The year that has just finished was a great one for Romanian tourism, people from all over the world traveled to Romania to discover the unique attractions that make our country a unique destination!
The number of foreign tourists visiting Romania increased by 20% in 2016 compared to 2015, it’s an impressive rise continuing the positive trend of recent years. The number of travelers went up to 1.3 million in 2016 and we are certain that the attention our country is beginning to get from the media and the international travel community is a great help in attracting more and more tourists to Romania.
Here are some of the news that made 2016 a great year for Romanian tourism:
- Transylvania top region of the world by Lonely Planet
At the beginning of 2016, Lonely Planet launched their famous travel guide of best countries, cities and regions to visit and ranked Transylvania top region of the world for that year! Travelers worldwide turned their attention to this region of Romania with a rich cultural history and beauty unaltered by time. Once arrived here, the medieval charm of cities in Transylvania is present all around and well linked into modern times, while the villages maintain the same simple lifestyle as ages ago. Transylvania is a top destination not just for 2016!
2.Traditional wall-carpet craftsmanship included in UNESCO Cultural Heritage
UNESCO announced on December 1, 2016 when Romania is celebrating its National Day that the “traditional wall-carpet craftsmanship in Romania and the Republic of Moldova” is included on its representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This ancestral tradition is considered an “expression of creativity, identity and tool for social cohesion”. “Traditionally, wall carpets produced by weaver communities were used for decoration, funerals, exhibitions, and as part of a bride’s dowry. These days, they are mainly appreciated as works of art,” according to unesco.org.
- The biggest wellness and spa center in Europe opened near Bucharest
Beginning with 2016 Bucharest prides itself with the biggest wellness and spa center in Europe – Therme, a great way to spend a relaxing day on any day of the year. Therme is located nearby Bucharest and it is based on natural thermal waters,this place is a tropical paradise, a great choice for both business travelers and people on a vacation, who want to relax and enjoy a unique experience.
- Romania, the newest destination of the largest sightseeing company on planet earth – Gray Line
Another great piece of news is that Romania is now the newest destination of the largest sightseeing company on planet earth – Gray Line, a strong proof that our country is gaining the interest of international travellers in constant search for unique and exciting travel destinations and Romania certainly has what to offer!
Since 1910, Gray Line has been a trusted provider of traveler experiences and sightseeing tours in the world’s most sought after locations covering six continents with hundreds of local offices worldwide and now an office in Bucharest, on charming Victoria Avenue. From Paris to Patagonia and the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China, Gray Line now puts Romania on their map of iconic landmarks and hidden gems, encouraging people to find a reason to go explore every corner of the world.