Bulgaria expects a growth of at least 3% in tourism in 2013, according to Ivo Marinov, Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism.
Marinov visited Wednesday the northern city of Veliko Tarnovo to present a tourist guide titled "Get to Know Your Homeland" which includes 17 sites from the region.
He told journalists that more accurate forecasts about the trends in tourism could be made after the tourism expos in Berlin, Moscow, and Kiev.
Marinov, as cited by Darik radio, went on to say that the Bulgarian government would spend around BGN 24 M on promotional activities for tourism in 2013, with BGN 8 M to be secured from the state budget and BGN 16 M to be provided under the Regional Development Operational Program.
Bulgaria's Deputy Tourism Minister made clear that the priority markets would be destinations where Bulgaria enjoyed strong positions like Germany and Russia, Balkan states, and countries like India, Japan, and China.
He reminded that Bulgaria had achieved a growth of 5% in the summer of 2012.
Marinov specified that December statistics would be clear by January 27, after which the results in the tourism sector for the entire 2012 would be published.