Sales of travel agencies for the 1 May holiday were higher by 12 percent compared to last year, and 42 percent of the tourists have bought packages for Romanian seaside resorts, according to a release of the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT) sent to Agerpres on Tuesday.
Mamaia and Vama Veche, Valea Prahovei and Baile Felix resorts have attracted most tourists, who bought from travel agencies two-night packages, worth between 135 and 800 lei per person, depending on the hotel they chosen.
The ANAT data reveal that on the seaside, approximately 70-80 percent of hotels were opened on 1 May, and the occupancy rate was 100 percent in Mamaia and Vama Veche, followed by Neptun and Mangalia resorts, the holiday packages being bought in an overwhelming proportion since they were put out for sale.
“Sales for the 1 May holiday were higher by 12 percent compared to last year. A number of 42 percent of tourists who have chosen Romania for their 1 May holiday, purchased packages for the Romanian seaside. Overall, through travel agencies and individual, the seaside attracted on this occasion over 40,000 people.
On the spa segment, the Baile Felix resort recorded most tourists, followed by Calimanesti-Caciulata and Sovata resorts and in Valea Prahovei the occupancy rate was 75-80 percent, the tourists preferred Sinaia and Busteni resorts.
Over 10,000 tourists chose the Bulgarian resorts, the spa resorts in Hungary or European capitals, for three-days vacations, with a value between 120 and 500 euro per person and Antalya, Dubai or Sharm El Sheikh for a week, starting 490 euros per person.
The Romanian seaside is also the main destination for the summer vacation, the ANAT data at the end of Early Booking period revealed a high number of reservations. Overall, the increase of vacations’ sales in Romania and abroad, in the Early Booking period is 30 percent compared to the similar period of last year.
For a vacation at the seaside, as a first this year, the tourists around the country have direct flights to Constanta, which are included in their vacation packages.
“Many of the packages for Romania have been bought in the Early Booking period with vacation vouchers. This year we expect the amount to be higher, around 400 million euros compared to the 10 million euros recorded last year, if the state employees will also receive, starting 1 July, vouchers worth 1,450 lei per person. Therefore, domestic tourism might record an increase of at least 20 percent in 2017,” President of the ANAT Alin Burcea (photo) stated.
In the Early Booking period, most of the reservations for holidays abroad were made for Spain, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy and Portugal, Romanians having at their disposal charter and liner flights from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Arad, Timisoara, Iasi, Suceava and Oradea.
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Around 94,000 tourists spend EUR 3.5 million on 1 May holiday
Around 94,000 tourists have spent this year the 1 May holiday in the country’s rural areas, as well as in various resorts and spas, shelling out as much as EUR 3.5 million, by 20 percent less than in 2015, reads a release by the Romanian Tourism Employers’ Federation (FPTR).
The main attraction of this 1 May holiday was the rural area, as guest houses accommodated more than 40,000 tourists mostly in central Bran, in northeastern Bucovina and northern Maramures.
The Black Sea Romanian seaside was also very looked for, with most of the young tourists choosing Mamaia, because of the various leisure places, followed by the southern Vama Veche, as the second pole of entertainment.
“Out of the data we have received from the hoteliers, this year’s 1 May holiday enjoyed rd 20,000 tourists who have booked at least one night. To this figure add the visitors, in higher numbers than tourists, in general residents of the seaside localities, who never booked in any hotel. The difference between the 20,000 tourists and the inflated numbers of 40,000 or even 70,000 announced by the media is given by the visitors,” the federation’s officials add.
Despite the rainy forecast, rd 18,000 Romanians reserved a vacation at one of the mountain resort’s hotels where they spent for accommodation only approximately 3.25 million lei in a 2- or 3-day stay.
The spas were also looked for, as many as 15,000 Romanians choosing to spend this holiday at certain leisure or health and wellness places around the country,