Interesting Times Social Bureau
The Interesting Times Bureau was launched by the non-profit organisation Asociatia Coolturala “Noua Ne Pasa!” with the purpose of supporting local cultural and artistic projects that relate to urban life and environment and fund them by developing sustainable urban tours and workshops.
Members of the local community (artists, architects, activists, social entrepreneurs, curators),designed our tours to cater, primarily, to the needs of the city and only secondarily to the needs of the tourist market.
Simultaneously and symbiotically this creates more content and more opportunities for the tourists to enjoy, thus enabling a positive feedback loop that helps grow a city in dire need of urban and social development: according to Mastercard’s Global Destination City Index (2014), Bucharest ranks on no. 90 out of 132 cities.
As the study shows, there is a deep connection between a city’s cultural and artistic, its social and economical development and tourism:
“The impact of travel on destination cities that receive visitors are very significant from
the business, social, and cultural perspectives. International visitors’ spending
constitute an increasingly important source of business revenue in a destination city,
encompassing the hospitality, retail, transport, sports, and cultural industries, among
many others. In many instances, it is a major economic engine for employment and
income generation for the city in question. Along with the flow of visitors comes the
flow of new ideas and experiences that benefits both the visitors and the destination
cities, which are just as important as the flow of spending. As a result, the more
connected a destination city is to other cities, the more vibrant and dynamic it