Days before the beginning of the summer tourist season it became clear that there will be new rules for foreign tourists to enter Bulgaria. This was announced by the resigned Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov.
The 15th International Tourist Exhibition Cultural Tourism Veliko Tarnovo will take place from 19th to 21st of April 2018.
Attractive historical re-enactments will show the Bulgarian past from the Middle Ages till the Renaissance in the days of the international exhibition “Cultural tourism” 2018 in Veliko Tarnovo. From 19th to 21st of April, in front of the Palace of Culture and Sports “Vasil Levski” the national fellowship Tradition – Veliko Tarnovo will present the military lifestyle of Bulgarians from the Middle Ages. Different types of weapons and armor can be seen and archery shooting at a specially built field shooting range. During the three days, everyone who wants will be able to test their dexterity and skills in various types of medieval games.
The ancient capital boasts the highest tourism growth rate in the country. The tourism in Veliko Tarnovo exceeds the tourist growth in the big cities and the seaside resorts. According to the information given by the Bulgarian Tour Operators Association, the growth registered is over 31% which is definitely quite promising statistics.
Investments of more than 7 million leva have been made
Nearly one million tourists have visited the cultural and historical sites of Veliko Tarnovo and the region during the last year. That’s an increase of 40 %, it was announced by the mayor of Veliko Tarnovo. The number of bed places available also marks a rise of 200 beds, due to the fact that two new hotels, five guest houses and also another twelve accommodation establishments have been opened during the past year.The total accommodation capacity now amounts to 6000 beds. For the improvement of tourist infrastructure and for the creating of new attraction sites the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo has invested over 7 million leva.
Currently new projects are being elaborated; it is hoped that they will be granted funding during the new program period. Under those projects the Shishman’s bath in Asenov quarter will be restored. There are plans for the Museum of Wax Figures to be expanded by a 1000 sqm. Also a new park will be built in the foot of the Tsarevets Hill – bicycle lanes and pedestrian zone will connect the medieval churches in Asenov quarter with the Holy Forty Martyrs church. An artisan street will be set up on Tsarevets Fortress. There will be also a riverside walking track that will go along the picturesque Yantra River near Boris Denev Art Gallery. New parking lots will be built in the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo – by the churches of Holy Forty Martyrs and St. Dimitar. Architects will discuss the building projects for area where the now demolished Old Military Academy was placed before. Some of the plans provide for the construction of a multifunctional congress centre, a military museum and also an aquarium. It is yet to be decided what exactly will be build there.
Veliko Tarnovo Municipality hopes to attract even more tourist after accomplishing all those projects.