Bulgaria's Foreign Tourism Revenue up by 1,3% in Jan-Sept 2009

2009-12-03

Bulgarias revenue from international tourist visits in the first nine months of 2009 amounts to EUR 2,271 B, which is a 1,3% increase compared to the same period of 2008. This becomes clear from data released Thursday by the Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism. In this first ten months of 2009 January-October Bulgaria was visited by 5 281 220 foreign tourists not counting transit passengers, which is a decrease of only 0,2% compared to their number in the first ten months of 2008. Of those, 75,7% or 3 998 854 tourists were citizens of other EU countries, which is a 2,9% increase compared to the same period of 2008. Bulgarian citizens made a total of 4 399 418 trips abroad in January-October 2009, a decline of 11,2% year-on-year. They spent a total of EUR 1,038 B, which is a drop of 16,9%. 59,6% of the Bulgarian trips abroad were to other EU member states or a total of 2 621 440 trips; the decrease is 14,1% compared to the first ten months of 2008.