The Romanian Tourism Business Owners Federation (FPTR)
has identified the true cause for the low numbers of foreign tourists in Romania
. As the Federation President, Daniel Vasilescu, put it, “In Romania, 80% of the hotels have one or two stars, while foreign tourists are only willing to get accommodated in hotels with 3 or 4 stars, this being the reason behind Bulgaria’s head start in the field, as compared to Romania”. Quote and the original story here
Brilliantly put, mister Vasilescu! Too bad you forgot to mention the remaining 20% of the hotels, with 3/4/5 stars are usually more expensive than those in Bulgaria, Turkey, the rest of Europe and the rest of the world if you look hard enough. Moreover, the “all inclusive” packages are a mystery for most of them. Then there are bad service and “could not care less” employees…
Oh and there’s the other cause: infrastructure! I have to agree here, up to a point. Do you really think that if the 3-4-5 stars hotels would offer attractive packages, doubled by tour operators to mix them with nice little flights would not help much? As for the 1-2 stars hotels…Don’t you think many of them are fine where they are? Why would they invest more to upgrade their ratings?
I agree though, most of the hotels will be soon closed. Yes, the EU accession will bring lots of changes. And as Romanian who own hotels have no idea how to manage them, there will be foreign investors who will come and make tons of money from it. The smart way that is!FPTR has a shity site, by the way!
Tags: Tourism, Romania, Hotels, Travel Destinations, FPTR