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Bulgaria targets 40% rise in Russian tourist numbers in summer 2017

Bulgaria targets 40% rise in Russian tourist numbers in summer 2017 Murat Ertürk/Creative Commons

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 11 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria will work alongside Russia for sustaining 40% growth of the number of Russian tourists in summer 2017, tourism minister Nikolina Angelkova said on Wednesday.

Russia is among the main markets of Bulgarian tourism services, Angelkova said in a statement following a meeting with the head of Russian state tourism agency Rostourism, Oleg Safonov.

In summer 2016, Bulgaria recorded a 40% rise in the number of Russian tourists.

Russian citizens formed the fourth largest group of foreign tourists who visited Bulgaria in January-November 2016, with 570,000 tourists.

Tourism services contribute 15% to Bulgaria's gross domestic product, according to economy ministry data.

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