The problems of Romanian tourism, discussed at the HoReCa forum

One of the topics addressed in some of the presentations was to support the “need for a national MDG”. In fact, since the beginning of the debates for the law on the organization and functioning of Destination Management Organizations (MDGs) there have been several camps and a total, interminable war in order not to get the promotion money to the tourist areas for which the MDG Law was designed. but to a “national MDG” that would benefit from this money, although not even the Competition Law would allow the establishment of this anti-competitive mechanism. There may also be conflicts of interest. However, Ovidiu Tudor, president of the Incoming Romania Association, wanted to be noticed during the event by exposing false information about this body, saying that he was “requested by all professional associations” – although FPTR not only did not has never supported the amendment of the MDGs in this regard, but has also fought for 5 years against this permanent attempt to change in favor of future beneficiaries of promotion funds. After other fights that took place on this topic at the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, just these days, FPTR proposed the opposite of what Ovodiu Tudor claimed, that is not the amendment of the WCO Law, but a special law, separate from the law that it is already in force, for those who want to manage the funds for the promotion of Romania, precisely so that this future “national MDG” will not interfere in what the local MDGs do.

Apart from this incident, all the other topics discussed benefited from a constructive dialogue. Speakers included Ion Antonescu, Founder of Marshal Tourism and the owner of Marshal Garden Hotel, Florin-Sergiu Dobrescu, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Dumitru Luca, President of the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT), Representative of the Alliance for Tourism (APT), Gabriela Țigu, dean of the Faculty of Business and Tourism at the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest and many other representatives of the hospitality industry. The moderator of the event was Traian Bădulescu, spokesman for the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT).

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