EVENT PROGRAM – INTERNATIONAL TOURIST FAIR HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO 2020

Thursday, 13 February

10,30 – 10,45 | Central Lobby
The ” Russallii” by Petrich, represent an ancient and very interesting Bulgarian custom
OFFICIAL OPENING 
10,45 – 11,30 | Central Lobby

ABAX 
10,00 – 12,00 | VITOSHA HALL, Level 1

Presentation: THE BEST of charter programs to Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Morocco.
ABAX is the only business to business tour operator in Bulgaria. Main destinations of ABAX are Italy, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Jordan. There are already new exotic destinations with the best rates – India, Thailand, Maldives, Sri Lanka, China. ABAX – Reliable and loyal partner! 

EMERALD TRAVEL BULGARIA
13.00 – 15.00 | VITOSHA HALL, Level 1

20 years Emerald Travel Bulgaria!
New programmes
The new twenties in the tourism!
Emerald Travel is one of the most renowned travel agencies in Bulgaria and for 20 years has been offering high quality services in the field of outgoing tourism. The company works with proven partners only, renowned hotel complexes and intermediary agencies in Bulgaria and abroad.

APOLLO
11,00 – 12,00 | MUSALA HALL, Level 2

Presentation: Summer all year round
APOLLO is a tour operator with a long history and experience, offering first-class organization and personal attitude to every tourist, without compromising on the quality of the hotels and services.

GREECE – MINISTRY OF INTERIOR (SECTOR MACEDONIA – THRACE)
12,15 – 13,15 | MUSALA HALL, Level 2

Press Conference
The Greek Deputy Minister of Interior, responsible for the Macedonia and Thrace Region, Mr. Theodoros Karaoglou to give a Press Conference after the inauguration of the Greek Stall announcing the initiatives of the Ministry of Interior in the field of Tourism.

RUAL TRAVEL
15,15 – 17,15 | MUSALA HALL, Level 2

Presentation of our catalogue for 2020
Rual Travel LTD created in 1991, is a Tour Operator specialized in organizing guided tours, cultural trips or individual holidays in Bulgaria and all over Europe. Their packages are tailored to satisfy the most fastidious taste.

ALBENA JSC
11.15 – 12.15 | RHODOPES HALL, Level 1

Albena 2020 – News and innovations.
Albena JSC manages the holiday villages Albena, Primorsko Club and White Lagoon. To the group belongs also Albena tour (Tour operator) and Medica-Albena (medica and SPA services).

HOTELSPOINT 
12.30 – 13.30 | RHODOPES HALL, Level 1

Hotelspoint – Bulgarian B2B reservation system for hotels, transfers, car rentals and other travel services worldwide. Growth and innovation.
HotelsPoint.io was launched in 2018 as a part of New Village Tours Ltd,a growing travel agency with years of experience in the tourism industry. HotelsPoint.io is an online reservation system that offers hotels, transfers, car rentals, activities, as well as travel insurances all over the world.

PREMIO TRAVEL
15.00 – 17.00 | RHODOPES HALL, Level 1

Presentation:  The world is waiting for you with Premio Travel.
Premio Travel is an international tour operator. We create personally all our products to offer you a unique and special travel experience all over the world. Get to know the world and you will love it!

SOLVEX
12,00 – 14,00 | PANORAMA HALL, Level 7

Round trips in Russia and Prague, holidays in Spain: Costa Dorada, Marina Dor
Solvex is one of the leading Bulgarian tour operators with more than 20 years of experience in offering quality tourist products and services – holidays, excursions, hotel reservations, airline tickets, charter flights.
We organize group and individual excursions, airplane and bus holidays, hotel accommodation in Greece, Russia, Spain, Turkey and exotic destinations.
The company has offices in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas and Ruse.
Member of IATA, BATA and BUBSPA.
Winner of the 2012 Tour Operator of the Year Award.

ASTERIA HOTELS TURKEY
15,00 – 16,00 | PANORAMA HALL, Level 7

Presentation of ASTERIA HOTELS TURKEY – cocktail and raffle for the representatives of travel agencies

VIAJES GLOBUS
10,30 – 11,30 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Presentation of new B2B booking platform for SPAIN – Spain in one click
Viajes Globus is specialize in INCOMING and DMC for the Valencia area. The high level of customization, flexibility, detailing of the model combined with professionalism make us the preferred and reliable partner for individual and corporate clients or groups.

ALBENA TOUR
12,30 – 13,30 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Discover the opportunities!
ALBENA TOUR is a licensed tour operator and IATA agent and offers airline tickets to all destinations and to all airlines, as well as hotel reservations worldwide, organizes excursions and thematic tours in Bulgaria and abroad.

TravelLine Bulgaria 
14,00 – 15,00 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Presentation discussion Global Trends 2020
Key Highlights Think Digital – be active:
More direct Sales with Google Hotel Ads
Personalization in hotel business
How a hotel wins more with the updates of TravelLine
TravelLine Bulgaria provides complete innovative cloud-based Solutions for Hoteliers for management of online distribution and online reputation from a single Extranet, development and maintenance of hotel`s sites. TravelLine is a Technology Partner on Google Hotel Ads!

S7 Airlines
15,15 – 16,15 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Presentation: S7 Airlines: routes, products and services
S7 Airlines has a wide network of flight routes that operate from the hubs in Moscow and Novosibirsk. The airline offers regularly scheduled flights to European, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Asia Pacific countries and CIS. Currently S7 fleet includes 101 airplanes: Airbus, Boeing and Embraer. 

FILOS HOLIDAYS & TRAVEL
16,30 – 17,30 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Workshop Filos Holidays & Travel
Filos Holidays and Travel is a destination management company specialized in incoming travel services in Greece. Based in Thessaloniki, the company has been operating on the Greek market since 1997.

UNION OF BULGARIAN BLACK SEA LOCAL AUTHORITIES – INNOVIMENTOR PROJECT
10,00 – 13,00 | RILA HALL, Level 1

Partners meeting of INNOVIMENTOR project (no access for general public)

BULGARIAN HOTEL AND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
11,30 – 13,30 | VIHREN HALL, Level 2

Presentation

BULGARIAN ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL AGENTS
14,00 – 15,00 | VIHREN HALL, Level 2

Discussion: Contracts for tourist packages and related travel services through the lens of the Commission for Consumer Protection and the Law on Tourism.

Hotel Experts BG
11,30 – 12,30 | RUEN HALL, Level 2

Independent Hotels vs. Big Brand Neighbours
/Advantages. Challenges. Trends./
To brand or not to brand the hotel – Why? What? How?
What are the challenges facing an independent hotelier?
What are the trends?
Georg Schlegel – Managing Director Choice Hotels Germany & Central Europe
Ivaylo Kozhuharov – Founder & CEO Hotel Experts BG
Zhivko Zhelyazkov – General Manager Central Hotel Sofia
Militsa Antonova – Complex Marketing Specialist Marriott Hotels / Melbourne, Australia/

UNION OF BULGARIAN BLACK SEA LOCAL AUTHORITIES – INNOVIMENTOR PROJECT
15,00 – 17,00 | RUEN HALL, Level 2

“Generating SME product and process innovation with a new tourism mobility model to facilitate the market uptake of local enterprises in remote and sparsely populated areas”
UNION OF BULGARIAN BLACK SEA LOCAL AUTHORITIES (UBBSLA) is an independent non-governmental organization established as a juridical person in 1992. At the moment, the Union of the Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities unites 21 municipalities bordering the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. 

ASSOCIATION OF BULGARIAN TOUR GUIDES
12:00 – 14:00 | 15,00 – 17,00 | EXHIBITION HALL 2, Networking Place

DIRECT NEGOTIATION WITH TOUR OPERATORS AND ORGANIZATIONS
12:00 -14:00  First session | 15:00 -17:00  Second session
ABTG is a professional organization. Currently it unites over 500 professional tour guides fluent in 20 languages. Our members are with a broad range of education and specialization. They have excellent knowledge about Bulgaria and its sights and are the perfect choice for your tourists in Bulgaria. 

Uva Nestum Wine & SPA
17,00 – 17,30 | EXHIBITION HALL 2, SECTOR C С, Stand 10

WINE HOUR! Wine tasting from the UVA NESTUM Winery

INTERNATIONAL TOUR FILM FEST “ON THE EAST COAST OF EUROPE”
11,00 – 13,00 | 14,00 – 16,00 | EXHIBITION HALL 1

The best tourism films of 2019, awarded at 17 international film festivals. See exciting destinations from all around the world.
“On the East Coast of Europe” is a festival for promotional videos presenting tourist destinations from all over the world.
The mission of the Tour Film Festival “On the East Coast of Europe” is to promote the professional tour film production, to stimulate the making of such production and to popularize the leading trends in the field of the modern audio visual culture in unison with the criteria and needs of the business.

DARY TRAVEL
13,00 – 13,15 | CENTRAL LOBBY
16,00 – 16,15 | CENTRAL LOBBY
Let`s spin The Wheel of Luck with Dary Travel

Friday, 14 February

ABAX
10,00 – 12,00 | VITOSHA HALL, Level 1

Presentation: TOP DESTINATIONS – Tunisia, Italy, Spain and special offers. With special participation of best Bulgarian guides.
ABAX is the only business to business tour operator in Bulgaria. Main destinations of ABAX are Italy, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Jordan. There are already new exotic destinations with the best rates – India, Thailand, Maldives, Sri Lanka, China. ABAX – Reliable and loyal partner!

SOLVEX
13,00 – 14,00 | VITOSHA HALL, Level 1

Summer 2020 Program Highlights – Greece, Turkey, Tunisia
Solvex is one of the leading Bulgarian tour operators with more than 20 years of experience in offering quality tourist products and services – holidays, excursions, hotel reservations, airline tickets, charter flights.
We organize group and individual excursions, airplane and bus holidays, hotel accommodation in Greece, Russia, Spain, Turkey and exotic destinations.
The company has offices in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas and Ruse.
Member of IATA, BATA and BUBSPA.
Winner of the 2012 Tour Operator of the Year Award.

NATIONAL TOURISM BOARD
10,00 – 12,30 | MUSALA HALL, Level 2

7th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL TOURISM BOARD
with the assistance of the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Economy and Sofia Municipality
NATIONAL DISCUSSION – BULGARIA ON THE WORLD CARD

TOPIC 1: BULGARIA – INVESTMENT DESTINATION
TOPIC 2: BULGARIA – DIGITAL AND SHARED ECONOMY
TOPIC 3: BULGARIA – A NATIONAL TOURIST BRAND
National Tourism Board was the first national cross-sector interest group with the aim of improving the quality of national tourism standards and communication between the brands. 

MINISTRY OF TOURISM OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
14,00 – 17,30 | MUSALA HALL, Level 2

Discussion: Wine and culinary tourism: Status and prospects for development.
The Ministry of Tourism conducts the tourism policy in active collaboration with the institutions, municipalities, nongovernment organizations, travel trade and media. The main priority is to develop the necessary conditions for diversified tourist product and which to be promoted in the domestic and foreign markets. The Ministry works actively for positioning the country as a competitive tourist destination for sustainable all year-round tourism. 

CANAKKALE
13,00 – 14,00 | RHODOPES HALL, Level 1

Presentation: Destination Canakkale Turkey
Çanakkale is a city and seaport in western Turkey, in Canakkale Province, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles at their narrowest point and an important tourist, transport and fishing center. 

BOHEMIA 
12,30 – 14,30 | PANORAMA HALL, Level 7

Business strategy for organization and optimization of successful sales.
Software applications
Bohemia Travel Agency Ltd. is a tour operator and travel agent specializing in the organization of cultural and educational travel programs, vacations, congress and seminar trips and travel services. 

TRAVEL MIND
12,15 – 13,15 | VIHREN HALL, Level 2

Marketing management for the Tourism Industry in 2020: Trends and Opportunities
Travel Mind is an innovative B2B company – partner of the tourism industry today. We are specialized in management. marketing solutions, useful corporate trainings and effective consulting. Travel Mind generates original ideas which are professionally transformed into the key to success for hotels, restaurant & bars, travel agencies and destinations.

UNIVERSITY OF LIBRARY STUDIES AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES with the NATIONAL TOURISM BOARD 
13,30 – 17,30 | VIHREN HALL, Level 2

FIRST CONGRESS OF UNIVERSITIES FROM SOUTH EAST EUROPE AND ASIA
“EDUCATION IN THE GLOBAL WORLD OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES”
with the assistance of the Institute for Analysis and Evaluation of the Information Environment in Tourism, the Union of Automation and Informatics “John Atanasov”, the University of Forestry and the International Higher Business School
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH ON CULTURE, TOURISM, YOUTH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES.
Session 1, CULTURE, TOURISM, YOUTH
Chairman: Assoc.prof. Hristina Bogova
Session 2, CULTURE, TOURISM, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES
Chairman: Accos.prof. Petko Ruskov

BULGARIAN ASSOCIATION FOR ALTERNATIVE TOURISM
10,00 – 11,00 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Sustainable tourism and tourism policy
Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism is a non-profit public benefit organization established in 1998. BAAT unifies over 100 members: national and regional tourist councils, nature parks directorates, tour-operators for specialized tourism, family hotels, guesthouses and individuals.
BAAT is member of EUROGITES (www.eurogites.org) representing rural tourism in Bulgaria. We are also official representative of ECEAT in Bulgaria (www.eceat.org).

BULSTRAD VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP
14,30 – 15,30 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Comprehensive insurance BULSTRAD TRAVEL PACKAGE
How to choose the travel insurance with the best value for your needs in case:

  • you will be travelling abroad
  • you are going to study abroad
  • you are planning to travel abroad more than once
  • you are going to work abroad

Learn more about the advantages of the new comprehensive travel insurance of ZAD BULSTRAD VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP.
Specifically for the tourist companies and their clients, we will present the product BULSTRAD TOURISTS IN BULGARIA which provides support for the trip, the stay, or the hotel guests in case of a personal accident, urgent medical and rescue expenses, as well as other covers included in the product.

TOBO.BG 
14,30 – 15,30 | PIRIN HALL, Level 1

Presentation: tobo.bg – reservations management for travel agencies and tour operators

DESTINATION BULGARIA 
11,30 – 12,30 | CENTRAL LOBBY

Presentation of Destination Bulgaria – Tourism Magazine by the publisher Media Company K & P Advertising.
Starting the nominations for the annual awards in September.
Towing the winners from the raffle organized at the stand.
Destination Bulgaria magazine, published by K & P Advertising, presents the different types of tourism in the country, Bulgarian municipalities, products and services for the hotel business. The edition also participates with specialized issues on international tourist exchanges.  K&P Advertising also organizes conferences, seminars and presentations in the field of tourism.

TRAVEL COFFEE BREAK 
15,00 – 16,00 | EXHIBITION HALL 2

COFFEE WITH TRAVEL BLOGGERS AND MEDIA
With pre-registration only

ASSOCIATION OF BULGARIAN TOUR GUIDES 
12:00 – 14:00 | 15,00 – 17,00 | EXHIBITION HALL 2, Networking Place

DIRECT NEGOTIATION WITH TOUR OPERATORS AND ORGANIZATIONS
12:00 -14:00  First session | 15:00 -17:00  Second session
ABTG is a professional organization. Currently it unites over 500 professional tour guides fluent in 20 languages. Our members are with a broad range of education and specialization. They have excellent knowledge about Bulgaria and its sights and are the perfect choice for your tourists in Bulgaria. 

MUNICIPALITY OF VELINGRAD, in association with HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION “VELINGRAD AND WESTERN RHODOPES”
14,00 – 14,30 | EXHIBITION HALL 3, Stand 3-Е-8

Towing the lottery for the visitors of the Velingrad Municipality
Tickets for the lottery can be found at the Stand 3-E-9, Hall 3

Uva Nestum Wine & SPA
17,00 – 17,30 | EXHIBITION HALL 2, SECTOR C С, Stand 10

WINE HOUR! Wine tasting from the UVA NESTUM Winery

INTERNATIONAL TOUR FILM FEST “ON THE EAST COAST OF EUROPE”
11,00 – 13,00 | 14,00 – 16,00 | EXHIBITION HALL 1

The best tourism films of 2019, awarded at 17 international film festivals. See exciting destinations from all around the world.

DARY TRAVEL
13,00 – 13,15 | CENTRAL LOBBY
16,00 – 16,15 | CENTRAL LOBBY
Let`s spin The Wheel of Luck with Dary Travel

BURSA MUNICIPALITY
17,30 – 18,00 | RHODOPES HALL, Level 1

Presentation
Bursa is the fourth largest city in Turkey and one of three ancient capitals of the Ottoman Empire. The city is renowned as a trade center for silk products and textiles with a highly developed industry on the Silk Road.
Located at the foothills of Uludag Mountain, Bursa is sunken in greenery. Uludag is the first and still most famous winter sports center in Turkey, and with its famous spring waters and proximity to the Marmara Sea, the city of Bursa is one of the most beautiful Asian cities and an attractive tourist destination.
Obligatory for traveling gourmets are traditional İskender kebab and candied chestnuts!

HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO AWARDING CEREMONY | COCKTAIL PARTY FOR EXHIBITORS in partnership with the Municipality of Bursa 
18,00 – 21,00 | RHODOPES HALL & COCTAIL AREA, Level 1 | Foyer in front of VITOSHA HALL

With exhibitors badge only

Saturday, 15 February

HOLIDAY HUNTING
10,00 – 16,00 | CENTRAL LOBBY | EXHIBITION HALLS 1, 2, 3

The exhibitors of the in the HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO 2020 present their most interesting offers, new destinations and attractive discounts, raffles and audience interactive games.

HISSARYA MUNICIPALITY
11,30 – 12,00 | CENTRAL LOBBY

Towing the lottery for the visitors.
Tickets for lottery can be found at the Stand 3-E-16, Hall 3

RUAL TRAVEL
12,00 – 12,30 | EXHIBITION HALL 1, Stand 1-А-9

Towing the lottery for the visitors.
Tickets for the lottery can be found on Saturday, February 15th, at the Stand 1-A-9, Hall 1

Uva Nestum Wine & SPA
13,00 – 13,30 | EXHIBITION HALL 2, SECTOR C С, Stand 10

WINE HOUR! Wine tasting from the UVA NESTUM Winery

DARY TRAVEL
13,00 – 13,15 | CENTRAL LOBBY

Let`s spin The Wheel of Luck with Dary Travel

LOTTERY FOR THE VISITORS
14,00 – 15,00 | CENTRAL LOBBY

Towing the lottery for the visitors of HOLIDAY&SPA EXPO. Tickets for lottery can be found on 14 February /friday/ and 15 February /saturday/ on the Central Lobby Information.

MUNICIPALITY OF VELINGRAD, in association with HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION “VELINGRAD AND WESTERN RHODOPES”
15,00 – 15,30 | EXHIBITION HALL 3, Stand 3-Е-8

Towing the lottery for the visitors of the Velingrad Municipality
Tickets for the lottery can be found at the Stand 3-E-9, Hall 3

INTERNATIONAL TOUR FILM FEST “ON THE EAST COAST OF EUROPE” 
11,00 – 13,00 | 14,00 – 16,00 | EXHIBITION HALL 1

The best tourism films of 2019, awarded at 17 international film festivals. See exciting destinations from all around the world.
“On the East Coast of Europe” is a festival for promotional videos presenting tourist destinations from all over the world.
The mission of the Tour Film Festival “On the East Coast of Europe” is to promote the professional tour film production, to stimulate the making of such production and to popularize the leading trends in the field of the modern audio-visual culture in unison with the criteria and needs of the business.