Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism Constantin-Daniel Cadariu has announced disciplinary investigations at the Tourism Directorate General and suspended the participation in international trade fairs of persons appointed by the ministry who were part of a delegation in charge with Romania’s controversial promotion at a New York travel show.
According to a press statement released by the Tourism Ministry on Tuesday, Romania’s economic attachés in the US will also be called before the disciplinary board.
Regarding the activity of the staff of the Consulate General of Romania in New York, Cadariu asked the Foreign Ministry in writing for a professional conduct analysis of the people involved, considering that they did not report the findings at the Romanian stand and chose to promote a photo that would harm the national image of the country.
“Participation in international travel shows with a country stand will be rethought and taken up by the National Tourist Brand Council (CBTN) and the Tourism Advisory Council (CCT),” the statement says.
Ministry officials say that actions to promote Romania as a destination on foreign markets will be resumed only on the basis of the concepts approved by CBTN and CCT, and until then all participation in international trade fairs will be suspended.
The decision follows discussions at a meeting on Tuesday, April 19 of Cadariu and members of the public and private sectors appointed to the two advisory bodies.
Minister Cadariu called to testify in Parliament over travel show fiasco
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism Daniel Cadariu will be invited to the Committee on Entrepreneurship and Tourism of the Chamber of Deputies to give explanations about Romania’s stand at the New York Travel Show, committee chairman Claudiu Nasui announced on Tuesday.
“Today, I invited Mr Cadariu to the Committee on Entrepreneurship and Tourism to explain how it was possible for Romania to be represented at the New York Travel Show the way it was, namely with a shameful stand that does not represent at all either the potential of Romania or Romania,” MP Nasui of the Save Romania Union (USR) told a news conference at the Parliament House.
According to him, the main problem is the existence of “sinecures” at the ministry, jobs created for party loyalists that pay between 6,000 and 12,000 US dollars per month.
In the opinion of the former economy minister, “those people are paid colossal sums not to do anything from the money of all Romanians.”
He said that during his tenure, there were 52 employees in the ministry who received such emoluments.
According to him, Cadariu has to reorganise Romania’s presence at fairs.
He added that he was waiting for the explanations of the minister of tourism, emphasising that the stands of other countries were actually promoting their destinations and countries.
In his opinion, the money that was spent should be recovered, Agerpres reports.