Arrivals increased last year by 3.5% compared to 2012, while check-ins increased by 1.1%. Overall, Romania’s hotel industry had 7,91 million arrivals and 19.3 million check ins.
The average trip length was 2.6 days for Romanian tourists and 2 days for foreign tourist. Tourist arrivals represented 78.3% of the total, an average similar to the one in 2012.
“Among foreign tourists, the majority was represented by European tourists (80,5% of total foreign tourists that visited Romania), and out of these 85.7% were citizens of EU countries”, according to the INS.
In total, 1,71 million tourist visited Romania in 2013:
– 228,592 Germans;
– 181,894 Italians;
– 118,649 French.
In December 2013, compared to the last month of 2012, arrivals and check-ins increased by 8,5%, 9,1% respectively. Although Eurostat data is showing us that foreign tourists are spending more time in Romania’s hotels and accommodation units (5,1% more nights spent compared to 2012), Romania is still behind compared to its European neighbors. Foreign tourists spent 3,5 million nights in the country, one of the lowest averages in the European Union, over four times less than Bulgaria or Hungary.
Foreign tourists in Romania represent only 18% of the market, the lowest percentage in EU, compared to 67% in Bulgaria or 49% in Hungary’s case.