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Tourist registration system put off

The implementation of the electronic tourist registration system (SIET), originally scheduled for this coming December, is delayed until spring next year, with some modifications likely to be made during this time, proposals  made by tourism company owners’ associations , said Regional Development and Tourism Ministry (MDRT) State Secretary Cristian Barhalescu, according to Mediafax. “The Consultative council has decided to make several tests at hotels, following which we will find the most acceptable way agreed by the industry,, and in January will put a relevant bill before the legislative body,” Barhalescu aid, who added that the testing will be made at hotels in October, November and December. The state secretary also told a press conference that the official occupancy rate in boarding houses stands at 10.4 pc, despite employers’ associations reporting a rate twice as high, with the tourist difference remaining unregistered. He stated that the exact number of tourists who take lodgings paying under the counter is yet to be found. The MDRT official added that the ministry is going to help boarding houses in order to increase the overnight stay from 2.4 to 3-4 nights. Such agreement projects will be financed, which will make tourists to stay several days at boarding houses and will also promote this tourism in Romania and abroad.

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