The Danube Delta bounces back to the leading position among local travel destinations, having recorded the greatest rise in the number of foreign tourists, while spa resorts were highest in the preference of Romanian tourists; in the first nine months of 2011 Romania attracted by 12.6 pct more foreign tourists compared with 2010, shows data of the National Tourism Research and Development Institute referred to the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism.
The ranking of tourist destinations by the rise in the number of foreign visitors in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010 has the Danube Delta on the leading position (+45.2 pct), followed by spas (+16.5 pct), hamlets, villages and small cities (+16.1 pct), Bucharest and other large cities (+12.4 pct) and mountain resorts (+11.2 pct), shows the data provided by the National Tourism Research and Development Institute.
There was also a spectacular increase in what concerns the Romanian tourists’ preferences, with quantum leaps recorded in the number of visitors to spas (+23.7 pct), Bucharest and large cities (+20.7 pct), the mountain resorts (+17.9 pct), followed by hamlets, villages and small cities (+15.7 pct). Overall, the number of Romanian tourists advanced 16.9 pct over Jan – Sept 2011 from the same period of the year before.
Minister of Regional Development and Tourism Elena Udrea says that these developments are evidence that the Ministry’s investments in tourism infrastructure and the promotion of Romanian tourism have proven worthwhile, helping boost national tourism.
Earmarks between 2009 – 2011 from European funds and the national budget for the development of tourism stood at 812 million euros, compared to the 20 million euros allocated for the same purpose between 2006 – 2008. In addition, in the past years there has been a strategic approach to tourism development, by the implementation of specific plans of action for coordination (Romania’s Strategic and Operational Tourism Marketing Plan 2011 – 2015, the 2011 – 2015 Strategic and Operational Tourism Marketing Plan for Bucharest, the Strategy for the Creation and Promotion of the National Tourism Brand, the National Eco-tourism Development Strategy, the National Spa Tourism Development Strategy). AGERPRES
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