Transylvanian tourism on the rise

Tourism is on the rise in Transylvania, with close to 2.5 million tourists arriving in the region between November 2018 and April 2019, 9.2% more than during the same period of the previous season, according to Erdélystat. The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation in Transylvania also corroborates this statement, showing a 10% increase compared to the same period a year ago.

Transylvanian tourism in numbers. Source: Erdélystat

The number of tourists arriving here shows that the region has captured the attention of those looking for leisure activities. In fact, Transylvania generates nearly half of tourist visits (48.9%) and nights spent in a tourist accommodation (49.6%) for the whole of Romania. The total number of nights spent in Transylvania is close to 5 million, which is 10.1% higher than in the 2017/2018 winter season.

Brassó/Brașov County is the overall leader (not counting the capital, Bucharest) accounting for the highest number of tourist visits (622,660) and nights spent (1,239,091), followed by Kolozs/Cluj and Maros/Mures counties.

Close to 140,000 tourists visited Szeklerland during the winter season, spending 366,393 nights in tourist accommodations, which is a 13.7% increase compared to the same period a year ago. During this period, the occupancy rate of tourist accommodations was 22.5%, 2.8% higher than the previous winter season, showing a steady upward trend.

The yearly statistics show that there is a steady rise in terms of tourism in Transylvania: between 2010 and 2018, tourist visits increased 144.1%, and by 98.1% for nights spent in the region.

Title image: Entry of the Lake Saint Anna and Mohos Peat-Bog Nature Reserve with the new barriers. (Photo: János B. Kocsis)

Author: István Fekete