There is a huge drop in the number of tourists from the EU, Bulgarian authorities claim, of around 300,000. According to Bayko Baykov, Chairperson of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators, Romania reports a big drop, more than 50 percent, which means that more than 110,000 Romanians have crossed the country transit instead of staying on a holiday in Bulgaria.
The same trend was followed by Greeks – 50 percent, Frenchmen – 50 percent, Serbians – 60 percent, Spaniards – 12 percent, Italians – more than 35 percent, Dutch – more than 40 percent, British – 10 percent.
This is a really big downturn,” Baykov remarked in an interview, focus-fen.net informs.
The expert explained that the drop was accompanied by even more unpleasant tendency – the compensation with price promotions.
“This incites further tension and does not boost the turnovers in the tourism sector. It also sets a low price for the tourist product that we will start 2016 with. At the moment we set preconditions for weak realisation in 2016, too,” Baykov explained. He commented Bulgaria’s tourism sector was faced with a crisis and this should be made clear yet it was not a result of the crisis in Russia and Ukraine.