Winter season in Bulgaria promises to be more successful than last year
Judging by the bookings, this winter at the ski resorts of Bulgaria up to 60% of holidaymakers will be tourists from neighboring countries. Growth is also expected in some major source markets. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism of the country Nikolina Angelkova at a meeting with the tourist industry of the ski resort of Bansko.
The winter season 2018/2019 was not the most successful for Bansko and other ski resorts in Bulgaria. In particular, in Bansko hoteliers noted an almost 30 percent reduction. Restaurateurs called even higher figures. According to the tourist industry, the resort has greatly missed guests from the UK, Turkey, Russia and especially from Bulgaria itself.
This winter Russian tour operators are talking about increased demand. According to Solvex CEO Dimitr Tsonev, early bookings of tours to the ski resorts in Bulgaria, which were offered at a discount up to 30%, have finished successfully.
“Sales of ski tours to Bulgaria are active, today demand exceeds last year's level by 30%. Especially in demand are the dates of New Year, the demand for mid-February also is good,” told Tatyana Korshunova, the Tui Russia’s leading public relations manager.
According to Ms. Korshunova, the prices for accommodation in hotels for the winter season increased, an average, by 10%, while Bulgaria remains one of the budget ski destinations.
Positive dynamics is observed for all dates of the winter season. The most popular resort is Bansko, it is chosen by 70% of tourists. Another 20% like Borovets, on the third position is Pamporovo. The Russians prefer 3-4* hotels, the average duration of holidays is 7 nights.
As Tatyana Korshunova said, Tui is the only Russian tour operator that arranges a charter chain from Moscow to Sofia in the winter season and offers package tours to the resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. The operator also offers tours on regular flights to Sofia from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Samara, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and Voronezh.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.