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Stamen Yanev presented investment opportunities in the Tourism sector during the forum “EU – China – 2018 – year of tourism”

June 10, 2017

Direct flight Sofia – Beijing and a decrease of the time needed for issuance of Visas for tourists from China are main tasks for the Member of the European Parliament and part of the European People’s Party Andrey Novakov.

He organizes the first discussion forum for attraction of more investors and tourists from China. The event is part of the initiative “EU – China – 2018 year of tourism” of the EU. The forum gathers representatives of the tourism branch, lecturers, experts from Bulgaria and China.

The ambassador of China His Excellency Zhang Haizhou noted that on a global level the tourism makes 10% from the world product and 30% from the export of services and brings large economic benefits for the countries. This is why all countries value much more the importance of the sector and give much more support to it.

According to Haizhou Europe is traditionally developed in the tourism sector. In 2015 it recorded 620 mln international tourists who have attracted to the European economy 4 billion euro. He noted that in his annual report China continues to increase its income from tourism. The expenses of the Chinese tourists abroad have increased by 26% in 2015.

Ambassador Zhang Haizhou stated that Bulgaria has unique tourist resources. According to him the travel to China would also bring enormous profits for the Bulgarian tourist enterprises.

He expressed readiness the Chinese embassy to work with the representatives of Bulgaria for the sake of development of the bilateral cooperation of tourism. According to him the tourist flow from China into the Czech Republic has increased with 40% per year after the launch of a direct airline.

The member of the Parliament from the 44th National Assembly and an Ex-minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova noted that thanks to the European instruments and more precisely the Danube strategy, we have started the preparation of joint tourist products. Our country together with Romania has developed the European cultural route “On the tracks of the Roman emperors”, which gave an opportunity for acquaintance with the cultural and historical heritage of our country.