BULGARIA DREAM AREA CONFERENCE 2002

THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOURISM BULGARIA - DREAM AREA

8 - 9 January 2004, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan


Draft program
ATHENS 2004 - next door

January 7, 2004
13:00 - 18:00 Registration, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, Banquet Lobby
  
January 8, 2004
8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, Banquet Lobby
9:00 - 9:30 Official Opening, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, Sredetz Ballroom
Experience Bulgaria, Take a Zigzag!, cartoon, produced by Odisseia-In, Ltd.
Welcoming address by:
Lidia Shouleva, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy
Solomon Passi, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jaime Ruiz, Executive Director, European Travel Commission
Bob Miller, Former Governor of Nevada State, USA, Conference Co-Organizer
9:30 - 10:40Panel Session 1: Olympic Games - Pathway to Tourism Development
Dimitar Hadzhinikolov, Deputy Minister of Economy
Vasil Ivanov, Minister of Youth and Sports
10:40 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Nikolaos Dimadis, President, Greek National Tourism Organization
Rok Klancnik, Director of Communications, WTO
Jaime Ruiz, Executive Director, European Travel Commission
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:40 Panel Session 2: Modern Infrastructure - A Necessity for Successful Tourism Development
Nikolay Vassilev, Minister of Transport and Communications
Colonel Petar Iliev, National Service Border Police, Ministry of Interior
13.40 - 15:10Panel Session 3: Pre-Olympic Activities - Are We Ready to Get the Benefits
Kosta Angelov, Bulgarian Olympic Committee
svetan Tonchev, Chairman, Bulgarian Tourism Chamber
Thomas Tait, Former Nevada Minister of Tourism, USA, Conference Co-Organizer
Nedialka Sandalska, Executive Director, Balkantourist
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:10 Rumen Mitov, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works
Anton Brachkov, District Governor, Blagoevgrad
16:10 - 16:40Panel Session 4: Athens 2004 - Opportunities to Boost Sales in Tourism
Donka Sokolova, President, BATA

Post-Olympic Effects on the Bulgarian Tourism
Rosica Manolova, Directorate of Analyses and Forecasts in Tourism
17:00End of Day 1 - Closing remarks
19:30Balkan Cuisine Evening, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, Serdica Ballroom
  
January 9, 2004
9:00 - 10:20Panel Session 5: Develop and Optimize Tourism Promotion and Marketing
Kremena Nedyalkova, National Tourism Advertising and Information Agency
Sofia Hotel Alliance, Presentation given by Friedrich Niemann, GM, Hilton Sofia, Josef Halbherr, GM, Kempinski Hotel Zografski and John Grieg, GM, Radisson SAS Grand Hotel Sofia

Accelerating the Cycle of Development by building Bulgaria-the Brand-through People
James Knight, Director of Business Development, Senior King Communications, UK

The Online Business - Unlimited Opportunities for Tourism
Chavdar Pulev, Executive Director, TIRS Ltd.
10:20 - 10:40Coffee Break
10:40 - 12:00Panel Session 6: Funding Tourism Enterprises

EU Programmes and International Donors

Boryana Pencheva, EU Funds Directorate, Ministry of Finance
Prof. Todor Krastev, Chairman, International Council on Monuments and Sites

Bulgarian Tourism Diversification - Strategies, Plans, Programs and Projects, Effects and Defects
Petar Petrov, Chairman, Bulgarian Association for Eco and Rural Tourism
12:00 - 13:00Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:20Local Authority Support
Dr. Rumen Rashev, Mayor, Veliko Tarnovo Municipality
Angel Toporchev,Mayor, Velingrad Municipality
Polly Trifonova, Deputy District Governor, District Vidin
Veselin Zlatev, Mayor, Shumen Municipality
14:20 - 14:40Private Sector Investments
Anelia Dimitrova, Bulgarian American Credit Bank
15:40 - 16:20Panel Session 7: Human Resources Development in the Tourism Industry
Ass. Prof. Marin Neshkov, Deputy Rector, University of Economics, Varna
Tania Dimitrova, HR Manager, Radisson SAS Grand Hotel Sofia
Todor Radev, Rector, International College, Albena
Ass. Prof. Maria Vodenska, Chair of Tourism, Sofia University, "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Ass. Prof. Nikolina Popova, Sofia University, "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Svetla Rakadzhiiska, University of Economics, Varna
Lina Anastassova, Burgas Free University
Vesselin Blagoev, International University
16:20 - 16:40Coffee Break
16:40 - 18:20Panel Session 8: New Opportunities in Tourism Business

Bulgaria One Way, movie, produced by Odisseia-In, Ltd.

Sustainable Adventure, Eco and Rural Tourism in 2004
Lubomir Popyordanov, Chairman, Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism

Wine Industry
The region of Melnik, Andon Totev, Mayor, Sandanski Municipality
Todoroff - the World of Wine and Art, Ivan Todoroff, Wine Cellar "Todoroff"

Key Requirements in Establishing a Successful Eco and Rural Tourism Development - Case Studies/Best Practices
Stoian Kapsazov, Kapsazovi kashti, Kovatchevitsa
Bogdan Kabasonov, Tourism Information Center, Momchilovtsi
Silvia Hinkova, RTA "Stara planina"
Lilia Brezina, Information Center - Karlovo
18:20 - 18:30End of day 2
Official Closing
19:30Official Gala Dinner