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Exploring Tourism Dynamics: Challenges in Times of Crisis


  • Virginia Băleanu

    (University of Petroşani, Romania)

  • Andreea Ionică

    (University of Petroşani, Romania)

  • Sabina Irimie

    (University of Petroşani, Romania)


This article aims to present an overview of tourism flows evolution in Romania during the last decade and discuss its recent dynamics, taking into account challenges of the global economic crisis. Accordingly, we synthesize the results of some comparative analyses of the main indicators reflecting the flows of visitors (foreigners and residents) based on official statistics. Thus, after presenting the trends of yearly evolution in 2000-2009 comparative with 1990, we analyze monthly dynamics in 2007, 2009 and the first seven months of 2009 looking for the early signs of crisis. In addition, we point out the main evolutions and challenges of the tourism industry, as identified by recent studies of some representative organizations in the world and EU.

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  • Virginia Băleanu & Andreea Ionică & Sabina Irimie, 2009. "Exploring Tourism Dynamics: Challenges in Times of Crisis," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 9(3), pages 33-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:pet:annals:v:9:i:3:y:2009:p:33-40

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    1. Virginia Băleanu & Andreea Ionică & Sabina Irimie, 2006. "About the Romanian Tourism Potential: the Natural Strengths of the Main Tourist Destinations (Part II)," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 6, pages 13-20.
    2. Chukiat Chaiboonsri & Prasert Chaitip, 2008. "A Structural Equation Model: Thailand’s International Tourism Demand for Tourist Destination," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 8(1), pages 65-94.
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