Minister Ilin Dimitrov held a working meeting with H. E. Baya Bensmail, Ambassador of Algeria to Bulgaria
08 September 2022
Minister of Tourism Ilin Dimitrov met with H. E Baya Bensmail, Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to Bulgaria
“Bulgaria and Algeria have very good relations. This year we celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. According to the latest data, trade between us has increased by more than 55% on an annual basis, which shows that the two countries maintain increasingly active relations with each other.” Minister Dimitrov stated.
He noted the priority areas of cooperation in cultural, historical, balneo and SPA tourism and outlined the main parameters of joint work. Minister Dimitrov underscored that Bulgaria is second in number of mineral springs after Iceland in Europe and offers a high-quality combined tourism product.
“The Algerians are looking for new destinations to explore and there is a great interest in Bulgaria in particular,” expressed H. E. Baya Bensmail. She noted that Algeria has great potential in the tourism sector. The country has more than 280 mineral springs, 1,600 kilometres of sea, historical sites under the auspices of UNESCO and many other interesting tourist sites. Bulgaria and Algeria have signed an agreement in the field of tourism, which is a prerequisite for both countries to work harder on its implementation. The ambassador invited the ministry’s representatives as well as Bulgarian tour operators and business representatives to attend the 21st edition of the tourism exhibition “International Tourism and Travel Show”, which will be held in Algeria in a month’s time.
The meeting discussed the possibility of exchanging experiences and working together in the field of promoting the two destinations and the common initiatives between the countries related to the development of cultural and historical, balneo and SPA tourism.