Slovenia’s UK travel connections opened up by new London flight route
Slovenia's national airline has chosen the UK as the destination of its new route, marking the first time the airline has flown from Maribor in 16 years. From 1st June until October 2015, London Southend Airport will be scheduling three flights a week to Maribor; Slovenia’s second largest city.
In 2014 Slovenia recorded more foreign tourist arrivals and overnight stays
The preliminary data of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SORS) show that in 2014 the total number of tourist arrivals increased by 4% compared to 2013, while the number of overnight stays remained at approximately the same level. In the same comparison, the number of foreign tourist arrivals increased by 6%, while their overnight stays increased by 1%. Last year also showed a continued decline in the number of domestic tourist arrivals and overnight stays, which clearly reflects the adverse economic conditions and the decreasing purchasing power of Slovenian households related thereto.
Slovenia will participate in Expo Milano 2015 under the slogan “I feel sLOVEnia, Green. Active. Healthy”.Visitors will be guided through five themes: salt, bees, thermal and mineral waters, active lifestyle and green technologies.
The country will showcase itself in its own pavilion. Featuring a pyramidal shape set on a dynamic geometric surface, the building reflects the geographical diversity of Slovenia: the transition from the Alpine mountains to the Pannonian plains, the Mediterranean hills and the cultivated fields, under which lies an extraordinary subterranean labyrinth of Karst caves, stalactites and stalagmites. In tune with nature, the pavilion is made of natural materials – wood and glass.
Destination Laško – The Confluence of Good is this year’s winner of the Slovenian selection of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). After the Soča Valley, Solčavsko Region, Kolpa River and the town of Idrija, Slovenia has gained the fifth European Destination of Excellence. The official award ceremony of the European Destination of Excellence title at state level will be held on 5 June 2013. At the European level, the destination will first be presented in Brussels in autumn, where it will be awarded the title by the European Commission.
Slovenia, the fourth smallest member of the European Union in terms of area, boasts an extraordinary diversity of landscapes in a relatively small territory.
Easy access to this diversity is a particular advantage: it is possible to start the day in the mountains, with their sports and recreation centres, continue it on a farm in a green mountain pasture or valley, or perhaps on the Adriatic coast, and before it gets to evening allow yourself to be pampered at a top-flight thermal spa centre offering a sophisticated range of health and wellness services.
You can taste Slovenia in 24 distinct gastronomic regions and 14 wine districts. Relaxation, entertainment and culture are provided by internationally famous festivals and other events – 365 days a year. Slovenia is an attractive blend of urban sophistication and rustic warmth in a green environment of incredible diversity.
GASTRONOMIC SPECIALITIES OF SLOVENIA - A sumptuous celebration of good food and wine
Slovenia is an extraordinary geographical crossroads: it has the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. It has extensive forests and thousands of hill vineyards. It has rivers and lakes with indigenous animal species. As well as this natural diversity, it is a European cultural crossroads where the Slavonic, Germanic, Romance and Finno-Ugric worlds all meet.
Special natural characteristics and historical contact with other nations can also be tasted in its cuisine. Slovenia has created its own culinary specialities by preserving its own cuisine and giving a distinctly Slovenian twist to much that it has imported from elsewhere.