Bulgaria and Serbia signed Memorandum of Cooperation in the sphere of tourism

21 February 2019

Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of Tourism between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia was signed in Belgrade by the minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova and Rasim Lyaich, vice president in our west neighbour. The ceremony took place immediately before the official opening of the 41st Belgrade Tourism Fair IFT in Belgrade where special emphasis was placed on Bulgaria as a partner country.

The document shall encourage the business contacts between the administrations and tourist organizations of both countries via  various measures for increasing the two-way tourist flow, as well as joint initiatives for attraction of third country markets, far country markets included.

“Bulgaria and Serbia are strategic partners in the sphere of tourism and we should develop even more actively our good relations in the sector which is a national priority for our economics, “ emphasizes minister Angelkova.

The memorandum also provides for partnership in the organization of joint specialized events, tours for professionals and medias, participation in international exhibitions, exchange of statistics, advertisements, analysis and other information regarding the tourist potential of both countries, as well as collaboration for  the purpose of attraction of more investments. The bilateral support for initiatives of the United Nations World Tourism  Organization, the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Organisation, the EU’s Danube Strategy etc will be also broadened.

During her visit in Belgrade minister Angelkova paid attention to the importance of the specialized types of tourism and our country’s offer to create a common Balkan route which can attract more visitors from Europe and the world to the region due to the joint competitive product and services in the sector. 11 countries showed interest to the initiative, including Serbia. The leading topic of the project is the rich cultural and historical heritage under the aegis of UNESCO in the region.

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