Sofia reports 3.5% increase in foreign tourists YoY, says Mayor Yordanka Fandakova14 February 2020 | 14:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Most visitors came from Germany, Israel, Greece and Italy, who, according to the mayor, are traditional markets for Sofia. The number of tourists from distant countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia is increasing, she said.
Sofia has attracted half of the country's foreign investments, with tourism, along with trade and transport, accounting for 35% of foreign direct investment.
Sofia ranks second in Europe in terms of foreign visitors growth, according to the annual MasterCard 2018 Global Destination Cities Index. It is also among the five European cities with the highest growth of foreign visitors for the period 2009 - 2017.
The capital is ranked third as Europe's most competitive tourism destination among 56 of the continent's most popular cities.
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