Israel Signs Tourism Agreement with European Ally
Israel and Bulgaria strengthen relations

Tourism officials are looking to get visits back to pre-coronavirus levels. Israel recorded 2.9 million tourists in 2022 with the last travel restrictions being lifted in May.

By Pesach Benson, TPS

Israeli Minister of Tourism Haim Katz and his Bulgarian counterpart, Minister Ilin Dimitrov signed an agreement to cooperate on tourism in Sofia on Monday.

The agreement aims to strengthen investments in tourism, particularly innovative technology for the tourism sector, and boost the number of flights between the countries.

Bulgaria Air currently operates four flights a week between Sofia and Tel Aviv while Israel’s El Al offers three.

“This year we celebrate 80 years of the courage and humanity shown by Bulgaria in rescuing Jews in the Holocaust. The agreement is another milestone in our relations. I am sure that it will contribute to increasing cooperation and strengthening the partnership Ours. You are wonderful people. We would like to see you more in Israel,” said Katz at the signing ceremony.

Dimitrov said, “Israel is a major tourism market for Bulgaria. We will cooperate in order to increase the number of flights between the countries which will contribute to increasing the number of tourists in both directions.”

Tourism officials are looking to get visits back to pre-coronavirus levels. Israel recorded 2.9 million tourists in 2022 with the last travel restrictions being lifted in May. In 2019, Israel had its best year for tourism with 4.5 million visitors.

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