Active Leisure During Vacations Ensures Tourist Records

There is no reason to refuse exceeding the last year’s results in the number of tourists who visited the North of Primorska region. Festivals provide one tenth of all overnight stays.

Bovec. Although this year the weather is more capricious than last year, the staff of the Northern Primorska tour operators hopes for at least the last year’s result, which has already exceeded expectations in Brdih and Vipava.

“If it was a certain sign, when in July the services of our information centre were used by 60% more tourists than in July last year, the general situation should be assessed as very favourable,” the director of the local Bovec tour operators Janko Humar happily admits. The Delo journalists asked him about the main trends of the current holiday season. Over the last week, for example, 1,200 people visited the information centre. The Bovec region with 95,000 regular visitors and 225,000 overnight stays significantly influenced the last year’s record of the Slovenian tourism industry. This July and August, the number of tourists makes only 60% of the total current figure for 2016, so it is too early to make a definitive assessment, but the results of the first seven months are more than encouraging.

“The season will succeed. Tourist facilities are filled to 95%. We are with a gain for the first half of the year. According to the total sum, we have already come close to the last year’s total revenue, and even secretly hope to surpass the last year’s figure. The weather, in spite of everything, is playing into our hands,” Humar says. The unfortunate consequences of the terrorist attacks on the Old Continent have also contributed to an increase in the number of French tourists. Hiking and cycling are primarily dominating among the leisure activities.

Festivals provide one tenth of all overnight stays

A local tour operator Sotočje has also expressed satisfaction with the number of tourists. Last year they recorded nearly 191,000 overnight stays. In Tolmin these days, on the eve of the last but one music festival of this year Punk Rock Holiday, the guests-tourists have already occupied all free places. “Festivals ensure 10% of all overnight stays in the municipality of Tolmin. However, we do not take into account spending nights in makeshift tents in the midst of events,” the acting director of a local tourist organization, Mateja Leban, noted.