The Incoming Romania Association requests the Prime Minister to urgently establish a professional and independent body to coordinate the promotion of Romania, of a Destination Management Organization.
“For the first time since 1980, Romania is missing from the World Travel Market (London), the second largest tourism exhibition event in the world. We call on the Prime Minister to urgently establish a professional and independent body to coordinate the promotion of Romania , a destination management organization, a country endowed with unparalleled beauty and dreamy landscapes, with an extraordinary tourist potential, also loses its haze of foreign tourists who visit it every year in front of the new Covid 19 wave, but especially because the serious indifference of those who had to take care of the Romanian tourism “, shows the Incoming Romania Association, in a communiqué.
With Romania’s entry on the red list of the incidence of Covid 19 cases and the alarming increase in deaths due to this disease, the few foreign tourists who were planning to come to Romania this fall announced that travel agencies and accommodation units are giving up our country in favor of safer and better known destinations, say the representatives of the association.
“The blow is an extremely painful one for the incoming Romanian tour operators, for the accommodation and food units that are struggling to survive from one day to the next in a chaotic industry, without regulations or coordination. Tourism in general, but especially incoming has become a no-man’s land, completely ignored by a government in which not only is there no longer a ministry to coordinate it, but worse, there is no department, no direction, or at least an officially pregnant person. In other words, the Romanian tourism has officially died “, they add.
Moreover, the official presentation site, www.romania.travel is totally non-functional because no one has renewed the internet domain.
“Given that all European countries have made the tourism strategy a major tool to recover the losses recorded during the pandemic, Romania has no minimum plan, despite desperate calls from associations and professionals in the field. What to say about the promotion budget, the marketing program or at least a short-term vision “, they also say.
Although incoming tourism is one of the few areas that contributes positively to improving the country’s image, the lack of vision compromises us for the coming years, the association states.
“After two years, 2020 and 2021, in which Romania’s participation in tourism fairs was anemic and insignificant, unfortunately, next year is announced as one in which our country will disappear completely from the map of world tourism. For the first time after in 1980, the destination Romania is missing from the World Travel Market (London), the second largest tourism exhibition event in the world. The incompetence, indolence and indifference of those who lead us have reached maximum levels “, the association also shows.
The Incoming Romania Association, together with all the actors who support and live in the Romanian incoming, both those in the commercial and associative spheres, requests the Prime Minister to urgently establish a professional and independent body to coordinate the promotion of Romania, an Organization of Destination Management capable, competent and with clear objectives.
“At the 12th hour, we ask to be led by professionals with vision, desire and abilities to build the image that Romania and its beauties deserve worldwide. We express ourselves once again, as we have always done, openness and interest in collaborating with officials to save the incoming “, the association mentions.
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