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Eleven-month arrivals in tourist accommodation establishments up 10.5 pct YoY

Arrivals in Romania’s tourist accommodation establishments between January – November 2016 were 10.5 pct higher YoY, standing at over 10.208 million, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced in a release.

“Of the total number of arrivals in hospitality facilities over Jan. 1 – Nov. 30, 2016, Romanian tourists accounted for 77.2 pct, while foreign tourists accounted for the rest of 22.8 pct; both figures are close to those registered in the similar period of the year before. Most foreign visitors came from European countries (74.9 pct of the total) and of these, 85.5 pct were from EU countries,” INS said.

Overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities totaled over 23.848 million, up by 7.9 pct from Jan. 1 – Nov. 30, 2015.

Romanian tourists accounted for 81 pct of the total number of overnight stays at tourist accommodation facilities, while the foreign tourists’ overnight stays were 19 pct of the total. Visitors from Europe accounted for the highest share of foreign tourists’ overnight stays in accommodation facilities (73.3 pct of the total foreign tourists) and of these, visitors from EU countries represented 83.8 percent. The average stay between January 1 – November 30, 2016 was 2.5 days for Romanian tourists and 1.9 days for foreign tourists,” INS informs.

The net occupancy rate of accommodation places in the said period was 31.4 percent overall, by 2 percent higher than in the similar period of the year before. The net occupancy rate was 39.7 percent for hotels, 26.1 percent for ships, 24.5 percent for tourist villas and 23.2 percent for bungalows.

Of the total number of foreign tourists who checked in with Romanian tourist accommodation establishments, 267,500 came from Germany; 231,800 from Israel; 217,300 from Italy; 133,100 from the UK; and 136,900 from France.

There were 9.486 ml incoming foreign visitors registered at border checkpoints between Jan. 1 – Nov. 30, 2016, up 10.1 percent compared to the similar period of the year before.

Most foreign visitors came from European countries (93 pct), with the EU accounting for 54.1 percent of the total arrivals to Romania. The EU countries providing most visitors were Hungary (28.3 percent), Bulgaria (27.4 percent), Germany (8.5 percent), Italy (7.6 percent), Poland (5.6 percent) and France (3.7 percent).

Departures of Romanian visitors abroad over January – November 2016 stood at 15.015 million, up 24.5 percent YoY, with 69 percent thereof using road transport for the trip.

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