Minister Angelkova talked with Dr Ingo Burmester, Executive Director of DER Touristik for Central Europe, in Frankfurt

15 October 2019

Emphasis is placed on the opportunities for increasing tourists in Bulgaria, representatives of the tour operator are expected next week in Bulgaria for the preparation of the 2020 season

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova held a working meeting in Frankfurt with Dr Ingo Burmester, Executive Director of DER Touristik for Central Europe.

The Minister is on a working visit to Germany, where he and representatives of the international tour operator discussed initiatives to increase tourists to Bulgaria and redirect tourist flows to our country in the situation following the bankruptcy of the world's oldest tour operator Thomas Cook.

Germany is a key market for Bulgarian tourism, it ranks in the top 3 of the countries from which Bulgaria welcomes the most guests. It is extremely important for us to attract German visitors through a variety of products and services so that we can increase tourists in May, June and September, said Minister Angelkova. She also said that our country is known as a stable destination for organized tourism and it is very important that DER Touristik tour operators direct their programs to Bulgaria for the 2020 season and for the coming years.

Summer tourism forms about 60% of the total tourist visits in Bulgaria, said Minister Angelkova and emphasized that tourism is a national priority and thanks to the support from the Bulgarian government for 2020 will act as a special mechanism for promoting organized tourism through marketing and advertising to the structure-determining country tourism markets.

Representatives of DER Touristik are expected in Bulgaria next week for the preparation of the 2020 season, it became clear at the meeting.

For his part, Dr Ingo Burmester stated that Bulgaria is a very important market for the company. Your country is beautiful and friendly, we want to work with it and stabilize the charters to Bulgaria, he said.

Minister Angelkova thanked for the useful meeting and emphasized that she expects future fruitful joint work to increase significantly the German tourists in Bulgaria in the coming and coming years.

A week ago, Minister Angelkova made a working visit to Berlin, where she held working meetings with Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Federal Republic of Germany and representatives of the TUI Group and Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH leaderships.


DER Touristik Group is a European market leader in travel sales and serves over 7 million customers each year. To meet this demand, the company includes 16 brands, such as Dertour, ITS, Kuoni, Apollo and Exim Tours, and 25 specialized tour operators, among who are Kirker and Manta Reisen. In the markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and Switzerland, the DER Touristik Group has a network of 2400 travel agencies. The program of the tour operator includes 205 thematic and market catalogues.


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