Websites spotted to offer all inclusive holidays to/in Bulgaria (1)

There will be a series of posts in which I shall summarize which sites I spotted to offer all inclusive holidays to/in Bulgaria in  2011. I will post the URL, the place where I spotted the site, as well as in which language the site is offering all-inclusive holidays. Please note that even if the site is in Bulgarian, in most of the cases there is a button which switches the language to English, German, French, or Romanian.

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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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