The minister of Regional Development and Tourism, Elena Udrea, and the Brasov mayor Gheorghe Scripcaru inaugurated on Monday the largest ski area in the country, set up in Poiana Brasov and amounting to a total EUR 25 M, plus VAT, Mediafax reports. The “Drumul Rosu” ski slope is 5.33 km-long. The minister congratulated Mayor Gheorghe Scripcaru on having completed the project in eight months, rather than 24 months, as the project initially stipulated.
Udrea further argued that, when she was appointed at the helm of the Tourism Ministry, “nobody took tourism or the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) seriously, as tourism was seen as something rather eccentric, which people turn to only there’s nothing better to do”. “Nobody thought an Olympic festival, be it even a youth one, will be held in Romania,” Udrea added.
The Tourism Minister stated that the tourism sector had reported a 17 pc-growth in 2011 compared to 2010 and that Romanian tourism has been a topic of interest for three years now, further saying “it’s a great thing people speak appreciatively of it”. “If we continue what we’ve initiated in terms of promotion, investments, public-private partnerships and involvement from the Executive, local budgets will reap the benefits,” the minister added.
The cost of the project titled “The Development and Rehabilitation of the Poiana Brasov Ski Area” amounts to over EUR 28.4 M and is funded by the Romanian Government, via the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, within the “Ski in Romania” programme run in partnership with the Brasov Mayor’s Office. The slopes in Poiana Brasov add up to a total length of 24 kilometres and a total area of 85 hectares.