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Delegation from Shanghai Exchanged Knowledge and Ideas with Sofia Municipality

Soon www.visitsofia.bg will have a Chinese version!

A delegation of the Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipal People's Congress visited Sofia Municipality in July and both hosts and guests exchanged knowledge and experiences regarding the conservation and management of sites with cultural and historical heritage, as well as about the current legislation of the municipality. During the meeting the guests were acquainted with the activities of Sofia Municipal Council. The policy of Sofia Municipality and the City Parliament was also discussed. It is effective especially in terms of stimulating the development of tourism – last year the number of Chinese tourists in Sofia increased by 16%. At present a Chinese version of www.visitsofia.bg is being developed. A direct flight Sofia - Shanghai is another ambition of both cities as it would contribute even more to the tourist flow and to the cooperation between the cities. The delegation from Shanghai was invited to exchange knowledge with schools in Sofia where Chinese is taught as well as to take part in the organization of joint cultural festivals. These initiatives are in line with the policy of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, which last year opened the first Bulgarian Tourist Information Center in Shanghai.