ROMANIAN COUNTRYSIDE - SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
This paper is focused on presenting the particularities of the Romanian rural space from a touristic point of view with its advantages for the tourists and as reason for supporting the development of sustainable tourism. The specificity of natural capital is amplified by spectacular landscapes, varied configuration of land relief, favourable climatic conditions (reduced frequency of negative phenomena, absence of excessive temperatures), therapeutic value and abundance of natural factors (mineral waters and thermal-mineral waters, curative mud, topoclimate and microclimate, etc.), flora and fauna, etc.The natural capital, for which the Romanian rural area represents a "geographic personality", must be doubled in time by the tourist vocation.Romania holds an immense treasure of archaeological remains, historical, architectural and art monuments, as well as a priceless patrimony which attests the evolution and continuity of work and life on these lands, the development of the culture and arts of the Romanian people. This entire cultural-historical fund represents a significant part of the potential tourist offer (the so-called potential secondary offer) and a component of the tourist image of Romanian on the international market.