Romania Tourism Is Increasing – Revenue From Tourism Is Decreasing

George Stewart

George’s Travel Tidbits



In 2015, Romania welcomed 300,000 more foreign tourists (17.9 percent) than in the previous year. However, the tourism revenues decreased by USD 100 million.

According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO) data, last year 2.2 million foreigners spent their holiday in Romania compared to 1.9 million visitors in the previous year. Although increasing, the number is still not getting closer to other European countries.

Hungary welcomed 14.3 million tourists in 2015, Czech Republic registered 11.1 million foreigners, Croatia 12.7 million tourists and Poland reported 16.7 million visitors from abroad.

In total, the European Union attracted 607.7 million tourists – most of them headed to France (84.5 million), Spain (68.2 million), and Italy (50.7 million). The tourism revenue in the EU reached USD 450 billion.

Romania reported the overall earnings of the travel sector amounting to USD 1.7 billion, which is USD 100 million less than in 2014. According to the local tourism experts, the country could earn up to USD 10-15 billion if appropriate tourism infrastructure and services were provided. The state of public transport also hinders the development of the sector. There are no highways in Romania and the number of international airports is also insufficient. 

Regarding the EU countries, Spain reached the biggest tourism revenue of USD 56.5 billion. Within the Central and Eastern Europe, Poland reported the greatest annual earnings of USD 9.7 billion, followed by Croatia and the Czech Republic with USD 8.8 billion and USD 6 billion respectively.

While Hungary welcomed more tourists than Croatia and the Czech Republic, the duration of their holiday was shorter and thus the tourism revenue was also smaller – USD 5.9 billion. Bulgaria, the southern neighbor of Romania also earned more – last year the tourists spent USD 4 billion in the country.

The tourism industry contributed only 0.9 percent to the Romanian GDP of USD 180 billion. Compared to other countries, the percentage is quite low. In France, tourism represents 2 percent of GDP, in Italy 2.1 percent, in Spain it accounted for 4.6 percent, in Hungary it is 4.3 percent, Bulgaria 7.3 percent, Greece 7.5 percent, and in Croatia the percentage is 17.3.

[Source: Tourism Review-Media Relations]
[Photo credits-featured image: Mamaia Beach in September-By Razvan Socol (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]
[Intext photos: inserted by (credits embedded)]



Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2016
Share This Post
Share on Facebook0Share on Google+0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Reddit0Pin on Pinterest0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on LinkedIn0Digg thisShare on Yummly0Share on Tumblr0Buffer this pagePrint this pageEmail this to someone

Related News

  • Traveling To The U.S.? – Useful Information For International Visitors
  • France – A Double-Decker Tourist Bus Lodged Itself Into The Iconic Alexandre III Bridge In Central Paris
  • Cycling In Ine, Japan – Two Wheeled Therapy By The Seashore Of A Quiet Fishing Village In Kyoto
  • Traveling, Retiring, Or Investing Overseas? – 7 Tips On How To Handle Your Money Transactions
  • Mount Yotei, Japan – Hike, Ski, Snowboard, Climb
  • Kyoto, Japan In Three Days
  • Tuscany, Italy – The Top Three Tuscany Wine Tours
  • New Travel Jobs Hit Yearly High
  • When Travelling Use Google’s New ‘Trips App’
  • The ‘Hawaii Tourism Conference’ Is Addressing Cultural Change In Hawaii
  • 2018 Is Designated As EU- China Year For Tourism
  • Luxury Travel Network ‘Virtuoso’ Sponsored Its 28th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week In Las Vegas
  • CityPass Debuts Their New York C3 Pass
  • ‘Japan National Tourism Organization’ Offers Free Guided Tours Of The Imperial Palace And Gardens
  • Safety Tips For Paddle Sports (Canoes,Kayaks,etc.) – Travellers Should Take Safety Precautions