Most of the employees in Bulgaria’s tourism sector will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of May, the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association (BHRA) expects.

BHRA said on April 25 that good arrangements had been made to immunize tourism sector employees on both the southern and northern Black Sea coasts.

Vesselin Nalbantov, a member of the association’s executive, said that the names of staff of hotels and restaurants on Bulgaria’s southern Black Sea coast were being sent to the Tourism Ministry so that these could passed on to health services, to be included in “green corridors” for tourism industry staff.

Priority vaccination of employees in the sector is one of the measures to get Bulgaria’s summer tourism season underway and attract more holidaymakers by promoting Bulgaria as a safe destination, the association said.

Many employees in the hotel sector and on the northern Black Sea coast are interested in being vaccinated as a priority, the head of the Union of Hoteliers in Golden Sands, Georgi Shterev, said.

He reiterated that immunisation is optional, and everyone should take into account their individual characteristics, preferences and health status.

BHRA also expressed its gratitude to the outgoing government for adopting new rules for entering the country as of May 1.

Outgoing Tourism Minister Mariana Nikolova said a few days ago that so far, 86 000 tourism sector employees had said that they wanted to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

This summer, Bulgaria’s tourism industry faces serious problems, amid reports of large-scale cancellations of charter flights from Germany and the United Kingdom.