The Development of Winter Sports Tourism in Romania – A Historical Approach


  • Sorina Cernaianu University of Craiova, Romania, URePSSS (EA 7369), IRNIST, Address: 13, A.I. Cuza, Craiova, Romania, phone: +40 721 235302, e-mail:
  • Claude Sobry University of Lille, France, URePSSS (EA 7369), IRNIST


Romania, ski domains, ski resorts, sports tourism, winter tourism


The aim of this study is to present a historical approach of Romanian winter sports tourism focused on the importance and the future-oriented development of the skiing activity and ski resorts, having as landmarks: the end of the 19th century, the beginning of the communist regime (1948) and the fall of the communism (the Revolution of 1989). Based on a bibliographic documentation and statistical data, the study underlines mainly the development particularities of winter sports tourism for each period of time. Winter sports have been practiced in Romania since the end of 19th century. Many sports associations and clubs from different regions of the country having as objective to promote winter sports appeared at that time. During the communist period ski areas were not a priority. A series of investments was made in order to increase the accommodation capacity. The intense political, social and economic transformation experienced by Romania during the first years following the Revolution of 1989 led to a lower demand of tourism services which affected the development of winter tourism. Romania does huge efforts to develop the ski activity which will positively influence the evolution of winter sports tourism.




How to Cite

Cernaianu, S., & Sobry, C. (2017). The Development of Winter Sports Tourism in Romania – A Historical Approach. European Journal of Tourism Research, 16, 8–18. Retrieved from