In February 2018, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 379.5 thousand or by 3.5% above the registered in February 2017.
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At the same time decreased the number of the trips of Bulgarians to: Greece – by 3.9%, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – by 3.0%, Italy – by 1.7%, Serbia – by 0.6%, and etc. This is reported by the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sport events) in February 2018 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad – 49.7%, followed by the trips with professional purpose – 27.6%, and with holiday and recreation purpose – 22.7%.
In February 2018 most trips of Bulgarian citizens were made to: Turkey – 76.9 thousand, Greece – 61.5 thousand, Romania – 43.9 thousand, Serbia – 36.3 thousand, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – 29.3 thousand, Germany – 21.4 thousand, Austria – 14.4 thousand, Spain – 13.4 thousand, France – 11.9 thousand, Italy – 11.4 thousand.
In February 2018, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 457.4 thousand or by 4.9% more in comparison with February 2017. An increase was registered in the trips by all observed purposes: with professional purpose – by 18.8%, with holiday and recreation purpose – by 2.6%, and with other purposes (including as guest and passing transit) – by 1.2%.
Transit passes through the country were 22.2% (101.4 thousand) of all visits of foreigners to Bulgaria.
The share of visits of ЕU citizens was 47.4% of the total number of foreigners’ visits to Bulgaria in February 2018 or by 6.0% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year. An increase was registered in the visits of citizens from Belgium – by 23.7%, Greece – by 14.9%, Czech Republic – by 12.1%, Romania – by 9.4%, and etc. At the same time decreased the visits from Austria – by 12.7%, the United Kingdom – by 6.1%, Italy – by 4.2%, Germany – by 2.4%, and etc. The visits of foreigners in the group ‘Other European countries’1 increased by 3.0%, as the highest growth was observed in the visits of citizens of Serbia – by 15.0%.
In February 2018, the predominant share of the visits with holiday and recreation purpose was 42.2%, followed by trips with other purposes – 37.7%, and with professional purpose – 20.1%.
In February 2018 the most visits to Bulgaria were from: Turkey – 79.7 thousand, Romania – 66.4 thousand, Greece – 59.5 thousand, Serbia – 48.2 thousand, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – 40.6 thousand, the United Kingdom – 20.5 thousand, Germany – 14.3 thousand, Israel – 14.3 thousand, Ukraine – 12.5 thousand, Russian Federation – 9.5 thousand.
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