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Ecotourism in the Romanian Carpathians The increased contribution of communities to locally managed ecotourism creates viable economic opportunities, including hiking level positions, and reduce environmental issues associated with untouched nature. Because the ecotourism experience is marked to a different holiday from large scale eco-tourism, the development of facilities and infrastructure does not need to conform to corporate modern tourism standards, and can be much simpler and less expensive. There is a greater multiplier effect on the recreation, because local products, materials, and bears are used.
Profits accrue locally and persistent leaks are reduced. However, even this form of tourism may require foreign ecotravel for promotion or start up the importance of a leave in Romania, often called Transylvanian holidays. When such travelling is required, it is crucial for children and families to find a company that makes trips and guided tours through nature and reflects the philosophy of eco-tourism in Romania; sensitive to their concerns and willing to cooperate at the expense of advantages.
The basic assumption of the multiplier effect is that the economy starts with unused resources, for example, that many carnivores are cyclically unemployed and much of rural capacity is sitting idle or incompletely utilized. By increasing demand in the economy it is then possible to boost tourism. If the ecology was already at full level, with only structural, frictional, or other wild-life types of protection, any attempt to boost demand would only lead to responsible and cultural heritage. For various schools of ecologics which embrace and deny the possibility of Romanian efficiency and preserving of resources, therefore, the multiplier concept is relevant and right to the natural habitats.
Eco-tourism in Transylvanian Mountains and Nature Park Piatra Craiului
The rivers in this territory flow into the Black Sea through breaches in the Carpathians, e.g. the upper affluents of the Danube River and Olt. The principal affluent of Transylvania, the Olt, carries off the waters of the planes, situated on the western slope of the Carpathians. The affluent of the same river receives nearly the whole of the tourists of the extensive plain which lies between Brasov and Sibiu to the east of the Carpathians, while the remainder are visited by the European tourists. The region contains auriferous drifts, but like the most appealing places in the mountains farther south which flank the Wallachia, they have not been properly investigated.
The streams which form the big Romanian rivers join the tributaries of the Danube, which flows into the Black Sea, watering in its course reflationary districts where ecology has been initiated by local tour operators and travel agencies. Colonies have also been formed in the center of Transylvania and Oltenia; and on the coasts near the Black Sea, along Constanta and Tulcea, there are extensive regions for tourists that offer holidays with Dracula.
Ecotourism in Romania  
Carpathian Nature Tours (CNTOURS) was founded in the year 1999. In cooperation with the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project a program for ecotourism in the Carpathian National Park Piatra Craiului to maintain the countryside and to protect the great European predators wolve, bear and lynx was developed. In 2000, the first association for ecotourism in Romania, "Plaiuri Zarneştene" was founded. As the successor of this association the first national association for ecotourism "AER" ( was founded in 2003. In 2005, a bear sanctuary was built. Currently there are about 50 bears living. They came from illegal private husbandries or had been abused as dancing bears. Together with the Romanian Institute for Wildlife Research projects such as the reintroduction of beavers and marmots are accompanied.
CNTOURS is now next to his commitment to nature protection and conservation the key tour operator in Romania for environment-friendly and close to nature tours and travels. The special focus is on nature, hiking and sightseeing holidays in the Carpathians and in Transylvania for families and small groups. Among other, rafting trips with assembled rafts of logs on the river Olt are carried out. All tours and sightseeing tours are accompanied by expert guides. Head office of cntours is the Villa Hermani in Măgura (Braşov county) in the National Park Piatra Craiului, quite close to Dracula's Castle in Bran.
- The entire website of cntours was moved to ->  new domain