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Tourists flock to Bulgaria

Bulgaria expects to welcome seven per cent more foreign tourists during 2008, the president of the state agency for tourism authority has announced.

Anelia Krushkova of the Bulgarian State Agency for Tourism (STA) made the announcement yesterday at the opening ceremony of the summer season held at the St Constantine and Elena resort, reports Xinhua.

The Eastern European state, an EU member since January 2007, has signed agreements with Iran and the Czech Republic to help attract more tourists, while a similar deal is close to being reached with South Korea.

Bulgaria’s tourist industry has taken off since the fall of communism 18 years ago.

Popular tourist attractions include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Golden Sands beach on the Black Sea coast and the Pirin National Park which is a world heritage site.

Recent STA predictions states tourism revenues in Bulgaria would almost triple by 2013, representing a 25 per cent annual average growth rate.

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