The Executive President of BIA Radosvet Radev met today, 15 August 2018, with the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova. Current issues of the tourism sector, including shortage of staff, quality control of services and the reducing the shadow economy, were discussed.
During the conversation, the need to set up an inspectorate at the Ministry of Tourism was defined as a means of dealing with the gray economy in the industry and a mechanism for compliance with the law. “The well-functioning inspectorate will guarantee competition and help to retain the quality of workforce,” said Radosvet Radev.
Among the topics discussed was the creation of a unified tourism organization. It was common opinion that it should not repeat the shortcomings of the Chamber in the Transport sector. “The ministry does not take sides and expects the business to self-organize, to offer an adequate model. Employers' maturity implies that they themselves build this structure. The ministry can support the logistics process without interfering directly,” said Minister Angelkova. She said she had already removed 37 national tourist associations because of their non-compliance with the Tourism Act. “By creating a unified tourism chamber, the business environment itself will reject similar business associations,” said Nikolina Angelkova.
The heads of the Ministry of Tourism and of the Bulgarian Industrial Association have agreed to work on joint initiatives to achieve progress on the topics and issues raised during the conversation.