Foreign Tourists Are Increasingly Choosing Slovenia
The number of foreign tourists in Slovenia is growing. Out of more than 810 thousand tourist overnights (in April 2017), over 554 thousand stays fell on the foreign tourists. The total number of overnight stays, as compared to April 2016, increased by 27%. In the average annual rate, the greatest growth in overnight stays in Slovenia was registered among tourists from Germany (60%), Italy (56%), Russia (50%), Austria (49%) and Croatia (28%). A small decrease (1%) was recorded in April 2017 only among Serbian tourists.
In April 2017, hotels in Slovenia recorded 566,000 overnight stays (70% of all tourist overnights). In general, 8% of overnight stays fell on camping, 5% — on apartments and houses, and 4% — on hostels.
In April, the largest number of overnight stays was recorded in the country’s resort municipalities (30% or almost 243,000 stays), followed by the municipalities of Primorska (23%), Gorenjska (17%) and Ljubljana (15%).
In the first four months of 2017, 2.7 million overnight stays were registered in tourist infrastructure facilities, which is 10% higher than in the same period last year. Of these, 1.6 million overnights are the share of foreign tourists, and 1.1 million stays relate to the tourists from Slovenia.
In the first four months of 2017, the total number of tourist visits exceeded 1 million, which is 13% higher than the level of the same period last year. At the same time, the number of arrivals of local tourists increased by 5%, and of foreign tourists — by 18%, the Statistics Service reported.