The Tourism industry urgently needs more clarification on how and when travel agents and tour operators are going to be able to start working again. Business needs to restart.
There is no financial support from governments that can help businesses to survive more than one year without activities. The Bulgarian Government started a second financial support after the first one given in the End of 2020. However there is no clear definition on how this support will be implemented. It will certainly take a few weeks before the industry will receive help but it will be too late for many travel companies. You have to consider for instance that travel business in Bulgaria decreased by 80% in 2020 compared to 2019.
From TO&TA perspective the winter season being a disaster do to the travel restrictions in Europe, travel agents hope for at least a small spring and summer season to survive. There is clearly a demand and a need to travel within the Bulgarian population. Today thanks to tests and protocols, travels to Zanzibar and Maldives are possible and popular. But this is not sufficient and inbound tourism need to reopen as soon as possible.