Politicians took advantage of the Easter holidays to raise their public profile.
Despite the rainy weather casting a shadow on this year’s Easter holidays, Romanians spent their mini-vacations traveling to various resorts, most of them opting for mountain resorts and rural inns, and some choosing the Bulgarian seaside. Politicians also outdid themselves in enhancing their public profile by sharing family pictures and giving an account of their Easter practices. President Basescu posted pictures on Facebook of his granddaughter and him toasting red-painted eggs, while Elena Udrea shared images of her kneading Easter cake and decorating eggs on her Facebook page.
President Traian Basescu sent a message on Saturday to Romanians wishing them good health and the fulfilment of their aspirations for a prosperous life and a better future. ‘(…) I wish you all good health, the fulfilment of your aspirations for a prosperous life, for a better future, which we can build together, based on the values we believe in, and on which we should continuously meditate to be able to assume them as guidelines for our actions. Happy holidays, and may Easter be illuminated by the joy of Resurrection!’ the head of state wrote in his message.
Other politicians such as Emil Boc, mayor of Cluj, PNL leader Crin Antonescu, and PSD Senator Mircea Geoana also opted for Facebook as a means of sending best wishes to their voters. In a video message, Geoana wished Romanians love, peace and quiet, affluence, and harmony, and urged them to keep in mind that love, faith, and patriotism are what unite them. Crin Antonescu affirmed that he wishes that ‘we all find the power to hope, that is to ‘rise up’ a little every day’ (editor’s note – the Romanian word for resurrection carries the alternate sense of reinvigoration). Romanian Internal Affairs Minister Gabriel Oprea also sent an Easter message on Sunday to the ministry staff serving in the operation theatres and international missions. ‘You are the people who deserve full appreciation and the respect of our country (…) I wish you to enjoy the fruit of your work, the feeling of security you see in the eyes of your fellowmen and the light that all the efforts and sacrifice you make bring to our society!’, a release to Agerpres on Sunday quotes Oprea as saying.
About 2,850 police officers were deployed in Bucharest for action over April 19-21 to make sure that a calm public climate is maintained and over 400 firemen carried out missions to prevent, monitor and manage emergency situations inside Bucharest-based worship places.
National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa on Friday sent a message to all the Romanian troops, particularly those on missions in the operation theatres, underscoring they are doing their duty to the country in an exemplary manner.
Some 70,000 tourists pick countryside hostels as Easter Holiday rural retreats
About 70,000 tourists chose countryside hostels for spending Easter Holiday this year, show estimates by the National Association of Rural Ecological and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC). Topping visitor demand are the regions of Maramures, Neamt, Brasov County (Bran-Moeciu, Fundata, Rasnov) and northern Oltenia, with rural hospitality facilities in each of these destinations boasting an occupancy rate of over 80 percent. Other popular destinations were areas like Marginimea Sibiului, the Apuseni Mountains (Albac, Arieseni), the Danube Delta and the Danube Gorge (Dubova, Eselnita). Many vacationers spent more than 3 nights in hostels in remote or isolated regions such as Maramures, Neamt or the Danube Delta, with sub-mountain areas highest in demand. Yet, according to an analysis of the Romanian Tourism Patronate Federation, Romanians spending Easters in resorts saved half of the money they were intending to spend because of the bad, rainy weather.
Most of the foreign visitors who came to Romania during Easter Holiday also chose rural tourism. For instance, Bihor County welcomed this year many Hungarians and Poles (given that the Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants celebrate Easter concurrently), whereas French, Italian, and British tourists preferred the Maramures region.