Interviu aparut in revista italiana Atlasorbis

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www.atlasorbis.com

Dan Matei Agathon ex minister of tourism of

Romania spokesman for the Alliance of Business

Confederations of Romania

L’Osservatorio

“ We are aplying ourselves to rebuild

the trust in Romanian economy”

Dan Matei Agathon became the

most famous romanian

minister of Tourism after he tried

to build a Dracula theme park in

Transylvania in order to conquest

the overcrowded market of

international tourism. CNN and

other international news televisions

presented him as the most creative

minister and as the one who

brought in Romania many tourists

using inovative ideas. He was the

first to plant palm trees at the Black

Sea borders, turning Romanian

litoral into a „mediteranean”

destination. Now, he fights for

Romanian economy as a spokesman

for the main Business Union of the

country, The Alliance of Business

Confederations of Romania,

affiliated to Business Europe (the

main horizontal business

organisation at EU level), to the

International Organisation of

Employers and to the International

Labour Organization.

In 2002, CNN had a cover story

about your plan to build in Romania

a great Dracula theme park in

Transylvania, the region that

appears in movies as the land of

origin of the famous legend. What

happened then?

In tourism you find yourself in a battle

with 120 countries, each of them

presented as the most beautiful and full of

surprises and each of them embroided

with stories more or less fictious to

become a product, succesfully sold in the

world. In this competition I brought the

legend of Dracula, subject that attracted

immediatly the attention of world media.

CNN sent at the time three teams for

different documentaries. It was an unique

opportunity.

Unfortunately, Dracula theme park was

the kind of succes to disturb too many

people, inside and outside of the country.

A lot of NGO’s, representing differents

interests, have created a public

desagreement and a bad atmosphere for

the project. I still hope someone will

understand that I was a visionary and will

bring it to live…

What does Romania has to offer as

a touristic destination?

Exactly what I tried to offer when I was

the minister of Tourism: photo and safari

in Danube Delta, adventure in mountains

and caves, religious pilgrimages, as in

Greece or in The Holy Land, agrotourism

in the countryside, where the air and the

food are the cleanest in Europe, and, of

course, the experience of Black Sea.

Now, you are not a politician

anymore, but the spokesman of the

main Business Union in Romania.

What are the economic concerns of

Romania today and what are the

measures your Business Union

wants to implement to fight the

crisis?

In the years I was a politician, I fully

understand that a country cannot develop

and grow without a very strong business

sector. But a business sector without a

strong employers organization is a non 

Dan Matei Agathon became the

most famous romanian

minister of Tourism after he tried

to build a Dracula theme park in

Transylvania in order to conquest

the overcrowded market of

international tourism. CNN and

other international news televisions

presented him as the most creative

minister and as the one who

brought in Romania many tourists

using inovative ideas. He was the

first to plant palm trees at the Black

Sea borders, turning Romanian

litoral into a „mediteranean”

destination. Now, he fights for

Romanian economy as a spokesman

for the main Business Union of the

country, The Alliance of Business

Confederations of Romania,

affiliated to Business Europe (the

main horizontal business

organisation at EU level), to the

International Organisation of

Employers and to the International

Labour Organization.

In 2002, CNN had a cover story

about your plan to build in Romania

a great Dracula theme park in

Transylvania, the region that

appears in movies as the land of

origin of the famous legend. What

happened then?

In tourism you find yourself in a battle

with 120 countries, each of them

presented as the most beautiful and full of

surprises and each of them embroided

with stories more or less fictious to

become a product, succesfully sold in the

world. In this competition I brought the

legend of Dracula, subject that attracted

immediatly the attention of world media.

CNN sent at the time three teams for

different documentaries. It was an unique

opportunity.

Unfortunately, Dracula theme park was

the kind of succes to disturb too many

people, inside and outside of the country.

A lot of NGO’s, representing differents

interests, have created a public

desagreement and a bad atmosphere for

the project. I still hope someone will

understand that I was a visionary and will

bring it to live…

What does Romania has to offer as

a touristic destination?

Exactly what I tried to offer when I was

the minister of Tourism: photo and safari

in Danube Delta, adventure in mountains

and caves, religious pilgrimages, as in

Greece or in The Holy Land, agrotourism

in the countryside, where the air and the

food are the cleanest in Europe, and, of

course, the experience of Black Sea.

Now, you are not a politician

anymore, but the spokesman of the

main Business Union in Romania.

What are the economic concerns of

Romania today and what are the

measures your Business Union

wants to implement to fight the

crisis?

In the years I was a politician, I fully

understand that a country cannot develop

and grow without a very strong business

sector. But a business sector without a

strong employers organization is a non-sens.

This is why I dedicate myself to this

sector which is vital for the welfare of a

nation. In this time of crisis, our

organization is negociating with the

Government to adopt those measures

that can push for investments, support of

labour force, long time development and

economic growth. We fight also against

disemployment and poverty by creating

new opportunities, new jobs and by

encouraging the modernizations of all

sectors of society.

What is the role of Romania in

Europe today?

Romania can play an important role

because it has a good geo-strategic

position and has known in the last years

an unexpected economic growth.

Unfortunately, the worldwide crisis has

stopped a good start and now we struggle,

as many other countries, to recover from

the sickness. This is our role also, and

together with the president of The

Alliance of Business Confederations of

Romania, George Constantin Paunescu,

we are aplying ourselves to rebuild the

trust in Romanian economy.

Dan Matei Agathon

Short Presentation

1992 – 1996: Minister of Tourism of Romania

1999: Vicepresident of General Assembly of World

Tourism Organization

2000 – 2003: Minister of Tourism of Romania

2003 – 2004: Counselor of Prime Minister of

Romania

Present time: Spokesman for The Alliance of

Business Confederations of Romania

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  1. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, Satellite Direct Tv


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