The number of foreign tourists for the period January-July 2018 is over 5,2 billion people, which marks an increase of 6,9%

28 August 2018

5 265 367 foreign tourists visited our country within the period January-July 2018. Thus, for the first seven months of the year, there is growth of 6,9% compared to the same period of the year 2017, as can be seen from the data provided by the National Statistical Institute.

During the previous month alone, the number of foreign tourist visits to Bulgaria was 1 620 576, which constitutes an increase of 2,7% compared to July 2017. During the sixth and the seventh months of the year, a total number of 2 828 973 foreign tourists chose Bulgaria for their holiday. During the first two summer months – June and July, the number of foreign tourists rose by 3,6% compared to the same period of the previous year.  

These data can be used as evidence that tourism is steadily growing and Bulgaria is a preferred destination which offers a high-quality product at affordable prices. It is very important for us to ensure that the foreign tourists are satisfied with their stay and return to our country to spend their holidays, said the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova.

The chart of inbound tourism for the first seven months of the year 2018 is topped by Romania with 769 811 visits and an increase of 27,7% compared to the same period of the previous year. Greece ranks second with 628 957 visits and Germany ranks third with 435 996 tourists visiting our country.

Most of the markets included in the top 50 chart mark significant growth compared to the first seven months of 2017. The number of visitors from the United Kingdom has risen by 17,5%, Israel marks an increase of 26,5% and Ukraine – 24,3%. The growth of the USA is 13,6% and the number of foreign visits from Spain and Norway have risen by 21,8% and 47,4%, respectively.

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