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Why choose Veliko Tarnovo Real Estate for Second Bulgaria Techno-Park?

I read with interest the view of Delyan Dobrev with regards to the development of a 2nd Technology Park.

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Delyan Dobrev has a good point regarding a 2nd Techno Park in Bulgaria

Should a second one ever be developed, since the 1st one is to be built in Sofia next to the Bulgarian capital city’s Tsarigradsko Chaussee Boulevard, Sofia Tech Park, a 100 million leva (50 million euro) project. Comprising of new real estate in Bulgaria, the first stage of Sofia Tech Park would accelerate innovation in information and communication technology, confirmed President Rossen Plevneliev in June this year. When completed, the park will include state of the art Bulgarian real estate comprising; offices, a technology centre and a museum. The aim of this project will be to make Bulgaria a regional leader in IT.

However, we must agree that Bulgaria as a nation proudly hosts some of the most fertile soils and is able to become a European regional leader in Agribusiness development, or (for the uninitiated) the amalgamation of agriculture and business, with specific reference to the range of activities and knowledge encompassed by modern food and beverage production. So yes, it makes absolute sense to develop a 2nd Technology Park focused on agribusiness technology as per Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism Delyan Dobrev said just over a week ago.

The only opinion I have which is different to the Ministers’ is the location! Speaking during an international forum on industry and innovations, he was adamant that if such a project was given the go ahead, it would be developed near the city of Plovdiv to host agribusiness companies. Now I am aware that there is the International Fair Plovdiv which hosts the AGRA exhibition, International Agricultural Exhibition and BioAgra – Trade Exhibition of Organic Farming, however the International Fair also hosts the ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY AND HAIR-STYLE (International Exhibition of Hairdressing, Beauty, Make-up, Perfumery and Fashion), C.A.C. & C.A.C.I.B (International Dog and Cat Shows), MEDICUS DENTO GALENIA (International Exhibition of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutics), FOODTECH (International Exhibition of Food & Drinks, Packaging, Machines and Technologies) and INTERMIN EXPO (International Exhibition of Mining Industry) to name but a few. Plovdiv appears to get its fair share of exhibitions and companies based there would specifically be related to machinery, mining, power engineering and ecology and of course wine making in the Thracian Plain.

So what about looking to the North Central area of Bulgaria, commonly known as the Danubian Plain, spanning from Dobrich to Pleven and in the centre is the old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo which is positioned adjacent to Gorna Oryahovitsa. This town used to be the centre of rail transportation across Bulgaria and its borderline neighbours and food processing and export used to be one of its main activities after harvesting crops from the plain and surrounding lands. Not only has it retained its centre of rail infrastructure (all be it in need of modernisation) it also has a fully operational International airport, which those of you who read my blogs frequently will recall that a letter of intent has allegedly been lodged regarding the purchase of the concession. Therefore the region of Veliko Turnovo has a recent historical pedigree in agribusiness and sits adjacent to some of the most fertile open tracts of land and estate in Bulgaria. Veliko Tarnovo is home to the 2nd largest university in Bulgaria after Sofia, the St. Cyril and St. Methodius University. Veliko Tarnovo is in the centre of Bulgaria on major cross roads and there is also an abundance of wine production in the region and acres of forestry.

Veliko Tarnovo location for Bulgaria 2nd Technical Park

The site of Vasil Levski Military University would be perfect for a Agribusiness based Technical Park

Last but by no means least is the fact that there is a huge plot of land, prime Veliko Tarnovo Real Estate, many commercial and educational properties lying empty and yet built soundly which would immediately lend themselves for use as an Agribusiness based Technology Park, being ecologically and environmentally friendly, through not having to demolish and start again.

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Great location and campus for a new Agrobusiness Technology Park

Its actually already a campus and this use would fit into the towns spatial development plan. The site is the Vasil Levski national military university and academy site to the west of the town, adjacent to the site are hectares of land which would be suitable for crop research and development. The site can be seen on the satellite image outlined in red.

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Vivacom (Bulgaria Telecommunications Company) is bought!

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Vivacom has new owners

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The large central building of Telephone Palace

The acquisition of Vivacom (Bulgaria Telecommunications Company) was approved by the European Commission and local regulators, Vivacom said in a regulatory filing in Sofia today.

Viva Telecom Bulgaria EAD, owned by affiliates of Russia’s VTB Capital Plc and Sofia-based Corporate Commercial Bank AD (6C9), acquired 94 percent of Vivacom (5BT) AD, Bulgaria’s second-biggest phone company by clients.

VTB Capital and Corporate Bank signed an agreement with Vivacom’s creditors on Aug. 7 to pay 130 million euros ($165 million) for a 94 percent stake in Vivacom and pay debts worth 588 million euros, which have been reduced from 1.7 billion euros through debt repayment, equity conversion and debt write off, it said.

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the interior of properties such as the Telephone Palace in Sofia could be converted to high class Bulgarian Real Estate in some prime locations

“Vivacom’s sale is good news,” Veselin Radoichev, an analyst at First Financial Brokerage House in Sofia, said by phone. “The new owners, partly being Bulgarian, will probably tighten spending and improve the balance sheet. They may choose to divide or sell some of its assets and at a later stage sell the company to a strategic investor for a much higher price. Vivacom’s mobile unit is performing very well.”

Mobile Services
Vivacom reported on Oct. 17 a 34 percent profit increase for the first nine months to 33 million lev ($21.4 million) from a year ago, driven by a 12.4 percent rise in sales of mobile services, which amounted to 296 million lev. Fixed-line sales declined 9.3 percent in the same period.

Vivacom controls about 15 percent of the mobile services market and has room to expand, Radoichev said. Vivacom competes with Telekom Austria AG (TKA)’s Mobiltel, and Globul, which is controlled by Greece’s Cosmote SA.

Vivacom’s creditors, which took over the company after it breached terms on 1.6 billion euros of loans in 2011, rejected bids in May by Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (TCELL) and Icelandic billionaire Thor Bjorgolfsson, who controlled the company between 2005 and 2007.

The loans were arranged by Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG (UBSN) and UniCredit SpA (UCG), along with Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc to finance Vivacom’s 2007 buyout, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Vivacom fell 7.7 percent to close at 3 lev in Sofia yestaerday, compared with a close on Nov. 1 when the stock last traded.

Source Bloomberg News, written by Elizabeth Konstantinova in Sofia

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The re-registration of companies worries British owners of real estate in Bulgaria

Britons with property in Bulgaria are worried not about losing their real estate because of legal requirements, reports the online edition propertywire.com. Leading consultancy firms in the UK warn that because of the re-registration of companies British owners risk being fined or even losing their assets in this country.

Consultants John Howe & Co. explained that many Britons with Bulgarian property do not realise the complexity of the Bulgarian legal system and its potential impact on them. The managing partner of the firm John Howe is concerned by the requirement for re-registration of companies. Howe points out that until recently, individuals could not buy property in the country and had to register a company in order to purchase Bulgarian real estate. However, many British people have not been aware that they need to re-register and have missed the deadline for it, and as a result their trading activity has been cancelled and they have not been able to dispose of their assets.

The company announced that it had found a way to solve the issue with British owners  of Bulgaria property who missed re-registration, so you they don’t lose their investment. Consultants say there is no accurate statistics on the number of British residents living permanently or temporarily in Bulgaria. According to the British Embassy there are about 8-9 thousand people, who work in the country, others have bought property and live permanently, while others only spend their holidays in the country.

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Bulgarian property market trends

Bulgarian property prices have dropped by almost 50 pc since the beginning of the financial crisis, say realtors. Bulgarian houses and apartments are sold at low prices. This why most buyers who waited for the prices to come down, are buying now. Even in August, a month that seems to be slow for the property market, there are plenty of buyers. These are generally people who have waited for the prices to drop enough, so they could invest their savings in larger and cheaper housing.

For the Bulgarian capital and the larger Bulgarian cities and towns the average sale prices of Bulgaria homes have fallen by about 20 Euros per square meter since the beginning of this year. Most sought-after are one-bedroom apartments within the price range of 35,000 to 45,000 Euros, however buyers struggle to find good properties within this price range, especially when they are looking for newly-built properties.

Rental prices are not expected to go up, agents predict. Even though August and September are the most lively months on the rental market (especially for apartments in Bulgaria), the supply of rentals exceeds the demand. In Sofia, for example, properties close to the newly-built metro stations are more attractive than the old apartments in the centre.

Since 2008 the rental prices have declined by a third and are not expected to go up, experts predict. This is due to the fact that alongside the old apartments in the centre and other residential areas, newly-built apartments, bought during the recession namely because of their investment potential, are also offered on the market.

And in recent months, buyers and renters express their preference towards new buildings close to transport links, areas with low crime rate and local amenities, such as schools and kindergartens.

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60 thousand tourists for two months in Veliko Tarnovo

Recent festivals (the open-air jazz festival, the international folklore and the opera festival in the Tsarevets Castle) have attracted a significant number of tourists to the Veliko Tarnovo and the area. According to statistics of the local tourist information centre, some 60 thousand tourists have visited the Old Bulgarian Capital. The peak of the visits is expected in August, predicts the head of the tourist agency.

The number of tourist has increased compared to last year, due to the variety of cultural and historical events Veliko Turnovo is organising, as the town prepares its candidacy for the cultural centre of Europe for 2019.

The new inflow of tourists have also been beneficial to the revival of the ols spa town of Voneshta Voda, which now has several hotels, guests houses and spa centres open and offering wonderful spa treatments.

Over the past six years, the bed capacity have been consistently increasing and is currently about 5000. Recent events in Bourgas have not affected the Israeli visits to the old capital and all planned visits are running smoothly.

There is a notable continuous growth of 7 – 10 percent of pilgrimage tourism, which is becoming popular due to the number or ancient and Orthodox churches of cultural and historical significance in the area. Some of the most famous are the “40 Martyrs” Church in Veliko Tarnovo and the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary in Arbanassi.

These have definitely had positive effects on the local property business as well. There is a notable surge in Bulgaria real estate sellers and buyers and we expect the number to peak in the month of August.