The National Agency of Travel Agents in Romania (ANAT) called on Bulgarian hotel-owners to apply preferential prices for Romanian tourists, who account for the largest share of holiday-makers to resorts in the neighbouring country, ranking above Greek or German tourists, ANAT chair Corina Martin stated, quoted by Mediafax. ANAT and the Bulgarian embassy in Romania organized on Thursday and Friday in Veliko Tarnovo an event to promote Romanian travel agents. “Ivo Marinov, the Bulgarian deputy minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, also attended the event, stating that Romania ranked first based on the number of incoming tourists to Bulgaria in 2011, with 960,000 visitors, rising by 4.9 pc,” Corina Martin stated. According to Marinov, quoted by Martin, Greece ranks second, with 940,000 tourists, rising by 4.2 pc, followed by Germany, with 700,000 visitors, ebbing by 1.9 pc compared to the preceding year’s figures. Russia ranks fourth, with a substantial 20.5 pc-rise in tourist numbers, to 455,000, followed by Macedonia, with 382,000 tourists, rising by 23.5 pc.