Bulgaria Sees 2.3 Bln Euros Tourism Revenue in 2008

Tourism revenue in Bulgaria is expected to reach 2.3 bln euros by the end of the year, Tsvetan Tonchev chairman of the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber, forecast, as quoted by Monitor daily.

The number of foreign tourist expected to visit Bulgaria this summer will grow by 8%, according to Rumen Draganov, chairman of the Institute for Analysis and Evaluations in Tourism. The number of foreign tourists has risen by 4.5% so far, Draganov said. The number of foreign tourists who have visited Bulgaria since the start of the year is close to 3 million, Draganov added.

The number of tourists from Romania and Russia registered the biggest increase. Germany still tops the ranking in terms of number of organized tourist trips. The number of German tourists went up by 6% year on year in the first six months of the year. Romanian tourists have increased by 7%, Draganov added.

The number of Russian tourists who visited Bulgaria in the first six months of the year registered the highest increase of 23% on a annual basis, Draganov said

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