Tarnovo cultural tourism expo expressed optimism about the prospects of Bulgaria's tourism in 2011.]]> 19 Apr 2011 10:39:26 Bulgaria sees more foreign tourists already, high hopes for summer. novinite.com, 19 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110419/more_tourists.html Bulgaria second Best-Value Eastern Destination for British Tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110419/best_value_destination.html Bulgaria is the second best-value destination for British tourists for Easter 2011.Spain offered best value-for-money for 10 typical holiday items in a table of 14 popular tourist destinations compiled by Post Office Travel Money as cited by the Press Association.The survey found the 10 items, including cigarettes, beer and suncream, came to GBP 42.15 in Spain, they were GBP 77.01 in Brighton and as much as GBP 92.81 in Miami, Florida, which was the most expensive destination.Bulgaria, where the items totaled GBP 43.50, was the second cheapest destination while in Brittany, northern France, the items were as much as £81.48.In Corfu, Greece, the 10 items were found to cost GBP 58.87; in Turkey they totaled GBP 79.58, and in Egypt GBP 78.30.Their cost in the Sussex resort Brighton has increased compared with last year, while in Turkey, Greece, and Egypt it declined by 10-15%.]]> 19 Apr 2011 10:18:56 Bulgaria second best-value Eastern destination for British tourists. novinite.com, 18 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110419/best_value_destination.html Bulgarian tourist information centre was opened in South France http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110418/infocenter_in_france.html Bulgarian tourist information center called Info Bulgaria was opened in South France. The tourist center is situated in the town of Perpignan which is located close to the French-Spanish border.Tourists will have the opportunity to receive free of charge information about Bulgarian tourist routes, as well as to book their vacations, Bulgarian language and culture courses.This is the first opened information center so far from the future network of Bulgarian tourist information centers which will be opened in France, Irina Verne, representative of the Mission Bulgaria's management said.Mission Bulgaria is a French-Bulgarian foundation organizing the opening of the information centers. In this way Bulgarian culture and tourism opportunities will be popularized.The first initiative of the Bulgarian tourist information center in Perpignan will be a full presentation of Bulgarian tourist possibilities. Series of seminars presenting different Bulgarian cities will also be launched during the following months.]]> 18 Apr 2011 18:07:44 Bulgarian tourist information center was opened in South France. tmbulgaria.com, 18 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110418/infocenter_in_france.html International seminar for ecotourism takes place in St. Konstantin and Elena Resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/st_constantine_elena/news/20110415/seminar_for_ecotourism.html An international training seminar in the sphere of ecotourism takes place in the Black Sea Coast resort St. Constantine and Elena on 15th of April.The project is being organized by a Finnish organization in partnership with Bulgarian, Finnish, Irish, Lithuanian universities and the European Centre for Ecologic Rural Tourism and Agriculture in Poland.The idea of the seminar is to increase the training level in ecotourism business through developing a new electronic educational platform.]]> 15 Apr 2011 18:12:31 International seminar for ecotourism takes place in St. Konstantin and Elena Resort, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 15 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/st_constantine_elena/news/20110415/seminar_for_ecotourism.html Sozopol celebrates the International Culture Memorials’ Preserving Day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110415/sozopol_celebrate.html Sozopol will celebrate for the first time in 2011 the International Culture Memorial’s Preserving Day on 18th of April.The event will take place in the town under the theme Sozopol – Ancient Architecture and Archeological Reserve – Our Heritage and Proud.The town is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site, since there are diverse culture memorials of national and world significance in that region.The most interesting attraction in Sozopol is the old town with its interesting old-style wooden houses and cultural monuments.]]> 15 Apr 2011 16:33:49 Sozopol celebrates the International Culture Memorials’ Preserving Day, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 15 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110415/sozopol_celebrate.html Thracian treasures to be exposed in Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110415/thracian_treasures.html The exposition of Thracian treasures will be displayed in the Culture centre Sea Casino, Bourgas from the beginning of June until the end of August.Panagyurishte Treasure, the unique Teres’s golden mask and other valuable findings discovered in an ancient Necropolis will be shown in the coastal town for three months.Tourists in Bourgas will have the opportunity to visit also another intriguing event in summer 2011 – The Sand Sculptures Fest.The main summer event in the coastal town will again be the music fest Spirit of Bourgas. Worldwide celebrities like Moby, Skunk Anansie and Deftones will perform on the stages of the summer music fest. ]]> 15 Apr 2011 15:27:35 Thracian treasures to be exposed in Bourgas, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 15 April 2011, 03:00 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110415/thracian_treasures.html Adventure & Extreme Expo in Sofia, Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110415/adventure_and_extreme_expo.html Adventure & Extreme Expo in SofiaAdventure & Extreme Expo, the first major extreme sports and adventure event in Bulgaria. Everyone is invited to see the newest extreme sports and strong emotions at one place. Try surfing or wall climbing in the active zone suitable for both enthusiasts and professionals.Learn how disabled people can practice extreme sports. The event will take place from 28th April – 01 May 2011 in Inter Expo Center Sofia.]]> 15 Apr 2011 14:30:50 Adventure & Extreme Expo in Sofia, Bulgaria. VisitBulgaria, 15 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110415/adventure_and_extreme_expo.html Indonesia, Argentina and Korea impressed visitors on the Culture Tourism Fair 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110414/tourism_fair_2011.html The eighth issue of the international Culture Tourism Fair 2011 started on 13th of April in Veliko Turnovo.The presentations of Indonesia, Argentina and Korea have been exceptionally attractive.The Bulgarian Ethnographic Complex Etura presented an exhibition the Traditional Celebrations in Etura.The tourist film fest called On the East Coast of Europe started on 13th of April, too, as part of the tourist fair in Veliko Tarnovo.Foreign and Bulgarian culture institutions, tourist companies, regional tourist destinations are participants in the event.]]> 14 Apr 2011 18:15:51 Indonesia, Argentina and Korea impressed visitors on the Culture Tourism Fair 2011 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 14 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110414/tourism_fair_2011.html Chepelare develops a new plan for ski centre “Mechi chal” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110414/chepelare_ski.html Creative marketing, water supply for the snow cannons and nets for aggressive skiers are among the priorities for the next ski season.This Friday Cheplare starts a public discussion for the plan for development of ski centre “Mechi chal”. Chepelare has managed to reach a public and economy consensus on the problems with ownership, ecology and development. The management of the resort centre is trying to apply European standards, working discipline and high quality of the tourism service. %RIMG1The min problem of the resort is the creative marketing. As the new modern terminal at Plovdiv airport will surely bring future possibilities. Despite of the scarce snow this winter season Mechi chal ski zone was perfectly maintained all through the winter and offered the best skiing conditions in Bulgaria. An eloquent proof were the numerous skiers using Chepelare ski zone, while staying in Pamporovo. The resort also possesses the potential to develop summer tourism. The places you must visit in Chepelare are: - The Wonderful Bridges are situated in the central Rodopi Mountains along the east slopes of the Chernatitsa hill, 1450 meters above the sea level.Bachkovo Monastery - The “Assumption” monastery is the second large monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the western part of Rodope Mountain 10 km away from Asenovgrad.  - The National Astronomical Observatory "Rozhen" (NAO-Rozhen); Latitude: 41° 41' 35'' longitude: 24° 44' 38'' altitude: 1759 m.- The Ski Museum - The Ski Museum of Chepelare was opened on May 8th 1998 as a result of Ekateria Dafovska’s gold medal win in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. She became world champion in the sport of biathlon and trained and was born here in Chepelare.- The Cave Museum - The Cave Museum was opened in January of 1980 by a local man named Dimitar Raichev and is the only one of its kind in the Balkan peninsula . It was created with help of the local speleological club whose main goal was to create tourist paths in the nearby Yagodinska and Devil’s Throat caves. - The House of Culture - The house of culture, Rhodpska Iskra, was first founded as an organization in January of 1880 by Dimitar Mitov and 60 active citizens from Chepelare. ]]> 14 Apr 2011 11:59:30 Chepelare develops a new plan for ski centre “Mechi chal” in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 14 April 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110414/chepelare_ski.html Plovdiv, Bulgaria: not a tip-up truck but a treasure http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110413/plovdiv_treasure.html You can now fly directly to the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv. Jump at the chance, says Robert Nurden.The sound of an aria from Verdi's Aida filled the sweltering Roman amphitheatre and hung in the hot night air. The audience fanned themselves with their programmes while a new moon edged above a distant mountain range.As far as romantic settings go it was pretty spectacular. It could have been Verona's outdoor opera season, but rather than Italy, it was Bulgaria: the city of Plovdiv, which holds its own Verdi festival in its second-century auditorium every summer. And the mountains in question were not the Dolomites, but the Rhodopi, which run like an endless green ribbon to the south.%RIMG1I taught English in Plovdiv for 18 months and came to love it, though when I tried describing this Balkan treasure to friends back home they giggled at the name. One thought it was a Russian tip-up truck.I was not surprised when I heard that Ryanair had started direct twice-weekly flights from Stansted to Plovdiv. I would urge everyone to visit. For this is bohemian Bulgaria, where art and culture flourish amid Roman ruins and Thracian legends. Where people nod to say no and shake their heads to say yes. Where reticent Bulgaria becomes bold.%LIMG2Plovdivians refer to themselves as the ailiatsi, or laid-back ones. There is certainly an unhurried confidence about them as they saunter down the mile-long pedestrianised main street, where the rationale for every shop seems to be the adornment of the female form – not that the beautiful women of Plovdiv need much help.Part of my daily route to work took me along a Roman pavement, its original stones intact. To one side were perfectly preserved mosaics. And every morning a flower-seller propped her sprays on top of a broken ionic column of a long-forgotten pagan temple. With such historical backdrops, locals are justly proud of their heritage.The main draw is the Old Town, which nestles on top of, and cascades down, three hills. There are Thracian and Greek remains alongside the Roman ones and they in turn lie next to, and beneath, 400 recently restored Revival-style houses, 19th-century wooden-frame constructions built by the emerging class of Bulgarian merchants who eventually saw off the Turks.I remember remarking to my guide that they resembled Istanbul town houses. She flared: "These are Bulgarian houses. They are symbolic of our late Renaissance. There is nothing Turkish about them." I never slipped up over my history again.The question of the 500-year Turkish domination of Bulgaria is a touchy one. Once, when I was forced to complain about the slow service in a café, the manager apologised and, with a wide grin, blamed it on the fact that Bulgaria had been under the Ottoman yoke for half a millennium.The architectural stars are the houses of the merchants Balabanov, Hindlian and Georgiadi, now museums open to the public. Inside they are wood-panelled masterpieces, with the bedrooms tending to be downstairs. Every ceiling has its own exquisite carvings. One house has a 150-year-old marble Turkish bath with running hot and cold water; another a cute musicians' gallery;Here, too, is the amphitheatre, discovered by accident in the Sixties under a 50ft-high pile of builders' rubble. Now it is the highlight of the city, with fabulous views of the mountains behind the ancient clock tower. It is used for military shows, jazz concerts, plays and opera. Nearby is the music school, where there are frequent performances of Bulgaria's unique brand of spine-tingling folk music. If you are lucky you will also catch the Hora, the traditional Thracian dance.Art thrives in the city, with galleries and studios tucked down countless alcoves and alleyways. One warning: the streets in the Old Town are an uneven cobbled obstacle course and stout footwear is recommended.It was at the highest point of the city, under the trees of an outdoor restaurant on steaming hot nights, that my Bulgarian friends and I used to cradle glasses of rakya, the local firewater, waiting for cooler air to come wafting up from the River Maritsa. We ordered mountains of grilled fresh fish and a bottle or two of white wine, knowing we had hours: book a table in Bulgaria and it is yours for the night.And where to stay? I would recommend the Hebros, a classy boutique hotel. It's another Revival-style house, hushed and luxurious, with attentive staff padding across polished floorboards. I wasn't surprised to hear it had recently been voted Bulgaria's hotel of the year: after a busy day tramping the cobbles, sinking into a feather mattress is the best cure for aching ankles.The city used to be called Philippopolis, after Philip II, who ruled this Thracian kingdom in the fourth century BC. His rather camp statue, in which it looks as if he is handing out Toblerone, dominates Jumiya Square. Next to it is the recently restored mosque, splendid in hues of steely blue.For dinner, head for the folklore restaurant Veselo Selo (Happy Village). Here you can sample Bulgarian cuisine to the accompaniment of national song and dance. I once joined 30 others there for a birthday party. We sat at a trestle table, and were soon surrounded by plates of shopska (Bulgaria's signature salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and grated white cheese) and huge earthenware pots of stew, roasted peppers and bowls of yogurt.Mavrud, the hearty red wine the host ordered, is believed to be the indigenous Thracian wine Homer refers to in The Iliad. After a few glasses, even I felt confident enough to join in the singing and dancing.Plovdiv offers what must be the world's oddest location for an internet café. While sitting at a computer terminal, a user can look down on the Roman stadium, where lions once roared.And in addition to its cultural heritage, it has a rich ethnic mixture, a result of a long policy of opening its doors to refugees, not least to the Armenians, of whom there is still a substantial number.You can meet them at the Erevan restaurant, which doubles as a club for exiles. Popular dishes are mantu (stuffed pastry and chicken), keshkek (a meat-porridge dish) and mass pancake (chicken breasts, mushrooms, picked cucumber and herbs). Pride of place must go to the dessert anush abur, which is grain, dried fruit and rosewater.My Bulgarian teacher's boyfriend once said to me: "I bet your friends in England don't know where Plovdiv is. Tell them to come. They can help us discover our past. Orpheus was a Thracian, and so was Spartacus. Maybe that's why we're a bit rebellious.""So why do they shake their heads for yes and nod for no?" I ventured."Originally we wanted to confuse our oppressors," he said. "Now we just carry on for the hell of it."Getting thereRyanair (www.ryanair.com) flies to Plovdiv from Stansted on Tuesdays and Saturdays. One way from £30. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs 20 leva (£8).]]> 13 Apr 2011 22:50:12 Plovdiv, Bulgaria: not a tip-up truck but a treasure, a guide by Telegraph daily http://www.telegraph.co.uk/, by Robert Nurden http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110413/plovdiv_treasure.html Guard of Honor Becomes Bulgaria's Old Capital Latest Attraction http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110411/guard_of_honor.html A ritual change of a guard of honor in front of the mediaeval fortress Tsarevets in the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo is going to be the latest attraction in the city this tourist seasonThe premiere of the 15-minute show is scheduled for 7:30 pm on April 15 as part of the program of the international expo "Culture Tourism," and after that it will be offered every weekend through the summer.Under the sounds of drums and horns, a group of 15 guards, armed with swords, spears and shields, led by four horse riders and two soldiers with the colors of the Assen Dynasty are going to walk from the bridge known as "Vladishki Most" by the "Saints 40 Martyrs" church to the entrance of the fortress where the procession will end its march.The change of guard is going to take place there with the fortress being closed symbolically.The drop of royal flags on the walls of Tsarevets under the toll of church bells will be part of the attraction as well.The show includes 30 actors while the costumes and the props are being provided by the National Opera and Musical Theater in Sofia.]]> 11 Apr 2011 18:23:05 Guard of Honor Becomes Bulgaria's Old Capital Latest Attraction, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria novinite.com, 11.04.2011, 06:18 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20110411/guard_of_honor.html James Warlick planted a white pine in Park Bulgarka http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110408/warlick_planted_a_white_pine.html The American ambassador in Bulgaria James Warlick visited the Architectural-ethnographic complex Etura, Gabrovo while his visit to the Nature Park Bulgarka.The reason for Warlick’s visit in the region of the town of Gabrovo was the celebration of the Week of the Forests.The American ambassador planted a white pine which is one of the natural coniferous tree types in the region of the National Park Bulgarka. Warlick put also bird houses as part of the event that took place in the Park.The ambassador awarded 39 participants in the competition for literature, photography, multimedia and fine art called The Dreams of a Forest.]]> 08 Apr 2011 17:29:03 James Warlick planted a white pine in Park Bulgarka, Gabrovo, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 08.04.2011, 05:20 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110408/warlick_planted_a_white_pine.html Museum of Astronautics to be built in Kamchiya Complex http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110408/museum_of_astronautics.html A Museum of Astronautics will be situated in the future building of a school in the Kamchiya complex, near the city of Varna.A planetarium, an Aviation and Astronautics Museum and a real simulator will be part of the future school building.The first dig of the future school building was made as a celebration of the anniversary of the Yuri Gagarin’s first university flight. On 12th of April it will be 50 years since his flight in the cosmos.The first Bulgarian astronaut Georgi Ivanov also took part in the event, concerning the first dig of the future building.]]> 08 Apr 2011 15:10:33 Museum of Astronautics to be built in Kamchiya complex, Varna, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 08.04.2011, 02:50 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110408/museum_of_astronautics.html Americans and Canadians are the first tourists in Belogradchik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110407/first_tourists_in_2011.html The first tourists who visited the town of Belogradchik this year are Americans and Canadians.Four groups with more than 100 tourists will arrive in the town until the end of April. Tourists come to Vidin with boats through the Danube river and then take buses to reach Belogradchik.The “town of rocks” has been visited by 220 000 people in 2010. Rising of interest was registered after the nomination of “The Belogradchik rocks” for one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The winners will be announced in November 2011. ]]> 07 Apr 2011 12:12:20 Americans and Canadians are the first tourists in Belogradchik, Bulgaria. touristmedia.info, 07.04.2011, 12:00 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110407/first_tourists_in_2011.html Bulgaria's Balchik Palace visited by 400 000 people in 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110410/balchik_palace_2011.html The "Palace" complex in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Balchik had 400 000 visitors in 2010, both Bulgarian and foreign tourists, according to its management.Balchik's Palace is a complex built in 1924 by Queen Maria of Romania at a time when the region of Southern Dobrudzha was part of Romania (1918-1940).It was subsequently integrated with the Balchik Botanical Garden to become one of the most famous touristic sites along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.A record number of tourists visited the Balchik Palace complex in August 2010, its director Toshko Gyaurov announced in the northeastern city of Dobrich.Gyaurov voiced expectations that every month in the summer of 2011 will be just as successful for the Balchik complex as was August 2010. He said the complex registered revenue of BGN 2.5 M in 2010.]]> 10 Apr 2011 18:27:09 Bulgaria's Balchik Palace visited by 400 000 people in 2010. novinite.com, 07.04.2011, 11:35 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20110410/balchik_palace_2011.html Monasteries around Sofia connected with cultural route http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110406/cultural_route.html The first part of the route starts from Buhovo, passes through Kremikovtzi, Podgumer and reaches Kurilo. It includes generally 9 monasteries and 14 churches.Pedestrian route and bike paths will connect 120 churches and monasteries around Sofia, said Tzvetelina Borislavova from Credo Bonum foundation.“The idea about this route came from Santiago de Compostela in Spain called “The culture route of Europe”. I аm looking for а different presentation – through ancient history and our unique geography and natural resources. For a long time I communicated with people who know that this is one of the worlds main priorities”, also said Borislavova. ]]> 06 Apr 2011 13:40:27 Monasteries around Sofia, Bulgaria connected with cultural route. expert.bg, 06.04.2011, 01:30 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110406/cultural_route.html Bulgaria registers 50 percent increase in visas for Russian tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110406/russian_visas.html Bulgaria is expecting a record number of tourist visa applications from Russia for the summer of 2011, according to the Bulgarian Consulate in Moscow.The Consulate also says it expects the summer season to begin earlier than usual - end of April or beginning of May.Since January 2011, over 21,000 applications have been filed which is a 50% increase with respect to the same period in 2010 and a 100% increase with respect to 2009.According to data of the Bulgarian Council in Moscow, the current 2011 is supposed to be the most beneficial for the summer tourism since the visa regime for Russian citizens was introduced.]]> 06 Apr 2011 11:42:37 Bulgaria registers 50 percent increase in visas for Russian tourists. news.bg, 06.04.2011, 11:33 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110406/russian_visas.html Bulgaria expects more European tourists in summer 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110406/european_tourists_in_bulgaria.html The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry expects a rise in European tourists who visit Bulgarian summer resorts. There will be an increase of 15%-18% in Italian tourists in the country during summer 2011, Evelin Videnov the vice president of the chamber said.Recently there was an international Bulgarian-Italian tourist forum. The two countries discussed opportunities of cooperation in this business branch. Bulgarian government considers to organize other forums with Austria, Poland and Czech Republic.European tourists are more interested in sightseeing in Bulgaria, rather than just staying in the hotels, Videnov said.]]> 06 Apr 2011 11:09:37 Rise in European tourists in Bulgaria is expected in summer 2011. tmbulgaria.com, 06.04.2011, 11:05 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110406/european_tourists_in_bulgaria.html Fully booked hotels in Varshets for Easter day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varshets/news/20110405/fully_booked_hotels.html Bulgarian families incessantly make reservations for Varshets, said Vera Mateeva - the tourism expert in the town. There is a capacity of 300 beds in the resort and for the summer season a new Spa hotel will open doors for guests.Foreign tourists prefer Spa resorts in Bulgaria where hotels prepared special offers and packages include using of swimming pool, jacuzzi with mineral water, steam baths, children playground, sauna.Spa and Wellness resorts in Bulgaria become more popular for family vacations because of the mineral water. Other famous resorts in Bulgaria are Velingrad, Sandanski, Hissarya and Devin.]]> 05 Apr 2011 15:36:46 Fully booked hotels in Varshets, Bulgaria for Easter day. touristmedia.info, 05.04.2011, 03:20 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varshets/news/20110405/fully_booked_hotels.html Bulgarian Spa & Wellness resorts become more popular http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110405/bulgarian_spa_and_wellness.html Foreign travel agencies are interested in Bulgarian SPA & Wellness resorts. There will be more tourists in the Bulgarian resorts this year, according to Rumen Draganov – the manager of the Institute of analysis and estimating in tourism.Bulgaria attracted foreign tourists at the international exhibitions held in the beginning of 2011. The demand of Bulgarian tourist services from German, English and Scandinavian market become more popular.Developing of the new technologies and Internet make tourists to have individual references. They don't want to be a part of group with same interests, also said Rumen Draganov.]]> 05 Apr 2011 14:12:34 Bulgarian Spa & Wellness resorts become more popular. news.bg, 05.04.2011, 02:05 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110405/bulgarian_spa_and_wellness.html Retro Train Tourism in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110405/retro_train_tourism.html Among the attractive and luxurious old trains the company will offer tourists those used by former Bulgarian Tzar Boris III and communist dictator Todor Zhivkov. There has been a considerable interest in the country's retro train tours and the Bulgarian State railway company (BDZ) expects to double their number in 2011, Tsvetkov stated.The state company has earned some BGN 60 000 in 2010 from retro train tourism, the Minister pointed out, adding it plans to make 2.5 times as much in 2011.Not many countries in Europe provide such a tourist attraction, Tsvetkov said, stating there will be a considerable interest on behalf of foreign tourists.At the end of March, BDZ started running a retro steam engine train between the capital Sofia and the suburb of Bankya. The train leaves at 12:10 pm every day for 20 days from Sofia's Central Railroad Station and entertains the passengers for the normal price of the destination. After these 20 days, the price of the tickets will increase to BGN 5.The train's engine has been used for a number of movies and entertainment trips. In September 1989 it had served the famous "Orient Express" while the latter was passing through Bulgaria.The engine has been made in 1953 in Switzerland.]]> 05 Apr 2011 15:54:37 Bulgaria develop its Retro train tourism. novinite.com, 05.04.2011, 11:40 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110405/retro_train_tourism.html Bulgarian business targets Romanian tourists at TTR Expo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110404/ttr_expo.html A total of 32 Bulgarian firms and one municipality are presented in the Bulgarian section of the tourist expo TTR in Romania's Bucharest, which was opened on Thursday.Most of the Bulgarian companies presented at TTR in Bucharest are tour operators. The Nessebar Municipality is also participating at the event.The Bulgarian section at TTR spreads on an area of 200 square meters. TTR is the largest tourism expo in Romania. Representatives of 19 countries are participating at the event.The Romanian visitors and tourists are of growing importance for the Bulgarian economy. According to latest data by the Bulgaria's National Statistical Institute, a total of 1.4 million Romanians visited Bulgaria in 2010, and 583 000 of those were tourists.]]> 04 Apr 2011 10:13:27 Bulgarian business targets Romanian tourists at TTR Expo, Romania. novinite.com, 01.04.2011, 11:20 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110404/ttr_expo.html Open Doors Day at the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110331/house_of_humor_and_satire.html The House of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo will celebrate its 39-th birthday on April 1-st – the International joke day. Interesting activities for people of all ages will be presented during the day. The program includes:9.00 - 18.00 - Screening of cartoons films (The Three Fools popular series by Donyo Donev and Nu, pogodi! ("You Just Wait!") by Vyacheslav Kotyochkin) (3rd Floor Lobby)9.00 - 10.30 - Screening of Bulgarian feature film Hitar Petar (Director: Stefan Sarchadzhiev; scriptwriter: Petar Naznakomov; starring: Rachko Yabandzhiev, Leo Konforti, Konstantin Kisimov, Petko Karlukovski, etc.) (Room 8)10.30 - 12.00 - Funny Stories Workshop - silver-tongued young Gabrovians are telling comic tales and stories (Speicial guest: folklorist Elena Ognyanova) (Giraffe Hall)12.00 - Humour in Our Dreams - opening of an exhibition of drawings by children from Gabrovo and Nichelino, Italy. The drawings were submitted to a children's drawing competition of the same name. (Nichelino, Italy)13.00 - Ceremonial validation of a postal stamp dedicated to The Day of Humour and Joking - 35 years since the discovery of the minor planet GABROVO (Room 6) 13.30 - EUROPEAN HUMOUR ART ENCOUNTERS: Searching for the Human - opening of a group exhibition of drawings and graphics from the Humour of the Peoples art collection of the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE (Room 6)15.00 - 17.00 - Screening of Bulgarian feature film Uncle Ganyo on a Tour of Europe (Director: Ivan Nichev; scriptwriter: Marko Stoychev; starring: Georgi Kaloyanchev, Stoyan Aleksiev, Plamen Sirakov, Leda Taseva, Filip Trifonov, Ginka Stancheva, Joko Rosich, etc.) ( Room 8)17.30 - Presentation of Bozhko Bozhkov's book From Gomulka to Kwasniewski and from Zhivkov to Parvanov: an Interpreter Recalls (a VIP interpreter is relating comic VIP stories); the event is held in partnership with the Polish Institute in Sofia; the presentation of the book will be made by 1st degree Senior Research Associate, Dr. Agop Garabedyan from the Institute for Balkan Studies to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. (Giraffe Room) (17.03.2011)]]> 31 Mar 2011 14:46:23 Open Doors Day at the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. humorhouse.bg, 31.03.2011, 02:35 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110331/house_of_humor_and_satire.html Borosport Funpark 2011 latest event http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110331/the_winners_in_dragon_slope_style.html The last freestyle competition for the season – Dragon slope style took place on Saturday – 26 March 2011 in Borovets. Borosport Fun-park hosted the event part of Planet X competitions. Fifty professional extreme skiers and snowboarders tried their abilities on a 520 m long trace with 8 jumps and slides. The main goal for the competitors was to use all elements of the trace to demonstrate control and style.Georgi Peltecov won the snowboard competition and Martin Rainshmitd took the prize in skies.After the challenging final the day ended with an unforgettable after party with famous DJ's and many surprises at the night bar in the Rila hotel. Borosport fun park 2011 is situated at a sleeve of Yastrebets 3 ski slope and is services by a high speed quad “Yastrebets Express”. The park is 520 m long and offers three lines of different difficulty – three big jumps in the upper part, followed by a narrow line with 3 jumps with rails, as well as other slide elements.]]> 31 Mar 2011 12:04:49 Borosport Funpark 2011 latest event in Borovets, Bulgaria. bulgariaski.com, 31.03.2011, 11:55 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110331/the_winners_in_dragon_slope_style.html Bulgaria's hunting tourism gains momentum http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110331/hunting_tourism.html Bulgaria's hunting tourism is enjoying growing local and international interest, according to participants in the 17th annual "Nature, Hunting, Fishing" Expo in the city of Plovdiv.A total of 3 992 foreign tourists and 3 761 Bulgarians had hunting tourism trips in Bulgaria in 2010, according to data of the State Forestry Agency, as cited by BTA.The group hunt of boars is the most sought after hunting tourism attraction in Bulgaria, the data indicates.The foreign nationals who hunt in Bulgaria come primarily from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Greece.In 2010, Bulgaria's state hunting areas, subdivisions of the Forestry Agency, registered a total of revenue of EUR 2.050 million from hunting tourism.The state hunting areas "Cherekitsa", "Rositsa", and "Cherni Lom" have generated the largest revenues.]]> 31 Mar 2011 16:41:02 Bulgaria's hunting tourism gains momentum. novinite.com, 31.03.2011, 11:15 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110331/hunting_tourism.html Golf season 2011 - official opening http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110329/golf_season_2011.html After the long winter break, it is time to start playing golf. Grab the clubs and enjoy golf, new friends and pleasant emotions at Pirin Golf and country club. The Golf season opening tournament will be held on 02 april 2011.Free Maserati test drive will be available Format: Better ball, 2- ballHandicap Result: Not handicap RelevantEntry fee: 70 BGN/ per person.An Easter present for the keen golfers, prizes are provided by Maserati, Bulgaria.Test drive of Maserati models for the participants and their guests /02- 03 April 2011/.]]> 29 Mar 2011 17:45:11 Official opening of Golf Season 2011 at Pirin Golf and Country Club near Bansko, Bulgaria Pirin Golf and Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110329/golf_season_2011.html Free of charge accommodation for children in RIU Pravets Hotel http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110329/free_of_charge_for_children.html Children will be accommodated free of charge in RIU Pravets Hotel during the first 10 days of April. There are a lot of options for entertainment like a golf school, bike rental, swimming and tennis classes.Promotional price packages and Spa treatmets will be available during the spring holiday during the period 03-07 Aril. The packages include: dining in the buffet restaurant, swimming pool, fitness room, laconium, steam bath, herbal sauna, Finnish sauna, cold room, salted steam bath, relaxation room, Internet access and parking.Adults can enjoy a great time in the hotel's gourmet restaurant and piano bar. The hotel also offers aqua aerobics tae bo and latin dances for those who are keen in sport activities.The promotion prices are possible for a number of packages and reservations made through travel agencies. ]]> 29 Mar 2011 14:00:51 Free of charge accommodation for children in RIU Pravets Hotel, Bulgaria. touristmedia.info, 29.03.2011, 02:00 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pravets/news/20110329/free_of_charge_for_children.html About 1000 people participated in the pedestrian tour in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110329/the_pedestrian_tour_in_plovdiv.html About 1000 Bulgarian and foreign tourists took part in the free of charge pedestrian tour in Plovdiv, according to the Tourist Information Centres data. The tour has been organized since September 2010.The free of charge city’s tour takes place every Wednesday in spite of the small groups during the winter season. The tour guide tells the stories of the tourist sites in Bulgarian and English language. There can participate tourist groups as well as individual tourists in the pedestrian tour.The pedestrian tour, which has started in the end of September, has been advertised on local and international tourist fairs.The tour starts every Wednesday at 9:30 am from the Tourist Information Center and proceeds to the Old Plovdiv.Tourists have the opportunity to see the Antique Stadium and other cultural-historic sites.]]> 29 Mar 2011 12:06:15 About 1000 people participated in the pedestrian tour in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 29.03.2011, 11:50 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110329/the_pedestrian_tour_in_plovdiv.html Free Sofia Tour in English language starts twice a day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110331/free_sofia_tour.html The free English-language tour of Sofia – Free Sofia Tour will be organized twice a day from 28th of March.The tours will start every day from the Palace of Justice at 11 am and 6 pm.The volunteers from the association Free Sofia Tour will tell in English stories about the most significant culture-historic sites in the central part of Sofia during the two-hour tour. The tourists will become familiar with information about traditional Bulgarian customs like Martenitsa, Bulgarian dances, and Kukeri.The volunteers provide useful and practical information about the foreigners stay in Bulgaria even after the end of the tour.More information can be found on the official Internet site of the association http://www.freesofiatour.com.]]> 31 Mar 2011 14:50:58 Free Sofia Tour in English language starts twice a day, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 29.08.2011, 11:30 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110331/free_sofia_tour.html Bulgarian trips abroad climb 2.5% Y/Y in Feb 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110329/rising_of_the_bulgarian_trips.html The number of Bulgarians traveling abroad increased by 2.5% on an annual basis to 245,000 in February 2011, the National Statistics Institute (NSI) reported on Monday. The highest annual increase, of 30%, was registered in travels to Latvia, but the overall number of visits to the country was not significant. Among the most favoured destinations were also Austria and Romania, with trips to these countries rising by 26% and 18%, respectively. The report also revealed that 38% of Bulgarians travelled for tourism, 35% for business and 26% to visit friends and relatives. Bulgarians curtailed trips abroad by 20% in 2010, which affected significantly some of the most frequented destinations, including Greece, Romania and the western European countries. According to local tour agencies, the number of travels abroad for both business and holiday purposes will see a considerable increase this spring.]]> 29 Mar 2011 11:11:52 Bulgarian trips abroad climb in 2011. Traveling aboard is increased. dnevnik.bg, 29.03.2011, 10:46 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110329/rising_of_the_bulgarian_trips.html Rural tourism becomes more popular in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110328/rural_tourism_in_bulgaria.html About half a million tourists have visited Bulgarian villages during the last years, according to data provided by the Bulgarian Association for Rural and Ecological Tourism (BARET), inews.bg reported.Momchilovtsi and Dobrinishte have been among the first to develop village tourism for 15-20 years.There are two types of places for overnight accommodation – the first one is big tourist complexes and the second one is traditional village houses.It has become common such tourism to be developed in villages which are situated close to big cities, such as Sgorigrad (Vratsa), Arbanassi (Veliko Turnovo), Bogoslov (Kyustendil) etc.]]> 28 Mar 2011 18:21:36 Village tourism becomes more popular in Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 28.03.2011, 05:50 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110328/rural_tourism_in_bulgaria.html Bulgaria's Varna Airport with 19 Regular Lines in Summer 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110328/varna_airport.html The international airport in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna will serve 19 regular routes in the summer season of 2011.The summer schedule of Varna Airport enters into force as of March 27, 2011; the first foreign tourists for the nearby Black Sea resorts are expected to arrive on Monday, March 28.The new destinations that Varna will have direct flights to Cologne, Germany; Katowice, Poland; Samara and Kazan, Russia. The destinations with the highest frequency of outbound Varna flights are Sofia, Vienna, and Budapest.As of June 2011, Varna Airport will have direct daily flights to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. Bulgaria Air will launch direct flights to Moscow's Sheremetievo twice weekly, and to St. Petersburg – once weekly – as of May 28.Varna will also have Bulgaria Air flights to London Gatwick twice weekly.The other destinations that can be reached directly from Varna over the summer are Luxembourg, Duesseldorf, Ekaterinburg, Oslo, Kishinev, Zurich, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Frankfurt, and Brussels.The first 164 foreign tourists for Bulgaria's 2011 summer season will arrive Monday night with a flight from Frankfurt.]]> 28 Mar 2011 17:40:03 Bulgaria's Varna Airport with 19 Regular Lines in Summer 2011 tmbulgaria.com, 28.03.2011, 05:30 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110328/varna_airport.html Bulgaria participates in the international tourist fair UITT in Kiev http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110328/bulgaria_in_uitt.html Bulgaria is being presented on the international tourist fair UITT in Kiev, which takes place from 23rd to 25th of March 2011.The country focuses its participation on culture tourism on the fair in the light of the all Bulgarian presentations on international tourist exhibitions in 2011.The minister of economy, energy and tourism Ivo Marinov took part in the official opening of the fair in Ukraine.The Ministry of economy, energy and tourism is accompanied by 33 Bulgarian tourist companies on the international exhibition UITT. The Bulgarian information counter covers 229 square meters.This is the 17th issue of the biggest international tourist fair in Ukraine UITT. It has been visited by 15 960 people from 71 countries in 2010. There have participated 761 companies and associations from the tourist industry.]]> 28 Mar 2011 10:52:20 Bulgaria participates in the international tourist fair UITT in Kiev. tmbulgaria.com, 28.03.2011, 10:40 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110328/bulgaria_in_uitt.html Dobrich hosts the "Pchelomania" exhibition http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrich/news/20110324/pchelomania_in_dobrich.html Today in the Bulgarian town of Dobrich starts the special exhibition “Pchelomania”.The program includes discussions about the agricultural policy of Bulgaria and the Program for Rural Development. Support for beekeepers will be also discussed during the event.The European Union already approved an increase of the financial support to the beekeeping with 25 %. 11 263 million Euro is allocated for fight against varrioasis, rationalization of bee pasture, support laboratories, renewal of colonies in apiaries and technical assistance.]]> 24 Mar 2011 18:13:38 In the bulgarian town of Dobrich is hold "Pchelomania", Bulgaria. horemag.bg, 24.03.2011, 05:50 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrich/news/20110324/pchelomania_in_dobrich.html Bulgaria and Romania could join Schengen soon http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110324/bulgaria_in_schengen.html Bulgaria and Romania will be part of the passport-free Schengen area very soon, this is the general trend and it is quite clear, German foreign ministry state secretary Werner Hoyer told journalists in Berlin. The two countries have made efforts to comply with the Schengen requirements and have the ambition to meet all the criteria by the end of the Hungarian European Union presidency in June 2011, but there are still doubts whether this will happen within the deadlines, he said. Hoyer considers that Bulgaria should focus on the control of its Turkish border, while Romania needs to pay attention to corruption in the entire system. "I expect the European Commission to publish its report in June, and according to the draft text, it will be positive. I therefore hope that by the end of 2011 there will be an outcome, no matter whether the accession will take place at once or in stages," according to Hoyer. Both the European Commission and Berlin are aware that the two countries have made considerable investments to enter the Schengen area, he added.]]> 24 Mar 2011 16:42:02 Bulgaria and Romania could join Schengen soon. dnevnik.bg, 24.03.2011, 04:30 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110324/bulgaria_in_schengen.html Russians and Romanians visit Sozopol to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110323/ramains_in_sozopol.html There is a rise in the tourists who come from Russia, Romania and Ukraine to visit Sozopol in order to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist, Tvoyat Den daily reported.There are expectations of an increase in the tourist flow to Sozopol during the summer season 2011, due to the winter’s weekend bus trips made by travelers from Greece and even from Turkey, the president of the foundation Sozopol Kiril Arnaudski said.The municipality has popularized the information about the discovery of the relics on all tourist fairs it has participated.The holy remains of St. John the Baptist will be temporally kept in the church St. George until the reconstruction of the church St. St. Cyril and Methodius is being finished, which is not expected to happen until the start of the summer season.]]> 23 Mar 2011 18:24:58 Russians and Romanians visit Sozopol to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist. tmbulgaria.com, 23.03.2011, 05:30 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110323/ramains_in_sozopol.html Bulgarian hotel nominated for “The best luxury hotel in Europe” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110323/the_most_luxury_hotels.html The winner will be announce at the official ceremony of the Luxury Tourism Awards 2011 which is a part of the international business expose Meeting Luxury.Festa Winter Palace Hotel is five star hotel, located in the Bulgarian ski resort Borovets. It is the only classifying representative of Eastern Europe.The algorithm Web2rism will analyze automatically all web sites for booking and pages witch contain comments and evaluations. In that way there will be make an objective evaluations about the nominated luxurious hotels. Those with the highest evaluation according the region will take part in the final level of the competition.The event will be held between 31.03.2011 and 02.04.2011 in Lugano, Switzerland. That is the country with the best universities and master programs in the tourism area.]]> 23 Mar 2011 23:41:07 Bulgarian hotel nominated for the best luxury hotel in Europe. tmbulgaria.com, 23.03.2011, 04:50 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110323/the_most_luxury_hotels.html Sandanski presents unconventionally its culture tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110322/culture_tourism_in_sandanski.html It will be make a catalog with an unconventional presentation of the culture tourism in Sandanski, Radio Focus reported.The region has big opportunities for developing its culture tourism, the secretary of the Representatives of the Tourist Business Association Maria Taushanova said.Sandanski focuses on its historic heritage, especially on the fact that this region is the birth place of Spartacus. There will be shown the visiting exhibition of the National Museum of History in reference to the gladiator's military equipment.The culture tourism in the region will be presented in the catalog as a way of exploring the traditional local crafts and painting icons.There is an idea the culture tourism in Sandanski to meet tourists with the authentic folklore of the region through their participation in local traditions and customs.]]> 22 Mar 2011 16:04:39 Sandanski presents unconventionally its culture tourism, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 22.03.2011, 03:50 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110322/culture_tourism_in_sandanski.html The Vratsa Balkan already provides horse mountaineering http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20110322/horse_riding_in_vratsa.html The first route for horse mountaineering in Bulgaria has been opened, BNR reported.Mountaineers will already have the opportunity to experience an adventure among picturesque nature. The tourists can admire one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls Borov Kamak. The Vratsa Balkan provides even a photo safari where can be seen deer herds, moufflons, wild boars and wild horses on area among amazing rocks, woods and meadows. The horse mountaineering and the photo safari are part of the initiatives implemented for developing the alternative tourism in the Vratsa Balkan. There is an idea the alternative tourism to be bonded to the nature and culture-historic sites showing the Thracians heritage in this region.]]> 22 Mar 2011 15:12:12 The Vratsa Balkan provides horse mountaineering, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 22.03.2011, 03:10 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20110322/horse_riding_in_vratsa.html Week of events in the town of Elhovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/elhovo/news/20110322/elhovo_fest.html For the 17th time citizen from the town of Elhovo will celebrate their traditional feast that will take place on the 26th of March 2011. From today the following one week will be accompanied by rich and varied programs and anticipated events for visitors and residents of the town. There will be lot of performances such as theatrical pieces, concerts and exhibition, football tournaments “for five Mayors”, street ball and fighting tournament.The audience will be impressed by the brass band Yambol and majorettes from the local Community Children's Centre in Elhovo. Also there will be folk concert of popular Bulgarian singers Andrea and Boris Dali. Their performance will be accompanied by fireworks.On the day after there will be children's soccer tournament and a guide walk to historic landmarks.]]> 22 Mar 2011 22:36:08 Week of events in the town of Elhovo, Bulgaria. elhovonews.info, 22.03.2011, 02:00 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/elhovo/news/20110322/elhovo_fest.html Two new airport terminals will be built in Varna and Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110322/new_terminas_in_varna_and_bourgas.html Two new airport terminals will be built in Varna and Bourgas, Building and Real Estates daily reported. The projects are ready and the new buildings will be open before the summer season in 2013.Fraport Twin Star Airport Management will invest 75 million euro in this projects. The company's program plans a general reconstruction of the two airports until 2030.Renovation is being made also of the current terminals in Varna.There has been invested 54 million euro in the maintenance and renovation of the two sea airports during the last years.]]> 22 Mar 2011 11:27:31 Two new airport terminals will be built in Varna and Bourgas, Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 22.03.2011, 11:15 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110322/new_terminas_in_varna_and_bourgas.html Foreign tourists are interested not only in ski and sea resorts in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110322/not_only_ski_and_sea_resorts.html Tourists who visit the Bulgarian winter ski and summer sea resorts are interested also in other tour sites in the country, said foreign tourists on a meeting with the minister of economy, energy and tourism Traicho Traikov in Bansko. The minister wanted to become familiar with the tourists' opinion of the winter resort, the country and the quality of the services.The general point of view was that there is a picturesque nature and delicious traditional cuisine in Bulgaria. Britons said that everybody who has visited the country comes back. Russians prefer holiday packages, as they provide a good travel organization. The Israeli visit Bulgaria on their friends’ recommendations of the ski resort Bansko and the Rila lakes as a summer mountain destination.Liberalizing the visa regime for Russian tourists is being considered. The tourist flow of Russian citizens to the country has a 30% increase in 2010.]]> 22 Mar 2011 10:34:39 Foreign tourists are interested not only in ski and sea resorts in Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 21.03.2011, 06:20 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110322/not_only_ski_and_sea_resorts.html Bulgarian hotels are number one in the world http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110321/hotels_number_one.html Bulgarian hotels are number one in the world considering the correlation prices-quality, according to a rank in the web site hotel.info, based on a research among one million tourists for 210 000 hotels around the world, dw-world.de reported. Some foreign media like the Spanish Internet site Hosteltur.com and the Russian information agency RIA Novosti announce the same information, too.Bulgaria has the best hotels in the world, as it receives the highest rating of 7,61 points out of 10, taking into account the correlation prices-quality among hotels. The country is being followed by Poland and the Czech Republic which results are 7,6 points. Third in the rank list is Hungary with 7,59 points.Spain and Portugal take the seventh and eighth place, according to the tourists assessment of hotels.The tourists who have taken part in the survey have answered the question: “How much are you delighted with the provided service, taking into account the price you have paid?”Dissatisfied from the correlation prices-quality are people who have visited hotels in Finland, putting the country on the 18th place in the rank list. The other Scandinavian countries Sweden, Norway and Denmark don’t appear even in the list of the first 20 countries.]]> 21 Mar 2011 14:30:36 Bulgarian hotels are number one in the world tmbulgaria.com, 21.03.2011, 02:30 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110321/hotels_number_one.html International wine expert highly estimates the Bulgarian wine http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110321/bulgarian_wine_estimation.html It is the first time that Bulgarian wine take 90 of 100 points from "the scale of Parker". The evaluation is for Reserve 2007 (60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) of Katarzyna Estate.Robert Parker is known as "The emperor of the wine " and "The nose for a million dollars". The rating of his issue “The Wine Advocate” is in the base of determining the world prices of wines, especially those of Bordeaux.Parker himself tasted only three types of wine – from Bordeaux, Rhone and California. But he works with a team of wine experts and in this case Reserve 2007 was tasted from Mark Squires.]]> 21 Mar 2011 13:42:56 International wine expert highly estimates the Bulgarian wine horemag.bg, 21.03.2011, 11:45 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110321/bulgarian_wine_estimation.html Vidin presents a "Jewel of the Northwest" at the Tourism Forum http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110319/vidin_tourism_forum.html Vidin Municipality will present the opportunities for cultural, historical and natural tourism at the forum under the motto “Treasures of the Northwest”. The town of Vidin will be promoted as a tourist destination with different types of tourism.There will be over 90 guides from Bulgaria and representatives of travel companies all over the country. Local hoteliers and restaurateurs will present the local cuisine and folklore. Current brochures, maps and guides prepared by the Tourist Information Centre - Vidin will be distributed to guests during the visits at the tourist attractions.The promotion of the destination at this forum will be realized with the cooperation of The Regional Historical Museum - Vidin, Ensemble for folklore songs and dances “Danube” and community centers from the municipality.]]> 19 Mar 2011 15:36:09 Vidin presents a "Jewel of the Northwest" at the Tourism Forum, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 19.03.2011, 03:20 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110319/vidin_tourism_forum.html Bulgaria takes part in the tourist fair MITT in Moscow http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110318/bulgaria_at_mitt.html Bulgarian tourism will be presented in the International tourist fair MITT which takes place in Moscow from 16th to 29th of March 2011.The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism will represent the country accompanied by 38 companies and Varna and Nessebar Municipalities.This is the 18th edition of the biggest Russian tourist fair. About 3000 companies and tourist associations have taken part in the exhibition in 2010. Then 79 850 people from 157 countries visited MITT.]]> 18 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria takes part in the tourist fair MITT in Moscow. tmbulgaria.com, 18 March 2011, 03:35 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110318/bulgaria_at_mitt.html "Sound-light" show at Belogradchik Rocks http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110318/belogradchik_rocks_show.html Belogradchik Rocks will have a performance similar to the visual show "Sound and Light " in Veliko Turnovo.Belogradchik municipality apply to the project "Conservation of cultural heritage and diversification of tourism supply in the region of Belogradchik fortress.Besides creating light and sound show is planned restoration and conservation of the walls and rehabilitation of three streets leading to the fortress "Knyaz Boris I", "Tsolo Todorov" and "Petko Marinov". There will be built and a center to monitor the light and sound show.The project budget is 5,7 million. The proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works. Applying for government funding is carried out under the Operational Program "Regional Development" under the scheme "Support for the development of natural, cultural and historical attractions”.]]> 18 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Sound-light show in Belogradchik Rocks, Bulgaria. tmbulgaria.com, 18.03.2011, 02:10 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110318/belogradchik_rocks_show.html Bulgaria expects about 800 000 Russian tourists in 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110318/bulgaria_expect_russian_tourists.html The number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria has increased in February and March 2011 in comparison with the same period in 2010. This was announced by the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Ivo Marinov on the International Fair ITM in Moscow (Russia).Bulgaria expects a twice more Russian tourists in 2011 than in 2010. The previous year the country has been visited by 32% more Russians compared to 2009.Russian tour operators and tourists are going to have the opportunity to apply for visas during the summer season 2011 in the Bulgarian Consulate in Russia.There is going to be an accelerated visa issue for organized tourists and free of charge visas for children under 18 years old, who visit children camps in Bulgaria, said the General Bulgarian Consul in Russia - Angel Georgiev.]]> 18 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria expects Russian tourists in 2011. Russian tourists in Bulgarian Resorts. tmbulgaria.com, 18 March 2011, 11.44 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110318/bulgaria_expect_russian_tourists.html Bulgarian culture institute to be opened in London. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110317/culture_institute_in_london.html Bulgarian culture institute is going to be opened in the British capital.The mission of the Bulgarian culture institute in London will be to expand the influence of the Bulgarian culture in the United Kingdom. The focus will be on preserving the Bulgarian national culture identity of the Bulgarians who live in UK.The Culture institute is going be placed in the building of the Bulgarian national embassy in London.]]> 17 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bulgarian culture institute to be opened in London. tmbulgaria.com, 18.03.2011, 10:10 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110317/culture_institute_in_london.html Japanese to invest in the mineral geyser in Sapareva Banya http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sapareva_banya/news/20110317/sapareva_banya.html A Japanese company plans to sign an investment contract in April 2011 for usage of the mineral geyser in Sapareva Banya, the said resort’s mayor Sasho Ivanov.Russian companies have also shown interest in the mineral springs in Sapareva Banya.The municipality has a license for usage of the mineral treasures for 25 years. In this way the local government has the opportunity to receive all the incomes from the concessions.There is also a German project for building of a geothermal station in Sapareva Banya.]]> 17 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Japanese to invest in the mineral water resourses in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 17 March 2011, 05.15 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sapareva_banya/news/20110317/sapareva_banya.html The antique roman fortress nearby Samokov will be refurbished http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/samokov/news/20110316/roman_fortress.html Samokov municipality presented a project for restoration and preservation of the antique roman fortress “Tsari maligrad” in the “St. Spas” site nearby Belchin. The history museum in Samokov and the late-medieval church “St. Petka” are already included in the list of the 100 national tourism sites.We aim to develop the potential for culture tourism in the region and thus transform it into a year round destination. The preliminary assessment show that the realization of the project will cost over 5 million BGN. Until the present moment the archaeology excavations are financed by foundation “Revival for Belchin”. Samokov municipality will apply for finance for “Support for the development of natural, culture and history attractions. The project plans restoration of the northwestern tower of the fortress to hold a museum exposition and the northeastern tower to be used as a platform for visitors. The eastern, southern and western walls of the fortress will be partially restored and one of the towers will be renewed to the roof level. The initiative of Samokov municipality also includes a recreation zone. Tourism eco-rails around and inside the archeology site.A panoramic train will carry visitors from the parking of the hotel to the fortification walls. Children will be able to play in a special rope park.Two early Christianity and one medieval churches were found during the archeology researches. The bases of the three temples are overlapping which is a proof of the continuity of the sanctuaries in the region. ]]> 16 Mar 2011 12:00:00 The antique roman fortress nearby Samokov will be refurbished expert.bg, 16 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/samokov/news/20110316/roman_fortress.html Bulgaria spa destination for German tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110315/spa_destination.html There is a high possibility for Bulgaria to become a leading destination for SPA tourism, as it has been discussed between the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Ivo Marinov and representatives of the General Union of the State Health Insurance Funds in Germany on the international tourist fair ITB Berlin. Bulgaria offers 600 mineral water springs.German citizens can use the Bulgarian hotels for prophylactic and rehabilitation, as the German Health Insurance Funds cover 90% of the procedures’. The SPA hotels need to hold a certificate as a Balneotherapy center.Some of the German State Health Insurance Funds already supply its members with services on the European market – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Austria and Israel because of The Dead Sea.Bulgarian SPA hotels can be competing on this market because they posses the advantage of high quality at a competative prices.]]> 15 Mar 2011 12:00:00 German tourists attracted by Bulgarian spa hotels tmbulgaria.com, 15 March 2011, 10.17 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110315/spa_destination.html Bulgaria Ranked 48th Globally in Tourism Competitiveness http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110310/tourism_competitiveness.html Bulgaria is 48th in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness out of 139 countries, according to a report of the World Economic Forum.The WEF ranking evaluates the countries according to 14 different criteria – from infrastructure and safety to regulatory framework and human, cultural, and natural resources.Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, and Sweden take up the top five spots. Tunisia and Israel are right in front of Bulgaria, while Turkey and Poland are right after it.Bulgaria fares pretty bad in terms of tourism competitiveness in Europe – it is only 27th out of 42 European states surveyed.In the overall rankings, Bulgaria 99th in environmental sustainability, 81st in safety, 10th in hygiene and health, and 51st in terms of human, cultural, and natural resources.The WEF report focuses on the competitiveness of travel and tourism after the global economic crisis. According to the report, Bulgaria's tourism has benefited from the global crisis."Most major destination economies clearly suffered during the crisis, but some have managed to weatherthe downturn successfully and have grown in spite of the global contraction of the travel market. Winningdestinations—such as Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia— had already experienced some increasing demand from emerging outbound travel activity out of China. Others—such as Turkey, Bulgaria, and North Africancountries—gained throughout the crisis by attracting price-sensitive travelers from crisis-struck outboundregions in Western Europe... Bulgaria has kept its growth momentum partly because (and notdespite) of the crisis attracting budget-orientated tourists from Western Europe seeking low-cost alternatives to traditional sun-and-beach destinations in the euro zone," explains the report of the WEF.]]> 10 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria Ranked 48th Globally in Tourism Competitiveness Sofia News Agency, 10 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110310/tourism_competitiveness.html The Winners of 'Bulgaria's Miracles' Contest are: http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110310/bulgarian_miracles.html The award ceremony for the winners of the Bulgaria's Miracles contest was held on 09 March 2011.The initiative belongs to the Bulgarian daily "Standart." The ceremony was held Wednesday evening at the National History Museum under the patronage of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov. The guests included politicians, intellectuals and journalists.Each of the 10 awarded miracles received financing in the amount of BGN 1 M while the cabinet announced its pledge to invest BGN 10 M each year in Bulgaria's cultural heritage.A number of Bulgarian experts, historians, archeologists, and journalists have also made a commitment to the campaign by becoming members of the Public Council and giving their opinion on the future of the sites.Number one in the top "10 Miracles of Bulgaria" had been bestowed to the ancient Black Sea town of Sozopol and the adjacent islands – St. Ivan and St. Kirik. The others (from 2 to 10) are: the ancient Thracian sanctuary Perperikon, old town Nessebar, the Thracian sanctuary Tatul, the Belogradchik Rocks and Fortress, the Madara Rider and the Shumen Fortress, the Roman city of Deultum near the town of Debelt, the architectural and cultural medieval sanctuary "Tsarevets" and "Trapezitsa" in the old capital Veliko Tarnovo, and the architectural sanctuary of "Veliki Preslav" (Great Preslav – also an old Bulgarian capital.)In order to receive the funding, the municipalities on whose territory the miracles are located must present restoration and conservation projects, with a 2011 deadline."Standart" have also prepared a video-clip for the top 10 including breathtaking aerial views of the sites filmed from the sky by the Darik radio news chopper. The narrator of the video is popular Bulgarian actor, Hristo Cheshmedzhiev.The clip, which is the first of this kind, also premiered before the audience gathered for the ceremony at the National History Museum.]]> 10 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Sozopol won the 'Bulgaria's Miracles' Contest. Tourism sights in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency, 10 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20110310/bulgarian_miracles.html Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper on Stage in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110310/sofia_rocks.html Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Apocalyptica and Mastodon will participate in the second edition of Sonisphere Festival in Bulgaria.The organizers from Balkan Entertainment announced Thursday that this year, the festival will be held only one day – June 21. It will be staged at the hippodrome in the town of Bankya, 10 km west of Sofia."The hippodrome does not have a limit. We expect about 30 000 people to visit the festival and 5000 of them will be able to sit," said Petar Petrov from Balkan Entertainment.The venue will be separated and specifically designed with stands and areas for the festival. The preparation begins March 15 with construction of the parking and leveling of the ground.Catering, chemical toilets, additional buses and shuttles will also be provided for the visitors of the festival.Tickets will cost between BGN 90 and BGN 150 and are already on sale.Last year, Sonisphere Festival featured Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The DVD and Blue-ray entitled "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" reached double platinum status in France and Australia and gold in several other countries.]]> 10 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper Stage Summer Gig in Sofia, Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110310/sofia_rocks.html The Cabinet Grants 10M to Bulgaria's Wonders http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110308/bulgaria_wonder.html 10M leva grant for the promotion of Bulgaria's ten most important wonders will be awarded at a special ceremony in the National Museum of History tomorrow. Few minutes before the awarding PM Boyko Borissov will sign the checks with the exact amount for the restoration and preservation of each of the cultural and historical sites. The awarding ceremony is the conclusion event of the Bulgaria's Wonders campaign organized by The Standart. In a hard-fought two-stage national contest Bulgarians voted on-line for the top ten historical and archaeological memorials in Bulgaria. About 1 million people participated in the voting and because of the contest were established incredible town coalitions. The old town of Sozopol with its latest archaeological find - the relics of St. John the Baptist was the favourite. It was followed by Thracian rock city of Perperikon and Old Town Nessebar.Bulgaria's Finance Minister Simeon Djankov allotted 10M leva under the condition to be used on specific projects that could be completed till the end of this year.]]> 08 Mar 2011 12:00:00 The Cabinet Grants 10M to Bulgaria's Wonders Standart Daily, 08 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110308/bulgaria_wonder.html Bulgaria decreases three times the Danube Bridge fee http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20110308/the_danube_bridge.html Bulgaria decreases some of the charges for the Danube Bridge from Bulgaria to Romania, the Bulgarian minister of foreign affairs Nikolay Mladenov said, BGNES reported.The fee for cars passing through the Danube Bridge will be just 2 euro. The fee for vans and tracks between 3,5 and 7,5 tons will become 4 euro. For buses the charge is to be decreased from 25 euro to 8 euro.The main goal of the initiative is to be support the business, tourism and connections between the two countries, Nikolay Mladenov said. ]]> 08 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria decreases three times the Danube Bridge fee. tmbulgaria.com, 08 March 2011, 09.53 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20110308/the_danube_bridge.html Bicycle route to be opened along the Danube river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110308/the_danube_river.html A bicycle route is to be built along the Bulgarian and Romanian banks of the Danube river until 2013, Building and Real Estates weekly reported. The project called Danube bicycle route is to be financed by the program for international cooperation between Bulgaria and Romania.The aim of the bicycle route along the shores of Danube is to become a tourist attraction. This project is to be part of the route from Budapest to the Black Sea. There will be an informative internet site which to popularize this destination as a combination of sport and tourism.Tourists passing by this route are to take part in the ethnic festival and other traditional events in the towns near Danube.]]> 08 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bicycle route to be opened along the Danube river tmbulgaria.com, 08 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110308/the_danube_river.html Srebarna museum asks UNESCO for finantial support http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/silistra/news/20110308/silistra.html The mayor of Silistra - Ivo Andonov has sent a letter to the General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova asking for help with the renovation of the Srebarna Museum of Natural Sciences, part of the Srebarna Nature Reserve.180 000 lv. were invested for an inside repair of the building and of the exhibition in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, the roof has started to leak. The show-windows also need renovation. The museum needs 250 000 lv. to be ready for the opening of the tourist season.The Museum of Natural Science Srebarna, which is part of the Natural Reserve, is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. One third of the population of the Dalmatian Pelican, which is protected species in Europe nests in the Lake Srebarna. Over 220 different species of birds who live near rivers or lakes can be seen in the region.The museum has been visited by one million tourists from all over the world for 27 years.]]> 08 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Srebarna museum asks UNESCO for finantial support tmbulgaria.com, 08 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/silistra/news/20110308/silistra.html Amer Sports Expands Bulgarian Ski Plant http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110307/amer_sports.html The Finnish company Amer Sports, will receive a "Class A" investor status from the Bulgarian government for its project to expand the ski factory in Bulgarian mountain resort Chepelare.The Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism announced that Amer Sports plans to invest BGN 7.8 M in the expansion of the "Pamporovo Ski" factory, which it bought in 2008 for EUR 5 M (BGN 10 M).The Finnish company Amer Sports has a market share of about 30% on the global ski market.In 2009, the factory in Chepelare produced over 500 000 items, and its ski are delivered directly to the stores of Atomic and Solomon around the world.Amer Sports Bulgaria, a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, will receive its Class A investment certificate from Economy Minister Traicho Traikov on March 7.]]> 07 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Amer Sports Expands Bulgarian Ski Plant in Chepelare ski resort Sofia News Agency, 07 March 2011, 10.29 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110307/amer_sports.html Chepelareada 2011 – the different ski competition http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110302/chepelareada.html Chepelare ski resort nearby Pamporovo presents a completely different snow competition at the foot of the Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria. Everyone is invited to participate and compete. The ski centre promises lots of surprises and guarantees lots of smiles and good mood, not to mention the chance to make a lifetime friendship with everyone attending. The start is located 1873 m above the sea level and the final goes down to 1155 m. the ski slope is around5 km long with a total inclination of 72 m. Skiers and snowboarders will start separately. After the start signal all competitors will start together on the trace, aiming to pass through all obstacles faster. ]]> 02 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Chepelareada 2011 – the different ski and snowboard competition in chepaliare, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110302/chepelareada.html Bulgaria – year round holiday destination http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110301/year_round_holiday_destination.html We are working for the transformation of the Bulgarian image as a year round holiday destination.This was announced by the minster of economy, energetics and tourism Ivo Marinov, at the opening of a discussion devoted to the development of spa and wellness tourism in Bulgaria. Bulgaria holds the second place in the world regarding mineral water resources, after Iceland. The country has the privileged to offer a unique combination of historical sites and mineral water resources.The main topic of the discussion concerned the development of spa tourism in Bulgaria, the balneolgy, as a resources for specialized tourism, as well as the good practices for the development of Spa and wellness tourism in the region. The meeting is organized during the fam trip “Spa and wellness”. This is the first round of the project “Communication campaign for incoming tourism in Bulgaria”.]]> 01 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria – year round holiday destination VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110301/year_round_holiday_destination.html Madara Horseman to Attract More Tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/madara/news/20110301/madara_horseman_tourists.html In 2009, Madara Horseman was chosen as Bulgaria’s emblem. As a site of world significance it has been put under UNESCO aegis. Annually it is visited by 50000 people while its capacity is for over 500000. Shumen Municipality, on the territory of which the Horseman is situated, has started procedures via Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture to obtain rights for management and maintenance. The opportunities for attracting financing from the EU funds are huge, the project we have been working on is for about 6 million levs, according to Shuman Mayor, Krassimir Kostov. The problem whose solution is still pending concerns the management of the Reserve as no subsidies can be received from the EU if the municipality is not in charge of the site. ]]> 01 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Madara Horseman near Shoumen to Attract More Tourists Standart daily, 28 Feb 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/madara/news/20110301/madara_horseman_tourists.html Magura Cave's prehistoric drawings apply for UNESCO http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110301/magura_unesco.html The Cave drawings preserved from the prehistoric period in the Magura Cave will apply for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belogradchik Municipality has already started the applying procedure. The cave drawings depict cult and hunting scenes, dancing women and men’s figures and the annual sun calendar. The pictures are 12 000 years old. These are cultural human evidences from the prehistoric period until the Bronze Age.There are 34 caves of different types in the region of Belogradchik. Not only the Belogradchik Rocks and the Magura Cave are famous tourist sites in this region, but also one of the unique reserves of natural woods in Europe - Chuprene.Belogradchik Municipality aims to develop the region as a tourism destination of cultural-historical significance.]]> 01 Mar 2011 12:00:00 Magura Cave's prehistoric drawings apply for UNESCO tmbulgaria.com, 01 March 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20110301/magura_unesco.html Most Bulgarians support the constraction of new ski resorts in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110228/ski_centres_bulgaria.html Two thirds of the Bulgarian citizens support the development of ski equipment and ski resorts in Bulgaria,shows a research of Gallup international, Bulgaria. Most of the Bulgarians agree that the ski resorts are profitable for the economy. Generally the young and working Bulgarians support the expansion of the ski tourism in Bulgaria.Most of the active skiers in Bulgaria assess the ski lifts and equipment in Bulgaria as good and very good. ]]> 28 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Most Bulgarians support the constraction of new ski resorts in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 28 Feb 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110228/ski_centres_bulgaria.html Thracian Sanctuary in Tatul Served as Observatory http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110225/thracian_sanctuary.html About 14 km to the northeast of Momchilgrad there is a village by the name of Tatul. The steep mountains around make no hint at the existence of one of the most remarkable Thracian sanctuaries in Bulgaria. The Thracian system of rituals and beliefs revolved around the solar cult. For sure, the sanctuary in Tatul was used as an observatory of a kind for studying the movement of the Sun on certain days of the year. The sanctuary is dated back to the 12th century BC. The complex consists of an ancient pagan sanctuary and a medieval fortress. There are other rock massifs to the north where trapezium-shaped niches and rock vaults were found. In the nearby field tombs and stone objects have been unearthed bearing antique and medieval inscriptions. The research work that is still going on will determine if a temple of the famous Thracian musician and hero Orpheus really was situated at that place. In 2006 a sensational announcement was made – on the grave of Orpheus a grape-vine of the legendary Thracian ‘zela’ variety grew out, which has been thought to disappear ages ago. The most intriguing fact is that there are no vines growing on this hill and within a 10-km perimeter no grapes are grown. Maybe this is a message Orpheus sends to his successors. The variety has been named the “Tear of Orpheus” and is a blend of Mavrud and Cabernet flavors. ]]> 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Thracian Sanctuary in Tatul Served as Observatory Stadart daily, 25 Feb 2011, 11.52 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20110225/thracian_sanctuary.html Kyustendil presents green tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20110224/green_tours_kyustendil.html Kyustendil attracts tourists with numerous offers for “green tourism” in the municipality. This was announced by the head of “Tourism” department of the municipal – Nelly Velinova.Osogovo mountain is one of the cleanest and venerable mountains in Europe and offer incredible conditions for green tourism. The municipality also plans to popularize the local festivals of fertility and cherries. ]]> 24 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Kyustendil presents green tourism: Environment care and green tourism in Osogovo mountain, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 24 Feb 2011, 10.10 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20110224/green_tours_kyustendil.html Russian Tourists Rediscover Bulgarian Resorts http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110223/bulgarian_resorts.html The number of Russian tourists to Bulgaria in the last quarter of 2010 soared by 135.7% from a year ago, the national statistical institute said. On the whole, the number of foreign tourists and business travelers coming to Bulgaria has increased by 21.7%, and that of the guests from USA and Canada has increased twofold.At the same time, however, the night-stays of Bulgarian citizens in our hotels have shrunk by 0.2%. Still, the revenues from night-stays for the last quarter of 2010 amount to 76.3 million levs, which is an increase by 4.2% from a year ago. ]]> 23 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Russian Tourists Rediscover Bulgarian Resorts Standart daily, 23 feb 2011, 12.42 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110223/bulgarian_resorts.html The Saudi Arabian business wants direct flights to Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110223/direct_flights.html 23 Feb 2011 12:00:00 The Saudi Arabian business wants direct flights to Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 23 Feb 2011, 10.00 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110223/direct_flights.html Bulgarian hotels attract fewer Bulgarians, more foreigners in Q4 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110222/bulgarian_hotel.html The last quarter of 2010 saw a decrease in overnight stays by Bulgarians in local hotels and a considerable rise in foreigners' overnights, according to National Statistical Institute (NSI) data.The average hotel occupancy rate, however, remained low in the period, at 14.3%, despite the slight increase of 0.7% compared with the year-earlier period.Overnight stays by Bulgarian guests edged down 0.2%, while the number of foreign holidaymakers' overnights grew 21.7%.Overnights by Russians marked the highest annual jump of 136%, followed by overnight stays by Americans with a 119% increase. Local hotels also registered a significant rise in the number of guests from Macedonia, Turkey and Greece.Bulgarian hotels and other places of accommodation recorded 1.6 million overnights for October to December, up by 7.1% on the year, outpacing revenue growth, which climbed 4.2% to BGN 76.3 million.]]> 22 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgarian hotels attract fewer Bulgarians, more foreigners in Q4 2010 news.dnevnik.bg, 22 feb 2011, 11.13 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110222/bulgarian_hotel.html Ryanair to launch Plovdiv-Milan flight http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110221/plovdiv_milan_flight.html Irish budget carrier Ryanair will launch flights from Bulgaria's southern city of Plovdiv to Milan's Bergamo airport, which will replace the Plovdiv-Barcelona service which was cancelled two days earlier. The airline will service the destination two times a week, starting from May 7, according to information published on Plovdiv airport's website on Friday. Ryanair announced the cancellation of 18 flights from Girona following the airport's decision to terminate a five-year contract with the company on 16 February. The airport in Plovdiv then said it was expecting Ryanair to make proposals for an alternative destination. Flights to Milan are currently serviced by national carrier Bulgaria Air and Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air.]]> 21 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Ryanair to launch Plovdiv-Milan flight. Flights from Plovdiv airport in Bulgaria dnevnik.bg, 21 Feb 2011, 4.24 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110221/plovdiv_milan_flight.html The ski slopes in St. Constantine resort over Peshtera will be modernized http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/batak/news/20110221/ski_in_peshtera.html Peshtera municipality will allocate funds for the modernization of three ski slopes in “St. Constantine” resort, announced Mr. Petar Chilov, specialist in “Sport and tourism” department in the municipality.The resort plans to construct new drug lifts and to buy a new snowplough, which will guarantee better maintenance of the ski slopes. In march 2011 the municipality plans to approve a complete program for the development of tourism in Peshtera municipality for 2011-2016.The municipality aims to develop a tourism product, based on the natural resources of the region – eco-tourism, speleology, alpine and etc. ]]> 21 Feb 2011 12:00:00 The ski slopes in St. Constantine resort over Peshtera will be modernized. Ski in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 21 feb 2011, 11.31 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/batak/news/20110221/ski_in_peshtera.html The Cabinet to Allot 10M for Bulgaria’s Wonders http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110218/bulgaria_wonders.html Bulgaria’s Finance Minister Simeon Djankov assured yesterday that the cabinet will allot 10M leva additional financing for ten of Bulgaria’s wonders. Minister Djankov made his statement just a few minutes after the final results in the national online vote for Bulgaria’s top ten cultural and historical sites became clear. The ranking was announced at a special discussion organized by The Standart daily in the National Palace of Culture. Members of the cabinet, mayors, MPs, historians, archaeologists, representatives of tourism and the media were invited to take part in the discussion.The coastal town of Sozopol tops the list thanks to the relics of St John the Baptist discovered last year on St. Ivan Island. The Thracian fortress of Perperikon and Old Nessebar take second and third position respectively. The first Bulgarian capital – Pliska, dropped out of the top ten by a narrow margin of several points.The funds allotted by the government will be invested in infrastructure projects and promotion of Bulgaria’s cultural and historical treasures.]]> 18 Feb 2011 12:00:00 The Cabinet to Allot 10M for Bulgaria’s Wonders Stadart daily, 18 feb 2011, 14.10 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110218/bulgaria_wonders.html Bulgarian Winter Tourism Expects 5-10% Growth http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110218/winter_tourism_bulgaria.html Bulgarian Minister on Economy, Energy and Tourism, Traicho Traikov, has stated the expected growth in tourism sector for the 2010/2011 winter season is 5-10%."Tourism is one of Bulgaria's economy sectors, which handled the recession the best," Traikov said Thursday at the opening of "Vacation & Spa Expo" in Sofia.He said that the growth in the tourism sector in the country last year was 5%, while expectations for this year's winter season are for 5-10% increase.In his words, forecasts for the summer season are also positive and the expected growth is also from 5% to 10%."At the beginning of the winter season big hotels and tour operators forecast that the recovery from the crisis in the sector will begin as soon as this year," Traikov said.The minister added that the airports in Sofia and Plovdiv have started to receive more requests for charters from the United Kingdom and Russia. In his words, there is also an increase in the number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria.He also said that the main proposals for the new Tourism Act would be for the creation of a National Tourism Organization, which is envisioned to unite all branch associations in the sector.The act will also regulate the tourist zoning, which would give a specific appearance of every region. The purpose is to make Bulgaria a successful year-round destination.]]> 18 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgarian Winter Tourism Expects 5-10% Growth Sofia News Agency, 18 Feb 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110218/winter_tourism_bulgaria.html Bulgaria Design Programs for Japan Tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110215/japan_tourists.html Japan will lobby for the introduction of Bulgarian products on the markets of the Far East, Australia and Oceania, the Bulgarian and Japanese business agreed upon during the visit of Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov in Japan last month. Japan is actually one of the largest markets open for Bulgarian goods. As early as the 1961 Bulgarian companies signed mutual cooperation agreement with the Japanese commercial Arbitration Association and the agreement has been renewed recently by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At present the producers of typically Bulgarian goods are trying to gain ground at the Japanese market. Apart from the already popular yogurt and rose oil, the foods sector avails of still broad opportunities. Organic foods are especially demanded in Japan. Representatives of the Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce think that tourism is also a variant for cooperation with Japan. The adaptation of Bulgarian tourism packages has been considered to comply with the Japanese market’s higher demands. Talks with different Bulgarian associations have been planned specially to this purpose. ]]> 15 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria Designs Tourist Packages for Japanese Tourists. standardnews.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110215/japan_tourists.html Borovets Ski Competitions Calendar http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110214/borovets_ski_competitions.html Borovets Ski Competitions CalendarBulgariaSki.com, 14 Feb 2011Borovets ski resort in Bulgaria will host several exciting ski competitions in March. Here is a list of the most important ski events to be held in Borovets. March 2011March 3 - “3 in 1” Winter FeastMarch 3-7 - Balkan Winter Games for StudentsMarch 4 – Samokov CupChildren 6-10 years old Organizer: Ski Club Rilski skior.March 7-8 – Chamkoriya Cup;Boys and girls, FIS SL GSOrganizers: Ski Club Chamkoriya /Bulgarian Ski FederationMarch 11-13 – National Championship Ski RunningMen and women, FISOrganizer: Bulgarian Ski Federation]]> 14 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Borovets ski competition event calendar. Borovets ski resort in Bulgaria BulgariaSki.com, 14 Feb 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110214/borovets_ski_competitions.html Pamporovo Ski Update http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20110214/pamporovo_ski_update.html Pamporovo is one of the sites with excellently maintained ski slopes suitable for exciting skiing holiday. We highly recommend you to hit the slopes as early in the morning as you can, as the snow cover is excellent due to the hard works of the snow machines during the night. Early morning skiing will refresh you and charge your body with energy, and will keep you fresh and healthy long after your holiday ends.Beginners will surely find the best ski teachers, speaking wide range of foreign languages, who will definitely make you feel high self esteemed and convinced in your skiing skills.We spent the last weekend in Pamporovo to keep you informed on what is going on in the resort lately. For all of you who can't wait for the ski holiday in Pamporovo we will share the good news spread by the Bulgarian Meterology Institute – we expect fresh new snow this week and the fluffy cumulonimbus clouds that spread over the turquoise sky of Pamporovo make me believe that it will happen. You can read the full report here!]]> 14 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Ski update and snow cover information for Pamporovo ski resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20110214/pamporovo_ski_update.html Sandanski can be transformed into a centre of culture tourism in Southwestern Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110210/culture_sandanski.html Sanadanski municipality can be transformed into one of the most attractive destinations for culture tourism in the region, due to the project “The dawn of the Christianity”.The municipality will apply for Operation program “Regional development” with the project. The project plans the creation of an archeology complex in the centre of Sandanski, which will combine the three biggest monuments of the Early Christianity – and early Christianity complex with the antique street, exhibited by the main street, the Basilica of st. John and the episcopacy basilica.]]> 10 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Sandanski can be transformed into a centre of culture tourism in Southwestern Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 10 Feb. 2011, 12.35 PM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110210/culture_sandanski.html Bulgaria partisipates at IMTM tourism fair http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110209/bulgaria_ads.html Bulgaria is taking part in the 17th International Mediterranean Tourism Market IMTM.From February 8 to 9 Bulgaria will present its opportunities for all season tourism with emphasis on winter and summer vacationa, cultural and eco tourism.IMTM is the oldest professional exhibition in Eastern Mediterranean region. Over 870 exhibitors from 40 countries and 25 000 visitors participated in the fair in 2010.]]> 09 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria partisipates at IMTM tourism fair tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110209/bulgaria_ads.html Sofia will create a public beach in the South Park http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110208/sofia_public_beach.html A public beach with two swimming pools with mineral water will be contracted in the South Park in Sofia. The hydro thermal centre will offer healing and prophylactics on a total area of 16 decares and will be larger than the central bath “Maria Luisa”, which remains closed for years.The wellness centre will have a capacity of 7000 people per day. ]]> 08 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Sofia will create a public beach in the South Park centre in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 08 Feb 2011, 11:34 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110208/sofia_public_beach.html Bulgaria to attract tourists from Czech Republic with 100 Tourism Sites of Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110208/czech_republic.html The Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Prague started campaign which presents 100 National Tourism Sites of Bulgaria to tourists from Czech Republic. On January 27 were presented the sites from number one to 20 - among them - Veliko Turnovo, Triavna, Dryanovo, Bozhentsi, Etura.The initiative includes a game, lectures and movies about Bulgaria. The campaign about 100 National Tourism Sites is promoted in schools, universities and newspapers. Winners in the game will get weekend vacations in Bulgarian huts, tourism cards and books.The end of the project will take place on June 30 when the institute will present Bulgaria in Clarion hotel in Prague. ]]> 08 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria to attract tourists from Czech Republic with 100 Tourism Sites of Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 08 Feb 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110208/czech_republic.html Vidin hosted the “Traditions without boundaries” festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110207/vidin_traditions.html 200 years old folklore costume was presented during the festival. Over 100 participants from workshops from Bulgaria and Romania attended the event.The festival “Traditions without boundaries” is being realized in the frameworks of the “E-79 culture corridor between Bulgaria and Romania”. The culmination of the event was a fashion defile of traditional costumes from Bulgaria and Romania. Authentic 200 years old costumes from Shishentsi village amazed all guests with their beauty and exquisiteness. The festival plans to develop a summer edition. ]]> 07 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Vidin hosted the “Traditions without boundaries” festival VisitBulgaria.NET, 07 Feb 2011, 10.11 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110207/vidin_traditions.html Bulgaria welcomes more Israeli tourists this year http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110204/israeli_tourists.html Over 150 000 Israeli tourists visited Bulgaria in 2010. Turkey is no longer preferable destination for them and they may choose Bulgaria for vacation, Cherno more daily reported. According to Israel’ ambassador in Bulgaria Noah Gal Gendler, in 2011 the number of tourist from Israel may increase double.Bulgaria’s Varna is most visited destination by Israeli tourists. Over 100 000 were Israeli visitors in Varna in 2010. The city attracts Israeli citizens with its beaches, the Black Sea and casinos, where Israeli tourists are regular visitors.]]> 04 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria welcomes more Israeli tourists this year. tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110204/israeli_tourists.html Bulgaria to co-ordinate tourism, secuirty under EU Strategy for Danube region http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110204/bulgaria_eu_tourism.html Bulgaria will promote tourism and oversee security in the Danube area as part of the European Union's strategy for the region, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said on February 3 2011.Hahn named eleven priority areas and the countries and regions that will co-ordinate their implementation by drafting a work programme and identifying financial sources with other states involved and partners such as non-government organisations.Bulgaria will take up the promotion of culture, tourism and people-to-people contacts together with Romania. The country will also work together with Germany to tackle security and organised crime.The Danube region covers parts of eight EU countries, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as six non-EU countries, in particular Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova.The strategy is aimed at ensuring a strong co-operation between countries, making optimal use of all EU funding available without allocating new funds, setting new rules or establishing new institutions.%LIMG1%RIMG2The scheme, proposed by the Commission at the European Council's request, is expected to be endorsed by its member states during the Hungarian EU presidency in the first half of 2011.]]> 04 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria to co-ordinate tourism, secuirty under EU Strategy for Danube region news.dnevnik.bg, 04 Feb 2011, 10:10 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110204/bulgaria_eu_tourism.html Uzana will develop as a wellness resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/uzana/news/20110204/uzana_wellness.html Uzana ski centre will work over developing of wellness tourism in the region. The cite is famous as the Geographic centre of Bulgaria. There are several small ski slopes for beginners, as well as a 1 km long ski slope for intermediate skiers, all serviced by drag lifts. Uzana site is also famous for its beautiful virgin nature, attracting numerous mountain fans all year round. Development of eco tourism and wellness are the main priorities of the regional administration. ]]> 04 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Uzana will develop as a spa resort. Uzana ski centre in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 04 Feb 2011, 09.48 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/uzana/news/20110204/uzana_wellness.html Pamporovo welcomes more tourists in February http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20110203/pamporovo_visitors.html Pamporovo mountain resorted registered increased number of tourists in February. Guests form Great Britain, Turkey, Romania, Greece, Russia, Ireland and Bulgaria are the main visitors in the resort. Hoteliers register an increased number of individual tourists from Romania, who travel by cars. The tourists form Greece prefer Pamprovo for their weekend break. ]]> 03 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Pamporovo welcomes more tourists in February VisitBulgaria.NET, 03 February, 10.32 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20110203/pamporovo_visitors.html Guests at Plovdiv fair will choose the best food and beverage http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110202/best_food.html Guests of three exhibitions in the International Plovdiv fair will have the chance to participate in the competition “Consumer's choice”. Thus they will distinguish the best products in the sections: meat products, dairy products, preserves, bread and confectionery, wine and alcohol beverages. The competition will take place during the International food and beverage exhibition, The international vine and wine exhibition VINARIA, as well as the International exhibition for machinery and technologies FOODEX. This year they will take place during the period 23 to 26 February. The event is organized by the International Plovdiv Fair and the Bulgarian national association “Active consumers”]]> 02 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Guests at Plovdiv fair will choose the best food and beverage VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110202/best_food.html Ensembles from Indonesia and Colombia participated in Koukeri festival in Pernik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20110202/surva_festival_in_pernik.html The town of Pernik hosted on of the biggest mask festival in Bulgaria from January 28 to 30. Mask groups from Colombia, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Serbia and Macedonia showed their traditional masquerade costumes.In the festival participated 91 groups from all over the world, for the first time a group from Palestina also participated in the mask festival.Pernik municipality organizes the festival since 1966. In 2010 the town was announced as the European Capital of Christmas masked dances.]]> 02 Feb 2011 12:00:00 Ensembles from Indonesia and Colombia participated in Koukeri festival in Pernik city in Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20110202/surva_festival_in_pernik.html Ski conditions in Chepelare http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110131/ski_conditions.html Chepelare ski centre offers 40 cm excellently maintained snow cover for strong feet and waxed skies. Despite of the low temperatures of -10 degrees, the sun provides excellent mood on the slopes.Children have fun in the play centre with cradles and huts. Guests of the resort can visit the mountain church on the top of the ski centre. Chepelare once again proves to be a charming living resort offering excellent skiing conditions and perfect atmosphere for a family holiday in the mountain. ]]> 31 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Ski conditions report from Chepelare winter resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110131/ski_conditions.html The eco fest Green Days will take place from 28th April to 01 May 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110127/green_days_in_sofia.html This April Sofia is going to turn green! We would be happy if you join us at the eco Festival – Fair “Green Days”, which will take place from the 28th April to 01 May in front of the “Ivan Vazov” National Theater. Bio certifies food, cosmetics, other goods and services will be presented. Active organizations protecting the bio divercity, natural parks and municipalities will also exhibit their services. Interesting eco workshops and competition for children take place during the event. Eco movies will be shown. A conference “The Balkan peninsula – a destination for green tourism” will also take place during the event. The conference will be supported by public debated, public subscriptions and green action for cleaning.A photo competition “The Balkans with the rhythm of nature” will also be held during the “Green days”. Organizers aim to reveal the value, uniqueness, diversity of the nature in Bulgaria and the Balkans, the harmony between nature and men and to create a public will for its preservation. ]]> 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 The eco fest Green Days will take place from 28th April to 01 May 2011 in Sofia VisitBulgaria.NET, 27 Jan 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110127/green_days_in_sofia.html Bulgaria to expect more Japanese tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110127/japanese_tourists.html More Japanese tourists are expecting to visit Bulgaria after Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov visit in Japan. For them will be developed special tours in cooperation with organization from tourism branch. Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce announced as quoted by Standard daily.The Bulgarian delegation is on an official visit in the country from January 22 to 26.Bulgaria’s Veliko Turnovo and Kazanluk are most visited sites from Japanese residents. Rarely they visit and some other towns in Bulgaria.Japanese tourist groups travel to a few countries in Europe and Bulgaria is among them. ]]> 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria expects more Japanese tourists. Culture tourism, history and gourmet in Bulgaria tmbulgaria.com, 27 Jan 2011, 10:03 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110127/japanese_tourists.html Svindal and Herbst to ski in Bulgaria’s Vitosha Mountain http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20110127/vitosha_svindal_herbst.html Olympic gold medalist in Super G at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Aksel Lund Svindal and Reinfried Herbst silver medalist from the men's slalom event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy will compete in a charity competition in Bulgarian Mountain Vitosha, Standard daily reported.One of the best skiers worldwide will take part in the slalom on February 24. During the next week Bulgarian Ski Federation will announce the names of the other six skiers, who also will participate in the race.The ski race will take place before World Ski Cup in Bansko resort on February 26 and 27.]]> 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Svindal and Herbst to ski in Bulgaria’s Vitosha Mountain near Sofia tmbulgaria.com, 27 Jan 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20110127/vitosha_svindal_herbst.html Number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria increases 17 percent http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110127/russian_tourists_in_bulgaria.html The number of Russian tourists, who have already visited Bulgarian ski resorts or will do it until the end of the winter season 2010/2011, have increased 17 percent in comparison to the data from season 2009/2010. The chairman of the institute for tourism analyses and evaluations Roumen Draganov said as quoted by profit.bg.Bulgaria is expecting the major number of Russian tourists to come in ski vacation in February, Draganov said.UK tourism market also registers increase. The number of UK tourists in Bulgaria is at the level of ski season 2007/2008, which was the best before the crisis. In comparison to winter season 2009/2011, the number of British tourists increases six percent.Exactly UK tourists are the most numerous visitors in Bulgaria during winter season and the peak of their visits will be in March.Currently, Bulgaria registers three percent increase in the winter tourism, but in February it may reach five percent.]]> 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria increases 17 percent http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110127/russian_tourists_in_bulgaria.html Borovets will host the competition for Borovets cup on 27-28th January http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110126/borovets_ski_cup.html Borovets ski resort will host the traditional ski competition for the “Borosport” cup. The competition is international event and is included in the calendar of the Ski federation. Organizers are the Bulgarian ski federation and the ski concessionary in Borovets “Borosport”.The starts will take place on “Popangelov” ski slope (the ex Yastrebets 2) and the program included slalom and giant slalom for both men and women. Over 100 skiers form Bulgaria, Latvia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Cyprus, Serbia and etc. will take place in the competition. ]]> 26 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Borovets will host Borovets Ski cup on the slopes in the Rila mountain, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 11.58 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110126/borovets_ski_cup.html Bourgas will exhibit the Panagurishte treasure http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110125/panagurishte_treasure.html Bourgas municipality will include the sea casino in the local tours of the tour operators. The famous Panagurishte treasure will be exhibited in Bourgas. The National Histoy Museom of Bulgaria requires special exhibition criteria to provide the treasure for public exhibit. The organizers will have to supply a constant temperature in the exhibition room, as well as special security measurements. Bourgas municipality expects that the treasure would provoke high tourism interest. Bourgas will also exhibit a local exponent, which is now kept a secret.]]> 25 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bourgas will exhibit the Panagurishte treasure during the summer season on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 25 Jan 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110125/panagurishte_treasure.html Germanwings and Lufthansa to combine flights http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110124/germanwings_lufthansa.html From January 20 2011 low cost aviation company Germanwings and its parent company Lufthansa will combine flights. The deal enables customers to book an outward flight with Lufthansa and a return flight with Germanwings.Passengers will be able to benefit from a selection of flights.The cooperation between Germanwings and Lufthansa is the second step in an intensive sales collaboration which began in September 2010.]]> 24 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Germanwings and Lufthansa air companies to combine flights tmbulgaria.com, 24 Jan 2011, 10:19 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110124/germanwings_lufthansa.html Bulgaria to take part in tourism exhibitions in Slovakia and Finland http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110124/tourism_exhibitions.html The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism is organizing Bulgaria’s participation in tourism exhibitions MATKA in Finland and SLOVAKIATOUR in Slovakia. The exhibitions are taking place from 20th to 23rd January.MATKA is the biggest exhibition in North Europe and Baltic states. Over 1200 exhibitors from 73 countries participated in the fair in 2010 and the visitors were 81 500. Bulgaria is participating for 12th time.SLOVAKIATOUR is the biggest tourism fair on Slovakia and it is taking place for 17th time. In 2010 the Slovakian exhibition was visited by over 62 000 people and over 500 participants from 29 countries. Bulgaria is popular in Slovakia as destination for summer tourism and sea vacation. ]]> 24 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria to take part in tourism exhibitions in Slovakia and Finland tmbulgaria.com, 24 January 2011, 10:15 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110124/tourism_exhibitions.html Smolyan and Avdira town in Greece to develop eco tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110121/smolyan_and_avdira.html 21 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Smolyan and Avdira town in Greece to develop eco tourism. tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110121/smolyan_and_avdira.html Bulgaria will invest in culture and history tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110120/culture_history_tourism.html The government worked hared for the past year to provide a bigger funding for the development and popularizing of tourism sites. This year it will work over infrastructure projects.Smaller tourism sites will receive additional funding, to provide an appropriate access to them. Especially in Northeastern Bulgaria where the first two Bulgarian capitals Pliska and Preslav are located. The capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire Veliko Tarnovo also has a lot of opportunities for development.The National Tourism Board will attract tourists by focusing on cultural and historical sites, golf, and mountain tourism. ]]> 20 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria will invest in culture and history tourism VisitBulgaria.NET, 20 Jan 2011, 11.34 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110120/culture_history_tourism.html The panoramic road Varna – Golden Sands will be restored by a overhead road http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110120/varna_golden_sands.html The panoramic road Varna – Golden Sands will be restored by a overhead road, announced the mayor of Varna, Mr Cyril Yordanov. The installation will be 300 – 400 metres long. The preliminary project is already completed. The overhead road will prove a two line road, bicycle alley, as well as a panoramic platform. Experts guarantee that the overhead road will support the whole area of the landslide. The project is estimated to cost 13.5 million BGN. According to experts the road can be completed by the end of the year. ]]> 20 Jan 2011 12:00:00 The panoramic road Varna – Golden Sands will be restored by a overhead road. VisitBulgaria.NET, 20 Jan 2011, 10.59 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20110120/varna_golden_sands.html 9 Million Tourists Had Vacations in Bulgaria in 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110120/bulgaria_tourism_visits.html Almost 9 million tourists were registered in Bulgaria in 2010, according to data of the National Tourism Board, an association of the tourism industry, which had a conference in Sofia Wednesday.The National Tourism Board conference was attended by Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who promised government support for key tourist infrastructure projects.The tourism industry data presented at the conference says that Bulgaria saw a 5% increase in bed occupancy in 2010 year on year, with the total bed occupancy reaching 30%."We are regaining our positions from before the economic crisis. What is more, for 2011 we expect even better results, and about the same number of tourists," stated Rumen Draganov, head of the Institute for Analysis and Estimates in Tourism. The Board data suggests that in spite of the crisis, Bulgaria's tourism revenues are on the increase.Bulgaria's government will invest a total of BGN 42 M in advertising the country as a tourist destination in 2011, Bulgaria's Finance Minister Djankov said. Djankov vowed an emphasis on cultural tourism.The National Tourism Board has demanded a "clear" tourism law that defines and outlines the various tourist attractions. One of Bulgaria's problems is that it has very few international brands of hotels, according to the experts.]]> 20 Jan 2011 12:00:00 9 Million Tourists Had Vacations in Bulgaria in 2010 Sofia News Agency, 20 Jan 2011, 10.38 AM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110120/bulgaria_tourism_visits.html A golf course will be constructed near Pernik http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20110119/golf_in_pernik.html A company from the Netherlands to build a luxurious golf complex nearby Pernik. The company “VVD Estate”, which is part of the “V Investment Holding” will construct a golf course and spa centre Dragichevo village. They plan to follow the world standards and include the golf course in Top 100, announced the manager of the company, Mr. Georgi Marin.The project plans a golf course with 27 holes, 50 villas, a luxurious club house, a boutique hotel and a shopping centre. The equipment will take 3 450 decares. The company already posses 300 decares. ]]> 19 Jan 2011 12:00:00 A golf course will be constructed near Pernik city, near Sofia, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20110119/golf_in_pernik.html Bulgaria to introduce complete ban on smoking in small cafes in mid-2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110119/bulgaria_bans_smoking.html Bulgaria will introduce a complete ban on smoking in public areas in cafes and restaurants covering less than 50 square metres (538 sq ft) in mid-2011, the country's health ministry said Tuesday.The move was agreed during a meeting between prime minister Boiko Borisov, health minister Stefan Konstantinov, Desislava Atanasova, chair of the parliamentary health commission, representatives of the economy ministry, the Bulgarian hotel and restaurant association and the Sofia Association of Hotel Managers.The decision was immediately opposed by small-size businesses, which stated that the new restriction would produce a wave of bankruptcies. According to the owners, the new regulations cater for the interests of larger operators.Currently, the decision on whether to adopt the smoking ban in cafes and restaurants spanning less than 50 square metres is up to the owners.The ban, expected to be introduced in June, will mainly affect small local cafes and pubs that are frequented mostly by smokers.]]> 19 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria to introduce complete ban on smoking in small cafes dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110119/bulgaria_bans_smoking.html Vitosha mountain hosts the third edition of the “Learn to ski” program http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20110119/vitosha_ski_school.html The main idea of the sport initiative is to increase the number of children actively sporting during the winter months.The program is organized by the ministry of physical education and sport, the Bulgarian ski federation, The ministry of education, science and youth. The program is estimated to coast 300 000 BGN.Four days, leading specialists form “Vitosha ski school” will teach the young skiers how to ski. During the last two years 6000 children participated in the program. The sport event is financed by the Ministry of physical education and sports. ]]> 19 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Vitosha mountain hosts the third edition of the “Learn to ski” program VisitBulgaria.NET, 19 Jan 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20110119/vitosha_ski_school.html Bulgaria - More than Sea, Beaches campaign in Germany http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110119/bulgaria_advertisement.html Bulgaria will take part in the International Holiday Exhibition CMT in Stuttgart, Germany and will present itself as a diverse holiday destination, the Bulgarian Economy Ministry has announced.This year's edition of the exhibition, which will be held Tuesday, will focus on traditional tourism and traveling by caravans and motorcycles.Bulgaria will participate with a 36 square meter stand, which will present the Municipality of the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna and the resort Albena. The theme of the presentation will be "Diverse opportunities for holidays in Bulgaria – more than sea and beaches."The Economy Ministry has stated that 1850 exhibitors from 100 countries took part in the exhibition, which was visited by 200,000 people.]]> 19 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria starts a Bulgaria - More than Sea, Beaches campaign in Germany Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110119/bulgaria_advertisement.html Unique night ski show in Borovets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110118/night_ski_show.html Unique night ski show will be performed by the ski teachers from Borosport every Tuesday from 8.00PMDon't miss the unique opportunity to enjoy the unique night ski show by the ski teachers from Borosport, which will be held every Tuesday night in front of the Rila hotel. Enjoy the spectacular show and the impressive skills of the boys and girls from Borosport. ]]> 18 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Unique night ski show will be performed by the ski teachers from Borosport every Tuesday from 8.00PM VisitBulgaria.NET, 18 Jan 2011, 10.53 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110118/night_ski_show.html Winter Mountain Bike Dual race in Borovets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110118/mountain_bike_dual_race.html Borovets will host the first winter mountain bike dual race on 22nd January 2011. Take out your bikes and prepare your snow tires, because Borovets prepares another challenge – Borovets Winter Bike Duel. All mountain bike fans are welcomed to visit Borovets for the next weekend. The competition will take place in a Dual Slalom format, which will guarantee exciting race and lots of fun. This is a great way to keep the good mood, even during the cold winter days. The competition is sponsored by Mazda Bulgaria and the kind cooperation of RAM bikes, who promise lots of surprises for the winners.The competition is opened for everyone. The event will take place right in front of the Rila hotel. The participants will be divided in three groups - “youths 15-18”, “men 19+” and “women”. Everyone under 18 should bring a written declaration, signed by a parent.]]> 18 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Sport events in Borovets: Winter Mountain Bike Dual race in Borovets resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 18 Jan 2011, 09.53 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20110118/mountain_bike_dual_race.html Prebook your summer holiday during the winter, to get better rates http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110117/beach_vacation.html How to save money on our summer vacation on the Black sea in Bulgaria? The hoteliers answer: “by organizing it during the winter”. Tour-operators have already announced the special offers for early bookings, that guarantee up to 20% discount of the holiday rates in Bulgaria. The tourism industry in Bulgaria expects a very good summer season and 5% increase compared to the last year's results, announced Rumen Draganov, head of the Institute for analytics and assessment in the tourism. Specialists explained that most of the last year's tourists are pleased by the services provided in Bulgaria and are expected to come back. There is also an increase of the number of culture and cognitive tourism trips inside the country, which is a good sign for the tourism variety. ]]> 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Cheap holiday on the beach in Bulgaria can be pre-booked during the winter. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110117/beach_vacation.html Sandanski develops tourism map http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110114/spa_tourism_map.html Sandanski Municipality and the Association of Hotel and Restaurant Keepers and Tour Operators develop tourist information map of the Bulgarian town of Sandanski, reported Viara daily.The map will include information about hotels, business contacts and other useful information. The municipality and the association aim to facilitate tourists during their visits in Sandanski.The initiators prognosticate that the tourist map will be ready before summer season 2011.]]> 14 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Sandanski spa and wellness resort develops tourism map information by tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20110114/spa_tourism_map.html Plovdiv obtains good practice from Vienna culture tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110114/culture_tourism.html Vienna presented its culture tourism potential to Plovdiv city in Bulgaria, during a special presentation on January 12.Tourists in Vienna registered 10 million nights and over 10 000 tickets for cultural events were sold in 2010. Plovdiv is not less attractive than Vienna, but the Austrian capital' cultural calendar is announced earlier, explained the Regional Governor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev.The presentation of the culture tourism in Vienna is a part of series events in order to obtain good practices of our foreign colleagues, Totev said. ]]> 14 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Plovdiv obtains good practice from Vienna culture tourism Visitbulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20110114/culture_tourism.html Kosharitsa will host a Festival of the homemade sausage http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kosharitsa/news/20110113/kosharitsa_festivals.html Kosharitsa village, near Nessebar will host the first edition of the Festival of the homemade sausage. The festival will start early in the morning with a culinary exhibition at the central part of the village. Kosharitsa village is not a random choice for the event. The village is located on a small hill, overlooking the Black sea and the locals are famous for being connoisseurs of the meat specialties and gather traditional Bulgarian recipes. “The Festival of the homemade sausage” is an initiative of the Nessebar municipality, part of the projcet for culinary map of the region. During the last year, Orizare village hosted “The bread festival” and “A festival of the young wine” was held in Gulovitsa village. The culinary holidays are interesting and fun way to present the local traditions to all guests of the resorts. Nessebar municipality aims to support both the local producers and restauranteurs, by presenting them old culinary recipes, which could transform the image of their restaurants. ]]> 13 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Kosharitsa will host a Festival of the homemade sausage. Kosharista village near Sunny beach in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 13 Jan 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kosharitsa/news/20110113/kosharitsa_festivals.html Bansko will host a round of the European Cup of Biathlon http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110111/european_cup_of_biathlon.html Bansko will host a round of the Biathlon European cup 10th to 12ed February, Klasa daily reported. Tourists will visit free the competition and most probably they will pay discount prices for the cabin lift.Currently, 210 biathloners from 26 countries confirmed their participation in the round. Among them are participants from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Belarus, Croatia and UK. Bulgaria will be presented by 13 men and 13 women.]]> 11 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bansko will host a round of the European Cup of Biathlon tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110111/european_cup_of_biathlon.html TripAdvisor ranks best hotels in Bulgaria’s Bansko http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110110/tripadvisor.html 10 Jan 2011 12:00:00 TripAdvisor ranks best hotels in Bulgaria’s Bansko ski resort tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110110/tripadvisor.html Sol Luna Bay hotel in Obzor is listed in in the top rating of Holiday Check http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/obzor/news/20110110/sol_luna_bay_hotel.html The 4-star Sol Luna Bay Hotel in Obzor beach resort is the only bulgarian hotel, included in the annual ranking of the Holiday Check Award 2010. 99 hotels from all over the globe took place in the classification.Guests have given 5.3 average rating to the 4-star All Inclusive Sol Luna Bay. The ranking is based on a total of 308 thousand reviews given by tourists after their stay in the hotel. The overall mark is based on the number of positive reviews, as well as the average score awarded by the guests. Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Tunisia, Greece, Thailand, Italy, UAE, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Bulgaria were included in the popular rating. ]]> 10 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Sol Luna Bay hotel in Obzor is listed in in the top rating of Holiday Check VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/obzor/news/20110110/sol_luna_bay_hotel.html Uriah Heep Legend John Lawton Films Bulgarian Cities http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110110/uriah_heep.html English rock musician John Lawton, who is former Uriah Heep vocalist, has arrived to the southern Bulgarian town of Chepelare to continue filming his documentary movies about Bulgarian cities and towns, the local administration announced.According to the information, the rock musician had already visited Mount Mechi Chal and the sports center in the town.In December 2008, Lawton entered the world of television by presenting the Bulgarian travel documentary series "John Lawton presents."The films are made by the Bulgarian TV company Skat and they feature interesting historical landmarks of Bulgarian towns and cities, traditional festivities and interviews with the city mayors and local people.Filming and editing of 11 documentaries are now completed, including the towns and cities of Karnobat, Sozopol, Tsarevo, Primorsko, Burgas, Smolyan, Pamporovo, Varna, Malko Tarnovo, Velingrad and Shumen.At the opening of the ski season in the winter resort Pamporovo, near Chepelare and Smolyan, the Smolyan mayor Dora Yankova pointed out that the documentary had a great success and that it was a "wonderful advertisement of the tourism industry in the region."]]> 10 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Uriah Heep Legend John Lawton Films Bulgarian Cities Standart daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20110110/uriah_heep.html Euronews Unveils Sofia and Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110107/sofia_and_plovdiv.html Euronews will broadcast eight-minute clips about Sofia and Plovdiv and tourism and entertainment facilities the two cities offer. The short feature films will be shown total 28 times on the information giant till the end of January. They were produced as part of a project of Bulgaria’s Ministry of Economy, funded on Regional Development Operational Programme. The clips are intended for the specialized Metropolitans programme and can also be seen on the TV channel’s internet site. Such features on Bulgarian settlements, independently presented on the pan-European channel are made for the first time, Euronews is watched by almost 300 million households all over the world and is broadcast in ten languages in 150 countries. Metropolitans also shows features on Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Lion. ]]> 07 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Euronews Unveils Sofia and Plovdiv Standart daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20110107/sofia_and_plovdiv.html Bulgaria Air Increases the Number of Sofia-Burgas Flights http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110106/sofia_bourgas_flights.html Bulgaria Air has announced it is increasing the number of flights between Sofia and the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas.Starting January 10, the Bulgarian national airline will perform 12 flights a week between the two cities.There will be two flights a day from Monday to Friday, with the new one being before noon.The price of a one-way ticket starts at EUR 15.]]> 06 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgaria Air Increases the Number of Sofia-Burgas Flights Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20110106/sofia_bourgas_flights.html Baba Vida fortress will be restored http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110106/baba_vida_in_vidin.html The Baba Vida fortress and the Jewish synagogue in Vidin city on the Danube river will be restored, announced the regional governor Plamen Stefanov. The projects plan to position special art lighting by the two sites. The municipality continue working over projects for improvement of the infrastracture in the town. They also aim to attract investors for the gasification of the town.The ambassador of Norway will visit Vidin on 25th January. The majour topic of the visit will be the projects for the culture projects in the site. The town will be also visited by a delegation from Ortenau, Norway.]]> 06 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Baba Vida Fortress and Synagogue restoration in Vidin city on the Danube river in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20110106/baba_vida_in_vidin.html Bansko awaits Russion guests http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110104/bansko_holiday.html Bansko ski resort in the Pirin mountain in Bulgaria expects numerous tourists from Russia. By tradition Russian tourists arrive in the Bulgarian mountain resort after the New Year holidays. "Their vacation starts on January 5 and the good thing is there are no more canceled flights from Russia," Irina Nikulchina - director of Bansko Tourist Association said. However, dozens of Russian tourists arrived earlier. "We have just accommodated 40 Russians in our hotel. They have reservation for a week, but many will stay two weeks," employees of a four star hotel told. Hotelkeepers from Bansko consider Russian tourists are the best guests as they know exactly why they have came on vacation - to enjoy themselves, to rest and to do some shopping. Tavern and shop owners are pleased by Russian tourists. "Russians do know how to give themselves pleasure and they have money to ensure enjoyment. If the daily budget a Greek tourist is 20 euro, the daily budget of a Russian holidaymaker is 200 euro," hotelkeepers said. People in tourism business in Bansko prefer Russians because they know how to drink. ]]> 04 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bansko awaits Russion guests. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20110104/bansko_holiday.html Razlog municipality will manage the ski slope Kulinoto http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kulinoto/news/20110104/kulinoto_ski_slope.html Razlog municipality will take up the management of ski slope Kulinoto near the town. Thus the municipality will be the sole owner of the ski zone. The municipality plans to refurbish the equipment on the ski slope and to undergo a complete prophylactics of the site. The mayor of Razlog stated, that the ski slope will be opened for tourists during the season. ]]> 04 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Razlog municipality will manage the ski slope Kulinoto. VisitBulgaria.NET, 04 Jan 2010, 10:45 am http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kulinoto/news/20110104/kulinoto_ski_slope.html Increased number of Russian and Israeli tourists in Bulgaria’s southern coastal region http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110104/south_black_sea.html Russian tourists visited Bulgaria' s southern coastal region in 2010 increased 40.64 percent compared to 2009. The number of Israeli tourists increased considerably with 86.1 percent in comparison to 2009. The chairman of Bourgas Regional Tourist Chamber (BRTC) Ivan Ivanov announced the data as quoted by Radio Focus-Bourgas.BRTC registers increase in visitors from Belarus (with 38.15 percent), Ukraine (34.98 percent), Poland (21.19 percent) and Czech Republic (5.82 percent).Nessebar is the most visited town for 2010 in the region of Bourgas. Sozopol takes second place following by Pomorie, Primorsko and Tsarevo.]]> 04 Jan 2011 12:00:00 The southern coastal region of Bulgaria's Black sea boast with increased number of visits of Russian and Israeli tourists tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110104/south_black_sea.html Bulgaria among the most inexpensive tourism destinations http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110104/bulgaria_travel.html The Sun ranks Bulgaria in ninth place among top 10 value places. According to the newspaper Bulgaria offers cheap food and drink and good value lodgings, but the infrastructure is on an initial stage of development.Spain is ranked first because of weak euro and low prices, Turkey is second and Morocco is third.The Sun includes in the chart also USA, Tunisia, Iceland, Egypt and Portugal. Kenya ranks at 10th place after Bulgaria.]]> 04 Jan 2011 12:00:00 The Sun daily selects Bulgaria among the most inexpensive tourism destinations tmbulgaria.com, 04 Jan 2011, 10:12 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110104/bulgaria_travel.html Bulgarian Government Invests in Promotion Souvenirs http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110103/promotion_souvenirs.html A wide range of little souvenirs are to be launched by Bulgaria's government in order to increase the foreign interest in the country as a touristic destination.The total price of the project is estimated at BGN 1.4 M.Some 5000 t-shirts worth a total of BGN 75 000, 3000 beach towels for BGN 45 000, 500 special thermo cups decorated with scenes from the country's image video for BGN 7 500 -these are some of the items the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy Energy and Tourism plans to launch in order to lure more foreign visitors.The products must reflect Bulgaria's national identity in a proper fashion and be easily recognizable, the authors of the project explain.Earlier on Wednesday, Bulgaria has been listed among the top nine global tourist destinations for 2011 in a CNN article.]]> 03 Jan 2011 12:00:00 Bulgarian Government Invests in Promotion Souvenirs Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20110103/promotion_souvenirs.html CNN ranks Bulgaria in top 9 recommended destinations for 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101229/travel_destinations.html The edition states that the New Year brings the customary yearning for a fresh start and the promise of new people and places, the right time to plan a journey. The travel editor Robert Reid from the Lonely Planed describes Bulgaria as safe and beautiful country.Reid's favorite choice on that list is Bulgaria, which has the best Black Sea coastline for beach enthusiasts and offers great skiing in the mountains in the winter, he said."I love doing road trips in Bulgaria. It begs for it. It's beautiful, and there's not much traffic. It feels very safe," said Reid, who rode around the country last year in a Soviet-era 1972 Moskovich, which he bought for $500.Reid also recommended visiting Veliko Târnovo, an ancient capital, and the picturesque city of Plovdiv, home to Roman ruins.]]> 29 Dec 2010 12:00:00 CNN ranks Bulgaria in top 9 recommended travel destinations for 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101229/travel_destinations.html Bansko expects over 15 000 tourists for the New Year Eve http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101229/bansko_new_year.html Bansko will welcome over 15 000 tourists for New Year Eve. The resort is a preferred place for holiday and celebration for tourists from the neighbouring countries – Romenia, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. Many tourists from Russia have also chosen the resort for a winter vacation after the holidays. Bansko ski zone is ready to welcome all keen skiers. The resort offers over 20 cm snow and 230 cannons for artificial snow are ready to operate in case of need of additional snow. ]]> 29 Dec 2010 12:00:00 15 000 tourists will celebrate New Year in Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101229/bansko_new_year.html 17 charter flights scheduled at Plovdiv Airport in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101229/charter_flights_plovdiv.html Plovdiv Airport welcomed the first group of foreign tourists who will spend their winter vacation in Bulgaria.This was the first charter flight that arrived at the airport for winter season 2010/2011. The tourists came from London and will stay in Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo ski resorts.Until New Year the airport will meet 17 charter flights with 3000 tourists from Russia, Belfast, Dublin and London.]]> 29 Dec 2010 12:00:00 17 charter flights scheduled at Plovdiv Airport in Bulgaria information by tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101229/charter_flights_plovdiv.html Tourists to Spend New Year's Eve in Miraculous Bulgarian Cave http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101227/new_year_eve.html Cave-lovers from a tourist club called "Rodopeya" are going to welcome the new year in the Yagodinska Cave in Southern Bulgaria.The Yagodinska Cave is located in the Rhodope Mountain; it is long 10 km and has three levels, of which the lowest one is equipped with electricity and fit for organized tourism with 1.1-km path, and special entrance tunnels.The first level of the Yagodinska Cave is a valuable archaeological site as in the 4th millennium BC it was inhabited by pottery makers with had special ovens.The cave is renowned for its unique forms and rocks with different colors; it features a permanent temperature of 6 degrees Celsius.In the recent years, speleologists from the Rodopeya Club and tourists who arrive to the nearby villages of Yagodina and Buynovo hold New Year's celebrations inside the cave. A number of wedding ceremonies have also been held there recently.The Yagodinska Cave is one of Bulgaria's "100 National Tourist Sites"; in 2010, it was visited by 51 000 tourists from Bulgaria and abroad.]]> 27 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Tourists to Spend New Year's Eve in Miraculous Bulgarian Cave Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101227/new_year_eve.html Over 70 000 tourists visited Aladzha monastery in 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20101227/aladzha_monastery.html Over 70 000 tourists visited Aladzha Monastery in 2010. Over 10 000 of them have watched the light spectacle “Legends from Aladzha Monastery”, announced the director of the monastery.Visitors are predominately Russian tourists, who are impressed by the show, as the subject of the story is close to the Russian culture. Tourists from the Czech republic and Poland are also interested in the spectacle. ]]> 27 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Over 70 000 tourists visited Aladzha monastery in 2010. Culture tourism sites near Varna VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20101227/aladzha_monastery.html Sofia candidate for European capital of Culture http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101227/sofia_culture_capital.html It is better to start preparations early, the Sofia Municipality announced and launched a number of initiatives aiming at Sofia becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2019. This is the year when at the initiative of the EC, Bulgaria and Italy must apply with one city each. Residents of Sofia hope their city will be the one chosen to participate. The Bulgarian and Italian cities will actually host together the European Capital of Culture and will not compete with each other. Other Bulgarian cities are also interested in participating. These are Plovdiv, Varna, and Ruse. It seems, however, that Sofia will be the Bulgarian candidate, the municipality says. The local administration has already organised a number of meetings and discussions in order to come up with a winning strategy. The last word, however, will have experts from the EU and Bulgaria, who in 2014 will select the Bulgarian city to participate in the initiative. Despite the fact 2019 is far away, the Sofia Municipality are already thinking of ways how to turn the Bulgarian capital into a European Capital of Culture. One of Sofia’s advantages is its ancient history, and the countless historical monuments. %RIMG1Sofia has a great cultural potential. The renovation of several historical buildings, which will be turned into galleries and museums, has already started, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said. She added that in two years, part of the historical park Serdika-Sredec, revealing the antique and medieval history of the city will be open for visitors. By that time the new museum in the Saint Sofia Basillica, where 42 tombs from the 1st-4th century were recently discovered, will also be open. Sofia is also a host of a number of cultural events. New galleries are often opened to host the rising number of exhibitions of contemporary artists. The Sofia Municipality have a number of interesting ideas, such as turning the stations of the metropolitan into art galleries or using the old building of the Sofia Central Prison, as an art center. Experts, however, know that in order for Sofia to become a European capital of Culture, it must offer something more than ancient history. That is why the strategy of Sofia’s participation in the initiative will be devised after public discussions and thorough analyses. The positive effects for the city can be considerable, keeping in mind what happened to Istanbul, which was the European Capital of Culture during 2010. %LIMG2“The initiative means a number of cultural events and thousands of foreign guests,” Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova says. “This can have positive effects of the economy. The preparation process is also very important for me, as this means development. That is why Sofia can only benefit from the initiative,” Ms. Fandakova concluded. ]]> 27 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Sofia city candidate for European capital of Culture. Sofia culture tours and holiday offers bnr.bg, Alexander Markov http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101227/sofia_culture_capital.html Bulgaria to launch new tourism strategy http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101222/bulgaria_brand.html Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism presented new project for the establishment of Bulgarian new tourism brand.The project will cost 2.9 million leva. Operational Program Regional Development provides the funding. The project will focus on analyzing tourism market in Bulgaria. Experts from the Ministry will make brands for different tourism types - rural, eco, cultural and spa. During the project the Ministry will analyze tourism strategies of Bulgaria’s competitors.]]> 22 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria to launch new tourism marketing strategy tmbulgaria.com, 22 December 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101222/bulgaria_brand.html Ryanair Takes off from Bulgaria's Plovdiv to Barcelona http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101222/flights_to_barcelona.html The world's largest low-cost airline, Irish company Ryanair, is expected to announce on Wednesday a new regular line from the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv to Barcelona, Spain.The new flight line will be launched at the end of March 2011 and will be served twice a week.The General Manager of Plovdiv airport Doichin Angelov confirmed reports that a new regular flight is about to be launched, but refused to give any details.Currently, Ryanair performs flights from Plovdiv Airport to Stansted Airport in London twice a week - on Tuesday and on Saturday. One-way fares start from GBP 32.99 including taxes. The flights provide easy access for Britons to the ski slopes of Bansko and Pamporovo.Ryanair has said earlier this year it may increase the number of flights to Plovdiv in the near future and will also consider the opening of lines from Bulgaria to Spain and Italy, where there are large numbers of Bulgarian immigrants.Ryanair has been planning to launch flights to Plovdiv airport for several years.Plovdiv became even more attractive for air companies as of April 1, when its fees were sharply reduced and now stand three times lower that the fees at the airport in the capital Sofia. The low fees will be in force for two years.Bulgaria, which attracted a number of low-cost carriers thanks to its accession to the European Union and fast economic growth in the years right after its entry, is expected to continue to see the expansion of their market share.]]> 22 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Ryanair Takes off from Bulgaria's Plovdiv to Barcelona Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101222/flights_to_barcelona.html Borovets ski zone update http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20101221/borovets_ski_update.html After the great snowy party opening of the ski season on Saturday, the ski slopes and equipment in Borovets are operating and welcome all ski fans. At the moment the light ski slopes in front of the Rila hotel, Popangelov ski slope and Yastrebets ski slopes, as well as Martinovi Baraki 1 and Martinovi baraki 2 are operating in the resort. The other ski slopes will be opened the moment the meteorology conditions allow it. %RIMG1This year Borovets ski resort invesred in artificial snowmaking system in ski zones “Yastrebets” and “Sitnyakovo”. New snowmaking equipment has been bought and a reservoir with 30,000 cubic meters capacity brings water directly to the snowmaking systems on the ski runs. “This allows for perfect snowmaking and maintaining of more than 200,000 square meters of ski runs”, announced Nelly Sandalska, Chairperson of the Borosport Board of Directors. This year Borovets ski resort invesred in artificial snowmaking system in ski zones “Yastrebets” and “Sitnyakovo”. New snowmaking equipment has been bought and a reservoir with 30,000 cubic meters capacity brings water directly to the snowmaking systems on the ski runs. “This allows for perfect snowmaking and maintaining of more than 200,000 square meters of ski runs”, announced Nelly Sandalska, Chairperson of the Borosport Board of Directors. %LIMG2%RIMG3]]> 21 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Ski conditions in Borovets mountain resort in Bulgaria. Ski zone update from Borovets VisitBulgaria.NET, 21 December 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20101221/borovets_ski_update.html New regular flights will connect Bulgaria’s Plovdiv with Spain http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101220/plovdiv_flights.html On December 22 Plovdiv Airport will announce its second regular line from the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv to a city in Spain, general manager of the airport Doichin Angelov announced. Bulgarian footballer Hristo Stoichkov will participate in the press conference announcing the new line. The new flight line will be launched in the end of March 2011. The airport manager did not want to tell any details about the new line.Currently, Ryanair performs flights from Plovdiv Airport to Stansted Airport in London twice a week - on Tuesday and on Saturday.]]> 20 Dec 2010 12:00:00 New regular flights will connect Bulgaria’s Plovdiv with Spain tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101220/plovdiv_flights.html Pamporovo opened ski season 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101220/pamporovo_ski_season_2011.html Bulgarian ski resort operator Pamporovo AD has made investments of over BGN 1 million in preparations for the winter season, the company's majority shareholder, Tsvetelina Borislavova, said. The figure was announced at the ceremony marking the launch of the ski season at the eponymous Rhodope Mountains resort over the weekend. The resort is now equipped with a track with lighting for night skiing stretching between Snezhanka and Studenets and with a new system for artificial snow. The tracks have been updated and expanded as part of preparations for hosting a round of the European Cup for men in 2012. The resort operator has also cut the price of the seasonal ski pass to BGN 950 from BGN 1,480 and will also offer discounts for two-week passes.Police patrols, fluent in foreign languages, will monitor the tracks. The discovery of mineral waters nearby to be used for SPA tourism is another news of the season at Pamporovo.]]> 20 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Pamporovo opened ski season 2011 during the weekend. Pamporovo winter resort in Bulgaria dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101220/pamporovo_ski_season_2011.html New Fresh snow provide excellent skiing conditions on the slopes beneath the Kom peak http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kom/news/20101220/kom_ski_centre.html The heavy snowfall during the past 3-4 days the snow cover in the resort has reached 30- 40 centimeters and provides excellent skiing conditions on the site, reported the Berkovitsa municipality. The municipality authorities stated that the ski slopes are already maintained and the road to the ski centre is clean and safe. The ski zone beneath the Kom peak offers 3 chalets with bed capacity over 300. The chalets are located at 1530 metres above the sea level. Guests of the ski zone can hire ski equipment and try delicious meals right on the slopes. All chalets on the site are fully booked for the forthcoming holidays. ]]> 20 Dec 2010 12:00:00 New Fresh snow provides excellent skiing conditions on the slopes beneath the Kom peak in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kom/news/20101220/kom_ski_centre.html Chepelare ski centre opens on 18th December 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20101217/chepelare_2011.html Tomorrow is the official opening of Chepelare ski centre. All ski fans will be able to hit the slopes. The resort announced that ski slope 1 /red/- will be opened for skiers from middle station to the final. The small drag lifts on Mechi Chal peak will welcome all beginners willing to try the slopes for the first time.The high speed quad will operate for free on Saturday, when the official opening of the resort will be held. Chepelare ski centre announced that there is enough snow for skiing on the slopes and everyone is invited to enjoy their favourite sport in the Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria.The lift pass on Sunday – 19 December 2010 will be 10 Euro per adult and 5 Euro for children.]]> 17 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Chepelare ski centre opens tomorrow, on18th December 2010 VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20101217/chepelare_2011.html Pamporovo will host a European Ski Cup in 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101217/pamporovo_european_ski_cup.html Experts from the International Ski Federation (FIS) inspected the resort and expressed a high opinion on the conditions and confirmed the decision that Pamporovo will host a race of the European Cup for men in 2012. Mr. Markus Waldner, the coordinator of the European Cup in Alpine Skiing stated that he was pleasantly surprised by the maintenance of the ski runs, the excellent artificial snow system, as well as from the big investments and the new hotels in the resort. This was his first visit to Pamporovo, although during the recent years he came to Bulgaria several times. Mr. Markus Waldner:The International Federation is very pleased to come back to Bulgaria with the European Cup. Pamporovo provides excellent ski-runs that meet all the requirements and have the required equipment. The race will consist of two slaloms at the end of January or the beginning of February 2012. Dates depend on several factors, including the engagements of the teams and the organizers at that time.After the inspection Mr. Markus Waldner met Mr. Tseko Minev, the Chairperson of the Bulgarian Ski Federation and Mrs. Tsvetelina Borislavova, the owner of Pamporovo AD. Mrs. Tsvetelina Borislavova:In the recent years we have made really big investments in the resort, which has resulted in significant improvements in the ski zone. We have built a modern artificial snow system, which covers most of the ski-runs, two new lifts, we have expanded the ski zone with new routes. The European cup is a natural result from the improved quality of the resort and recognition of our efforts.Mr. Tseko Minev expressed his belief that Pamporovo Cup that will take place as a part of the national championship from the calendar of FIS, will demonstrate the excellent conditions for organizing competitions in the resort and will be a good trial run for the European Cup in 2012.]]> 17 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Pamporovo will host a round of the European Ski Cup in 2012 information by Pamporovo Ltd. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101217/pamporovo_european_ski_cup.html The road through the Kresna defile is opened http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20101217/kresna_defile.html 17 Dec 2010 12:00:00 The road through the Kresna defile is opened. Easy access from Sofia to Sandanski resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 16 December 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sandanski/news/20101217/kresna_defile.html Borovets opens ski season 2011 this weekend http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20101216/borovets_ski_season_2011.html This week Bulgaria enjoys the first serious snowfall, which made all keen skiers eager to hit the slopes. An excellent opportunity for everyone who “can't wait” is the snow fiesta in Borovets ski resort which will take place on 18th December this weekend. The organizers plan to offer a snowy and funny holiday . The organizers from Borosport and Concept Creative have prepared interesting surprises and gifts for everyone, to keep the good mood of everyone on the slopes.This year we expect loads of snow, as it has already started snowing all over Bulgaria. The new snow installation on Borovets will take care of the excellent snow cover on the slopes throughout the whole season. Two huge ski jumps will be placed on the platform in front of the Rila hotel and all keen freestylers will be able to try them, supported by a huge air bag. Everyone can try their abilities on the airbag, with the sole condition to wear helmets. A special trace for sledge downhill will be constructed for the youngest guests of the resort. The equipment is provided by Olympos. The company will reward the best downhills and the best shot taken with Olympus photo camera. Another sledge trace will give a chance to adults to try new models sledges, provided by Scott Bulgaria.The opening of the ski season in Borovets coincides with the International day of snowboards. Every one keen on freestyle sports will have the chance to celebrate on a special zone with the cooperation of BASFES.The lift cards during the weekend will be at half price and the night skiing on 18th is free. This year the price of the lift card sold on spot at the resort will stay the same. Borosport has prepared many surprises for all guests of the resort. Except the new installations at the Sitnyakovo ski zone, which will take care for the sufficient snow, there are also other improvements, as new and better connections between the slope and more parking lots.Everyone is invited to visit Borovets on 18th December to celebrate the official opening of the ski season and for a good downhill on the slope. Many pleasant surprises await you to keep you in a good mood. ]]> 16 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria enjoys the first serious snowfall. Snow cover report for Borovets in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20101216/borovets_ski_season_2011.html Snow is Falling around Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101216/snowing_in_bulgaria.html It was snowing all day long, all over Bulgaria. The snow cover in Bansko, Borovest and Pamporovo has already reached 30 cm. The snow cover in Chepelare ski resort has reached 15 cm. Temperatures in the mountains reach -10 degrees, but the moderate wind makes it feel even colder. Meterologists forecast that it will continue snowing even tomorrow, which will guarantee excellent snow cover for the festivals in Borovets, Pamporovo and Chepelare, which will take place on Saturday. The snow will stop during the weekend, but we will already have sufficient snow cover on the slopes in Bulgaria. BulgariaSki team advices you to take the skis and hit the slopes. ]]> 16 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Snow is Falling around Bulgaria. Snow cover information in Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101216/snowing_in_bulgaria.html Rousse history museum applies for American funding program http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20101215/rousse_history_museum.html Regional Museum of History in Bulgaria’s city of Rousse candidates in Chicago Field Museum’ program for restoration.The project aims to restore Cherven Fortress near Rousse. The museum in Rousse is preparing an exhibition with findings of the fortress.Chicago Field Museum will scrutinize all projects till the middle of April 2011. If the American museum approves the project, it will start in July 2011 and will continue 12 months.]]> 15 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Rousse history museum applies for American funding program. Rousse city in Bulagria tmbulgaria.com, 15 December 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20101215/rousse_history_museum.html Special brochures to advise tourists in Bulgaria’s Borovets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20101215/safe_ski_holiday.html The police office in Bulgaria’s town of Samokov and the municipality will distribute flyers with advices for tourists in the ski resort of Borovets, Bulgarian Ministry of Interior announced. The flayers will be available in English and German. Tourists can find the leaflets in hotels, shops and ski lift in Borovets. The police aim to insure good public order and security for the upcoming season in Borovets. The police advises tourists to keep valuables and expensive items in the safes at the reception desks. Tourists should not left unattended their own or rented ski equipment and snowboards.Police advise tourists also to close windows and lock doors in the hotel rooms.]]> 15 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Safe ski holiday in Bulgaria. Special brochures to advise tourists in Bulgaria’s Borovets tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20101215/safe_ski_holiday.html The Winter Tourism Season in Bulgaria Will Be Successful http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101215/winter_tourist.html Bulgaria's 2010/11 winter tourist season will be better than the previous one, according to Minister of Economy Traicho Traikov.Traikov, who is also responsible for Bulgaria's tourism, stated for Darik Radio Saturday that he expects an at least 3% increase in revenue, with some operators even expecting a 10% increase.The Bulgarian minister commented that the country expects guests from all over Europe, including neighboring countries like Greece, Macedonia and especially Romania.Traikov was present at the opening of the 2010/11 ski season in Bulgaria's biggest winter resort Bansko, in the Pirin mountains.In Bansko he also conversed with wine producers and voiced hopes that Bulgaria can return its international prestige in the field.]]> 15 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Ski news: Economy Minister Convinced that the Bulgarian Winter Tourism Season Will Be Successful Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101215/winter_tourist.html Fluent in Foreign Languages Police Patrols Keep Eye on Bulgarian Winter Resorts http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101214/holiday_police_patrols.html Police patrols whose members speak up to three foreign languages will be sent to the country's winter resorts, Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, informed.Tsvetanov made a statement on Monday during a meeting with EU, Norway and Switzerland Ambassadors in Sofia, saying this was just one of the measures undertaken by his institution to provide safety for the visitors. In some resorts, such as Pamporovo, police will be even watching the ski tracks.Policemen's fluency in foreign languages will eliminate the language barrier between them and the holidaymakers. Other measures include round-the-clock patrols on duty, and distributing brochures among the tourists with information how to notify authorities about unsafe or criminal activities. The Interior is opening 24-hour phone lines for the Consular offices at Embassies in Sofia. There are also brochures with information regarding health insurance and first aid.Tsvetanov said Bulgaria receives 4 million visitors annually and tourism forms 14% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).UK Ambassador, Steven Williams, pointed out the forecast is for 1 million foreign tourists to visit Bulgaria during the 2010-2011 winter season, adding the British authorities have launched a campaign against the so-called "alcohol tourism," in order to inform Brits about the risks of binge drinking and vacationing.]]> 14 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Holiday Police Patrols will take care of guests in the top ski resorts in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101214/holiday_police_patrols.html Marc Girardelli Supports Bansko http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101214/marc_girardelli_in_bansko.html The legendary alpine skier Marc Girardelli stated that Bansko is a popular name abroad.Girardelli visited Bulgaria for the official opening of the news skiing season in Bansko and the announcement of Bansko as the “Winter Capital on the Balkans”, announced BTA. Except Girardelli, Bansko also welcomed Peter Popangelov, Marc Girardelli, Andreaz Wenzel, Maria Walliser, Josef Strobl, Leonhard Stock, Luc Alphand and Michael von Gruenigen.“I am from Austria, but I live in Switzerland, very often I travel to Germany and Bansko is already known in these countries. The resort needs more investments and improvements. Thus more people from all over the world will come to Bulgaria and will be interested in knowing the country.” stated the legendary skier, who is already a honored citizen of Bansko. Girardelli came with 20 of his friends from Austria, Switzerland and Germany for the official opening of the new ski season in Bansko. He also pointed, that the International ski federation was easily convinced to give Bansko the chance to host a round of the World Cup, as the resort is really good. Usually the resorts wait around 20 years, to be recognized as appropriate for such big events, commented Girardelli. The local authorities are convinced that Bansko needs to continue developing and new equipment and infrastructure development are needed. Later the minister of Economy Traicho Traikov said, that Bansko deserves the attention of the ski starts, that came for the official opening of the ski season. He prized the eight alpine skiers, who made a demonstration downhill on “Alberto Tomba” ski slope during the weekend. The minister also stated that Bulgaria has a lot more to offer to all guests visiting the country. ]]> 14 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Marc Girardelli Supports Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101214/marc_girardelli_in_bansko.html Bansko Winter Fiesta 2010/2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101213/bansko_winter_fiesta.html VisitBulgaria.NET team attended the official opening of Bansko ski season, to bring you all the latest news from the Winter Capital on the Balkans.As usual the resort representatives prepared a grandiose show with 8 of the top ski champions, lots of music and dances on Banderishka polyana in Bansko ski zone. Peter Popangelov, Marc Girardelli, Andreaz Wenzel, Maria Walliser, Josef Strobl, Leonhard Stock, Luc Alphand and Michael von Gruenigen entertained all guests and residents of Bansko on Banderishka Polyana. %RIMG1Remote controlled offroad kart was the main attraction before the downhill show on Banderishka polyana. Music and modern dances performed by the “Dream girls” form Bansko kept the party atmosphere on Bansko ski centre. The celebrations were held for three days from Friday to Sunday and all guests and residents of Bansko were part of the festive fiesta. We have prepared a special photo report with the most interesting moments from the event. ]]> 13 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Bansko ski season opening: Bansko the winter capital on the Balkans. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101213/bansko_winter_fiesta.html Ice skating for free at Ariana Lake http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101213/ice_skating.html All students and keen ice skaters will be able to skate for free at “Ariana” lake in Sofia.Th e promo offer is valid every day from 8.00 am - 10.00 am. The ice rink at Ariana lake was opened yesterday and provided many surprises for all fans of the icy sport.The mayor of Sofia – Yordanka Fandakova greted all residents and guests of the capital for the opening of the ice rink. Colorful fireworks lighted the sky after the end of the first competition. The biggest ice rink on the Balkans is situated on a total area of 1400 square metres. The entrance fee is 4 BGN and the rent of skates costs another 4 BGN. Special machines will maintain the rink daily. ]]> 13 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Ice skating for free at Ariana Lake in Sofia city, the capital of Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101213/ice_skating.html Dobrudzha ranks the top 50 most attractive tourism sites http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrich/news/20101213/dobrudzha_tourism.html Bulgarian and Romanian organizations work over a project for marketing of Pilot Cross Border Tourist Products, which is being implemented within the framework of the Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. Project activities run from September 2010 till March 2012 and mainly concern the regions of Dobrich (Bulgaria), Constanta (Romania) and Silistra (Bulgaria). The leading organization in this project is International University College (Dobrich, Bulgaria). It is working in close cooperation with the other project partners – the Regional Museum of History (Dobrich, Bulgaria), Constanta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Shipping and Agriculture (Romania), Ovidius University (Constanta, Romania) and “Ovidius” High School (Constanta, Romania).The project will strive to develop trans-border tourism in Dobrudzha by identifying, thoroughly studying and drawing attention to the 50 most attractive tourist sites in Bulgarian and Romanian Dobrudzha. The results of the project will include the development of 5 thematic cross-border tourist routes based on these 50 sites:- a cultural/historical route;- a craft route;- an eco route;- a culinary route;- a festival route.Each of these routes will be presented to tourists in the form of a virtual tour that will include tourist attractions in both the Romanian and the Bulgarian part of Dobrudzha, as well as nearby tourist facilities such as local restaurants, cafes, guest houses and hotels. Tourist guides will be developed for each of the 50 tourist sites.The project will not strive to simply increase the flow of tourists to the region but to rather encourage the development of sustainable tourism that preserves the environment and the way of life of local communities, while at the same time encouraging local economic growth.The Romania - Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.You can vote for the program here!]]> 13 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Dobrudzha region ranks the top 50 most attractive tourism sites. Tourism sightseeing in Bulagria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrich/news/20101213/dobrudzha_tourism.html Major TV Channels to Air Reportages on Bulgaria Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101211/reportages_on_bulgaria.html The major TV channels National Geographic, Eurosport and Euronews is sending TV crews to Bulgaria to shoot reportages on tourism in the country, the Bulgarian Economy Ministry has announced.The visit of the international journalists is organized through a project for advertising the tourism industry in the country and is financed by the Operational Program “regional Development.”The National Geographic crew has already arrived to Bulgaria and is working on reportages on the culture tourism and is filming the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum in Sofia, the Nativity of Christ Church in the village of Arbanasi, the Old Town of Plovdiv, the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, and the Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex near the city of Gabrovo.The four reportages will be aired on National Geographic throughout 2011.So far Eurosport has presented four reportages on the opportunities Bulgaria provide for golf, horse riding, biking and rock climbing.In January, another Eurosport TV crew will arrive to Bulgaria to work on presenting the ski and snowboard opportunities in the country.Euronews will film Bulgarian cities for its “Metropolitans” program, the Bulgarian Economy Ministry has announced.As of September 6, Bulgaria has been advertised as a year-round tourist destination on Euronews, Eurosport, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel.]]> 11 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Major TV Channels to Air Reportages on Bulgaria Tourism Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101211/reportages_on_bulgaria.html Rezidor Hotel Group Presented the First Park Inn Hotel in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101208/park_inn_hotel.html Last night the Swedish hotel group Rezidor presented the First Park Inn Hotel in Sofia and Bulgaria. Our team attended the event to bring you detailed report on the services offered in the Park Inn hotel.The Park Inn hotel, formerly known as the Greenville hotel, hosts 77 rooms and 36 apartments, a restaurant, two bars and two meeting rooms. It has also wellness and sports centre offers an indoor swimming pool, fitness area and treatment rooms. The hotel will be positioned in the average price category. Its concept is based on fresh colours and comfort and pleasant atmosphere.The hotel chain aims to develop new and ambitious markets in Southeastern Europe. Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest developing hotel chains in the world. The group offers over 400 hotels in 63 countries.For additional information and special accommodation rates, please click here!]]> 08 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Rezidor Hotel Group Presented the First Park Inn Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria Silky Holidays Ltd. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101208/park_inn_hotel.html Charity ski race will open the new season in Bansko http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101207/charity_race_bansko.html The official opening of Bansko ski season will be devoted to a noble cause – helping Bulgarian kinds learn to ski, for a second year in a row. This year the initiative “Learn to ski” of the Bulgarian Ski federation will gather many ski celebrities in Bansko. The competition will be held on a parallel slalom on Tomba ski slope in Bansko. Some of the participants are:Peter Popangelov - The most successful Bulgarian alpine skier. During the 37 World Cup races, he ranked among the top ten, taking 1st, six times 2nd and four 3rd places. Popangelov ranked 6th in the slalom in two winter Olympic games - in Lake Placid, 1980 and Sarajevo in 1984.Marc Girardelli - A five time World Cup overall champion who excelled in all five alpine disciplines. Marc left a mark through a remarkable string of seasons, from 1984 to 1995, totally dominating in the years 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1993.Andreaz Wenzel - Overall winner of the World Cup in 1980 and a Combination winner in 1984 and 1985. Maria Walliser - Two times overall winner of the World Cup in 1986 and 1987. A winner of several "small" World cups: Downhill (1984 and 1986), Super-G (1987), Giant Slalom (1987) and Combination (1986).Josef Strobl - 7 times world grand prix winner Downhill – 3, Giant slalom- 1, Super G – 2, Parallel slalom – 1.Leonhard Stock - Olympic Downhill champion from Lake Placid Games in 1980. World Champion Downhill from Lake Placid in 1980 and bronze medalist in the combination of Lake Placid in 1980.Luc Alphand - Overall Winner of the World Cup in 1997. Winner of the small World Cups downhill in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and in Super-G – 1997.Michael von Gruenigen - Double world champion in Giant slalom from Sestriere 1997 and St Anton in 2001. Double bronze medalist from the World Championship in Sierra Nevada, 1996 - Slalom and Giant slalom. Bronze medalist in the Giant slalom at the Olympics in Nagano in 1998.The competition will be followed by a winner award ceremony on a special “Snow stage” at Banderishka poliana, at around 13:00, the hip hop duo "Romanian & Enchev" will shake you up just as they know best. Moderation by Deo and Maria Sylvester.The party will continue after 10.00 PM at "Happy End" bar near the Lower Gondola lift station. At 10:45 a charity auction will be held: this is your chance to bid for some ski gear belonging to the ski aces taking part at the Bansko ski legends race earlier in the day. All collected money will be available to support children's program "Learn to ski" organized by the Bulgarian Ski Federation. The party will be fired up by the famous Londonbeat band.]]> 07 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Bansko Opens the New Ski Season with a Charity ski race on Tomba ski slope, Bulgaria VistiBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101207/charity_race_bansko.html Pamporovo is ready for the new ski season 2010/ 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101206/pamporovo_winter_season.html The official opening of the ski season in Pamporovo resort is planned for December 18, and all guests of the resort will be able to use the ski lifts for free.The hoteliers in Pamporovo, Chepelare and the Smolyan region are expecting 10 - 20% increase in the number of tourists. The tourism business in the region expected a better skiing season, compared to last year's. The hotels in the region aim to attract more tourists from the neighboring countries and Russia with price discounts and additional services. The hotels in Chepelare have also prepared up to 10 % discount of the rates. Despite the crises, two brand new hotels will open doors by the beginning of the new ski season.The newest investment in Pamporovo is a lighting system for night skiing along the “Wall” ski slope in the resort. Expect photo report of the event on the pages of VisitBulgaria.NET!]]> 06 Dec 2010 12:00:00 Pamporovo is ready for the new ski season 2010/ 2011. The official opening of the ski season in Pamporovo resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20101206/pamporovo_winter_season.html Bansko ski zone cash desk to operate with extended working hours http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101124/bansko_cash_desks.html “Ulen” Ltd. will prolong the working ours of the cash desk on the gondola lift in Bansko for the forthcoming winter season 2010/ 2011.Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday the cash desk will operate until 11.00Pm, to avoid queues in the mornings.]]> 24 Nov 2010 12:00:00 The cash desk in Bansko ski zone will operate with extended working hours to avoid queues. VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101124/bansko_cash_desks.html SpaFinder ranks Bulgaria among the best spas in the World http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101124/bulgaria_best_spa.html SpaFinder has unveiled the winners of its 2010 Readers' Choice Awards - honouring spa-goers' favourite spas across the globe, along with their top ten picks in 31 unique categories.In addition to nations traditionally recognized by the Awards, ten new spa markets were added in 2010: Bulgaria, Chile, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. New Category Awards include "Favourite Day Spa," "Best New Getaway Spa," "Favourite Spa Treatment" and "Favourite Spa Product Brand."Based on votes submitted worldwide at SpaFinder's global websites and by readers of SpaFinder publications, Scotland's famous Gleneagles hotel took top honours in the UK for the first time; with readers raving about its incredible location, luxurious accommodation and great range of outdoor activities including golf, horseback riding and tennis.The edition ranks Bansko's Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena as one of the global favourite hotels for spa holidaymakers. ]]> 24 Nov 2010 12:00:00 SpaFinder ranks Bulgaria among the best spas in the World Visitbulgaria.net, information by www.cosmeticnewsportal.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101124/bulgaria_best_spa.html Bulgarian-German Center to Train Tourism Sector Staff http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/smolyan/news/20101124/tourism_staff.html A Bulgarian-German center was officially opened Monday in the regional, southern city of Smolyan to be used for staff training, mainly for employees working in the tourism sector.The construction cost is BGN 2.5M. Experts will teach courses such as "Administration and Management," "Hotel, Restaurant Management and Catering," "IT Applications," "Food Technologies," and "Gardening."The facility includes a dormitory, hotel rooms, practice kitchen, seminar and lecture halls.There will be day, evening, distance and individual classes for bartenders, waiters, chefs, hotel owners, administrators, mountain guides, tour guides, animators, and beauticians. All graduates will receive professional certificates and licensees."The crisis is gradually leaving and serious investments are coming to Bulgaria in the next few years. For this reason, we must have qualified, competitive work force. In the conditions of crisis, the labor market is the one facing the most difficulties in its recovery, but we are making exceptional efforts," Bulgaria's Social Policy and Labor Minister, Totyu Mladenov, said during the official opening ceremony.Mladenov reminded the unemployment rate in the last 8 months was maintained consistently around or below 9%, due mostly to the work of the Employment Agency, national programs, and the better utilization of EU funds from the "Human Resources Development" program, adding 46 new measures with a budget of BGN 850 M would be launched under the program on December 1.]]> 24 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian-German Center to Train Tourism Sector Staff Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/smolyan/news/20101124/tourism_staff.html Sea taxis will transport tourists in Bougas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20101119/bourgas_water_bus.html The municipal administration organizes a brand new tourism route from the centre of Bourgas, “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” square, through the sea garden, the sea casino to the fore-bridge. Water buses will carry visitors to the st Anastasia island. The buildings in the island will be restored and a guided tour in the museum will be offered. A new modern restaurant will substitute the small snack bar that used to operate on the site. At the moment the administration prepares the technical part of the infrastructure. The municipality has applied for a financing from the operation program “Regional development”. Bourgas city launches plenty of new projects for infrastructure improvement. Recently the city was announced the best living city in Bulgaria.]]> 19 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Water buses will transport tourists from fore-bridge in Bourgas to st. Anastasia island VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20101119/bourgas_water_bus.html Putin expects 500 thousands Russian tourism visits in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101115/russian_tourism_visits.html 500 thousand Russian tourists are expected to visit Bulgaria in 2011. this was announced by www.tourprom.ru, quoting the Russian prime Minister Vladimir Putin. His prognosis is based on this year's data and the good tourism cooperation. In 2010 the number of Russian tourists will reach 300 thousand. The Russian Prime minister also commented a 50% increase of the stock exchange between the two countries. ]]> 15 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Putin expects 500 thousands Russian tourism visits in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101115/russian_tourism_visits.html Israeli residents to heal in Bulgarian spa resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101105/spa_centres_bulgaria.html Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Ivo Marinov and Gershon Gelman, the chairman of Tel Aviv's Federation of Laborers in Israel discussed the opportunity for Israelis to undergo treatment in Bulgarian spa resorts.During the meeting, the two officials also discussed the idea for recreational procedures after surgical procedures to be carried out in Bulgarian spa centers. The first groups from Israel are expected to arrive in Bulgaria in mid-November.From January to September 2010, Bulgaria was visited by 111 231 Israeli tourists, a figure that represents 14.9 percent increase in comparison to the figures for 2009.Marinov and Gelman also discussed the presentation of Bulgaria during a special forum to be held as part of Israel's tourism fair in February 2011.]]> 05 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Israeli residents to heal in Bulgarian spa resorts. Spa and wellness holiday in Bulgaria's top balneology resorts touristmedia.info http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101105/spa_centres_bulgaria.html Luc Aphand to Open Ski Season in Bansko http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101105/luc_aphand_bansko.html Top French alpine skier Luc Alphand will be the one to open the new ski season in the largest Bulgarian mountain resort Bansko.Alphand is the only person to have won the ski World Cup and the Dakar Rally.He has several world ski championship medals from the mid 1990s. Alphand made his World Cup skiing debut in 1984. In 1997 he won the World Cup.After that, he retired only to start a career in car racing. He won the 2006 Dakar Rally, in which he had finished runner-up a year earlier. With this victory, he was the first ex-skier to win the Paris-Dakar.Alphand will open the Bansko ski season on December 11, 2010. At least one international ski legend is expected to join him for the event but no other name has been confirmed.]]> 05 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Luc Aphand to Open Ski Season in Bansko Ski resort in Bulgaria. Ski season 2010/2011 in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101105/luc_aphand_bansko.html Bulgaria tipped as a 'must-see' destination by Lonely Planet http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101102/destination_bulgaria.html Bulgaria is recommended as one of the top ten “must see” destinations around the world, according to the travel experts form Lonely Planet. Bulgaria is listed together with destinations like Albania, Brail, Cape Verde, Panama, Vanuatu, Italy, Tanzania, Syria and Japan. For those who looked, Bulgaria has always had its moments – in its biggest cities, on its snow-capped peaks and great-value ski fields, on its golden-sand beaches and in ancient Black Sea port towns. Yet, over the years, with history’s contribution, Bulgaria has got lost amid its more famous neighbours. From the south, the Ottoman soldiers of present-day Turkey ran Bulgaria for 500 years. Legendary toga-clad Greeks to the south mocked Bulgaria’s strong wines (before adopting the same). %RIMG1More recently, the Romanians claimed the share of fame via distinguishing Latin bloodlines and Transylvania’s mystic, fangy appeal. Bulgaria sometimes feels like the odd guy out in this corner of Europe. But things are changing. Now proudly part of the 21st-century EU, Bulgaria has enjoyed more attention – and self confidence. Its ski slopes are de facto destinations for Europeans looking for cheaper alternatives, empty patches of lovely Black Sea beaches can still be found, and its quietly brilliant wine industry is flourishing. Whatever happens, Bulgarians will take it in their stride. As one local song goes, ‘We win, we lose…either way we get drunk, we’re Bulgarians!’ That oughta be on a T-shirt. %RIMG3%LIMG2%RIMG4%LIMG5]]> 02 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria tipped as a 'must-see' destination by Lonely Planet VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101102/destination_bulgaria.html Plovdiv Airport Welcomes First London Flight http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101102/flights_to_plovdiv.html The world's largest low-cost airline, the Irish company Ryanair, launches on Tuesday a new route from London Stansted to the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv."Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest city with a rich and varied history dating back 8,000 years. Plovdiv makes a great city break destination and is also within easy access of the ski resorts of Bansko and Pamporovo." a spokesperson of Ryanair has said.The new London Stansted-Plovdiv airline is expected to draw about 30 000 passengers annually, whose number could go up to 200 000 by 2013.The Ryanair flights from London Stansted to Plovdiv will be available twice a week – on Tuesdays and Saturdays. One-way fares will start from GBP 32.99 including taxes.Ryanair has said it may increase the number of flights to Plovdiv in the near future and will also consider the opening of lines from Bulgaria to Spain and Italy, where there are large numbers of Bulgarian immigrants.Ryanair has been planning to launch flights to Plovdiv airport for several years.Plovdiv became even more attractive for air companies as of April 1, when its fees were sharply reduced and now stand three times lower that the fees at the airport in the capital Sofia. The low fees will be in force for two years.Bulgaria, which attracted a number of low-cost carriers thanks to its accession to the European Union and fast economic growth, is expected to continue to see the expansion of their market share.Wizz Air, EasyJet, Germanwings, Easyfly, Sky Europe, My Air, Air Italy and Norwegian Air are the other low-fare airline companies conducting flights from the three Bulgarian airports.]]> 02 Nov 2010 12:00:00 Plovdiv Airport Welcomes First London Flight. Plovdiv Airport welcomes Ryanair flights. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101102/flights_to_plovdiv.html Five of Russia's top air companies arrive at Plovdiv airport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101027/russian_air_companies.html The presentation of Plovdiv airport and bilateral negotiations with the 5 of the biggest Russian air companies are included in the working program of the meeting between the Bulgarian and the Russian Civil aviation authorities, announced the executive director of the airport – Doichin Angelov. The airport managers will present the innovations made in Plovdiv, as there is a serious tendency for increasing the flight traffic to and from Russia. At the moment the airport is working over the winter charter program. Representatives from “Aeroflot”, “S-7”, “Trans Aero”, “Russia”, “Zim air lines” and “Bulgaria air” will attend the event. This winter “S-7” has confirmed its charter program from Plovdiv to Moscow, the negotiations of its transformation in a year round program are still in progress. ]]> 27 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Five of Russia's top air companies arrive at Plovdiv airport VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20101027/russian_air_companies.html 29 metres tall bell tower was opened in Haskovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/haskovo/news/20101027/bell_tower.html The bell tower was officially opened on 26th October in Haskovo. The bell tower will be opened for visitors from 10 November this year. The new bell tower has 8 bells, which are operating by an electronic mechanism. Their ring will be heard in Haskovo every day at 12:00 PM with a different melodies. The construction is 29.5 metres tall and offers a remarkable wine staircase, which provides access to three levels of the tower. The construction of the bell tower was funded by the citizens of Haskovo. 400 000 BGN were invested in its construction.The project also plans improvement of the regional infrastructure – new benches, green alleys and lightning. The ceremony for the opening of the bell tower, coincided with the start of the project “Improvement of the park environment and walking areas for accessible architecture environment in Haskovo”. The project will be supported by Operation Program “Regional development 2007 – 2013”. The project will improve parks, green sites, children playgrounds, walking areas and cycling alleys will be also rehabilitated and reconstructed. ]]> 27 Oct 2010 12:00:00 29 metres tall bell tower was opened in Haskovo city in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/haskovo/news/20101027/bell_tower.html Etropole will restore tourism attractions http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101027/etropole_tourism_attractions.html Etropole will restore culture valuables and will construct tourism attractions for over 1.2 million BGN with the support of Operation program “Regional development”. After the completion of the project, called “A ring of singing bells, whispers an old legend for the Christ's cross”, the town expects to welcome thousands of visitors each year.Six churches and monasteries will be restored, forming the so called Etropolski Christ's cross and the town's clock tower. An eco trail to the “”Varovites” waterfall, to the spring of the gold-bearing river and the hiding place of Levski, will be constructed.]]> 27 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Etropole will restore tourism attractions. Tourism investments in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101027/etropole_tourism_attractions.html The Rousse airport attracts low cost companies http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20101027/shtraklevo_airport.html The airport in Rousse plans to specialize in servicing low cost air companies, as the Bucharest airport is with too heavy traffic, announced the regional head Plamen Stoilov.The airport is operating since 1996.The airport will be set on a concession and the opportunities for public-private cooperation are presented to several air companies. A great advantage of the airport is the possibility to combine river, railway and road transport. ]]> 27 Oct 2010 12:00:00 The Rousse airport attracts low cost companies. Rousse city on the Danube river in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20101027/shtraklevo_airport.html Bulgaria Honored Guest in Polish Tourist Fair 'Tour Salon' http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101026/polish_tourists.html Bulgaria is an honored guest at this year's edition of the international tourist trade fair "Tour Salon" in Poznan, Poland, the Bulgarian Economy Ministry has announced.At the three-day forum that began October 20, Bulgaria was placed on an advertising stand of 80 sq.m. It featured the country's Economy Ministry, 10 tourist companies and the municipalities of the Black Sea towns of Nessebar and Sozopol.Tour Salon features many Polish tour operators and tourist agencies and is an opportunity for business negotiations.This year's edition of the fair includes more than 600 participants from 46 countries. About 3,000 representatives of the tourist sector and 50,000 visitors were expected.As an honored guest, Bulgaria has presented itself with national and traditional dishes, tasting of Bulgarian wines, eco products and a special movie for the archaeological discoveries in Sozopol.Last year, 268,624 Polish tourists visited Bulgaria, which is an increase of 71,2%, compared to 2008.]]> 26 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Honored Guest in Polish Tourist Fair 'Tour Salon' Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101026/polish_tourists.html Bansko - the World's Best Value Ski Resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101026/bansko_bargain_resort.html Bansko, Bulgaria's biggest ski resort, is the second-cheapest resort for British skiers in the world, according to new research by the Post Office.Poiana Brasov in Romania came top in a study comparing costs at 12 of the cheapest resorts. At GBP 259.53 for six skiing essentials, including a week's ski pass, ski hire, evening meals and drinks, Poiana Brasov was six per cent cheaper than Bansko in Bulgaria and up to 20 per cent cheaper than Slovenia's Kanin resort.%RIMG1The news comes just days after Bansko was named the winter capital on the Balkans at an international tourism exhibition in the Serbian town of Novi Sad.The little town bordering Pirin National Park, about 160 kilometers south of Bulgaria's capital Sofia, offers a stark but nice contrast between the cobbled streets and churches of the old town and hundreds of millions of euros poured into hotels, ski runs and bright blue gondola bubbles in its modern part.Supervising all this is the roughly 2,800-meter Todorka peak.%LIMG2The formerly off-the-beaten-path destination has recently gone mainstream, but it is very rarely that tourists see the vistas doom-sayers warn against - construction cranes and gaudy mutrobaroque hotels, favored by the nouveau riche and organized crime mobsters, known as mutri, with which they try to prove their wealth.Tourists need to spend no more than 25 euros a night in those hotels, which exemplify Bansko's ambitions best – quite chic, but without the ridiculous attempts to be consmopolitan often found at Bulgarian resorts.The old town, where the prices are lower even than the capital Sofia, is a collection of ski and souvenir shops with cozy, dimly lit taverns and restaurants. It is not unusual to see an entire lamb or pig roasting on a spit in front of one of the eateries.The alternatives are the pubs, frequented by British, Irish and Greek tourists, who, together with the Russians, have until recently been the driving force of Bansko's prosperity.Critics say Bansko was built to meet the standards of not that wealthy tourists, who do not bring lots of money to the country. As the global crisis bit, however, the number of these tourists, who out of fears for their jobs, decided to skip the holidays altogether, drastically decreased.Bansko's long-term attraction will be limited, unless what is on offer complies with the highest standards, they say.]]> 26 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Bansko Named World's Best Value Ski Resort Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101026/bansko_bargain_resort.html Sound and light show will take place on 26th October 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20101025/sound_and_light.html Audio-visual program “Tsarevgrad Tarnov – Sound and light”The municipal tourism agency announced that all guests and residents of Veliko Tarnovo will be able to enjoy the sound and light show on 26th October 2010 from 08:30 PM.The first show took place in 1985 in honor of the 800 d anniversary of the uprising of Asen and Petar. ]]> 25 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Sound and light show will take place in Veliko Tarnovo on 26th October 2010 VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20101025/sound_and_light.html The "Sound and light show" tuned 25 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20101025/sound_and_light_show.html Three million visitors have viewed the spectacle until the present moment.The unique audio-visual spectacle “Sound and light”, which is a special trade mark of Veliko Tarnovo municipal is turning 25. The attractive show tells of the most important moments from the Bulgarian history, through music and fine sound and light elements, enlivening the medieval fortress Tsarevets.The spectacle has not more than 5-6 analogues in the world.“Sound and light” is among the first attractions, inquired by tourists when visiting the old capital.The maintenance of such equipment needs care and special preparation of a team of specialists. Eight people are taking care of the technical equipment daily.Over 6 000 km cables are stretched on a total area of 100 decares. 2 400 projectors and six bells are included in the system. The spectacle can be shown all year round. The show is placed upon demand by tourists, to official guests of the town and during different holidays. ]]> 25 Oct 2010 12:00:00 "Sound and light show" in Veliko Tarnovo city in Bulgaria turned 25. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20101025/sound_and_light_show.html Information tables will be positioned at 22 tourism sights in Vidin region http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20101021/vidin_region.html A brand new tourism information centre will be opened at the old Turkish post office in Vidin on 22th October this year. The tourism centre will service guests and residents of the town according to the Danube strategy. The renovation of the “Krastata Kazarma” museum and “Kaleto” will start next year. The main goal of the project is to recover and develop the culture and history sights part of the Vidin fortification system “Kaleto”, connecting the preserved fortification walls of the Turkish door with the adjoining ditch and the “Enichar” and “Florentin” gates. %RIMG1Thus the fortification system will be transformed into a tourism attraction of local and national significance. The renovation of the building of the “Krastata Kazarma” (cross-shaped barracks) and the construction of the adjoining infrastructure will cost 1.75 million BGN. The project should be completed until July 2012.Another tourism centre will open doors in “Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarev” gymnasy in the town. It will present advertisement brochures and badges with sights from Vidin. Over 2000 books in English, Bulgarian and Italian will present the popular sites for hunting and fishing in Vidin region. They will be distributed in tourism centres, tour operators and institutions in Bulgaria and abroad. ]]> 21 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Information tables will be positioned at 22 tourism sights in Vidin region, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20101021/vidin_region.html Bulgaria Targets Romanian Tourists at Bucharest Fair http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101021/romanian_tourists.html Bulgaria's Economy Ministry is planning to present the country as a destination at the Romanian Tourism Fair 2010.The international tourist expo will take place in the Romanian capital Bucharest on October 21-24, 2010.It is usually attended by over 30 000 businesspeople from the tourism sector.Bulgaria will take part in the Romanian Tourism Fair with an information pavilion of 110 square meters.A total of 16 Bulgarian tour operators, travel agencies, tourism organizations and municipalities will be presented in Bucharest.Romania is rapidly turning into one of the top sources of foreign tourists for Bulgaria together with the traditionally important German, Russian, and British tourists.An estimated one million Romanian tourists visited Bulgaria in 2009.]]> 21 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Targets Romanian Tourists at Bucharest Fair HoReMag.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101021/romanian_tourists.html Bulgaria's Economy Ministry to rekindle interest in tourism via BGN 2m campaign http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101020/tourism_marketing.html Bulgaria will invest some BGN 2.1 million into the launch of a vast campaign to promote local tourism among its citizens for the second time in the last two years, deputy Economy Minister, Ivo Marinov, said.Funds for the initiative will be provided under the EUR 5 million Regional Development programme of the European Union. The remaining BGN 3 million will be channeled into the roll-out of another campaign, likely to be held next year, Marinov added.The contract has been awarded to consortium Pro Event Business Group Partners 3, which includes OM Sofia, part of advertising agency Ogilvy, 24/7 Entertainment, Metropolis Group and Reforma Advertising.The campaign, which will be carried out through outdoor advertising, electronic and printed media, aims to reach an audience of two million TV viewers, two million radio listeners, 200,000 readers and two million Internet users.]]> 20 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Economy Ministry to rekindle interest in tourism via BGN 2m campaign dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101020/tourism_marketing.html Bulgaria has a huge potential for ornithology tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101020/ornithology_potential.html The geographic location and natural resources ranks Bulgaria among the countries with huge ornithology tourism potential. The country offers 420 species of birds – from 800 in whole Europe. The best sites for bird watching are along the Black sea coast and the Rhodope mountain. However, Bulgaria has still not set traditions in this field. During the autumn and winter seasons interesting species can be seen in close vicinity to water basins, especially along the sea and the big dams. The sights are being chosen depending on whether certain species will be chased, or visitors are looking for maximum number of species, which is also known as “leisure” or “maniac” birdwatching. Bulgaria offers a chance to observe maximum number of species for a very short time with relatively slight efforts. For example 32 of the extinct and most endangered species can be seen in Bulgaria. For comparison Belgum offers 7 species and Switzerland – 8.According to experts, tourists searching for birdwatching, are mainly people from the middle class, and it is mostly popular among the British, Dutch, Netherland, German, Swiss, American, Belgian and Japanese tourists.]]> 20 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria has a huge potential for ornithology tourism. Ornithology, birdwatching and eco tourism inBulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101020/ornithology_potential.html The “Kaleto” Fortress in Vidin will become a tourism attraction http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20101019/kaleto_fortress.html Vidin municipality expects a 20% increase in the number of tourists in the town, when th enwq project for reconstruction of “Kaleto” fortress is completed.The local administration has already received approval for financing by the operation program “Regional development”, announced the mayor of Vidin – Roumen Vidov.The project aims to transform the site into an attractive tourism destination. The culture-historical sightseeing which includes the preserved fortification walls of the Turkish kale, a ditch and the gates “Enichar” and “Florentin”. The ditch will be filled with water, where boats will float. The access to the fortress will be along a movable wooden bridge. Animators will present moments of the history of Vidin from antiquity until today. Attractions and sports equipment will be constructed in the region between the Rowing base and the Baba Vida fortress.The project includes the construction of amphitheater for plays and projections. Audio guide system will provide information on 6 languages. ]]> 19 Oct 2010 12:00:00 The Fortress “Kaleto” in Vidin will become a tourism attraction. Vidin city on the Danube river in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20101019/kaleto_fortress.html Fashion Travel Show will take place in Premier Luxury Mountain Resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101018/fashion_travel_show.html Fashion Travel Show will take place in Premier Luxury Mountain ResortPremier Luxury Mountain Resort, has been chosen to host Fashion Travel, during the 21st to 24th of October. The Fashion Show and an official Cocktail Party will be held on the 22nd of October. Fashion Travel will be followed by many other events. Attendance is free, but space is limited, so reservation is required.Fashion Travel is a unique concept of fashion manifestation which has been organized for the past 4 years as a part of Fashion Selection Event, leading Fashion Project in South-Eastern Europe. Fashion Travel means traveling to one of the countries in the region and besides conduction Fashion Shows, include familiarization with the place where Fashion Travel Caravan is located.]]> 18 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bansko Fashion news: Fashion Travel Show will take place in Premier Luxury Mountain Resort in Bansko, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101018/fashion_travel_show.html The ski federation wants to build a ski jump complex on Vitosha mountain http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20101015/ski_jump_complex.html The Bulgarian ski federation announced the idea for the construction of a huge ski jump complex in Sofia. According to preliminary estimations the complex would cost between 10 and 15 million Euro.The coordinator of the continental group for FIS - Horst Tilman, who is managing the construction of the ski jumps worldwide commented that Sofia is the prefect site, which will allow the town to welcome the starts of the summer and winter World cup. We have already constructed a similar complex in Amati, two more are being built in Turkey and Romania, added Tilman.The head of the ski federation Tseko Minev commented, that the suitable site will be chosen in cooperation with the chief architect of Sofia, after all the paperwork is done. Minev is also connected with the project for renovation of the ski zone at “Aleko” with the company “Vitosha Ski”.]]> 15 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Ski: The ski federation wants to build a ski jump complex on Vitosha mountain VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20101015/ski_jump_complex.html Bulgaria Expects 2-3% Winter Tourism Growth http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101014/tourism_revenue.html Bulgaria is expecting a 2-3% growth of the economy during the winter tourist season, Deputy Economy Minister, Ivo Marinov, has announced.He pointed out that Bulgaria's tourism advertising is showing positive results so far. According to him, the country would depend on it for representing it as a year-long tourist destination.Marinov participated in the presentation of the project "Rediscover Bulgaria," which aims at selecting 50 unknown and interesting destinations, which are suitable for tourism and could develop the local businesses.Bulgarian citizens will be able to take part in the selection of the new 50 places by submitting their proposals. The new destinations should not have been selected in the Top 100 of the tourist sites in Bulgaria before.Marinov has stated that the new list would be ready by the spring of 2011.]]> 14 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Expects 2-3% Winter Tourism Growth. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101014/tourism_revenue.html Exhibition “Shadows from the afterlife” in Nessebar http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20101013/ancient_nessebar.html “Shadows of the afterlife. The Ancient necropolis of Nessebar” is the motto of the exhibition of archaeological values, prepared in the city, informed the curator of the exhibition Anelia Bozhkova.The opening is set on October 14 in the National Archaeological Institute. “The exhibition presents the results of a four-year study of the ancient necropolis of Messambria and the ancient and medieval town," she added. Archaeologists have found 1300 burial equipment from different historical periods, some with very extensive inventory.The exhibition includes 150 moveable archaeological values. ]]> 13 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Exhibition “Shadows from the afterlife” in Nessebar beach resort on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/nessebar/news/20101013/ancient_nessebar.html 1 million tourists visited Veliko Tarnovo city in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20101011/million_tourists_visited_veliko_tarnovo.html Almost one million tourists have visited Veliko Tarnovo for this year.Veliko Tarnovo is enjoying a great interest from tourists, despite of the crises, as the town became popular as a centre of the culture tourism in the country.The tourists are attracted not just by the historical hill Tsarevets and the unique show “Sound and Light”, but also by the numerous museums, churches and monasteries. During the past few years, the Veliko Tarnovo municipality has invested over 5 million BGN for restoration and maintenance of cultural sights in the region. ]]> 11 Oct 2010 12:00:00 1 million tourists visited Veliko Tarnovo city in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20101011/million_tourists_visited_veliko_tarnovo.html Tourism Poll: Tourists Talk About Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101008/tourists_point_of_view.html Alternative tourism is the only way to make Bulgaria a year-round tourist destination and attract visitors outside the active summer and winter season, expert Stoyan Mihaylov, says.Stoyanov spoke as representative of a company hired by the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, to carry out a research about attitudes of foreign travelers to SPA, cultural, and rural tourism.The poll was conducted among 9 000 foreigners, who visited Bulgaria in the summer, but also practiced the above mentioned types of tourism.Overall results show Bulgaria is attractive to visitors from abroad and they are pretty much satisfied with their vacation, but the majority of the respondents have pointed out poor infrastructure, heavy traffic and lack of adequate information as significant problems.According to the poll, foreign travels chose culture tourism over Bulgaria's many historical sites, SPA over the affordable prices and rural tourism over the beautiful nature.Bulgaria's main competitors are, as expected, neighboring Greece, Turkey and Romania, the results showed.Men prefer culture tourism and nature walks, the latter being also a top choice of younger holidaymakers while women and older people prefer SPA services.Bulgaria has the most positive image among visitors from Romania, the Ukraine, Serbia and the Czech Republic while those from Sweden, the UK, Germany, Turkey and Greece were satisfied but critical at the same time.More than half of those polled have already been to Bulgaria before.]]> 08 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Tourism Poll: Tourists Talk About SPA, Cultural, and Rural Tourism in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20101008/tourists_point_of_view.html A funny film fest starts in Gabrovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20101007/funny_film_fest.html A funny film fest starts in Gabrovo today. Thus the town of humor and satire revive the traditions of the festival of Comedy film from 1991. Guests of the event will have the chance to view films from 7 countries.Thirteen movies, one documentary film and 2 programs with classic Bulgarian animation, as well as a presentation of 1 book are included in the program of the first event of the international festival. 8 productions will compete for the special Gabrovo prize and the Bronze cat. The winner will be selected by a jury, headed by the Russian dramatic author Alexander Borodyanski. The audience will choose their favorite movie with a voting. Gabrovo will host the Bulgarian premier of “Nasha Russia” - a production from the top of the charts in Russia. The films will be shown for free in the renovated hall “Vazrazhdane” an din the Home of Humor and Satire. ]]> 07 Oct 2010 12:00:00 A funny film fest starts in Gabrovo city in the Balkan mountain range in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20101007/funny_film_fest.html Flyniki will fly between Sofia and Vienna twice a day http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101007/flyniki_flights.html The Austrian low-cost air company Flyniki launched a second flight to Vienna during the weekdays. The weekends remain with one flight per day. Flyniki whose owner is the ex-Formula 1 pilot, Niki Lauda started flying to Sofia in February. Except Flyniki, passengers from Sofia to Vienna may use also “Austrian airlines” and Bulgaria Air. 48 is the total number of flights during the week, between Sofia and Vienna. ]]> 07 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Flyniki will fly between Sofia and Vienna twice a day. VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20101007/flyniki_flights.html Vitosha becomes easy accessible by public transport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20101005/vitosha_mountain.html Experts plan to provide easy accessible public transport to the highest parts of Vitosha, as an alternative of private vehicles. This was decided on a meeting between representatives of the Environmental Ministry and Stolichna Municipality. The experts decided to seek opportunities to substitute Kniazhevo lift with fund from the Jessica program for financing of municipal projects, with return from services fees.The Environmental ministry promised to supply assistance for the faster realization of the two projects funded by Operation program “Environment” for rehabilitation of the net of alleys, damaged by the erosion and projects for construction of equipment – cycling pistes, bathrooms and etc. The experts also plan to develop a structure plan for development of the tourism infrastructure in the region. ]]> 05 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Vitosha mountain in Bulgaria becomes easy accessible by public transport VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20101005/vitosha_mountain.html Bansko was announced a winter capital of the Balkans http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101004/winter_capital.html Bansko received the official prize for a Winter Capital of the Balkans on 30th September.The prestigious prize was presented on a grandiose ceremony in Novi Sad – Serbia, during the International Tourism Fair in the city. The decision of the the Balkan Association was supported by the European and World Association of Hoteliers.The mayor of Bansko noted, that he is happy for the recognition of Bansko. He also stated that Bansko truly deserves the prize for all the improvements made during the past 10 years, which are today appreciated by all guests of the resort.The head of the Bulgarian Hotelier and Restauranteur Association announced that the prize is an advertisement for Bulgaria. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 04 Oct 2010 12:00:00 Bansko was announced a winter capital of the Balkans. Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20101004/winter_capital.html Katarzyna Golf Tournament 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100928/katarzyna_golf_tournament.html Pirin Golf & Country Club invites you to take part in the sponsored tournament - Katarzyna Estate Grand Amon October 2nd, 2010. Besides a nice round of golf on the only mountain golf course in Bulgaria, you can taste the new finely selected wines of Katarzyna Estate.Format: Scramble – 2-golfers per team;Entry fee: 70 BGN;Tee time: Shotgun;Limit: 72 players;Special Prizes:Katarzyna Estate will give two Annual Memberships at Pirin Golf & Country Club for the team that win in the competition.'1st place – 6 bottles Katarzyna Reserve 2nd place – 6 bottles Question Mark;3rd place – 6 bottles Encore Syrah;Program10:15 Opening of the tournament, Club House;10:30 Shotgun start;19:00 Awarding ceremony: 19:00h, Club House;20:00 Official dinner and wine tasting: 20:00h, Restaurant of the Club House; Places are limited! Hurry up and register for this exciting event! ]]> 28 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Pirin Golf & Country Club presents Katarzyna Golf Tournament 2010 information by Pirin Golf & Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100928/katarzyna_golf_tournament.html Silistra is announced a European Destination of Excellence http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/silistra/news/20100928/european_destination_of_excellence.html Twenty five tourist destinations from across Europe were awarded the title of ‘2010 European Destination of Excellence in Aquatic Tourism’ at a Gala Awards ceremony in Brussels today. EDEN is the acronym for 'European Destinations of Excellence', a project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. The project is based on national competitions that take place every year and result in the selection of a tourist “destination of excellence” for each participating country.Silistra town in Bulgaria was announced one of the twenty five European Destinations of Excellence for 2010. Silistra is located in north eastern Bulgaria on the south bank of the lower Danube River. It is considered the oldest city in Bulgaria. Dotted with fountains, springs, traditions and legends about water, the best way to see and appreciate this beautiful aquatic destination is by taking a boat excursion along the Danube and Suha rivers. The unique natural beauty of the region, combined with centuries-old traditions, create a unique holiday destination in Silistra.]]> 28 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Silistra is announced a European Destination of Excellence. Travel and tourism news from Silistra, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/silistra/news/20100928/european_destination_of_excellence.html 27 September is the International Day of Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100927/world_day_of_tourism.html “Tourism and biodiversity” is the new slogan of the WTO. The European commission stressed over the “Role of the cultural inheritance and the new European policy”. The International day of tourism was marked for the first time on 27th of September 1980 by the World Tourism Organization. The Ministry of Economy and Tourism will organize a sightseeing tour in the Dragoman region. The sights included in the tour are specially selected to represent the connection of the tourism industry with biodiversity, culture and religioun. The program includes visit to Dragoman marsh, the “st. Troitsa” monastery in Razboishte village. The Bansko tourism association wishes more smiles, tourists and beautiful emotions. Bulgaria is third in Europe for culture and archeology monuments and second in the world for mineral and healing springs. This is a huge wealth, that very few countries can boast with. ]]> 27 Sep 2010 12:00:00 27 September is the International Day of Tourism VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100927/world_day_of_tourism.html Bansko prepares for ski season 2011 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100923/bansko_ski_2011.html The mayor of Bansko Mr. Alexander Kravarov shared his optimism for the forthcoming winter season. By the end of the month the Balkan committee of the mountain towns on the Balkan Peninsula will announce Bansko as the "Winter capital of the Balkans". The decision was already taken. This is a great honour and responsibility for Bansko, to offer impeccable service during three of the starts for the World cup competition. The competition will be broadcast life by 14 televisions, 16 national televisions will broadcast on record. Eurosport will broadcast 2 days directly from Bansko. At the moment the lift equipment is being prepared for the new season. The high-speed quad will be substituted with a six-packs and the drag lifts will become detachable. These improvements will improve the traffic of skiers on Banderishka polyana.]]> 23 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Bansko prepares for ski season 2011. Book a ski holiday and snowboard vacation in Bansko, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100923/bansko_ski_2011.html The European Union will finance tourism project along the mouth of the Danube river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100921/danube_region.html The down flow of the Danube river will be popularized by a Bulgarian- Romanian trans-border project. The financing is from euro funds for 1.5 million BGN for the project “Trans-border region General Toshevo – Negru Voda – the unknown tourism destination”, announced from the Bulgarian municipality.The tourism and ecology resources of the two regions will be explored and advertized. The main goal of the project is to create conditions for the development of alternative means of tourism, combined with the preservation of the natural resources. The project also plans the improvement of infrastructure and the easy access to protected areas and sights of culture-history significance. Four tourism sights will be restored in Bulgaria and one in Romania. 3.3 km long road will be reconstructed with the program. ]]> 21 Sep 2010 12:00:00 The European Union will finance tourism project along the mouth of the Danube river VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100921/danube_region.html Night of Museums and Galleries 2010 in Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100917/night_of_museums_in_plovdiv.html For the sixth consecutive year, Plovdiv welcomes art lovers from around Bulgaria to its annual Night of Museums and Galleries. Following the overwhelming popularity of the event in previous editions, the program this year is organized in two days – 24 and 25 September (Friday and Saturday), starting at 7.00 p.m. on each of the days and closing at 1.00 in the morning.There are three main programs to choose from: Museums and Galleries (on 24 September), Culture at Large (on 25 September) – organized jointly with the cultural institutes, bookshops, informal art spaces and clubs in town, and Arts in the Open (on 24 and 25 September). All three programs are simultaneously entertaining and serious, educational and fun. 25 September will be the Children’s Night of Museums and Galleries (from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.).In the last six years, the Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv has grown into one of the biggest art events in Bulgaria – an artistic landmark for both the country and the region. Following the example of other cities across the world, the Plovdiv Night provokes the local art community – gallery and museums directors, curators and artists – to present their work in the most attractive and appealing way. Each year it hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, interactive performances, screenings, workshops, concerts, live events and others, in a format accessible to a wider public. Audiences this year will have a chance to attend a program of 20 hours which will run simultaneously in 58 locations, across two days. The event is expected to attract an audience of 25 000.The highlights this year include: a presentation of Ivan Moudov’s MUSIZ – Museum for Contemporary Art at the Regional Museum of History / Bulgarian Reunion Hall; Peep Show – a performance by Mariela Gemisheva at Sariev Gallery; a special guest appearance by the Berlin-based group Club Real in the parking lot of restaurant Fresh; Vassil Tuchkov’s installation The Living Museum in a former tobacco warehouse; Japanese Night at the Centre for Contemporary History and the photo exhibition “Dimitar Kavra: Plovdiv’s Photo Annalist” at the Plovdiv State Archives.The new visual identity of the Night of Museums and Galleries is minimalist, typography-based and content-driven, and was developed by the Post-studio for Visual Culture.Students in art management and the humanities from different universities will get a chance to acquire hands-on skills and experience in the Night’s Internship Program.The Night of Museums and Galleries is organized by the Open Arts Foundation in co-operation with the Municipality of Plovdiv and the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Vivacom.For the full program of the event follow the link: www.gallery-night.info]]> 17 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Cultural events in Plovidv, Bulgaria gallery-night.info http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100917/night_of_museums_in_plovdiv.html Sails in Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100909/sailing_championship.html Sailors from 6 countries will compete in BulgariaThe 43rd Sailing Championship started in Bourgas yesterday. 200 participants from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey and Moldova marched along the central street in Bourgas. They will compete in 6 Olympic classes for the next three days. The guests and residents of Bourgas will be able to observe the competition from the bridge, as the event is taking place close to the central beach. ]]> 09 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Balkan Sailing championship in Bourgas bay on the Black sea in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100909/sailing_championship.html Russian Investment Funds Interested in Bulgarian SPA Centers http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100908/spa_investments.html Russian Investment funds show increased and growing interest in Bulgarian SPA centers both on the Black Sea coast and inside the country.The information was reported by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) Tuesday, citing the President of the Bulgarian branch of the international real estate federation FIABCI, who said Russian investors are inquiring about possibility to purchase entire complexes at once.According to the President, this a a new trend to replace individual private Russian interests in Bulgaria's tourist sector. The investment funds also wish to purchase land plots near SPA sites to build their own vacation homes and attract wealthy customers who would come for both leisure and health procedures.The trend has been noticed this year where investors would later resell the apartments to individuals or resell the land plots on the Russian market.]]> 08 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Russian Investment Funds Interested in Bulgarian SPA Centers Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100908/spa_investments.html Putin insists on a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100903/visa_free_regime_between_russia_and_the_eu.html Traveling between Russia and the EU should be made as easy as possible as part of the transition to a visa-free regime, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday."We should move to a visa-free regime together with our European colleagues, since the majority of the partners in Europe support this idea," Putin said at a meeting with students at the Siberian Federal University in the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.Several EU states reject the idea, mainly for political reasons, he added.In July Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the adoption of a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.Berlusconi said there had been a certain resistance to a visa-free regime in Europe, especially from some Eastern European countries."This is probably connected to the history of these countries during the Soviet era," Berlusconi said.Russia has already signed an agreement on a facilitated visa procedure for several categories of its citizens, including students, postgraduates, journalists and some others, Putin said."As for students, we came to decision at least not to take money from them [for visas]," Putin added.Russia presented the EU with a draft agreement on abolishing the visa regime during the Russia-EU summit on May 31-June 1 in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.]]> 03 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Putin insists on a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU. information by RIA Novosti http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100903/visa_free_regime_between_russia_and_the_eu.html International Fair of traditional crafts "Etar", Gabrovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110825/fair_of_traditional_crafts_at_etara.html The 9th edition of the International Fair of traditional crafts will be held from 03 – 06 September 2011 at the Architectural Ethnographic Complex "Etar" near the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo.Over 75 craft masters will demonstrate their mastership. There will be participants not only from Bulgaria, but also from Romania, Morocco, Italy, Scotland, Great Britain, Japan.You will be able to see numerous different crafts:- pottery-making, cowbell-making, cutlery, carpet industry, coppersmith’s trade, basket-making, etc.As well as: * Twisting of ropes out of goat's hair and tow * Plaiting of hampers, baskets, bee hives * Plaiting of articles out of maize leaves * Dyeing of woolen yarn with natural dye * Smoking of plums, etc.%RIMG1 The main purposes of the Folk Fair are to present the Bulgarian folk crafts at the general public, as thereby contribute to keeping the interest in them alive, and to encourage the cognitive interest in different craft skills, connected with the all-Bulgarian and regional traditions. Apart from that organizers hope their initiative will help preservation and development of the cultural traditions under the conditions of globalization through pointing out the diversity and wealth of the regional and all-Bulgarian contributions to the all-European area.The organizers of the Crafts Fair are Ministry of Culture, National Centre for museums, galleries and fine arts, Gabrovo Municipality, Architectural-ethnographic museum "Etar". The Crafts Fair is conducted under the aegis of the Minister of Culture and the Mayor of Gabrovo. The program of the Fair read here: The program of the Etar-Fair.]]> 25 Aug 2011 12:50:37 International Fair of traditional crafts at the Architectural Ethnographic Complex "Etar" near the town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria information: etar-fair.org http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20110825/fair_of_traditional_crafts_at_etara.html Burgas Airport Welcomes 1.5 Millionth Passenger http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100902/burgas_airport_welcomes_1500000_passenger.html Olga Andreevna, who arrived at Burgas Airport on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast Saturday night 22.27 EET from Moscow, turned out to be the airport's 1,500,000th passenger for 2010.This year Burgas airport welcomed its 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth passenger within one month.On August 4 23-year-old German Eileen Nischik flying in from Cologne became Burgas Airport’s millionth passenger.Russian traveler Andreevna came to Burgas Saturday night with her husband and little daughter for a two-weeks’ holiday in Sunny Beach north of Burgas.The lucky traveler and her family were serviced in the airport's VIP hall and greeted by the airport director Georgi Chipilski and Burgas region governor Konstantin Grebenarnov in a special ceremony.Burgas Airport reports it registered the 10% growth in passenger flow expected for the season.The largest growth has been in passengers from Russia and Israel.]]> 02 Sep 2010 12:00:00 Burgas Airport Welcomes 1.5 Millionth Passenger. Bulgaria's Burgas Airport. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100902/burgas_airport_welcomes_1500000_passenger.html International Festival for Street and Puppet Theatre “PUPPET FAIR – 2010” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100901/puppet_fair_sofia.html The 6th edition of PUPPET FAIR will take place from 16 – 22 September 2010 in Sofia. Over 30 troupes from Bulgaria and abroad (20 theaters from Russia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland, Holland, South Korea, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, France and Israel) will take part in the “PUPPET FAIR – 2010”. The international puppet theatre festival PUPPET FAIR – SOFIA presents a varied international program of children and youth performances for different age and social groups. The festival has already taken place five times. It is a biennale. The PUPPET FAIR uses two venues: open-air spaces and streets. The festival has support from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the National Academy of Theatre and Film arts, the National Academy of Art, the Sofia Municipality, media partners, and the Bulgarian Association of Puppet Artists.Previous festivals featured many performances from Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Belgium, Japan, Hungary, France, etc.The goals of the festival are:1.To create a varied and high-quality program of performances for audiences of different age levels;2.To popularize contemporary trends and encourage artistic experimentation in the field of puppet theatre;3.To create an opportunity for communication and creative contact between artists from different countries;4.To stimulate the exchange of ideas in order to further develop the art of puppet theatre;5.To support creativity and the international exchange of cultural values and to encourage the movement of artists and their creations by emphasizing cultural variety and the development of new forms of cultural expression.]]> 01 Sep 2010 12:00:00 International Festival for Street and Puppet Theatre PUPPET FAIR – 2010 in Sofia, Bulgaria information by: www.sofiapuppet.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100901/puppet_fair_sofia.html Roman tomb near Silistra is opened for visitors http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/silistra/news/20100831/roman_tomb_in_silistra.html A 4th century Roman tomb that is one of the most valuable archeological sites in Silistra, north-eastern Bulgaria, is being reopened to the public for the first time in 20 years. The tomb will remain open for visitors until the end of September 2010. The tomb is known for its unique murals and flamboyant frescoes that reflect the transition from ancient to early medieval Byzantine art. It is believed to be the tomb of a Roman magistrate and his wife. To preserve the murals, the temperature in the tomb has to be constant. Warm summer weather makes suitable ventilation possible. Already more than 100 people had visited the tomb. The tomb is opened for visitors form Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 am - 12 am and 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The entrance fee is 5 Euro.]]> 31 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Roman tomb near Silistra is opened for visitors. 4th century Roman tomb in Silistra, Bulgaria sofiaecho.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/silistra/news/20100831/roman_tomb_in_silistra.html The Danube Bridge to Be Completely Finished by 2012 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100827/visin_danube_bridge.html The main part of the construction of the second Danube bridge between Bulgaria and Romania will be completed by the end of 2011, the Bulgarian Minister of EU Funds has announced.Minister Tomislav Donchev visited the construction site of the bridge in the Bulgarian city of Vidin on Thursday where he stated that only finishing things will be left for the beginning of 2012.The 2km Danube bridge, which is a key element of a European transport corridor connecting the German city of Dresden with Istanbul in Turkey, is designed to span over the river connecting the Bulgarian city of Vidin and the Romanian city of Calafat.Donchev has stated that the negotiations with the Spanish execution company FCC continue.“Our position is firm and we insist on having a bridge as soon as possible ,not only because of the official deadlines we have with the European Commission, but also because we need the bridge,” Donchev said.He added that there was a delay in the construction of the second Danube bridge and the most serious problem was the provision of quantities of soil needed for part of the embankment.The EC has requested a letter indicating exactly how the problem with the earth soil would be solved.“The financial and physical execution of the second Danube bridge is at 55%. There have been additional requests for funding by the execution company that are considered now. We will try not to make the construction more expensive. If that happens, we will try to keep it at minimum and not on the expense of the budget,” Donchev said.The Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ivaylo Moskovski, has noted that the construction of the infrastructure to the bridge significantly lags behind the bridge facility, with only 30% of it being constructed so far.The project for the second Danube bridge will cost a total of EUR 226 M and the Bulgarian government has pledged to chip in more than EUR 60.7 M. Besides, it is also financed by loans and grants from the European Investment Bank, the French Development Agency and the German Credit Institution for Reconstruction and Development.At the moment, the only bridge on the 610km Danube section of the Bulgarian-Romanian border, links Russe in Bulgaria and Giurgiu in Romania by road and rail.]]> 27 Aug 2010 12:00:00 The Danube Bridge in Vidin to Be Completely Finished by 2012 Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100827/visin_danube_bridge.html A Mountain Race will Mark the Hiking Day in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100827/hiking_day_in_bulgaria.html The 115-th anniversary of organized hiking in Bulgaria will be marked this Sunday at the Cherni Vrah summit in the Vitosha mountain nearby capital Sofia.The first hiking and tourist society in Bulgaria was founded on August 27, 1895 by Bulgarian writer and nature-lover Aleko Konstantinov on the top of Cherni Vrah (2290 m). The society transformed into the present Bulgarian Tourist Union, and the anniversary of its founding is marked yearly on the last Sunday of August.A couple of days after the original event Aleko published an enthusiastic article under the title “Unbelievable but True: 300 People on Cherni Vrah.” Thursday the Bulgarian Tourist Union announced that some 4000 people are expected at the mountaintop Sunday.The event will feature a concert by the Union's hiker's choir, as well as meetings with the Union's local organizations across the country.Hiker's day will also be marked with the fourth annual Vitosha Run mountain running contest, setting out at 9 am at the National Palace of Culture in downtown Sofia to end at the Cherni Vrah summit (18 km track, 1734 m ascent).All interested are invited to take part in the race, with professional runners, skiers and other athletes already having confirmed participation. The event is organized by the Marathon Society with the help of Sofia Municipality and the Bulgarian Athletics Federation.]]> 27 Aug 2010 12:00:00 A Mountain Race will Mark the Hiking Day in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100827/hiking_day_in_bulgaria.html Bulgarian Archeologists Uncover Trojan War Burial Sites http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/yambol/news/20100826/trojan_war.html 26 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian Archeologists Uncover Trojan War Burial Sites near Yambol, Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/yambol/news/20100826/trojan_war.html The Eco Festival Vola Open Air http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20100825/the_eco_festival.html The Bulgarian band “Phuture Shok” will be the headliners of the event, which will take place at Okolchitsa peak.The green festival Vola Open Air will contribute for the nature preservation, by presenting the green idea to the young people.For a third year in a row, the festival will take place on Okolchitsa peak in Nature park “Vrachanski Balkan”.This year the festival will present the jungle remix band from London “Serial Killaz”, “Phuture Shok” and “Skapaniatsite ot Skunkchevo”, DJ the Bulgarian and many others.The velvet voice of the beautiful Dessi from Phuture Shock will entertain all fans during the first festival evening. This is one of the most successful bands on the Bulgarian club scene. The Bulgarian is a unique talent, who combines different styles of music in his DJ sets. ]]> 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 The Eco Festival Vola Open Air http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20100825/the_eco_festival.html Underwater reefs will clean the Black sea coast http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100824/underwater_reefs.html The project was developed by scientists form Varna and Ukraine, during the International Black sea science forumArtificial underwater reefs will improve the ecology of the Black sea in Bulgaria, announced the head of the technical university in Varna. The project was developed by scientists from Varna and Ukraine during the International Black sea Science center.The scientists have already received a permission to position the artificial equipment.The idea of the project is to summon colonies of a black mussels, which are a natural filter for the sea. According to preliminary information, the equipment will be from 3 to 5 metres in diameter with weight over 4 tons. Most probably the constructions will be positioned at 10 to 18 metres under the water. They will have hemisphere shape with holes to allow the easy movement of the sea inhabitants.The first artificial reefs will be placed nearby Sozopol, Sinemorest and Primorsko resorts. Scientists expect an increase of the number of crams and fishes in the regions.The project will be financed by the National Fund for Scientific Researches. ]]> 24 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Ecology in Bulgaria. Underwater reefs will clean the Black sea coast. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100824/underwater_reefs.html The lighthouse in Shabla welcomes guests http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/shabla/news/20100820/lighthouse.html The occasion is the International year of the sea lighthouses.Day of the open doors in one of the most interesting sites on the Black sea – the eastern end of Bulgaria – the lighthouse in Shabla.Special leaflets with the history of the oldest lighthouse on the Black sea. The lighthouse also offers the tallest tower, rising at 32 m over the surrounding area and is painted in two colours. Shabla cape is a very important guideline along the western shore of the Evksinski Pont and scientists presume, that the cape was secured by a fire guards ever since 5th century BC. ]]> 20 Aug 2010 12:00:00 The lighthouse in Shabla welcomes guests. Travel and tourism information on the Black sea in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/shabla/news/20100820/lighthouse.html "Sea of Wine" Festival is Held in Pomorie http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20100819/wine_festival_pomorie.html The Month of the wine was opened in Pomorie resort on the Black sea.The Wine Festival is accompanied by a rich cultural and entertainment program. The festival was opened on 8 August with performances of the favourite Bulgarian artists - Kristina Dimitrova and Orlin Goranov. After the official opening the guests were welcomed by Dionysus - the god of wine. The Month of the wine in Pomorie traditionally is full of entertainments for children and adults. On 5 September the ninth Wine Festival will be closed with a ritual of rewarding the wine producers of grapes and an official opening of the vintage campaign in the region. There will be also an entertainment program. ]]> 19 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Wine festival is held in Pomorie. Travel and tourism information about Pomorie information by Pomorie municipality http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20100819/wine_festival_pomorie.html Church near Krakra Fortress Unites Three Ages http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20100819/krakra_fortress.html The town of Pernik keeps the secret of ancient Thrace. The town’s destiny is to write the history of the Hellenistic period, because it is one of the very few places in Bulgaria with still unearthed remnants from that late period. In a necropolis in Kulata countryside have been unearthed silver treasure, bronze coins and amphorae, Vassilka Paunova – director of the regional Museum Of History announced. A couple of days ago archaeologists found a Celtic sword in one of the mounds. They have found remnants of a young man, probably a high ranking soldier. He was burned on a pyre mounted on his horse with a sword, a spear and a lot of objects. The findings give us important information about the way of life in III-II century B.C., experts explain.Unique temple is buried under the fortress of Krakra from Pernik (11-th century feudal lord in southwestern Bulgaria). During thousands of years three churches were built one over the other. The first was built in 6-th century. On its ruins in 14 c. the local people had built a new church and at the end of 19-th century was restored the old church.Because of the distinctive church and the great number of artifacts, found in the region experts define the place below Krakra fortress as ‘The Pernik Perperikon’.]]> 19 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Church near Krakra Fortress Unites Three Ages Standart Daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20100819/krakra_fortress.html Bulgarian Eco Activists to Clean up Seven Rila Lakes http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/panichishte/news/20100818/seven_rila_lakes.html Bulgarian environmental activists are organizing a cleanup of trash in the area of the famous Seven Lakes in the southwestern Bulgarian mountain of Rila, August 24-29.The initiative is organized by Za Zemyata eco-NGO and the authorities of Rila National Park. Everyone is invited to join and help. Work is fully volunteer and participants have to bring own equipments such as tents and suitable clothing.The Seven Lakes are one of the most famous natural site in Bulgaria – seven blue glacial lakes situated nearby each other at 2100-2500 m above sea level in the northwestern part of rila.Unfortunately, they are also one of the most frequented wild areas in the country.2009 an apparently illegal passenger lift was constructed leading up to the Seven Lakes, the area thus becoming even more overcrowded with tourists.Sunday BGNES reported that the line of parked cars at the lift’s first station in Panichishte is “several kilometers long.”]]> 18 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian Eco Activists to Clean up Seven Rila Lakes in the Rila mountain, Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/panichishte/news/20100818/seven_rila_lakes.html Bulgarian Regional Ministry Offers BGN M as Help for Local Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100818/local_tourism.html 18 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian Regional Ministry Offers BGN M as Help for Local Tourism Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100818/local_tourism.html Over 150 participants in Tour International Danubien land in Vidin http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100817/tour_international_danubien_land.html Over 150 participants in the yacht Tour International Danubien (TID) have landed in the Danubean town of Vidin in northwestern Bulgaria. They will visit some of the local landmarks and attractions.Over 150 participants in the yacht Tour International Danubien (TID) have landed in the Danubean town of Vidin in northwestern Bulgaria. They will visit some of the local landmarks and attractions.TID is the largest rowing regatta in the world and for two months each year participants cross all Danubean counties.This year the regatta started on 26th June in Ingolstadt in Germany and will end on 10th September when the participants will cross Danube’s delta.]]> 17 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Over 150 participants in Tour International Danubien land in Vidin city on the Danube river in Bulgaria bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100817/tour_international_danubien_land.html Opera Festival - Bansko http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100817/bansko_opera_festival.html This year Bansko will surprise all guests and residents of the resort with a unique open air opera festival. The opera festival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August. The festival is a new initiative, which aims to become a tradition for Bansko. The program of the festival is prepared by Maestro Kaludi Kaludov. The scene will be at the main square in Bansko. Program of the festival: 27th of August - Toska - Giacomo Puccini.28th of August - Gala concert with popular opera arias.]]> 17 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Bansko Opera Festival at the foot of the Pirin mountain in Bulgaria. Bansko municipal http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100817/bansko_opera_festival.html Bulgarian Black Sea South Savors 'Manna' Honey http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100810/manna_honey.html The seventh yearly manna honey festival kicked off Monday in the southern Bulgarian Black Sea town of Tsarevo.“Manna” honey is a honey produced by bees not from the nectar of flowers but out of secretions left on leaves by other insects who have eaten on them. It is darker in color, reaching red-brown, and is famous for its nutritional and health qualities and unique taste. In Bulgaria it is produced almost only in the Strandzha mountains by the Black Sea in the country's remote south-east corner.This year's event is attended by guests such as the chair of the Bulgarian Unions of Beekeepers Mihail Mihaylov, and was opened by Tsarevo's mayor Petko Arnaudov.The festival includes a presentation of honey produced by local beekeepers, with a multitude of tastes and nuances. Visitors and tourists can grab the opportunity to get to know this unusual type of honey and to have their share in the healthy delight.]]> 10 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian Black Sea South Savors 'Manna' Honey. Festivals and events on the Beach in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100810/manna_honey.html The Spirit of Burgas Supports Humaneness http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100810/the_spirit_of_burgas.html This year, once again, Spirit of Burgas is a supporter of two important social causes which ideas are supported by the responsible citizen, not only in Bulgaria but around whole the civilized world. Both are exceptionally human and refer to the handicapped children in our society, on the one hand, and striving for a more human attitude towards animals, on the other. This is the second consecutive year SPIRIT of Burgas is standing for the ideas of I CAN TOO foundation, which, through the expressive means of the art, is exposing the prob-lems of children with handicap in the media space. It aims by these means to provoke a change in the social adjustment towards those children. There will be a special stand at the festival zone where Bulgarian musicians, representatives of I CAN TOO, among which D2, Оstava, Gravity Co, Babyface Clan, High Time and the vocalist Ruth who will give autographs and sell foundation accessories through which this foundation is gather-ing funds for its activity. The next real aim will be the creation of a Centre dedicated to autistic children in the city of Plovdiv. Some Animal rights protection organizations will establish their delegation office at the festival, united under the common cause of incrimination of a particular cruelty over an-imals. Bulgaria continues being the only country in the European Union and one among the three (together with Albania and Bosnia&Hertzegovina) in which cruelty over animals is not considered as a crime and is not penalized with imprisonment. Notwith-standing it is a proven fact that violence over animals is next to violence over humans, Bulgarian parliament refuses to undertake the necessary amendments to Penal Code.During the three festival days, volunteer activists of the “Four Pads” foundation, the “Animal Friends – Burgas” foundation, the “Animal Rescue Sofia” foundation, the civic group “City for responsible people”, the pitbull-bg.org website and the represen-tatives of several groups in Facebook will present information about the organizations activities. ]]> 10 Aug 2010 12:00:00 The Spirit of Burgas Supports Humaneness. Music festival on the Beach in Bourgas city on the Black sea in Bulgaria www.spiritofburgas.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100810/the_spirit_of_burgas.html Varshets spa resort marked 160 year anniversary http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varshets/news/20100809/varshets_spa.html Varshets marks 160 year anniversary of its official announcement as a spa resort, 60 years of its announcement as a spa resort of national significance and 100 years anniversary of the contraction of the first national mineral bath in Bulgaria. A festive ceremony will mark the three anniversaries in the resort. Before 1989 the resort used to welcome 130 000 tourists each year. Nowadays it welcomes just 22000 guests per year. According to the representatives of the local tourism business, the government and the local business should work to improve the infrastructure of the region in order to develop the town into a national resort.The municipality plans to invest in the rehabilitation of the local park zone.The head of the Bulgarian Hotelier and restauranteur association, Mr. Blagoy Ragin proposed the organization of a regional meeting of representatives of the government, the municipalities and the business in north-western Bulgaria. The tourism industry aims to offer the contraction of a tunnel, which will shorten the road between Sofia and Varshets with up to 50 km. The association also aims to present the north-western part of Bulgaria as an united tourism destination. ]]> 09 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Varshets Spa resort marked 160 years old history. Book a spa hoiday in Varshets onine Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varshets/news/20100809/varshets_spa.html A New Road to Devin Spa Resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20100806/devin_spa_resort.html The new road to Devin spa and wellness resort is opened. The road is 21 km long and starts form the exit of the Mihalkovo village, reaching Devin. The new trace passes east of the old road and offers high quality road surface and a modern marking. Thus the access to Devin and its vicinities will be easier and the travel time to the resort is significantly shortened. The new road passes high in the mountain hills and offers incredible views towards the mountain. ]]> 06 Aug 2010 12:00:00 A New Road to Devin Spa Resort in the Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria is opened. Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20100806/devin_spa_resort.html Bulgaria's Burgas Airport Welcomes Millionth Passenger http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100806/burgas_airport.html Eileen Nischik, who arrived at Burgas Airport on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast 11.12 EET from Cologne, Germany, turned out to be the airport's one-millionth passenger for 2010.The 23-year-old German comes with her boyfriend Torsten Dormann to spend a week in Black Sea resort town of Obzor.The lucky traveler and her friend were serviced in the airport's VIP hall and greeted by the airport director Georgi Chipilski in a special ceremony.This is the eighth year that the Burgas Airport celebrates the arrival of its millionth yearly passenger. Up to now, the airport has registered a 8% growth of the number of people traveling through it.Traditionally, German tourists have had the largest share among them.]]> 06 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Burgas Airport Welcomes Millionth Passenger Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100806/burgas_airport.html 2 Bulgarian Agencies to Promote Tourism Abroad http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100806/bulgarian_tourism_abroad.html Bulgaria’s advertising agencies “Mag Advertising” and “Kres” have won a public tender to market Bulgaria as a tourist destination abroad, according to the public tenders registry.The tender is for BGN 6.5 M and is financed by the EU “Regional Development” program. It is divided in three parts, corresponding to the concrete market to be targeted.“Mag Advertising” owned by businessman Krasen Kralev is to promote Bulgaria in Russia over the next 14 months for the amount of BGN 1.5 M. The consortium between “Kres” of businessman Krasimir Gergov and the German “Media Consulta” will work the German market for BGN 2.9 M.The tender for the UK market will be carried out again because none of the bids had complied wit the requirements of the Ministry of Energy, Economy and Tourism.A total of 8 bidders submitted offers – 2 from Russia, 2 from Germany and 4 from Bulgaria. Russia, Germany and the UK are the largest Bulgarian tourist markets.Businessman Krasen Kralev became known during the general elections last summer when he ran on the ticket of the Novoto Vreme (New Times) – LIDER coalition, which failed to win any parliamentary seats. The LIDER party was founded by Bulgaria's energy tycoon, Hristo Kovachki, who is investigated on tax evasion charges.Krasimir Gergov is considered one of the wealthiest Bulgarians and the most influential person in the advertising and media sector, consulting the top investors in the country’s media market.]]> 06 Aug 2010 12:00:00 2 Bulgarian Agencies to Promote Tourism Abroad Sofa News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100806/bulgarian_tourism_abroad.html EU to Finance Renovation of Bulgarian Cultural Buildings http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100806/culture_tourism_investments.html The Bulgarian Culture Ministry will receive gratuitous financial help of almost BGN 11 M from the EU Operational Program “Regional Development” for renovating cultural institutes.On Friday, the Culture Minister, Vezdhi Rashidov, and the Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Liliana Pavlova, will sign eight contracts, amounting to BGN 10 963 580, with which the operational program will help the renovation of some cultural buildings in Bulgaria.The buildings of the National Polytechnic Museum, the National Museum of History, the Opera houses in the Bulgarian cities of Burgas and Ruse, the National School for Music and Stage Art “Pancho Vladigerov” in Burgas, the Drama and Puppet Theater “Vasil Drumev” in the Bulgarian city of Shumen, “Bulgaria” Hall in Sofia and the Satirical Theater “Aleko Konstantinov” in Sofia will undergo a renovation under the EU operational program “Regional Development”.]]> 06 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EU to Finance Renovation of Bulgarian Cultural Buildings Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100806/culture_tourism_investments.html Ryanair launches flights to Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100805/ryanair_to_plovdiv.html The Bulgarians can now fly from Plovdiv to London's Stansted Airport for just 33 euro, as Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has included the airport in Bulgaria's second largest city in its flight destinations. The first flight from Plovdiv to London is scheduled for November 2. Ryanair will carry out two Plovdiv-London flights a week. The airliner's management expects annual turnover of over 30,000 passengers. The new airline will also open thirty job positions. "This is the first visible result of our decision to lower by half Plovdiv Airport's charges and fees," said Deputy Transport Minister Kamen Kichev. "Our goal was to attract big air carriers, we've just achieved it," he added.To celebrate the opening of its new airline London-Plovdiv-London, Ryanair has offered eight-euro tickets for all of its destinations in the period September-November 2010. The cheap flights could be booked by August 5, 2010.]]> 05 Aug 2010 12:00:00 Ryanair flights from Plovdiv to London. Book bargain flights to Plovdiv, Bulgaria online Standart daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100805/ryanair_to_plovdiv.html "Devin Golf Open" was Held at Pirin Golf and Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/razlog/news/20100803/devin_golf_open.html On July 31st Pirin Golf & Country Club hosted the first amateur golf tournament DEVIN Golf Open. Most of the participants arrived on Friday and immediately started practicing oh the Practice area and on the course, stimulated by the attractive prizes provided by the sponsor. The great interest in the event and the competition proves the effort in developing and promoting golf in Bulgaria, one of the reasons of “Devin- water from the mountain” to join the aristocratic sport. 45 Bulgarian and foreign golfers attended the competition, among them representatives of the foreign embassies in Bulgaria. Among the participants and winners was the Slovak Ambassador Karol Mistrik. %RIMG1 The prize giving ceremony was held at the Club house by Lora Karasimeonova- Brand Manager of DEVIN and Manya Kosanova- Marketing Manager of Pirin Golf & Country Club. The sponsors surprised the winners with the attractive prizes – Weekend for Two ate Pirin Golf & Country Club, a voucher for a relaxing massage and golf play / 9-holes / on the championship golf course.The winner in division A Dimitar Radev thanked the sponsors and organizers for the unique competition “ I would like to take at least 2 dozens of the mineral water that brought me good luck today” said the winner. Second is ranked Radoslav Rashev with 37 net Stableford points followed by Radko Stoinev with 36 points. First place in division B won the young man and participant in the Summer Golf Camp for Children Bojidar Spassov with 40 net Stableford points, followed by Viktor Pis. Third place won the Executive Director of Balkanstroy Kostadin Kaloyanov who gave up the price to the Slovak Ambassador Karol Mistrik ”It is not fare to win special prize on a tournament at Pirin” said Kostadin Kaloyanov. %LIMG2 First place in division C won Trifon Siderov with 41 net Stableford points, followed by Anton Panayotov and the representative of the ladies Angelinka Kojuharova.The Brand Manager of Devin said that it was the first golf tournament but it will not be the last one, We hope that it will become a tradition.]]> 03 Aug 2010 12:00:00 The Ambassador or Slovakia in top three in Devin Golf Open, Razlog Mania Kosanova, Pirin Golf and Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/razlog/news/20100803/devin_golf_open.html The festival “Scene of the centuries” filled the hotels in Veliko Tarnovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100803/scene_of_the_centuries.html Over 100 hotels in Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi were fully booked during the festival “A Scene of the Centuries”, which started on Friday in the Tsarevets fortress.The package offers presented by the hotels include an entrance ticket for the spectacles. Guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Romania and Russia attended the shows in Tsarevets.The festival “A scene of the centuries” is being organized by the Veliko Tarnovo municipality and the municipal agency in cooperation with the National opera and ballet and ballet “Arabesque” with the cooperation of the Ministry of culture and ministry of economy, energetics and tourism. ]]> 03 Aug 2010 12:00:00 The festival “Scene of the centuries” filled the hotels in Veliko Tarnovo Kamelia Krumova, 03 August 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100803/scene_of_the_centuries.html UNESCO Extends Area of Bulgaria's Pirin World Heritage Site http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100803/world_heritage_sites.html The World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil extended Sunday the World Heritage statute of Bulgaria’s Pirin Natural Park.The Committee also inscribed three new cultural sites, including two in Mexico and one in Brazil and three natural sites in China, Kiribati, and Reunion Island (France).The Pirin National Park in Bulgaria spreads over an area of over 27 000 hectares, at an altitude between 1008 and 2914 m in the Pirin Mountains in southwest Bulgaria. The site comprises diverse limestone mountain landscapes with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and predominantly coniferous forests. It was added to the World Heritage List in 1983. The extension now covers an area of around 40 000 hectares in the Pirin Mountains, and overlaps with the Pirin National Park, except for two areas developed for tourism (skiing). The dominant part of the extension is high mountain territory over 2000m in altitude, and covered mostly by alpine meadows, rocky screes and summits.The inscribed cultural sites are:Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Mexico), which was the Royal Inland Road, also known as the Silver Route. The property consists of 55 sites and five existing World Heritage sites lying along a route, that extends north from Mexico City to Texas and New Mexico, United States of America. The route was actively used as a trade route for 300 years, from the mid-16th to the 19th centuries, mainly for transporting silver extracted from the mines of Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosí, and mercury imported from Europe;Prehistoric caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca (Mexico) which consists of two pre-Hispanic archaeological complexes and a series of pre-historic caves and rock shelters. Some of these shelters provide archaeological and rock-art evidence for the progress of nomadic hunter-gathers to incipient farmers;São Francisco Square in the town of São Cristovão (Brazil) - a quadrilateral open space and a monumental Franciscan ensemble, which together with the surrounding 18th- and 19th- century houses, creates an urban landscape reflecting the history of the town since its origin.The natural sites inscribed are:China Danxia which are Chinese landscapes characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls;Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) - marine and terrestrial habitats in the Southern Pacific Ocean, conserving one of the world's largest intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems;The Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island, comprising two adjoining volcanic massifs located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and dominated by two towering volcanic peaks.The 34th session of the World Heritage Committee is being held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Culture from Brazil, João Luiz da Silva Ferreira. The meeting opened on 25 July and will continue through to 3 August. A total of 39 sites are being considered for inscription on the World Heritage List.]]> 03 Aug 2010 12:00:00 UNESCO Extends Area of Bulgaria's Pirin World Heritage Site Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100803/world_heritage_sites.html Bulgarian-Romanian project will develop alternative tourism along the the Danube river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20100730/the_danube_river.html A project for alternative tourism will be developed between Bulgaria and Romania. The project is estimated to cost half a million Euro. The centre for support of the small and middle enterprises in Rousse, municipal council Gurgevo, association “Euro region Danubis” - Rousse, and academy for economy science – Territory university centre – Gurgevo.With the support of European fund will be studied the opportunities for web presentation of all kinds of alternative tourism along the Danube river from Vidin to Silistra. The project is part of the program for trans border cooperation between Bulgaria and Romania. ]]> 30 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian-Romanian project will develop alternative tourism along the the Danube river Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20100730/the_danube_river.html 10 million BGN will be invested in the development of rural tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100730/rural_tourism.html 30 Jul 2010 12:00:00 10 million BGN will be invested in the development of rural tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100730/rural_tourism.html Tango marathon starts in august in Varna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100728/tango_marathon.html The Tango marathon is an event, which gathers tango dancers from all over the world, united by their passion for tango. During the past few years the marathons have turned into some of the most popular events in Europe, due to the increasing number of dancers. Devoted professional and amateur dancers dance for days without stopping, enchanted by the magic of music and dance. The Black sea Tango Marathin – Kaliakra 2010 will position Bulgaria ob the map of the world tango scene. The event will be hosted by one of the most beautiful sites on the northern Black sea – Sea & Golf view Resort Kaliakria. The open air terraces with view towards the sea and the beach of the complex will transform into a scene of unforgettable emotions and feelings under the elegant and ‘sensual sound of tango. 4 days world famous DJ or TJ /Tango – Jockey/ will play music in the 60 hours marathon, from authentic Argentina tangos, to modern tango rhythm. Guests of the marathon will be teachers form the best Tango Schools in Europe. Beginners and advanced dancers will have the chance to take place in the lessons and learn the different styles in Tango. Special offers of 6, 10 and 12 lessons will be available for everyone who wants to try the magic. ]]> 28 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Tango marathon starts in august in Varna town on the Black sea in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100728/tango_marathon.html National Park “Pirin” is a candidate for inscription in UNESCO's World Heritage List http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100727/unesco_list.html The national Park Pirin together with 32 additional nominees will candidate for inscription in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Thirty-nine nominations from 33 countries will be considered for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during the meeting of the World Heritage Committee underway in Brasilia. Three of the countries – Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tajikistan - have no properties inscribed on the World Heritage List to date.The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and Brazil’s Minister of Culture João Luiz da Silva Ferreira formally opened the 34th session of the Committee here on the evening of Sunday 25 July. The meeting continues through to 3 August.In 2009 UNESCO added 13 new sites to the World Heritage List, which now protects 890 sightseeing sites.Until the present moment 9 Bulgarian cultural and natural monuments of great importance for the world and in-scripted in the list. These are:The “Madara” horseman;The Boyana church;The Kazanlak Tomb;The old Nessebar;The Rila Monastery; The rock church in Ivanovo; The Thracian tomb in SveshtariNational park “Pirin”The “Serbarna” reserve;]]> 27 Jul 2010 12:00:00 National Park “Pirin” in Bulgaria is a candidate for inscription in UNESCO's World Heritage List VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100727/unesco_list.html Tourism urges swift changes http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100723/tourism_changes.html 23 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Toursim in Bulgaria. Business and leisure travel information about Bulgaria news.dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100723/tourism_changes.html Trigrad expects thousands of tourists for the “Orpheus mysteries” Festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20100722/trigrad.html The festival “Orpheus mysteries” will once again gather people from all over. Traditionally the mysteries will take place during the last weekend of July. The event will be opened on 24 July, Saturday with a traditional singing custom from Trigrad and celebrations in the centre of the village. At sunset all guests and residents of the village will be able to observe the unique fire custom. A torch manifest will descend to the “Dyavolsko garlo” (the devil’s throat) cave and will finish with an animal sacrifice. Mummers games and nestinar dances will be also presented. %RIMG1A special craftsmen exhibition will be also presented at the event. The mysteries will finish with “Opratalka” - sending off the guests. “The attendants this year will become part of a sacrament and a game, which had an important role in the believes and hopes of our ancestors”, announced the organizers of the event. The holiday this year is organized by the ministry of culture, the Devin municipality, Trigrad and cave club “Silivryak”, supported by the regional governor Stefan Staikov.Tourists will be able to spend the night in the local houses and hotels. There will be also a campsite by the river.]]> 22 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Trigrad expects thousands of tourists for the “Orpheus mysteries” Festival in the Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia krumova, 22 July 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20100722/trigrad.html Foreign tour operators to get acquainted with the medical and spa services in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100720/medical_and_spa_services.html The first edition of the Medical tourism Fair which will be held in Varna will discuss opinions for patience mobility and the possibility for foreign patients to receive medical services in Bulgaria The heads of major western tour operator companies will be invited to see the options, which can be provided in Bulgaria. The even will be held on 08 and 09 October 2010 in Grand Hotel Varna.The event will be accompanied by the first of its kind conference, which will focus on the new tendencies in the sector. Lecturers from European institutions for medical tourism and health services abroad. Its main goal is to focus the attention on the different directives of the European Union, which encourage the member countries to develop the medical tourism.The mission of the nongovernmental organizations is to popularize Bulgaria, as one of the good places for the development of medical tourism. The statistics show, that the medical services in Bulgaria are almost 60% cheaper, than in other countries. The lack of adequate advertizement, however is one of the main obstacles for the industry.]]> 20 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Foreign tour operators to get acquainted with the medical and spa services in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100720/medical_and_spa_services.html Bulgarian Medieval Castle Might Be Protected by UNESCO http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100720/baba_vida_unesco.html The South African Ambassador in Bulgaria, Sheila Camerer has announced that there is a possibility for the medieval fortress in the Bulgarian city of Vidin, “Baba Vida”, to be included in the protected sites by UNESCO.Camerer has stated that during the weekend nearly 500 tourists have visited the fortress in the northwestern city.“Baba Vida” is the primary landmark of Vidin. It consists of two fundamental walls and four towers and is said to be the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country.Vidin's other historical sites are the church “St. Dimitar”, the mausoleum of Antin I, the mosque and the library of Osman Pazvantoglu, who was a governor of the Vidin district and a rebel against the Ottoman rule.]]> 20 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian Medieval Castle Baba Vida in Vidin Might Be Protected by UNESCO. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100720/baba_vida_unesco.html 4-th International Summer Meeting in Jelen Village near Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100719/summer_meeting_in_jelen_village.html From 17th to 25th of July the Black Stone neighbourhood of Zhelen (a small village near the town of Svoge, 45 km from Sofia) will host a 9-day event "The 4-TH INTERNATIONAL SUMMER MEETING OF ‘TRINOGA’, ‘M.I.R’, AND ‘SUN-MOON’.The focus and the key highlights will be put on important topics such as: Eco-farming, environmental protection, natural medicine and preventive actions, adequate methods of education, variety of relationships, social and economic mutual aid, and lot of art events. %RIMG1 Key points of the program:- Introduction of the activities of Trinoga, M.I.R, Sun-Moon and other similar ventures and initiatives;- Practical training in different eco forms of the farming process, plants growing and flowering, collecting hay, breeding horses, etc. farming activities; - Building an authentic oven for home-made bread;- Recognition and relevant use and application of natural nutrition substances, herbal and healing plants;%LIMG2 - Outdoor common exercises and practices, breathing practices, eastern self-massaging combined with western traditions;- Important issues related to survival skills – how to behave during natural disasters;- Short seminars, demonstrations and discussions on variety of issues crucial for the future of the humanity, society and nature;- Cultural, Musical and Art activities.Food and accommodation: The basic form of offered accommodation is camping (exclusively on the designated for that purpose places).Vegetative and dairy food products provided on daily basis in exchange of gift of 3 BGN (1.50 EUR).%RIMG3 The main creators and promoters are: Trinoga association, the M.I.R. project (Methods of Integral Realization) and the Sun-Moon bakery.Participants will comprise members of ecological organizations, pedagogical specialists, psychologists, musicians and artists from the country and abroad.Everybody is invited to join for free.For more information: www.trinoga.org]]> 19 Jul 2010 12:00:00 4-th International Summer Meeting of Trinoga, MIR, Sun-Moon in Jelen Village near Sofia, Bulgaria information by trinoga.org http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100719/summer_meeting_in_jelen_village.html 1st Hilton on Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast to Open in Golden Sands http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100719/hilton_golden_sands.html 19 Jul 2010 12:00:00 The 1st Hilton on Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast to Open in Golden Sands in Bulgaria Sofa News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100719/hilton_golden_sands.html Summer Festival “Stage of the Centuries” - Tsarevets 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100719/stage_of_the_centuries.html Official program30 and 31 July and 01 August – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 09.00 PM - “Don Carlos” - opera in 4 acts by Giuseppe Verdi;06 August 2010, Friday, 09.00 PM ballet “Arabesque”“Ludo vino” - national music“Duplicity” - music by Astor Piatsola;“Bolero” - music by Morris Ravel;07 and 08 August 2010 Saturday & Sunday, 09:00 PM, “Arabesque” Ballet; “Carmina Burana” - music by Carl Orff. ]]> 19 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Summer Festival “Stage of the Centuries” - Tsarevets 2010 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova 19 July 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100719/stage_of_the_centuries.html Picasso and Dali Exhibited at BlackSeaRama http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20100716/picasso_and_dali.html The Modern Arts Gallery in Dobrich will exhibit unique drawings on sport themes by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Juan Miro as part of one of the most prestigious golf tournaments, BlackSeaRama to take place in Kavarna, northern Black Sea coast. The tournament began yesterday and will continue till July 17. The tournament is Pro Am. There are unique drawings by Dali depicting a golfer after making a strike or a footballer playing. Dali created the drawings in 1973 as part of the so-called Sports Series in three colours. They came in limited (330) copies. ]]> 16 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Picasso and Dali Exhibited at BlackSeaRama Golf club near Balchik in Bulgaria Standart daily, Virginia Georgieva http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20100716/picasso_and_dali.html Stella Artois Tournament http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100713/stella_artois_tournament.html Golf tournamentPerfection has its pricePirin Golf and Country club, together with Stella Artois invite you ti take part in Stella Artois Tournament, which will take place on July 17th 2010.Saturday, 17 July Tournament day – entry fee 90 BGN;8:00 – 10:00 Registration in the Pro Shop;Format: Individual Stableford, 18-holes, 3 divisions;10:15 Welcome speech;10:30 Shotgun start;Drink and snack will be served on the course;05:00 PM Prize giving ceremony and cocktail;Win a voucher for dinner in the newly opened Greek restaurant at Pirin Golf & Country club.]]> 13 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Stella Artois Tournament at Pirin Golf and Country club, near Bansko in Bulgaria information by Pirin Golf & Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100713/stella_artois_tournament.html The mountain resorts have a lot to offer http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100712/summer_in_the_mountain.html Borovets attract tourists with extreme entertainment (off road routes and jeep safari), as well as combined package offers. Bansko on the other hand offers an exciting jazz festival and paintball tournaments.Pamporovo this year marks the summer for children – children camp holiday. The resort also attracts visitors with traditional Rodopian traditions and crafts.70% of the capacity of the hotels in Bansko are expected to be occupied in August.Hoteliers from Pamporovo expect similar summer season compared to previous year. ]]> 12 Jul 2010 12:00:00 The mountain resorts have a lot to offer. Summer holiday in Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo online. information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100712/summer_in_the_mountain.html Bourgas will install information tables http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100707/bourgas_information.html Bourgas municipality will install information tables with tourism guide at key positions in the city, announced the head of the municipality direction “Enterprise” Ivelina Strateva.An administrative map of the respective region will be illustrated on the tables and all of the attractions in Bourgas will be marked on the map. Except in the city centre, tables will be placed in the resort complexes. Printed guides are be provided to tourists for free. Stratieva announced that the city is an attractive shopping destination form many tourists who have chosen the resort complexes nearby for their summer beach vacation. ]]> 07 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Bourgas will install information tables. Tourism guide for Bourgas city on the Black sea Kamelia Krumova, 07 July 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100707/bourgas_information.html Increasing number of foreign tourists to the Bulgarian mineral baths http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100706/bulgarian_mineral_baths.html Tourists from Germany, Spain, Denmark are flocking in the spa resorts in Bulgaria. 187 from the health funds in Germany have applied for cooperation with the Bulgarian balneology resorts.The health insurance funds have signed contracts and continue negotiating for healing procedures for their clients for September and October, announced by the Alliance of the Balneology medics in Bulgaria. %RIMG1The biggest interest is towards the mud baths in Pomorie. The foreign funds prefer to send their patience in countries with cheaper medical services, as all procedures start with medical examinations and medical surveillance. On the other hand the foreign patients prefer Bulgaria for the cheap hotels, food and services. The deposits of healing mud in Varna, Pomorie and Balchik are unique for Europe. They have excellent mineral characteristics and are suitable for healing and prophylaxis of diseases of the locomotive system, psoriasis and gynecology problems.The other advantage of Bulgaria is that 85% of our water supplies are with slight mineralization and are suitable for healing and prophylaxis of many diseases, compared to the European resorts which offer just 5% of this kind. ]]> 06 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Increasing number of foreign tourists to the Bulgarian mineral baths. Tourism in Pomorie, Sandanski, Velingrad, Hissarya, Devin, Varshets Kamelia Krumova, 06 July 2010, information by money.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100706/bulgarian_mineral_baths.html 17 rural tourism projects win funding http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100706/rural_tourism_project.html Seventeen projects to develop rural tourism have been approved to receive financing under the Rural Development Programme, state-run Agriculture Fund said on Monday. The bulk of the projects involve construction of family hotels and guesthouses. The entire financing amounts to BGN 4.8 million. Rural tourism and renewable energy projects make up the largest number of applications submitted for financing under the programme for non-agriculture activities.]]> 06 Jul 2010 12:00:00 17 Bulgarian rural tourism projects win funding news.dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100706/rural_tourism_project.html Wine Mondial 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/brestovitsa/news/20100705/wine_mondial.html Summer... wine... delicious temptations and nice musicWelcome to Wine fest Todoroff 2010The wine capital – Brestovitsa, just 15 km away from PlovdivWine from 5 continents 12 of the best chefs in Bulgaria present culinary specialties of high standards. Culinary demonstrations Live Barbeque Gourmet and show cooking.Wine for your health – wine and grape products by Wine and Spa hotel Todoroff.Interesting facts and the science of wine. A great diversity of wine tasting tours in the Thracian region.The events will be held in July and September. The program plans special culinary demonstrations during the periods 10 – 11 July; 16-18 July; 24-25 July; 03-05 September; 10-12 September and 18-19 September 2010. By the end of September the organizers will mark the start of the new grapes picking season. ]]> 05 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Wine Mondial 2010 in Todoroff wine and spa hotel in Brestovitsa. Todoroff Wine and Spa http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/brestovitsa/news/20100705/wine_mondial.html Underwater photography by Mihail Zaimov http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100705/underwater_photography.html The Museum Gallery of Modern Art has the pleasure to announce the exclusive exhibition of underwater photography by Mihail Zaimov on 5 July. Especially for the Modern gallery the artist will present some of his underwater adventure in his colorful and attractive photos.Mihail Zaimov has two solo exhibitions in Sozopol and Varna. The exhibition at Museum Gallery of Modern Art in Sofia will last from 5 to 12 of July.Everybody is invited to the opening at Oborishte 10, at 7 p.m!]]> 05 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Underwater photography by Mihail Zaimov in the Museum Gallery of Modern Arts in Sofia The Museum Gallery of Modern Art http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100705/underwater_photography.html Borovets is the Host of Rally Bulgaria 2010 – Round of the WRC http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100705/borovets_wrc.html Borovets is once again the host of Rally Bulgaria, making its debut as a round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) this year.The competition will last for three days – from the 9th to the 11th of July 2010. The Rally has a total length of 1068.30 km with 14 Special Stages (353.34 km) all in asphalt.The opening ceremony will take place on the 8th of July at 20:00. Krum Donchev and Yasen Popov are invited to do the honours and cut the ceremonial ribbon. The two pilots finished first and second at the first round of the Bulgarian Rally Championship Trayanovi Vrata 2010.The Headquarters and Press-centre of the 41st WRC Rally Bulgaria are located in Hotel Rila in Borovets. World famous celebrities, managers of the event and more than 200 international journalists will summon in the hotel during the rally.Sebastian Loeb, Kimi Raikkonen and Mikko Hirvonen are only some of the star WRC pilots who will compete in the upcoming race.On the 8th of July (Thursday) the Headquarters in Hotel Rila will be open from 07:00 to 21:00. The shakedown will take place between 08:00 and 14:00. FIA’s preliminary press conference will be conducted at 13:30, and at 15:00 the first conference of the sports commissioners will take place. The official information board which will be located in Hotel Rila will announce the Start List for the Ceremonial Start. Information for each of the racing days will be released daily on the board at 20:00. At 18:00 the cars for the rally will be presented in the indoor park built for the ceremonial start and located on the ski slope in front of Hotel Rila.On the 9th of July (Friday) the Headquarters in Hotel Rila will be open from 07:00 to 21:00 again. The Press-centre will work from 08:00 to 21:00. The Start of the Rally will be given at 09:00 (SP, Dolna Banya Airport).On the 10th of July (Saturday) the Headquarters in Hotel Rila will work from 5:00 – 21:00. The Press-centre will open at 06:00 and close at 21:00. Day 2 will start at 07:00 again at SP, Dolna Banya Airport.On the 11th of July (Sunday) the Headquarters will work from 06:00 to 20:00, and the Press-centre – from 07:00 to 20:00.The start of Day 3 will be at 08:00 (SP, Dolna Banya Airport).The Rally Finish, Podium Ceremony and Prize-giving will take place in front of Hotel Rila at 14:00. FIA’s Post-event Press-conference will be at 15:00.The temporary final rank list will be published at 17:30 on the official information board in Hotel Rila.]]> 05 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Borovets is the Host of Rally Bulgaria 2010 – Round of the WRC in Bulgaria borovets-bg.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100705/borovets_wrc.html M Tel Golf Masters http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100705/m_tel_golf_masters.html Pirin Golf & Country club hosted the first of the summer tournaments M Tel Golf Masters. Most of the enthusiastic participants arrived in the complex on Friday and started preparing for the tournament on the training field. 84 Bulgarian and foreign golf players participated in the unique tournament, as well as representatives of the diplomatic missions in Bulgaria. Among the guests of the event were the Koreian ambassador Bee-Ho Chun, the Slovakian ambassador Karol Mistrik and the Japanease ambassador Tsuneharu Takeda with his wife. The awarding ceremony took place in the main Club House.The special award for “closest to the hole” was given to the Japanease ambassador Mr Takeda, who is also a regular guest of the golf course.The w inner in the first division Ivan Golemeev, announced that he managed to sign in for the tournament just 10 minutes before the start. If we try to summon what unites the Bulgarians as a nation during the last few years, the answer will no doubt be – sports. The sport gives us energy. The sport create values fro fair play, partnership and trust. The sport gives every nation a specific identity and a reason to be proud. ]]> 05 Jul 2010 12:00:00 M Tel Golf Masters tournament at Pirin Golf & Country club near Bansko in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 05 July 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100705/m_tel_golf_masters.html Rjana Open Air Festival Part 4 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20100701/rjana_open_air.html The fourth edition of the annual festival for various styles of electronic music Rjana Open Air will be held from July 08 (Thursday) to July 11 (Sunday), 2010. The festival will take place in the beautiful mountain of Rjana, located in the Western region of Stara Planina Mountain (Balkan Mountain range), 100 km away from Sofia, nearby the village of Ignatitsa at 1500 meters above the sea level. For one more time, this year Rjana Open Air is going to present wide variety of electronic styles. You will enjoy: dance music in the evenings/ nights, fascinating music in the mornings, refreshing music at noon, relaxing music in the afternoons. The late afternoons will be dedicated to less popular styles of electronic music that due to its authenticity and intelligence deserves its place in festival playlist.More than 30 DJs will take care of your good mood while the unique combination of impressive fire performance, fantastic decorations and naturally beautiful sceneries will contribute to the magical atmosphere of the festival. And of course, the inseparable part of the great experience – the traditional adrenaline ride by trucks, that will drive you from the village to the event location. A bar with cold drinks and cuisine with delicious fire-cooked dishes will make you feel comfortable during the days of the festival.Tickets:Pre-sale:20 BGN (10 EUR) till June 30th22 BGN (11 EUR) from July 1th till July 7thТhe prices include all the days of the festivalAt the entrance of the festival:25 BGN (12 EUR) on Thursday and Friday (July 8th and 9th)15 BGN (7 EUR) on Saturday and Sunday (July 10th and 11th)]]> 01 Jul 2010 12:00:00 Rjana Open Air Part 4 - Electronic Music Festival in Stara Planina Mountain (Balkan Mountain range) in Bulgaria. Open Air music festivals in Bulgaria information by FUNKADELIA http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20100701/rjana_open_air.html Belogradchik applies for a Geo park statute at UNESCO http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20100630/belogradchik_rocks.html Russian students from the Geography faculty of the Moscow university “Michail V. Lomonosov” will have a professional training in Belogradchik, announced BTA. The students will study the territory of the Belogradchik rocks for a period of 14 days.Belogradchik and the Moscow university are cooperating for the sixth year in a row. The young scientists will help the municipality to present the “”Belogradchik rocks” as an European Geo park.Experts from UNESCO will also visit Belogradchik this summer. They will examine the tourism and environmental action s of the municipality. ]]> 30 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Belogradchik applies for a Geo park statute at UNESCO. Belogradchik rock formations in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, informaton by HoReMag, 30 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/belogradchik/news/20100630/belogradchik_rocks.html A helicopter ride is the newest attraction in Sunny Beach http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20100629/helicopter_ride.html Now that the summer season is in its peak moment Nessebar and Sunny Beach resorts offer numerous attractions and entertainment facilities. The hottest attraction this year is a helicopter flight over the bay. Our representatives in the resorts informed us that a 7 minute ride in the sky cost around 140 Euro, and ten minutes are 170 Euro.Another interesting entertainment is the so called “Cosmic flower”, which exercisers your fingers.The train that carries tourists from Nessebar to Sunny beach costs 3 BGN per person. ]]> 29 Jun 2010 12:00:00 A helicopter ride is the newest attraction in Sunny Beach and Nessebar in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova 29 July 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20100629/helicopter_ride.html Diplomats took part in Todoroff Golf Challenge http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100628/todoroff_golf_challenge.html TODOROFF wine- cellar chose Pirin Golf & Country Club for its first golf tournament after 6 year break - TODOROFF GOLF CHALLENGE.For a short period of time the company managed to establish itself as one of the best producers of high-quality wine in Bulgaria. The awards, won by the wine-cellar, are proof of it- the TODOROFF Teres Merlot 2001 was the first Bulgarian wine to win a medal at the international competition Vinalies Internationales’ 2003 in Paris, France.The Cellar created a new style in the Bulgarian wine industry and become the first Boutique Cellar in Bulgaria. TODOROFF has created the message “Wine and Art” becoming the core of their company concept, thus resurrecting the ancient love between wine and art. Besides a nice round of golf on the only mountain golf course in Bulgaria, the golfers had the chance to taste the new finely selected wines of TODOROFF.The participants in the tournament were mainly Bulgarians, there were representatives of diplomatic missions in Sofia. Among the guests and participants were the Indonesian Ambassador Robert Inkiriwang, Korean Ambassador Bee-Ho Chun and Slovak Ambassador Karol Mistrik Todoroff Golf Challenge is a special series of 2000 bottles and will be available only for the golf tournaments sponsored by the winery.The awarding ceremony was held in the restaurant of the Club House by Mr. Ivan Todorov. Bottles of TODOROFF Golf Challenge wine were bestowed to Ivo Tsekov and Igor Rimmer for ‘the longest drive’’, and ‘the longest drive’, respectively.The winners in division A,B & C won the special selection of TODOROFF wines, summer package TODOROFF EXCLUSIVE: one night for TWO in a luxury apartment in Todoroff Wine & Spa Hotel, Brestovitsa village, official dinner and tasting of the medal-wines, you can enjoy the wine therapy based on grape and wine products with the persuasion that the real luxury is the natural product.The special prize for second place was selection of TODOROFF wines, WINE ESCAPE package: one night for TWO in a luxury studio. Relax with the aroma of fresh hay in the unique bio sauna or on the pleasantly heated stone benches in the tepidarium and forget about time, voucher for 20.00 BGN for TODOROFF Wine & SPA – SPA Procedure.The third place prize was selection of TODOROFF wines and an invitation for TODOROFF Mundial’ 2010 - “Culinary exoticism" a chef, a representative of the Embassy guest will introduce a five course menu of typical dishes and selected wines for each dish.First place in division A is for Ilian Ralev with 30 net Stableford points, he can enjoy the wine therapy in TODOROFF Wine & Spa, followed by Georgi Manchorov with 29 net Stableford points and Yordan Boshnakov with 27 net points. Victor Pis is first in division B with 35 Stableford points, he can relax in the TODOROFF complex in a luxury apartment. Second with 33 points is Radstin Zhelev. Followed by Stanislav Svorchik. First in division C is Vladimiri Mihailov with 43 net points, second place is for Kiril Zlatkov and third is the Executive Director of Balkanstroy Yordan Kanazirev.The awarding ceremony was followed by a cocktail and tasting of the medal wines of Boutique Wine Cellar Todoroff.]]> 28 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Diplomats took part in Todoroff Golf Challenge at Pirin Golf & Country Club near Bansko information by Pirin Golf & Country Club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100628/todoroff_golf_challenge.html Bansko Jazz Festival 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100624/bansko_jazz_2010.html Bansko will host the 13th Bansko Jazz festival, as a tradition during the period 08 – 13 August 2010. The event will be opened with a tribute concert for the legendary Lea Ivanova. All Jazz fans will be able to meet world famous performers form 4 continents. The guests and residents of the town will enjoy the magic of music on the open stage at “Nikola Vaptsarov” square.Desi Teniidjieva and Mary Teneva will surprise all jazz fans during the night before the festival. They will perform songs by Lea Ivanova. Find the best summer holiday offers for Bansko Jazz Fest 2010 here!]]> 24 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bansko Jazz Festival 2010. Top Jazz musicians in Bansko, Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 24 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100624/bansko_jazz_2010.html Bansko will substitute an old stadium with a modern sport centre http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100624/bansko_stadium.html The construction of a sport-recteation centre is being discussed in Bansko. The idea was presented before the municipal councils, the municipal administration and representatives of the hotelier business today.The sport centre will be spread on a total area of 34 000 square metres and will include a completely renovated football field with over 8 000 covered seats, a parking lot for 800 vehicles and halls for different sports, conference halls, reception desks, lobby bars, swimming pool, restaurants, bowling halls, supermarkets, shops and a hotel part.The project also plans to substitute the old flora in the park. The lake will become an ice rink during the winter. Bicycle alleys and an amphitheater will be also constructed. The initiators of the project have used ideas from the architecture of the Bansko part of the Zograf monastery in Aton.The decision or the construction of the complex was taken in 2008. It will be positioned in the place of the now existing town stadium “St. Peter”. The main goal of the administration is to supply a modern sporting site for all residents and guests of the town. ]]> 24 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bansko will substitute an old stadium with a modern sport centre Kamelia Krumova, 24 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100624/bansko_stadium.html Vratsa tourism development project “Tourism without season” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20100624/vratsa_tourism_development.html The project “Tourism without season” is estimated to cost 6 milion BGN and it foresees the construction of an attraction complex nearby the Ledenika cave, which will be one of its kind in Europe.The project is already presented and awaits approval. The cave will offer modern lights and sound technologies, which do not impact the natural phenomenon. The project plans to renovate the lift from Zgorigrad to the upper lift station, as well as the contraction of electric trains, to transport tourists from different sites in the town. ]]> 24 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Vratsa tourism development project “Tourism without season” Kamelia Krumova, 24 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vratsa/news/20100624/vratsa_tourism_development.html Todoroff Golf Challenge http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100622/pirin_golf.html Pirin Golf and Country club presents the amateur golf tournament Todoroff Golf Challenge, that will take place on June, 26th 2010.You can taste special selected wines by Todoroff wine celler.Official program of the event: Saturday, 26th June Tournament day - tournament fee 50 BGN/ per person8:00 - 10:00 Registration at the Pro ShopFormat: Individual Stableford, 18-holes, 3 divisions10:30 Welcome Speech;11:00 Shotgun start;Drinks and snacks will be served on the course.19:00 Prize giving ceremony and cocktail.]]> 22 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Todoroff Golf Challenge at Pirin Golf and Country club. Golf tournaments and events in Bulgaria by Pirin Golf and Country club http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100622/pirin_golf.html The summer is here http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100621/summer_beach_season.html The summer solstice arrives June 21 to mark the longest day and shortest night of the year for the northern hemisphere, a day people have celebrated for centuries.The solstice, which marks the zenith of the sun's path, is expected in Bulgaria at 2:28 pm local time. The day will last 15 hours and 19 minutes on June 21.The summer solstice comes three days before Bulgarians mark the Midsummer Day, widely known as Enyovden, a holiday related in traditional beliefs to herbs and their healing power.On June 24 the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, after which the winter season starts moving closer. It is believed that if collected on his day herbs are especially beneficial as the sun boosts their healing power.Bulgarian tradition has it that on Enyovden children and adults should roll in dewy fields or take a bath in rivers and brooks.Midsummer is celebrated around the world and most often refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice or festivals honouring Saint John the Baptist.]]> 21 Jun 2010 12:00:00 The summer season in Bulgaria. Summer on the Black sea in Bulgaria information by Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100621/summer_beach_season.html Borovets to Host Rally Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100618/rally_bulgaria_borovets.html After 39 years as the Bulgaria's premier rally event, Rally Bulgaria finally makes its debut in the World Rally Championship.The first of four asphalt rallies in 2010, Bulgaria represents a leap into the unknown for the majority of WRC teams and drivers. But if the popularity of the European Championship rally is anything to go by, the combination of a challenging, compact route and the stunning mountain scenery will make it an exciting addition.Rally Bulgaria is a top event with 40 years of history. From 1970 to 2001 the Rally HQ was located in the famous Black Sea resorts – Zlantni Piasatzi and Albena. In 2002 the competition moved its base in the central part of South Bulgaria and now takes place in the picturesque resort Borovets, located in the Rila Mountain.The Rally has total length of 1068,30 km with 14 Special Stages (353,34 km) all in asphalt. Its route is very compact and selective and it passes trough the beautiful Bulgarian scenery.Traditionally, the Rally has very large media coverage and over 200 journalists from Bulgaria and abroad were accredited to the media center. At the same time it received an active support both from the state and the local authorities. The competition was sponsored by big national and international companies.The Headquarters is located in Rila Hotel in Borovets.The real charm of Borovets can be sensed in winter time, but in summer the resort offers excellent conditions for holidays too. From 9th to 11th July 2010 Borovets will become the host of Rally Bulgaria and will await and welcome its guests for a first time as part of the WRC event. The shakedown will be held on 7th July 2010. The ceremonial start will be given in the evening of 8th July 2010. The rally goes on for 3 days. There is one Service Park, located in Dolna Banya Airport, some 25 km east from the resort. Borovets is not far away from to the capital city of Sofia. It is accessible by plane (Sofia airport is 60 km away) and by road (150 km from Serbian and Greek borders).]]> 18 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Borovets to Host Rally Bulgaria, round of the World Rally Championship. Borovets resort in Bulgaria information by rallybulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100618/rally_bulgaria_borovets.html Italian atmosphere in the ‘green’ heart of Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100618/italian_atmosphere.html QUI ITALIA 7 days of Italian atmosphere in the ‘green’ heart of Sofia17 - 23 June 2010QUI ITALIA, which has reached its third season, is now known and appreciated by the people of Sofia. The idea of creating a moment where Italians can meet with friends of Italy as it is done in traditional Italian popular festivals, was rewarded with a spontaneous consensus, thus starting to grow and getting on the way to becoming an institution, an annual appointment that will be richer in events and attractions. For one week in Sofia, we will breather Italian air, with its cultural, artistic, musical and gastronomic varieties. We know that our effort to surprise you, bringing a new taste of Italy to Sofia, will be rewarded by your affectionate and numerous participation.Rendezvous at the lovely oasis of “Lyatna estrada” in the Borissova Gradina Park.PROGRAMThursday 17, 20.30 – Opening night concert with the Neapolitan band IntraTerraA journey in the southern roots of Italy and of the Mediterranean. A show with music and dance with traditional songs and also songs written by the musicians. The emotions transmitted captivate the audience and the people are carried away by the rhythms of drums and of the accordion.Friday 18, 18.00 – Concert by the Playtoy Orchestra Making music with toys is an unusual suggestion however it is quite ingenious. The only orchestra in the world that plays music using solely toys, forcing the great classics to...be a part of this game. The musicians come from Campania, they have been admired on TV and on the radio, and now they bring all over the world their unique way of how music can be brilliant and fun.21:00 – Repeat of the concert by the Neapolitan band IntraTerra.Saturday 19, 11.00 – A day with Cumbojuggle, the first amusing free and wandering space in Bulgaria 16.00 – show by “Duo Pink” of the Teatroviaggiante (Travelling theater)An Italian show by Edoardo Mirabella and Elisabetta Cavana with dance, mime, juggling and unicycles. A big pink trunk and a happy couple that narrates in its unique way the incidents that occurred during their honeymoon. Skits with clowns, juggling and acrobatics, with infinite surprises, they revive the ancient art of the ‘streets’ that will fascinate people of all ages.19.00 – Repeat of the concert by Playtoy Orchestra;22.00 – Evening with DJ Leo; Sunday 20, 11.00 –  Laboratorio Circo (for all ages) with Compagnia Cumbonauta;16.00 – Repeat of the show “Duo Pink” by the Teatroviaggiante;18.00 – Concert of the Coro Malga RomaThe Choir Malga Roma, which travels around Italy and around the world, carries the desire of protecting and spreading the history and culture of the songs of the ‘alpini’ and of the mountains. The songs that will be sung are the classics that are chanted in the mountains huts or during pauses of military exercises. The known passion for the mountains that is found among the Bulgarian population will correspond to the sensations, the atmosphere and the memories evoked by the roman alpini.20.00 – Repeat of the concert by the Playtoy Orchestra.  Monday 21, 20.30 – “Canta che ti passa” – evening with singing and karaoke with Fausto Bossini.  The most famous and beautiful songs available to any ones vocal cords.  Tuesday 22, 20.00 – Concert by the band 4 SOUND. For the 4 young men of Como, music is their only great passion, they are searching for musical experiences and they define music as “their reason of living”. After they began as amateurs, in 2008 they became famous by participating at the X-Factor, the known show on Rai2.The four young men are very passionate and often, apart from their commitments with the band, they have nights of pure music and fun that they will surely transmit to the young people of Sofia. Wednesday 23, 20.00 – 4 SOUND and Bulgarian friendsThe 4 young Italian musicians will alternate on the stage and will perform duets with young Bulgarians that speak Italian and have had musical experiences in Italy;22.00 – Closing night with fireworks; The Briganti Della Majella have declared that they are ‘allergic’ to being on stage, and they prefer moving around. They are a folklore group that will share music and popular songs of Abruzzo. They are irresistible and unpredictable, and it is hard to spot, but it will be them that will find you! During the whole week of events there will be functioning kiosks with gastronomic and enological specialties of the various Italian regions. Entrance to all the shows is free.]]> 18 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Italian atmosphere in the ‘green’ heart of Sofia. Festivals and events in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria www.iicsofia.org http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100618/italian_atmosphere.html Bulgaria to Top World Spa Charts Soon http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100618/bulgaria_top_spa.html The Bulgarian town of Sandanski has been declared “Best Spa Destination in Bulgaria” at the first national ”Spa Nominations” awards.The ceremony took place in the Bulgarian town of Pravetz on Wednesday.“If we fix the infrastructure, in three years Bulgaria can become the best spa destination in the world because we have a very good base. We rank third in the world in the number of mineral springs,” Zlatko Zlatanov, head of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, said at the ceremony.Zlatanov has been given the prize for “Person with the greatest contribution to the spa”. He has been the reason for the Bulgarian town of Velingrad to be declared Spa Capital in Bulgaria and on the Balkans in different competitions.Velingrad has also been nominated for “Best Spa Destination” at the first “Spa Nominations”. However, the municipality refused to participate in the competition in order to stimulate the rest of the towns with mineral springs.The award for “Best Spa Hotel” went to the five-star “Persenk” in the Bulgarian town of Devin. The jury decided the best rehabilitation spa-complex was the four-star “Hissar” in the town of Hissar.The goal of “Spa Nominations” is to promote the spa and wellness tourism in the Bulgaria. According to the World Tourism Organization, one spa-tourist spends three times more money than a seaside-tourist.]]> 18 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria to Top World Spa Charts Soon. Spa and wellness resorts and hotels in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency, 18 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100618/bulgaria_top_spa.html A Cherry Fest Opens in Kyustendil http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20100617/cherry_fest.html Kyustendil will host “Cherry fest 2010” during the next 3 days. The minister of Agriculture of Bulgaria will mark the official opening of the festival. The festive program includes cherry exhibitions of different sorts of cherries and cherry artifacts. During the second day a folklore festival “Chereshchisa rod rodila”. The third day will be dedicated to competitions for the biggest cherry, the most beautiful cherry stand and a culinary festival. ]]> 17 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Cherry Fest opens in Kyustendil city in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 17 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kyustendil/news/20100617/cherry_fest.html Bulgaria Prepares for Trash Metal Gig with Metallica, Rammstein http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100617/metallica.html Some of the world’s most emblematic metal and rock bands including Metallica and Rammstein are going to perform in Bulgaria’s capital during the Sofia Rocks 2010 Sonisphere Festival.The music event organized by Balkan Entertainment and Marcel Avram will take place on June 22-23, 2010, on the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia.The teams of the top metal bands are arriving in the city on Friday in order to start building the stage, announced the organizers.Top trash metal bands Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax will perform together on the first day of the Sofia Rocks fest.The four groups have come together for the first time for a tour starting with a concert in Poland Thursday night which attracted 100 000 people, including 5 000 from the UK. Before coming to Bulgaria on June 22, the trash bands will rock Switzerland and the Czech Republic, and will also perform in Romania, Turkey, and Greece after their Sofia gig.Only the Sofia concert, however, will be shot and shown live in movie theaters around the world, which is why the organizers are urging all Bulgarian fans to come together in order to contribute to an unforgettable music event.The second day of the Sonisphere Festival will be no less exciting with emblematic German group Rammstein together with Manowar, Alice in Chains, and Stone Sour.]]> 17 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Prepares for Trash Metal Gig with Metallica, Rammstein. Music events in Sofia Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100617/metallica.html Pomorie opens the summer season today http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20100616/summer_in_pomorie.html The start of the new summer season in Pomorie will be marked from 8:00 Pm tonight on the central square.A music concert will entertain all guests and residents of the resort.Pomorie has already welcomed its first tourists, who came for the 7th International Orthodox Singing festival. Most of the beaches are ready for the new season. Professional lifeguards, medical service, access fro people with disabilities, showers, bathrooms and numerous water attractions will be provided at guests disposal. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 16 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Pomorie opens the summer season today. Book a summer spa holiday on the Black sea in Bulgaria. Kamelia Krumova, 16 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20100616/summer_in_pomorie.html Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey Mull Joint Tourist Products http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100616/joint_tourist_products.html Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey have renewed plans to unite their forces and launch regional tourist products as they struggle to overcome the crisis and attract more tourists.This became clear during a meeting of representatives from the sector in the three countries, which is taking place at Porto Carras, Halkidiki, and was joined by more than 60 Bulgarian tour operators.Travel and tour operators from Greece and Turkey voiced willingness to get involved in programs featuring Bulgarian ski and spa resorts. Joint initiatives can also be launched in the sectors of medical and religious tourism in a bid to promote the countries in far away destinations.Bulgaria offers excellent conditions and experts but needs to promote itself better on the international tourism market, the Balkan experts recommended.They singled out the visa regime as the main obstacle that weakens the flow of tourists.Foreign tourists, who will go to Greece and Turkey this summer, can already combine their holidays there with a trip to nearby spa destinations in Bulgaria.Bulgaria has experienced a boom in its SPA industry over the last years and the odds are that the sector will continue to flourish.]]> 16 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey Mull Joint Tourist Products. Book a hoiday in Bulgaria online Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100616/joint_tourist_products.html Low cost flights to Istanbul http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100616/flights_to_istanbul.html The Turkish low cost air company “Pegasus” will start regular low cost flights between Istanbul and Sofia. The planes will depart from Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian bank of Istanbul. The flights will be executed twice a day. ]]> 16 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Low cost flights from Sofia to Istanbul. Book a holiday in Bulgaria online. Book a flight onlie news.bg, 16 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100616/flights_to_istanbul.html Bansko will host a summer theatre festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100615/bansko_theatre.html This year Bansko municipality will once again welcome all theatre lovers on a unique event at the foot of the Pirin Mountain. The resort will be transformed into a theatre town, offering an annual theatre festival with numerous art events. The summer theatre festival aims to present the most interesting plays during the year with the best Bulgarian actors.It offers an excellent opportunity for all guests and residents of the resort to see the most talented Bulgarian actors performing and enjoy the most frequently brought to stage plays. ]]> 15 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bansko will host a summer theatre festival at the foot of the pirin Mountain in Bulgaria. Kamelia Krumova 15 June 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100615/bansko_theatre.html Green Dot Fair for Alternative Tourism in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/troyan/news/20100611/green_dot_bulgaria.html The first edition of the Bulgarian National Fair “Green Dot” will be held from June 30 - July 4, 2010 in the village of Oreshak near the town of Troyan in the Balkan Mountains. The fair will take place in Oreshak National Exhibition Centre. The Exhibition Centre offers 9 exhibition halls with a total area of 4200 sq. m., a conference room (400 sq. m.) with 200 seats, coffee-bar and lobby. The ”Green Dot” Fair will present such alternative forms of tourism and activities as:- ecotourism;- adventure & extreme sports (biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, ski mountaineering, rafting, diving, caving, climbing);- cultural tourism, rural tourism, religious tourism;- tourism connected with wine, traditional cuisine, ethnography and traditional music and handicrafts;- eco materials & technologies, eco agriculture & bio products;- environmental protection, etc. The event is organized by Prim Expo and supported by Troyan Municipality, The Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association (BHRA), Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism (BAAT), etc.The main goal of the event is the sustainable development of alternative forms of tourism at a regional and local level in order to preserve Bulgaria's natural, cultural and historical heritage.]]> 11 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Green Dot Fair for Alternative Tourism in Bulgaria. Ecotourism Fair in Oreshak village near Troyan in the Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria Lyudmila Racheva, VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/troyan/news/20100611/green_dot_bulgaria.html Sand Sculpture Festival in Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100611/bourgas_sand_festival.html Bulgaria's third Sand Sculpture Festival will be held from the beginning of July until the end of August in the Black Sea city of Bourgas. The Sand Exhibition's place is the same as last year's – between the tennis courts and horse riding centre, near Park Hotel in the northern part of the Sea Garden Park of Bourgas. “Circus” is the theme of Sand Sculptures Festival 2010. Artists from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Bulgaria will recreate the Circus Arena in detail. The festival is expected to attract Bulgarian and foreign tourists spending their vacation on Bulgaria's southern Black Sea coast. ]]> 11 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Sand Sculpture Festival 2010 in Bourgas on the Black Sea in Bulgaria. Tourism news and festivals in Bulgaria Lyudmila Racheva, information by Bourgas Municipality http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100611/bourgas_sand_festival.html Borovets opens Summer season with its new Mountain Bike Park http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100608/borovets_mountain_bike_park.html The official opening of the new summer season in Borovets mountain resort will take place on 19 June 2010. This summer Borosport has a lot of surprises for the mountain lovers. The newest attraction in the resort is Borovets mountain bike park with 20 km long marked trails through the forest with varying degrees of difficulty. The green trails are appropriate for children and beginners. The blue trails are for intermediate mountain bikers – they are ideal for improving one's skills, and prepare for riding the red routes. Experts can try the most difficult red trails. Borovets mountain bike park's pride is the downhill slope. It is 2200 m in length, and has a 400 m vertical declination. The extreme downhill slope is only for professionals. The park will be serviced by the Sitnyakovo express lift over the course of the summer season. The bikers will be at the start point in 5 minutes and the price of the daily passes will be 20 BGN (10 EUR).Borovets resort is situated in Rila mountain on 1350 m above the sea level. One of the advantages of Borovets mountain bike park is that it is easy accessible – Borovets is situated about 70 km away from Sofia. Another advantage is that Borovets mountain bike park combines beautiful nature with excellent terrain for mountain biking routes. ]]> 08 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Borovets opens summer season with its new Mountain Bike Park. News from Borovets resort in Sofia region in Rila Mountain, Bulgaria Lyudmila Racheva, VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100608/borovets_mountain_bike_park.html Bulgaria eases visa regime for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100607/bulgaria_eases_visa_regime_for_russia.html The Foreign Ministry has issued an order introducing facilitation of the visa regime for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in an attempt to achieve an immediate effect on the inflow of tourists to Bulgaria. The visas for organized tourists from Russia will be issued within 10 days of the date of submitting the applications compared to the current deadline of 10 to 30 days. Free visas will be issued to participants in international youth sports events, cultural and creative activities, students and teachers who travel to study, scientists, representatives of non-profit organizations by the age of 25 who take part in seminars, conferences, sports and cultural events and participants in exchange programs held by twin cities.]]> 07 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria eases visa regime for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Bulgarian tourism news bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100607/bulgaria_eases_visa_regime_for_russia.html Cross-Country Mountain Bike weekend in Karlovo and the Rose valley http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20100604/mountain_bike_race_in_karlovo.html For the first time the Bulgarian town of Karlovo will host a Cross-Country Mountain Bike race (XC Open Cup) on June 12 – 13, 2010. All of you are invited to take part in the event. Cross-Country Mountain Biking is the least extreme compared to the other styles of Mountain Biking. The adventure and the feeling of freedom and being with nature are all facets of Cross-Country Mountain Biking. The Program of the event:%PT1% Day 1st (Saturday – June 12, 2010):- accommodation in the hotels;- race track familiarization;- training conference at 7 pm;- outdoor dinner at 8 pm.%PT1% Day 2nd (Sunday – June 13, 2010):- XC Open Cup race - start at 11 am;- Awarding.The event is organized by Association “Green way” - Sofia, with the kind support of RAM Bikes, Vivelo, 360° magazine and other sponsors and local media. Karlovo and the Rose valley expect you!For more information check the official Bulgarian Mountain Bike website: www.mtb-bg.com]]> 04 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Cross-Country Mountain Bike race (XC Open Cup) in Karlovo, Bulgaria. Cross-Country Mountain Biking and Racing in Bulgaria Lyudmila Racheva, VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/karlovo/news/20100604/mountain_bike_race_in_karlovo.html Eagle On The Danube Festival in the ancient town of Novae http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/svishtov/news/20100603/eagle_on_the_danube_festival.html The 3rd edition of Eagle On The Danube Festival will be held on June 4th to 6th 2010 in Svishtov city and the nearby ancient town of Novae.The festival recreates the military life of Imperial Rome and its collisions with tribes of the Ancient World – Thracians, Dacians, and Goths. This year the reenactments include participants from Rome (Italy), Lublin and Hrubieszow (Poland), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), and the local First Thracian Cohort - Svishtov (Bulgaria).2010’s edition of the festival will premiere an open-air stage opera: Bellini’s Norma will be played at Kaleto Amphitheater in Svishtov on June 5th.The festival program also includes: Thracian rituals, Roman dishes with degustation, competitions for kids, parade with torches, exhibition of ancient artifacts, presentations and discussions on Ancient Rome and ancient civilizations, ritual dances and gladiators fights.Tourist and info centres will be opened for the guests of the festival.]]> 03 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Eagle On The Danube Festival in Svishtov city and the nearby ancient town of Novae on the Danube river in Bulgaria information by Svishtov municipality http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/svishtov/news/20100603/eagle_on_the_danube_festival.html Aerodium at Sunny Beach attracts thrill-seekers http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20100602/aerodium.html Are you ready to fly? Bulgaria's first AERODIUM already operates at Sunny Beach resort!AERODIUM is a device, that generates a vertical wind tunnel where you can experience body-flight and skydiving in an open air environment. The device breaks gravity rules and propels thrill-seekers by an air stream with a speed of 195 km/ h, up to 10 metres into the air. For the first time this year on June 1st Aerodium opened doors at the Bulgarian Black Sea resort Sunny Beach. It operates every day from 4 pm to 12 am, from June 1st to September 30th 2010. The location of the device is next to the carting speedway on the main road Burgas-Varna.AERODIUM will give you the opportunity to feel unforgettable emotions of flying, without having to be a professional parachutist or pilot. It is appropriate both for sport and fun.]]> 02 Jun 2010 12:00:00 Aerodium at Sunny Beach resort in Bulgaria. Fun and sport at Sunny Beach resort on the Black Sea in Bulgaria Lyudmila Racheva, VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20100602/aerodium.html ParkLive Festival in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100531/parklive_festival.html The second edition of ParkLive festival will take place on June 18 - 20, 2010 in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The festival will be held at the park site of the Sofia Airport, Terminal 2. %PT1% Tickets: 1 day ticket, all stages – 45 BGN (23 EUR)1 day ticket, J&B stage – 20 BGN (10 EUR)Full festival ticket (18 – 20 June), all stages – 80 BGN (41 EUR)ParkLive Festival Program: %PT1% 18 JUNE, FRIDAY Main Stage Groove Armada, liveHow not to open the second year of the festival with a big bang? On the first ParkLive night expect Groove Armada with a ten-person band and two vocalists.This is their first concert in Bulgaria. The band gained world popularity with their outstanding kuve shows which can compete with the likes of the Chemical Brothers and Underworld. For their concert here, Groove Armada promise to blow our minds with their brand new album “Black Light”.Babyface Clan, liveSeminal alternative band from the capital of Bulgaria. Babyface Clan have played with Stereo MC’s, Asian Dub Foundation, Molotov, Dead Kennedys, Sheep on Drugs, Transglobal Underground etc. Their album Romantica received a record number of local music award nominations. DJ Cadik DJ Cadik is a partner in crime of the godfather of the Hungarian electronic underground – DJ Palotai. With him they threw memorable events which started Cadik’s career as a sought-after party commander-in-chief at hiphop, drum-and-bass and downtempo events, as well as a producer.J&B stage3D DISCO – AV setJ&B® will tell their fans to START A PARTY once again, this time presenting something unheard-of in Bulgaria - the fans will see the first 3D DISCO™ party in Bulgaria.The show must be seen with special 3D glasses which will be distributed to all who choose to party with J&B 3D DISCO™.Developed in England, the 3D DISCO™ technology combines High Definition video with the best of contemporary club music. The result is a spectacular audio-visual show.Adam Freeland – DJ setThe master DJ of big club nights, Adam Freeland is known for his unique mixing style blurring boundaries between electronic dance and rock music. He has visited most of the biggest clubs worldwide – from Ibiza, London’s Fabric where he is a resident DJ, to Singapour’s Souk. He has headlined most music festivals single or alongside Massive Attack, Justice, M.I.A., and Prodigy…%PT1% 19 JUNE, SATURDAY Main StageGotan Project, liveFrench trio Gotan Project - creators of modern tango – will headline the second night (19 June) of the festival.Inspired by the African roots of tango and Argentine folklore, as well as the urban feel of Buenos Aires, Gotan Project manage to preserve the sexy sound of tango and mix it with electronic instruments. With their debut album of 2001 La Revancha del Tango, they brought tango to the dancehalls and made it a top pick among many popular DJs in Europe and the US. The music of Gotan Project is often used in television and film. Their live performances are always accompanied by a visual show to match the mood.Different, powerful and maverick is who Gotan Project are, even in the title. The well-familiar genre tan-go turns into go-tan borrowing from the Argentinian linguistic game of switching syllables for fun.Bluba Lu, liveBluba Lu is one of the oldest existing underground groups in Bulgaria. It was established in the early 90ies. The core of the band are Dimitar Paskalev and Konstantin Katsarski, although many different musicians have taken part in the group through the years. The band is popular from its presence in the first independent label in Bulgaria - Yellow music (together with Wikeda, Ostava and Animatsionerite), but after the separation of the organization, he creates his own sound-recording studio and realizes many self-dependent projects. Bluba Lu has five published albums. J&B stageColdcut – Energy Union Show, AV setThe Energy Union show is a brand new Coldcut audiovisual production – a ground-breaking piece of VJ cinema about Intelligent Energy. The music is ‘Journeys by DJ’ style : a 21st century montage of kicking sounds drawn from many genres, woven together by the acknowledged Grandmasters of the eclectic electric mash-up. Goldie, DJ setThe star that dragged drum&bass out of the underground and turned it into an international mainstream movement. Among the many achievements in his career, Goldie has had collaborative projects with artists such as 3D (Massive Attack), Sarah Gregory, Bjork, Neneh Cherry, Noel Gallagher, James Lavelle, and Nellee Hooper. HMSU, DJ setHMSU is the leading Bulgarian drum-and-bass formation. They are not only the most successful drum&bass DJs, but also organizers of numerous events and drum&bass parties in Bulgaria. %PT1% 20 JUNE, SUNDAY Main StageMorcheeba, liveCult-like British triphoppers Morcheeba will headline the third night of the ParkLive festival on June 20th.The fans have a chance to experience Morcheeba’s magical new album. Morcheeba will perform with their first vocalist – Skye. It is with Skye that Morcheeba gained world popularity in the mid-nineties and their first two  albums  “Who Can You Trust?” and “Big Calm” skyrocketed to sell over 6 million copies.She has once again joined Paul and Ross Godfrey after a solo career of seven years. Their music combines Skye's velvety voice with a pop vibe.Melancholy and lyrical, yet positive and energetic, Morcheeba will be a genuine treat for Bulgarian fans on the last night of the festival.Beloslava, liveBeloslava is one of the most successful jazz and blues singers in Bulgaria. Her debut album “Ulici” (aka “Streets”) was released in 2001. Four years later (2005) came her second album - “Slushai me” (aka “Listen to me”), which leaded the music charts in Bulgaria for that period. Although her music is known as jazz/blues/R&B she also takes part in several songs of famous Bulgarian rap singers. Phil Asher, DJ set - Electronic, beats and house music. Singas Project, liveThe Singas Project consists of four musicians and a talented vocalist. Nu jazz or old-school, triphop or louge, Singas Project perform remarkable live acts on most European festivals. For more information and news check the official site of the festival: www.parklivefest.com]]> 31 May 2010 12:00:00 ParkLive Festival in Sofia city, the capital of Bulgaria. Gotan Project, Morcheeba, Groove Armada live in Sofia, Bulgaria parklivefest.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100531/parklive_festival.html Ryanair to fly to Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100528/ryanair_to_fly_to_plovdiv.html No-frills airline Ryaniair will launch flights to Bulgaria but will initially land just in the second city of Plovdiv, said Ivo Marinov, deputy minister of economy, energy and tourism. Ivelina Grozdeva of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association urged that the carrier should be allowed to also operate flights to Sofia, Bourgas and Varna. The government plans to lower landing fees for Plovdiv Airport for a period of two years to meet a requirement by the Irish company, which is looking for low fees, according to Marinov. ]]> 28 May 2010 12:00:00 Ryanair to fly to Plovdiv city in Bulgaria. Travel and tourism in Plovdiv city. Dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100528/ryanair_to_fly_to_plovdiv.html Grand Mall Varna Opening Attracts Thousands in Bulgaria's Black Sea City http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100528/grand_mall_varna.html Thousands of residents and guests of Bulgaria’s Varna attended the opening of the city’s newest shopping and entertainment center – Grand Mall Varna.The ribbon of Varna’s largest mall was cut by a number of high-profile guests and partners in the project including Eli Egosi, advisor to the CEO of the investor in the project Orchid Developments; His Excellency Noah Gal Gendler, Ambassador of Israel to Bulgaria; Rosen Plevneliev, Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister; Steven Cliever, Manager of Grand Mall Varna.All of them tossed coins for good luck and success upon entering the new mall as part of an opening ceremony that included a traditional Bulgarian welcome with freshly baked bread, honey, and salt. The mall management has promised that the visitors of Grand Mall Varna will be able to enjoy a number of special events during its entire first week.The opening of the complex ahead of schedule was announced Wednesday at a special news conference by the real estate developer and investor, Orchid Developments Group, and two of the major tenants, the international retail giant Carrefour, and Alexandra Group Holding, a Bulgarian operator of the Arena movie theaters.The construction of Grand Mall Varna started in 2007; over EUR 120 M have been invested in the complex so far, and some 2 000 people have worked on completing the project.The biggest mall in Varna has a total built-up area of over 150 000 square meters, including 50 000 square meters of commercial space for rent. It features a parking lot with 1 700 spaces. The Arena movie theater inside it has 8 halls will a total of 1 100 seats. The Carrefour hypermarket, which is the first store in Varna of the global retail chain, has an area of 9 300 square meters.“Congratulations, Varna!,” said Eli Egosi at the opening. “We are convinced that Grand Mall Varna will satisfy the needs of all residents and guests of the city who wish to purchase high-quality goods at competitive prices. We will not stop to develop and to surprise people with new brands and more exciting shopping and entertainment options,” he added.The global brands that are entering the market of Bulgaria’s major Black Sea city for first time thanks to Grand Mall Varna include not just Carrefour but also Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear, Humanic, Playlife, Calliope, Douglas, Bata, Deichmann, Intersport.The partners that took part of the realization of the Grand Mall Varna project include MYS Architects (a firm that participated in the construction of Mall of Sofia), Lagis EOOD, the OTP bank, the MKB Union Bank, the DSK Bank, leading real estate companies Colliers Properties and Colliers Leasing, law firms Firon-Bar-Nir and Eurolex, and Bulgaria’s largest PR agency M3 Communications Group, Inc.The real estate developer and hotel operator Orchid Developments Group Ltd is active in all major sectors of the Bulgarian real estate market. It operates projects in Sofia, Varna, and the Golden Sands resort. With over EUR 150 M invested in Bulgarian real estate properties, Orchid Group is one of the leading companies on the Bulgarian property market.In addition to the EUR 120 M Grand Mall Varna, the company has two more projects in Varna – the closed-type complex Orchid Hills and a mixed use building in the downtown, Orchid Gardens Varna.]]> 28 May 2010 12:00:00 Grand Mall Varna Opening Attracts Thousands in Bulgaria's Black Sea City Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100528/grand_mall_varna.html Bansko becomes a winter capital on the Balkans http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100527/bansko_becomes_a_winter_capital_on_the_balkans.html Bansko resort is nominated for a winter capital of the Balkans. This was announced by Blagoi Ralin, head of the BHRA, yesterday in Bansko. Bansko hosted a meeting of the International and Balkan association of hoteliers and restauranteurs.The international delegates made a tour to the ski zone and were impressed by the high quality of servicies offered in the resort. The guests promised to support the candidature of Bansko for a winter capital. The official decision of the Balkan alliance will be announced later this year.]]> 27 May 2010 12:00:00 Bansko becomes a winter capital on the Balkans. Bansko ski resort in the Pirin mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100527/bansko_becomes_a_winter_capital_on_the_balkans.html Mellow Music Festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100526/mellow_music_festival.html Mellow – the first edition of a brand new music festival which will take place on May 27 – 29, 2010 in Sofia. In three days and nights Mellow will blend together the fluids of spring, the beautiful progressive music which had somehow skipped Bulgaria so far, and the positive vibes of all souls hungry for something new. We’ll have two stages. The first one – Mellow OPEN – is free and will be built in the Borisova Garden. It will start at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m., just in time for the Mellow NIGHT scene at Inter Expo Center. It will have paid access, will open at 10:30 p.m and will keep us awake till sunrise. Just as the name of the fesival promises, Sofia will bask in high spirits and good moods, triggered by musicians who defy the confines of rigid style frames. Mellow Music Festival will bring to Sofia more than 20 bands, producers and DJ’s who will play live more than 30 hours of quality current popular music. Mellow Music Festival will host a good bunch of established and rising names, who make different music, but have one important element in common – they are the agents who push quality electronic music forward. Mellow Music Festival Program%PT1% 27 May, ThursdayMellow open- Auditory Ossicles (live);- Moritz von Oswald trio (live);- King Midas Sound (live);Mellow night:- Quiet Village (movie show); - The Phenomenal Handclap Band (live);- Jahcoozi (live); - Kode9 (DJ set);%PT1% 28 May, FridayMellow open- Onur Engin (DJ set);- Fontän (live);- Help Me Jones (live);Mellow night:- Quiet Village (movie show); - The Phenomenal Handclap Band (live);- Jahcoozi (live); - Kode9 (DJ set);%PT1% 29 May, SaturdayMellow open- Clipper (DJ set); - Elektro Guzzi (live); - Finn Johannsen (DJ set); - Brandt Brauer Frick (live); Mellow night:- Padded Cell (live) - Stefan Goldmann (DJ set) - KiNK (DJ set) - The Bulgarian & StefaK (DJ set) ]]> 26 May 2010 12:00:00 Mellow Music Festival in Sofia city, the Capital of Bulgaria. Mellow open and Mellow night stages in Sofia mellowfestival.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100526/mellow_music_festival.html Students project an artificial island nearby Varna http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100526/artificial_island.html 10 teams of Students – architects and designers will create the hotel and attraction infrastructure on the island.The project of an artificial island right in front of the St. St. Constantine and Elene resort is the task of an international architecture student competition, which will take place until the end of the week in the tourism complex.10 teams of students will work over the project. Their goal is to create a hotel and attraction infrastructure on the future island. They will also have to project an yacht port, a bridge and an isthmus for road connection. ]]> 26 May 2010 12:00:00 Students project an artificial island nearby Varna city on the Black sea in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100526/artificial_island.html Spring book bazaar in Sofia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100526/book_bazaar_in_sofia.html The spring book bazaar opened on 24 may. The start of the event was given by the Association “Bulgarian Book”.The official opening was held in the National Palace of Culture will exhibit more than 80 publishing companies, which will present new titles and will give the chance to the visitors to meet many authors. The bazaar will be held on the third floor of the National Palace of Culture on an are of over 600 square metres. All readers will be able to get many discounts and special offers.This year the entrance for visitors is free. The working time of the book forum will be from 10:00 Am – 7:00 Pm until 30 may. ]]> 26 May 2010 12:00:00 Spring book bazaar in Sofia. Culture events and tourism in Sofia, Bulgaria. Kamelia Krumova, information by avtora.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100526/book_bazaar_in_sofia.html Bulgaria Expects 6 Million Foreign Tourists in 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100525/bulgaria_foreign_tourists.html A total of 8-8.5 million tourists will make their vacations in Bulgaria in 2010, and some 6 million are expected to come from abroad.This means that there will be a 5% increase in the number of foreign tourists year-on-year, according to a forecast of the Institute for Analysis and Estimates in Tourism.More tourists from Germany, Russia, Central Europe, Romania, Serbia, and Macedonia are expected to visit the Bulgarian Black Sea resorts in the summer of 2010 compared to last summer.According to data of the Institute, Bulgarian tourists spent BGN 575 per capita on vacations in the summer of 2009, and are expected to spend at least as much this summer.The prices of tourism packages are forecast to be about 20%-25% lower in Bulgarian Black Sea resorts.According to Stoyan Marinov from the Varna Tourist Chamber, the hopes that Bulgarian Black Sea resorts might benefit somehow by the fact that some foreign tourists might be turned away from Greece as a result of the strikes there are totally unfounded as the clients traditionally going to Greece and to Bulgaria are different in terms of their demands.Marinov said Bulgarian tour operators and resorts have to try to compete with their Turkish counterparts who offer very good service at very competitive prices.]]> 25 May 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Expects 6 Million Foreign Tourists in 2010. Travel and tourism news form Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100525/bulgaria_foreign_tourists.html Good expectations for the summer season http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100520/summer_season_bulgaria.html Bulgaria expects 5% increase in the number of tourists traveling in Bulgaria, compared to the last year.This was announced by the deputy minister of economy, energetics and tourism Ivo Marinov. He added that a new communication campaign will be launched by the end of June. The main goal of the campaign is to increase the access to information tor the opportunities for traveling around the country. The government plans to invest in online advertisement. By the end of the month the contracts for ads in Russia and Germany will be singed.Many foreign tourists enjoy Bulgaria for the excellent combination of winter tourism and spa offers. An initiative committee organizes spa nomination of the year, aiming to popularize the spa tourism in the country.The official ceremony for the rewards will take place on 06 June in Pravets. Famous spa complexes and spa hotels of different categories will be presented to the event. ]]> 20 May 2010 12:00:00 Good expectations for the summer tourism season in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 20 May 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100520/summer_season_bulgaria.html Alpine meeting nearby Tran http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tran/news/20100518/alpine_meeting_nearby_tran.html During the days around the national holiday between 21 and 24 may, the Alpine meeting “Transko Gorge” will be held for the fourth year in a row.The gorge of the Erma river, also famous as Lomnishko, is located 4 km away from Tran town and is the biggest tourism attraction in the region, one of the100 National Tourism Sites. The rocks are rising at 150 – 200 m height and forms a picturesque canyon, with numerous rock climbing routes. Each year alpinists form all over Bulgaria meet by the rocks of the gorge. The start of the traditional alpine meeting was marked ever since the 60es of the past century, with the initiative of the Alpine club from Pernik. After 1990 the annual meetings have ceased, to be renewed in 2007 by Tako Mladenov – alpinist from Tran. During the past 2 years the number of participants have risen drasticly and they are now over 100.The main goal of the meeting is to popularize Tran as a tourism and climbing destination, as well as exchange of skills and knowledge between alpinists from all generations and parts of Bulgaria. This year the event will meet guests form Macedonia and Serbia, which may be the first step towards the popularization of the event internationally.As every year, the rocks will be cleared by dangerous stones, grass and shrubs. A medical team and technical assistance will be supplied to secure the zones for visitors. New routes will be developed for those who managed to climb up everything until the present moment. The beginners will be able to use the services of professional instructors, who will present the first steps in the climbing. Each registered participant will receive an award. Thus the organizers hope to eliminate the competitor's element and to preserve solely the pure pleasure from the climbing, the meetings and contacts. ]]> 18 May 2010 12:00:00 Alpine meeting nearby Tran town in Bulgaria. Rock climbing events and news. Lyudmila Racheva, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/tran/news/20100518/alpine_meeting_nearby_tran.html Pirin Golf & C.C. hosted the first camp of The National Golf Team for 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100518/national_golf_team.html The fist golf camp of the National Golf Team of Bulgaria for this year began on May 14. The camp was arranged in cooperation with the BGA (PBGA) and Alan Rogut – Golf development Manager in BGA. The coaches of the national selection, which will represent Bulgaria in International amateur golf tournaments – Neal Turley and Nikolay Stanew were quite strict, but pleased that the future of amateur golf is in their hands.%RIMG1 The camp began with a meeting of the players and short briefing of their tasks and obligations. The coaches made very serious program for the trainees, including golf on the course, practice and individual tasks. All team members had their golf motion analyzed with S&M Put Lab and Golf video analysis by Nikolay Stanew.The flood rain on Saturday didn’t give the keen golfers from Par Tee Golf Club and their guests a scare of playing in the Par Tee Open – Spring 2010. All golfers came back with good results, despite of the bad weather and had the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of the Clubhouse after finishing.%LIMG2 28 golfers took part in the tournament, divided in Two divisions: А (hcp 0 – 18) and B (hcp 19 – 54 ) Mr. Roberto Mladenov – Secretary of Par Tee Golf Club and Mr. Nikolay Kaloyanov – President of PGCC bestowed the prizes to the winners. Kiril Marinov – the youngest member of Par Tee Golf Club won the first place in Class A with 37 Net Stableford points. The winner in Class B is Nikolay Savov – 18 year old member of PGCC, who won a prize in every tournament so far.%RIMG3 Pirin Golf and Country Club hosted the second round of No Handicap Tournament on May 16th 2010. The beginner golfers had the chance to play on Ian Woosnam golf course, 9-holes. Among them were five representatives of Macedonian players.Pirin Golf and Country Club invites you to participate in the spring amateur golf tournament Mercedes-Benz Open 2010 that will take place on May 29th 2010. %LIMG4%RIMG5]]> 18 May 2010 12:00:00 Pirin Golf & C.C. hosted the first camp of The National Golf Team for 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100518/national_golf_team.html Bulgaria's Varna City Hall Bans Summer Season Construction http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100514/varna_tourism_season.html All construction in resorts near Bulgaria's Black sea capital Varna is banned, beginning May 15, over the opening of the summer season.The order was issued Tuesday by the Mayor of Varna, Kiril Yordanov.According to the order, all unfinished sites must be secured, cleaned and cultivated while construction waste must also be removed by May 15, during the hours of 8 am and 10 am and 4 pm and 8 pm.Violators will be fined up to BGN 10 000.]]> 14 May 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Varna City Hall Bans Summer Season Construction. Travel and tourism information for Varna, Bulgaria Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100514/varna_tourism_season.html Bulgarians Go For Home Resorts for May Holidays http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100514/bulgarian_holidaymakers.html The majority of the Bulgarians going on a vacation during the May holidays have preferred the home sea and mountain resorts to foreign destinations.According to preliminary data of the Bulgarian Association of Tourist Agencies, 70% of those using the four days off around May 6 have decided to say in Bulgarian, and only 30% have headed abroad. In comparison, in 2009, only about 40% of the Bulgarian tourists taking the chance to travel in May stayed in the country.One of the top Bulgarian Black Sea resorts, Albena, has about 2 000 holidaymakers at the beginning of May, with half of them coming from Bulgaria, the bTV channel reported.In addition to the sea resorts, where all hotels that were opened for Easter in April, are in business for the May holidays, many had chosen spa and wellness programs at mountain spots such as Sandanski, Hisarya, Velingrad, Kyustendil.Greece remains the most popular foreign destination with Bulgarians despite the social unrest there; Turkey comes next. Only 10% of the Bulgarian tourists taking a foreign trip have selected Western Europe or an exotic destination, BATA data shows.Tourism analysts have pointed out that Romanians continue to demonstrate great interest in Bulgaria’s Black Sea resorts, while Greeks are attending mostly spa hotels in the southern parts of the country such as the town of Sandanski.]]> 14 May 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarians Go For Home Resorts for May Holidays Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100514/bulgarian_holidaymakers.html 2000 museums from 40 countries will participate in the “Night of the Museums” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100514/night_of_the_museums.html Two thousand museums from 40 European countries will participate in the night of the museums on 15 May, announced by the French Culture institute.12 Museums will open doors from 6.00PM until midnight in Sofia. The total number of Bulgarian museums which will participate in the event is 42.The Night of the Museums is an initiative of the ministry of culture and communications of France. It started in 2005 and is slowly turning into an European event. ]]> 14 May 2010 12:00:00 2000 museums from 40 countries will participate in the “Night of the Museums”. The Night of Museums in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100514/night_of_the_museums.html 11 Beaches Distinguished with the honourable “Blue Flag” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100513/blue_flag_beaches.html The Bulgarian movement “Blue Flag” announced that the international jury of the program “Blue Flag” praised 2884 beaches and 627 yacht ports in the northern hemisphere.The Bulgarian movement “Blue Flag” announced that 11 of the Bulgarian beaches have received the honourable prize. These are the beaches in Albena, Sunny Day, Elenite, New beach and central beach in Sveti Vlas, Sunny Beach – north, Sunny Beach – south, Pomorie – east, Sozopol – Harmanite and Duni, as well as the yacht port Marina Dinevi.Albena and Sunny Day successfully bear the prize for many years. The Bulgarian movement welcomes the return of the Beach in Elenite in the list. A new participant in the program is the Central beach in Sveti Vlas, who has met all of the requirements of the program precisely and will be presented during the international visits. The beach in Duni is traditionally distinguished for its perfect management and is often chosen by the international commissions for the perfect site to hold the annual meeting of Blue flag.For the first time the beach “Bunite” in Varna applies the international standard led by Andrey Vasilev. ]]> 13 May 2010 12:00:00 11 Beaches on the Black sea in Bulgaria Distinguished with the honourable “Blue Flag” Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100513/blue_flag_beaches.html Plovdiv opens the first international Crafts Fair http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100513/crafts_fair.html Craftsmen from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece show their skills during the first international crafts fair, which was opened yesterday in Plovdiv. Participants will demonstrate hand techniques for glass, iron and copper articles, as well as jewelry, embroidery work, pottery, aroma soaps and etc. The craftsmen who worked over the clothes and shoes for the films “Troja” and “Harry Potter”. A special exhibition “Violine majic”, will show the instruments made by the luthiers from Kazanlak. The event is organized by Plovdiv municipal, the institute “Old town Plovdiv”, National craftsmen association, the National art gallery and the Regional history museum. It is part of the project “Thirty days – three countries”, which will take place in Erdine, Turkey, Komotini, Greece and Plovdiv. The fair will take place until 18 May in Plovdiv. ]]> 13 May 2010 12:00:00 Plovdiv opens the first international Crafts Fair. Visit Plovdiv city in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100513/crafts_fair.html The kingdom of the Rhododendron in Strandzha http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100512/rhododendron.html The eighth festival of the Strandzha Rhododendron gathered over 700 guests, the festival bears the name of the unique for the region shrub, which blossoms in May and June and was accepted as a symbol of the mountain. The festival takes place ever since 2003 in different parts of the mountain.This year the organizers from the direction of the natural park and the Bulgarian foundation “Biodivercity” chose the site “Tulpan” over the Zabernovo village in the protected site “Paroria”. Following the tradition thousands of people arrived from different parts of the country to touch the magic mountain.Two days in the kingdom of the Rhodondenron are not enough to get to know the mountain, but are enough to fall in love with it.Guests have the chance to enjoy the beautiful nature, to see the Thracian dolmens and sanctuaries, to hug the venerable trees and listen to the songs from Strandzha and try the famous manov honey or rakia from Zvezdets and Gramatikovo.Then enchanted and touched to leave part of their hearts in Strandzha.]]> 12 May 2010 12:00:00 The kingdom of the Rhododendron in Strandzha mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by Dariknews.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100512/rhododendron.html Artmospheric Festival 2010 near Vladaya http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100512/artmospheric.html Artmospheric Festival 2010 will take place from 21st till 24th of May, at a new location - the road to the old querries above Vladaya village, an area within Vitosha Natural Park, Bulgaria.On Friday 21st, our host will be Sofia Dub Club's ambient tea house providing the best artmospheric introduction.The main stage, powered by a state-of-the-art Funktion-One sound system, will be open from Saturday afternoon. A long line-up of artists from India, UK, Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria and more countries will guide you through some of our favourite destinations: psybient/progressive/psytrance on Saturday, and idm/deep techno on Sunday. We will finish our musical journey with a traditional dubby ethno-ambient closing event on Monday.Detailed festival information about artists, location, transport, workshops, areas and activities can be found on www.artmospheric.org.Pre-sale tickets are available on eventim.bg.]]> 12 May 2010 12:00:00 Artmospheric Festival 2010 near Vladaya, Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria information by Artmospheric http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100512/artmospheric.html Bulgaria Sends Rose Oil to Space http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20100511/rose_oil_in_space.html Solomon Passy - Bulgarian politician and foreign minister (2001-2005) handed to US astronaut Marsha Ivins a phial with rose oil. She promised the phial would reach the international space station and would get into orbit. "The voice of Valya Balkanska (singer of traditional Bulgarian folklore songs) is rambling in the space, but we haven't sent yet Bulgarian wine and computers," Solomon Passy joked.Marsha Ivins delivered a lecture "Life and Work in Space - Today and in Future". "If we want to achieve something great as for example to land on Mars, we can accomplish that only as citizens of the planet Earth". Thus the US astronaut answered the question if a Bulgarian could step on the Red Planet. US ambassador to Sofia James Warlick was also present at the lecture and promised to promote the cooperation between Bulgaria and the USA in the field of space technologies.]]> 11 May 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Sends Rose Oil to Space. Visit the Rose festival in Kazanlak, Bulgaria Siyana Sevova, Standartnews daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kazanlak/news/20100511/rose_oil_in_space.html Bulgaria attracts tourists form the Balkan countries http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20100511/balkan_tourists.html Bulgaria attracts tourists form Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania with attractive prices and excellent service. The Greek tourists are a real surprise for the start of the new summer season in Sunny Beach, announced Elena Ivanova, head of the Alliance of the owners of hotels and complexes in the resort.The early bookings for the present year mark a slight rise, compared to the previous year and the mangers of the complex expect a good summer season.The hoteliers found the right balance between price and quality and this will attract a serious number of tourists in Bulgaria.The number of outgoing tourists form Bulgaria have lowered with 30% and the resorts expect them to be their guests. Expert for the travel industry in Bulgaria have reacted against the removing of online visa applications for Russian tourists and the problem was quickly decided.]]> 11 May 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Attracts tourists form the Balkan countries. Tourism in Sunny Beach resort in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by money.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sunny_beach/news/20100511/balkan_tourists.html The hotels along the upper float of Arda river were full during the holidays http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20100511/arda_village.html The hotels along the upper float of Arda River were completely occupied during the holidays, announced the mayor of Arda village – Emil Bashev.The hotels for eco and rural tourism in the region of Arda, Mogilitsa and Smilyan marked a rise in the number of tourists. The guests of the hotels are mainly Bulgarians. Some of the most popular activities were trekking in the mountain, horseback riding, alpine downhill by a rope in the canyons. Despite the crisis in the tourism industry, tourists are still interested in the rural tourism and the colourful Rhodopian villages are transformed into an attractive tourism destination. ]]> 11 May 2010 12:00:00 The hotels along the upper float of Arda river full for the holidays. The Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by lev.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/kardjali/news/20100511/arda_village.html Stara Zagora promotes culture tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/stara_zagora/news/20100511/stara_zagora_culture_tourism.html Diplomats from different countries will arrive in Stara Zagora, invited by the regional governor Iordan Nikolov. The ambassadors will attend the start of the national project “The birth of Europe History and Reality”, which is being organized in cooperation with the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency to popularize the Neolithic homes in Stara Zagora. The main goal of the event is to show the “Neolithic homes” to Europe and to mark the site on the international map of the culture tourism. The regional governor of Stara Zagora will present the project on the sixth meeting of the Bulgarian medias around the world, which will take place in Vienna.]]> 11 May 2010 12:00:00 Stara Zagora promotes culture tourism around the world. Information and travel tips for Stara Zagora city in Bulgaria. Kamelia Krumova, information by DarikNews.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/stara_zagora/news/20100511/stara_zagora_culture_tourism.html „Albena“ Resort Announced: “June - the month of the children” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20100510/the_month_of_the_children.html Albena announced June “The month of the children” in the Black sea resort. All families who choose to have a holiday before the high season will receive special gifts and promotional rates. The hotels included in the program will welcome more young tourists with children swimming pools, playgrounds and water attractions, announced by the resort. ]]> 10 May 2010 12:00:00 „Albena“ Resort Announced: “the month of the children”. Visit Albena for your summer beach holiday in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by Albena Ltd. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20100510/the_month_of_the_children.html Sozopol prepares for the summer season 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20100505/sozopol_summer.html Sozopol Municipality is getting ready for the new summer season, announced the mayor of the town Panayot Reizi.Numerous activities and events are being prepared to surprise tourists and make the resort even more attractive. By the end of my all repairments of the streets, public lights and garden design should be completed.The municipality will guarantee lifeguards on every beach in the resort, as tourists are already attracted by the sunny weather. ]]> 05 May 2010 12:00:00 Sozopol prepares for the summer season 2010. Summer season in Sozopol beach resort on the Black sea in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by Darik news http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20100505/sozopol_summer.html A record number of participants joined the folklore holiday in Suvorovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100504/suvorovo_festival.html A record number of participants joined the third edition of the folklore festival “Like a live water” in Suvorovo. This year the event took place on 01 and 02 may. More than 90 individual performers and 63 ensembles entertained all guests and residents of Suvorvo. The festival “Like a live water” is part of the holiday of Suvorovo town, which is traditionally celebrated on 01 may. ]]> 04 May 2010 12:00:00 A record number of participants joined the folklore holiday in Suvorovo town near Varna in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by Suvorovo municipal http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100504/suvorovo_festival.html Russian air companies commemorate the 65 anniversary of the end of World War II http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100504/russian_air_companies.html Majour Russian air companies commemorate the 65 anniversary of the end of World War II with a traditional action for veterans. The action will take place between May 03 — 27, 2010.For already 10 years now Aeroflot enables many soldiers and affected persons of the second World War free scheduled flights inside Russia, from Russian cities to Europe (Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic), as well as from the CIS/Baltic: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine to the Russian Federation. ]]> 04 May 2010 12:00:00 Russian air companies commemorate the 65 anniversary of the end of World War II with free flights to Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100504/russian_air_companies.html UNWTO Head: Bulgaria Can Expect More Foreign Tourists in 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100504/foreign_tourists_bulgaria.html The Bulgarian government forecasts a 5% increase in the number of foreign tourists in 2010, according to Economy Minister Traicho Traikov.Traikov also said Wednesday that the number of Bulgarian holidaymakers within the country will also likely be on the rise in 2010.The World Tourism Organization expects a 3%-4% growth on international trips worldwide in 2010, and a 1%-3% of the tourists within Europe, announced Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO.Rifai is in Bulgaria for the meeting of the Europe Travel Commission of the World Tourism Organization which took place in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on April 27-28, 2010.According to Rifai, the forecasts of the Bulgarian government for an increased number of foreign tourists are realistic.UNWTO data shows that the tourism revenue worldwide decreased by 6% down to EUR 611 B in 2009, and the number of tourists dropped by 4%.In 2009, the number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria declined by only 0.7% but the income from their trips was down by 6.7% to BGN 2.7 B.Bulgaria’s Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism Traikov said after his meeting with Rifai that the growth of tourists depended mostly on the offering of varied services and attractions.Some of the ideas that Bulgarian tourism experts have discussed with members of the UNWTO include the setting up of a national tourism organization, defining tourist regions, and establishing a national tourism information system.“The options for starting a national organization are to make it part of the Ministry of Economy or to set it up as a fully separate structure through a public-private partnership so that whoever contributes money for advertising can have a say in how it is spent,” explained Bulgarian Deputy Minister Ivo Marinov, who is in charge of Tourism.Marinov said the structure and rights of a new Bulgarian national tourism organization may be incorporated in the new Tourism Act which will be adopted in the fall of 2010.]]> 04 May 2010 12:00:00 UNWTO Head: Bulgaria Can Expect More Foreign Tourists in 2010 Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100504/foreign_tourists_bulgaria.html Temple Models to Become Top New Tourist of Bulgaria Capital http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100504/temple_models.html The new top tourist attraction of the Bulgarian capital Sofia will be a model of the four religious temples in its very downtwon, according to the city’s Chief Architect Petar Dikov.Sofia Municipality presented Monday its project entitled “Sofia – Wisedom in Action”, which features four small-scale replicas of the religious temples of four different religions.The life-size model displaying the St. Nedelya Orthodox Church, the Sofia Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue, and the Catholic Cathedral will be situated in the so called “Sofia Largo – the area between the buildings of the Presidency and the Council of Ministers, which is pretty close to the location of the actual temples along the Maria Luisa Blvd.The four model buildings will be in a scale of 1:25 compared, and will be located on an area of 100 square meters.“Sofia is the only European city whose downtown features in a friendly fashion a synagogue, a mosque, an orthodox cathedral, and a catholic temple on an area of less than 1 square km,” said Sofia Architect Petar Dikov.“The life-size exhibit of the models of the four temples will include sound, lights, a spectator hall, a transparent roof, and interactive features,” he explained adding that the “Sofia – Wisedom in Action” project is supposed to be an element of the project for the “Archaeological Complex Serdika-Sredets” - the initiative of the Sofia Municipality and the Culture Ministry to excavate and display in the very downtown of the city the traces of its Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, and Bulgarian past.“The model buildings will be crafted in a very precise way. We will provide sound information in Bulgarian, English, French, Russian, and German. One of the features will be to listen to the actual religious services performed inside the respective temple at the same time while viewing the model,” elaborated the Sofia Architect.The project is expected to be completed and inaugurated in April 2011 for the 132 anniversary since Sofia was declared Bulgarian capital. The funds for the realization for the project have been collected from private sponsors and donations, and the municipality will not be spending any money on it, announced Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.]]> 04 May 2010 12:00:00 Temple Models to Become Top New Tourist of Bulgaria Capital Sofia. Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100504/temple_models.html Tourism Attractions in Baba Vida http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100429/vidin.html Numerous entertainment opportunities for children and tourists will be constructed in close vicinity to “Baba Vida” fortress. The municipal council in Vidin will vote the financing of the project for the construction of tourism attractions on the fortification wall in the town.The project was approved by the ministry of the regional development and is due to be completed by the end of 2011. The fortification system from “Enichar kapiya” to the “Baba Vida” fortress will be reconstructed. An amphitheater will be constructed in the fortification wall. The ditch will be cleared, reconstructed and filled with water. A draw-bridge and boats will also entertain guests and residents of the city. Different entertainments for children and tourists are planned to be constructed, together with a guide system on 7 languages. ]]> 29 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Tourism Attractions in Baba Vida in Vidin city in Bulgaria btv.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100429/vidin.html Ryan Air will Fly to Plovdiv http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100429/ryan_air.html Low cost flights to London and Frankfurt will start operating on Plovdiv airport from this autumn. Ryan air plans to schedule flights to Plovdiv this year. The company is also considering flights to Dublin and several airports in Italy and Spain, announced Doichin Angelov, executive director of Plovdiv airport. Plovdiv airport expects to welcome charter flights from UK for the next winter season. ]]> 29 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Ryan Air will Fly to Plovdiv airport, near Pamporovo in Bulgaria. Low cost flights to Plovdiv Kamelia Krumova, informatoin by standartnews.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100429/ryan_air.html Moscow mayor and Bulgaria’s Prime Minister attend official vacation complex opening http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100428/kamchia.html The mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov will officially attend the opening of the Russian children’s vacation complex in Kamchia seside resort in Bulgaria.The opening ceremony will take place on August 26 2010.Construction of the Russian vacation complex started in September 2009. Moscow city council invested over 100 billion euro in the project. The construction of a yacht port is another planned part of the vacation complex.]]> 28 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Moscow mayor and Bulgaria’s Prime Minister attend official opening of Kamchia Vacation Complex information by Tourist Media, 27 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100428/kamchia.html Bourgas will host culinary competition “The taste of Bourgas” http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100428/bourgas_culinary_events.html Balkan culinary competition called “The taste of the Balkans” will exhibit the best of the national cuisines of Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro. The event will take place form 30 April – 05 May. Some of the best chefs in the world will arrive in Bourgas to answer the ultimate question – “which country can offer the most delicious hospitality”.The organizers of the third edition of the prestigious international event, which is supported by the mayor of Bourgas – Mr. Dimatar Nikolov, ATSEB /Tourism Alliance of South-eastern Bulgaria/ and Bourgas municipality. The culinary competition will include professional chefs and youth teams from colleges and professional schools. ]]> 28 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Bourgas will host culinary competition “The taste of Bourgas” on the Black sea in Bulgaria information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100428/bourgas_culinary_events.html 70 km route for culture tourism from Zlatograd to the beach of the Aegian sea http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100423/culture_tourism_bulgaria.html The first group for the 70 km route for culture tourism from Zlatograd to the beach of the Aegian sea starts on 25 th April, announced Nikolai Ovcharov. The final destination is Avdira village, heir of one of the biggest cities from ancient times. Birth place of famous greek scientists like Protagor, Levkid, Demokrit and etc. The local archaeology museum preserves the findings of the local akropolis – golden and silver adornments and utensils, pottry. The road to the seaside is just about an hour and a half. The way back passess through the famous market in Xanti, said the archaeologists.The complete sightseein tour n Bulgaria – Perperikon, Tatul and the houses from the revival period, takes around two- three days. The travel experts are preparing different tourism offers. The first information leaflet with the culture sites along the route will be issued after 15 – 20 days. Bulgarian and greek archaeologists plan to prepare a guide for culture tourism in the region of Smolyan, Haskovo, the mounth of Maritsa river to the White sea. At the present moment the guides are mainly Bulgarians. At this stage everything is made by enthusiasts, but a serios government policy is needed to support the culture tourism in the country.]]> 23 Apr 2010 12:00:00 70 km route for culture tourism from Zlatograd in Bulgaria to the beach of the Aegian sea information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100423/culture_tourism_bulgaria.html Tourism Fair “Your Holiday” Bourgas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100422/tourism_fair_bourgas.html Bourgas will host the 9th edition of the tourism fair “Your Holiday” - 2010. The exhibition will take place from 22 – 24 april 2010 in the Home of Cultures “Lukoil Neftohim”, Bourgas. The event is supported by the regional administration in Bourgas, the Ministry of economy and tourism. For the first time, the event will host a labour fair for the tourism industry. Fam trips to tourism sites in Pomorie, Aitos and natural park Strandja will be organized during the event.“Your vacation” is organized by the initiative of BRTA and is financed by “Communnication campaigns for encouriging interior tourism in Bulgaria” by the Operation program “Regional development”.]]> 22 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Tourism Fair “Your Holiday” Bourgas on the Black sea in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 22 April 2010, HoreMag.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100422/tourism_fair_bourgas.html Bulgaria and Greece Offer Joint Rhodope Mountain Tours http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100422/rhodope_mountain.html Bulgarian and Greek municipalities have come together to offer joint tourist tours of the Rhodope Mountains.This has been announced by Zlatka Nikolova, head of the Bulgarian Association of Rhodope Municipalities based in the southern city of Smolyan, as cited by BTA.The municipalities on the two sides of the border are promoting “The Mountain of Orpheus” at tourism expos in various countries.They have prepared together tourist routes from the Rhodope Mountain, which is located mostly in Bulgaria – to the Aegean Sea coast. The project is financed with EU funding. The promotional materials are in Bulgaria, Greek, and English.The Bulgarian Association of Rhodope Municipalities is partnering with the border association Delta Rhodope, and the Association of the Municipalities from the region of Xanthi.Nikolova has pointed out that the opportunities for crafting cross-border tourist packages have increased vastly after the opening of the Zlatograd-Xanthi border crossing point in January 2010.]]> 22 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria and Greece Offer Joint Rhodope Mountain Tours Sofia News Agency http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100422/rhodope_mountain.html The sixth edition of “Weekend Tourism” will be held in May http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20100419/tourism_exhibition_in_rousse.html The sixth edition of the tourism exhibition “Weekend tourism Rousse” and the third festival of the tourism entertainment and animation will take place during the period 13th – 15 May in Rousse.The main goal of the exhibition is to preset the tourism opportunities of the Rousse region. Attractive holiday offers will be also presented. The event is organized with the cooperation of the industry of Economy Energetics and tourism. The Municipality Information Centre, the association “European areas 21” and the Regional History Museum in Rousse. ]]> 19 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Tourism Exhibition in Rousse city on The Danube river in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 19 April 2010, information by dir.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20100419/tourism_exhibition_in_rousse.html The Tall Ship Regatta in Varna Expects Over 200 000 Tourists in May http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100419/regatta_tall_ship.html Varna expects over 250 000 tourists for the sailing regatta “Tall Ships Historical seas 2010” in May. This was announced by the head of the Municipal council – Borislav Gutsanov. Seven of the biggest ships in class “A” are expected to participate in the competition. More than 10 of the most attractive sailing ships will participate in the competition. Several military ships will also participate in the event. According to Gutsanov, around 150 small yachts, will also participate in the event. The concert stages, equipped with temporary parking lots will be contracted in Varna. 50 volunteers – mostly students will support the organization of the event. The first stage of the regatta, which arrives in Varna for the first time is from the Greek harbor Volos. The second, which will start on 24th May is from Varna to Istanbul. All teams will take place on the traditional parade in honour of the Day of the Slavic writing and culture.The biggest attraction of the regatta, the so called “sail parade” will take place right before the start.]]> 19 Apr 2010 12:00:00 The Tall Ship Regatta in Varna Expects Over 200 000 Tourists in May in the Black sea in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 19 April 2010, information by Dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100419/regatta_tall_ship.html Bulgaria Records 7% Increase in Culture Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100416/culture_tourism_records.html Bulgaria's culture tourism registers a 7% increase despite the economic crisis, data presented at the official opening of the “Culture Tourism 2010” expo reveals.The expo, organized by the municipal tourist agency”Tsarevgrad Tarnov,” the Economy Ministry, tour operators, hotel and restaurant owners, was launched in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Wednesday. The motto of the 2010 edition is “Veliko Tarnovo – a Balkan Culture Tourism Capital,” after the prestigious award Bulgaria's old capital received in January, bestowed by the 47th congress of the Hotel and Restaurant Association.“The award is for us recognition, responsibility and a brand name,” the city's Mayor, Rumen Rashev, said during his opening address.The expo has registered a record number of participants – 800 representatives of Bulgarian tourist businesses, along with tour operators from 18 foreign countries.The expo, running until April 17, includes in its program, in addition to displays, discussions, a film fest dedicated to travel films, a parade and an award ceremony.]]> 16 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Records 7% Increase in Culture Tourism. Events and traditions in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency, 16 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100416/culture_tourism_records.html New Attractions in Sozopol http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20100415/sozopol_attractions.html Santa Marina Holiday Village in Sozopol announced the new attractions offered in the resort for the forthcoming holiday season. The new entertainment centre includes water centre with lots of pools and entertainment for everyone. The complex also offers various sports facilities and an exciting animation program. Special surprises and professional care are provided for your children. Fun and entertainment:· 3 open-air pools with sun shades and sun beds - free of charge;· Children pools - free of charge;· Private beach with beach bar, WC, children playground;· 3 Pool Bars;Sport Facilities:We are offering at your disposal:- Mini-Golf Course;- Open-air Volleyball Field;- Open-air Basketball Field;- Open-air Table-Tennis;The sport facilities in the complex are subject of additional charge.Animation program:You can enjoy our free animation program during the season:- Gymnastic and Yoga;- Aqua Aerobic;- Children animation;- Games;- Dances, and more…For the kids:For the kids the hotel offers:- Kindergarten - additional charge;- Children playground at the beach;- Children corner in the complex;- Kokolandia - children adventurous park - additional charge;]]> 15 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Sozopol attractions, entertainment and sport facilities by the beach in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 15 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sozopol/news/20100415/sozopol_attractions.html The festival-exhibition “Green days” opens tomorrow http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100414/bio_event_green_days.html The festival-exhibition “Green days” will be opened tomorrow in Sofia and will continue until 18th April. The forum is organized by the Bulgarian Association for alternative tourism in cooperation with the Sofia Municipality, the french institute in Sofia and eco coalition.The festival will be opened tomorrow at 11.30 in front of the National Theater by the mayor of Sofia – Yordanka Fandakova. The garden in front of the National theater will host the exhibition until 18th April. Producers of bio foods and cosmetics, distributors of mountain equipment, climbing, camping, active eco-organizations, national parks and municipalities. On 16th April BAN will host a conference “Bulgaria: Destination for green tourism” with a discussion panel “What will be the future of the protected territories?”, “Bio certified foods and the challenges for the tourism industry ”, “The quality of tourism and passive ”The festival won't be a single event, announced the organizers. It is part of many events, oriented towards the preservation of nature, bio business and lifestyle. ]]> 14 Apr 2010 12:00:00 The festival-exhibition “Green days” opens tomorrow in Sofia, Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100414/bio_event_green_days.html The spa tourism in Bulgaria becomes more popular http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100414/spa_tourism_research.html Velingrad, Hissarya, Sandanski and Devin are the most popular spa resorts.An increase in the number of bookings in 4 and 5 star spa hotel is registered from the beginning of the year. The spa holidays are becoming more popular than the mountain holidays. Velingrad, Hissarya, Sandanski and Devin are among the most popular spa destinations in the country.There is a 30% increase in the number of reservations compared to the last year.Some hotels lowered the prices of the spa packages and the weekend rates, others added additional services as thematic dinners or special services.To attract guests during the weekdays, a lot of hoteliers announced price reduction from 7 to 15 % compared to the weekend rates. Special extras pay 2 and get 3 overnights are very popular at the moment. ]]> 14 Apr 2010 12:00:00 The spa tourism in Bulgaria becomes more popular. Bulgaria Spa and wellness destination information by dir.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100414/spa_tourism_research.html Number of Foreign Tourists in Bulgaria Up 8% in Q1 2010 Y/Y http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100414/foreign_tourists.html The number of foreign tourists, visiting Bulgaria between January and March 2010, is up nearly 8% year on year, according to data of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism.By countries – tourists from Serbia and Macedonia register the largest increase – 45% and 41% respectively, followed by Russians – 26%. The visitors from Greece are up by 4%, from Romania – 3%, the UK – 2% and those from Turkey are nearly 10% more.A reduction is, however, registered in the number of tourists from Germany (9% less), Italy (5%), Austria (13%), and France (6%).There is also an increase in revenues from tourism in the first quarter totaling EUR 104 M.The Ministry hope their campaign to promote and attract more Bulgarians to local destinations would have an additional positive effect on the tourist industry along with the special State strategy to develop cultural tourism and advertise Bulgaria's traditions and historic heritage.]]> 14 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Number of Foreign Tourists in Bulgaria Up 8%. Tourism news and information about Bulgaria Novinite.com, 14 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100414/foreign_tourists.html VII International Tourism Fair “Cultural Tourism” Starts Today in Veliko Tarnovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100414/culture_tourism_fair.html VII International Tourism Fair “Cultural Tourism” Starts Today in Veliko TarnovoThe 7th annual edition of the International Tourist Fair “Cultural tourism – 2010”, organized by the Municipal Tourist Agency „Tsarevgrad Tarnov“ LTD, starts form 14th through 17th April 2010 in Veliko Tarnovo city in Bulgaria, The Fair will take place at the Convention Center “Rafael Mihaylov” in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo and will be held with the kind cooperation of the Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Bulgarian Association of Travel Agents. Veliko Tarnovo –The Balkan capital of cultural tourism – will be the motto of the upcoming Fair. This prestigious award was given to Veliko Tarnovo during the 47th International Congress of IH&RA /International Hotel and Restaurant Association/, which took place in Belgrade, the Republic of Serbia, in January 2010. The International Tourist Fair “Cultural Tourism – 2010” will be organized as an event with three component parts: Tourist Fair - offers an excellent opportunity for tourist organizations, culture institutions and municipalities to present their ideas in the field of culturally-cognitive tourism by advertising and information distribution. Discussion program - includes topics of present interest about what is going on in the field of tourism – new tourist sites, attractions, problems of tourist branch and new lines for stable tourist development in the country and abroad. Film festival “On the eastern coast of Europe” – presents movies, popularizing the Bulgarian cultural heritage. ]]> 14 Apr 2010 12:00:00 VII International Tourism Fair “Cultural Tourism” Starts in Veliko Tarnovo city in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, VisitBulgaria.NET, 14 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/veliko_tarnovo/news/20100414/culture_tourism_fair.html Flights from Plovdiv to Prague for 1 Euro http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100412/flights_from_plovdiv.html At least 5 municipalities have already voted the funds for the development of “Plovdiv airport”, as the southern gate of Bulgaria, announced the regional cousil Mr. Ivan Totev.Plovdiv airport has announced 50% discount of the airport taxes for two years, which will transform it into an attractive site for low cost air companies. The head of one of the biggest air companies “Ryan air” - with 63 million passengers annually will arrive in Plovdiv on 17th May.This would be a new passengers float for the country and it won't affect the traffic on the other airports. According to Ivan Totev, the easiest and cheapest way to travel is by plane. We will transform the airport into a profitable enterprise with opportunity to develop business parks in close vicinity. The development of high technologies and tourism is the economy chance of Plovdiv. “Ryan air” has estimated that the service of one passenger on Plovdiv airport would cost 18 Euro. The 50% discount will compensate 10 Euro, and the other 8 Euro will be supported by the regional fund for the development of the airport. Over 20 municipalities from Plovdiv and Smolyan have applied to participate in the fund. Ryan air announced 1 million promo tickets to Prague for 1 Euro.The municipality is one of the initiators of this fund.Although the airport is owned by the government, we are interested in its prosperity, in order to develop the economy in Plovdiv and the region as an attractive tourism destination, announced the mayor Slavcho Atanasov. ]]> 12 Apr 2010 12:00:00 1 Euro Flights from Plovdiv to Prague. Low cost flights fo Plovdiv Airport in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 12 April 2010, information by news.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100412/flights_from_plovdiv.html A Sanctuary of a Persian God Was Opened for Visitors in the Rhodope Mountain http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/zlatograd/news/20100408/mithra_god.html The only sanctuary of a Persian god Mithra in the Rhodope mountain was shown to the attention to the medias”.The sanctuary is situated in close vicinity to the Greek village Thermes, just 6 km from the Bulgarian border. It was discovered in 1915 by the archaeologists Mr. Bogdan Filov. Archeology researches were not made in the region. After the opening of the new customs near Zlatograd, the rock sanctuary is now available for visits. The sanctuary of Mithra God is situated in the forest nearby the Thermes village. Just a month ago it was covered with threes and shrubs. The barelef of Mithra and the sacred spring can be seen there. In III-IV century Mithra was the most popular god in the Roman empire, later it was substituted with the Christianity, announced prof. Nikolai Ovcharov. According to him the cult to Mithra is connected with earlier cults in the Rhodope mountain – those of the Thracians. The border zone to the south of Zlatograd is famous with its archeology resources. Thus Bulgarian and Greek scientists start mutual researches of the terrain. The sanctuary of Mithra God will b included in a joint tourism route. ]]> 08 Apr 2010 12:00:00 A Sanctuary of a Persian God was Opened for Visitors in the Rhodope Mountain in Greece near Bulgaria Kamelia Кrumova, information by dir.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/zlatograd/news/20100408/mithra_god.html Bulgaria's Dental Tourism Flourishes http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100407/dental_tourism_bulgaria.html Dental tourism is an increasing trend with more and more foreigners who combine a holiday to Bulgaria's Black Sea coast with a visit to the dentist.Bulgaria, especially the bigger cities along its Black Sea coast, has started to cash in from a growing number of foreigners, the majority of whom Britons and Greeks, who cannot get treatment on the NHS or cannot afford to pay huge bills for going private, doctors say.“The global economic crisis increased the demand for lower prices, which dentists in Eastern Europe and Bulgaria in particular offer,” says Ventsislav Stoev, chairman of the Dental Tourism Association in Bulgaria.According to him the crisis provides a new opportunity for Bulgaria to develop further its dental tourism, which has already 20 years of history.Dentists in the southwest Bulgarian cities of Sandanski and Petrich have reported a massive influx of Greek clients who prefer to come to Bulgaria for treatment because the quality of service is "just as good but considerably cheaper".According to local media reports Greek dental tourism is so popular that clinics in Petrich have already started writing their working hours in both Bulgarian and Greek. It is mainly working class Greeks who go there; some of them also speak Bulgarian.Bulgaria is a preferred destination due to the low-cost, high-quality dental care. Prices that local dentists charge are about seven times lower than those in Great Britain.Data shows that 35,000 Britons a year travel overseas for dental work and nearly 60,000 searched online for information on dentists.Britons can save up to 70% by travelling overseas for dental treatment - before accommodation and flights are taken into account.]]> 07 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria's Dental Tourism Flourishes. Health and medical tourism in Bulgaria Sofia News Agency, 07 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100407/dental_tourism_bulgaria.html Romanian Tourists Flood Bulgaria’s Golden Sands Resort for Easter http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/golden_sands/news/20100407/romanian_visits.html Some 20 000 Romanians are spending the Easter holidays in the top Bulgarian Black Sea resort Golden Sands.The tourists are mostly from Bucharest and have been attracted to the Bulgarian seaside by the competitive all-inclusive packages.About 70% of the hotels in the Golden Sands resort have opened for the Easter holidays, the BNT reported. Among them, the large hotels are fully booked.The hotels will be welcoming tourists until April 10, and will then be closed in order to prepare for the summer season which kicks off on May 1.About one million Romanians came to Bulgaria for a vacation in 2009 making up the largest group of foreign tourists. An even greater number of Romanians are expected to visit Bulgaria in 2010 prompting the Bulgarian tour operators to prepare offers targeting them directly.]]> 07 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Romanian Tourists Flood Bulgaria’s Golden Sands Resort for Easter Sofia News Agency, 07 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/golden_sands/news/20100407/romanian_visits.html Yahoo! Travel Magazine Ranks Bulgaria among Top 10 Destinations http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100407/yahoo_travel_magazine.html Bulgaria is among the top 10 most affordable destinations in the world according to the German-language Yahoo! Travel Magazine.The other countries where Europeans can go a long way with their EUR for a memorable holiday are Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Croatia Turkey, Egypt and Hungary.%RIMG1Meanwhile travel analysts expect that in 2010 the global tourist industry will return to its pre-crisis levels with growing interest towards the event tourism.Bulgaria expects a significant influx around the Easter Holidays, mainly by Romanian tourists.The beach resort Albena, which is the largest of those closest to the Bulgarian - Romanian border, expects about 3 000 visitors for the Easter holidays, with 90% of them Romanian.%LIMG2Smaller resorts on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast also anticipate filling their hotels by offering discounts and bonuses.200 tourists are expected in the town of Balchik while 50% of the beds of the vacation village adjacent to the beautiful “Balchik Palace” are already taken. The management expects to fill the base to full capacity by Romanians driving there without reservations.The southern Black Sea coast also expects guests from Romania and Russia.]]> 07 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Yahoo! Travel Magazine Ranks Bulgaria among Top 10 Destinations Sofia News Agency, 07 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100407/yahoo_travel_magazine.html Direct flights from Bulgaria’s Capital to Qatar start in October 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100406/direct_flights_to_sofia.html 06 Apr 2010 12:00:00 Direct flights from Bulgaria’s Capital to Qatar start in October 2010 touristmedia.info, 07 April 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100406/direct_flights_to_sofia.html The house of humour and satire in Gabrovo become 38 years old http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20100406/gabrovo_humour.html The house of humour and satire in Gabrovo become 38 years old on 01 April 2010. The festive program included an exhibition of child paintings and rich musical program.A monument of "the Gabrovo cat" was opened during the festival. A special program was prepared for the kids – popular fairytale heroes entertained all guests of the event. The festival also offered a special thriftiness hour with unique advices how to save our money. The festive day ended with an exhibition “The cats” (the cats by Sergio Cavalerin (Italy) met the cats by Yordanka Shiyakova (Bulgaria)). ]]> 06 Apr 2010 12:00:00 The humour and satire house in Gabrovo become 38 years old Kamelia Krumova, 07 April 2010, information by Touristmedia.info http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/gabrovo/news/20100406/gabrovo_humour.html A Tourism Association in Targovishte will Develop a City Tour http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/targovishte/news/20100406/targovihste_tourism.html The tourism association “Targovishte” will organize the initiative “City tour” - a sightseeing tour to all tourism sites in Targovishte.The initiative “City Tour” will take place during the Spring Fair in the city. The fair in Targovishte will take place from 09 May – 15 May 2010 in the trade-industrial palace. Touroperators, guests from the tourism information centres from all over Bulgaria and representatives of the miunicipal administration will attend the tour.The association will initiate meeting with Gasan Aidi – the head of the International hotelier and restaurant association and will participate in the development of the catalog for Targovishte “Along the way of the legends until today.”]]> 06 Apr 2010 12:00:00 A tourism association in Targovishte will develop a City tour in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 07 April 2010, information by Touristmedia.info http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/targovishte/news/20100406/targovihste_tourism.html Bulgaria Winter Tourist Numbers Show 7,8% Increase http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100330/winter_revenue.html Bulgaria experienced a 7,8% increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country in January and February.The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism has published data showing that visits were up in the first two months compared with the same period in 2009.%RIMG1More than 437 000 foreign tourists arrived in these, the two strongest months for ski resorts. People on private visits and taking vacations numbered 273 000, an increase of almost 30% over 2009, while business trips fell by 25%, to just over 85 000.According to the statistics published on Monday, visitors from Macedonia and Serbia increased considerably, following the launch of the visa-free initiative with Bulgaria which took effect in late December 2009.%LIMG2Macedonians made 44 000 visits in the first tow months of the year, a 41,5% growth compared with 2009.Serbs also increased their visits by 45%, registering over 27 000.The Tourism Ministry also noted that, in the same period, and despite the Greek farmers' extended blockade of the border, Greek visits topped 437 000, a 4% increase on the same period in the previous year.The two principal sources for winter tourists to Bulgaria - Britain and Russia - recorded increases of 2,1% and 25,5% respectively.Bulgaria's revenue from international tourism in January amounted to EUR 103,9 M, an increase of 8,2% over the same month of 2009.]]> 30 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Winter Tourist Numbers Show 7,8% Increase Sofia News Agency, 29 March 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100330/winter_revenue.html Regular flights from Varna to Saint-Petersburg will be opened in April http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100326/varna_airport.html Regular flights will start operating from Varna to Saint-Petersburg, announced the press office of Varna airport. The flights will be operates on Tuesdays and Fridays. Another regular line will be opened from Varna to Ekaterininburg on 07 June. The summer schedule of the airport will be valid from 28 march.Regular flights will be operated to Sofia, London, Vienna, Budapest, Moscow, Rostov on Don, Sank Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterininburg, Odessa, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Luxemburg, Oslo, Warsaw, Brussels, Kishinev.]]> 26 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Regular flights from Varna to Saint-Petersburg will be opened in April. Flights to Varna airport in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/varna/news/20100326/varna_airport.html "Lozenetz" Hotel Presents New Vision http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100325/lozenetz_hotel.html “Losenetz” hotel in Sofia just informed us of the latest renovations in the hotel. All rooms offer completely different outlook and new modern LCD TV sets. The hotel offers free wireless internet and is an excellent choice for the traveler who needs easy access to the city centre.The luxury and comfort are combined with impeccable service in order to make your stay unforgettable.Check out the new photos from the hotel here.]]> 25 Mar 2010 12:00:00 "Lozenetz" hotel presents new vision in Sofia city centre in Bulgaria. Renovation and new pictures from Lozenets Hotel Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100325/lozenetz_hotel.html "Learn to Ski" Competition on Vitosha http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20100324/learn_to_ski.html The final stage of the second edition of the project “Learn to ski” of the Bulgarian Ski Federation will be held on 26th March in front of the Aleko chalet on Vitosha. The start of the race is planned for 9:00 AM and the final at 1:00 Pm. Special guests of the awarding ceremony will be the minister of the physical education and sport Svilen Neykov, the minister of youth and science Sergey Ignatov. The deputy head of the Bulgarian Ski Federation Mr. Georgi Bobev, the head of the Sofia inspection sentre - Vanya Kastreva and representatives of Nestle Bulgaria JSC. 200 children with high scores will attend the last stage of the competition. The first 20 children will receive a special reward – 7 day holiday in one of the best European resorts, where the boys and girls can practice their favorite sport. ]]> 24 Mar 2010 12:00:00 "Learn to Ski" Competition on Vitosha mountain near Sofia in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET, 24 March 2010, information by Novsport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20100324/learn_to_ski.html Vidin Should Become a center of the Beach Volleyball http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100322/beach_volleyball.html The head of the Bulgarian volleyball federation Mr. Dancho Lazarov met honorable citizens of Vidin in the conference room of the regional administration. The meeting is organized on initiative of the M.P. from Vidin – Mr. Vladimir Toshev, who is also a head of the volleyball club Bdin-Vida.Vidin should become a centre of the beach volleyball in Bulgaria and should develop a school for mini volleyball for kids, said Lazarov. The Bulgarian Federation will supply the club with balls and nets. The federation will also organize a three day seminar for volleyball trainers in the town.Except for that the federation will build two playgrounds for beach volleyball in Vidin. The town will also organize a volleyball festival. The Bulgarian Volleyball Federation also presented the programs which start during the present year “Become a volley star” and the “Children and the stars on the volleyball ground.”]]> 22 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Vidin Should Become a center of the Beach Volleyball Kamelia Krumova, information by sportal.bg, 22 March 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vidin/news/20100322/beach_volleyball.html Albena welcomes the first tourists for the new holiday season http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20100318/albena_season.html Flamingo Grand Hotel in Albena open doors today, to welcome the first tourists from Europe. They will be tempted by the new food menu and special relaxing spa procedures.Albena offers attractive promo offers for the forthcoming Easter holidays. During the summer season, all guests of the complex will be able to use a parasol and free sun beds on the beach. ]]> 18 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Albena beach resort on the Black sea welcomes the first tourists for the new holiday season VisitBulgaria.NET, 18 March 2010, information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/albena/news/20100318/albena_season.html Bulgaria expects over 10 000 tourists form Romania for the Easter holidays http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100318/easter_holiday.html The Romanian tourists prefer to visit the Bulgarian Black sea coast for the Easter holidays. Attractive holiday offers, numerous charters and new unique destinations make Bulgaria an attractive destination for the mini holiday during the Easter Holiday.Over 10 000 Romanian tourists are expected to spend the holiday outside Romania. Most of them choose close destinations like Bulgaria and Greece. The most attractive holiday offers regarding price and quality are for Bulgaria. The Bulgarian hotels surprised the tourists once again by offering 20% discount, as they want to fill the full capacity of the hotels. In addition to this, new discount and bonus offers for children are available. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 18 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria expects over 10 000 tourists form Romania for the Easter holidays VisitBulgaria.NET, 18 March 2010, information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100318/easter_holiday.html The winter season will be successful for the Bulgarian Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100317/winter_tourism.html The winter season will complete successfully, considering the number of tourists visiting the mountain resorts in Bulgaria. This was a forecast by the head of the Institute for Analysis and Assessment of the Tourism sector Rumen Draganov. Despite of the problems on the Greek border, the high quality of the tourism product in Bansko and Sandanski, the number of tourists visiting Bulgaria remained intact. %RIMG1 The winter season continues with the positive trend set since the Christmas and New Year holidays. According to Rumen Draganov a slight stagnation can be felt, a the bed capacity of the resort has an average occupation this season and an average income form the accommodation base. However the forecasts for the winter tourism season are optimistic. The huge investments and the low price of the product makes in attractive for all closer markets, during financial crisis. A good advertisement policy will support the Bulgarian tourism and the good results will once again prove, that the tourism industry is the brunch of the economy which can take Bulgaria out of the financial crises.%LIMG2%RIMG3]]> 17 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Winter tourism in Bulgaria: The winter season will be successful for the Bulgarian Tourism VisitBulgaria.NET, information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100317/winter_tourism.html Bulgaria Gets Special Award at Moscow Tourism Expo ITM http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100315/bulgarian_tourism_award.html Bulgaria received a special prize at the fifth annual Intourmarket (ITM) expo in Moscow, Russia.The prize was awarded to Bulgaria by the organizers for its participation and support for the forum, and was presented to the Bulgarian delegation by the Executive Director of the World Tourism Organization, Zoltan Somogyi.%RIMG1“This award from one of the largest tourism forums in the world is a big recognition for Bulgaria,” said Ivo Marinov, Bulgaria’s Deputy Economy Minister, upon receiving the prize.Bulgaria is participating for the fifth time in the Intourmarket expo in the Russian capital. It is focusing on presenting itself as year-round tourist destination - stressing also wellness, spa, and cultural tourism.%LIMG2Ten leading Bulgarian tourism companies are represented in the Bulgarian section targeting Russian consumers with demonstrations of spa treatments and Bulgarian folk dances and music.The visitors of the 2010 edition of the Intourmarket expo are expected to reach 80 000. It is taking place from March 13 till March 16.%RIMG3Bulgaria’s Deputy Economy Minister Ivo Marinov, and the Chair of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency Anatoliy Yarochkin have signed a joint actions document for 2010-2011 during the forum. It focuses on boost tourism exchange between the two countries by simplifying the administrative procedures and exchange of statistical and other information on the control of the quality of tourism services.Russia comes in fourth after Germany as the largest source of foreign tourists to Bulgaria. A total of 287 000 Russians visited Bulgaria as tourists in 2008.%LIMG4Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Russia, Plamen Grozdanov, said it was an important achievement that Bulgaria managed to retain the same number of Russian tourists despite the economic crisis, as cited by the press office of the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism.The advertising campaign of the Bulgarian Economy Ministry in Russia is going to start in April 2010. It will for one year and will promote Bulgaria as a tourist destination with TV and newspaper commercials, trips for journalists, presentations and billboards in the larger Russian cities.The budget of the campaign is EUR 1,5 M; another EUR 500 000 will be allocated for Bulgaria’s participation in tourism expos around Russia. The funding comes from the advertising budget for Bulgarian tourism and EU programs.The Bulgarian government is considering using part of the tourist fees paid to the municipalities where foreign tourists go for advertising initiatives together with leading tour operator companies.The Economy Ministry has pointed out that the government was using all possibilities that the country has as an EU member in order make faster and simpler the issuing of visas to Russian tourists.Bulgaria’s Consul-General Angel Georgiev is quoted as saying that 2010 is expected to be a crucial year before Bulgaria joins the Schengen Agreement, and the country will do its best to follow strictly the Bulgarian and the EU legislation as far as the issuing of free visas to children under 6 years of age is concerned.]]> 15 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria Gets Special Award at Moscow Tourism Expo ITM novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100315/bulgarian_tourism_award.html Bulgaria Presented on Berlin Tourism Exhibition http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100311/tourism_fair.html The largest tourist expo – International Travel Trade Show, ITB, is opening in Berlin Tuesday with the participation of over 11 000 companies from 187 countries.Bulgaria is represented by 32 tourist businesses and organizations with an exhibit displayed on 520 square meters. The motto of the 2010 presentation is - “Bulgaria – Modern, Year-Round Tourist Destination.”The Bulgarian exhibit will provide folklore performances, demonstrations of typical and traditional Bulgarian crafts, and wine tastings.Last year, Bulgaria was visited by 6 million tourists and collected revenues estimated at over EUR 2,5 B, the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, informs.Beginning Wednesday, the expo is open for trade visitors, and over the weekend for trade visitors and the general public.%LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 11 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria presented on International Travel Trade Show in Berlin. Bulgaria Tourism and resorts. article by novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100311/tourism_fair.html MALEV Airlines Golf Tournament http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20100305/airlines_tournament.html Тhe first golf tournament of  MALEV Airlines Tournament will be held at Lighthouse Golf Resort on 2nd,3rd,4th April 2010. The Golf Tournament format will be Single Medal Stableford.2nd April – Practice day3rd & 4th April– Tournament days]]> 05 Mar 2010 12:00:00 MALEV Airlines Golf Tournament at Lighthouse golf course on the Black sea in Bulgaria information by Lighthouse Golf Course http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/balchik/news/20100305/airlines_tournament.html March Weather Forecast for Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100304/march_weather.html March will surprise us with a continuous period of winter temperatures and snow. These conditions will be felt from tomorrow around Bulgaria.The weather until the end of the present day will remain mainly cloudy, with normal temperatures between 6 – 11 degrees. Later on the cloud from northwest will continue spreading and rainfall is expected. By noon on Friday, the cold air from northwest will spread across the country and snowfall is expected. The highest parts of the mountains and the northern parts of the country will boast with a fresh snow cover. Next week will again start with heavy snowfalls. Moderate and strong winds are expected in the highest parts of the mountain, which will be a prerequisite for a serious winter condition. ]]> 04 Mar 2010 12:00:00 March Weather Forecast for Bulgaria. Ski and snowboard conditions in the mountains in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 04 March 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100304/march_weather.html Bulgarian racers in Dakar Rally for the first time http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100304/dakar_rally.html For the first time now, Bulgarian racers will compete in Dakar Rally - the longest and most difficult automobile rally race. The Bulgarian team is composed of 4 competitors – Alexander Ivanov, his son Alexander Ivanov junior, Martin Gumenov and Zlatko Georgiev – longtime racers in off road rallies in Bulgaria, winners of many prizes. The car they will compete with is Toyota FJ Cruiser. ]]> 04 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarian racers in Dakar Rally for the first time. Rally Bulgaria, sport events and travel arrangements online bnr.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100304/dakar_rally.html Grand Hotel Pomorie received a golden prize on the tourism exhibition Vakancia and Spa http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20100304/grand_hotel_pomorie.html Grand Hotel Pomorie received another prestigious award – a golden prize for “The best Grand Hotel in Bulgaria”. The award was granted by the chief editor of “Tourism and otdih” magazine, Mr. Dimitar Keremedchiev on an official awarding ceremony, part of the International tourism exhibition Vacation and Spa, that took place on 25 – 27 February 2010 in the National Palace of Culture.Thus Grand hotel Pomorie strengthened its leader positions for the development of the balneology, spa and wellness tourism in national and international scales. Grand Hotel Pomorie is a hit on the market for innovative products. It is the first eco hotel, protecting the cause “Lets save the nature.”The first dip in the Green Eco garden of the complex was made on 26 February 2010. Famous people, companies and guests of the hotel will plant trees in the garden. Grand hotel Pomorie and an initiator of the idea for corporate and social responsibility will create the first International institute for lye and mud therapies. ]]> 04 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Grand Hotel Pomorie received a golden prize on the tourism exhibition Vakancia and Spa in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 04 March 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pomorie/news/20100304/grand_hotel_pomorie.html 3rd March Will be Marked with a Festive Concert in front of the “Izgrev” Community Centre http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chiflik/news/20100302/national_holiday.html 02 Mar 2010 12:00:00 3rd March Will be Marked with a Festive Concert in front of the “Izgrev” Community Centre Kamelia Krumova, information by Dolni Chiflik municipality, 02 March 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chiflik/news/20100302/national_holiday.html Culture Program for March in Persenk http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20100301/march_program_in_persenk.html Spa Hotel Persenk in Devin presents a special program for March. Special thematic evenings and lots of fun and entertainment are guaranteed. Restaurant Enigma%PT1% 06 March 2010 – Italian Evening - professional performers from Live music Agency will offer favorite Italian pop songs and the famous concerts. Which remind of the eternal Venus, the carnival, of Rome and Florence. A menu with traditional Italian dishes. Price per cover – 30 Euro, person.%PT1% 13 March 2010 – the big dance – folklore program by Bulgare ensemble – some of the best professional dancers from different folklore regions in Bulgaria. The restaurant will serve a j5 course menu from the traditional Bulgarian cuisine. %PT1% 20 March 2010 - A Balkan evening – Folklore music trio Bulgare – Asen Musov, Vesselin Kuzmov and Rumen Iliev, will gather all cultures at one site. %PT1% 26 March 2010 Greek EveningEverything will remind you of the sunny Greece – the music, the dishes, drinks, atmosphere, even some of the guests! The entertainment will be guaranteed!]]> 01 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Culture Program for March in Persenk Spa hotel in Devin spa and wellnness resort in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 01 March 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/devin/news/20100301/march_program_in_persenk.html Baba Marta Greets Bulgaria with Mild Weather http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100301/baba_marta_holiday.html All Bulgarians celebrate on March 1 a centuries-old tradition and exchange martenitsas on what is called the day of Baba Marta, which this year dawned with a shy sun, spelling relatively nice weather ahead.Eagerly followed on March 1 every single year, the tradition of giving your friends red-and-white interwoven strings brings health and happiness during the year and is a reminder that spring is near.Celebrated on March 1, Baba Marta (Grandma March) is believed to be a feisty lady who always seems to be grudging at her two brothers, while the sun only comes out when she smiles.As folklore often goes there are different versions of the Baba Marta tale. One says that on that day she does her pre-spring cleaning and shakes her mattress for the last time before the next winter - all the feathers that come out of it pour on Earth like snow - the last snow of the year.The martenitsa tradition is thought to have been inspired by Bulgaria's first Khan Asparuh, who sent a white string to his wife to tell her he survived a battle.People are supposed to take off their martenitsas when they see the first signs that spring has already come - a blooming tree or a stork.When the martenitsa is taken off some tie it to a tree - one that they'd like to be especially fruitful. Others place it under a rock and based on what they find there the next morning guess what kind of a year this one would be.The martenitsa now comes in all shapes and sizes - from Guiness-worth giant building packages to two tiny simple strings gently placed on a newborn's arm. Children usually compete who will get the most and often walk around more ornate than a Christmas tree.However, it always bears the same meaning - a lucky charm against the evil spirits of the world, a token for health and a sign of appreciation.]]> 01 Mar 2010 12:00:00 Baba Marta Greets Bulgaria with Mild Weather novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100301/baba_marta_holiday.html Snowmobile Rally in Pamporovo http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20100226/snowmobile_competition.html Pamporovo will host a snowmobile rally for a second year on 27 February. The event is called Snow temptation – Pamporovo 2010. This is a one of its kind for Bulgaria competition with motor sledges on a specially marked terrain.The competition will take place on two stages, just like a classic car rally. The first stage starts form Malina 3 ski lift – Pamporovo and is 8 km long. The terrain is ectremely fast and the stars will be announced between 2 minutes. A safety zone for the audience, parking lot and competitors zone is planned at the beginning of the terrain. The second stage will take place of the ski slopes of “Pamporovo” Lts. The competitors will have a group start with direct eliminations. The terrains is 400 m long. The competitors will be divided in two classes, according to the engines of the snow mobiles. The starting fee is just 20 BGN and includes an insurance and a cocktail cover after the event. Participants will be also able to rent a snow mobile.%PT1% Program of the eventSaturday, 27 Feb. 201007:30 – 10:00 AM – free training and machine fix.10:00 – 11:00 AM – trechnical maintenance of the terrain;11:00 – 02:00 PM – Stage 1 of the rally (Prevala – Perelik).04:00 – 05:00 PM – Presentation of the sponsors of the event – Malina05:00 – 07:00 PM – Rally stage 2 - Malina07:00 – 07:30 PM – Demonstrations7:30 – Award ceremony.This year the competition will be bind with an eco initiative – buying back the emissions of carbon dioxide, emitted during the competition.]]> 26 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Snowmobile Competition in Pamporovo mountain resort in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, 26 Feb 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20100226/snowmobile_competition.html 7 km bicycle alley along the Struma river http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20100225/struma_river.html 25 Feb 2010 12:00:00 7 km bicycle alley along the Struma river Standart Daily http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pernik/news/20100225/struma_river.html Ski teachers' night show in Borovets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100224/show_in_borovets.html Ski slope Iglika will host a “Ski Teachers' Night Show” tonight. The event will take place between 8:00 Pm – 9:00 PM, reported Borosport. Night skiing is available at “Martinivi Baraki 2” and “Rila” slopes every day between 5:30 PM and 9:00PM. Most ski slopes in the resort are now operating.The deepest snow cover was measured in Ski centre “Yastrebets – 100 cm, “”Markudjitsite ski centre boasts with 65 cm snow cover and “Sitnyakovo – 60 cm. Borosport calls to high attention when skiing on the “Suhar” ski slope, as bare and icy sections may occur. ]]> 24 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Ski teachers' night show in Borovets in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria, 24 Feb. 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100224/show_in_borovets.html Sofia to woo young tourists with wine, churches http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100223/tourists_in_sofia.html Sofia should be transformed into a culture, religious and food tourism and target foreign travelers aged between 16 and 30, according to a new strategy prepared by Austrian company ATC Consultants. The project forms part of an experience sharing programme between Sofia and Athens financed by BGN 276,000 under the Regional Development operational programme. The consultants claim the Bulgarian capital could attract tourists with its varied music scene, nice shopping opportunities, the young and attractive population, good food and fine wine. According to the strategy, Sofia could become one of the next youth hotspots following in the steps of Barcelona, Prague, Budapest and Vilnius. Sofia’s popularity as a tourist destination could benefit greatly from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, according to the consultants. To bring in young travelers, the municipality should poll efforts with budget airlines. Sofia’s major drawback is bad infrastructure. New information signs should be created and an information centre set up. A special company should be incorporated the oversee implementation of the entire strategy. ]]> 23 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Sofia to woo young tourists with wine, churches. Tourism in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria news.dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100223/tourists_in_sofia.html Bulgaria will Participate in a Tourism Fair in Serbia http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100223/serbia_tourism_fair.html Bulgaria will be presented to the 32nd International Tourism Exhibition International Fair of Tourism 2010, which takes place from 23 to 28 February in Belgrade, Serbia, announced the Ministry of Economy, Energetics and Tourism. Bulgaria will be presented with 72 square meters advertising information stand.15 Bulgarian tourist companies, organizations, hotels and municipalities will participate in the event. IFT Belgrade is the largest exhibition in Serbia, intended for mass audiences and professionals. In 2009, 830 exhibitors from 38 countries participated in the event, on an area of 28 000 square meters and it was attended by a total of over 52 000 people.]]> 23 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria will participate in a tourism fair in Serbia. bulgarian tourism advertisement. http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100223/serbia_tourism_fair.html VINARIA to present the wine for the 2010 World Cup http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100223/vinaria_wine.html Visitors to the International Exhibition VINARIA will have the opportunity to taste the wine for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The presentation will be part of South Africa’s participation as Partner Country at VINARIA, which will be held on 14 – 17 March 2010. Taking part for the first time as Partner Country, South Africa will organize the official participation of companies from the wine industry sector, which has a history of over 300 years. This was announced at the meeting between H.E. Ms. Sheila Camerer, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to Bulgaria, and the management of International Fair Plovdiv. “South Africa has been a regular participant in the International Exhibition VINARIA for the past 10 years. We have accepted with great pleasure the invitation to be the Partner Country for VINARIA 2010 in the hope of realizing the first successful partnership with the exhibition", said Ms. Camerer.”“The Republic of South Africa is one of the major economic powers, so we have decided to invite it as Partner Country for VINARIA 2010”, explained Mr. Ivan Sokolov, Senior Director of International Fair Plovdiv. The visitors to the exhibition will be given the chance to see and taste the wine for the FIFA World Cup next year. The South African winemaking traditions can be traced 300 years ago. Currently, wine ranks third on the South African export list. The country is ninth among the top wine producing countries in the world with yearly production of 10 million hectolitres from over 100,000 hectares of vineyards and about 300,000 people engaged in the wine sector. South African wines are in demand worldwide due to the excellent quality at reasonable prices.“There are Bulgarian companies importing South African wines that will positively participate in VINARIA”, declared Ms. Sheila Camerer. “But many South African companies will also arrive to present their products for the first time on the Bulgarian market.”The annual turnover between the two countries is USD 38 million, South Africa having a trade balance surplus. The South African Ambassador expects VINARIA to give a boost to the economic relations between the two countries. ]]> 23 Feb 2010 12:00:00 VINARIA to present the wine for the 2010 World Cup. Vinaria exhibition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria fair.bg, 23 Feb. 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20100223/vinaria_wine.html Sport Event in Dobrinishte http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrinishte/news/20100222/sport_event_in_dobrinishte.html Dobrinishte organized a winter fiesta on 21 February 2010. The municipality and the local sport association, organized a sport event for Alpine skiing for “Dobrinishte 2010” cup. Guests of the event were the mayor of Bansko Mr. Alexander Kravarov and his wife Natalia, the head of the centre for child care Emilia Vishnina and teachers from the ski clubs in the municipality. Ski slope “Bezbog”, again became an arena for Alpine ski competitions for children, youths and veterans from Dobrinishte, Ski Club “Dobrinishte”, Ski club “Bansko” and ski club “Ulen”.All guests and residents witnessed an unforgettable winter fiesta of incredible experience and master skills. The sports spirit was unbeatable and the best competitors surely deserved the cups and medals. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 22 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Sport Event in Dobrinishte mountain resort near Bansko in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, information by Bansko.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/dobrinishte/news/20100222/sport_event_in_dobrinishte.html 30 golf tour operators and journalists will visit the Bulgarian Golf resorts http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100222/golf_courses.html Eight years, since the first participation of Bulgaria in the IGTM in 2002, 30 foreign golf tour operatorts and journalists will visit the leading golf clubs and resorts in Bulgaria in April this year. The interest to the golf tourism in Bulgaria grew with the opening of several brand new golf courses and the advertisement of the Bulgarian golf resorts at the exhibitions in Marbeya and Malaga during the last 2 years. The Bulgarian golf tour operators organize these visits for their foreign colleagues from the IAGTO and journalists in April, to present the best of the golf industry in Bulgaria.The black sea coastline offers 2 of the top golf courses in the region. “BlackSeaRama” Golf course was announced, the top brand new golf course in the world in 2019. The famous Gary Player announced that “Trachian cliffs” golf course will surely be among the top 5 golf resorts in Europe. Except the golf courses in the Dobrudzha region the guests will visit also Albena, Golden Sands, cape Kaliakra, Balchik, Varna and Sofia. The golf courses in Pravets, Ravno pole and "Pirin golf and country club" will be also presented to the attention of the guests. A strong prerequisite for the development of golf tourism in Bulgaria are the natural resources, culture and history inheritance. ]]> 22 Feb 2010 12:00:00 30 golf tour operators and journalists form all over the world will visit the Bulgarian Golf resorts VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100222/golf_courses.html A Horse Parade in Momchilovtsi http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/momchilovtsi/news/20100219/horse_parade.html A horse parade will open the festival dedicated to st. Theodore's day in Momchilovtsi, announced the President of the horse breeding association in the Rodopian village, Todor Popsavov. The horses and their owners will gather in the farmyard, which is located in the vicinity of the village. Heading the procession will be a farmer, who will cerry the icon of St. Theodore, under the accompaniment of Rodopian music, performed by bagpipers.The parade will pass through the village to reach the square in front of the community center, where they will be welcomed according to the traditions - with bread and honey, and the horses will be tied with martenitsa. The horse racing will start afterwords. The horses will compete in several disciplines - race, towing companies. Will be selected the most beautiful and the heviest horse. Competitions for master riding, and for the most attractive grooming will take place during the event.The celebration will begin at 11.00 AM, after a Mass in the Holy Temple "St. St. Konstantin and Elena" in Momchilovtsi. For the 15th consecutive year Rodopian village organizes a celebration of Theodore's. The village has 22 horses, which are used primarily for farm work and forestry.Theodore's is also known as Horse Easter. It is celebrated on Saturday, the first week of Lent. This year st. Theodore‘s day will be celebrated on 20 February. ]]> 19 Feb 2010 12:00:00 A Horse Parade will mark st. Theodor's day in Momchilovtsi, Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/momchilovtsi/news/20100219/horse_parade.html Tour operators from Italy and Greece are interested in Rousse http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20100216/tour_operators.html Tour operators from Italy and Greece are interested in Rousse and the region, announced the business centre for aid for small and middle enterprises. This became clear after a meeting of the Enterprce Europe Network in Spain. The foreign companies are attracted by the great diversity of alternative forms of tourism, offered by Rousse, Silistra, Razgrad, Veliko Tarnovo and Svishtov. The region is famous as a destination for eco tourism, culture tourism, rural tourism and ornithology tourism. ]]> 16 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Tour operators from Italy and Greece are interested in Rousse and the region in Bulgaria information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/rousse/news/20100216/tour_operators.html Bulgaria gambling Industry Wants to be Treated as Tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100215/gambling_tourism.html The gambling industry should be included in the general portfolio of tourist services offered in Bulgaria, according to a proposal by the Bulgarian Gaming Industry Manufacturers and Operators Trade Association. The group has called on the government to draft a long-term development strategy for the gambling industry, which should progress in lockstep with tourism. “Gambling tourism is still not very popular in Bulgaria although the country offers good opportunities,” Nadya Hristova of the group’s board told Dnevnik, adding that Bulgaria could try to lure gamblers from Turkey, where gambling is prohibited. “Bulgaria should be advertised as a gambling tourism destination,” she suggested. Bulgaria’s deputy tourism minister Ivo Marinov said he is not familiar with the association’s proposal and it has not been discussed with members of the group. “The government has come up with a strategy to promote traditional and alternative tourism and this is where the economy ministry will concentrate its efforts,” he explained. “Pissible support for the gambling industry does not form part of the plan and we could not make any commitments to back the sector at this stage,” he noted. The industry association has estimated that the economic downturn squeezed revenue in the sector by 203-% in 2009. ]]> 15 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Bulgaria gambling industry wants to be treated as tourism. Gambilng offers in Bulgaria Dnevnik.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100215/gambling_tourism.html Bourgas has an excellent base for the development of congress tourism http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100211/bourgas_congress_tourism.html Bourgas municipal considers the opportunity for construction of a congress and festival centre in Bourgas, announced the head of “Tourism” department in the municipal Diyana Kolcheva. According to her the town has a great potential to develop congress tourism, not only because it is a regional centre, but also for its excellent transport connections.At the present moment Bourgas offers enough will equipped hotels, which can offer this service. The municipal will also discuss opportunities for a combined ticket for all sightseeing in the town. According to the head of the “Tourism” department announced that the town is included in the national tourism advertisement program. Bourgas is presented in two of the national catalogs – for sea and recreational tourism and for incentive tourism. ]]> 11 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Bourgas has an excellent base for the development of congress tourism on the Black Sea in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bourgas/news/20100211/bourgas_congress_tourism.html Excellent Conditions for Snow Sports on Vitosha http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20100204/snow_sports_on_vitosha.html The snow cover on Vitosha Mountain is sufficient and perfect for winter sport activities just above Sofia. The ski centre announced that today “Vitoshko lale”, “Mecha polyana” and the “Green slope” ski pistes are perfectly maintained and will welcome skiers. Every evening from 06.30 PM – 10.00 PM night skiing is available on “Vitoshko Lale” slope in the resort. Snowshoeing is also available this year in the Vitosha Mountain. It is another way to discover the beauty and tranquility of the mountain, walking even outside the marked trails. The snowshoeing allows you to enjoy the pure beauty of the mountain. You'll get used to them quickly and easily. It is not necessary to have prior experience or special training. Put on warm clothes and have fun!]]> 04 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Perfect Snow Cover on Vitosha Mountain. Excellent conditions for snow sports on Vitosha, nearby Sofia VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20100204/snow_sports_on_vitosha.html The Rila Lakes remain attractive for the tourists http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100204/the_rila_lakes.html Despite the financial crisis, the Rila lakes remain the most visited tourism site in Bulgaria. During the summer season, the region was visited mainly by Bulgarian tourists. However tourists from the UK, Germany and Izrael are also attracted by the picturesque natural phenomenon. At least 20 horses are permanently waiting in front of the “7 Rila lakes” chalet.%RIMG1Tourists make a wish to come back to the site, by throwing a coin in the “Babreka” (the kidney) lake. Everyone is impressed by the clear waters of the “Salzata” lake (the tear), shared the guides. A special sense of uniqueness is also felt by the rest of the lakes – “Okoto”, “Bliznaka”, “Trilistnika”, “Ribnoto” and “Dolnoto” lakes (the eye, the twin, the trefoil, the fish and the low lakes). Exotic tours along different routes are also offered to tourists. The longest route takes 6 hours and reaches the Rila monastery. The tourists are also attracted by the Malyovitsa part, which resembles a giant resting over the mountain, when observed from the lakes. ]]> 04 Feb 2010 12:00:00 The Rila Lakes remain attractive for the tourists. Bulgarian Mountains, the Rila mountain VisitBulgaria.NET, information by HoReMAg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100204/the_rila_lakes.html Latest Snowfall in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100202/snowfall.html 02 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Latest Snowfall in Bulgaria: Snow alerts and information on Bulgarian mountain ski resorts Kamelia Krumova, 02.02.2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100202/snowfall.html Borovets Snow Forecast http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100201/borovets_snow_forecast.html Borovets boasts with 20 cm fresh snow cover this morning. Most ski slopes are opened for skiing. It will continue snowing during the night and winds will be increasing (light winds from the N on Mon night, fresh winds from the NW by Thu afternoon). Temperatures will be below freezing (max -3°C on Sun morning, min -10°C on Fri night). Mainly fresh winds. By the end of the week the resort expects a dusting of new snow. The weather will be cold with max temperatures-12°C on Thursday night, min -23°C on Friday night. The average snow cover on the lower slopes in the resort is now 25 cm and 90 cm on the upper slopes. Our resore representative - Hristo reported that the high speed quad to “Martinovi Baraki” is currently out of order, but the resort service is working for the fast suspension of the problems.]]> 01 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Borovets Snow Forecast: Snow cover report for the Rila mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova, report by snow-forecast.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100201/borovets_snow_forecast.html Major project to turn Bulgaria’s capital into a popular spa resort http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100201/sofia_spa_centre.html A major Sofia municipality project could turn the capital into a popular balneological destination, Standard daily reported.Over 50 mineral springs flow in the region. The investment needed to harness their potential in tourism development totals several million leva but investors could expect returns fast.The project envisions the construction of a theme park, a sports center and sites for the practice of water sports. A golf course and a horseback riding facility will be set up in the foot of Vitosha Mountain.Sofia will also have two new sports halls. They will appear in Mladost and Obelia district and will have the combined accommodation capacity of 20 000 people.]]> 01 Feb 2010 12:00:00 Sofia Spa Centre: Major project to turn Bulgaria’s capital into a popular spa resort tmbulgaria.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20100201/sofia_spa_centre.html Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Competition in Borovets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100127/freestyle_ski.html The best freestyle skiers and snowboarders will compete on a special trace.The Bulgarian freestyle and extreme ski association and sport club Ice Angels organize the 3rd slope style for the Ice Angels cup on 30th January 2010. The best freestyle skiers and snowboarders will compete on a special trace on 3rd ground in Borovets centre. %RIMG1This year, right next to the trace will be installed big air bag, where everyone can try some tricks safely. The slope style is a discipline that requires special skills and various tricks that should be performed during the downhill. This is what makes the discipline so attractive for the audience. The competition will be divided on runs. Everyone will be able to use 2 qualification runs. The runs on the final will be three. %LIMG2The first device is a 6 metres long rail, followed by 4 metres long box, which will throw upwards. The trace will also offer 2 boxes connected by a turn, followed by a 2 jumps. All this will be finished by a big jump (10 metres), combined with a right spine. ]]> 27 Jan 2010 12:00:00 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Competition in Borovets ski resort in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100127/freestyle_ski.html “Festa Hotels” Opens a brand new 5 star hotel in Borovets http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100126/new_hotel_in_borovets.html Two brand new hotels, part of the chain “Festa Hotels” opened doors by the beginning of the year in Borovets. “Festa Winter Palace” 5* is the name of the long awaited winter palace in Borovets. The mountain jewel is situated right in front of the “Cherveno zname” ski slope in Borovets. The unique building is now transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel. It offers 66 rooms and apartments. The hotel offers a modern spa centre with indoor swimming pool and original Russian bath. The Spa heaven of the hotel also offers: sauna, steam bath, Turkish bath, massage and beauty therapies, ice showers. The indoor pool is covered with glass panels that offer amazing view to the garden.The multifunctional conference centre offers everything necessary for the successful meeting or event. For the most exigent admires of the gastronomy temptations the hotel offers a Gourmet Restaurant and a Bulgarian restaurant. Both restaurants offer distinguished atmosphere and impressive interior. ]]> 26 Jan 2010 12:00:00 “Festa Hotels” Opens a brand new 5 star hotel in Borovets ski resort in Bulgaria information by HoReMag http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20100126/new_hotel_in_borovets.html FIS Alpine Ski European Cup Bansko 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100121/fis_alpine_ski.html 2010 Bansko ski centre will host the FIS Alpine Ski Europa Cup two slalom races for Men From 22nd to 23rd of January. Organizers are Bulgarian Ski Federation and Bulgarian Ski Pool, with the support of the Ministry of Physi cal Education and Sports, ULEN and Municipality Bansko.All ski sports fans will have the chance to cheer the man's slalom elite which will flock to Bansko for the FIS Alpine Ski Europe Cup. Both competitions will start at 10:30. Don’t miss the exciting races!%LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 21 Jan 2010 12:00:00 FIS Alpine Ski European Cup for men in Bansko 2010 http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/bansko/news/20100121/fis_alpine_ski.html Wireless Internet in Chepelare Ski Centre http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20100120/internet_in_chepelare_ski_centre.html Free wireless internet is the newest attraction on the ski slopes in Chepelare.All ski slopes in Chepelare now offer free wireless internet. Thus all ski lovers will be able to use it in the pauses between the downhill right on the slopes or in the nearby après ski bars. The snow cover on the slope sin the resorts is 40 cm at the moment and ski slope 1 is operating.]]> 20 Jan 2010 12:00:00 Free Wireless Internet in Chepelare Ski Centre in the Rhodope mountain in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/chepelare/news/20100120/internet_in_chepelare_ski_centre.html Ski conditions in Bulgaria http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100118/ski_conditions.html The snow cover in most ski resorts in Bulgaria is sufficient for skiing and the slopes are very well maintained. Rhodope ski resorts also offer perfect conditions for skiing.Bansko offers excellent snow cover, supported by the artificial snow cannons. Most of the ski slopes are opened. The good mood of all holidaymakers is guaranteed in the local Tavernas and night clubs. Those who wish to pamper their bodies and souls have the chance to use the hundreds high quality wellness centres in the top hotels in the resort. Pamporovo also boasts with a very well maintained snow cover. It is now even snowing in the resort. Borosport announced that most of the ski slopes in Borovets offer excellent snow cover, despite the relatively hot weather for the season. The system for artificial snow works nonstop and the slopes are perfectly maintained. ]]> 18 Jan 2010 12:00:00 Ski conditions in Bulgaria: Weather conditions and snow cover report in the Ski resorts in Bulgaria VisitBulgaria. NET team, information by local resorts http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100118/ski_conditions.html Bulgarians Celebrate St Jordan's Day Diving in Ice-Cold Waters http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100106/st_jordan_day.html 06 Jan 2010 12:00:00 Bulgarians Celebrate St Jordan's Day Diving in Ice-Cold Waters novinite.com http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20100106/st_jordan_day.html VisitBulgaria.NET Wishes You Merry Christmas http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20091226/merry_christmas.html Merry Christmas, happy holidays and lots of positive emotions throughout the whole year.We would like to thank all our fans for the support throughout the years.VisitBulgaria.NET team promises to continue working hard to bring to you the latest information for all tourism events in Bulgaria. We will be happy to provide you with the best service and support during your holidays in Bulgaria.Best wishes and many happy moments with VisitBulgaria.NET!]]> 26 Dec 2009 12:00:00 VisitBulgaria.NET Wishes You Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20091226/merry_christmas.html Strong wind and avalanche danger in the mountains http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20091226/avalanche_danger_in_the_mountains.html Strong winds are blowing on the highest parts of the mountains in Bulgaria, announced the mountain rescue service.The weather is not suitable for tourism, except in the Rhodope Mountains. There is high avalanche danger. The weather conditions are relatively suitable for ski sports in the ski centres, where all equipments are operating, according to the meteorology conditions. The cabin lift from Simeonovi to the Vitosha Mountain is opened, as well as the chair lift Dragalevtski – Goli vrah, until the meteorology conditions allow it. The lift to Bezbiog chalet in Dobrinishte is also operating, as well as the equipments in the Rhodope Mountain. ]]> 26 Dec 2009 12:00:00 Strong wind and avalanche danger in the mountains. Weather conditions in Rila, Pirin, Rhodope, Bulgaria VisitBulgaria.NET http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/news/20091226/avalanche_danger_in_the_mountains.html The first charter flight from Moscow arrives at Plovdiv Airport http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20091221/charter_flight_from_moscow_to_plovdiv.html The first charter from Moscow to Bulgaria’s city of Plovdiv will arrive at Plovdiv Airport on December 25. This flight will mark the opening of a new charter line operated by Siberia Airlines.Plovdiv Airport will negotiate for the opening of a permanent line from Moscow to Plovdiv. Siberia Airlines opened a regular air line from Moscow to Varna after it performed charter flights during the summer.By the end of March 2010, the number of flights from Russia to Plovdiv will reach 20 per month. The interest of Russian tourists in Bulgarian winter resorts is growing and those visitors could possibly compensate for the withdrawal of British tourists.]]> 21 Dec 2009 12:00:00 The first charter flight from Moscow to Plovdiv arrives at Plovdiv Airport. Charter flights from Russia to Bulgaria bta.bg http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/plovdiv/news/20091221/charter_flight_from_moscow_to_plovdiv.html Borovets Opens the Ski Season with a Snow Festival http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20091218/borovets_snow_fiesta_2010.html The ski season in Borovets will be opened with the started of the lifts today, and the party for the official opening will take place on 20 December 2009, this Sunday. A snow festival with lots of surprises and attractions for everyone will entertain all guests of the resort. The attractions in the snow park “Borokids”, the rope town “Boroland” and the shooting ground will be free. Acrobatic jumps, performed by the Extreme team, downhill ski and attractive snowboard jumps will be the culmination of the event. Horseback riding, lots of nmusic and fireworks are just part of the program for the festival.The party will continue with a snowmen competition. The majour stress of the ski season this year will be the presentation of ski sports and healthy lifestyle to the young people.The concessionaries of the resort promise excellent snow cover during the whole season, as this year they have completed a brand new system for artificial snow, which will supply 200 decares of ski slopes with snow. %LIMG1%RIMG2]]> 18 Dec 2009 12:00:00 Borovets Opens the Ski Season with a Snow Festival in The Rila Mountain in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumova http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/borovets/news/20091218/borovets_snow_fiesta_2010.html Pamporovo Opens the Ski Season 2009/2010 on Saturday http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20091218/pamporovo_ski_season.html The most picturesque skiing resort in Bulgaria opens the new skiing season tomorrow 19th December 2009. The official program will start from 1.00 p.m. in front of Students chalet. Unique ski show will be performed by the leading ski schools in the resort. The event will continue up on the slopes on Snejanka peak with a hot drink in “Zlaten Orel” (Golden eagle) restaurant.The celebrations will continue during the evening with a festive cocktail in “Perelik” hotel. The latest Music Idol of Bulgaria – Magi Djanavarova, “Intro” quartet, folklore program and ballet will entertain all guests of the resort. Our photo reporter Mr. Georgi Georgiev will attend the event and we promise to publish the hottest moments of the event, for those of you who won’t have the chance to be there. ]]> 18 Dec 2009 12:00:00 Pamporovo Opens the Ski Season 2009/2010 on Saturday. Snow show under Snejanka Peak in Bulgaria Kamelia Krumowa http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/pamporovo/news/20091218/pamporovo_ski_season.html Sofia's ice skating rink "Ariana" opened http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20091218/ariana_ice_rink_opened.html One of the attractions of Sofia, the ice skating rink in the Ariana lake in the “Borissova gradina” park next to the Orlov Most (Eagles' Bridge) was opened on 12 December 2009. The total area of the ice skating rink in Ariana lake is 1600 sq m. It is the biggest open ice rink on the Balkans. The ice rink will be open 24 hours a day. The price per hour is 3 leva during the working days and 4 leva at weekends. Children can skate for free every day between 8am and 10 am.%RIMG1The history of “Ariana lake” dates back to 1879 when the construction of the lake starts. It is finished in 1904. The first ice-skating rink in Sofia has been made exactly there. During the years Ariana and the “Borissova gradina” park became favourite places for leisure time activities in the Bulgarian capital. So take your friends and go skating! Enjoy the perfect combination of ice, music lights and unforgettable emotions in Sofia city!]]> 18 Dec 2009 12:00:00 Ice skating rink in the Ariana lake in the “Borissova gradina” park in Sofia was opened on 12 December 2009 VisitBulgaria.net http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/sofia/news/20091218/ariana_ice_rink_opened.html Sofia's Vitosha Mountain opens ski season 2009/2010 with a night show http://www.visitbulgaria.net/en/vitosha/news/20091217/vitosha_ski_season_2010.html