More than 20,000 Israeli tourists visited Romania last year, up 8 pc, according to officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Regional Development (MDRT), with mountain, health resorts and casinos being the main attractions, Mediafax reports. The most sought-after travel packages are the six or seven-night stays, which are priced at EUR 650-750/person. “Compared to past years, when Israeli visitors consisted mainly of older people whose parents had been born in Romania, the number of younger tourists has been on the increase lately. Jeep, bicycle and snowmobile walks are most in demand,” Marian Schwartz, director Rina Hotel Sinaia said, who attended the International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Tel Aviv, Feb 14-15, where Romania opened a tourist stand. Romania’s Ambassador to Israel, Edward Iosiper said that there are circa 300,000 ethnic Romanians living in Israel.