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We have been warned!

Updated: Jan 22

How a farming village was turned into a theme park.

Sau cum un sat rural a fost transformat într-un parc tematic urban.

Viscri now

Viscri then

The fate of Viscri suggests that what investors in the so-called 'sustainable tourism' industry might want is by no means what genuine, sustainable development in rural Transylvania might actually require.

Here are lines taken verbatim from probably the first and only piece of journalism on tourism in Transylvania that doesn't seek to enchant the reader. We have been warned!

Overrun by tourists and their cars | a trail of noise and dust | we can't even open our windows | a tick-the-box tourism destination | a holiday home hotspot for cosmopolitan foreigners and wealthy Romanians | a desirable destination for entrepreneurs from Bucharest to open guesthouses and restaurants | house prices in the village have exploded | a real estate bubble | locals who grew up in the area will struggle to buy a home | foreign ownership may need regulating | more urban theme park than traditional farming village | tourism benefits only those who own restaurants and guesthouses | everything has become more expensive here | every year it gets harder | if the authenticity goes then we are just a museum

| asaltat de turiști și mașinile lor | o dara de zgomot și praf | nici măcar nu ne putem deschide ferestrele | o destinație turistică bifată | un hotspot de case de vacanță pentru străinii cosmopoliti și românii bogați | o destinație de dorit pentru antreprenorii din București pentru a deschide pensiuni și restaurante | prețurile locuințelor din sat au explodat | un balon imobiliar | localnicii care au crescut în zonă nu își permit să cumpere o casă | dreptul de proprietate străină poate necesita reglementări | mai mult parc tematic urban decât satul tradițional rural | turismul aduce beneficii doar celor care dețin restaurante și pensiuni | aici totul a devenit mai scump | în fiecare an devine mai greu | dacă autenticitatea dispare atunci suntem doar un muzeu |

From 'Romanian tourists swamp village loved by Prince Charles' By Stephen McGrath Viscri, Romania, September 2020

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