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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Exactly how attractive Romania is to adventure travelers is a subject for publications other than this Romanian paper. But the interest does speak to unique tourism opportunities that former Eastern Bloc nations still have to offer.
Year 2014 will be very good in terms of demand for adventure travels and foreigners are very interested in these programmes, Extreme Travel agency’s founder and manager Radu Vatcu has told AGERPRES.
‘For a two-week trip within an adventure programme, foreign tourists averagely spend 700 euros each. They are loyal customers to our programmes. In winter we do together extreme skiing or regular skiing, in spring and summer — rafting, trekking and also mountain-biking or geocaching. Retezat, Apuseni, Piatra Craiului and Fagaras and are mountains that the Extreme team know like the back of their hand, both the marked trails and also less known, unmarked trails. When arriving in Romania, foreigners always choose a mountain climbing route in one of those mountains,’ said Radu Vatcu.
In 2013, as many as 35 foreigners bought adventure travel programmes from Extreme Travel, and in 2014 their number is expected to go up.
Extreme Travel is the first adventure travel agency in Romania, set up in 2010 by Radu Vatcu, a professional alpinist and travel guide, together with Alexandru Boru and Valentin Ghinculov.
The Extreme Travel programmes include tours on all continents and target both the people experienced in alpinism, as well as those seeking relaxation and adventure.
Extreme Travel posted a turnover of one million euros in 2013 from adventure expeditions, in a context in which the number of Romanians choosing spectacular holiday destinations in the world has increased significantly.
The said travel agency has tripled its profit due to a significant increase in the demand for adventure tourism. For 2014, it expects its turnover to grow, the same as the adventure tourism market, in general.