Italian, German, Israeli tourists top arrivals in Romania in early 2015

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Compared to January 2014, both touristic arrivals and overnight stays increased by 17.1 percent and 17.7 percent respectively in January 2015. Compared to January 2014, in January 2015, customs registered an 18.5 pc increase in both the arrivals of foreign visitors and an 19.7 pc rise in the departures abroad of the Romanian visitors, the National Institute of Statistics reported on Tuesday.

The arrivals in the establishments of tourists’ reception amounted to 498, 000 in January 2015, 17.1 percent more compared to January 2014.

In January 2015, the arrivals of the Romanian tourists in the establishments of tourists’ reception with functions of tourists’ accommodation were 79.1 percent of the total arrivals, while the foreign tourists were 20.9 percent.

As to the arrivals of the foreign tourists in the establishments of tourists’ reception, the highest weight had those coming from Europe (77.1 percent of the total of foreign tourists) and 78.1 percent of them came from European Union Member States.

In January 2015, the overnight stays in the establishments of tourists’ reception amounted to 988, 000, 17.7 percent more compared to the same month of 2014.

The Romanian tourists’ overnight stays in the establishments of tourists’ reception with functions of tourists’ accommodation were 77.6 percent of the total overnight stays in the first month of this year, while the foreign tourists’ overnight stays were 22.4 percent. As to the overnight stays in the establishments of tourists’ reception, the highest weight had those coming from Europe (76.4 percent of the total of foreign tourists) and 72.0 percent of them came from European Union Member States.

In January 2015, the average time of stay was 1.9 days for Romanian tourists, while for the foreign tourists it was 2.1 days.

The most preferred accommodation locations in January this year were hotels (22.1 percent), tourist villas (14.4 percent) and tourist boarding-houses (13.1 percent).

The most arrivals of foreign tourists accommodated in the establishments of tourists’ reception were from Italy (12,600), Germany (10, 600), Israel (10,100), Republic of Moldova (7,800), France (6,900) and Great Britain (6,100).

In January 2015, the arrivals of foreign visitors to Romania, according to customs, amounted to 537,800, 18.6 percent more compared to January 2014. Most of the foreign visitors came from European countries (94.4 percent). 58.1 percent of the total arrivals of the foreign visitors to Romania were from European Union Member States, out of which the most arrivals were from Hungary (31.7pc), Bulgaria (31.5pc), Italy (7.0pc), Germany (6.8pc), Poland (4.8pc) and Austria (3.0pc).

In January 2015, the departures of Romanian visitors abroad, according to customs, amounted to 104,920, 19.7 pc more compared to January 2014 The Romanian visitors abroad mostly used the means of road transport, with 78.2 percent of the total departures.

Bucharest, county Capital cities rank first on show places

Most of the tourists had Bucharest and county Capital cities as main preferred travel destinations (47 percent) in the first month of 2015, however in decline compared to January 2014 (49.4 percent).

Mountain resorts climbed in tourists’ choices in January 2015 (26.3 percent) compared to January 2014 (22.7 percent).

Other cities and tourist routes rank third in January this year with 17.6 percent, while 8.3 percent of the tourist turned to spa resorts, a slight increase compared to January last year (7.4 percent).

Bucharest and county Capital cities were preferred also by foreign tourists in January- 80 percent, quite an overwhelming percentage and pretty equal to that of last year (79.7 percent in January 2014).

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