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Mountain Tourism in Romania between Theory and Practice


  • Octavian ARSENE

    (Ministry of Tourism , Bucharest (Romania))


The article analysis the mountain tourism infrastructure according to the legislation, both for winter and summer season, in correlation with the natural potential of Romania, a country with 33% mountain areas of the total surface. It also refers to the role of the local and central public authorities in developing the tourist potential of mountain areas, in cooperation with NGOs such as the National Association of Mountain Rescuers from Romania (Salvamont). Further on, statistical data are used to highlight the relationship between the number of ski slopes, number of Salvamont units, the mountain massifs operated for, and between these data and the mountain tourist routes existing in the counties with mountain areas. The most important tourism indicators are presented for 2008, in order to compare their value for the total tourism sector in Romania with the values for mountain tourism. At the end of the article, conclusions are drawn, related to the way the mountain tourist potential is valorised in Romania taking into consideration the legislative framework.

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  • Octavian ARSENE, 2009. "Mountain Tourism in Romania between Theory and Practice," Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends, Romanian-American University, vol. 2(1), pages 143-151, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:jurtct:v:2:y:2009:i:1:p:143-151

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