SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOURISM BULGARIA - DREAM AREA
9 - 11 January 2003, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan
WE CONTINUE ON THE LONG WAY...The Second International Conference on tourism Bulgaria Dream Area took place on January 9 and 10, 2003 at the Sheraton Sofia.
Prime Minister Saxe-Coburg and Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Nikolay Vassilev welcomed the guests of the grand event.
Tourism ministers from South East European countries arrived especially to discuss cooperation and ways to boost the development of the sector in the region. Among the participants of the round table were Deputy Minister of Economy Dimitur Hadjinikolov and Guldal Aksit, Minister of Tourism of Turkey, Niku Radulescu, State Secretary of Tourism, Romania, Igor Paravishnikov, Deputy Chairman of the State Tourism Administration, Ukraine, Jannis Patellis, President of the Hellenic National Tourism Organization, Greece. Representatives of tourism organizations such as Luigi Cabrini, Regional Representative for Europe, World Tourism Organization and Jaime-Axel Ruiz Baudrihaye, Executive Director, European Travel Commission participated in the forum as well. All the parties agreed that tourism among Southeast European countries is a very important key element and they should cooperate in order to attract more tourists to the region and promote tourism activities.
"Bulgaria Dream Area" is the largest and most influential tourism event ever organized in Bulgaria. Organizers of the forum are Maxim Behar, CEO of leading PR Company M3 Communications Group, Inc. (www.m3bg.com), former Nevada Governor Bob Miller and former Nevada Tourism Minister Thomas Tait.
Quality of tourism services, problems related to education and training of experts in the sector as well as safety and security of the tourists in Bulgaria were top on the agenda of the forum. Another highlight was the forthcoming Olympic Games Athens 2004 and the opportunities Bulgaria could benefit from as a neighboring country.
Besides regional tourism ministers, distinguished international experts, members of the government, representatives of big international companies, tourism specialists, diplomats and businessmen took part in the conference.