Tourism Minister Bogdan Trif stated on Friday in the Vama Buzaului village that the number of authorisation requests of guest houses and hotels increased by 10 percent compared to 2017, after the Government granted the holiday vouchers, adding that, in the sitting on Friday, the Government decided to continue granting holiday vouchers for another two years.
"I believe that granting this vouchers was a measure that stimulated the tourism in Romania, a measure that enjoyed the support of companies, associations in the tourism area, it was a measure that had a social character. Let us not forget that over 1.2 million Romanians benefited form these vouchers, worth 1450 lei, money that could be spent only in the country. I am glad that we manage to somehow prolong this measure. I want to tell you that it also had a secondary effect, a beneficial effect for us, because the number of authorisation requests from guest houses and hotels increased by 10 percent compared to 2017. In other words, we managed to bring out a good part of the economy that run illegally. Some guest houses or hotels were established this year, but many of them operated illegally," Trif mentioned.
When asked what are the areas of the country with the most requests for authorisation, Minister Trif said he won't provide examples of other areas, for he is in Sibiu country and he will refer only to this county.
He added that the holiday vouchers led to the growth of the number of tourists by 6 percent compared to 2017, a percentage that will increase, taking into account the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
"I even discussed with partners of the private milieu, as I like to call them and those who are dealing with taking tourists out of the country were a little upset that the percentage of those who want to spend New Year's Eve abroad declined significantly. I can tell you that the number of those who want to spend the New Year's Eve in the country increased by 30 percent, which is an important percentage that can only bring us joy," Minister Trif mentioned.
Tourism Minister Bogdan Trif attended on Friday the inauguration of the tourist resort of local interest called Vama Buzaului.