Podcast in English
Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

80% decline in tourism on account of Covid-19

Photo: BTA

80% fewer tourists have spent their summer holidays in Bulgaria due to the coronavirus epidemic, and 30% of the staff in the tourism industry have lost their jobs, these are the figures presented by Polina Karastoyanova, Executive Director of the National Board of Tourism in an interview for Nova TV.

She added that bankruptcies are a distinct possibility and that it may well be impossible to service credits.

“At some point it may well turn out that banks will own tourism and that is a very bleak prospect,” Polina Karastoyanova commented, and added that after Covid-19 the tourist sector, as we know it, can no longer exist.

“The state must enter the industry as investor and set down master plans for the development of the infrastructure leading up to the tourist facilities,” Polina Karastoyanova said.

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

More from category

Human Rights Watch: Bulgarian border piolice beat and rob migrants from Afghanistan

Bulgarian border guards beat, rob and undress Afghan refugees trying to enter Bulgaria. This was stated by the international human rights group Human Rights Watch in a special report on illegal, according to international law, pushbacks of people..

published on 5/26/22 2:58 PM
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud and Bulgaria's FM Teodora Genchovska in Sofia, 26 May 2022

Foreign Minister Genchovska: Bulgaria wants to boost co-operation with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of Bulgaria's most important partners in the Middle East, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska said after a meeting in Sofia with the kingdom's visiting foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud . We would like to..

published on 5/26/22 2:26 PM

President Rumen Radev sends condolences to the White House over Texas school shooting

Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev has extended his condolences to US President Joe Biden over the victims of a mass shooting at a school in the town of Uvalde, Texas. "This unnatural act of cruelty is a crime that must be condemned by all of us,"..

published on 5/26/22 1:25 PM