INS: Over 6.6 million foreign tourists come to Romania, in first nine monts

The number of foreign visitors in Romania, registered at the border, were 6.26 million in the first nine months of this year, growing by 5.8 percent compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary data released on Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

Most foreign visitors came from countries located in Europe (94 percent) and the EU countries have registered 57.7 percent of total foreign visitors in Romania. From the EU member states, most arrivals were registered from Hungary (32.3 percent), Bulgaria (19.7 percent), Germany (9.5 percent), Italy (7.2 percent) and Poland (7.1 percent) .

As concerns the arrivals in the establishments of tourists’ reception in the first nine months of 2012, they amounted to over 6 million, rising 10.4 percent compared with the similar period of 2011.

Arrivals of Romanian tourists in the establishments of tourists’ reception with accommodation functions in the period January 1 – September 30, 2012, stood at approximately 78.5 percent of the total arrivals, while the foreign tourists represented 21.5 percent of the total number of arrivals, rates close to those registered in the period January 1 – September 30, 2011.

According to INS, the departures of Romanian visitors abroad, registered at the border points, in the first nine months stood at 8.727 million, growing 1.7 percent compared with the period January 1 – September 30, 2011. The road transport means were mostly used by Romanian visitors abroad, representing 75.7 percent of the total number of departures.

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