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Commenting article: Romania Gloats about Beating Bulgaria with No Smoking Ban

Romania hopes to capitalize on the decision of neighboring Bulgaria to ban smoking in all enclosed public spaces, as it may be seen as an attractive destination for tobacco-addicted tourists, media reports say.

Tobacco-addicted summer holiday-makers can rely on Romania for laxer control in restaurants, cars, hotels and offices after Bulgaria introduces the full ban on June 1.

Currently, both Romania and Bulgaria impose a partial smoking ban, which is however widely ignored.

Bucharest12 - 15 Jun 2012 // 19:19:05

knez you are either misinformed or ill intended. I watch the news on the first 2-3 TV channels in Ro daily and read the most poular newspaper and I dont recall any news about Bg smoking ban. Most news about Bg seaside are positive: better prices, all inclusive system we dont have here, the fact that some restaurants have Romanian written Menus etc. When there is competition they actualy praise Bg and criticize the Ro Gvt for poor legilation and Hotel owners for poor management as compared to their Bg counterparts. The only negative news from Bg are usualy about car thefts and poor cooperation with the police. Actualy the only news about Bg in recent days was a news alert today about a BG ship catching fire on the Danube

bogomil - 30 May 2012 // 01:20:23

This thread is veering away from the smoking ban, of which I no nothing regarding Romania..
Romanians, both smokers & non-smokers, spend their holiday cash in Bg because they receive more value for their lei.. Like Russia in the early 00's, thyey went from the bottom of the pile to being more expensive than most western European countries, from simple greed..Certainly wasn't from improved infrastructure or taxes.. Bucharest became a hell-hole by '99, but Ro's beach resorts have always been there, and would remain the default summer destination for most Romanians, as it always was, except for the greed factor..

spags - 29 May 2012 // 17:34:59

Romania only has a partial smoking ban (as far as I know). If Romanian smokers want to smoke on holiday then why would they go to Bulgaria for their holiday, when they have the Black Sea coast themselves and can smoke in the pubs and clubs.

Bucharest12 - 29 May 2012 // 13:03:20

The title is misleading, rather hostile and has nothing to do with the body of the article. True the atitude of local Dobrogea officials is to stress the clubbing tourism Ibiza style (smoking is a plus) and not the family tourism because the way privatisation went there, the division of property, doesn't support family tourism (hotels and restaurents are individualy owned unlike in BG). True, bogomil, Romanian owners are greedy and prefer higher profit margins from fewer consumers, on the other hand this will either lead to bancrupcy or high quality - high added value (this is already valid for cultural tourism in Ro). Your comments about Bucharest are malitious (most cities I love are rather expensive than cheap, and if Bucharest is so it means people afford it). I think the not so well intended title and bogomil's comment are rather unfair and not very elegant considering the large amount of Ro tourists in Bg, their regard for Bg, their effect on local Bg economy etc

radoolian - 29 May 2012 // 08:51:00

Prices in Romania are not high because of greed, but rather because of taxes, as, unlike Bulgaria where you build a resort and you're derogated from paying certain taxes for some years, in Romania there is no such thing as tax derogation.

bogomil - 29 May 2012 // 04:13:25

Also weird that Romania has the same beach resorts, but priced itself out of the holiday resort market, even for its own people.. A level of greed in Romania that I'm not comfortable with: a much different country than it was 20 years ago, when even Bucharest was fairly livable..

radoolian - 28 May 2012 // 20:39:52

Weird, not sure how Romania could capitalize this. Romania banned smoking in public spaces (both closed spaces and opened public space like parks) for a couple of years now.

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