The Russian tourists who give up to travelling to Turkey or Egypt will come to Romania with a culture of the services from such countries, Bulgaria included, and we cannot afford to lose competition to those, National Authority for Tourism (ANT) President Anca Pavel-Nedea (photo) said in a specialty conference on Monday.
‘From the tourist point of view, Romania is not allowed to lose opportunities anymore, such as the Russian Federation’s market. Apart from Moscow, there are 15 million possible Russian tourists who might reach Romania, too. We should take advantage from the current context now, because later we’ll have no chances. Such a conjuncture wouldn’t last too long. We could bring in over the following two, three years – gradually and professionally incrementing – up to 100,000 Russian tourists per year,’ Pavel-Nedea mentioned.
Currently, the Russian tourist circulation on Romania’s territory counts for approximately 24,000 persons, and the ANT head said her institution will grant support for the industry’s representatives to do business on the Russian market.
‘We must speculate this moment. We must create a high pressure on the services’ demand from the Russian side. The Russian Federation is the world’s fourth tourist market. The demand was complete, at the official meeting in Moscow with the industry’s representatives. Starting with the spa, seaside, tours, MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events]. We must prepare our Russian speakers, the more so as the tour segment could attract many high-income Russians,’ said Gheorghe Fodoreanu, member of the incoming committee with the National Tourism Agencies’ Association of Romania (ANAT).
According to him, Romania currently has only 15 authorized guides in Russian, but it could draw students from the Republic of Moldova to get specialised.
The ANT and the ANAT have organized an official delegation to Moscow in January 27 through 29, including 20 Romanian tour-operators specialized in incoming.