Economic profile of Prahova County
- Agriculture and food industry
- The banking system
Prahova County traditionally has an industrial economic vocation. The share of the industry in terms of turnover in the total economic activity is approx. 50%, and in industrial activities, the main shares are mining, crude oil processing and coal coking, food, beverage and tobacco, and the machinery and equipment industry. In Romania's industrial production, Prahova contributes to a significant extent in the following fields: extraction of oil, natural gas, coal, construction of equipment for geological exploitation, drilling and exploitation of oil wells, petrochemistry, production of steel cables, tires, plastics , hydraulic equipment, pumps, cranes, chemicals and petrochemicals, furniture, building materials, fabrics, textiles, wines, spirits and refreshments, preserved vegetables and fruits, dairy products and carmangeries.
As proof of the potential, facilities and economic stability of the county, as well as the opening of the authorities to a modern European economy, big foreign investors – powerful multinational companies worldwide, chose Prahova County to run their business in Romania: OMV Petrom Lukoil, Yazaki, Calsonic Kansei, Timken, Cameron, Johnson Controls, Lufkin Industries, Weatherford, Toro, Federal Mogul, Michelin, Dalkia, Apa Nova – Veolia, Linde Gaz, Schlumberger, Global Enterprise, JCR Christiph Consulting, Ducati Energia, Mayr Melnhof, Toro, Plastipack, Holcim Group, Swisspor, Coilprofil, Viking Profile, Final Distribution, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Alinso Group, Cola, Bergenbier Molson-Coors.
Agriculture and food industry
Prahova County has an agricultural area of 272,834 hectares, with a share of approx. 2% of the agricultural area of the country. The agricultural area of the county is distributed as follows: 53% – arable land, 26% pastures, 13% meadows, 5% orchards and 3% vineyards. In the vegetal sector, the predominant crops are: cereals for grains, maize and grains, oily plants, sunflower, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, grapes. In animal husbandry, livestock, as well as the poultry sector, make available to other counties of the country. The main products of the branches of the agricultural sector are: cereals, fruits, grapes, milk, meat.
The food and beverage industry is excellently represented in Prahova economy as a whole, producing bakery products, meat preparations, dairy products, canned fruits and vegetables, spirits, natural juices and carbonated beverages, wines. The wines produced in Prahova County are of superior quality, most notably red wines, which made Prahova County known as “the country of the red wines”.
The constructions and building materials sector has developed in Prahova county, registering a significant share in the turnover of the economy as a whole. In Prahova county, insulating materials (hydro-, phono- and heat-insulating), cement, coating systems, primers, paints, pavements and pavements, metallic structures, BCA boards, expanded polyester etc. are made.
For the economy of Prahova County, tourism activity represents an important sector, whose potential is constantly developing from the richness and diversity of natural elements and resources as well as those of anthropogenic nature. Prahova County offers remarkable tourist attractions, which illustrate in a quasi- complete way the whole range of attractions specific to the landscape – mountain tourism, balneary tourism, cultural-historical tourism, thematic tourism, religious tourism, business tourism etc.
The special natural settings offered by Prahova Valley, Teleajen Valley, Valea Slanicului, Valea Doftanei, Bucegi Mountains, as well as numerous tourist resorts and facilities, along with a number of other factors (large population, important business centers , university, crossed by the main roads and railways that connect with the rest of the country and the other countries in Europe) rank Prahova County among the first counties of the country, in terms of the number of tourists accommodated.
In a ranking made by the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Prahova County ranks second in the country, after Brasov, due to Prahova Valley area ski infrastructure – 35 homologated km (out of the 164 km – at national level). The skiing area in Prahova includes the slopes of Sinaia, Azuga, Busteni and Cheia. Sinaia resort has the only high altitude skiing area in Romania with 22 kilometers of skiing slopes. Spa tourism Nature’s generosity spans all over the county’s area through a multitude of elements that constitute the resource of an exceptional spa potential – mineral springs, ozone-rich air, rich in ultraviolet radiation, salty lakes, therapeutic mud, therapeutic saline. Localities with a great spa potential are spread throughout the county: Sinaia, Buşteni, Breaza, Slănic, Telega, Baicoi-Ţintea, Cheia.
Cultural, historical and religious tourism
Thanks to the exceptional cultural and historical traditions, Prahova County enjoys an extremely rich and exceptional value for artistic, architectural, historical monuments. Among them, the most representative are: Peleş and Pelişor Castles (Sinaia), Culture Palace (Ploieşti), “Cezar Petrescu” Memorial House (Buşteni), “Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu” Museum (Campina), Archeology Archeology (Ploieşti), "Nicolae Simache" Clock Museum (Ploieşti), Art Museum (Ploieşti), Museum of Natural Sciences (Ploieşti), “Ion Luca Caragiale” Museum (Ploieşti), “Nicolae Grigorescu” Memorial Museum, “Nicolae
Iorga” Museum (Vălenii de Munte), The Republican Petroleum Museum (Ploieşti), theCinegetic Museum (Posada). Numerous churches and monasteries are genuine architectural jewels and blessed places of prayer: the monasteries of Sinaia, Caraiman, Crasna, Ghighiu, Cheia, Suzana, Zamfira, Brebu
Many important hotels in Prahova county have modern facilities, which correspond to the highest requirements of accommodation and technical equipment, that is why they are appreciated from the point of view of business tourism. Among the locations highly appreciated for this type of modern tourism there are: Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ploiesti), Central Hotel (Ploiesti), Hotel Prahova Plaza (Ploiesti), Centrum (Ploiesti), Sky Center (Paulesti) Sinaia Hotel, Hotel Palace (Sinaia), Hotel New Palace (Sinaia), Hotel International (Sinaia), Hotel Alexandros (Buşteni), Hotel Lux Garden (Azuga).
This form of tourism is based on the potential of traditions, customs, the specificity of each area, starting from special places and specific occupations.
The Wine Road – capitalizes the important wine-vineyard potential of Prahova county and re-edits a segment of an old wine road used by the Romans. It crosses the famous vineyards of the county and includes stops at wine cellars, mansions and monasteries. The road has approx. 100 km and includes the following localities: Băicoi, Boldeşti, Bucov, Pleaşa, Valea Călugărească, Iordacheanu, Mizil, Urlaţi, Ceptura, Fântânele, Tohani, Gura Vadului and Călugăreni.
The Road of Fruits – spans takes in the northern part of the county and crosses several localities from the west to the east, this route having as purpose the acceleration of the development of the northern area of Prahova, recognized for its rich fruit production.
The Voivode’s Road – highlights the routes crossed by the armies of some important Romanian rulers. This route starts from Dealu Monastery, in Dambovita County, continuing to the south.
Salt Road – 11C Bustenari Road, connects Salina Slanic Salt Baths with Telega Baths.
Hunting tourism – The bust of the county’s relief has endowed these places with an invaluable treasure: the hunting treasure. Thus, in Prahova, hunting enthusiasts can hunt foxes, wild boars, wolves, rabbits, deer, ducks and wild geese, ferrets, pheasants, pheasants, bears, races. Hunting or shooting competitions are organized either by the County’s Hunter’s and Fishermen’s Association, or by local agents in Ploieşti, Măneciu, Slănic, Urlaţi and Vălenii de Munte.
The trade activity is the most important in terms of the number of companies carrying out an economic activity registered in Prahova county. Due to the geographical position of Prahova county and especially Ploieşti, trade has experienced a spectacular development. Thus, in Ploiesti, besides a developed network of retail stores, the major hypermarket stores – Metro Cash & Carry, Praktiker, Carrefour, Bricostore, Selgros, Cora, Kaufland, Auchan, Artsani, Dedeman; Supermarket – Profi, Penny, Mega Image, Lidl and mall type: Ploiesti City Mall, Afi, Winmarkt, Mercur Mall.
The transport, storage and logistic activities have the most significant share in the total turnover achieved by the Prahovean companies operating in the services sector, followed by the professional, administrative and support services.
The banking system is represented in Prahova County through a number of 32 banking institutions with over 200 subsidiaries.