Veliko Tarnovo was awarded the prestigious award for the most comprehensively developing tourist destination for 2015. Recently the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association awarded its 20th annual awards for professional achievements in the field of hotel and restaurant management.
The Old Bulgarian capital was honoured for his significant contribution to the development of a tourist destination with permanent season, for the substantial improvement of tourism infrastructure and attractions and for increasing the quality of the tourist and catering services.
Highly praised was the effort of Veliko Tarnovo and local tourism enterprises working consistently for a concept that turns the town and region in a prestigious, authoritative and desirable destination that virtually offers all year round tourist season with good prices and high quality services.
The role of the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality was also noted – he is the only acting mayor of a municipality in the country that has profound experience and considerable contribution to the development of tourism. Before being elected Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Daniel Panov was manager of the Tsarevgrad Tarnovo Municipal Tourism Agency.
Post and Tele Exhibition attracts visitors in Veliko Tarnovo. The intriguing exposition is housed in the building of the Central Post Office (the second entrance down the stairs off the main Nezavisimost Street). Currently the number of the exhibits is just over 200.
Among the items is the bureau of a post office director; it is equipped with two phones, documentation and ink cartridges, one of which dates from the 1940s. These are all taken from the post office in the village Nedan.
The church takes a central place in Veliko Tarnovo’s history as it was the place where the uprising of Asen and Peter was pronounced on October 26th 1185. The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt of Bulgarians living in a territory held by the Byzantine Empire and was caused by a tax increase. It ended with the creation of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, ruled by the Asen dynasty. The church will welcome visitors every day from October, 22nd till November, 8th as it is becoming the focal point of the upcoming national celebrations marking the 830th anniversary of the uprising and the restoration of the Bulgarian state. The church usually stays closed during the winter months and opens doors for visitors only upon prior request.
Veliko Tarnovo will officially mark the Chinese New Year in February 2016 with a varied and attractive program. This was agreed at a meeting between Veliko Tarnovo Deputy Mayor Daneva-Snezhana Ivanova and the cultural counsellor with the Chinese embassy in Bulgaria Yin Yali. The main aspects of the future event were outlined during the talks. Preparations begin next month.
Until now, the Chinese New Year had been officially celebrated only in Sofia and Varna. In February 2016 a 40-strong ensemble from the Asian country will visit the Old capital of Bulgaria. The program will include lots of music and dancing, circus and acrobatics numbers, as well as the particularly attractive Lion Dance. Exhibitions and presentation of traditional oriental arts and crafts are also on the agenda for the event.
Free sightseeing tour is being organized by the Regional History Museum the reason being the Independence Day, 22 September and the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asenevtsi. The Along the footsteps of the Bulgarian state tour will happen on 22nd September and will include key sites related to the history of the Veliko Tarnovo.
The tour starts at 2 pm from the Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki. People can join the walk at any point. The tour will be guided.
After the walk the Prison Museum and the Museum of Contemporary History can be visited for free; the last hour for admission being 5 pm.
Other sites that will be free to visit throughout the day are the Tsarevets Fortress and Holy Forty Martyrs Church.
Free guided walking tour:
2 pm Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki
2.30 pm Holy Forty Martyrs Church.
3 pm Church of Ss. Peter and Paul
3.30 – 4 pm Through the small gate at Tsarevets Fortress to the Pyramid Monument