INS: More than 1.35 million tourists in accommodation units in Romania in Q1 2013

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More than 1.35 million tourists were recorded in accommodation units in Romania in the first quarter of this year, up by 8.2 percent compared with the same period last year, show provisional data recently made public by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

 In quarter I 2013, the arrivals of the Romanian tourists in the establishments of tourists’ reception with functions of tourists’ accommodation were 79.2 percent of the total arrivals, while the foreign tourists were 20.8 percent of the total arrivals, weights close to those of quarter I 2012.

As to the arrivals of foreign tourists in the establishments of tourists’ reception, the European tourists had the highest weight (82.8 percent of the total foreign tourists) and 82.5 percent of them were from countries in the European Union. In quarter I 2013, the arrivals at hotels had a weight of 74.4 percent of the total arrivals in the establishments of tourists’ reception with functions of tourists’ accommodation, 4.1 percent more compared to quarter I 2012.

In quarter I 2013, the arrivals of foreign visitors to Romania, according to customs, amounted to 1421.5 thousand, 2.4 percent more compared to quarter I 2012. Most of the foreign visitors came from European countries (95.1 percent). 64.1 percent of the total arrivals of the foreign visitors to Romania were from European Union Member States, out of which the most arrivals were from Hungary (33.7 percent), Bulgaria (24.2 percent), Germany (8.6 percent), Italy (7.4 percent), Poland (4.7 percent) and Austria (4.5 percent). In quarter I 2013, the departures of Romanian visitors abroad, according to customs, amounted to 2437.5 thousand, 5.4 percent more compared to quarter I 2012. The Romanian visitors abroad mostly used the means of road transport, 76.4 percent of the total departures.

The data source consists of the monthly statistical survey concerning the ‘Occupancy of the establishments of tourists’ reception with functions of tourists’ accommodation (TOURISM 1 A) for the arrivals and overnight stays in the establishments of tourists’ reception with functions of tourists’ accommodation, according to Regulation (EU) No. 692 of the European Parliament and Council, dated July 6, 2011, concerning the European statistics on tourism and the repeal of the Council Directive 95/57/EC.

The data regarding the arrivals of the foreign visitors to Romania and the departures of the Romanian visitors abroad, according to customs, are collected monthly from administrative sources monthly – The General Inspectorate of the Border Police within The Ministry of Administration and Interior.

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