The Conference

Overview

The Southeast Europe region (SEE) attracted over 120 million tourists in 2018 and total tourism receipts of USD 118.8 billion which accounted for around 11.7% of total GDP for the Southeast Europe countries. Bulgaria alone attracted over 9.2 million tourists and total tourism receipts of USD7.6 billion in 2018. SEE countries employ some 3.5 million people which represents nearly 4.5% of the total population. Without any aggressive branding or marketing. The yearly projected growth is approximately 4% to 5%. Tourism in the region is growing strongly and represents an excellent opportunity for investment in tourism projects and services.

Investing in Sustainable Tourism

Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria and in partnership with ITIC and InvesTourism, the Conference is designed to provide a Tourism Investment platform bringing together Policy Makers, Tourism Ministers, Project Owners, Investors and the tourism and hospitality business sectors from Bulgaria, Southeast European countries and global tourism stakeholders. It will stimulate thought leadership in travel and tourism, new business opportunities and innovation. This event will focus especially on tourism development and investment in Bulgaria and Southeast European countries and will address the concerns and challenges faced by the region.

The inaugural of this Conference in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria will attract over 400 public and private sector leaders interested in investment and development of the travel and tourism sector as a prime engine for future economic growth and as a model that can promote self-employment among the local communities in both Bulgaria and Southeast European destinations.

More investment in tourism developments, infrastructure and services is essential to keep pace with forecast demand and to maximise economic opportunities for all stakeholders and especially local communities.

The conference will also be a forum for participants to discuss opportunities of mutual interest and initiate potential partnerships and alliances that lead to sustainable investments in tourism developments that progress to fruition.

Tourism Investment Platform

The Conference will provide a platform to drive international awareness and investment in the tourism and travel sector and it will also act as a catalyst for inclusive growth. ITSC will add value to the efforts of tourist destinations by assisting in translating their vision, objectives and development strategies into bankable project Initiatives. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in high level group discussions, networking with policy makers, project owners having live and bankable projects, private equity firms, funding agencies, investors, bankers, tourism experts, business innovators and influencers who have the power to channel capital and raise funds. Delegates will have the opportunity to use the Conference as the main meeting and networking place to negotiate alliances by means of strategic partnership, new shareholding structures and governmental and PPP (Public Private Partnership) agreements.

The Conference will give visibility to leading industry entities and emerging destinations in their policy orientation by pairing specific tourism strategies with investment solutions, acting as a catalyst and an engine for inclusive growth and sustainable economic development.

News

Global Tourism, Sustainability and a Sunny Beach

This Video was first published as a commercial feature on bbc.com and was created by BBC StoryWorks, Global News’s commercial content division, on behalf of Ministry of Tourism, Bulgaria ...
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Interview of Hon. Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria

In an interview given to www.investingintourism.com, the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, Hon. Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova outlines her vision to attract investments in the tourism sector and her plans to set the pace in tourism sustainability in both the Republic of Bulgaria and the Southeast European region. What factors ...
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Press Release

Launching of the ‘Investing in Tourism Sustainability Conference’ 30 - 31 May 2019 The inaugural Investing in Tourism Sustainability Conference to focus on investment in tourism in Bulgaria and Southeast Europe. The conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria in partnership with ITIC and InvesTourism ...
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Speakers’ Profiles

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Hon. Nikolina Angelkova Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria more…
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Dr. Taleb Rifai Former Secretary General United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) more…
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HRH Princess Dana Firas Jordan more…
 
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Christopher Rodrigues, CBE Chairman Port of London Authority more…
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Rajan Datar Broadcaster and Journalist BBC more…
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Gerald Lawless Former President & CEO Jumeirah Group more…
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Andreas Beikos Head of Office EIB Group Office for Bulgaria more…
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Andrey Lilov Vice Chairman of the Board of Academy for Innovations in the Travel Industry more…
ITSC 2018 Advisory Board
Elena Koseva Executive Director St. Konstantin and Elena Holding AD more…
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Lachezar Todorov CEO Terra Tour Service EOOD more…
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Ognian Trajanov Chairman The Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies more…
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Plamen Dimitrov President Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria more…
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Simeon Peshov Honorary President Bulgarian Construction Chamber more…
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Ulrich Heppe CEO Fraport Bulgaria more…
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Vasil Georgiev Velev Chairman Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (AICB)more…
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Vesselin Vassilev CEO Horizon Software Solutions Ltd UK and iLoveBulgaria Ltd more…
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Phillip Cash Consultant Airport Operations and Management more…
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Jayanth Kolla Founder & Partner Convergence Catalyst more…
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Brooke Witt Head of Digital Diplomacy Beautiful Destinations more…
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Susanna Saari Senior Lecturer Faculty of Engineering and Business Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) more…
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Andrew Muscat CEO of Hotels Association Malta Secretary-General Mediterranean Tourism Foundation more…
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Angela Chen 陈静 Global Head of Corporate Affairs Dossen Hotel Group more…