Mountain hotels without tourists

Mountain resort hotel occupancy rate has fallen by approximately 20 per cent in H1 this year and, in the last few weeks, except week-ends, there are days when the hotels have no guests at all, FIHR Secretary General Mihai Rajnita said, according to Mediafax.

“The situation is very bad in the mountain resorts during this period. Prahova Valley has turned into the Valley of Sorrows. There are week days when not a single guest walks into those mountain hotels,” the official representing the Federation of Hospitality Industry of Romania (FIHR) said. He added that, in the first six months, although hotel rates had been smaller compared to the previous year’s, mountain hotel occupancy rate has fallen compared to 2009, being at about 20 per cent. Dan Malusel, owner of the Ursuletul Hotel in Predeal and manager of local The Office discotheque, says Predeal hotel booking rate is next to zero on weekdays. “There are no tourists in the mountains right now. One possible cause is the rainy weather, but it’s also happening because people have run out of money,” Malusel said. Piatra Craiului Hotel owner Liviu Cocos also says the number of tourists has suffered important downward corrections since last year. “Tourists are still coming, but only at the week-ends. While last year we had about 6 per cent foreign guests, their number has halved in the meantime,” he added. Cabana Vanatorilor hotel&restaurant owner Stefan Bercea thinks a factor contributing to the decrease in the number of tourists is also the lack of leisure opportunities offered by mountain resorts. Representatives of the hospitality industry say more and more hotels and guest houses in the mountains have been put up for sale but there is a shortage of interested buyers.

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