For about a quarter
of Romanians, going on holiday is a treat they almost always cannot afford for
themselves. However, there are other Romanians who, all throughout the year,
can have a holiday combination of at least a four-night stay and a mini-holiday,
according to specialist surveys that are published periodically. The main
reasons why people go on holiday are the need for them to have some recreation,
to cut themselves off from the stress of daily life, to have fun, but also to
reward themselves for the work throughout the year.
The summer of 2023
has come to an end. Reason enough for us to outline the profile of the Romanian
tourist. Who is he ? What are his favorite destinations? How much money are they willing to spend? We have the perfect opportunity to look into that,
since the World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27!
Our guide through the
habits of Romanian tourists is Cristina Popa. For quite a few years now,
Cristina has been an entrepreneur in the area. Since 1996, when she graduated from
the Tourism Faculty, Cristina has been organizing trips, city-breaks, safaris or
exotic getaways. Many of the groups of tourists are accompanied by Cristina
herself. Reason enough for us to describe Cristina as someone who has become very
familiar with the habits of the Romanian tourist.
tourist's perspective, that has changed a little bit!. He began to travel to further
destination more, as the fees there are not very high as compared to what
Europe can offer, what with the expenses there, a lot smaller than in Europe. In
the past years France and Spain were extremely sought-after, just as they are
now, they started to head for Kenya or for Mauritius or for the Maldives very
Zanzibar has become quite trendy for a couple of years now. There are offers where
they have the chance to buy affordable flight tickets, the value for money is very,
very good for those destinations. "
We also asked
Cristina Popa if the Romanians, as tourists, are picky.
"Some people are picky. I had
a group in Zanzibar and those people there wanted to have everything at their
fingertips straight away, as they were used to that, at home, not being able to
take into account they were on another continent where people moved differently.
There they say "polé polé", take your time, take your time, and if you
wanted to have the waiter fetch your beer at the table, having ordered it, it
took them half an hour for that, while getting the food brought at the table,
that lasted for about three hours. They move differently. If you, as a tourist,
can accept the fact that you are at another destination, in another zone, on
another continent, where things are different as compared to Romania or Europe,
then you should have no problem. We can make things more difficult for ourselves
because we cannot accept those who are different from us and with whom we have not
grown accustomed to. "
In recent years, the rather unpleasant
situations for us all, as a society, have grown on us, we had the Covid, while as we
speak, we have the war at the border with Ukraine, there also was the energy
crisis and rampant inflation, so less money, for some...How has all that influenced
Romanians' holiday habits? Cristina Popa once again.
"The clients I
have in my portfolio were not necessarily influenced by that. The Covid, that
of course slowed us all down a little bit since travel regulations at that time
were different. If you had the vaccine or the test, there were not unpleasant
situations. Our clients continued to travel...
...And spend...But how much they spent,
here is Cristina Popa once again, telling all that.
"There are fees from
500-600 Euro per person per stay, in Bulgaria and Greece, there are also fees ranging
from 900 to about 2,000 Euros per person for other destinations. I've just had
a group in the Maldives, they paid around 2,000 Euros per person so they were
willing to pay more, I could see they wanted so much to travel to areas they
had never been to before, and to me, that is magic because, well, that is what we are left with, eventually, with what we get to see. "
Apart from the holidays we might
call classic, our guide, apart from being faithful to Romanians' tourism
preferences, organizes another kind of tourism as well. For children and
teenagers aged 10 to 14, Cristina Popa offers that sort of tourism where
personal development blends into leisure.
have begun, for three years now, to offer that kind of tourism too, for
children and teenagers, those personal development camps. We go to guesthouses
that have been authorized to stage such camps, but which are different, they do
not give you that feeling you're on a school camp, as we do not want that. We
want the children to discover themselves and realize the abilities they have been
endowed with, and do whatever pleases them. So, for instance, this year I staged
an intuition workshop so they can see how they can listen to their intuition
themselves. We stage creativity, painting, drawing workshops, all sorts of
self-confidence workshops, so they can discover themselves. "
Summer has come to an
end, children have returned to school, their parents have exhausted their
summer holidays. However, for Cristina Popa or for her colleagues we can hardly
speak about relaxing. And that, because the Romanians keep going on holiday,
irrespective of the season.
I go the Island of Egina with a group, in November I'll be off to Cuba, for
February I stage a trip to Sri Lanka for the families with children. So we no
longer have that time of the year we all know, when September or October come and we relax! As we speak, we can't complain, we have an uninterrupted inflow of tourists, provided the social and world circumstances allow that."