Over 10 million non-resident tourist arrivals were registered at Romania's border points during the first 10 months of this year, with an increase of 7.4 percent as opposed to the same period of last year, according to the data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Wednesday.
From the total of non-resident arrivals in Romania, 48.9 percent are from the European Union countries, most of whom from Bulgaria (27.1 pct), Hungary (25.9 pct), Germany (8.7 pct), Italy (7.9 pct), Poland (5.6 pct), France (4 pct) and the United Kingdom (3.8 pct).
On the other hand, over 18.3 million Romanian tourists were registered to having left the country at the border points, which is also up by 6.3 percent, in comparison with the period of January - October 2017. Road transport means were the most resorted to for traveling abroad, representing 68.8 pct from the total number of departures.
During the same period, arrivals in tourist accommodation structures totalled 11.07 million, higher by 6.1 percent as opposed to the similar period of 2017. The arrivals of Romanian tourists represented 77.8 percent, and of foreign tourists 22.2 percent, similar to those of last year. Most foreign tourists in tourist lodging structures arrived from Germany (293,200), Israel (238,800), Italy (206,300), France (150,700) and the United States of America (146,500).
Overnight stays in tourist accommodation structures registered 24.84 million, higher by 5.5 percent as opposed to the period of January - October 2017. Overnight stays of Romanian tourists represented 81.2 percent, while non-resident tourist overnight staying represented 18.8 percent.
By counties, during the period of January - October 2018, the number of tourist arrivals in tourist accommodation structures recorded higher values in the Bucharest Municipality (1.75 million), Constanta (1.27 million), Brasov (1.15 million) and Cluj (557,500) and the number of tourist overnight stays recorded higher values in Constanta (approximately 4.9 million), Bucharest (2.85 million), Brasov (2.26 million) and Cluj (1.04 million).