Hoteliers on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are in a very difficult situation. The reason is that most of them are hesitant to open at all.
In our largest seaside resort “Sunny Beach” the expectations are only between 5 and 10% of the hotels to welcome tourists.
Mainly this year, our seaside resorts will rely on the visits of Bulgarians, and foreigners are expected when the borders are opened and flights begin to operate.
It is not yet clear how many hotels on the North Black Sea coast will open for the summer season. However, those who have made such a decision, prepare their bases, according to the requirements of the Ministry of Health – to have signs for distance, one-way traffic and be sure to measure the temperature at the entrance.
Yuliana Vasileva, hotelier: In addition, we have prepared a room for isolation, if any of the guests show any signs. We have also provided the same conditions for the employees themselves in order to be able to take care of our tourists in a safe environment.
To the south, the Sunny Beach resort is usually the first to open its hotels and accommodation. Now, however, it is completely empty and empty. And the forecasts for summer 2020 are not encouraging.
Georgi Nikolchev, Bulgarian Association of Tourism Owners: There is no point in opening big hotels. This is staff, this is charging, an extremely large investment. If there is one infected tourist, you have to change all the staff.
Diana Kolcheva, chairwoman of the Hotelier’s Club: Reservations from May and June for July and August are still being transferred, but in reality there are no new reservations.
The news about the online platform “Rediscover Bulgaria” for reservations in Bulgarian resorts, hoteliers are wary. They know from experience that the results will appear only in a few months.
Georgi Tsvetkov – hotelier: The initiative as a whole is interesting, but I doubt its success, given the situation that happened three years ago with “Unexpected Vacation”. So my expectations are to have a relatively small or rather poor result.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, revenues from tourism worldwide will decrease by nearly 35%, and according to the Ministry of Tourism, the losses for the industry in our country will be over 50 percent.