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SOFIA, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Bulgarian authorities will continue working to ease visa requirements for Russian tourists, President Rosen Plevneliev said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“We can observe an upward trend in the number of Russian tourists,” he said. “Statistics show that about 600,000 people visited the country in 2012, one third more than in 2011.” Preliminary statistics say last year’s growth reached a new record of 18%.
“We are pleased to see that more and more Russian friends come to hospitable Bulgaria,” Plevneliev said. “There are currently a great number of Russian visitors at Bulgarian winter resorts.”
On easing visa requirements for Russians, Plevneliev said they would draw on ample European experience. “There have been many discussions on how to facilitate travelling for Russian tourists. We decided to use the best European experience,” he said, adding that the issue was controlled by the Bulgarian government.
“The growing number of tourists is eloquent testimony to the fact that we are moving in the right direction” in welcoming Russian tourists to Bulgaria, the president added.