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The individualization of the hotel as tourist attraction in the urban area of Transylvania

Abstract: The purpose of the present study is to emphasize the importance of the hotels as accommodation establishments within the urban area of Transylvania. The study involves ten counties (Alba, Bistrița-Năsăud, Brașov, Cluj, Covasna, Harghita, Hunedoara, Mureș, Sibiu and Sălaj), focusing on their towns. The geographic distribution of the hotels highlights the differences that can be observed between the studied counties. These dissimilarities started to appear due to the different tourist potential and the economic development. With more than two centuries of tradition in the background, the hotels in Transylvania experienced, along their evolution, a series of transformations that led to changes in the structure of their offer. In the urban context, the hotel stands as a main element when defining the city’s tourist role, also taking into account that for the city, the presence of hotels, from different categories and with different levels of comfort, is imperative.