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Romanian Tourists Expected To Spend 1.2m Euro In Bulgaria During Easter

About 10 000 Romanian tourists are expected to flood to Bulgaria’s northern Black Sea coast during the Orthodox Easter holidays. Easter Sunday, April 27 this year, and the next day are a public holiday in both Romania and Bulgaria, Standart daily reported.

Romanian visitors are expected to spend about 1.2 million euro during their three-day Easter vacation, Stoyan Marinov, head of Tourexpo, the joint-stock company of Varna’s Tourist Chamber, told Standart.

The average all-inclusive price per day in the hotels preferred by Romanians in the port city of Varna and the Golden Sands and St Konstantin and Elena resorts is between 30 and 40 euro. This is 30 to 40 per cent lower than prices in Romanian hotels.

The number of Romanians who spent their holidays in Bulgaria last year reached 750 000. Statistical data shows that the amount of Romanian trips to Bulgaria has doubled after Bulgaria and Romania’s accession to the EU in January 2007 and the end of September the same year, thus replacing Greeks as the most numerous visitors to Bulgaria.

Despite the surge of Romanians over the Easter and summer holidays last year, their numbers over Christmas and New Year proved unexpectedly low.

In order to make sure that this won’t happen again, Bulgarian hotel and tour operators have been preparing attractive package offers since the beginning of the year.

While the Romanians were reportedly satisfied with the quality of the Bulgarian hotels and the service, according to Standart, they were dissatisfied with the lack of parking space in the resorts, resulting in their cars’ being towed away. In an attempt to solve the problem, hotel operators, Varna municipality and other interested parties have scheduled meetings in order to tackle the problem before the upcoming holiday season.

Albena resort will launch regular and charter bus lines from Bucharest, Constanţa and Cluj this summer, due to the expected 20 to 30 per cent increase of Romanian visitors to the resort, Margita Todorova, Albena sales manager said, quoted by Standart.