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Bulgarian Tourist Chamber

Sofia, Bulgaria
8 St. Sofia Str.
Tel.: +359 2 987 40 59, 986 51 33
Fax: +359 2 986 51 33

About BTC

The Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (BTC) is a non-profit organization. It unites on a voluntary basis national, regional and local brand organizations and councils, companies from hotel & restaurant business, tour operators and tour agents, companies and organizations related with tourist industry and fully capable persons.

BTC was founded in March 1990. It is the first non-government trade, tourism organization in Bulgaria. BTC performs the functions of a non-profit federal union of Bulgarian and foreign organizations (companies) and fully capable persons with purpose to coordinate organize and manage the joint activities in the Bulgarian tourist industry.

The aims of the union are:

  • to unite, assist, encourage and protect the interests of its members and to be fully featuring partner to the public authorities, working in the field of tourism
  • to assist both the national and regional development and coordination of the hotel and restaurant business as well as other commercial activities, connected with the industry
  • to stimulate the professional education and qualification
  • to act as a partner in process of elaboration of national programs for tourism development, lows, regulations, etc.
  • to participate in the conducting of the national marketing and advertising on the tourist markets
  • to assist the upraising of the managerial and economical effectiveness of the companies from tourism industry
  • to represent and defend the interests of the industry employers
  • to provide its members with updated information on the current conditions and perspectives of the tourist industry
  • to develop and stimulate business contacts with Bulgarian and foreign partners, as well as profitable investments into Bulgarian tourism industry

One of the priorities of the Chamber is to actively cooperate with Bulgarian government in drafting legislations on tourism industry and tourism related issues, conformed to the EU directives and international practice in tourism. The principal objective of the BTC is together with the Bulgarian Association of Travel Agents (BATA), the Bulgarian Hotel & Restaurant Association (BHRA) and the other organizations in tourism to generalize and submit for solution to the government bodies the problems of tourism, connected with defending the interests of employers and of tourist and commercial site owners.

Bulgarian Tourist Chamber is in close cooperation with Bulgarian and international educational institutes in tourist area - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Russian International Academy, University of Munich and many others. BTC is a regular member of Bulgarian Industrial Association, which chairman sits on BTC Management Board.

BTC offered a wide range of qualify services to all players of Bulgarian tourist market:

  • preparation of market estimates of the tourist companies
  • preparing of business programmes and investment plans
  • consulting services for:
            - categorization
            - licensing
            - information technologies
            - labour conditions
  • marketing and advertisement
  • market research and analysis
  • promotion of products and services for tourism
  • education and qualification of tourist staff
  • partnership with country authorities
  • supporting of small and medium-size companies
  • partnership with institutions and companies
  • protection of interests of the employers
  • financing and crediting of small and medium-size tourist business
  • investments projects
  • statistics
  • labour stock

The Bulgarian tourist chamber issue monthly magazine "Tourist Market" in which can be found actual and hot information for Bulgarian tourism industry and related topics. Some of the articles are in German, English and Russian languages.

The BTC managing bodies are: General Meeting, Management Board, Chairman and Control Committee. The Management Board chairman, Mr. Tzvetan Tonchev, reader in economics and professor at the Russian International Academy of Tourism, represents BTC. Commissions for consultations on hotel and restaurant management, staff training, solution of companies' financial and economic matters and on working up of business programmes have been set up at the BTC. The club "Veterans of tourism" is acting as a link between the generations in management, assuring the use of experience and wisdom for sustainable development of tourism in Bulgaria.

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