A group of journalists from influential and popular Russian media, including the "Interfax" Agency, the daily e-newspaper "Gazeta.Ru", the largest-circulation newspapers "Komsomolskaya Pravda" and "Moskovsky Komsomolets", the magazine "Russian Reporter" and the onboard editions "Aeroflot World" and "VIM Magazine", made a week-long tour of Central and Eastern Bulgaria.
The main purpose of this visit was to get an idea of an to present the real situation in the Bulgarian resorts, to feel the mood of the Russian tourists there and to disclaim the speculation circulated a week earlier in some Russian media that there was danger in Bulgaria for the tourists and the tourist season because of heavy rains. During the tour the media representatives from Russia had the opportunity to see for themselves that the rumors were false and that the season was running successfully, that the security and the comfort of the foreigners having their vacation in Bulgaria, including Russians, were not affected in any way. Along with this, the purpose of the information tour was to present the wide variety and high level of travel products and services in Bulgaria.
After a meeting in Sofia with the Deputy Minister of Economy Branimir Botev, the Russian journalists visited the town of Veliko Tarnovo – a medieval capital, where they saw on spot that the tourist sites, as well as the entire town were functioning normally. After the rains the municipal government had provided very good organization to deal with the situation. Later on, from the fortress Tsarevets, they enjoyed the grand fairy show "Sound and Light", which made a strong impression on them and was respectively covered with whole-hearted reports in their publications in Russia.
In Varna the journalists visited all the resorts and got convinced that there were no serious consequences as a result of the rains. The places for accommodation were full, and their compatriots with whom they spoke told them that they felt wonderful. On the next day the media representatives visited the sanatorium and recreation complex "Kamchiya", where 2,000 Russian children were spending their holidays at the moment. The visitors saw the excellent conditions it provides for children's tourism in complete safety and security. The journalists had the opportunity to speak personally with the leaders of the camp complex, the school, the medical center and the sports facilities, as well as with families - holidaymakers. Furthermore, they could see for themselves and become convinced that there were no cancelled reservations and that there were no beds free in "Kamchiya". All shift vacations for children in the complex for this season were 100% booked.
A pleasant surprise for the journalists was the invitation by the Deputy Minister Branimir Botev to be his guests in his family house near Varna. During the informal lunch were discussed the directions of the development of travel services in Bulgaria and in particular the promotion of the opportunity other Russian regions to invest in Bulgarian tourism, too. Branimir Botev presented the culture of Bulgarian wine making while they tasted the selected wines served were from the region of the Rose Valley. One of the most impressive experiences of the representatives of the Russian media was during the visit to the Regional History Museum in Varna and seeing the Varna gold treasure – the oldest processed gold in the world.
In the Northern Black Sea tour of the journalists was included Kranevo, too - another big recreation center for young people and children from Russia. The mayor Rumen Nikolov denied the false information in some Russian media about the disastrous situation of Russian children in a summer camp. “There was no danger to any tourist in Kranevo. There were no children cut off or any other problems associated with their stay and security. Several basements were flooded by the rains, but the kids did not experience any discomfort and their training as envisaged under the program was not interrupted. The rumors circulated in some media about problems with Russian children in Kranevo are not true and you can see this by yourself", were the comments of Rumen Nikolov in front of the reporters. He even assured them that he was ready to resign immediately if they could find even one unhappy child in the children’s camp in Kranevo.
The Russian journalists visited also the golf complexes on the Northern Black Sea Coast in Balchik, Sveti Vlas, Nessebar and Pomorie. The guests tried personally the mud- and salt baths in the SPA center of the most luxurious hotel in Pomorie and got convinced in the miraculous effect of the unique Pomorie water- and lye rehabilitation. Later on they tasted some of the famous wines of the region of Pomorie. The visit of the Russian journalists in Bulgaria ended in Bourgas.