The city of Craiova, in Southern Romania, enters the select world of international hotel brands. The new Ramada Plaza located here absorbed an investment of 14 million Euros, being the only hotel of its kind outside the Capital city of Bucharest. It inaugurates a new chapter in the book of 4 stars plus services with its business, SPA and gastronomy offers.
“It is a privilege for me to be a part of such an ambitious project. Our goal is to become the number one business address in Craiova” – said Marcello Pauw, General Manager Ramada Plaza Craiova. The hotel has162 rooms, standard and executive apartments, a SPA & Wellness centre, two restaurants, three conference halls and a Grand ballroom (Constantin Brâncuși – 507 square meters) with a capacity of about 550 persons.
”We estimate a 2,5 million Euros turnover in 2016. 90% of it will be coming from the business market”- said Pauw. The project management and the affiliation process of the hotel at the Ramada Plaza brand has been supervised by Trend Hospitality Management and Consulting, partner of Wyndham Hotel Group in Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova.
”Our company celebrated quarter of a century of activity, being involved in organizing large events in Romania and round the world. Our programmes and specialists received over the years about 250 distinctions and prizes from our partners and the Romanian state. I believe Romania needs to build a multifunctional Conference Centre in order to be able to host events for thousands of participants. ” (George Sorin Nicolescu, president of Olimpic International Turism)
4 out of 1000
Four restaurants in Bucharest – Baca’s Kitchen, Zexe Zahana, Le Bistrot Francais, Joseph by Joseph Hadad – are listed among the best 1000 restaurants in the world. ”La Liste” is created by experimented chefs that confidentially evaluated the specialized guides of the countries. The first place is taken by Japan, with 127 restaurants, followed by France with 118, USA with 101, China with 69, Spain having 52 etc.
”La Liste”, promoting the best restaurants of the five continents has been presented by Philippe Faure – president of Atout France.
MARIAN BOGDAN won the” MARIAN BUGAN Trophy” in 2015
18 representatives of the restaurants in Romania met at the Annual Contest Maître ‘D, organized by the National Association of Maître d’hôtel Romania (ANMH). The 19th edition was hosted by the historical location of the House of Army in Bucharest. Four of the participants made it to the final and competed for the grand prize, the” Marian Bugan Trophy 2015”. „The final ranking was: The great winner – Marian Bogdan, Maître ‘D; 1st place and the gold medal – Mihai Ciucuraș, Maître ‘D (both from Naan restaurant in Bucharest); 2nd place and bronze medal – Sim Teodora Roxana, waiter at the restaurant of the Continental Hotel in Oradea. The 3rd place was taken by Iustin Iorgulescu, Maître ‘D at Continental Hotel in Sibiu.” – said Niculae Pupăză, president of ANMH.
Bucharest – Glasgow with BLUE AIR
In December the Romanian carrier Blue Air opened the Bucharest – Glasgow flights. Since the beginning the occupancy of the aircrafts has been over 95%, a real optimistic aspect for the company. The direct flight operates every Thursday and Sunday, according to the winter schedule 2015 – 2016, and the summer schedule for 2016. „Taking in account the tourist potential of Romania and Scotland we believe this will be a popular choice among tourists and business travellers alike. In the Glasgow area there is an important Romanian community and the opening of this route in December came especially that they could fully enjoy the winter holidays”- said Gheorghe Răcaru, General Director of Blue Air. Bucharest – Glasgow completes the over 20 new connections opened by Blue Air from Romania but also from its external bases in Torino Caselle and Larnaca.
The tour operator Christian Tour launched on the Romanian market a new travel concept and brand called Pellerin. It is a part of the Holidays for the Soul, dedicated to those that whish to travel to religiuos sites, as pilgrims, in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan or Egipt, but also in Romania.
„The Pellerin brand came alive as an answer to the various requests from our customers. The most appreciated destinations of the kind are Israel, Greece (Athos Mountain) and Turkey, and in Romania the monasteries in Bucovina and Vâlcea areas and the St. Andrew Monastery in Dobrogea” – said Marius Pandel, CEO Christian Tour. The tourists may benefit of various discounts and special offers when buying the Pellerin Club Card (25 euro). As announced by the Company management all the profits generated by the Pellerin excursions are donated to the Christian Hope Foundation, to sustain the development of children coming from disadvantaged families.