Raularian RUSU1, Ștefan DEZSI2, Bogdan Eugen DOLEAN2, Titus MAN1, Ciprian MOLDOVAN1

1 “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Geography, Centre for Regional Geography,
5-7 Clinicilor Street, Cluj-Napoca, e-mails: raularian.rusu@ubbcluj.ro, titus.man@ubbcluj.ro, ciprian.moldovan@ubbcluj.ro
1 “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Geography, 5-7 Clinicilor Street, Cluj-Napoca, e-mails: stefan.dezsi@ubbcluj.ro, bogdan.dolean@ubbcluj.ro

ABSTRACT. – The Tourism Infrastructure of Sălaj County. The paper represents the third part of a larger study concerning tourism in Sălaj County, taking into consideration the tourism infrastructure in the county. The paper analysed statistical data regarding the accommodation establishments and their capacity, available online from the National Institute of Statistics (TEMPO-ONLINE database) for a period of 33 years, between 1990 and 2022. The total number of accommodation establishments dropped from 23 in 1990 to 16 in 2007, but then increased significantly, reaching 127 accommodation units in 2022. Most of these recently emerged units, such as bungalows and guesthouses, have however a small capacity. Therefore, the evolution in terms of the total number of available beds in certified accommodation units has not been equally spectacular. There was the same decreasing trend, from 1922 beds in 1990, to 754 beds in 2008, followed by an increase, which nevertheless reached a maximal value of 1923 beds in 2016. Since then, the overall capacity has slightly decreased. Most of the beds are currently available in accommodation establishments located in towns (mainly in Zalău) and spa resorts, especially in hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. The general trend in recent years has been to improve the degree of comfort, which in Zalău gave rise to several 4-star hotels, in addition to the existent 3-star hotels. Recreational facilities are mainly available in the two spa resorts, Băile Boghiș and Bizușa-Băi, but there are some similar facilities in Zalău, Jibou and Șimleu Silvaniei, while most of the seats in public catering facilities are located in Zalău, Boghiș and Ip. The positive trend in terms of tourism infrastructure is expected to be maintained in the following years, as tourism is the economic activity most likely to be strategically important for the sustainable development of Sălaj County in the future.

Keywords: Sălaj County, tourism infrastructure, accommodation units, recreational facilities, Romania.