The autumn edition of Romania's Tourism Fair was held in Bucharest over November 10 and 13. Visitors had the chance to find out about the newest and the most interesting tourism offers. Participating in the fair were travel agencies, accommodation and leisure units but also local tourism authorities, national and international. Apart from the promotions offered ahead of the coming winter holidays, travel aficionados could buy tourism packages for up to 50% off the market price, The event was jointly staged by the Romexpo Exhibition Centre, Romania's Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Romania's Travel Agencies Owners' Association.
A biologist with the Iron Gates Nature Park Administration, Amalia Dumbravă has invited us to explore a protected area of national interest, lying in south-western Romania, an area with a very special ethnic and biological diversity.
"We have come up with a cross-border project, by means of which we promote nature heritage but also cultural assets, from Romania and Bulgaria. A series of virtual tours will be on offer as an invitation, so that people may become aware of the beauty of the scenery, and in a bid to invite people to explore the habitat of the nature parks, of the protected areas. The project has kicked off already. The included assets have already been scanned in a 3D format, using the specific technology and photogrammetry. Tourist can simulate a flight over our territory. There where there is something they might be interested in, they can have a stopover at the 3D assets."
Techirghiol is a balneal resort on the Romanian Black Sea Coast. Lying at 16 kilometers from Constanta, on the shores of Techirghiol lake, it is open all year round. Techirghiol is known for the qualities of the mineralized salty waters and the sapropelic mud, used in the treatment of several serious or less serious conditions. With details on that, here is an inspector with Techirghiol Municipality's projects department, Melisa Regep.
"I have come to the Tourism Fair as part of a project. The project is themed "Enhancing tourism attractivity in Techirghiol balneal resort, and is carried through We Promote the Town, an operational-sectorial project which has seen a very beautiful development, with the lake shore promenade and the pier, with cycle paths, with offers of treatment with our famous mud. As we speak, we are Romania's top-of the-chart balneal resort and we won a great number of awards. Our treatment facilities are open all year round. Of these, the most famous is the Techirghiol Sanatorium. Following is Saint Mary Monastery, a renowned asset, with its own treatment facility ".
A great many craftsmen participated in Romanian Tourism Fair's Autumn Edition. Nicolae Les is the son of Dan Les, a potter. Nicolae promotes the tradition of pottery.
"The trade was handed down to me by my father and by my grandfather. We work in ceramic. We draw our inspiration from the Maramures traditional ceramic, to which we add a significant contemporary touch, through color or through shape. We're mostly visited by foreign tourists from Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, the United States of America. Foreign tourists seem to better appreciate the tourist potential in our region. They're very happy with what they got as they go back home. They recommend us, also taking with them, further afield, beyond frontiers, our story, the story of Maramures".
Claudiu Dobrican is a head councilor with Maramures County Council. He told us Maramures was a brand in itself.
"It has compelled recognition thanks to our unsophisticated people who open up their hearts to their guests. When you come over, they would offer you the best food and the best plum brandy. Apart from that, we have lots of tourist assets. In Borsa, we have the most modern ski slope in Maramures, it was opened last year. It is 3.6 kilometers long. We have our towering peaks, also in the region of Borsa. Maramures is divided in four regions. The Lapus Country, The Chioar Country, The Codru (Woods) Country and the Historical Maramures. Country. In historical Maramures, you can see lots of traditional Maramures gates, monasteries. We have Europe's tallest wooden church, a UNESCO monument. Also, the Barsana monastery is renowned for its beauty. In Săpânța, the Merry Cemetery is the main asset. We have Christmas and New Year's Eve Party offers. The New Year's Eve Party offers have been kind of sold out, but we also have some available offers for Christmas. At that time of the year, you can see lots of traditions, you can hear authentic carols. We wholeheartedly wait for you in Maramures, a place of wonder. "
Georgiana Ungureanu works for the Targoviste-based Princely Court Museum Compound. At the fair, Georgiana presented Dambovita County, which has a wide range of tourist assets.
"We have a beautiful mountain region, where we can find the Ialomita-Bucegi cave, but also a special town, Targoviste, with the Chindia Tower while nearby Bucharest, only 30 kilometers away we can find the Brancoveanu Palace in Potlogi. I would invite the tourists to visit the Bucegi Mountains' mountainous region. Apart from the Ialomita Cave, they can see the Bolboci Lake. In another development, inside the Ialomita Cave, tourists can discover a breathtaking waterfall and a route upgraded according to European standards, with platforms and small bridges. At this time of the year, in winter, they will see icy stalactites and stalagmites."
Niculai Barbă is the vice-president of Suceava County Council. As an absolute first, Niculai Barba told Radio Romania International that, in Bukovina, 2023 would be the "Ciprian Porumbescu Year." Therefore, a great number of events will be staged, dedicated to the renowned Romanian composer whose compositions were selected for the Romanian but also for the Albanian anthem.
"This year, even though Bukovina means tradition, we have also come up with a couple of new things. It is for the first time ever when the County Council and the National Tourism Promotion and Information Centre have come up with other tourism-involved institutions. Specifically, it is about several municipalities that will be part of a future organization known as Bukovina Tourism Management. It will have a regional scope and, in effect, it will be the first organization of its kind established at national level. At this edition of the fair, apart from the tourism promotion for the County of Suceava, you can also find craftsmen, local cuisine, especially targeting the winter holidays. All these will be rounded off by stage performances of the "Ciprian Porumbescu" professional artistic ensemble. It is our usual way of promoting Bukovina. At the fair, we mainly focus on the promotion of the Christmas feast. This year, allow me to tell all our listeners that the Christmas celebration in Bukovina means Christmas in the family. We are prepared to receive our guests, with their entire family. "
Also as part of the Tourism Fair, the Entrepreneurship and Tourism Ministry has launched the Cultural-Tourist Route known as "Traditional Craftsmen and Traditional Crafts from Romania". (EN)