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Foreign tourists visiting Romania have spent over EUR 1 bln in the first 9 months of 2018

2.21 million foreign tourists have visited Romania in the first nine months of this year, spending RON 5.24 billion (EUR 1.12 billion), 12% more than in the same period in 2017, according to the latest data provided by the National Institute of Statistics.

During 1.I – 30.IX.2018, the number of non-residents in collective tourist accommodation structures was 2211.7 thousands and their total expenditure amounted to 5236.6 million lei,” reads the INS press release.

In Q3 2018, the main reason of the non-resident tourists’ stay in Romania was: business, attending congresses, conferences, courses, fairs and exhibitions (53.1% of the total number of non-resident tourists), their expenditure accounting for 60.3% of the total expenditure. The second reason of the non-resident tourists’ stay in Romania was the travels for private purposes (46.9% of the total number of non-resident tourists), out of which the holiday travel coming into prominence (66.6%). The travels for private purposes include travels for holidays, shopping, sports and cultural events, visits to friends and relatives, medical treatment, religion, transit and other activities.

Of the total business expenditure, the greatest weight is represented by the accommodation expenditure (51.4%), the accommodation with breakfast included being preferred (92.6%). The expenditure of non-resident tourists with restaurants and bars was 17.5% and that for shopping 13.3%. Of the total expenditure for shopping, 43.2% represented the expenses for purchasing food and beverages, followed by expenses for purchasing presents and souvenirs 33.3%. The expenses with car rentals had a weight of 48.9% of the total expenditure for transport, while the expenditure for purchasing tickets for amusement parks, fairs, casinos, slots halls accounted for 37.3% of the total expenditure for recreation.

Out of the total non-resident tourists arrived in Romania, 47.0% had their stay organised by travel agencies and 35.0% had organized their stay by themselves.

The main means of transportation used by the non-resident tourists arriving in Romania was the plane (77.9% of the total number of tourists). 10.9% of the total number of tourists used their own cars, followed by coaches and buses used by 9.6%, while 1.6% used other means of transportation (train, riverboats, car rentals, motorcycles etc.).

During 1.I – 30.IX.2018, the main reason of the non-resident tourists’ stay in Romania was: business, attending congresses, conferences, courses, fairs and exhibitions (57.3% of the total number of nonresident tourists), their expenditure accounting for 60.8% of the total expenditure.

The second reason of the non-resident tourists’ stay in Romania was the travels for private purposes (42.7% of the total number of non-resident tourists), out of which the holiday travel coming into prominence (67.6%). The travels for private purposes include travels for holidays, shopping, sports and cultural events, visits to friends and relatives, medical treatment, religion, transit and other activities.

Of the total business expenditure, the greatest weight is represented by the accommodation expenditure (52.2%), the accommodation with breakfast included being preferred (91.2%). The expenditure of non-resident tourists with restaurants and bars was 17.3% and that for shopping 12.6%. Of the total expenditure for shopping, 39.4% represented the expenses for purchasing food and beverages, followed by expenses for purchasing presents and souvenirs 36.8%. The expenses with car rentals had a weight of 49.2% of the total expenditure for transport, while the expenditure for purchasing tickets for amusement parks, fairs, casinos, slots halls accounted for 39.5% of the total expenditure for recreation.
Out of the total non-resident tourists arrived in Romania, 48.9% had their stay organised by travel agencies and 33.8% had organized their stay by themselves. The main means of transportation used by the non-resident tourists arriving in Romania was the plane (79.5% of the total number of tourists). 11.2% of the total number of tourists used their own cars, followed by coaches and buses used by 7.7%, while 1.6% used other means of transportation (train, riverboats, car rentals, motorcycles etc.).

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