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February 24, 2021

Romania not yet ready for decentralization of tourism classification, authorization

The tourism decentralization strategy drafted by the Department for SMEs, Business Environment and Tourism (DIMMMAT) is unwelcome, as it would be a change with no benefit for the industry development, the founding president of the National Association for Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism ANTREC Maria Stoian told Agerpres.

‘Thus, the classification and authorization would not be uniform, which would result in subjective appreciations and differences between counties. Also, local authorities do not have qualified staff for such activities in the tourist industry. Currently, tourism has other priorities, so ANTREC and the other tourist business associations oppose this change,’ she said.

According to the strategy draft, local public authorities should take over the issuing of classification certificates for accommodation facilities and catering, ski slopes and trails, beaches and nautical leisure equipment, and of special authorization and tourism permits from the National Authority for Tourism.

DIMMMAT intends to implement decentralization in tourism over 20142016, transferring some of its current competencies to local public administration, while maintaining the principles, rules and criteria stipulated by the laws in force for supporting local communities, adapting tourist operations to the development needs, and efficiently using tourist resources


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