Over 638,000 tourists, including 160,000 foreigners in April (official statistics)

Over 638,000 tourists, including 160,000 foreigners in April (official statistics)

Romania’s tourist accommodation registered arrivals advanced 15.3 percent year-on-year in April to 638,100; more than 25.2 percent of these tourists were foreigners, according to data released on Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

The percentages of Romanians and foreigners among tourists — 74.8 and 25.2 respectively — did not change significantly from April 2014.

Most foreign tourists (73.7 percent, or 118,300) came from European countries; out of these, 84.7 percent (100,200) were from the European Union.

The arrivals of Romanian tourists advanced 14.5 percent year-on-year to 477,500; the number of incoming foreigners was 17.8 percent up to 160,600.

Overnight stays in tourist accommodation units totalled 1,304 million in April, up 14.1 percent compared to April 2014; Romanians accounted for 76 percent of this figure, and foreigners for 24 percent, with 71.4 percent of foreigners coming from Europe; 84 percent of Europeans were from European Union countries.

The average duration of travels was 2.1 days for Romanians and 2 days for foreign tourists.

The net usage index of accommodation places in April was 22.6 percent, up 2.5 percent year-on-year; higher indices were registered by hostels (27.8 percent), hostels and boarding houses (16 percent) and villas (15.8 percent). More…