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SMELL AND SEE BULGARIA IN HER TRUE COLOURS

Bulgaria Professional Study Tour is a private project started by Filip Lissicharov, CEO and owner of Enio Bonchev Production Ltd., and partner Konstantin Tzvetanov, supported by the main producers of 100% pure and natural Bulgarian rose and lavender essential oils.

Our goal is to educate and benefit the essential oils industry, both local as well as international, aiming to turn this Professional tour into a traditional annual event. Successful business connections are made face to face and we would like to welcome all rose lovers to smell and see Bulgaria in her true colours.”

Who we are

Filip Lissicharov, CEO and owner of Enio Bonchev Production Ltd., Bulgaria is responsible for marketing and sales, dealing with corporate, key customers and developing long-term business strategies. Born in March 1975 and father of two beautiful girls. Went to 7 different high schools in 3 different countries before graduating in 1993 from the English Language High School in Sofia, Bulgaria. Lived and studied in the USA (1989-1991 and 1993-1998), graduating from Knox College, Illinois, USA, in 1997 majoring in Integrated International Studies. Then he returned to Bulgaria, where he has dedicated his life to rose and lavender, re-building and expanding the original business, which was started by his great grandfather Enio Bonchev in 1909.

Enio Bonchev Production Ltd. is member of IFEAT and Filip is a regular attendee at IFEAT Conferences. He is also an active participant, essential member and Vice-Chairman of the Bulgarian National Association for Essential oils, Perfumery and Cosmetics.

 


Konstantin Tzvetanov

Born in December 1974 and father of two girls and a boy. Lived and studied in Tunis, Tunisia (1980-1984), Paris, France (1987-1990) and Vienna, Austria (1992-1994) before graduating in 1992 from the 9th French language High School “Alphonse de Lamartine” in Sofia, Bulgaria. Continued with his studies in Russia (1994-2000), graduating in 2000 from the Moscow State University of Management, majoring with a Master degree in World Economy. Returned to Vienna in 2000 where he spent the next 5 years in implementing marketing and logistic strategies for FedEx Austria as well as consulting smaller local companies.

Konstantin Tzvetanov is a business savant, entrepreneur and visionary. Speaks fluently Bulgarian (native), English, French, German and Russian while uses freely Spanish and Italian. An experienced technologist, skilled communicator and accomplished business leader, he is the charismatic passion behind numerous endeavours and projects in various industries (CEO and owner of “Kolmax Solutions” – Real Estate; Managing Partner in “OfertoVET” – Group Buying Trade; Head of Sales at “ThyssenKrupp Bulgaria” – Steel Trade; Managing Partner in “Tenom Chairs” – Designer furniture manufacturing; CEO in “Eurobereg” – Real Estate; Owner of “Private Tour Bulgaria” – VIP Tours in Bulgaria).

THE 2018 BULGARIA PROFESSIONAL STUDY TOUR

Bulgaria is recognised worldwide as the country of roses. The rose is our national symbol. Bulgarian rose oil with over 350 years of history and tradition is a key ingredient in the flavours and fragrance industry. It has also found its place and has growing impact in the aromatherapy, cosmetics, foods and pharmaceutical industries.

During this 5 day trip in the peak of the rose season, you, together with other knowledgeable F&F industry people from a variety of countries, will meet the main Bulgarian rose oil processing and exporting companies as well as producers of F&F and finished cosmetics products. Most time will be spent visiting factories and fields where you will pick roses, talk to local farmers, see a typical rose pickers’  village and learn all about the secrets of the Bulgarian rose from dedicated industry specialists.

The majority of the rose producers in Bulgaria are growing and distilling other essential oil crops as well. Do you know that Bulgaria has become the biggest producer of lavender oil in the world? And melissa oil— with growing production over 1 ton?

The people who will meet and greet you at the factories, who will talk and drink a glass of rakia (a typical local alcoholic beverage) with you are the owners of the companies who have dedicated their entire life to this industry and you will have the opportunity to ask and learn.

Finally, the aim is to achieve all these objectives with only a week away from the office.

Climate-wise late May/early June is a very good time to visit; the usually dry weather conditions will facilitate mobility.

Visas to Bulgaria, an EU country, are either not necessary or easily obtainable (see visa requirements)

And last, but not least, you will have the opportunity to learn about Bulgaria’s fascinating culture while staying at the best hotels Bulgaria can offer and enjoying traditional homemade local country cuisine.

TOUR PROGRAMME

Participants will arrive on Sunday in Sofia and depart from Sofia the following Friday.

During these 5 days delegates will travel from Sofia to Plovdiv and then to Kazanlak and the Rose Valley. Participants will travel by luxury coach while distances and travelling times are not very long, with the longest trip not exceeding 2 hours.

DAY 1 – 27.05.2018

⊕   Arrival at Sofia Airport
⊕   Individual transfers to 5* hotel in Sofia city centre
⊕   Check-in at a dedicated welcome desk and collection of the delegate bag
⊕   Welcome Cocktail and sightseeing tour of the historic city center
⊕   Welcome Dinner with a panoramic view of Sofia by night

DAY 2 – 28.05.2018

⊕   Breakfast and check-out
⊕   Travel by coach to the city of Plovdiv
⊕   Check-in at 4* hotel
⊕   Lectures and presentations on the Bulgarian essential oils industry
⊕   Lunch in the Old Town of Plovdiv
⇒  Visit of the leading Bulgarian cosmetic company
⊕   Walking tour and sightseeing
⊕   Dinner at traditional restaurant

DAY 3 – 29.05.2018

⊕   Breakfast and check-out
⊕   Travel by coach to the Rose Valley
⇒  Visit rose fields of a local farmer
⇒  Visit an exclusive concrete and absolute factory for rose extraction process
⊕   Lunch in the company’s premises
⊕   Travel to Pavel Banya, a SPA town, and check-in at 4* hotel. Enjoy relaxing SPA treatments with rose oil products
⇒  Visit a small village in the Rose Valley where participants will meet families from the local minority groups (rose pickers) and learn about their lifestyle
⊕   Dinner and folk dancing

DAY 4 – 30.05.2018

⊕   Breakfast at the hotel
⊕   Travel to the village of Tarnichene
⇒  Educational field session and rose picking competition
⇒  Visit the oldest rose oil factory founded 1909 – organic rose oil and water production, family museum
⊕   Lunch in the company’s Old Distillery gardens
⇒  Visit a renowned traditional factory for rose distillation
⊕   Travel to Kazanlak, the most famous town in the Rose Valley and visit Thracian Kazanlak Tomb, a UNESCO heritage site
⊕   Cocktail and Dinner at the new Kazanlak Rose Museum

DAY 5 – 31.05.2018

⊕   Breakfast and check- out
⇒  Travel through the Valley with a stop at rose and lavender plantations. Field session
⇒  Visit a well established rose oil factory for rose distillation and lavender container production
⊕   Lunch
⇒  Visit of the first Bulgarian innovative Flavors & Fragrance company
⊕   Travel back to Sofia and check-in at 5* hotel in Sofia city centre
⊕   Cocktail and Gala Farewell Dinner

DAY 6 – 01.06.2018

⊕   Breakfast, check-out and departure

Looking forward to seeing you in Bulgaria!

 

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