Foreigners, more as business travelers than tourists in Romania


A total of 309,000 foreign tourists visited Romania in the first quarter, spending a total of RON 876.2 million (some EUR 200 million), according to data from the National Statistics Institute INS. However, almost 70 percent of the foreign tourists who stayed in hotels and hostels in Romania in the first quarter came to the country for business reasons, to participate at congresses, conferences, classes, fairs and exhibitions. Only 30.5 percent arrived in Romania for personal reasons, such as holidays, shopping, cultural and sports events, visiting friends and relatives, medical treatment, or religious reasons. Over 41 percent of the foreign tourists had their trip organized by travel agencies, while 33.8 percent organized the stay in Romania by themselves. Most of them, namely 80.2 percent, arrived in Romania by plane, while 12.3 percent chose the personal car.