Reopened five years ago, the Cismigiu hotel in Bucharest celebrated end of last year’s its 105th anniversary. Built in 1912, it is one of the most spectacular patrimony buildings in the Romanian capital city and its remaking took over 15 million euro. Located on the Elisabeth Boulevard the hotel is a property of the Spanish company Hercesa. “The impecable quality of the services provided to our clients, the comfort and tranquility in a supercentral location, the attention in satisfying the most diverse tastes – all these make the brand of Hotelul Cișmigiu. The excellent ratings on Booking.com and Tripadvisor placed and maintain the hotel in Top 3 hotels in Bucharest throughout 2014-2017” – said at the celebration Alejandro Solano Gallego, one of the shareholders of the Hercesa group.
13 years with BLUE AIR
Closing of 2017 the largest Romanian air-line Blue Air celebrated 13 years of existence. The story started back in 2004 with 1 plane and 35 employees and continues today with 29 planes and over 1500 people. Blue Air flyes to over 100 cityes in Europe and carried so far 21 million passengers – which is more than the entire population of Romania.
„Blue Air is successful due to its entire team and due to our passengers – that we would like to thank for their trust and suggestions offered. Throughout 2018 we will continue the development by bringing new planes and offering new services. We invested in developing the fleet, opened 34 new routes and 3 operational hubs in Constanța, Liverpool and Alghero. Member of IATA – the most prestigious association, counting 260 companies is 119 countries – Blue Air will keep the same dynamic in 2018. For 2017 we estimated a turnover of 400 million euro and about 5 million passengers, 35% more than in 2016”- said Gheorghe Răcaru, General director of Blue Air, with the occasion of the celebrations.
CIOCĂNEȘTI seen by Lonely Planet
The village of Ciocanesti (Suceava county, in northern Romania) is known locally as an open air museum of living traditions, due to its very colorful houses, all decorated with traditional Romanian patterns . Lonely Planet placed the village in the Top 10 of most colorful places in Europe. „Carpathian Mountains. The very name conjures up images of vampires, werewolves and bewitched forests. But in the historic Bucovina region, Ciocănești busts every spooky cliché: after all, what could be less terrifying than an entire village painted like Easter eggs?” writes Tamara Sheward.
The historical region of Bucovina, where the village lays, is famous, among others, for the tradition of decorating Easter eggs with patterns taken from the folk suits of the locals. The people started to apply the motifs on the houses in Ciocanesti just about the 1950’s and, due to the high appreciation of the community and visitors, in 2004, the Local council decided to support this unique activity. Any new house must be decorated and the owners do receive a small financing to keep the tradition going.
BUCUREȘTI has the 1st Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton opened the first Hilton Garden Inn in Romania. The 4 stars unit is located in the Capitals Old District, just across the historical building of the National Bank of Romania. The hotel has 210 rooms, 5 conference halls with about 300 seats, a restaurant, a bar, fitness facilities, and started operating with about 80 employees. Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Old Town is administrated by the Lithuanian investors of Europa Royale hotel – also in Bucharest’s’ Old District area.
Radisson Blu – largest transaction in Romanian Hotel Industry
Elbit Imaging Ltd. announced in Tel Aviv that its office in Romania signed the contract to sell the company’s share (98,2%) in the Radisson Complex in Bucharest. The value of the tranzaction is of 169,2 million euro, this being the largest hotel transaction in the entire history of Romanian travel business.
The Radisson Complex in Bucharest is centrally located on Victoriei Avenue, in the close vicinity of historical landmarks such as the Romanian Athenaeum, The Royal Palace and The Revolution Square. The Complex is composed of the Radisson Blu and Park Inn hotels, for which Elbit hopped to get 185 million euro. According to sources close to the transaction the new owners of the two hotels are the two investment funds Revetas Capital (with several other investments in Romania) and Cerberus (one of the largest private capital administrators in the world).
ALBA IULIA awarded for mobility
The city of Alba Iulia in Transylvania, Romania, received from the World Transport Organization (IRU), the star prize in 2017. The project “Alba Iulia – Smart City 2018 for intelligent mobility” impressed the international jury. Mircea Hava, mayor of Alba Iulia, said: ”Alba Iulia decided to be a top tourist destination. Creating facilities for the travellers that come by bus is important and the prize that we received shows we are going in the right direction.”
The National Union of Road Hauliers from Romania, active member of IRU, is the promoter of the above event. Radu Dinescu, General secretary od the union, said: „We are happy that Alba Iulia accepted the invite to candidate in this international competition, being part of the global campaign fo inteligent mobility Smart Move. We congratulate the first Romanian city to win this prize, this award contributing in promoting our country in the world.”