EUTM – Tourism in Romania

ROMANIA_Danube Delta


Our beautiful country Romania is located at the carrefour between Central and Southeastern Europe, and it is actually the 8th largest country of the European Union by area, its 19,7 million population (Romanian 84%, Hungarian 6.1%, Gipsy 3.1%, German 0.2%, Ukrainian 0.2%, according to 2014 reports) being spread on a total of 92,043 sq. miles (238,391 sq. km). As far as tourism is concerned, Romania is made of a wide array of attractions, including historical cities (Sibiu, Sighisoara, Alba Iulia, Brasov, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, the capital) and well-known landmarks such as castles (Peles Castle from Sinaia) or very old forts (Bran Castle, near Brasov, Hunyad Castle near Deva, Sarmisegetusa ruins or Roman traces in Dobrogea), beautiful Carpathian mountains, beaches at the Black Sea seaside and fantastic countryside roads, passing through charming villages, remained faithfull to their millenary traditions.

Romania has 6 already famous historical regions: Transylvania, Banat & Crisana, Bucovina & Moldova, Dobrogea, Maramures, Walachia and many beautiful cities and/or landscapes that worth to be visited by any tourist, at least once in a life:

– Bucharest, the capital, where main attractions are House of People built during Communist period, Museum of Village – a treasure of traditions from all the country concentrated in the heart of the capital, Royal Palace with its Gallery of Art that boasts works of Grigorescu, Tonitza, Luchian, Andreescu and the history of one blooming time, Kisseleff boulevard which gave the “Little Paris” nickname to this city before the 2nd World War;

– Sibiu, a traditional city which was EU Cultural Capital during 2010 and has all the historical city center intact almost, plus a Museum of Art and many other attractions;

– Timisoara, the Banat jewel, where the Revolution from 1989 started;

– Cluj-Napoca, the city of old & new, where studying the best youngsters and with a tradition in education in medicine, literature and philosophy, psichology;

– Iasi, a Moldavian crown city, the cradle of our genius poets and writers Mihai Eminescu, Ion Creanga, musicians and composers like George Enescu (author of Romanian Rhapsody) or Ciprian Porumbescu (The Ballad – considered as the spirit of Mioritza, our masterpiece popular legend);

– Suceava with the famous medieval painted Monasteries like Voronetz, Moldovitza, Agapia etc.

Last but not least, Romania is enjoying the fame of preserving very well natural environment, having sites under UNESCO protection, with flora and fauna which are unique and rarely found in the world:

– Retezat Mountains, Apuseni Mountains, Transfagarasan spectacular Road which is leading through the Fagaras Mountains (over 2500 m) from Walachia to Transilvania, Piatra Craiului or Ceahlău, in a word – Carpathian chain which is very spectacular and wild;

– Black Sea seaside, famous by nightlife and many entertainment possibilities, as well as for the rebel sea which is quite unique in this side of the Europe;

– Danube Delta, the unique natural and the youngest territory formed by the river Danube. The river branches into three main channels into the delta, Chilia, Sulina, and Saint George. The last two branches form the Tulcea channel, which continues as a single body for several kilometers after the separation from the Chilia. At the mouths of each channel gradual formation of new land takes place, as the delta continues to expand;

– Jewels of places with currant properties and Balneo & wellness in Baile Herculane, Baile Felix, Sovata, Praid Salina or Slanic Prahova, Slanic Moldova etc.

All that being said, we compiled a top tours & possible tourist holidays related to the best places to visit in Romania:

  1. An eco-tour compiling a riding in Retezat, enjoying sunsets and environmental flora & fauna in Danube Delta and finishing with a short entertainment in Black Sea Resorts;
  2. One historical & cultural cities tour passing by Bucharest, Sinaia, Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Timisoara, Deva;
  3. One 3-4 days citybreak in Bucharest & Brasov, combining cultural visits with night life and shopping/entertainment;
  4. One Religious&Cultural tour combining visits of the famous Churches and little Monasteries from Moldavia and Walachia (these could be separate tours, having the distances in mind);
  5. One Balneo&Wellness journey and healing holiday;
  6. One hiking and/or biking tour in the Carpathian mountains;
  7. One traditional holiday hosted in traditional B&B locations from famous places situated in Transilvania, Oltenia or Moldavia, including food&wine tours;
  8. One beauty and medical holiday – Romania being well-known for the professionalism of the doctors and the low prices comparing to other places in this world;
  9. Ski holidays in Valea Prahovei slopes or Poiana Brasov ones, enjoying the latest improvements of the technical means;
  10. Concerts & Events in the main cities (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Sibiu), Festivals like Sighisoara Festival in July, Sibiu Theatre Festival in June or Geroge Enescu`s Festival in Bucharest, every autumn …

We hope having helped you to imagine the numerous things you could do as a tourist in our country, Romania, and we are looking forward for our tourists to try the local hospitality, to know the culture, to taste good food and wines, for understanding why even Prince Charles of UK appreciates a lot this place! 🙂

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EUTM – Mentorship in tourism



EU mentoring for tourism project

Slovak Business Agency (SBA) acts as the lead partner in a newly accepted two-year-project EU Tourism Mentoring within the Lifelong Learning Programme – Transfer of Innovation. Together with the partners from United Kingdom, Romania and Lithuania, NADSME would like to build on the results from successfully implemented project Partnership Action for Tourism and develop the mentoring guidelines, rules and standards for mentoring in tourism.

Tourism has an enormous potential in all project partner countries. Nevertheless, Slovakia , Romania and Lithuania lack the quality of service in tourism sector so common in the western countries and we do have neither the structure nor the development opportunities in this area

What’s the project about?

The ambition of the project is to develop a standardized methodology of mentors’ development in tourism – or better Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism (HLTT) sector – adjusted to the specification of each project country on the basis of the proven methodology[1] used in the UK .

Target group focuses on learners, managers, professionals, HLTT sector representatives, SME representatives, training path designers.

Mentoring – mutual learning and sharing of experiences – has become one of the most powerful tools of career development. SBA as well as other project partners will use this tool adjusted to the local needs to develop capacity within HLTT sector in order to provide better services for visitors of Slovakia , Romania and Lithuania .

The main objectives of the project:

· to support the tourism in Romania throughout mentoring methodology – transfer the methodology and training path designed in the UK for mentors to Slovakia and other project partner countries adjusted to the specific country as well as tourism sector needs via free of charge training series in partner countries

· to improve and broaden the training offer for mentors in close cooperation with the employers, professionals and practitioners within tourism sector

· to initiate the transfer and development of mentoring techniques through mentoring pilot mentoring

· to prepare and produce the final methodology and standard of education designed for EU valorization

Who can become a mentor?

A person who can fulfill the following criteria – a person who:

· works, owns, manages the company within the travel and tourism sector for at least five years

· is aware of specific problems in tourism sector

· is willing to share their knowledge, experience and know-how

· has made measurable achievements both in their professional and personal life

· has the leadership qualities

· is trustworthy and who has the interest of others at heart

· has well developed understanding, insight and wisdom concerning the sector and his/her own area of expertise

· is willing to give time to the development of others

· can earn the respect of others

· has mentoring experience (not required but is an advantage)

Mentors‘ commitments (rights and obligations)


1. to cover/refund travel cost associated with the participation on the workshops organized within the project (travel, accommodation)

2. to maintain trade secrets of his business

3. to cancel the participation on the project in case of thread to her/his company reputation caused by the participation on the project, or threat to the reputation of the project itself

4. to use the „mentor“ title, to highlight the mentors‘ company on the official project website and other websites and/or in media when agreed by the project coordination (Slovak Business Agency) in Slovakia and SC GROUP G4 PROMOTION SRL – ACTIV TOURS&TRAVELS in Romania

5. to obtain an international certificate in tourism mentoring


1. to attend all three trainings, eventually other events within the project (eg. a meeting for matchmaking mentors and mentees)

2. to mentor/take you under her/his wing at least three mentees – proffessionals from tourism sector

3. to establish, develop and maintain the mentoring relationship with all three mentees during specific period of time given each mentee at least three working days (24 hours). Form of mentoring (personal meetings, email, Skype or telephone communication), frequency, length and content of mentoring meetings will be chosen by both sides (mentor and mentee) at the first meeting.

4. to report to the project coordinators (EUTM project team) about the mentoring relationship progress (sending at least three reports of the meetings, the report format/sample will be provided)

5. promote the project, its activities, best practices and success stories within their means

Project benefits for mentors and mentees or why to participate?

· acquiring mentoring skills – 3 two-day workshops on mentoring techniques (free of charge) led by experts from the UK in the participating EU partner countries – proposed venues and dates:

– Bratislava ( Slovakia ): 11th – 13th June, 2014

– Pitesti ( Romania ): 4th -5th September, 2014

– Vilnius ( Lithuania ): 30th – 31st October, 2014

· exchange of good practices within the participating countries

· international certificate in tourism mentoring for all trained mentors

· personal development, self and deployment of new horizonsIMG_5050