Tourism is a priority sector in Romania, and the current Government has taken concrete steps that have led to its substantial growth, Deputy Prime Minister Viorel Stefan said on Thursday at the opening of the 41st edition of Romania’s Tourism Fair (TTR).
“The current Government has taken the concrete measures that have led to a substantial increase in this sector – holiday vouchers, a 5pct VAT reduction, and the creation of a Special Investment Fund to support the spa sector. (…) We have seen that the measure of granting holiday vouchers has materialized in a support of 400 million euro for the industry, and the Ministry of Tourism has a generous budget this year,” Stefan said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that due to the positive effects, the Government will maintain the granting of holiday vouchers in the years 2019 and 2020.
The Government of Romania has also adopted the Emergency Ordinance on the establishment of measures for the financing of investments in tourism. According to the normative act, investments in tourism can be funded for a period of up to 4 years, with the possibility of extension for another 2 years.
“The introduction of the multi-annual budget was more than necessary, given that we want to develop long-term tourism. With this ordinance, we have proven the commitment of the Romanian Government to the support of the Romanian industry. The investment in tourism requires a long period of time so that this legislative change is a direct help given to the local authorities who plan to develop tourism infrastructure projects,” Tourism Minister Bogdan Trif said in his turn.
He said the Tourism Ministry’s investment budget is 600pct higher in 2019 compared to last year.
On the occasion of Romania’s Tourism Fair, Romania and Moldova launched the “Route of the Ruler Stephen the Great and the Holy”, the newest cultural tourism project developed in partnership by the Agency for Investment of the Republic of Moldova and the Romanian Ministry of Tourism.
“This will cross several vine-growing areas and localities in both countries, and the route will also be presented on the international markets, and we expect it to be visited by tourists from Japan, China and Israel. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting the Republic of Moldova, chosen in 2018 by National Geographic, Lonely Planet and New York Post as one of the top 10 global destinations,” said the Executive Director of the Investment Agency of the Republic of Moldova, Rodica Verbeniuc.
Ambassador Jabu Mbalula: Around 2,000 Romanian tourists in South Africa, in 2018
About 2,000 Romanian tourists visited South Africa in 2018, said on Thursday Jabu Mbalula, Ambassador of this country in Bucharest.
Our offer for tourists who want to visit South Africa is very varied, the tourism strategy is well developed and well diversified. (…) Last year, the number of Romanian tourists visiting South Africa was just over 2,000, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa told AGERPRES, at the opening of his country stand at the Tourism Fair, the spring edition.
He noted that among the attractions of South Africa, there is remarkable biodiversity – there are 800 bird species and 5.8 percent of the Planet’s mammals. South Africa has 21 national parks, 1,333 natural reserves and 8 sites of UNESCO World Heritage.
Among the attractions of South Africa I can mention ethnographic diversity, people are very welcoming and friendly, the fauna can be found in safaris, towns, and especially a street with the homes of two Nobel laureates of South Africa – Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the ambassador said.
He mentioned that South Africa also has a “very complex strategy that deals with South Africans’ visits to Romania. According to him, in April last year, a workshop was organized in Romania with the participation of travel agencies. It was an interactive meeting, in which we presented our offer to the Romanian agencies and so did they, in order to facilitate the best possible exchange of tourists, said the South African diplomat.
Tourists from Israel to Romania, second in number after Germans, says Ambassador Saranga
The tourists from Israel visiting Romania are second in number after those from Germany, with as many as 60 flights per week between Romania and Israel, the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Romania, David Saranga said in the opening of the Tourism Fair’s spring edition in Bucharest.
If in the past tourists who came to Israel were on a pilgrimage, now we can see young tourists coming, too. I am born in Tel Aviv, I grew up in Tel Aviv and still live in Tel Aviv. So, I cannot be that unbiased, but if anyone comes to Israel and sees on the one side the modern world, the modern Tel Aviv, the first Jewish city that was built after the Jews returned to their country, on the other side they can see tradition, a more than 3,000-year-old tradition of connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. This combination is a very significant fact when it comes to the tourism in Israel, the ambassador stressed.
Attending the event was Ami Allon, Director for Central and Southern Europe at the Israel Ministry of Tourism, who said that the number of Romanian tourists in Israel reached 110k last year.
We have a lot of opportunities to come to Israel from six cities of Romania. One of the most important thing we are doing this year, we are going to commence a very strong collaboration with perhaps one of the most important tourism agencies in Romania – Christian Tour. It is paramount to us to work with a tour-operator in Romania so we can increase the number of tourists visiting Israel, Ami Allon added.