A Tourism Success story for Bulgaria: FRAPORT’s CEO revealed to eTN the secret


Tourism to Bulgaria is big and the reason Burgas and Varna airport. The secret is FRAPORT. Ulrich Heppe is the Chief Executive Officer of FRAPORT Twin Star Airport Management in Varna, Bulgaria.

eTN publisher Juergen Steinmetz caught up with Mr. Heppe and the head of communication for FRAPORT Mr. Robert Payne at the recent ITB trade show in Berlin.

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There is a fascinating success story for Bulgarian Tourism. it’s the creative work by FRAPORT and their two airports in Burgas and Varna. They are the main contributor and economic driver for this important Bulgarian holiday region.

Mr Heppe said: “We are extremely satisfied with 2017, because in 2016 we saw 22 percent growth in Burgas and Varna airports, and everyone was a little bit afraid 2017 might be a dip, but it did not happen.  On the contrary, in Burgas, we kept this very high level. We had another 3.6 percent growth and in Varna 17 percent.

Mr. Heppe had this fascinating success story to share:

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.