Tourism in Romania

As a sight on the touristic world map, Romania is a country with a remarkable potential. Its characteristic biodiversity it’s the main reason to be a tourist in Romania: the flora, fauna and varied relief can satisfy the most varied tastes of the most pretentious travelers searching the new. The nature remained alive, wild, unpolluted, offering peaceful oases in the broil of contemporary life. Moreover the varied relief offers destinations for all seasons and the friendly and hospitable people transform every stay in a real delight. Not only the nature remained unmodified, but also the traditions and old habits, which still accompany the Romanian’s life, especially in the rural areas. All this along with the rich cultural and artistic life and the enviable culinary attraction, turn Romania
in one of the most interesting spots on the European touristic map.

The main sights in Romania are: the country’s capital (Bucharest), The Black Sea Beach with its stations (Mamaia, Eforie Nord, Neptun etc.), The Danube Delta, The Carpathians, especially Prahovei Valley and Poiana Brasov (the most visited  mountain areas), Bucovina (situated in the North of Moldavia) with its famous monasteries and churches, whose exterior paintings  (dating from the 16th century ) were declared UNESCO patrimony, Maramures, the South of Transilvania, including Hateg region and the surrounding areas (the cradle of the Dacian civilization) and the North of Oltenia.

Beside these touristic areas, in Romania there are many other touristic centers, towns and health resorts. They include the towns with medieval artifacts: Iasi (Moldavia’s old capital), Cluj-Napoca (the most important city of medieval Transilvania), Timisoara (multi-ethnical and multi-cultural city in Banat), Brasov, Targiviste (Muntenia’s capital before Bucharest), Sibiu, Sighisoara etc.

The Danube at the Iron Gates (Portile de Fier), Fagaras Mountain (the most spectacular alpine relief in Romania) or the Retezat National Park from The Meridional Carpathians delight the visitor with their unique beauty.

The historical places, loaded with legends and mystery, are attractions points for the foreigner tourists and not only. (E.g. Dracula’s legend)
The tourists’ accommodation network includes approximately 3000 accommodation units with a total of 290000 accommodation places. Of these there are approximately 900 hotels and motels with about 170000 accommodation places. The tourism service privatization is in full development; only one out of six hotels is private.

The entrances registered in the touristic accommodation units in January 2007 summed up 358, 5 thousands, with 8, 6% more than those in January 2006.
The net usage index of the accommodation places in January 2007 was 21, 9% of the total touristic structures, with 1, 3% more than in January 2006.
The arrivals of foreigner visitors in Romania, registered at the border, counted 339, 4 thousands in January 2007, with 0,5 % more compared to January 2006. Most of the foreigner visitors come from European countries (93, 9%). 61, 7 % of the total arrivals of foreigner visitors in Romania were from the states of the European Union.
The departures of Romanian visitors abroad, registered at the border, counted 663,4 thousands in January 2007, with 12,3 % more compared to January 2006.
The road means of transport were mostly used by the Romanians for their departures abroad (78, 5 of the total number of departures).