National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
"Statistics of Tourism and Business Surveys" Department
|Contact person function|
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str., 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 681
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||16 July 2021|
|Metadata last posted||16 July 2021|
|Metadata last update||16 July 2021|
Trips of Bulgarian residents abroad by purpose of visit and by country of destination; Arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria by purpose of visit and by country of origin.
Nomenclature of the countries and territories by statistical purposes.
All foreigners aged 15 and over, visiting Bulgaria by country of residents, by months and by purposes of visiting; All Bulgarian residents aged 15 and over, travelling abroad by months and by purposes of trips.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
An international tourist is any person who travels to a country other than his/her permanent residence but no more than one year and whose main purpose is not doing any activity for payment in place visited.
The purposes of visiting a country are the following:
· Excursion, holiday or entertainment (visits to cultural or historical sightseeing, sports events and other);
· Visiting friends and relatives;
· Professional purposes (business trips, participation in conferences, congresses, concluding deals, etc.);
· Other purposes.
Every tourist - Bulgarian or foreign citizen.
All foreign and Bulgarian residents passing the border.
For the Trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - definite countries, for the foreigners - territory of Republic of Bulgaria.
From January 2008 to the last reference month of the current year.
|Unit of measure|
|Legal acts and other agreements|
A gentleman's agreement with the World Tourism Organization.
|Confidentiality - policy|
· Law on Statistics; https://www.nsi.bg/en/node/553
· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society. ( http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:087:0164:0173:bg:PDF)
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
Individual data are not published in accordance with article 25 of the Law on Statistics. The publishing of individual data can be performed only in accordance with article 26 of the same law.
The date for publishing of statistical information is indicated in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute. The statistical information on the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad and arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria is published monthly: a month after the reference period on the website of the NSI.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website: https://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480
Data are disseminated on the NSI website, section ‘Tourism’ - 'Trips of Bulgarian residents abroad and arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria', in accordance with the Law on Statistics (Chapter 5) and European Statistics Code of Practice respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
·‘Statistical yearbook’ – annual publication
· ‘Statistical Reference Book’ - annual publication;
· Brochure "Bulgaria" - annual edition.
Monthly and annual results from the Survey on the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad and arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria are available in the online statistical information request information system - INFOSTAT: Topic Business Statistics, Subtopics Tourism: https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=226
Micro data are not disseminated.
|Documentation on methodology|
Methodology of the survey.
The users are the Council of Ministers, Ministry of tourism, the districts and municipalities authorities, tourist organizations, science organizations, international organizations and others.
The users satisfaction survey is not carried out.
The data cover the requirements for completeness as regards the recommendations of the World Tourism Organization.
|Accuracy and reliability|
The statistical data are with high degree of accuracy as regards the recommendations of the World Tourism Organization.
|Timeliness and punctuality|
The data are published 28 days after the reference month.
The publication dates are observed.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
|Comparability - over time|
The data are calculated by common methodology and are comparable by years.
|Coherence - cross domain|
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
· Ministry of Interior;
· NSIs regular monthly sample survey of passing Bulgarian and foreign citizens on the border check points.
|Frequency of data collection|
Data on the number of the trips of the citizens of the European Union are estimated on the basis of the information obtained from the Ministry of Interior and the airport authorities. Data on the number of citizens of 'third countries' are obtained directly from the Ministry of Interior.
The data are aggregated to total for the country.
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