The tourist winter season has started in Bulgaria with excellent conditions for skiing and slopes full of winter sports enthusiasts.
In Borovets, the tourist season started today in all three ski resorts: Sitnyakovo, Jastrebets and Markutzik. “This year the weather is on our side, so we’re opening all three ski resorts,” Borosport’s marketing organizer Maria Seinova told BTA, adding that there was a lot of snow and good conditions. “But we keep the snow cannons, because the start of the season is crucial in order to take advantage of the right weather conditions and to ensure a sufficient snow cover as much as possible,” he added.
“We won’t change our prices until Christmas time last year. Access to the interior is only possible with a green certificate. “You must wear a mask in crowded places,” said Seinova. “We mainly rely on Bulgarian tourists and visitors from the rest of the Balkan country. “This year we also expect our traditional UK visitors to return to Borovets,” said Seinova.
“The streets and parking lots are completely free of snow and the necessary precautions have been taken in cooperation with the local government,” said Ivan Stankov from the Yastrebets cable car to the BTA.
Until December 26th, the daily lift ticket costs 62 BGN for adults, 45 BGN for young people (14-22 years) and 36 BGN for children (7-13 years).
From December 27th the prices will be 75, 54 and 44 Leva.
“Tour operators expect a strong winter tourist season,” Rumen Draganov, director of the Institute for Tourism Analysis and Evaluation, told the BTA. While 680,000 foreign tourists visited Bulgaria from the end of December 2020 to the beginning of March 2021, double the number is expected this winter.
The executive director of the National Tourism Council (NTB), Polina Karastoyanova, told the BTA that most parts of Bulgaria are ready to offer recreation with natural snow. “We have moderately optimistic expectations because the business community has done all that is necessary and all the conditions are in place for a safe and quiet tourist season,” said Karastoyanova.
Tourism Minister Christo Prodanov was optimistic when he opened the winter season 2021/2022 on Friday in Pamporovo (south-central Bulgaria). “To be successful, the next season must have a lot of snow and a lot of tourists,” he added.
And Marian Beljakov, CEO of Pamporovo AD, is hoping this winter will be good as there is so much snow in December for the first time in years.
The season officially started today in Bansko, in southwestern Bulgaria.
“What is new this year is that the industry has returned to normal competition,” said Draganov. “The winter sports resorts in France, Austria and Andorra closed last winter but they are open now, which is good because winter tourism is much better advertised,” he said. “The Bulgarian tourism industry works better in a competitive environment and our tourism product is in a much better position as it offers competitive prices,” he added.
Draganov pointed out that Borovets and Bansko are known among the top ski resorts, while Pamporovo is ideal for children and beginners.
Karastoyanova emphasized that Bulgaria needs a new strategy for the development of tourism after Covid-19, which should be drawn up with the participation of international experts and provide for the development of the individual components of the industry in this country, including winter tourism. “The Bulgarian mountains must be accessible, otherwise it is a crime against Bulgarian society,” he said.
The NTB Executive Director stressed the need for short-term support to the tourism sector for green certification and vaccination. NTB insists that the green certificate should become mandatory for all Bulgarian citizens to have access to all public services and activities.