Special interest tours in Romania
from company trips to niche travel,
incentives and customized tours
The definition of "special interest tours" is not very clear, not even to travel industry professionals. We use it here in a very broad sense, meaning: travel packages which are not purely recreational holidays. Accordingly, there is a huge variety of special interest tours.
The type of travel arrangement needed depends a lot on the customers. Our main task is to put together types of services which are not standard in the travel industry, be it organizing a visit of a farm or arranging a meeting with stamp collectors.
There are two types of customers for the special interest tours:
- company trips and incentives, in which the time alloted to the specific field (meetings, visits of factories or institutions a.s.o) versus the time alloted to sightseeing can differ greatly;
- private groups, focused on a specific topic, many associations all over Europe organize yearly trips with the members, and have all kind of less usual requests; genealogy tours (visiting the places where the ancestors have lived) is also an interesting example.
There album on the right side of the page shows some examples of special interest tours; of course, the possibilities are endless – direct requests and close cooperation in the planning stage are vital into developing the adequate travel package.
photo: Prof. Peter Stöckl, Vienna
Looking for rare species in the Carpathians
There is an increasing interest, worldwide, in finding rare species in natural, undisturbed, environments. In Romania, a country where most of the forrest are natural, and not planted (still...), where large areas have not been touched by industrialised agriculture, this kind of tours offer interesting opportunities. Of course, they involve more or less phisical activities (up to real hiking, in some cases), but they focus on rare species, and not on conquering mountain peaks. In the picture: a Rosalia alpina in Cerna Valley; the species is considered to be an indicator for natural, undisturbed beech woods.