Tourist zoning of Bulgaria

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In the Law on Tourism of 2013 was introduced the idea and concept of tourism zoning of Bulgaria. This was developed in 2014-15. The purpose of such zoning is I quote: “Bulgaria is advertised not only as a homogenous whole but as a “bouquet” of tourist areas with their own specific “faces”, typical resources and opportunities for different types of tourism”. I guess this with the bouquet comes of the so famous logo with the rose or at least this looked like. This zoning does not comply with the territorial integrity of the provinces, but retained the same of municipalities and each municipality can be part of only one zone. Number of zones varies in different studies. For example, Rila and Pirin are different zones, Black Sea coast is one area, анд in the last moment appears Zone – Rose Valley and ultimately are separate to 9 – Danube, Stara Planina, Sofia, Thrace, Rose Valley, Rila-Pirin, Rhodopes , Varna Black Sea coast and Burgas Black Sea coast.
In the first model offered to the municipalities and the ministry is attached mostly geographic belonging, something that many municipalities do not accept. They prefer to be where their mayors feel comfortable. So Veliki Preslav from Stara planina passes to Varna Region, Krichim from Rodopi to Thrace and Kuklen in Thrace from Rhodopes.
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Distribution of Municipalities in Tourist zones are:
1. Zone Danube is from 67 municipalities
Alfatar, Belene, Belogradchik, Boynitsa, Boichinovtsi, Borovan, Borovo, Bregovo, Brusartsi, Byala Slatina, Byala, Venets, Vetovo, Glavinica, Vidin, Valchedram, Gramada, Gulyantsi, Dve mogili, Dimovo, Dolna Mitropolia, Dolni Dubnik, Dulovo, Zavet, Ivanovo, Iskar, Isperih, Kaynardja, Kaolinovo, Knezha, Kozloduy, Kubrat, Kula, Levski, Letnitsa, Loznica, Lom, Makresh, Medkovets, Mizia, Nikola Kozlevo, Nikopol, Novo Selo, Opaka, Oryahovo, Pavlikeni, Pleven, Pordim, Polski Trambesh, Popovo, Razgrad, Ruzhintsi, Ruse, Samuil, Svishtov, Silistra, Sitovo, Slivo pole, Suhindol, Tutrakan, Targovishte, Hajredin, Hitrino, Tsar Kaloyan, Tsenovo, Cherven briag, Yakimovo

2. Zone Stara Planina – 32 municipalities
Antonovo, Apriltsi, Berkovitza, Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa, Varbitsa, Varshetz, Gabrovo, Georgi Damyanovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Dryanovo, Elena, Zlataritsa, Kotel, Krivodol, Lovech, Lukovit, Lyaskovets, Mezdra, Montana, Omurtag, Roman, Sevlievo, Strazhica, Sungurlare, Teteven, Troyan, Tryavna Ugurchin, Chiprovtzi, Chuprene, Jablanica

3. Zone Sofia are 23 municipalities
Bobov dol, Bojurishte, Botevgrad, Breznik, Godech, Gorna Malina, Dragoman, Elin Pelin, Etropole, Zemen, Ihtiman, Kovachevtsi, Kostinbrod, Kyustendil, Nevestino, Pernik, Pravets, Radomir, Svoge, Slivnitsa, Sofia, Treklyano, Tran

4. Thrace Zone has 35 municipalities
Bratya Daskalovi, Brezovo Galabovo, Dimitrovgrad, Elhovo, Kaloianovo, Krichim, Lesichovo, Lubimets, Maritza, Mineralni bani, Nova Zagora, Opan, Pazardzhik, Perushtitsa, Peshtera, Plovdiv, Parvomay, Radnevo, Rakovski, Sadovo, Svilengrad, Septemvri, Simeonovgrad, Stamboliyski, Stambolovo, Stara Zagora, Straldza, Saedinenie, Topolovgrad, Tunja, Harmanli, Haskovo, Chirpan, Yambol

5. Rose Valley Zone consists of 19 municipalities from Sredna Gora mountain area
Anton, Zlatitsa, Karlovo, Koprivshtitsa, Mirkovo, Panagyurishte, Pirdop, Sopot, Strelcha, Hisar, Chavdar, Chelopech, Gourkovo, Kazanlak, Muglizh, Nikolaevo, Pavel Banya, Sliven, Tvarditsa

6. Region Rila – Pirin. Much as they want to be on their own, together are 23 municipalities
Bansko, Belica, Belovo, Blagoevgrad, Boboshevo, Gotse Delchev, Garmen, Dolna Banya, Dupnitsa, Kostenets, Kocherinovo, Kresna, Petrich, Razlog, Rila, Samokov, Sandanski, Sapareva banya, Satovcha, Simitli, Strumiani, Hadzhidimovo, Yakorouda

7. Rodopi Zone is of 27 municipalities
Ardino, Asenovgrad, Banite, Batak, Borino, Bratsigovo, Velingrad, Devin, Djebel, Dospat, Zlatograd, Ivaylovgrad, Kirkovo, Krumovgrad, Kuklen, Kardzhali, Laki, Madan, Madzharovo, Momchilgrad, Nedelino, Rakitovo, Rodopi, Rudozem, Smolyan, Chepelare, Chernoochene

8. Zone Varna Black Sea coast are 25 municipalities
Avren, Aksakovo, Balchik, Beloslav, Byala, Varna, Veliki Preslav, Vetrino, Valchi Dol, General Toshevo, Devnya, Dobrich, Dobrich – selska, Dolni chiflik, Dylgopol, Kavarna, Kaspichan, Krushari,
Novi Pazar, Provadia, Smiadovo, Suvorovo, Tervel, Shabla, Shumen

9. Burgas Black Sea Zone (13 municipalities)
Ajtos, Boliarovo, Bourgas, Kameno, Karnobat, Malko Tarnovo, Nessebar, Pomorie, Primorsko, Rouen, Sozopol, Sredets, Tsarevo

Therefore, Google maps map is generated by KMZ of to simplified shape fileMunicipalities of Bulgaria, which I’m just united in the zones. Soon I will add for download and acceptable-looking and easy to work to shape file with zones and subregions that are missing on this map

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