Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017
Nikolina Angelkova, the Bulgarian outgoing minister for tourism participated in the ceremony on declaring 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development under the UNWTO. The event was marked by a formal reception organized by HM King Felipe VI of Spain at the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid. During the reception, the King and minister Angelkova discussed the challenges faced by global tourism and the importance of the UN’s initiative for 2017. Minister Angelkova pointed out that 2016 was a record-breaking year for Bulgarian tourism, with the country welcoming more than 8 million international tourists, which is more than Bulgaria’s population. Angelkova said that Spain was among the best examples of sustainable development of the tourism sector and Bulgaria needs to exchange good practices and make joint initiatives.
In Angelkova’s words, “A strong sign for the importance of the tourism sector for Spain is also the engagement of the royal family with the sector and its problems.” She said that Spain and Bulgaria have good relations and should be used for strengthening the partnership, especially in tourism. Bulgaria has also taken part in the 37th edition of the international tourism trade fair FITUR in Madrid. Bulgaria’s pavilion is represented by its ministry of tourism and 8 tourism companies are taking part in the fair as co-exhibitors. This year, the focus is on cultural, balneological, SPA and wellness tourism, and to promote Bulgaria as a sought after destination with ancient culture and monuments, beautiful nature and delicious food. FITUR is taking place from January 18-22. For first three days, it is open only for professionals from the tourism industry and for the next days, it’s open for the public.