Domestic tourism will grow this year by some 15 percent, while the number of foreign tourists coming to Romania will stagnate in 2009, remaining at the level of 2008, against the background of an international tendency of reducing traveling for tourism purposes, prompted by the financial crisis, announced representatives of the National Association of Tourism Agencies (ANAT).
According to ANAT, the domestic destinations preferred by tourists, function of the number of tourist packages sold through tourism agencies are the Black Sea resorts, the mountain resorts, those on the Prahova Valley, in particular, such as Predeal and Brasov, and the spas.
„This year, noticed has been an increase in the number of foreign tourists going to spas. The average age of those choosing spa tourism is going down, they are aged between 30 and 40, ” said Traian Badulescu, spokesman for ANAT.
Young people prefer three and four-starred hotels and they spend sums much higher in a spa holiday than classical tourists, opting for this kind of tourism rather for prevention and recreation than for treatment. As for the destinations out of Romania, Greece and Turkey is on top, followed by Bulgaria, Tunisia and Spain.
According to ANAT estimates, Turkey could report a rise in the number of Romanian tourists this year, although the price of an all inclusive tourist package or of an ultra all inclusive one ranges between 600 and 1,800 euros.