IX International Meeting of Tourism will take place between 4th – 7th October 2017

Since the year of 2012, Plovdiv Municipality has been organizing International Meeting of Tourism (IMT) in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, private companies, local and national authorities. The forum emphasizes on various aspects of tourism development in the city and the region of Plovdiv, presenting the diversity of its tourist product. It aims mainly to introduce the opportunities for cultural, religious, weekend, wine, spa, shopping and other types of tourism in one of Europe’s most ancient cities.

IMT Plovdiv is attended by local, regional and national tourism authorities, tourism professionals from all around the globe with immense experience within the field – tour operators, travel agents and representatives of worldwide recognized media.

Throughout the years, the interest towards IMT Plovdiv has been increasingly growing. This tendency is going to keep in future, as Plovdiv itself has been gaining recognition worldwide in recent years, being the first Bulgarian city proclaimed European Capital of Culture 2019. More than 700 tour operators and media representatives from Algeria, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Malta, Makedonia, Morocco, Montenegro, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, UK, USA, Ukraine, Japan and many other countries, have estimated the event as extremely successful, holding great potential, delivering great experience and a lot of opportunities for expanding their business network.

The event’s program includes a panel of B2B meetings, during which delegates present their companies’ interests, experience and field of activity, exchange contacts and find business partners. Guided tours around the city’s main cultural sites, visits at top hotels and restaurants in Plovdiv, and many others are also part of the program.

It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Plovdiv, along with other guests from all across the Globe!


Register online by September 22, 2017


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Tourism Team

Plovdiv Municipality

Introduction of the destination

Plovdiv has been captivating and vibrant at least since it was the Metropolitan city of the Roman province of Thrace. This is Europe’s most ancient continuously-inhabited city, older even than Rome, and contemporary of Troy and Mycenae. Throughout its 8-millennia history, it has preserved cultural sites from seven archaeological periods: Prehistory, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, Middle Ages, Ottoman and Revival period, as well as modern culture.

Due to its favorable location on a crossroad between the East and the West, Plovdiv has been, as still is, a multicultural city, nowadays an important educational and business hub. As a leading tourist destination, it has been given a number of prestigious awards, such as Balkan Leader in Tourism 2016 and the equivalent to Oscar in the tourism branch Golden Apple, also listed in World ranks, like European Best Destinations 2016. With its perfectly preserved historical heritage, diverse cultural program and immense number of successfully-fulfilled projects, Plovdiv will be Bulgaria’s first European Capital of Culture in 2019!

               The abundance of Roman sites, such as the best-preserved ancient theatre in the World, which is a venue of the modern cultural life, the Roman stadium, the impressive floor mosaics at the Early-Christian basilica and Bishop’s basilica – an unique in size and significance temple which is currently a site of archaeological research, and many others, is the reason why Plovdiv has been proclaimed the Most Beautiful Ancient City in the World. The pearl of the city – Archaeological Reserve Old Town, features not only pieces of Roman heritage, but also Medieval churches and Revival houses, most of which have been turned either into museums, or boutique hotels and restaurants. The diversity of art galleries and museums makes Plovdiv a must-visit destination. Especially attractive is the Kapana District, which offers various artistic activities. All of these sites can be easily negotiated on foot due to their location in the city’s pedestrian center.

Plovdiv is proud of hosts top-level events set in various areas, their venues including the Revival houses, Roman sites, Kapana district and the newly-constructed Multifunctional Hall Kolodrum. More than 120 internationally- recognised festivals are annually included in the city’s Cultural calendar and 10 events are taking at different locations every day – from theatre performances and workshops, through concerts, to big festivals, enjoyed both by citizens and visitors of Plovdiv.

Having the biggest pedestrian area in Europe, Plovdiv offers diversity of places for food and entertainment and is the perfect place to indulge in retail therapy. The city’s romantic atmosphere can be felt anywhere around, whether meeting the sunset from the top of a hill, having a meal and glass of wine in a top-class restaurant or enjoying the fairy of dance, music and light at the Lake with the Singing Fountains.

Plovdiv is the center of the Bulgaria’s biggest wine region, with traditions in wine production established by the Thracians more than 5 000 years ago. Its central location turns in into perfect starting point for day-trips either to the wineries, or to the natural area in the Rhodopes, Asen’s Fortress and Bachkovo monastery, the Rose Valley or the Valley of Thracian Kings.



Plovdiv - Sustainable tourism through culture and recreation



Arriving, transfer from Sofia Airport, accommodation

20:00 – Welcome Cocktail by Mrs. Videlina Gandeva, Director of Tourism Department – Municipality of Plovdiv


07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast

08:30 – 09:15 Registration

09:15 – 10:30 Official opening

Conference hall Philippopol,  Holiday Inn Hotel – Plovdiv

  • 09:20- 09:30 Greetings on behalf of Ministry of tourism – Bulgaria

    09:30 – 09:40 Greetings on behalf of Municipality of Plovdiv

    09:40 – 09:50 Greetings on behalf of Tourism Council

    09:50 – 10:05 “Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019 –the Added Value of Plovdiv as a Brand”, Presentation by Plovdiv 2019 Municipal Foundation

    10:05 – 10:20  “The Blue Path - an alternative Jewish route in Plovdiv”, presentation by Mr. Yosef Ben-Basat, Century Holdings.

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 Working meetings between participants (B2B)

13:00 – 14:00 LunchRestaurant Etereo, Holiday Inn Hotel – Plovdiv

14:30 – 15:00 Transfer to the Old Town (East gate of Philippopol)

15:00 – 18:00 Walking tour in the Old Town

  •                   The Street of Crafts
  •                   House of distillation – visiting and tаsting
  •                   Ancient fortress Nebet Hill
  •                   The Lapidarium
  •                   Klianti House
  •                   Ancient Theatre
  •                   Roman Stadium

18:30 – 19:30 – Optionally

  •                    Free time   or
  •                    Walking tour “The Blue Path in Plovdiv”

19:30– 22:00 DinnerSalt & Pepper Restaurant

22:00 – 22:30 Transfer to Holiday Inn Hotel - Plovdiv


07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 Transfer to the RegattaVenue of Plovdiv

09:30 – 12:00 Walking tour & boat trip

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch – Restaurant of Landmark Hotel

13:30 – 14:00 Transfer to Villa Yustina

  • Traditional Bulgarian Folk Dance
  • Wine Tasting

17:30 – 18:00 Transfer to Holiday Inn Hotel

18:00 – 19:30 Free time

19:30 – 20:00 Transfer to Marbella Restaurant

20:0023:30 Gala – diner – Marbella Restaurant

23:30 – 00:00 Transfer to Holiday Inn Hotel - Plovdiv


07:00 – 10:00 Breakfast & Check out

  • Transfer to Sofia Airport


The participation fee includes transfers from and to Sofia – Plovdiv and Plovdiv-Sofia airports only on 4th and 7th October, 2017.

The participation fee includes accommodation on 4th, 5th, 6th October, 2017

Plovdiv Municipality reserves the right to make changes to the program contents and schedule.


Partnership Enquiries

We will be glad to give you the floor to present your business to over 200 international professionals within the tourism industry including tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, media representatives, and other tourism stakeholders in the public and private sector.

Since there are number of possibilities for partnerships and advertising during the 3 days forum we encourage you to contact us with your partnership enquiry and we will be pleased to discuss all possibilities for mutually beneficial partnership.