Some 15 percent more Romanians travelled abroad this summer, according to the Romanian Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT) cited by Mediafax. The most popular destinations for locals were Greece and Turkey followed by Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Greece was on an upward trend as it offers cheaper holiday options compared to Turkey and more charters were organized this year, according to ANAT representatives. For the first time in several years Bulgaria didn’t make it to the top five destinations for Romanians this year.  Egypt was another destination where fewer Romanians opted to travel in 2015 due to security issues in the region.

The 15 percent increase takes place against the fact that demand for holidays in Romanian seaside resorts has also gone up as many tourists who travelled to Greece and Bulgaria during the past years opted for a domestic destination in 2015, according to ANAT.

Improved infrastructure, new hotels, a slight increase in service quality and the introduction of all-inclusive have helped local seaside resorts attracts more tourists, according to Alin Burcea, ANAT VP and the owner of Paralela 45.