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The National Tourism Fair opened Tursday the Romexpo Exhibition Complex of Bucharest and will last until Sunday March 17, with the opening event being attended by the delegate minister for SMEs and Tourism, Maria Grapini.
On this occasion, the minister said that she does not think she will take an Easter vacation and, if she still does it, she will go to Moeciu and Bucovina. Grapini mentioned that promoting the legend of the Martisor was a success and this initiative will continue. Furthermore, she also wants to explore other legends, such as that of the Dragobete, next year. The spring edition of the fair this year is attended by 275 companies, including 180 from Romania.Organisers expect 30,000 visitors and sales of EUR 12 M. Oddly enough, the town of Sibiu, the first Romanian town that attracted one million of tourists in 2007, when it was European Cultural Capital, will not attend the fair. “Sibiu will not have its own stand. There will be several officials representing the Sibiu Municipality, who will go to Romexppo only for contracts,” the spokeswoman of the Sibiu Municipality, Mirela Gligore said for jurnalul.ro. Meanwhile, over 7,500 tourists will go to the Romanian seaside this summer, 1,100 more than last year, according to a note sent to the delegate minister for SMEs, Business Environment and Tourism, Maria Grapini, by Karpaten Turism, the firm that represents Thomas Cook – Neckermann in Romania, the Ministry of Economy informs in a press release.
The majority of the more than 7,500 tourists that will visit the Romanian seaside this summer with Neckermann are from Germany, as well as Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The foreign tourists that come to the seaside prefer 4-star hotels, especially those with all-inclusive services. Neckermann signed for this year contracts with 11 hotels and already sold 3,000 places so far, representing a 46.3 pc increase against the similar interval of last year. Thomas Cook, one of the world’s largest tour operators, in 2012 restarted bringing foreign tourists to Romania, via the Neckermann brand, after withdrawing in 2006 from the Romanian market. This year, Romania is featured in its catalogues.