Romania sees inbound tourism rise

Turnover at coastal resorts doubles in five years
Little-known compared to its popular counterpart in Bulgaria, seaside tourism in Romania has doubled its turnover in the last five years to exceed RON1.5 billion (€328.9 million) this year.
Most foreign visitors in Romania are business travellers, but the leisure sector is benefiting from growing domestic tourism, made easier with greater investment in infrastructure such as the recent completion of a highway linking Bucharest with Constanta.
“Most accommodation units report a fully booked season,” say analysts at the consultancy Keysfin. “Increasing population disposable income, higher standards of living, improved payment facilities, all these conditions are met so that 2017 would most probably be the best year in the last decade for Romanian tourism.”
There are around 900 accommodation units at the Romanian coast, including 335 hotels, 243 villas, 164 bungalows, 31 bed and breakfast and 56 hostels. Seaside business has significantly increased in recent years, from RON801.2 million in 2012 to RON1.33 billion in 2016.
But Romanian tourism is still far below its potential, Keysfin says. Romania is ranked last in the EU for the share of tourism income in GDP.
bne IntelliNews


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