Most Romanians chose domestic destinations for spending the December 1 mini-holiday, with the Prahova Valley and spa resorts topping their preferences, several tour operators told AGERPRES.
The average budget for in-country trips was 800 lei per person, while for a mini-vacation abroad the allocation was 320 euro per person.
“Most Romanians have chosen to spend the December 1 mini-holiday in the country, and the Prahova Valley is by far the preferred destination. The country’s spa resorts and the Danube Delta won’t be overlooked either. The most popular foreign destinations this year are the European capitals, classic city break destinations like Vienna, Paris, London and Prague, where tourists can also enjoy the Christmas markets. We also recommend mild temperature destinations such as Cyprus and Malta or, why not, Tenerife,” national sales manager at TUI Travel Center / Eurolines Cosmin Marinof told AGERPRES.
The average rate for a three-night city break that includes flight and accommodation at a 4-star hotel was about 320 euro / person, while for domestic destinations the average allocation for the December 1 mini-holiday was 190 euro / person.
“The packages for an in-country December 1 holiday were sold long in advance. There are four days of vacation that the Romanians wanted to spend either in spa resorts, enjoying therapies and relaxation at the indoor pool, either in the mountains or at the seaside, at the hotels that are open in winter. For Bucharesters, the Prahova Valley, Poiana Brasov, Bran, Moeciu, Calimanesti – Caciulata were highest in demand,” said Dan Dumitru, marketing director at 45 Paralela agency.
The fee for a three-night vacation in a three-star villa in the mountain resort of Sinaia was 472 lei / person, for a three star hotel in Predeal – 460 lei, four nights in Balvanyos at a 4-star hotel with half-board, access to the thermal center, horse-drawn sleigh ride and barbecue sold for 321 euro / person. For Calimanesti-Caciulata, the price starts from 80 lei / person per night.
“As the December 1 mini-break is two weeks after the Black Friday deals and 3 weeks before the Winter Holidays, Romanians want to best use this free period, yet without major investments that would leave them scrambling for money,” says Vola.ro marketing manager Matei Psatta.