Romania currently holds a real tourism potential, which properly exploited, can create numerous long – term competitive, economic and social advantages.
The variety of landforms and the cultural and historical attractions, generate multiple development possibilities for Romania, such as: tourism resources varied in volume and in value; the concentrated positioning in territory of unique tourism resources; the existence of one third of the European mineral water resources in Romania; cultural heritage values and local traditions preserved in the daily life.
Romania offers countless unique travel experiences: Danube River and Danube Delta (recognized by UNESCO for its outstanding universal value as the world's third most biologically diverse area), the beautiful, intact, medieval towns in Central Transylvania (Brasov, Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Cluj); Bucharest town - Romania's capital city - the Black Sea coast (245 km. length); Oltenia region (whith the famous Horezu area) and the historic regions of Bucovina or Maramureș. A step back in time will take the visitor to the painted monasteries in Bucovina, to the perfectly preserved hilltop citadel of Sighisoara medieval town or to the authentic, centuries-old villages in Banat region.
The countryside is the heart and soul of Romania, where peasant culture remains a strong force and the local people are friendly with fascinating stories to tell.
Also, Romanians' vivid imagination and intense spirituality have always been expressed through their architecture, music, folk dances, crafts and traditions.
All these significant values might be related to the development of social tourism which can refer to highlighting of tourist sites and natural and cultural heritage of the geographically isolated less known areas. As a result, the development of tourism can boost the economic development of local communities.
Romanian stakeholders have a certain receptivity for social tourism issues and development. They are interested in the improvement of the existing social tourism policy in collaboration with other European countries or in participating in the creation of new European social tourism mechanism.