Romania’s annual tourist arrivals hit a record low of 3.5 million people last year, as the economy continues to slide, according to the country’s tourism ministry.
Romania’s tourism sector is at a new record low with 3.4 million visitors in 2017, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
Romanian officials blamed a number of factors for the decline, including the closure of a railway link, the collapse of tourism activity and a surge in domestic demand from Europe.
In a report released on Monday, the Ministry of Tourism said the tourism industry has been hit by the collapse in the value of the Romanian hryvnia currency and the closure to the tourist trade of its main tourist site in the capital Bucharest, which is a popular spot for foreigners.
The ministry said that in 2018, tourists visiting the site of the new cathedral were “significantly” more expensive than in 2018 due to the drop in value of foreign currency.
According to a 2017 survey by the Tourism Ministry, more than 80 percent of visitors in Romania said they had a holiday plan and planned to come to Romania again in the coming years.
In the meantime, a survey by Romania’s National Council of Tourism showed that almost half of the countrys tourists were expecting to return to their country in 2019.
The report said that tourists were also concerned about the cost of living, as they expected to spend more in the future.
According the ministry, tourists spent nearly 1 billion romanias ($2.6 million) on accommodation in the country in the first quarter of 2018, while in the same period last year the figure was 1.8 billion russias ($1.7 million).