Number of Hotels in Bulgaria Rises Despite Crisis


The number of hotels in Bulgaria increased by 115 in the second quarter of 2009 year-on-year, despite the negative effects of the economic crisis on the tourist business. Statistics presented by the National Statistical Institute show that the total number of hotels, motels, camping sites, rest houses, and all other lodgings with more than 10 beds went up by 14,5% to 3 015. The number of people that stayed in the means of accommodations in the second quarter of 2009 decreased by 12,7% to 1 156 000 compared to the same period in 2008. 56,3% of them were Bulgarians. The foreigners who came to Bulgaria were 13,8% less in Q2 2009 year-on-year. Almost all of the foreign visitors preferred to stay in hotels, and only 0,7% of them chose camping sites and rest houses. The total number of nights spent in all lodging places in the period April-June 2009 decrease by 16,4% to 3 814 000 year-on-year.