Tourism in Romania

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The official logo of Romania, used to promote the tourist attractions in the country

Tourism in Romania focuses on the country's natural landscapes and its rich history. The number of tourists is growing every year and tourism is becoming an increasingly important source for Romania's GDP with 7-9 million people now visiting yearly. Romania's economy is characterized by a huge potential for tourism. The number of tourists increased from 4.8 million in 2002 to 8.9 million in 2008. The revenues grew from $400 million in 2002 to $607 million in 2004.[1] Domestic and international tourism in Romania attracted €880 million overall investments in 2005.[2]

Tourism is a significant contributor to the Romanian economy. In the 1990s the government heavily promoted the development of winter sports in the Romanian Carpathians. Both domestic and international tourism generate about 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) and 0.8 million jobs, being the second largest component in the services sector after commerce. In 2006 Romania registered 20 million overnight stays of international tourists, 4% higher than in the previous year and an all-time record. Two-thirds of all major trade fairs in Central Europe are held in Romania, each year attracting 2 to 3 million business travelers, about 20% of whom are foreigners. The four most important international trade fairs take place in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iaşi and Timişoara.

In the year 2006 a total of 14,122,798 tourists vacationed in Romania. The overall revenue (domestic and international) was $4.2 billion, with an average expenditure of $679 per tourist. Over the years, Romania has emerged as a popular tourist destination for many Europeans, often competing with Greece, Italy and Spain. Romanian destinations such as Constanța and Mamaia (the "Litoral", sometimes called the Romanian Riviera) have become very popular among European tourists.

Romania has a highly developed tourism infrastructure, making it a good market for tourist-related facilities and services.


Unique places[edit]



Foreign visitor arrivals in 2010[edit]

Note: figures refer to arrivals at frontiers of visitors from abroad and include same day visitors (excursionists).[3]

  • Overall Total: 7,498,000
  • Total Europe: 7,098,000

European Union[edit]

Other European countries[edit]

Other continents and countries[edit]

  • Total Africa : 21,000
  • Total Asia : 195,000


In 2006 it was reported that this industry added gross value of $8,074 million to the Romanian economy in 2005.

Romania for disabled travellers[edit]

Facilities for disabled travellers in Romania range from patchy to nonexistent. Anyone with mobility problems should go prepared and ideally have local contacts. However it is possible to get around the country if you know what you are doing.

In 2006, in the run-up to joining the EU, Romania passed some excellent legislation supporting the rights of disabled people. However although it has made some slow strides towards disabled access since then, and new buildings need to be wheelchair-accessible, implementation has been very poor. In practice Romania remains by and large off-limits to disabled travellers.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Europa World Year Book 2007, 48th edition, volume II, published by Routledge, London 2007, page 3746
  2. ^ Turismul,[dead link]
  3. ^ INSSE Romania official figures (Romanian)
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