SOFIA – Airbnb and Booking to face competition… from the state

Bulgaria will cooperate with some private companies to create “Rediscover Bulgaria”, a platform for tourist booking reservations, economy, agriculture and tourism ministers announced on Thursday (21 May).

EURACTIV Bulgaria’s Krassen Nikolov looks at what the platform has to offer, especially as most holidays in Bulgaria are currently booked via phone, or Airbnb.

The platform can be used by both Bulgarian tourists and companies for free so that travellers can find offers for their summer vacation in the country.

The organisers stated that when tourists book a stay or dinner via the new platform, they can be sure that hygiene and social distancing are guaranteed.

Meanwhile, restaurants featured on the platform will have to offer dishes prepared primarily with Bulgarian products and according to local recipes.

(Krassen Nikolov |

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