Local tourist visits in Bulgaria decline by 9.7% y/y in Q3 2011.

By bne IntelliNews November 22, 2011
The number of visits of domestic tourists decreased by 9.7% y/y to a total of 1.52mn in Q3, according to a survey of the statistical institute comprising tourist visits to the country and abroad of citizens of 15 years or older. The contraction sustained for an eight quarter in a row speeding from 7.4% but still far below the 36.6% y/y drop in Q1. Those visiting relatives were 22.2% of the total while the ones travelling on vacation were 65.4%, respectively. Tourist visits in the country fell by 12.5% y/y (up from 8.9% y/y in Q2 but down from 40.1% y/y in Q1) to 86.1% of the total. The number of Bulgarians travelling abroad rebounded by 20.9% y/y after dropping by 1.4% y/y in Q2.

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