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The Changing Geography of Romanian Tourism

DUNCAN LIGHT and DANIELA ANDONE
Geography
Vol. 81, No. 3 (July 1996), pp. 193-203
Published by: Geographical Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40572792
Page Count: 11
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The Changing Geography of Romanian Tourism
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Abstract

Since the 'revolution' of 1989, Romania has been in a state of transition from a command to a market economy. Romanian tourism is similarly in transition, and there are many geographical components of this transition. Before 1989 Romania was dependent upon visitors from Poland, Czechoslovakia and the German Democratic Republic, but recently these markets have declined rapidly. There has been a significant increase in visitors from neighbouring states (particularly the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), although many of these are for the purpose of trading rather than tourism. Domestic tourism has collapsed dramatically and many resorts are experiencing decline. Romania has considerable tourist potential, particularly for heritage tourism, but the numbers of Western tourists are very low and the challenges facing tourism development in Romania are formidable. These include the need to overcome the negative image of the country held by many Westerners, and also an urgent need for improvements to tourist accommodation and infrastructure.

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