Cristi Frent


In a practical manner, inbound tourism refers to the foreign visitors undertaking a trip in a reference country. Accommodation statistics provide an evidence of tourists registered in the place where they are spending at least one night in an accommodation establishment. For the time being, accommodation statistics are the only statistics officially produced in Romania characterizing inbound tourism. Using both published and unpublished data (received upon request) from the National Institute of Statistics, the purpose of this paper is to outline the profile of foreign tourists registered in accommodation establishments in each of Romania’s development regions (defined at NUTS II level). It has been revealed that there are some differences between regions in terms of dynamics and of some characteristics (i.e. nationality, typology of accommodation units, seasonality) compared with the national level. These are important features that have to be considered by tourism stakeholders at regional level.


inbound tourism, development regions, accommodation statistics, overnight stays, Romania


Cristureanu, C. (2006) Strategii și tranzacții în turismul internațional, Editura C.H. Beck, București 2006, p. 430.

de Cantis, S., Parroco, A.M ., Ferrante, M, Vaccina, F (2015) Unobserved tourism, Annals of Tourism Research, 50, pp.1-18.

Frenț, C. (2009) Impactul Economic al Turismului – Statistică și Metode de Evaluare, Editura Universitară, București, pp. 54-60.

Guizzardi, A., Bernini, C. (2012) Measuring underreporting in accommodation statistics: evidence from Italy, Current Issues in Tourism, 15:6, pp. 597-602.

INCDT (2005) Studiul de fezabilitate privind introducerea Contului Satelit al Turismului în România, Faza I – Sistemul statisticilor din turism în România – descriere și diagnosticare, București.

National Institute of Statistics (2019), Tempo database,, accessed October 25, 2019.

Javor A, Kalcic I (2003) Private Accommodation in Tourism Statistics in the Republic of Croatia. In Lennon J.J. (ed.), Tourism Statistics: International Perspectives and Current Issues, Continuum, London, New York, pp. 92-104.

Libreros, M. (2009) Coherence and consistency in tourism statistics: an overview,, accessed November 5, 2019.

Massieu, A. (2008) Developing tourism statistics at the sub-national level: the measurement of flows of trips and visitors. In World Tourism Organization, Enzo Paci Papers on Measuring the Economic Significance of Tourism, Madrid, World Tourism Organization, pp. 3-32.

Minciu, R. (2004) Economia Turismului, Editura Uranus, București, pp.94-95.

Ruggieri, G. (2008). The economic impact of tourism in private homes: the case of Lipari Archipelago. In Keller, P, Bieger, T. (eds.) Real Estate and Destination Development in Tourism, Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin, pp. 121-130.

Saarinen J. (2003) The Regional Economics of Tourism in Northern Finland: the Socio-economic Implications of Recent Tourism Development and Future Possibilities for Regional Development, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 3:2, pp. 91-113.

United Nations (2010) International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008, United Nations Publication, New York, p. 102

Volo, S., Giambalvo, O. (2008) Tourism Statistics: Methodological Imperatives and Difficulties: The Case of Residential Tourism in Island Communities, Current Issues in Tourism, 11:6, pp. 369-380.

World Tourism Organization, WTO (1994) Recommendation of Tourism Statistics, New York, NY, p. 17.

Wöber, K. W. (2000) Standardizing tourism statistics, Annals of Tourism Research, 27 :1, pp. 51-68.

Full Text: PDF

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.