More than half of Romania’s hotel rooms – over 50,000 – were mothballed during these last years, because of the crisis, and 5,000 chambermaids were fired, the president of the Romanian Federation of Tourism Employers (FPTR), Mohammad Murad announced. Romanian hotels cumulate 180,000 classified places which have 100,000 rooms, he added. According to the FPTR official, if a hotel that owes money to the bank has an occupancy rate under 30 pc, it starts losing money. If not indebted, it can sustain an occupancy rate of maximum 25 pc. “We proposed the Tourism Ministry a set of very clear measures. If needed, the employers’ associations will resort to founding a SMURD for tourism,” Mohammad Murad mentioned for Mediafax.However, every time employers propose a measure that would be beneficial on short and medium term both to operators and the state, they are told that it would be hard to enforce and the IMF opposes it. In order to achieve recovery in tourism, FPTR demands that the VAT for food is lowered from 24 pc to 9 pc, the tax exemption of reinvested profit and the re-enforcement of holiday tickets.In his turn, the minister of Regional Development and Tourism, Eduard Hellvig said during the opening conference of the Tourism Fair of Romania, organised on November 15-18 at the Romexpo complex of Bucharest, that he wants Romanian tourism to be promoted through a NGO-type public-private partnership, based on the German model, starting next year.The autumn edition of the Tourism Fair started yesterday at Romexpo. Participants mainly present ski offers in Romania and abroad, as well as exotic destinations in full season, according to HotNews.ro. Visitors can also buy holiday packages for the spring and even summer of 2013, at significant discounts that may reach 35 pc.