Sofia becomes more and more interesting for Russian tourists
In Moscow, from November 4 – 7, 2013, took place a Russian-Bulgarian business forum. The event addressed the opportunities for the Bulgarian capital as a tourist destination, combining several types of tourism: cultural, religious and health.
The mayor of Sofia – Yordanka Fandakova, highlighted that from 2012 the number of Russian tourists, visiting the capital of Bulgaria, has increased by 46%. According to her, Sofia has a very good infrastructure. In the recent years the number of hotels of all categories has repeatedly increased, also many cultural and historical sites, various places of interest and religious tourism sites have been restored.
According to Vladimir Lebedev, the Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow, it is the religious tourism that is the most promising field for cooperation between the two countries. In Sofia and in its surrounding areas there are more than 40 monasteries and churches that can offer interesting Orthodox shrines for Russian citizens.
Together with representatives from Sofia Municipality, the forum was attended by the mayor of the town of Kyustendil. This town, located 86 km from the capital, is one of the oldest ones in Bulgaria. It is well known and famous for its mineral springs since the time of Marcus Aurelius. Moreover, the city comprises more than 570 sites, related to the cultural and historical heritage of Bulgaria.