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Hospitality Industry: Entry Visas for Russian Tourists Will Save Tourism Season in Bulgaria

Bulgaria should urgently start issuing entry visas to Russian tourists, according to the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association (BHRA).

Just hours ago, the Russian Federation announced that flights from RF to Turkey were suspended for indefinite time because of the spike in cases of COVID-19 in the country, BHRA said.

According to the Association, the majority of Russian holidaymakers planned seaside vacations in our southern neighbor. After this destination becomes at least temporarily unavailable to them, it makes sense to immediately look for an alternative for their already planned vacations, points out chairman of BHRA Georgi Shterev.

If Bulgarian authorities do not immediately start to issue entry visas to Russian tourists, we again will not be able to take advantage of the situation. Because our competitors, such as Cyprus and Egypt, do not waste time and already give visas to Russian holidaymakers, BHRA reps explain.

They also stressed that from the economic point of view it is not the time for the Foreign Ministry to "try to show muscle making sharp statements against the Russian Federation" because it is detrimental to our national economy.

According to BHRA, steps should be taken to restore the work of the Bulgaria’s Consulate General in Novosibirsk, as there are currently only three consular offices operating on the territory of Russia that issue visas to Bulgaria, which is extremely insufficient and makes the work difficult. It is also important to send another tourism agent to Russia. As well as to spur the work in all Russian cities and regions, which are twinned with Bulgarian ones, emphasized BHRA.

 

 


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Bulgarians Are Divided on Vaccination Passports – Gallup International

The Bulgarian public is still divided on the idea of the so-called “vaccination passports,” shows a survey of Gallup International launched in collaboration with the tourism industry and conducted in the period of 18-24 March among a thousand adult Bulgarians.

According to the survey, half of respondents agree with their introduction. However, 43 per cent are against the “green digital certificates which the European Union mulls to adopt in order to restore free travel and tourism.

Gallup also estimates that because of the coronavirus, 25 percent of Bulgarians have postponed travel or vacation in the country planned over the past 12 months.

About 22 per cent of respondents postponed even more than one trip abroad, while only a third of them - a trip within our country.

The reason is that our country is seen as a safer destination. That's why 29 per cent of respondents said that because of Covid-19 they had rediscovered Bulgaria it as a "good place for tourism."

The survey also shows that a total of 1.5 million Bulgarians plan a seaside vacation in the summer, and another nearly half a million would like to spend it in the mountains.

As an alternative, over 300,000 prefer spa tourism, and about 200,000 - excursions to natural and cultural attractions.

There is also growing interest in holiday destinations with fewer people, sociologists report. Some 63 percent of those surveyed said that with the onset of the coronavirus, they began to avoid crowded places. And 73 percent prefer a vacation trip only by car

 

 


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Bulgaria: Tourism Season in Peril, Hotels Bookings Being Cancelled En Masse

Romanian tourists en masse cancel hotel bookings on Bulgarian northern Black Sea coast. In the resort complex "St. St. Constantine and Helena" hotels are open but empty, reports bgonair.bg.

Hotel owner Atanas Karageorgiev says that this spring he was expecting the first Romanian tourists, but for the second year in a row they are missing. There are also no clear rules for entry of foreign guests into our country, Karageorgiev says:

"There were a lot of bookings, but this morning the manager told me that absolutely everything has been cancelled," said the hotelier.

The tourism industry wants urgent measures to save the summer season, one of which is dropping the PCR test for foreigners or replacing it with rapid antigen test.

The hotel owners also report mass cancellations of bookings by Romanian companies for the Easter holidays and cancellation of flights. The reason is precisely the vague rules. Another factor is the inefficient marketing campaign targeting key markets for Bulgaria.

"To mend the situation, the Tourism Minister has to go to Romania and say in clear terms : We are ready to welcome the guests, here is what we offer", said chairman of Varna tourism chamber Ilin Dimitrov.

The industry is also pushing for mass vaccination in the field of tourism. This summer, there will be no more than 130,000 employees. Traditionally, the markets with which Bulgaria works are Romania, Germany, the UK and Israel.

If green corridors for foreign tourists are agreed, there is hope for the rescue of the summer tourist season. Otherwise, a lack of perspective will lead to a surge of bankruptcies by the end of the year.

 

  



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Thirteen EU Member States Reach Agreement on Vaccination Passport, Bulgaria Among Them

Bulgaria is among the 13 EU member countries which reached agreement on 7 criteria necessary for the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

The criteria have been submitted for review by the European Commission. The plan is for the certificates to be introduced no later than June to allow freedom of travel during the coming summer tourist season. The other countries which reached agreement on the initiative are: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. 

 


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Airlines Lash out at UK Government over Travel Restrictions

Britain will confirm in early May whether it will allow international travel to resume from May 17 and which countries will fall into the red, amber or green categories in a traffic light system based on COVID-19 risks.

Airlines, desperate for a bumper summer after a year of restrictions, criticised proposals from the government’s Global Travel Taskforce, which include COVID tests, saying the 100 pound cost of PCR testing for those arriving from low-risk green countries would put off many travellers.

Giving new details of how it hopes to allow people to travel this summer, the taskforce also said work was going on to develop a certification system, sometimes called “vaccine passports”, for inbound and outbound travel.

Britain is gradually emerging from a strict winter lockdown prompted by a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths. As things stand, international travel is banned except under specific circumstances defined by the government.

But the government’s proposals for restarting travel fell short of airline industry hopes.

“This does not represent a reopening of travel as promised by ministers,” said Airlines UK, an industry body which represents British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and others

EasyJet, Britain’s biggest airline by passenger numbers, said the PCR test requirement for low-risk countries was a blow to travellers and called on the government to re-assess its plan.

“This risks reversing the clock and making flying only for the wealthy,” said easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren.

Case numbers in Britain have dropped dramatically since the January peak but a government priority is to avoid undermining the success of its vaccination programme by importing vaccine-resistant variants from overseas.

“The framework announced today will help allow us to reopen travel safely and sustainably, ensure we protect our hard-won achievements on the vaccine rollout and offer peace of mind to both passengers and industry as we begin to take trips abroad once again,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The government said it was working with the travel industry and with private COVID-19 test providers to cut the cost of travel.

“This could include cheaper tests being used when holidaymakers return home, as well as whether the government would be able to provide pre-departure tests,” the travel taskforce said.

Under the traffic light system, restrictions such as hotel quarantine, home quarantine and compulsory COVID tests will apply differently depending on which category of country a passenger arrives from.

Factors in assessing categories will include the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, the rate of infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and the country’s access to reliable genomic sequencing.

There will be a “green watchlist” identifying countries most at risk of moving from green to amber, although the government said it would not hesitate to change a country’s category should data show risk had increased.

The taskforce indicated that a digital travel certification system would be part of the plan but gave few details beyond saying that Britain wanted to play a leading role in developing standards in this area.

 


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