Bulgaria invests in the development of cultural and history tourism
Anita Valentinova, source: expert.bg, 23.01.2011
Bulgaria’s government worked actively in order to provide a substantial funding for the further development and promotion of leading tourism sites. Also, this year it will invest in infrastructure projects. Smaller tourism sites will also receive additional funding since a direct access to them is needful to promote their significance. Bulgarian Minister of Finances said that there are many developed strategies and they just need to be implemented properly. The main purpose of the project is to retain the interest in most popular sites and promote unexplored and newly found tourist sites.
The focus should be Northeastern Bulgaria where the first two Bulgarian capitals Pliska and Preslav are located. Also, interesting places are the fortress in Shoumen, as well as Baba Vida fortress near Vidin. The capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire Veliko Tarnovo also has a lot of opportunities for development and the increase of tourists last year showed that further perspectives and growth are possible. Tourists also show interest in the recently discovered monastery in the seaside resort Sozopol, the remains of the islands near the town, as well as the shrine which will exhibit the relics of John the Baptist. According to preliminary calculations, 15 million BGN of the budget will be allocated to finance archaeological activities and infrastructure. 10 million BGN will be given to develop tourist sites in Sofia city. The National Tourism Board will attract tourists by focusing on cultural and historical sites, as well as golf and mountain tourism.