The over 88,000 Romanian tourists who left to various destinations in Romania on the December 1 mini-holiday spent approximately 9.4 million euro on accommodation and meals, according to an analysis provided by the Romanian Tourism Employer’s Associations Federation (FPTR).
“For the first time after 1989, the domestic city break packages were better sold than those abroad, which shapes a new trend in Romanian tourism. Tourists benefited from the up to 70 percent lower rates than those during the winter holidays and the longer period of days off than in other years. The FPTR centralised data reveal that more than 88,000 Romanians went on holidays in the country in this period, most of them in big cities and in mountain resorts,” according to a release of the organisation.
The average accommodation plus meal spending of Romanian tourists who preferred domestic destinations stood at about 350 lei per stay, up 5 percent from last year. Additional expenses, on transport and leisure, accounted on average for 300 lei per stay, for each tourist.
For the first time in 27 years, the domestic city break packages were better sold than those in European tourist cities. Unlike the years when Romanians chose city breaks in cities in Europe, on the December 1 mini-holiday this year, approximately 39,000 Romanians chose Romanian cities, with the most sought domestic city breaks being in Alba Iulia, Sibiu, Brasov and Cluj Napoca. The offers for the December 1 holiday had rates ranging between 359 and 8000 lei per person.
According to FPTR, balneal resort stays are more expensive than those in the mountain areas, as the service range is wider, including access to the spa centres. The 28,000 tourists benefited from 3 nights bed and breakfast and spa access special offers. Rates stood at 300 – 865 lei, depending on the category.
In respect to mountain tourism, the occupancy rate in traditional mountain resorts (on Prahova Valley, Poiana Brasov) stood at 80-90 percent these days, with over 20,000 tourists having chosen the mountain destinations at rates between 270 and 500 lei per person for 3 nights BB and a Romanian traditional dinner on the evening of December 1. Bran and Busteni recorded the lowest rates.
The data are approximate and were obtained based on FPTR members’ estimations and survey conducted on a significant number of tourist operators.