The over 155,000 Romanians who have spent the winter holidays in the country and abroad have spent almost 36 million euro, according to estimates by the Romanian Tourism Employers’ Federation (FPTR).
Over 147,000 Romanians have spent the New Year’s holiday in the country’s resorts, down by 3.5pct against 2014, and spending rd 140 million lei, down by 1.5pct than in the past year.
Some 8,200 Romanians have travelled abroad through tourism agencies to spend their winter holidays, down by 5pct against 2014, and have spent only for the tourist services 4.8 million euro, which is almost even to the sum spent in 2014, says the FPTR in a release sent on Sunday to Agerpres.
The highest number of places sold is recorded by the rural tourism, with 52,000 tourists in guest houses, yet by 8pct lower than in 2014.
In the mountain areas, 36,000 people have opted for the winter holidays, down by 2pct against 2014.
For the New Year’s Eve offers in the big cities of Romania have paid over 30,000 persons, down by 5pct against 2014.
Tariffs during the winter holidays have went up by 5pct against 2014..
Valea Prahovei, Poiana Brasov, Paltinis, Ranca, Straja, Calimanesti, Felix and the traditional rural areas of Bran-Moieciu, Maramures and Bucovina were the most wanted areas.
The 8,180 tourists who opted for a winter holiday abroad have spent by 1.4pct more than in 2014, most of them having bought packages for ski and winter sports destinations in Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia and Bulgaria.
The FPTR finds that new destinations, such as Bahamas, Jamaica, Australia, South Africa, Vietnam and Dubai have emerged. The Romanians have manifested a growing interest in the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Maldives, the Republic of Mauritius, Mexico and Brazil.
In the end, the FPTR says that in the next period, prices will go down by 30-50oct.