Bulgarian tour operators, vacation agents to get additional 25.6 mln euro in EU assist

SOFIA (Bulgaria), December 2 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria-centered tour operators and journey agents will receive an extra 50 million levs ($30.8 million/25.6 million euro) in EU resources to cope with the penalties of the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism ministry reported.

Only companies with no tax arrears would be eligible for the grants, to be offered beneath EU’s operational programme Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020, the tourism ministry explained in a assertion previously this week.

The distribution of financial support will be based on the applicant’s turnover in 2019.

Regional firms lively in tourism have so far received over 48 million levs in funding under EU’s operational programme Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020, tourism minister Mariyana Nikolova stated in the statement.

A whole lockdown in Bulgaria’s winter resorts would guide to losses of more than 1 billion levs for the sector during the 2020/2021 winter year, Nikolova mentioned in a online video file printed on the web page of local television NOVA very last 7 days.

In October, the tourism ministry claimed that Bulgaria’s tour operators and vacation agencies will be granted some 10 million levs under EU’s operational programme Improvements and Competitiveness 2014-2020 to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The goal of the scheme, to be energetic in a time period of 18 months, is to give doing the job money to Bulgarian micro, little and medium-sized entreprises lively in the respective fields, the ministry claimed again then.

(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)