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Are you ready for the exciting Sofia Dance week 2010, the third edition of the festival for contemporary art and theatre approaches its beginning, so don’t miss it! This year Sofia city and all guests will see the best of the world dance stage.
Bulgarian tour operators have reacted with dismay to the announcement of the Finance Ministry's plans about considering increasing the VAT for tourist services from 7% to 14%.
Russian Investment funds show increased interest in Bulgarian SPA centers and balneology resorts. Although they initially show their interest in Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, there is a growing interest towards the inner part of the country.
Bulgaria or Palma de Mallorca? Which is the best beach resort for German tourists? This is a question which will be further discussed in the best-selling newspaper in Europe ‘Bild’ which has the sixth-largest circulation worldwide.
Picturesque Bulgaria will be advertised as a year-round tourist destination on major European TV channels-Euronews, Eurosport, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. People from all over the world saw the advertisement ‘Feel the magic’ on the 6th of September 2010 for the first time.
The mayor of municipality Byala announced that there was a growth of the number of tourists this year.
The 12th edition of the theatre festival ‘’On the beach’’ will take place in Bourgas city from 7th until 12th of September.
Preliminary figures show that there is a growth of 10-12% of tourists in Sunny beach resort. This was announced by the executive officer of Sunny Beach Jsc. ‘This year the summer season was rather good. The beginning was quite uncertain due to the low occupancy and hotel owners were forced to launch special offers, discounts for specific periods and eventually the growth of tourists has even exceeded all expectations.’, said Mrs. Mihaleva.
It has become clear that nearly 50 000-60 000 people visit Assenova fortress every year. This year there is a growth of tourists although all visitors are requested to pay an admission fee from the beginning of August.
We are pleased to inform you that the exhibition of the prominent French sculptor Edgar Dega was opened yesterday.
Paul Gilbert will visit Bulgaria for the third time in order to delight his fans with his virtuoso guitar show. The event will take place on 5th of December 2010 in Sofia Live Club. The concert of the world famous guitarist in Bulgaria is a part of his European Tour ‘Fuzz Universe’.
After the first headliner at the prestigious music festival Music Jam 2010, John Lord, was announced in April, now the organizers have also confirmed the participation of the US composer and pianist Herbie Hancock. The famous jazz legend who delight the audience for 50 years will also enjoy all fans in Bulgaria this autumn. The event will be held on 27th of October 2010 and the venue is Hall 1 of National Palace of Culture in Sofia city, Bulgaria.
If you are fond of off-road adventures that raise your adrenaline, then your venue is called the area Koprivkite, a picturesque spot in Rhodopes mountain near Plovdiv city. The area is the official host of Arena Off-road 2010, the most important event in the field this year. Third Bulgarian off-road fair will be held from 3rd of September until 6th of September.
Bulgaria’s sea capital Varna has announced official figures, regarding the summer season 2010. Unfortunately, the number of overnights in Varna hotels has decreased by 0.3% compared to the same period in 2009. The decrease is caused by the number of overnights of Bulgarians. On the other hand, foreign tourists like visiting Bulgaria’s seaside capital and respectively their number has increased by 2.2% compared to the second quarter of 2009.
The famous German formation DJ Scooter will rock all fans in Bulgaria on 5th of October 2010. The group will perform in Sofia city for the first time. The venue is Hristo Botev Hall, Studentski quarter. The organizer of the concert is Balkan Entertainment.
As sellers of property, hotels included, are going through hard times in Bulgaria, most deals are a result of cash payments, experts say and forecast that cash will remain king.
Bulgaria has been presented as a tourist destination to a business delegation from South Korea, which is the first of its kind.
The international puppet theatre festival PUPPET FAIR – SOFIA presents a varied international program of children and youth performances for different age and social groups. The organizer of the festival is the internationally known Sofia Puppet Theatre.
More than 80 masters from Bulgaria, Romania, Morocco, UK and Japan will take part in the 8th International Fair of traditional crafts in Bulgaria’s ethnographic complex Etara near the town of Gabrovo.
Enthusiasts and fans of kayaking sport in Bulgaria will gather together in order to exchange experience at the Second National Fair ‘Kayaking-Struma 2010’. The event will be held from 4th until 6th of September 2010 in Strouma River where this sport can be practiced all-year round and the place is one of the most favourite of canoe kayak fans.
Bulgaria’s minister of economy, energy and tourism and the sheikh of Abu Dhabi signed the agreement for economical cooperation, announced the ministry. The sheikh is the president of ЕАBG (EmiratesAssociateBusinessGroup). Abu Dhabi is the biggest city, a capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The biggest ski school in Pamporovo ski resort has officially received its recognition for being the best one. Winners of the prizes Marque of Excellence 2010 for the winter season 2009/10 and Summer`10 of Neilson Active Holidays have become announced. We are pleased to inform you that the 1st place in the category ‘The best ski school’ is for the ski school in Bulgaria’s sunniest winter resort Pamporovo.
Baroness Catherine Ashton, a High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has expressed her satisfaction with Bulgaria’s stand at the World Expo in Shanghai.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment has staged a check about whether the territory on which the Yulen company operates ski tracks above Bansko is not larger than the one officially allowed.
Mountain Bike Championship will take place from 24th until 26th of September 2010 in Borovets ski resort. Bulgaria’s champions in mountain biking in different classes will receive their deserved prizes.
Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered two tombs of Ancient Thracian rulers near the famous rock city and sanctuary of Perperikon.
Olga Andreevna, who arrived at Burgas Airport on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast Saturday night 22.27 EET from Moscow, turned out to be the airport's 1,500,000th passenger for 2010.
Nessebar coastal resort will host the 4th consecutive Bulgaria’s open air championship and air show ‘Nessebar cup 2010’. The event will take place on 4th and 5th of September 2010. This is a unique sports competition, one and unique of its kind as many aircraft models and hydro helicopters will be presented. A great air show is guaranteed as airplanes will take off and land at the water surface.
150 000 Israeli tourists are expected to visit Bulgaria this year. This was announced by Israel Ambassador during a press conference in Nessebar. The ambassador discussed all issues related to tourism and investments with the mayor of Nessebar.
A burial site with three funeral mounds is researched by Bulgarian archeologists near the southern city of Yambol.
Archaeological museum in Plovdiv city has been opened after it had been fully reconstructed. The museum has remained closed for 17 years and his reconstruction absorbed 1,5 M EUR. Some Bulgarian treasures will be housed in the museum and therefore special security measures will be adopted.
Many people gather together in order to participate in the important celebration. Organizers have installed information signs at Atanassovo Lake and the benefits from birds, local people and healthy way of life.
Although it is still summertime, we are sure that you are on the lookout for a ski holiday 2010/2011. Perhaps some of you are not fond of being on a summer vacation and appreciate cool winter months when snow-capped mountains invite ski hounds to hit the slopes. Fluffy snow, well-maintained ski runs of different level of difficulty, cozy accommodation, quiet evenings in a spacious hotel room, overlooking the mountain and plenty of ski adventures-is this your idea of the perfect ski vacation?
The Roman Tomb in Silistra is one of the most famous monuments of tomb architecture in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula, a typical example of a building that date back to the Late Antiquity.
Bourgas will be linked to the island of St. Anastasia through a sea route, announced Deputy Mayor Yordanka Ananieva. The idea is about to be put into practice after the Council of Ministers has provided Bourgas Municipality withthe attractive piece of sea land in the sea.
The main part of the construction of the second Danube bridge between Bulgaria and Romania will be completed by the end of 2011, the Bulgarian Minister of EU Funds has announced.
Hotels at Bulgarian seaside dropped all prices as the active summer season has come to an end, announced Russian newspapers. For instance, hotel rates at most prominent beach resorts are decreased by 10-35% and at Southern Black Sea-20-30%.
Kavarna coastal resort hosts ‘Fish and mussel Festival’ from 10th until 12th of September 2010. The festival will take place for 6th year in a row. Residents and guests will have the chance to taste the multitude of fish and mussel delicacies.
An entertainment park will be constructed at Ledenika Cave. The project for underground attractions is created by Vratsa municipality in cooperation with Nature Park Vratsa Balkan. The project ‘’Entertainment park Ledenika-all-year round tourism’’ has received a preliminary approval and it is classified under the operational program ‘’Regional development’ for the improvement of tourist attractions and infrastructure related to them.
Bulgarian tourism will be promoted by four leading European channel Eurosport, Euronews, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel, announced Bulgaria’s representatives. The funding for the advertising amounts to BGN 7,5 M and will be provided under the EU operational program "Regional Development".
Kitesurfing regatta usually takes place from 27th until 29th of August 2010 in Primorsko. The unique South beach at the mouth of Dyavolska river and the spectacular setting of the Dyavolski Bay contributed to the good atmosphere at the Surt Regatta.
Nessebar is the host of the 14th edition of National Pop and Rock Festival that will take place in Nessebar from 27th until 29th of August.
Even though the summer season approaches its end and you might turn to be sad since you have not enjoyed your beach vacation yet, we would like to tell you that you should not be concerted a lot, because you can always have a great holiday experience in September.
There were about 10% more tourists at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast in July and August in comparison to the same period last year.
Nearly 100,000 tourists have visited the cape Kaliakra and Yailata this summer, said the director of the Historical Museum in Kavarna Mrs. Mircheva. Yailata itself has been visited by 10 000-15 000 tourists.
Beach hotels attract guests with lowers hotel rates and tempting package prices. For instance, some hotels slashed prices by 20%.
Nearly 200 000-250 000 people have visited the archaeological site Perperikon over the past 2 years. The renowned archaeologist Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov said at a press conference that Tsarevets hill is the most visited place followed by Perperikon.
The interesting archaeological and ethnographic complex Etara will organize the project "The Wedding - Unity and Diversity". The main idea behind the project is to show the ethnic and ethnographic diversity at Bulgarian lands and the rich Bulgarian folklore traditions by presenting different moments of the wedding ritual.
The festival of arts Apollonia will be held from 28th of August until 5th of September 2010 in Sozopol coastal resort. Apollonia Festival of Arts is the largest and most popular Bulgarian art forum that takes place in Sozopol beach resort. The organizers of the event promise a varied program that includes new young talents, as well as famous and renowned Bulgarian masters.
A team of Bulgarian archeologists have unearthed a unique collection of Hellenic coins and pottery during excavation works along the Varbitsa River, near the village of Sedlari in southern Bulgaria.