Albania has received additional funds from the IMF and World Bank to support programs aimed at reducing poverty and developing the country’s infrastructure. On 23 January, the IMF announced that its board had approved disbursement of a $5.9m loan. That comes on top of $18m that the Fund has already granted towards the same, Read More

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Economy reports that over 3.5 million foreigners visited in 2003, a growth of 18 percent from last year’s figure. Last year, excluding ‘shuttle traders’ (one-day-trade travelers to a neighboring county), Greek tourists were the number one visitors, up 40 percent; followed by Germans (+11.26%), British (+43.68), Russians (+22.08%), and Sweden (+28.35%)., Read More

AUSTRIA Often referred to as the birthplace of downhill skiing, Austria is home to some of the world’s most sought-after slopes. Downhill runs frequently end at the doorstep of your hotel. Many of the ski villages date back to the Middle Ages and have preserved their traditional charm and ambience. Austrian hospitality is legendary, Read More

Bulgarian aviation authorities are beginning to carry out sudden checks of foreign airplanes, landing in Bulgaria. No such practice has been employed so far. Its purpose is to monitor the safety of the airplanes, the way it’s being done in a number of European airports. An airline company will also be checked whether it, Read More

The president of the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO), Mr. Photis Photiou, discussed the prospect of religious tourism with the Bishop of Kykkos Nikiforos, who gladly offered his help with the development of cooperation among orthodox countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, and Russia. Mr. Photiou also met with the Chinese ambassador in Nicosia. The Chinese, Read More

Austria is one of the four ATC member countries offering a plethora of events throughout 2004. U.S. tour operators offer excellent packages to all the Alpine countries. Moreover, the Austrian Tourist Office has prepared exciting packages to some of the notable happenings. For example, “Art in Vienna and Graz”: Art lovers are familiar with, Read More

When Christian monastic community emerged as a spiritual vanguard of the new Christian world, it was as early as the 4th-5th centuries that monasteries began to be built in the Bulgarian lands. Written documents and archaeological excavations from that time testify to the existence of several dozens of monasteries raised on territories that would, Read More

The opportunity to visit the grand capital cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague, and the chance to play some of Europe’s best golf courses in Germany, Austria and Hungary would normally be enough for the average cruise enthusiast. But it still may come down to “little things that make a difference,” as one travel, Read More

EVENTS IN FEBRUARY February 5-8, 2004, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Bella Center, Copenhagen Europe’s fashion show no. 1! The fashion autumn 2004/spring 2005 will be in the focus. Fashion trade only. (MSM) www.ciff.dk

Tourism in Greenland is at a turning point, and recession is turning into boom once more. In terms of PR and marketing, attention is now turning to new markets. At the same time, we should not overlook the Danish market where Greenland has traditionally been strong with 80 – 85% of all tourists. However,, Read More