The Chair of Bulgaria’s State Agency for Tourism Aneliya Krushkova announced Friday that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country in the first five months of 2008 has grown 16.6% compared to the same period of 2007.
The greatest percentage increases are recorded in the number of Romanians visiting Bulgaria. They are followed by Serbs, Macedonians, and Russians.
Krushkova also announced that the World Tourist Organization ranked Bulgaria 39th in the world by the number of foreign tourists it attracted in 2007.
She said, however, that the country was not included in the ranking by revenue from foreign tourists.
At the same time 29% more Bulgarians have traveled abroad as tourists in January-May 2008 compared to the same period of 2007, with Greece, Egypt, and Turkey being the most popular foreign tourist destinations for them.