Romanians have become increasingly more interested in premium offers, luxury tours, a trend visible in the demand recorded at the autumn edition of Romania’s Tourism Fair, the President of the National Association of Romanian Travel Agencies (ANAT), Lucia Morariu told Agerpres. ‘Compared to the 2012 edition, there have not been very significant differences in terms of the traffic of the public interested in buying holidays at the fair. The most attractive areas for the tourists seeking exotic destinations are Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya – including a safari, with the charter to Mauritius departing from Bucharest, for the first time offered in Romania – the Dominican Republic and the Seychelles Islands,’ said Lucia Morariu.
On the other hand, the interest of the countries that came with their own stands was to sign partnerships with as many agencies in Romania as possible. ‘I have noticed an increased interest on the part of Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece’s representatives. The sales for Greek destinations increased in Romania by 40 percent in 2013 from 2012, the same as for Bulgarian destinations, which went up by 10 percent,’ the ANAT president added.
The domestic destinations preferred by Romanians for spending winter holidays are Transylvania and Banat (west). ‘Most Romanians will spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the country, with some of them having bought travel packages, and others to stay at their relatives’. What was truly gladdening at this edition, in addition to the new destinations launched, is the way tour-operators presented themselves, how they did their best to stand out, even if that involved additional costs,’ said Morariu.