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75% of Foreign Tourists Say They will Return to Bulgaria
Updated: 2005-10-07

75% of Foreign Tourists Say They will Return to Bulgaria

Novinite News

Business: 14 September 2005, Wednesday.

A total of 75% of the foreign tourists that visited Bulgaria this year intend to return, shows a survey of foreign tourists in Bulgaria, conducted by Visa International, the world's largest card-payment network.

The survey was conducted at the end of August this year to trace trends in tourist spending habits.

Out of the random sample of foreign tourists, British tourists outnumbered the others, representing 20% of the total interviewed; followed by Germans (18%) and then Czech visitors (17%). The interviewing process included 8 % of Russian tourists and 12% citizens of countries outside the European Union.

More than 60% of visiting foreign tourists view shopping as a major priority during their holiday, the survey showed

Low prices in Bulgaria continue to be the most powerful force that attracts tourists to Bulgaria. More than half of the surveyed people (56%) claim low prices motivated them to visit the country. Conversely a similar survey in Croatia showed that foreign tourists are mainly attracted by its nature. Those who saw rich cultural heritage as main motive to visit Bulgaria are 9%.

Along with low prices, nearly 94 % of the interviewed expressed a pleasant surprise by the ‘good' or ‘excellent' shopping opportunities that Bulgaria merchants offer. Small shops are the most popular choice for the foreign tourists with 59% choosing them over markets and large shopping centers.

Eating in Bulgarian restaurants and trying out local delicacies is highly valued by foreign tourists with 71% of them eating in restaurants while on holiday. In addition, two thirds of the tourists answered that they prefer the seaside and had no intentions to visit other parts of the country.

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