Over 166,000 Romanian tourists have spent their New Year’s Eve in the winter resorts in the country, 4.5% more than in 2017, spending over EUR 40 million, 8.5% more compared to the previous New Year’s Eve, according to the Federation of the Romanian Tourism Employers.
“As every year, Romania remains the main holiday option for the Romanian tourists. The affordable accommodation fees, cheaper meals than abroad and the holiday vouchers granted by the state have increased the number of Romanians spending the winter holidays in the mountain resorts year by year. On the other hand, a growing number of foreigners started considering Romania as a tourist destination for the New Year’s Eve“, said Dragoş Răducan, executive first vice-president of the Federation.
As usual, the traditional destinations have been most sought-after, meaning the pensions in the countryside (57,000 tourists spending the New Year’s Eve there). The longest stays, up to five nights, have been also reported in the countryside’s houses.
Over 28,000 Romanian have spent the winter holidays in the spa resorts, just like last year. An increase has been reported this year in the mountain areas, where 37,000 people spent the New Year’s Eve vacation, 2.7% more as against 2017.
However, the highest increase has been registered for the New Year’s Eve offers of the hotels in the big cities, where over 42,000 people have paid a package of minimum 2 nights, on the rise by 16.5% as against the previous year. Rises have been reported in the Danube Delta, but also on the seaside.
As for the fees charged during the New Year’s Eve vacation, they have been up by 4 percent, however way below the overall increase of the salaries and utilities in the tourism industry, which saw rise up to 25% in 2018. The gap has been compensated by the VAT decline, but particularly by the decrease of the hotels’ profit.
Overall, Romanians have spent over RON 187.5 million (EUR 40 million) on the New Year’s Eve vacation in Romania, with the most sought-after destinations being Prahova Valley, Poiana Braşov, Păltiniş, Rânca, Strajă, Călimăneşti, Felix, but also the traditional Bran-Moieciu, Maramureş, Bucovina areas.
Romanians who chose to spend their winter holidays abroad have opted for the ski and winter sports resorts in Austria, Italy, France or Bulgaria, city-break in European cities or far-away exotic destinations. Yet, the number of Romanians spending the winter holiday abroad has been down by around 5 percent as against 2017. They have spent EUR 6.1 million, just like last year.