Bulgaria Expects Growth in Summer Tourism

As the summer season starts, Bulgaria hopes to lure more foreigners to spend their vacation on the Black Sea.Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, said the country expects 10 per cent growth in the number of tourists visiting the Balkan country this summer.

Dobrev is convinced that growth rates in this sector will exceed the 5-7 per cent initially expected.Commenting on the amendments to the Bulgarian tourism legislation that affect the classification system for hotels and restaurants, the Minister said that hotel and restaurant owners can now apply online to change their star ratings.

It was recently announced that Bulgaria is about to make changes to its hotel and restaurant classification system, limiting the validity of hotel and restaurant star rating to five years.

Dobrev further stated that the much debated Forestry Act, and a ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing, have to be scrutinized to make sure that environmental safety is guaranteed. The act, which reduces the amount of red tape surrounding development in forests, is opposed by many environmentalists.

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