9ICCGIS 2024


With the support of the Municipality of Nessebar


Nessebar is a World cultural heritage city located 30 km north of the city of Burgas. It is one of the major seaside resorts on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Due to the city’s abundance of historic buildings, UNESCO included Nessebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.

Situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, the more than 3000-year-old site of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement (Menebria). At the beginning of the 6th century BC, the city became a Greek colony. The city’s remains, which date mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Stara Mitropolia Basilica and the fortress date from the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period. Find more here: unesco.org


ARTIUM - center of culture
and education


The conference venue is situated in the center of the new town of Nessebar, at the “Zhulieta Shishmanova” square.

The place welcomes its visitors with a cozy atmosphere and modern architecture.

The Artium center provides several halls with modern equipment for conference events and a friendly and responsive team that will welcome the 9ICCGIS and our participants for the second time.

How to get to the venue

The main Airports in Bulgaria and the distance to Nessebar are:
Burgas Airport – 28 km, Varna Airport – 106 km, Sofia Airport – 416 km, Plovdiv Airport – 290 km.

You can take a bus from Burgas, Varna, Sofia and Plovdiv. All buses stop in front of the conference venue.

The conference venue is situated in the center of the new town of Nessebar, at the “Zhulieta Shishmanova” square.

Transfers for ICCGIS participants

Transfer Burgas airport – Nessebar – 49 € /up to 3 people/
Transfer Nessebar – Burgas airport – 49 € /up to 3 people/

Transfer Varna airport – Nessebar – 90 € /up to 3 people/
Transfer Nessebar – Varna airport – 90 € /up to 3 people/

Requests for transfers should be sent by e-mail to sales@festahotels.com

The following code must be indicated in the request: 9ICCGIS

If you wish to request a transfer, you should provide arrival/departure dates, flight number, arrival/departure time, and name(s) of the guest(s) for whom you wish to request the transfer.


All participants must take care of their accommodation.

Nessebar provides a variety of accommodation choices. The conference venue is surrounded by a lot of All-inclusive hotels, family hotels, guest houses and Airbnb within walking distance.

The closest hotel near the venue which provides all-inclusive is FESTA PANORAMA HOTEL 4*

The hotel is an all-inclusive seaside family resort that offers a variety of services and facilities for entertainment. The hotel has 240 rooms. The hotel has a Main Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Night Club, Pool Bar.

Or send your requests for reservations by e-mail to sales@festahotels.com

The following reservation code must be
indicated in the request: 9ICCGIS

Prices for accommodation (All inclusive) of participants in the period 15-22 June 2024

Room type


Single room, Town view

122,20 €

Single room, Sea view

132,42 €

Doble room, Town view

136,00 €

Doble room, Sea view

147,25 €

Prices are in EURO per room/day including VAT, use of outdoor and indoor pool and gym, wireless internet, insurance, and tourist tax.

The reservation must be guaranteed with a transferred advance in the amount of 50% of the total amount for the accommodation and requested additional services. Supplement to the full amount must be made within 5 working days before the date of accommodation.

Requests for reservations received less than 14 days before the date of accommodation require a 100% advance payment.

In case of non-payment in advance, Festa Hotels reserves the right to offer for sale the requested rooms for the desired period of the event.

Changes in reservations and cancellations without penalties are accepted up to 14 days before the arrival of guests. For cancellations made after this deadline, the value of one night will be charged. In case of a non-arrival guest, a penalty of 100% of the requested nights and additional services is due.

Visa for Bulgaria

From 31 March 2024, Schengen visa holders will be able to add Bulgaria and Romania to their itinerary (by air and water) for travel to Europe.

Please find here actual information about issuing a VISA for Bulgaria.
The information is published on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Bulgaria.

To apply for a VISA you will need to submit an Invitation Letter to the Embassy. You can receive Invitation Letter from the Conference Organizers that will confirms that you are a participant in the conference. To obtain an Invitation Letter you have to send a copy of your passport by e-mail to iccgis.bulgaria@gmail.com. On the copy, your full name, date of birth, date of expiry and the passport number should be clearly visible.

You can receive an Invitation Letter once you have successfully completed your registration and have paid your registration fee.

Keep in mind that you should apply for a VISA no later than 1 month prior to the conference, as it takes time for VISA issuing. You may also be invited to an interview.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Bulgarian Embassy in your country.

In case of VISA refusal, the registration fee will be refunded to you. Bank charges will not be refunded.

Useful information

Greenwich time + 2 hours, Central European Time + 1 hour

220 V., 50 Hz.

Post Office
You may drop your post cards and letters at the Reception desk at your hotel or put them in the post boxes in the resort.

Banks are opened Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will need your passport for cashing cheques or exchanging currency. There are also ATMs at some of the hotels.

Credit Cards
The main international credit cards are accepted at the big hotels, shopping centers, the car hire offices and some restaurants. The stickers on the shop-windows or at the hotel entrances will provide you with information as to which credit cards are accepted.

The Bulgarian LEV consists of 100 stotinki. All payments should be made in the national currency. There are bank notes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Lev, and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 stotinki.
The exchange rate is fixed at 1.95583 Leva = 1 Euro. It is advisable the exchange of foreign currency to be made at change bureaus or at a bank.

Usually is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is also a 24-hour pharmacy. You will be provided with more detailed information at the reception desk in your hotel.

Tap water is chlorinated but completely suitable to drink. Still, better drink bottled mineral water.

All beaches are free. You will only be charged for using deckchairs and parasols.

The population of Bulgaria is about 7 500 000 people, 1 150 000 million live in the capital.

Official Language
Bulgarian, belonging to the Slavonic language group.

Majority – Eastern Orthodox; other – Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, etc.

It is recommended to keep valuables and documents in the safe you will be provided at the hotel reception. In case of any loss or theft, please approach local organizers.

The menu includes mostly dishes of both the Bulgarian and the European cuisine. Restaurants are usually open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Some of them may be open as long as there are guests.

Shops in the city are open every day, including Saturday and Sunday. They work from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m.

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Looking forward
to meeting you in Nessebar!