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Bulgaria December Travel Figures Show Continuing Decline

Date: 29.01.2010

The number of visitors to Bulgaria again fell in December 2009, and Bulgarians themselves made 24 % fewer visits abroad during the month.

According to data released on Wednesday by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (NSI), 557 000 foreigners visited Bulgaria, a of 7.3 % compared with December 2008.

Trips abroad by Bulgarian citizens in December 2009 totaled almost 298 000, or 24.2 % fewer than December 2008. In November, the annualized contraction was 21.8 %, while in October it was 19.8 %.

The only increase in trips abroad by Bulgarian citizens in comparison to the same month of the previous year was to Finland (183.8 %). The largest decline in travel was to Ireland, which was visited by 98.6 % fewer Bulgarians.

Spaniards accounted for the largest growth of visits to Bulgaria, at 13.5 % of the total. Of the EU member states, Ireland showed the greatest decline, down by just over 25 %.

Of all the European countries outside the EU, Norway registered the largest in visitors to Bulgaria, down by 39.5 %, while the opposite trend - the greatest increase of foreign visitors - was by Ukrainians, up by almost 10 %.

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