Archive for August, 2019

Is there an Economic Crisis on the Bulgaria Sea Coast this Summer?

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

At the beginning of the summer, there was a serious discussion about the crisis of summer tourism in the country. The discussion began in late June and early July, that is, it focused entirely on the state of summer tourism in June. The main ones are that 1) the summer tourism in June is in crisis (the beaches are empty) and 2) the Bulgarians are fleeing the native Black Sea coast and massively prefer Greece (congestion at the border). Today we already have the NSI data for tourism in June and we can shed light on how much the above statements are true.

Let’s start with some clarifications. First, we will be able to comment on the summer season as a whole when we have data for June, July, and August – June is the weakest of the three months and does not always accurately predict events during the season. However, the broad discussion of the June events deserves a reasoned response with data. Secondly, we use the official NSI data for all accommodation units with more than 10 beds – the smaller single beds do not fit here, which hides some of the data, especially for the nights spent by Bulgarians. Third, we are focusing not on the general data for the country, but specifically on tourism in the sea regions – these are Bourgas, Varna, and Dobrich. In places, we collect Varna and Dobrich as indicative of the North relative to the South (Burgas). The specific indicator we are looking at is not just the number of overnights, but the actual nights spent in accommodation in the three areas – can be seen as an indicator of tourist man-days at sea.

Before we get into the details of tourism in June 2019, it is good to make two general observations. The first is that summer tourism in Bulgaria is much more dependent on foreigners compared to Bulgarians. The nights spent by foreigners are five times more than the Bulgarians in Burgas and eight times in Varna. The difference in the income of the accommodation establishments is even bigger – seven times in Burgas and 10 times in Varna in favor of the income from the nights spent by foreigners. The second is that we should also take into account the longer trends, not just look at the change this year from the previous one. The latter is especially important when looking at the North’s representation of the South and the opening of a peculiar scissor between the two.

The overall picture for June 2019 (compared to June 2018) shows different developments in the three areas. In Burgas, for example, there has been a decline in the number of nights spent by Bulgarian citizens within 22 thousand nights (-7.1%), which is, however, completely offset by an increase in the number of foreigners by 35 thousand nights (+ 2.2%). Revenues from accommodation in June also increased by nearly BGN 6 million, reaching BGN 92 million, both because of most foreigners and some price increases.

The North is in the opposite situation – a fall in the number of overnight stays with foreigners and in Varna – by nearly 48 thousand (-5.3%), and in Dobrich – by about 25 thousand (-6.9%). In the north, however, an increase is registered in the nights of Bulgarians – despite a slight decrease in Varna within 1 500 fewer nights of Bulgarians (-1.3%), there is a solid increase of nearly 12 thousand nights of Bulgarians in Dobrich (+ 16.9%). The good news is that the growth of overnight stays of Bulgarians in Dobrich (the maritime municipalities are Balchik, Kavarna, and Shabla) has been going on for the third year now – from 51 thousand nights in June 2016 to 81 thousand in June 2019. in the North, in June they are BGN 73 million, while in Dobrich they remain similar, while in Varna they decrease by over BGN 2 million due to the smaller number of foreigners.

Despite some positive developments – the growth of the foreigners in Burgas and the growth of the Bulgarians in Dobrich, overall there has been a decline in the number of nights spent in June, provoked mainly by the smaller number of foreigners in the North. However, it should be noted that this slight decline comes after a period of three years of stable growth. This is clearly seen in the graph showing the movement of the realized nights in the North and South, with a division of Bulgarians and foreigners. In this general context, one can hardly talk about the drama in summer tourism, especially against the background of the tangible decline in foreigners since 2015. The chart also shows the opening of the scissors between North and South, both in the last year for foreigners and in general for foreigners. the Bulgarians. In June Burgas hits Varna and Dobrich seriously with regard to Bulgarian tourists – at 166 thousand nights of Bulgarians in Burgas compared to 152 thousand in Varna and Dobrich in June 2012, now they are 292 thousand to 190 thousand in favor of Burgas (June 2019).

It remains to answer the last question, namely, whether the Bulgarians have fled en masse to Greece? For this purpose, we use the data on trips of Bulgarian citizens abroad. They show that in June 2019, 135,000 Bulgarian citizens traveled to Greece, which is a real increase over the previous 3-4 years. However, keep in mind that before the crisis (2008-2009), these trips in June reached over 180 thousand – provoked by a large number of business trips to our southern neighbor 10 years ago.

To make a comparison with the Bulgarians’ trips to the Black Sea we will use the number of the overnights, not the realized nights. The overall picture shows that in June 2019 146,000 Bulgarian citizens stayed overnight on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and 135,000 Bulgarians traveled to Greece. However, it should be borne in mind that not all travel to Greece for vacation – 75 thousand of these 135 thousand have explicitly stated this reason, while others have indicated either “business purpose” or “other purpose”. Looking back to June 2016, the overnight stay of Bulgarians on the Black Sea coast was 117 thousand, while those traveling to Greece were 99 thousand. In other words, Bulgarian tourists in the three maritime regions of the country still beat as many as those traveling to Greece in June. In general, the tendency for both is up, so it is debatable whether the relationship will turn at some point.

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Bulgarian Security Agency will have Access to Student Data to Monitor Radicalization

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

The State Agency for National Security (SANS) will gain continuous access to the automated information funds of the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) in order to monitor radicalization among students. This was understood by the words of the Deputy Minister of Education Denitsa Sacheva before the BNR.

A week ago, an instruction was issued for public comment that the agency would be able to continuously check data from pre-school children, students, and university students. The reasons did not specify the purpose of the Office’s access to this information and security experts commented to Dnevnik that they could not explain why such information was needed.

And now SANS has the right to request data for students. This is done on a case-by-case basis, on paper and sometimes directly by the educational institutions, the education ministry explained to Dnevnik. According to the agency, the process would now be centralized, controls more robust, and only a few specific individuals would have access to the information.

 

Security experts explained to Dnevnik that so far, for every access to information held by the ministry, SANS representatives had submitted a reasoned request in writing. They suggested that when the regime was changed, access would be continuous and there would be no written request.

According to Deputy Minister Denitsa Sacheva, the meaning of the new instruction is to have greater interaction between institutions in the prevention of radicalization, whose age, according to experts, has fallen from 15 to 12 years. She recalled the case of a Plovdiv student who was arrested on suspicion of being recruited by an Islamic State and preparing a bomb. She said that there were other cases of preventing the involvement of minors in terrorist organizations.

Asked by Dnevnik how exactly the ministry’s data would indicate that someone is risky and radicalized, the ministry explained that this was within the authority of SANS.

On August 12, Dnevnik asked the agency for the purposes of accessing information funds and whether it already had access to the masses of other agencies, but received no response.

According to unofficial information, one of the purposes of access is immediate verification. A possible cause would be to check immediately at night or at the weekend whether a foreigner detained at an international airport claiming to be a student in Bulgaria is indeed one.

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Awards Ceremony will Honor Top Brands Serving Small Businesses

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Small businesses employ 58.9 million people and account for 44% of U.S. economic activity. For B2SMB brands, this segment represents a $500 billion market.

Recognizing these brands allows small businesses across the country to identify the top performers. And this is what the BEST2 SMB AWARDS 2019 looks to do.

The award will recognize the best in business-to-small business products, services and innovation.

The winners will be chosen by the B2SMB Institute’s Influencers’ Circle. It is made up of an independent council of journalists, bloggers, thought leaders and authors reaching millions of small businesses worldwide.

Our own Anita Cambell, CEO and Founder of Small Business Trends, will be one of the judges choosing the winners.

Winners will be showcased during an awards luncheon on October 3, 2019, at the B2SMB Institute’s Global Conference in Chicago.

The deadline for all submissions is 5 pm EDT, September 4, 2019.

There is no fee to enter, so click the red button to get the full submission guide.

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Featured Events, Contests and Awards

TWITTER CHAT: How to Attract and Retain CustomersTWITTER CHAT: How to Attract and Retain Customers
August 27, 2019, Online

Join in a Twitter chat on how to attract and retain customers at 3PM ET on August 27, 2019. The SBA will be sharing tips and resources to help you start, grow, expand, or recover your small business. Follow along with the hashtag #SBAChat. See you there!


Best SMB AwardsBest SMB Awards
September 04, 2019, Online

Does your product or service stand-out in the crowded marketplace for Small Business? The B2SMB Institute invites any enterprise that markets, sells and delivers products and/or services to Small Businesses to submit their entry for the 2019 Best2SMB Awards. We’ll be awarding excellence and achievement in three categories: Best2SMB Product or Service Offering, Best2SMB Innovation, Best2SMB Brand of the Year. We will also be awarding our first-ever Best2SMB Hall of Fame recipient.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (San Francisco, CA)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (San Francisco, CA)
October 15, 2019, San Francisco, Calif.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Listening to the Voice of the Customer Listening to the Voice of the Customer
October 16, 2019, Chicago, Ill.

Led by veteran product development and market research experts, this course will introduce Voice of the Customer (VOC) market research and teach you to use it to accelerate innovation in business-to-business markets. The workshop uses a lively, interactive format with numerous hands-on activities and practice exercises to build skills and will also expose you to the latest applications of these techniques in areas such as machine learning and journey mapping.
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October 17, 2019, Irvine, Calif.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


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October 18, 2019, Online

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Miami, FL)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Miami, FL)
October 22, 2019, Miami, Fla.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Boston, MA)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Boston, MA)
October 24, 2019, Online

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (New York, NY)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (New York, NY)
October 25, 2019, New York, N.Y.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Seattle, WA)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Seattle, WA)
November 12, 2019, Online

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Denver, CO)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Denver, CO)
November 14, 2019, Denver, Colo.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Chicago, IL)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Chicago, IL)
November 15, 2019, Chicago, Ill.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Atlanta, GA)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Atlanta, GA)
November 19, 2019, Atlanta, Ga.

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Small Biz: Banking ConferenceSmall Biz: Banking Conference
November 19, 2019, Los Angeles, Calif.

The small biz: banking conference delivers access to thought leadership, best practices and leading solution providers. Discover how industry leaders attract and retain small business deposits, fee-based services, and loans, and much more.
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Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Dallas, TX)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Dallas, TX)
November 21, 2019, Dallas, Texas

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Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Phoenix, AZ)Free seminar: Learn how to optimize your business (Phoenix, AZ)
November 22, 2019, Phoenix, Ariz.

Join us to learn how one complete view of your business, with apps that effortlessly integrate, can enhance your productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and help you effectively collaborate with staff, partners, and investors. Our free educational seminar will cover basics of the Zoho One platform, plus tips, tricks, and best practices to help optimize your business.


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This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends.

You can see a full list of events, contest and award listings or post your own events by visiting the Small Business Events Calendar.

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10 Tips for Juggling the Elements of a Startup

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

 

There are a lot of little things to consider when you’re getting started in the business world. From cash flow to marketing strategies, all of these moving pieces can be a bit overwhelming for new entrepreneurs. Luckily, members of the online small business community have plenty of helpful insights to share. Here are some of their top tips for new businesses.

Take Steps to Effective Cash Flow Management

Lots of new businesses face challenges when it comes to cash flow. But if you manage your money properly, you can avoid a lot of potential issues in the early years of running your business. Ma-Keba Frye outlines some of the essential steps you should take in this post on the Acuity blog.

Get More Value from Your Email Marketing Tech

Email is one of the most important marketing channels your small business has access to, especially early on. The tech that you use can make a major impact on your reach and the success of your campaigns. So check out this Content Marketing Institute post by Jodi Harris for tips on getting the most out of your email marketing tech.

Set Goals for the First Year of Your Franchise

Goals are important no matter what type of business you’re starting. But it can be easier to follow a standardized set of benchmarks when you opt for a franchise model. In this post, Joel Libava of The Franchise King goes over a few of the goals you should track throughout the first year of running a franchise business.

Try Internal Link Building Strategies

Link building is essential for optimizing your site for search engines. Internal link building is one aspect of this strategy. To make the most of your small business’s early efforts, David Leonhardt offers some tips in this Socialnomics post. And the BizSugar community discussed the post here.

Utilize Photography in Your Social Media

Strong visuals are essential for grabbing people’s attention and making your brand stand out online. Since social media is such an important marketing strategy for many new businesses, take a look at the tips for utilizing photography in this Upcity post by Natasha Ponomaroff.

Create a Competitive Corporate Identity

Every brand needs an identity. During the early years of your business, you may still be searching for what that is. But it’s important to be intentional about the identity that you create so that you can compete in your industry. Read this DIY Marketers post by Lana Miro for tips on doing just that.

Increase Productivity Using Technology

Technology can sometimes create distractions for small business owners and employees. But if you choose the right tech, it can really make you more productive. If you’re looking to get more done in your business, here are some tech tips from Ramon Ray of Smallbiztechnology.com.

Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Running a business requires a lot of creative problem solving. That means you need to be able to approach situations using critical thinking. But not everyone jumps into the business already in possession of those skills. If you’re looking to hone your critical thinking skills, check out this Search Engine Journal post by Julie Joyce.

Try Free Web Design Tools

A website is essential for any small business. But you also need to make sure that your site is well designed. Even if you don’t have a ton of money to work with, you can try the free web design tools included in this Pixel Productions post by Shawn Byrne. Then see what BizSugar members had to say here.

Reduce Expenses for Your Small Business

New businesses don’t usually have a ton of cash to work with. That means you need to keep expenses as low as possible when you’re just starting out. For those who are looking to lessen the financial burden of their business, Ivan Widjaya shares some tips for reducing small business expenses Biz Epic here.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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39% of US Businesses Have No Employer Brand Strategy, How About Yours?

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

39% of US Companies Do Not Have an Employer Brand Strategy

Brand strategy generally means the effort which takes place with the consumer side of a company. But it also applies to the workforce of an organization. Employer branding now plays an important role in recruiting and retaining the best candidates.

However, a report from iHire shows businesses are not all the way on board with this concept. More than two thirds or 39.8% don’t know enough about it to come up with an employer brand strategy. Another 59.3% say they don’t have an employer branding strategy or they are not sure of their branding efforts.

In today’s highly competitive labor market, your employer brand plays a big role in attracting the best talent. The CEO of iHire, Steve Flook, shared this very point in the release for the report and eBook.

Flook says, “An extremely competitive job market requires employers to make extra efforts to stand out from the competition if they want to recruit and retain top talent.”

What Exactly is an Employer Brand?

An employer brand is a perception of what your current and potential employees have about your company. If you have a strong employer brand, more people are going to want to work for you.

Everything from company culture to mission and core values plays an important role in making a strong employer brand. The more reasons you give candidates to come work for you, the better your brand will be in attracting them.

According to iHire, your employer brand should communicate the mission of your company at a glance. And this should be very clear, leaving no doubt about where you stand on the principles on which you founded your company.

Survey Results

The iHire 2019 Employer Branding Pulse Survey was carried out with the participation of 688 U.S. employers from across 56 industries.

The concept of employer brand strategy is still not widely shared by employers. Only 40.7% say they have a strategy, with 39.1% saying they don’t, and another 20.2% who are unsure.

But those who have a strategy, fully appreciate the value of having one in place. More than half or 51.2% say it supports their broader marketing efforts. Additional benefits include building credibility and trust (41.2), hiring for culture fit (34.9%), improving employee morale/engagement (32.5%) and it is critical in retaining top talent (30.1%).

When it comes to promoting their employer brand, companies use a wide range of platforms to reach their audience. It all starts with social media at 85.7%, which is followed by a company home page (83.3%) and external job postings (69.9%) for the top three. Other platforms include print, email marketing, advertisement, videos, blogs and more.

39% of US Companies Do Not Have an Employer Brand Strategy

As to why they don’t have a brand strategy, the top answer is employers don’t know enough about the subject at 39.8%. This is a reasonable answer, but employers also say their size (28%) and budget (22%) are reasons for not having a strategy in place.

However, iHire says virtually any company – regardless of size, budget, resources, and hiring needs – can build an employer brand.

39% of US Companies Do Not Have an Employer Brand Strategy

The Low or No-cost Way to Get Started

With the available technology to small businesses, employers can quickly and easily deploy these elements of employee branding. And in most cases, you can do this at no cost. If you start getting positive results, you can implement low-cost solutions to drive your efforts further.

These are the recommendations from iHire:

  • Gather employee testimonials describing what makes your company a great place to work and share them on your website.
  • Post a video to illustrate “a day in the life” at your workplace.
  • Describe your company benefits, perks, and other incentives in your job ads.
  • Revamp or launch a “careers” landing page on your website comprising open positions, fun company
  • photos, and a list of benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, 401(k) options, volunteer
  • opportunities, discounted gym memberships, etc.
  • Turn your employees into brand advocates — encourage them to provide positive feedback on employer
  • review websites or contribute to your blog.
  • Take advantage of job boards that offer free company profiles and add your logo to external job postings
  • whenever that is an option.
  • Apply for local and/or national awards that recognize workplace excellence (note that some of these
  • awards come with an application fee).
  • Implement a monthly employee survey to solicit ongoing feedback.

Just like word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising for the consumer side of a brand, it also applies for employer brand. When your employees say good things about your company, it will attract top candidates. And this works for companies of all sizes. Being a small business doesn’t preclude you from having a strong employer brand strategy.

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This article, “39% of US Businesses Have No Employer Brand Strategy, How About Yours?” was first published on Small Business Trends

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Bulgarian Flight Delays Trigger A Government Investigation

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Last week we reported that the Greek government is enacting emergency measures to end flight delays in the country. But Greece is not the only state battling with this issue. More and more European countries seem to believe that government intervention is required as a solution to frequent flight delays. Bulgaria now joins the list.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications issued a news release last month outlining its plan of action. The news release states the problem as being “increased delays in flights”. The Minister then requests airlines “to provide information on the reasons for delays or cancellations”. The news release also announces that the Civil Aviation Administration of Bulgaria will conduct an inspection regarding this matter.

Aviation in Bulgaria

The southeastern European country of Bulgaria is the poorest in the European Union. Even so, its aviation sector has been booming in the last few years.

 As reported by Fraport for the two Bulgarian airports it has a share in, the growth of passenger traffic is strong, at 16% in Varna and 10% in Burgas over 2018. The country’s main airport, Sofia Airport, published that it recorded a growth of 7% last year. That is no small feat for an airport that already handles seven million passengers.

Emigration drives air traffic growth in Bulgaria. The Irish Times lists Germany, Great Britain, and Spain as favorite destinations for migrants. With a history of corruption in Bulgaria and the economy offering low salaries, it is unsurprising that Bulgarians are making use of their EU right to work elsewhere.

As migrants constitute a major share of air passenger traffic in this middle-income country, it is also unsurprising that there is a strong presence of low-cost carriers there. Wizz Air flies a total of 29 routes out of the capital Sofia. Ryanair flies 27.

Bulgaria Air

The country also has a national carrier, Bulgaria Air. It flies more routes from Sofia than either Wizz Air or Ryanair but carries far fewer passengers. Simple Flying previously analyzed whether national carriers are even needed anymore.

Thus, it is foreign airlines that carry most of the air traffic in Bulgaria. It is perhaps for this reason that the Bulgarian government feels the need to react and investigate whether foreign carriers are treating Bulgarian passengers fairly during these frequent delays.

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Eurostat: In Five Years No Sea Cruise has been Realized in Bulgaria

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

In the last 5 years in Bulgaria, no sea cruises have been realized from our two ports Varna and Burgas, Eurostat data show the trends in the development of this type of sea tourism in the EU countries last year.

The only sea cruise departing from the port of Varna was in 2013, according to European statistics.

However, many of our travel companies offer organized cruises with the most famous liners of known cruise companies such as Celestyal Cruises, Costa Cruises or Costa Crociere – a cruise company based in Genoa, Italy, owned by the largest cruise line operator – US-British Carnival Corporation and plc, conglomerate Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD and others.

The native companies offer organized cruises to the start and end ports, which cancel tourists’ commitments for airline tickets. For those who want to sail from the port of origin, native tour operators assist in cheap airline tickets at special airline rates, hotel accommodations, and visas where needed.

For example, a Venice Wheel cruise with a flight from Sofia to Venice and from there with a cruise ship costs about 2000 levs, an American Dream cruise with a flight from Istanbul to Miami, USA, includes a 10-day cruise to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Miami to price from BGN 3 570 and others.

Some of the cheapest cruises offered by our companies include very discounted discounts of up to 50 percent for a second person on a trip, such as a five-day boat trip around Italy for 500 levs per person, and three days with a Mediterranean ship on our southern coast. neighbor Greece is bidding for about 600 leva per person.

Luxury deals are also offered at BGN 1 600 per person for a 7-day cruise on the most exotic corners of the Mediterranean, as well as an offer of BGN 1 700 for 7 days along the Adriatic coast.

Last year, the number of passengers traveling by sea from the EU to various destinations reached 7 million, surpassing the record of 6.9 million in 2012, according to Eurostat.

Most passengers / about 85 percent of all travelers / have embarked on a cruise in one of the five EU countries, with the lead for most cruise ship tourists held by Italy – nearly 2 million departing from ports in Italy. Followed by Spain – 1.5 million passengers, Germany – 1.1 million passengers, the United Kingdom – 1 million passengers and Belgium – 500 thousand passengers.

Most cruise passengers travel from two European ports that hold the lead in this type of tourism: Southampton, UK – over 830,000
passengers and Barcelona, ??Spain – 720 thousand passengers.

Our neighbor, the undisputed leader in cruise travel, is Greece, with over 220,000 passengers from ports in our southern neighbor. The number of cruises from Turkey has been falling: from 250,000 passengers in 2013 – to about 60,000 in the last year. and mainly with destinations in the Mediterranean.

Romania’s northern neighbor also has not completed any cruises from its port last year.

Sea cruises covered by these statistics are those where passengers are provided with their own cabins and entertainment onboard. Passengers on ferries or day trips by boat are not included in the survey, Eurostat said.

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Police Detained a Bulgarian in France with Nearly 30 kg of Cannabis

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

A Bulgarian has been detained in France with nearly 30 kilograms of cannabis, Radio Blio reported on their website.

The 55-year-old man traveled from Barcelona, ??Spain, to Germany. He was checked by customs officials while he stopped in his car at a resting place on the A7 motorway in the south-east French department of Dr?me on Wednesday night against Thursday.

In the car’s hiding place were found 15.5 kilograms of cannabis resin and 13.8 kilograms of “grass”, or a total of 29.3 kilograms. The Bulgarian assured that he did not know that he was carrying the drug.

The man was turned over to the prosecutor’s office in Valance today. He will remain in pre-trial custody until Monday when he will be arraigned in the city, which is the administrative center of the Drom department.

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How much have the Loans and Deposits of Bulgarians increased Since the Beginning of the Year?

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

With the record low-interest rate on the Bulgarian banking market, lending is growing towards the end of the first half of 2019. Despite the lower yields on deposits, they are also increasing towards the end of July, according to the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB). Since the beginning of the year, total household loans increased by BGN 1.050 billion or 5.04% to BGN 22.985 billion at the level of BGN 21.882 billion as of January. Compared to July the previous year, their increase is 8.7 percent. In particular, mortgage loans increased by BGN 710 million or 6.72% to a total amount of BGN 11.275 billion. Compared to the end of January, they amount to BGN 10.656 billion. In comparison with July 2018, the growth is 12.3 percent.

On the other hand, household deposits amounted to BGN 53.3 billion at the end of July. Since January, they have increased by BGN 1.724 billion or 3.33%. Compared to July 2018, they are up 8.1 percent. BNB data show that as of the end of last month the total deposits of the non-governmental sector amounted to BGN 81.015 billion or equal to 70% of gross domestic product (GDP). They are up 7.7 percent year on year. Of these, non-financial corporations amount to BGN 24.144 billion. Loans to the non-governmental sector amounted to BGN 59.860 billion at the end of the first half of the year. They are up 5.8% compared to the same month of 2018.

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The Samples for Legionnaires’ Disease Taken from the Hotel Where the British Tourists Have Stayed Are Negative

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

In relation with information of the British tabloid Mirror about two British tourists who had passed away from Legionnaires’ disease after staying at a hotel in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Ministry of Health informs that the samples for Legionnaires’ disease taken from the hotel in Sunny Beach resort at the Bulgarian Black sea coast, where the British tourists were accommodated before the beginning of the summer tourist season, are negative, BNR reported.

The Ministry of Health notes that the hotels in Sunny Beach resort are subject to scheduled and unscheduled control and tests, including tests for Legionnaires’ disease. 

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