Monthly Archives: March 2011

Is The Solar Maximum Going to Influence The Summer Holiday Industry In Bulgaria in 2011?

After several years between 2005 and 2009 of relative calmness, our closest star is once again beginning to increase its activity. The number of sun spots is increasing. There were several solar activity events in the beginning of 2011, some with an intensity over X on the NOAA’s  SWPC magnitude scale. It is now clear that the Sun is entering a solar maximum period. So what is in common between the solar maximum and the summer holidays? The common point is your skin.

During the summer it is hot, your skin is willingly or unwillingly, directly exposed to the rays of the Sun. After all, one of the objectives to go to a sea holiday is getting a nice chocolate complexion which you can show off to your friends. The more active is the sun, the stronger is the intensity of the UV and X-rays which come to the Earth. The stronger in the ray intensity, the greater is the risk of skin burn and skin cancer.

How much greater? I don’t know – I haven’t checked. The average person not only has not checked, he/she doesn’t care too.

Therefore the summer holiday industry in Bulgaria will not be influenced by the Solar Maximum.

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Google has set up a site to help Japan with the earthquake and tsunami aftermath

Google has set up a site to help Japan coup with the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami aftermath. The site is on address

http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

On the site you can donate money to the Japanese Red Cross.

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VAT On Tourist And Travel Services In Bulgaria Changes On April 1st, 2011

The value added tax on tourist and travel services will change in Bulgaria on April 1st, 2011. The current differential tax rates of 7 percent for group packages and 20 percent for individual packages will become a single tax rate of 9 percent for all tourist packages. It is still unclear if the tax rate for the additional services which are not included in the packages will still be 20 percent or it will be 9 percent as well.

As most of the all inclusive packages are resold by travel agencies, therefore included in the group travel category, the tax rate for the end users will change from 7 percent to 9 percent, ending in a 2 percent growth.

In spite of the single VAT rate, it is still a good idea to sign a contract with a travel agency in your country, which will bear the responsibility for the fulfillment of the holiday package before the end users, thus buffering the communication with the holiday package provider. It is also more convenient to have the responsible party handy in your country in case you need to take some legal action. The Bulgarian courts are well known for their unpredictability and sluggish lawsuits.

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Grand Hotel Varna Started Their Early Booking Campaign For Summer 2011

Grand Hotel Varna have started their early booking campaign. There are 20% and 15% discounts for early bookers of All Inclusive Premium packages depending on the date on which the booking is made for each of the hotels Grand Hotel Varna 5*, Dolphin 4*, Dolphin-Marina 4*, Rubin 4* and Lebed 4*. The early bookings until March 15th, 2011, get 20% discount, while the early  bookings made until April 30th, 2011, get15% discount.

Unfortunately I found the page on their web site only in Bulgarian http://www.grandhotelvarna.com/main/special_offers.php?cell=64&lang=bg.

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Albena Calls for Early Booking for the Summer 2011 Campaign (review)

In an article on their web page Albena Resort describe the upgrades they made to some of their hotels and facilities for the summer of 2011. They also mention an upgrade of their All Inclusive and Ultra All Inclusive programs which is meant to raise the quality of the programs. In addition they advise that visitors who book their vacations in the beginning of the campaign will enjoy lower prices, as the prices may go higher as the summer comes.

Please note that the picture with the logo of the campaign is in Bulgarian. ‘готов ли си за … ЛЯТО 2011’ means ‘are you ready for … SUMMER 2011’. Do not be confused by that, everything is just fine. Maybe later they will change the Bulgarian logo with an English one for the article in English.

Here is the original article http://www.albena.bg/en/news/view/id/82.

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Albena Invested In Food Control Lab

According to the web site of Albena JSCo, the company which runs the Albena resort and a major Bulgarian all inclusive vacations provider, they established a food control laboratory. The laboratory will test the quality of the food acquired for the resort. It will start to function in the mid 2011. Here is the original information http://www.albena.bg/en/news/view/id/85.

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