The total number of non-residents accommodated in collective tourism structures in Q1 2018 was 480,300, and their spending totalled RON 1.13 billion, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
The main purposes for the time spent by non-resident tourists in Romania in Q1 2018 were business, participation in congresses, conferences, courses, fairs and exhibitions (63.4 percent of non-residents), and this group spent 63.1 percent of the total amount.
The second most frequently reported reason for time spent by non-residents in Romania were private trips (36.5 percent), of which 63.4 percent were holidays. Other types of personal trips include shopping, cultural and sports events, visiting friends and relatives, medical treatment, religion, transit and other activities.
Of the total spending for business, the highest amounts were spent for accommodation (52.5 percent), most accommodations also including breakfast (90.3 percent). Spending by non-resident tourists in restaurants and bars amounted to 17.3 percent of the total and 12.7 percent went towards shopping.
Of all the shopping expenses, 38.8 percent was for gifts and souvenirs, followed by foods and drinks (37.5 percent). Spending for car rentals had a 50.7 percent share of the total spending for transport, and paying for access in amusement parks, fairs, casinos, game arenas represented 36.9 of the total leisure spending.
Of the total number of non-residents in Romania, 52.3 percent organised their trip through tourism agencies, and 30.8 percent organised it themselves.
The main transportation means used by tourists to get to Romania were planes (82.2 percent), followed by own cars (12.7 percent), buses (3.7 per percent) and other means (1.4 percent).