The first four months of the year have recorded an advance both in terms of tourists’ arrivals and with regard to overnight stays in Romania, according to the data released by the National Institute of Statistics (INSSE). An increase of 4.9 percent year-on-year was recorded with respect to arrivals in tourists’ establishments, the number of tourists coming up to nearly 2 million, while the overnight stays totaled some 3.9 million, up 8.8 percent over the corresponding period in 2013.
In April, the increasing tendency has been maintained - the growth rate was lower in the arrivals segment compared to the ovarall period (3.7 percent), though, the overnight stays have seen a higher increase – 10.9 percent compared to the same month last year.
Most of the tourists are Romanian - more than three quarters of the total number, foreigners accounting for 22 to 24 percent - given both the arrivals and the overnight stays, while the average time of stay was approximately 2 days.
Bucharest and other county towns were the destinations preferred by half of the Romanian tourists and were also chosen by 80 percent of the foreign tourists, based on the data relative to April 2014. The Danube Delta area is still the last on top of tourists’ destinations not only for Romanians, but for foreigners as well.
Also, within the first months of 2014, most of the foreign tourists coming to Romania originate from Germany (54,405), followed by Italy (50,618) and France (32,207).