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Tourism associations decide to return to Romexpo

The tourism associations’ plan of getting involved in developing the industry is welcomed, Minister Cristian Petrescu stated.

Regional Development and Tourism Minister Cristian Petrescu stated yesterday at the opening of Romania’s Tourism Exhibition that he is witnessing a historic moment because tourism associations have decided to return to the Romexpo Exhibition Centre. “The presence of all tourism actors gladdens me because there have been several exhibitions in recent years and it would have been a pity to divide this effort,” Petrescu underlined. He also stated that the tourism associations’ plan of getting involved in developing the tourism industry is welcomed. “The entire industry relies on employers’ associations and less on authorities. The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism however has the necessary programmes and strategies and will implement them. We have to complete them. Any of their contributions is welcomed, especially since tourism is a priority domain in the economy,” the Minister added. In her turn, Corina Martin, President of the National Association of Tourism Agencies, stated during the same ceremony that the employers’ associations will continue “to harass” authorities until good results are seen in tourism. “The force of tourism resides in tourism agencies that promote tourism destinations both in the country and abroad,” she added. Minister Cristian Petrescu also stated that the all-inclusive system could be practiced in Romania if tourist accommodation units are adapted to it. “I don’t prefer all-inclusive because I like diversity. But that doesn’t mean others do not practice this type of tourism,” Petrescu concluded. Mohammad Murad, President of the Federation of Employers’ Associations in Romanian Tourism, considers that all-inclusive services are “at the end of their career.”The 27th edition of Romania’s Tourism Exhibition has attracted over 200 participants and spans a total surface of 15,000 square meters. The event is dedicated both to professionals and to the wide public interested in travels, holidays and recreational programmes. 28 countries are represented in the event through tourism companies, tourism agencies, tour operators, hotels and boarding homes, insurance agencies, banks, congress organizers and business tourism, employers’ associations, professional associations, publishing houses and cultural institutions. The exhibition is open on March 15-17 from 10 AM to 6 PM and on March 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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