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Tourism : Foreign tourists visiting Romania in February 2021, down 61pct; Romanians' departures abroad fall by 59pct

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

International tourist arrivals in Romania registered at the border points decreased by 61% in February 2021, y-o-y, to 289,400, and the departures abroad of Romanian tourists fell by 59% to 544,500, according to data with the National Institute of Statistics (INS) released on Friday.Arrivals at the tourist accommodation establishments in Romania declined in February 2021 from February 2020 by 31.2%, and overnight stays decreased by 32.9%.February 2021 arrivals ...

Healthcare: Medical laboratory tests market to rise by 20% this year

Tuesday, April 6, 2021


The market for clinical laboratory tests hit a record of RON 2.5 billion (over EUR 500 million) in 2020 and may increase by 20% to RON 3 bln this year, according to estimates of the market research ...

Cars: New car registrations up 18.14 pct this March

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Romania's new car registrations stood at 7,861 units this March, 18.14 percent higher than in the year-ago period, shows data centralized by the Romanian Automobile Manufacturers Association based on reports of the Directorate for Driving Licenses and Vehicle Registration.Registrations of new cars in Q1 2021 amounted to 20,762 units, 25.79 percent down YoY.The Dacia brand tops the ranking in the category of new cars registered since the beginning of the year ...

Healthcare: The health status as perceived in 2019 by the Romanian population

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

During the September-November 2019 period, the survey on the health status of the population was conducted. This survey is a statistical sample survey which represents the third European Health Interview Survey carried out at European level in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/255. In compliance with the legislation in force, the previous European Health Interview Survey was conducted in 2014. The main results of the ...

Trade: FMCG grocery sales advance 10 pct in 2020

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


 Romania's grocery retail sales were 10 percent up in 2020 compared to the previous year, with sales of alcoholic beverages and food seeing significant growth, shows retail audit data released on Friday by market researcher Nielsen.By comparison, the European average growth in FMCG grocery sales was 7.6 percent.According to the cited source, the sales value increased for all product macro-categories, with a maximum advance for foods (+12 ...

Real Estate: IMMOFINANZ acquires head office from Erste Group in prime Bucharest location

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

IMMOFINANZ has acquired the Bucharest Financial Plaza office building, in a prime central location close to the historic center of Bucharest. The property is being sold by Banca Comercial? Român? (BCR), the largest financial services group in Romania and a subsidiary of the Austrian Erste Group Bank. The building, with gross rentable space of around 27,700 sqm (post-conversion), was BCR’s head office until last year. The costs of the transaction amount to ...

 Stock of industrial spaces in Romania to reach 5.5 million sq m in 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

* Bucharest and Timis are the most dynamic regions, with 240,000 sq m under construction Record-breaking volume of transactions in 2020: over 930,000 sq m leased 400,000 sq m ...

Tourism: Romania has five new resorts of local interest

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Romania has five new resorts of local interest: Frumosu and Malini communes (Suceava county), Salonta and Sacueni (Bihor county) and recreation area Figa Spa- Beclean (Bistrita Nasaud county). Until now, there are 52 tourist resorts of national interest and 95 of local interest attested in Romania.   Figa Spa recreation area is a European Destination of Excellence, awarded third prize for health and ...

Bulgarians offer free accommodation nights for tourists who pay for PCR test

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Bulgaria announced it would open the tourist season as of May1 and launched regulations for the functioning of hotels during pandemic. Romanians who purchase a sojourn in Bulgaria by April 30 will pay by 45% less if they also pay for a PCR test, while one of the hotel chains offers a free night fir holidays of at least 6 nights for tourists who pay for a PCR test.   “When Greece announced the ...

Greek hotel group Zeus International has bought three hotels in the central area of Bucharest

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Alpha Real Estate Services (ARES), a member of Alpha Bank Group, sold three iconic hotels in downtown Bucharest - Hotel Venetia, Hotel Central, and Hotel Opera - to Greek hotel management group Zeus International, which has been managing the three hotels for six ...

The hotel market could begin recovery in the second half of 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The hospitality industry was amongst the first industries affected by the coronavirus generated crisis, and it will be amongst the last sectors to recover. The road to recovery involves learning how to make the hotel experience a safer one and this year will bring fresh trends in the hospitality area – a concentration on minimizing food waste, care for green buildings and sustainability and locally produced products and a proactive interest for smart devices planned to ...

Infrastructure: Volume of goods loaded/unloaded in Romanian sea ports dropped by 11% in 2020

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Goods loaded and unloaded in sea ports totaled 47.22 million tons last year, the total volume of goods marking a drop of 11.1% against 2019, according to data centralized by the National Statistic Institute.Container transport amounted to 643,000 TEU at 2020 level.Ports with the most intense activity in 2020 were: Constanta, with 83.5% share, Midia (9.6%) and Galati (5.1%).   In the mentioned period solid ...

Search Corporation will build 6 road knots on A1 and A3 highways

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The National Company of Administration of Road Infrastructure (CNAIR) signed a contract for the elaboration of a feasibility study and technical execution project for 6 road knots on A1 and A3 highways with the winner, Search Corporation.According to a company press release the contract value is 2 million euros, from European grants.   The feasibility ...

Trade: Turnover in wholesale trade up 5.4pct in January 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 Wholesale trade (except for trade in motor vehicles and motorcycles) increased by 5.4pct, as gross series, in January this year, compared to the same period in 2020, according to data provided by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Wednesday.In this margin, there were increases recorded in turnover in: wholesale of computer and telecommunications equipment (+ 12.4pct), wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+ 11.1pct), wholesale of other ...

Reveal Marketing : 4 out of 10 Romanians consume wine at least once a week

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

* Research study on Romanians’ consumption behaviour regarding the wine category   4 out of 10 Romanians (39%) consume wine at least once a week, and 29% about 1-3 times a month. Red wine is Romanian’s favorite, being frequently consumed by 30% of ...

evoMag : Orders personally picked up by customers from showroom increase by 45 pct last year

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The number of orders personally picked up by customers in the evoMag showroom increased by almost 45 pct in 2020 compared to the previous year, the retailer informs on Monday.Currently, three out of ten orders (30 pct) are picked up by customers directly in the physical presentation store, and the average deadline for handing over the products is five minutes.According to the source, last year the number of orders placed directly from the ...

Infrastructure: BLUE AIR to launch first ever direct service from Iasi to London Heathrow

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Blue Air launches the first ever direct ultra low-cost service between Iasi and London Heathrow Terminal 2, introducing 3 weekly flights effective May 18th, 2021. The flights are already available for booking, with prices starting from 9, 99 euro / one way, and all reservations include one free change of travel dates.    Blue Air will be linking Iasi to 14 new domestic and international destinations, by ...

PNRR: 5 billion Euro for railway and 4.5 billion Euro for roads and motorways

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) proposes a budget of 5 billion Euro for the railway transportation development and 4.5 billion Euro for roads and motorways.PNRR quotes the country report (2020), according to which reforming the railway sector has been lagging, modernizing and insufficient maintenance leading to a drop in trains' speed and affecting the delivery times of goods. Thus, Romania is under the European average for all analyzed categories ...

Healthcare: PNRR: EUR 3 bln for hospitals, increased health care access, EUR 700 ml for crisis resilience

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), discussed today in a first reading by the Government, includes an initial negotiating budget of EUR 3 billion for investments in hospitals and increasing access to health care.According to the document which is subject to public debate, the funds are proposed for the development of public health policies leading to increased access to prevention, diagnostic and early treatment services, through: the construction ...

Tourism : One-third of Romanians do not go to the food court in malls in theCOVID-19 context.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

*Study by Reveal Marketing Research on Romanians’ consumption behaviour regarding shopping centers restaurants   90% of Romanians believe that the HoReCa industry has been greatly affected by the context of the pandemic. If before the pandemic, only 7% of people say they NEVER went to ...

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