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This summer Bulgaria anticipates receiving about 460,000 Polish visitors.
There has been an increase in flight requests, and the majority of these are currently for Burgas Airport. Irena Georgieva, the deputy minister of tourism, said this. Aiming to surpass the pre-pandemic period of 2019, when we had roughly 480,000 visits per year from Polish tourists, Deputy Minister Georgieva said that we had 340,000 tourists from Poland last year, mostly for the summer season, and close to 500,000 visits. She stated that the majority of them were vacation visits made between June 1 and September 15 during the summer. The Minister of Tourism said what awaits us in the summer season The data and information we receive about the upcoming summer season is positive and we expect to surpass 2019 by 5 percent. Bulgaria is a very well-known destination among Polish tourist destinations. The country is associated with beautiful beaches and relaxation at an affordable price. For many years, it has been one of the most popular holiday destinations for Polish citizens.
The fashion for vacationing in Bulgaria is returning along with the development of tourism, and among the resorts most often chosen by Poles are Sunny Beach, Golden Sands and Varna. However, few realize that these are not the only places that deserve attention. After Iceland, Bulgaria ranks second in Europe in terms of the number of mineral springs. There are about 1,600 springs in Bulgaria, which are mainly used for treatment in sanatoriums and spa centers. The riches of some of them have been appreciated since Roman times - remains of ancient buildings can still be seen in many places. One such place is one of the oldest cities in the country - Kyustendil, where the Romans already in the 5th century BC. have created Spa Pautalia.

Attention should also be paid to the town of Pomorie, which is the only place (apart from the Black Sea) where healing mud of mineral origin is extracted. In its publication, Wirtualna Polska takes a detailed look at where tourists who choose Bulgaria can benefit from hot springs and healing mud. A leading place among the described destinations is occupied by St. Konstantin and Elena, Pavel Banya, Chiflik and Hisarya. the healing mud. A leading place among the described destinations is occupied by St. Konstantin and Elena, Pavel Banya, Chiflik and Hisarya.

Flights from Poland come out on top for the airports in Burgas and Varna. Poland becomes the largest market for the airports in Burgas and Varna, overtaking Great Britain and reaching Germany. Flights and passengers from Poland to Burgas Airport are already in first place in the month of June. At Varna Airport, the first place is still held by the German market, but Poland is close to the leading position.
The airlines that operate flights from Poland and Bulgaria to Burgas are Wizzair, Bulgaria air, Ryanair, Enterair. Every day there are flights from Burgas Bulgaria to Wroclaw Poland, Warshaw, Krakow Katovice, Warshaw Modlin , Gdansk, Poznan, Lublin.

The figures for both airports for June are good, reflecting forecasts so far and showing an increase in the number of passengers handled compared to the same month last year. At Burgas Airport, the growth was 28% in June 2023, with more than 320,000 tourists being welcomed, the data show. The number of serviced aircraft is 22% more and reaches 2358 aircraft.
The largest number of guests came from Poland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel. The data show the outflow of foreign tourists from Sunny Beach last month, which is the main resort served by Burgas Airport.
And in 2023, there will be year-round flights connecting Burgas with 11 destinations in 5 countries - Vienna, Budapest and Debrecen, Tel Aviv, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lublin, Warsaw and Wroclaw and London Luton.

The market will decide which of the destinations will be the most preferred, as representatives of the state authorities in Bulgaria and Poland we are doing our utmost to provide as many direct airline routes as possible, and the tour operators will decide which destinations are the most preferred, said the State Secretary in Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Poland. He expressed hope that Bulgaria will continue to be an important tourist partner for Poland. Deputy Minister Georgieva pointed out that family vacation visits to Bulgaria are preferred by Polish tourists. There are also young people, but the interest in Bulgaria seems to be increasing from the point of view of a destination for family tourism, added Georgieva. She pointed out that there is a trend of growing interest of guests from Poland in cultural tourism and in our spa resorts, which was among the topics discussed at today's expert meeting.

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