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ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) has today launched a combined PR and Marketing campaign called “ABTA Early Bird” which will be aimed at encouraging British consumers to book their holidays early and to book with an ABTA member (such as Balkan Holidays). The week-long campaign will include advertising, PR and social media activity as well as a dedicated “ABTA Early Bird” page on the ABTA website which will feature advice on booking early; a new interactive web tool providing destination inspiration and an embedded twitter feed from ABTA and its membership offering tips and deals. During the week, Read more ...
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According to the latest Post Office Holiday Money Report, Croatia is one of ten "hot" destinations for summer 2014. A range of factors will determine where holidaymakers will travel this year say the Post Office, including destination and flight developments, package prices, resort costs, exchange rates and demand that spurred growth in recent years. Using this criteria, Post Office Travel Money has identified the hotspots it predicts will most likely hit the headlines for all the right reasons in the coming year. Croatia has grown in popularity year after year rising to become one of Europe's Read more ...
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According to the popular UK wine website Winerist.com, Croatia, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" is one wine region customers will be flocking to for 2014. Croatia is rich in clear, blue water beaches and offers visitors an abundance of delicious wine and food. A favourite of Winerist.com readers in 2013, Winerist believe Croatia’s wine regions will be a wine traveller’s dream in 2014 with Seafood and Vugava whites wine in Dubrovnik, premium wine tours overlooking the Adriatic and dreamy boutique hotels offering a great way to combine a beach holiday with a wine experience. For the more adventurous traveller, Read more ...
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Once again the Eastern European resorts of Bansko, Bulgaria and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia have emerged as the cheapest ski destinations in the world, offering consumers the best value for their money this winter. This welcoming news was announced in the recent Post Office Ski Resort Report which compiles data from leading ski resorts around the world to put together a comprehensive report detailing which destinations provide the best choice available to clients. The report found Bansko over £50 cheaper than its nearest rival when it came to a complete ski package including a six-day ski pass and ski/boot hire for one person, together Read more ...
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"Be Safe, Be Insured" Skiers Warned Published: 29 Nov 2013
ABTA has said more holidaymakers are planning to take a winter sports holiday this season, but the number of holidaymakers planning to travel without insurance has risen alarmingly. Research conducted by ABTA showed that 15% of those taking a winter holiday are planning to go skiing or boarding, a rise of 10% from last year. However, 36% will go skiing or boarding without the necessary winter sports insurance, up from 30% last year. The figures for under 35's are even more disturbing with nearly half (47%) saying they weren't going to bother taking out insurance for their holiday. ABTA head of communications Victoria Bacon Read more ...
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The Deputy Minister of Economy in charge of Tourism, Branimir Botev says Bulgaria ranks fourth in Europe by the rate of development of winter tourism. Speaking at a meeting with the international media present at the World Travel Market exhibition in London last week Botev said "During the past winter, the country has been visited by over 1 million tourists, which is an increase of 8.2%. Hopes are for this positive trend to continue during the 2013-2014 season". He also added that the 2013 summer season was also successful in Bulgaria with the country being visited by 3.5m tourists between June - August 2013, an increase of 5.4% Read more ...
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Balkan Holidays are delighted to announce that we have once again won the award for 'Best Medium Holiday Company to East & Southeast Europe' at this years British Travel Awards, which are also known as the 'Oscars of the Travel Industry'. The awards are voted for by the public as well as travel industry professionals with the process lasting for approximately 21 weeks, supported by some of the UK's most well known media outlets such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Sunday Mirror and the Manchester Evening News. This glamorous ceremony is held every year with the aim to demonstrate the public's appreciation Read more ...
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Approximately 80% of holidaymakers who visit Bulgaria approve of the country’s full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces, according to a local tourists association. Chair of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agents, Bayko Baykov, expressed his support on Monday for continuing with the full smoking ban. “It is not true that the turnover of establishments has decreased. What European tourists want is to have holidays in a clean environment and enjoy a clean nature,” Baykov said. He believed that the 5% increase in holidaymakers seen during the previous winter season in Bulgaria was directly as a Read more ...
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The winter resort of Pamporovo has a unique claim to fame as a bright, modern ski resort high in the Rhodope mountains and the sunniest mountain resort in Europe. Pamporovo proudly boasts on average no less than 270 sunny days a year and in the winter provides an ideal combination of plenty of snow and sparkling sunshine to show off the resort at its best. Pamporovo holidays are perfectly suited for both beginners and intermediates with Pamporovo's Giant Slalom run ensuring that any expert skiiers will be more than happy too. The compact resort of Pamporovo has 35km of marked ski runs, reached by a combination of chair and Read more ...
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It may only be October but if current weather conditions in Borovets are anything to go by then it looks at though skiers & snowboarders are in for a real treat on their holiday to Bulgaria this winter! Fresh snow began falling in Borovets this morning coating the Rila Mountain with plenty of the white stuff normally only seen later in the year. Over recent seasons Bulgaria has seen much improved ski weather conditions adding to the appeal of this already popular value for money destination with Bulgaria's winter tourism bringing in an estimated 417m Euro for the country during the 2012/13 season, an increase of 4.9% on Read more ...
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