Tourist information center of Veliko Tarnovo

Tourist information center of Veliko Tarnovo

ITF Cultural Tourism 2022 Veliko Tarnovo

From 14 to 16 April 2022 Veliko Tarnovo will host the 17th edition of the International Exhibition “Cultural Tourism”.

After a two years hiatus the International tourism fair “Cultural tourism” will gather again participants from different  parts of Bulgaria and the world that will present their cities and regions, tourist sites, new attractions and services, cultural and tourism issues.

The forum is the most authoritative platform for presenting the efforts of municipalities, cultural institutes, companies, civic associations for the development of cultural tourism. The participants in the exhibition and the accompanying rich discussion program present new sites and socialized landmarks, created attractions and services, publications for culture and tourism, festivals and holidays that reveal the original charm of the regions.

The only specialized forum for cultural tourism in the Balkans provides a unique opportunity to make effective and fruitful contacts and establish long-term partnerships.


Program of International Tourist Fair "Cultural Tourism" 14.04-16.04.2022

"Rafael Mihaylov" Exhibition Halls, Veliko Tarnovo





10:30 – Parade-concert of “Junior Band”

11:00 – Official opening

13:00 – “Foyer of the book” - presentation by Unikat Publishing House, Zahariy Stoyanov Publishing House, prof. Plamen Pavlov and prof. Nikolay Ovcharov – Hall 2

13:10 – Preservation and presenting of cultural-historical heritage. Cultural routes. Historical sites, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3

14:00 – National meeting of organizations for the management of tourist regions – Hall 1

15:00 – Roundtable -“Pandemic Impact on cultural tourism and the new challenges of the geopolitical crisis”, ABTTA (Association of Bulgarian Tour operators and Тravel Аgents) – Hall 1

15:00 – Contemporary aspects of the illustration, Siela Publishing House and artist Damyan Damyanov – Hall 2

16:00 – Presenting the nominations of National contest “Read & Travel” – Hall 1

16:00 – Sofia tours, Municipal Company “Tourism” – Municipality of Sofia – Hall 2

16:30 – Roundtable - “Alternative tourism”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3

17:30 – Presentation of the novel: “Clay” by Victoria Beshliyska, SoftPress Publishing House – Hall 2

21:00 – Audio-visual show “Sound and Light”, “Tsar Asen I” square (in front of Tsarevets fortress)





10:00 – Session “Creative industries”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3

10:00 – "Kissimov readings" – reports dedicated to the 125-th anniversary of birth of Konstantin Kisimov – Hall 2

10:30 – Club “Glavna bukva”, Cultural centre “Nadezhda - 1869” presents students works – Hall 2

11:00 – “Absurd times”, Perseus Publishing house – Plamen Totev and poets Margarita Petkova and Dobromir Banev – Hall 2

11:00 – “Welcome to Bulgaria! – safety of tourists” – meeting of ambassadors and representatives of Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria – Hall 1

13:00 – National student competition for the best development of tourism topic at International Tourist Fair "Cultural Tourism" – Hall 1

13:00 – Project “Tourist routes – 101 tourist capitals”, Veselin Bankovski – Hall 2

14:00 – QUENDOO – New platform for hotel booking and sales, Preslava Boycheva – Hall 1

14:00 – We present to you Tourism department of “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo – Hall 2

14:00 – Session “Cultural-historical heritage and education”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3

15:00 – Tourist potential of Buzludzha monument, “Project Buzludzha” – Hall 1

16:00 – EVENTS GUIDE - educational-applied project for creating the first specialized edition for event tourism in Bulgaria (congress tourism), "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University of Veliko Tarnovo – Hall 2

16:00 – Presentation of “St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University Publishing House, meeting with prof. Krasimira Mutafova – Hall 1




17:00 – Monographs of archaeologist prof. Hitko Vachev and prof. Krasimira Mutafova – Hall 1

18:00 – “Memories of the VEF”, Hristo Kidikov and Faber Publishing House– Hall 1

19:30 – Official awards ceremony for participants of International Tourist Fair “Cultural tourism”,

Evening cocktail party - Art gallery “Boris Denev”




09:00 – Session “Digitalization of cultural-historical heritage”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3

13:00 – Session “Digital and cultural accessibility for people with special needs”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3

16:30 – Discussion "Cultural accessibility and passporting of accessibility for people with special needs”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Hall 3



Additional programme:


"Tarnovo Legends" - a new urban adventure game - free of charge during the exhibition. Information and bookings at the stand of “Tsarevgrad Tarnov” in “Rafael Mihaylov” Exhibition Halls.

"Retro Belle Epoque" - photo studio in “Rafael Mihaiyov” Exhibition Halls.

“Via Pretoria” - historical reconstructions at the “Rafael Mihaylov” Exhibition Halls.

"Rabotilnitsa Sedyanka” - a workshop for handmade Bulgarian embroidery in “Rafael Mihaylov” Exhibition Halls.

"Escape room Logiscape" – combat challenge, “Rafael Mihaylov” Exhibition Halls.

"Pisano Yaytse" - painting Easter eggs with Master Elena Beleva, “Rafael Mihaylov” Exhibition Halls.




*The organizers reserve the right to make changes in the programme.