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Burcea, Paralela 45: There are no measures to reboot seaside tourism

Alin Burcea, one of the best-known Romanian owners withoperations on the tourism market, who controls travel agencyParalela 45, says demand for holidays in Romanian seaside resortsis dwindling, so the company's development will be based on sellingtravel packages for resorts on the Turkish and Bulgarianseaside.

"There are no measures aimed at rebooting tourism on theRomanian seaside, even after a year and a half of activity of theMinistry of Tourism and Regional Development. We have to make do onour own," said Alin Burcea, who also controls Residence seasidehotel and Stil hotel in Bucharest. According to him, the number oftourists accommodated in Romanian seaside hotels will fall by up to15% this year, from last year's 1 million tourists, which comparedwith 7 million tourists on the Turkish seaside. Although theRomanian seaside has got wide beaches with fine sand, it attracts amuch lower number of tourists compared with Turkey, Greece, andBulgaria.

"We approached Minister Elena Udrea with a series of measuresmeant to promote the Romanian seaside, but we were told the samething over and over again: there is no money," Alin Burceasays.

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