Romania’s stability in the region, magnet for European tourists

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The arrivals of tourists in accommodation establishments exceeded 4.493 million in the first half of the year, up by 11.6 percent year-on-year, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) informed on Wednesday.

The arrivals of resident tourists represented some 75.7 percent of the total figure in H1, while the arrivals of non-resident tourists represented 24.3 percent, similar to the figures registered in H1 2015.

European tourists held the largest share among the arrivals of non-resident tourists (74.9 percent), and 84.8 percent of them were from EU countries.

Overnight stays in accommodation establishments stood at 9.422 million during the aforementioned period, up by 8.8 percent compared to the similar period of 2015.

Resident tourists’ overnight stays represented 77.4 percent of total overnight stays, while non-resident tourists’ overnight stays represented 22.6 percent. In what concerns the non-resident tourists’ overnight stays, European tourists held the largest share (3.8 percent of total non-resident tourists), and 82.6 percent of them were from EU countries.

The average length of stay was 2.1 days for resident tourists and 1.9 days for non-resident tourists. The net use of accommodation units stood at 25.1 percent in H1 this year, up by 1.4 percent year-on-year. Higher net use levels were registered in the case of hotels (32 percent), villas and hostels (17.2 percent each), boarding homes (16.7 percent) and tourist homes (15.4 percent).

Non-resident tourists came mostly from Germany (119,700), Italy (108,800), Israel (100,400), France (67,000), the United Kingdom (66,000).

The arrivals of non-resident visitors surpassed 4.442 million in H1, up by 12.9 per cent compared to the same period last year. Most were from European countries (93.2 percent), 55.8 percent of European tourists being from EU countries. Of them, most were from Hungary (29.6 percent), Bulgaria (27.8 percent), Germany (8.1 percent), Italy (7.8 percent), Poland (5 percent) and France (3.7 percent).

In terms of outbound tourism, 7.414 million departures were registered in the first half of the year, up by 18.9 percent year-on-year. In terms of modes of transport, road transport was mostly used for departures (69.3 percent).

In June, Romanian accommodation establishments registered 1.025 million arrivals, up by 8.1 percent year-on-year. Of those, 75.9 percent represented the arrivals of resident tourists, while 24.1 percent represented the arrivals of non-resident tourists.