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Present and perspectives for health tourism – spa services in Romania

Abstract: The current paper aims at assessing the extent to which spa tourism developed in Romania after the fall of the communism, and to investigate the typology of Romanian spas in order to identify the drawbacks and opportunities of this sector from the supply perspective. The wellness offer (day spas, destination spas, medical spas, mineral spring spas and hotel spas) and the territorial distribution of spa centres within the country are analysed. The current trend is to diversify the offer, with numerous projects for day spas and destination spas within towns, and even resorts offering accommodation, sport and entertainment facilities, as well as spa facilities and programmes. Most of the spas in Romania are focusing only on wellness, less than 10% of them offering advice regarding nutrition, and only few meditation. The balneary spas, capitalizing the mineral and thermal spings, have failed to meet the demands and standards of the international market, thus loosing the fame they enjoyed before 1990.

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Premises for tourism development in the settlements of the middle sector of the Prut river (Botoșani and Iași counties)

Abstract: The tendency to capitalize less known and promoted natural and cultural resources is also remarked among the current trends of the tourism development. Along time, in Romanian tourism, some areas that concentrate a greater number of resources have been capitalized in tourist activities and programmes.
In the context of the current changes, starting from the need to reduce the economic disparities at regional and local level, other tourist resources have also been included in the hospitality and travel industry. In Romania, the Prut valley is characterised as an extended crossborder area with the Republic of Moldova but also as having an authentic tourist potential.
Based on the bibliographic data and the field research, one has seen that the settlements situated on both banks of the Prut river own important tourist resources, the natural ones dominating, followed by the cultural ones. Consequently, the whole Prut valley offers real conditions for developing some tourism forms and attracting potential tourists interested to see a nature scarcely changed by human activities. A first tackling refers to the human settlements in the Prut corridor in the Botoșani county.

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Tourist events in Serbian part of Banat

Abstract: In this paper tourist events organized in the area of Serbian Banat are studied. They represent the base for initial development of tourism, but also some other economic activities in this underdeveloped region. Those events are mostly based on tradition, folklore and customs (ethnographic by type) and agricultural production (fairs, exhibitions). However, there are also a number of multicultural events (artistic, ethnographic and religious events), based on fact that this space is multiethnic in character. In Serbian part of Banat, in 2013, about 416 traditional tourist events were organized.

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Thematic routes in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county according to the visitors’ opinion

Abstract: Nowadays the role and importance of culture in tourism is increasing. One of the main manifestations of this process is the spreading of thematic routes. Since the routes are new “products” it is important to monitor their development. The paper analyses three thematic routes in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County (Hungary), using the results of an online survey and the content analysis of tourism web pages. According to the results the potential visitors do not have the sufficient information about the routes. The accessibility and available services were evaluated slightly better than average by those tourists who visited at least one of the routes. At the same time they were content with the attitude of service providers. Based on their experiences they would offer the routes to their friends – which can be a useful promotion tool. The surveyed visitors think that establishing these thematic routes was a good and important initiative. This shows the potential and importance of the routes but their further development and promotion is a must.

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The Role of Infrastructure and Touristic Traffic in Romania’s Touristic Regionalization

Abstract: The touristic regionalization, in most cases, is performed by taking into account the tourism potential as main reference, in this respect numerous methodologies having attempted to quantify as balanced as possible both the natural tourism potential and the man-made one. Beyond its great theoretical importance, their actual, practical and statistical value is yet limited, given that all economic and socio-political analyses, reports and comparisons have a mandatory administrative dimension, too. These present realities constitute the main reason why we believe that a deepening of regionalization which takes into consideration, more than others made so far, the administrative component, on the one hand, and the actual revaluation, on the other hand, embodied in the existence of specific infrastructure, which together with the tourism potential shall determine the attraction of tourist flows. In this respect, we tried to consider, to share and to model a large number of indicators to reach an outcome which provides a more real, synthetic and complete image (8 data sets were structured and combined, calculating 13 indicators, subsequently synthesized into 5, which led to the preparation of maps: afterwards these were overlapped for county level, respectively their average at the level of development regions. Such a regionalization also reflects the real role that tourism plays in the economic balance of counties, respectively development regions.