More than 167,000 Romanian tourists spent almost 37 million euros in resorts all over the country on New Year’s Eve, which is by 11 per cent more than they spent last year, according to a study conducted by the Romanian Tourism Employers Federation (FPTR).
Moreover, the total number of tourists recorded this year in resorts on New Year’s Eve was higher by 5.5 per cent.
“Despite the expectations of hotel owners that the number of tourists would drop this year on New Year’s Eve compared with last year, considering the decrease recorded in the purchase power and the lack of snow, this was a nice surprise for them, for the resorts nationwide were by 5.5 per cent fuller than last year,” says FPTR in a press release issued on Thursday.
In the Federation’s First Vice-President, Dragos Raducanu’s opinion Romania stands out more and more as the main option for vacation of the Romanian tourists.
The Federation data show that the traditional destinations were overcrowded, with an increase by 5.5 per cent in the number of tourists recorded at national level compared with the same period of last year. And also the same as last year most tourists preferred rural tourism. Thus, 58,000 Romanian tourists chose to spend the night between the years at pensions, which is by 5.5 per cent more than last year.
FPTR specified that more than 36,000 persons paid for the New Year’s Eve tourist packages of hotels in the big cities, which is a growth by almost 3 per cent compared with last year’s figures.
With respect to tariffs for the holiday season, it was recorded an increase of 5 per cent as an average on last year.
Thus, Romanians spent more than 172 million lei on tourist packages for New Year’s Eve all over the country, which is a growth by 11 per cent compared with last year. The top locations this year were Valea Prahovei, Poiana Brasov, Paltinis, Ranca, Straja, Calimanesti, Felix and the traditional rural areas Bran-Moieciu, Maramures, Bucovina.
The Federation also mentioned that the number of Romanians who spent the winter holidays in other countries increased by 8 per cent compared with 2016, and that they spent by 13 per cent more than last year. Most of these tourists opted for resorts where they were able to practice skiing or other winter sports in Austria, France, Italy and Bulgaria.
FPTR specified that the data are approximate and were obtained based on estimated made by the FPTR members and the survey was applied on a significant number of tourist operators.