Romania is seeking to boost its tourism profile in the world, ditching the stigma of "Dracula" and enticing visitors with the beautiful Danube.
A recent article in Bloomberg brings to life how several entrepreneurs are seeking to reboot tourism in the country through ecotourism and the involvement of local settlers.
"We want to show them that there are other ways to make a living," Ivan Patzaichin, four-time Olympic rowing champion and investor, told Bloomberg between bites of crisp fried fish pulled that day from the Danube and served up by a fisherman's wife in a dirt-floored reed hut. "We want them to unite and create small communities working together, set up their households to have boarding guests, show the traditional way of life."
Patzaichin and his partner Teodor Floru have launched RowMania, an ecotourism project that takes guests out with local fisherman to catch fish and eat a local meal.
"I have always had a responsibility toward the Delta and its people, I've always felt that I arrived where I did because of them as well," he said to Bloomberg.
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Now is an opportune time for Romania's tourism industry. The economy is growing and there is interest in travel to the country. As the political system has stabilized, more foreign tourists and expats are coming to the area and the Balkan region is enjoying a surge in popularity of late.
Read more here about what to see and do in Romania.
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