The number of foreign tourists who visited Romania in May this year was four times higher than in the same period last year, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Daniel Cadariu, told a press conference on Tuesday.
“According to reports for May, made public earlier this month, the number of foreign tourists increased almost fourfold in May 2022 compared to May 2021, up to 142,000 compared to 37,000 the number of foreign tourists recorded last year in the same period,” the minister said.
In 2019, when it was the peak year of tourism, we had 10.2 million Romanian tourists and 2.7 million foreigners. In 2021, after the pandemic, there were 8.4 million Romanian tourists and 840,000 foreign tourists recorded.
“The Ministry has started two programmes: the first one is meant to stimulate the tour operators to carry out this kind of incoming activity, by awarding the foreign tourists coming to our country and, the second one, we discussed with the Association of Spas, the Employers’ Organization of Spa Tourism, so that, together with our commercial attaches in some of Europe’s target countries, usually those countries where pensioners have high pensions and a culture of spending holidays abroad, to look for solutions to conclude agreements that will ensure an influx of foreign tourists in the area of spa tourism. This is the type of tourism that works throughout the year,” the high official explained.
Also, the Ministry plans to promote Romania abroad with the help of influencers, by conducting online and TV campaigns in two target countries, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as by launching a dedicated portal.
Asked about the huge prices in some restaurants, Cadariu said: “We are in a market economy and the law of supply and demand should work. More than likely, where there are exaggerations, customers will react. On the other hand, we all see the international reality right now: economic crisis, post-pandemic recovery, increases in utility prices, so these are also explanations for the higher prices, at least compared to the same period last year.”
Regarding the situation in which a tourist was asked to pay 200 lei to place his sheet in a certain area on a beach, the Minister specified that such a price is unacceptable.
Number of Danube Delta tourists, down more than 25pct annually
The number of people who visited the Danube Delta in the first five months of 2022 is about 27% lower than in the same period in 2021 because of rising prices and the Ukraine war, the Danube Delta Tourist Destination Management Association (AMDTDD) reported on Tuesday.
Whereas in the first five months of 2021 there were 59,119 tourists in the Delta, in the same period of 2022 the number of visitors was 42,735, down 27%.
“We are encouraging tourists to visit the Danube Delta, a unique place in the world, where the hospitality industry has been constantly prepared to receive tourists for responsible, slow, visiting tourism, harmoniously combined with biodiversity, multiculturalism, traditions and local cuisine,” says AMDTDD Chairman Catalin Tibuleac.
According to AMDTDD, the Danube Delta is the ideal destination for tourists who want a holiday in the open and who appreciate local cuisine and traditions.
“The Danube Delta is currently a safe destination, with all the alarmist rumours, being one of the most isolated, unique and protected tourist areas in Romania, where tourists can spend unforgettable outdoor holidays taking into account the recreational activities specific to deltaic tourism: fishing, open-boat cruising, kayaking and canoeing, cycling, birdwatching and last but not least, going to wild, undeveloped, less populated beaches.”
Compiled from Agerpres