Bulgarian authorities hope that the number of pilgrims from Russia arriving in the country will grow. About this like reports Association of tour operators of Russia, said Deputy Minister of tourism Irena Georgieva.
According to the above Georgieva data, 71 percent of Russian tourists visit Bulgaria with the purpose of a holiday by the sea. However, the authorities want to promote pilgrimage tourism.
According to the vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Bishop of Bogorodsky Anthony, this year has seen an increase in the number of Orthodox travelers visiting Bulgaria. According to the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, is first and foremost connected with the canonization of Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev), whose relics are in Sofia.
It is noted that in the near future will be developed pilgrimage routes in Bulgaria, which will be advertising in Russia.
In late August, it was reported that Bulgaria has become one of the most popular summer destinations for Russians. Also included in the top Tunisia, Greece and Cyprus.