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Monthly press news March 2014
Slovenia stole the show in Sochi as the big winner of the Winter Olympic Games. Sochi was renamed Slochi, which became the official hashtag of the Slovenian Olympic squad on Twitter. "What happened was a Slovenian fairytale," numerous reporters are saying about Slovenia’s phenomenal success and its 8 medals. The ski season in Slovenia reached its euphoric peak in February when the whole of Slovenia hardly managed to slalom between the fun on the home snow and the Olympic Games.
Guess who was the star of the Venice Carnival this year? The Princess of Piran! At the traditional Flight of the Angel the Venetians placed the Princess on the main stage as their guest of honour! She presented the Angel with a bag of Piran salt. Feel the Slovenian story of salt that has been journeying around the world!
Meet the First Wine Lady in Slovenia who is nearly half a millennium old and resides in the Old Vine House. Feel the story of Slovenian vine in Maribor, the second largest Slovenian city and the wine capital with the oldest vine in the world. Ancient Romans loved good wine too. Follow the path of the treasures of the old Roman road in Slovenia. This year Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, celebrates a venerable 2000 years of its Roman predecessor Emona.
April is going to be sweet. The 3rd Festival of Chocolate in the heart of the Gorenjska region, in Radovljica, is a real feast for the local and foreign lovers of sweet indulgence.
The BritishGuardian and the American Huffington Post also sang the praises of Slovenian natural wonders and the country’s hospitality.
Feel the sweetness of Slovenian places and people in the March Newsletter.
Feel Slovenia during the time of winter wonderland and the largest sporting events! Slovenia is the cradle of skiing in Central Europe. Travel journalists planning to cover World Cup Biathlon Pokljuka are invited to enjoy the BiLoved Press Visit(Biathlon – Bohinj – Ljubljana).
Slovenia is probably one of the few countries where you can easily hit the ski slopes on a working day and later return to a meeting in the city. In the country between the Alps and the sea, everything is within reach and most ski resorts are well known for offering high-end spa experiences. Get to know snow-covered Slovenia!
This is also the season of Slovenian carnival events, which do not lack craziness, rollicking and social satire. The International Carnival in Ptuj with over 2000 loud kurents and the Year of the Frog in Cerknica will be this year’s main eye candies. The next question is not a carnival joke! What do Slovenia in the middle of Europe and the Cook Islands in the middle of the Pacific have in common? They are linked by Slovenian ski champion Tina Maze, who is in love with the Olympic spirit in Sochi! SLOVEnia has also received a lot of love from Rough Guide readers who voted for the top countries worth visiting this year.
"So you want to Slovenia?" Take a look at the February Newsletter and the attractive photo album, racking up over 50 thousand views by users from all around the globe within five days.
Feel Slovenia and enjoy the stories in the February newsletter!
Welcome to festive and carnival Slovenia! The New Year`s party has barely finished when preparations for big Ski World Cup races and carnivals that call for spring begin.
The Slovenian capital is celebrating 2000 years of roman Emona which was the first urban predecessor of the current Ljubljana.
2014 also marks 100 years from the beginning of The First World War. Experience Slovenia and Italy on the Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic a century after the Isonzo Front.
Find out what winter pleasures does the Slovenian ski Oscar winner offer? Kranjska Gora is one of the oldest venues of Alpine Ski World Cup races. One of the best Alpine skiers of all times, Ingemar Stenmark, used to say that the amazing atmosphere in Kranjska Gora made him feel like a Slovenian. Welcome to Vitranc Cup on 8and 9 March 2014. This year`s Ski Jumping and Flying World Cup in Planica will be held from20 to 23 March. Maribor`s Pohorje eagerly expects the50th Golden Fox, Alpine Ski World Cup on 1 and 2 February 2014. The Slovenian golden fox Tina Maze took care of the euphoria at last year`s Golden Fox, which was visited by a record number of journalists and visitors. Vogel Ski Center is famous for its incredible views of the Julian Alps and Lake Bohinj. The full moon hikes to Vogel are already scheduled. The evening winter landscape and stories of Bohinj in the moonlight have true hypnotic power.
And then comes the power of carnival season! According to old Slovenian legends, the kurent, a famous carnival character, is a demon who chases away winter. The largest cultural-ethnograpic event in Slovenia is kurentovanje in Ptuj, this year from 2 February to 4 March 2014.
Feel Slovenia and enjoy the stories in the January newsletter!
The new ski season in Slovenia is now open. Numerous ski resorts have kicked off the new season with all kinds of special offers and surprises. Slovenia is a popular skiing destination and skiing is one of the most popular sports among Slovenians. Centuries ago in Slovenia, people invented a unique way of skiing and jumpers flew over 100 meters for the first time already in 1936 ... Today, this country is still in love with winter challenges and provides them in abundance for all those who love an active winter.
Slovenian winter offer is financially attractive as ski centers offer very competitive prices and above all a very good quality-price ratio. Another advantage is a broad range of winter adventures beyond just skiing and a winning combination with top wellness offer of Slovenian spas.
Slovenian winter offer ranks high also in comparison to traditional top European skiing destinations. Among this year`s World Ski Awards three "Oscars" for winter tourism went to Slovenia! As the best ski center in Slovenia, users have picked Kranjska Gora, which has also received the winter Oscar for Hotel Larix as the best ski hotel in Slovenia. And Hotel Raj on Krvavec has been chosen as the best boutique winter hotel. Slovenia is also ready for three World Cups in Alpine skiing and ski jumping to be held in February and March in Mariborsko Pohorje, Kranjska Gora and Planica.
Read also about other December highlight news from Slovenia!
This autumn Slovenia has intensified its activities in the field of digital marketing and can thus present a number of novelties. During November we will complete the optimisation of the Slovenia.info website for mobile communications and we have developed a new mobile application called Slovenia`s Top 50, which shows 50 of the most popular tourist attractions in Slovenia.
Slovenia is enhancing its presence on social networks. In October and November a promotional campaign is taking place on YouTube. As part of a series of new marketing communication tools, the SPIRIT Slovenia - Slovenian Tourist Board has introduced a new campaign featuring an invitation to Slovenia by Tina Maze, the most recognisable Slovenian sportswoman.
Basketball fever in Slovenia has calmed down. Slovenian fans have shown that they really feel basketball. The European Basketball Championship - EuroBasket 2013 was successful also from the organisational point of view. Cyriel Coomans, the FIBA Europe president, said about the event in Slovenia: "The Slovenians were well-organised and have performed a great task. FIBA Europe is very satisfied with the fact that many games were sold out. The Slovenian fans were fantastic not only in the halls, but also outside of them. This was a real festival of basketball!« Read what first numbers show.
Slovenia boasts two new tourist products – both targeted at those who respect the diversity of people, the natural and cultural environment and everyone who travels with the purpose of enriching their lives. Apitours present a new travelling experience called apitourism, whereas the product Eat Cook Slovenia integrates the best tastes of Slovenia in the form of culinary classes and culinary trips through Slovenia.
Slovenia goes digital. Discover Ljubljana and its region with a new mobile application and go for a ramble through Slovenian Istria and a part of Central Slovenia with the new E-Tourist app. More about new Slovenian tourism digital tools in November Newsletter.
The largest sports event in the history of independent Slovenia, the European Basketball Championship, has begun, just today! Slovenia and, especially, its host towns - Ljubljana, Koper, Jesenice and Celje, with EuroBasket 2013, will step into the light of the entire European and wider basketball public from 4 to 22 September 2013.
Slovenia has recorded several important events this past month. An extraordinary event happened in the Postojna Cave for the first time in history – the proteus in the Postojna Cave hatched eggs. The Avsenik Brothers Ensemble celebrated jubilee six decades. Lively songs, played on accordion, trumpet, clarinet, bass guitar and guitar have conquered the entire world! In their 60 years of existence Slavko Avsenik has written around 800 songs, many of which have become folk tunes.
Lonely Planet ranked Slovenia among the 40 best travel experiences and Slovenian London tourist office has been nominated for the prestigious award "Travel agents` choice awards 2013". Tourism-review.com ranked Lake Bled among the TOP 10 lakes.
The euphoria before EuroBasket 2013, the largest sporting event ever to be held in Slovenia`s history, is intensifying and the countdown is in full swing – and not only in Slovenia, Ljubljana and other host towns, but throughout the whole European basketball scene. Slovenia and hosting cities are ready for the Championship, to be held form 4 to 22 September. Come and feel basketball!
Three of world renowned Slovenian attractions have experienced important moments. Škocjan Caves are up for selection as the "Eighth Wonder of the World",Lipica Stud Farm has been awarded four-star rating and Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, whereas Postojna Cave has hosted its 35 millionth visitor.
"As far as the eye can see, there is dreamy beauty, where is a more beautiful world to be found, is there a place more wondrous than home? …" Slovenia`s leading and world renowned vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile recently presented its jazz adaptation of one of the most popular songs in Slovenia – Avsenik`s eternal hit "Slovenia, whence thy beauty?" Enjoy it!
EuroBasket 2013 - the biggest sporting event in the history of independent Slovenia is less than two months away. Join the countdown as euphoria rises!
Matevž Lenarčič wins the Aviator of the Year award and also beats the "Fearless Felix". Hostel Celica – award winner as the most innovative hostel, placed among 25 most unique hotels in the world and ranked among the top most popular hostels according to the world tourist guide "bibles" such as Lonely Planet and Rough Guides - is at its 10th anniversary also one of the most extraordinary and innovative places from all the continents described in the publication 501 Great Places to Stay.
A special monthly EuroBasket 2013 Magazine has been prepared by the organisation team for all basketball lovers who eagerly await the beginning of EuroBasket 2013. Read the stories about past and present EuroBaskets, Slovenia and much more and follow the countdown to the Championship.
It is true that this year in Slovenia it is so much about the EuroBasket, but there are numerous other highlights to be presented. Slovenian EDEN destinations have prepared a rich programme of events for the summer months. In May and June, Bohinj becomes the host of the International Wild Flower Festival – this year for the seventh consecutive year. Several new features are being introduced this year, especially in the area of international integration. From May/June 2013, Wild Flower Festivals in five different countries in Europe can be visited.
A new culinary product, called Open Kitchen started in May, bringing flavours from all over Slovenia into one place in the centre of the Slovenian capital – each Friday until October. Visit it and taste the whole of Slovenia! Another new product was started, featuring the Slovenian peculiarity, hayracks. A unique outdoor museum of hayracks is opening in June in the Dolenjska region.
The final countdown to the biggest European basketball event – EuroBasket 2013, to be held from 4 to 22 September in Ljubljana, Celje, Koper and Jesenice – has long begun. Numerous supporting activities that give the Championship a special charm and prove that Slovenia fully lives with the event are also in full swing. Follow Slovenia and EuroBasket 2013 activities.But with the coming of summer, Slovenia is also getting ready for numerous vibrant festival happenings. This year, summer will again be long, hot and vibrant – not only in the capital, Ljubljana, and Maribor, but throughout Slovenia, boasting cultural events for all ages and tastes.Slovenia declared the fifth European Destination of Excellence, whereas Portorož is with Internautica opening the 18th nautical season on the Adriatic, introducing several new features. And Matevž Lenarčič successfully flew across the North Pole on his last GreenLight World Flight.
The Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, as the main Slovenian host of EuroBasket 2013, will be in the centre of the European sports public this September. But Ljubljana is also an increasingly popular European urban destination! Read about what is going on in Ljubljana. Lots! Ljubljana has also been shortlisted for the title of green capital of Europe in 2015.
From Ljubljana to the Soča valley … 2013 will be extremely active on the Soča river. Read about two canoeing championships. And to the Coast … At Seatrade in Miami Koper port received an award for port with the best destination experience. The open-air thalasso spa opened in Sečovlje Salt Pans Nature Park - to become a unique boutique ecological tourist destination, just a little away from the vibrant Portorož.
And note … EuroBasket 2013 is not only about seeing a game, but also about discovering Slovenia. Ticket sales have begun strongly and reservations for packages have also started off.
Less than half a year before the start of the European Basketball Championship, Slovenia is in the final preparation phase for EuroBasket 2013, to be held in Ljubljana and other three host cities (Koper on the Coast, Jesenice in the Alpine region and Celje in the east of Slovenia). After 18 March, all sports fans will be able to buy tickets – along with the tourist arrangements for this largest sports event ever hosted by Slovenia.
Slovenia has hosted two top-level World Cup in Alpine skiing competitions so far this winter and is ready to host FIS World Jumping Ski Final in Planica between 21 and 24 March. The best Slovenian Alpine skier Tina Maze has been breaking all the records this season and her achievements are being noticed even beyond the snowy peaks.
Slovenia is also popular in 2013! In 2013, Slovenia has been ranked among the top destinations by several distinguished media. Read about some of the rankings.
And Slovenia is colourful on the threshold of spring, ready for colourful Easter traditions … And young! In 2012, Maribor carried the title European Capital of Culture; in 2013, it gained the prestigious title of European Youth Capital. 2013 will be characterized by youth!
Two years after its successful candidacy for EuroBasket 2013 and almost a year before the start of the Championships, Slovenia is making the final preparations for the largest European basketball event, which will take place in Slovenia between 4th and 22nd September 2013. It will be hosted by four Slovenian towns, all less than an hour’s drive from the capital of Ljubljana.
The Postojna Cave, the greatest Slovenian tourist attractionand the most visited cave in Europe, will be the venue of the 2013 EuroBasket draw ceremony on November 18. It will be the first in history to take place completely beneath the ground at an extremely attractive location. EuroBasket 2013 and its main host city, Ljubljana, will be the main feature of the Slovenian presentation at WTM London.
Come and join us! At Slovenian stand at the WTM London and in Ljubljana for the EuroBasket 2013.
In 2012, for the fifth year in a row, the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) is participating in the European Destinations of ExcelleNce (EDEN) project. Today, Slovenia prides itself on four EDEN destinations.
The STB has already applied to the new EDEN 2012/13 tender and if the project is approved for Slovenia, STB will begin with its selection activities at the national level at the end of 2012.
The Slovenian EDEN destinations almost all, as a rule, record above-average growth levels of overnight stays, especially by foreign tourists. The Soča Valley, the Solčavsko Region, the Kolpa River and Idrija are destinations that have strengthened their position in Slovenia in the last decade, especially in recent years, through the EDEN network and its promotional support. And they all await the summer with several new features.
After 100 days, Matevž Lenarčič has a successful landing at Brnik. As Lenarčič put it: “The world is beautiful, which is simply because of nature and the people who live here. There is enough space, food and water for all of us. With this flight, we have proven that the change in mentality in the direction of SMALL-LIGHT-GREEN is both possible and necessary."
In the end of April, Ljubljana hosted the second meeting of tourist agents and travel organisers with tourist service providers of the destination 'New Europe'. The objective of the 'New Europe Travel Mart' was to increase the tourist flows in the region of New Europe that has won recognition as a new promising destination.
Next year, Slovenia with Bled will host one of the largest British tourist events, the Travel Network Group conference. According to Colin Heal, the president of the Travel Network Group, numerous countries wanted to host the event; however, “we were especially enchanted by Bled's beauty, and the kindness of the people”.
After two years, the new travel guide for Slovenia, published by the prestigious British publishing houseDorling Kindersley (DK)is finally available in bookstores. From now on there is also amobile guide for the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012.
Slovenia received theaward for the most sustainable stand at the MITT Moscow.In May, Kranjska Gora will host the15th Slovenian Incoming Workshop.Slovenia wasselected to host IMEX Challenge 2012,the international social responsibility project.
The Slovenian association Ecologists without Borders has, for the second time, organised an all-Slovenian voluntary campaign entitled "Let`s clean Slovenia",in which almost a quarter of a million Slovenians (12 per cent of the population) participated. This time, the project has expanded to a global level – namely, within the framework of the global initiativeWorld Cleanup 2012.The main motivator and leader of the global movement Let`s Do It!, Rainer Nolvak, who also helped clean Ljubljana, said that Slovenia should teach other nations the magic of uniting so many people for the same objective.
Recently Slovenia has noted some prominent achievements. For the second time,Alan Rogers has awarded Camping Bled,this time presenting it with the Alan Rogers Innovation Award.Virgin Australia placed Slovenia 2nd among top 10 inspirational placesto visit in 2012 andConde Nast Traveller ranked the Vila Bled among the best small European hotels.
A recent study among European capitals has shown that Ljubljana is placed among the top three European capitals with the highest growth rate of overnight stays of tourists in the last five years, while according to the growth of bed capacities in tourist accommodation facilities, Ljubljana take the lead. It also leads in the category of international visitors.
In 2011, Sloveniarecorded 9% more foreign tourists and overnight stays,spendingmore than 2 billion EUR in Slovenia first time ever.
In the early days of 2012, Matevž Lenarčič, a biologist, environmentalists and photographer-pilot again set course in his small aircraft for a lonely flight around the world, this time in a westerly direction. The journey is going according to plan and the first readings of black carbon are already available.Join the unique aviation adventure and show the world you care about our common green future.
Maribor has officially become the European Capital of Culture. Before us isa year of culture with hundreds of events taking place in six towns.Exploring the old city centre of Maribor has been placed among the“Top 10 things to do in 2012” by Lonely Planet.Maribor is “an unfound Slovenian pearl” according to Lonely Planet.
TheItalian Yahooranked Slovenia among thetop ten favourite 2012 destinationsin light of the forecasts made by Italian tour operators, whereas according to the Britishsurvey conducted by Crystal Ski,a skiing vacation in Bulgaria, Andorra and Slovenia (in Bohinj) pays off the most.
In the first days of 2012, Matevž Lenarčič - a biologist, photographer and nature protectionist - has started his second flight around the world. A special feature of this journey is the aircraft that will be used. Weighing merely 290 kilos, Virus SW914 ultra light plane uses a minimum amount of fuel. It was constructed by the Slovenian manufacturer, Pipistrel, a recurrent winner of the NASA award for top energy-efficient planes. From Slovenia, across Africa to North and South America and the Antarctic and over to Australia and Asia, over Mount Everest and India and back home again ...
Lenarčič`s journey also has additional meaning within the message that will be transferred all over the world – summarised in the slogan "Think small - think light - think green".
In 2012, the second largest city of Slovenia, Maribor, proudly bears the title of European Capital of Culture. Together with its partner towns – Ptuj, Slovenj Gradec, Murska Sobota, Velenje and Novo mesto – Maribor hosts a unique cultural programme that covers a great variety of art forms. Maribor will solemnly open the European Capital of Culture on 14 January.
Maribor, in cooperation with partner towns, is on full alert to take over the title of European Capital of Culture 2012. The lively opening weekend is set for 14 to 15 January 2012.
The Slovenian stand at the WTM received the award for the category `Best Stand for Interacting with Travel Agents`. Lonely Planet put Slovenia on the Top 10 list of `Best in Travel 2012` and Slovenia was featured in the new edition of the book `1000 Places To See Before You Die`.
Conventa, the leading business-to-business event in the area of congress industry in Southeast Europe, is in full gear − the fourth edition of the exhibition for meetings, events & incentive travel will be held on 18 and 19 January in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana’s Alpe Adria fair has become the official centre and the main tourist event in the Alps-Adriatic region.
Before and after the New Year, Slovenia will host two World Cup competitions - the Cross-Country Skiing World Cup in Rogla in mid-December, and the Golden Fox in giant-slalom and slalom for women on Pohorje in Maribor at the end of January (followed by the Vitranc Ski World Cup in Kranjska Gora in mid-March and the Planica World Cup Ski Jumping Final at the end of March in Planica).
Following the success of ‘Give me three days of GREEN sLOVEnia’, the Slovenian Tourism Board and the Bank of Tourism Potential in Slovenia have decided to launch a new challenge in the frame of the Challenge Future global open youth competition. This year's challenge is ‘Old Stories 4 New Adventures’. The main challenge is in reshaping the old stories and legends into modern products that provide new and fresh experience for tourists.
Slovenian mountain centres are prepared for the new ski season. Among the most famous are Kranjska Gora (the venue of Vitranc cup, this year to be held on 10 and 11 March 2012), Rogla (with the Cross-Country Skiing World Cup - from 16 to 18 December 2011), and Mariborsko Pohorje (the venue of the Golden Fox World Cup, this year to be held on 21 and 22 January 2012). The introduction of the uniform SKI PASS SLOVENIA is especially exciting, because it enables carefree skiing and active recreation in the majority of Slovenian mountain centres.
Terme Zreče adds a new hotel to its offer – the Atrij Hotel. Koper is richer for the new Histria Hostel. Ravne na Koroškem has opened the first low-energy hostel in Slovenia.
Slovenian tourism in 2011 has exceeded its expected growth. According to the final data of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, six per cent more arrivals and five per cent more overnight stays were recorded in the first seven months of the current year in comparison with the same period last year, whereas tourist income is up by eight percent. Temporary data for August indicates a continuation of positive growth trends.
The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts will in the following two months leave a strong mark in Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Ljubljana will in autumn months also host the central Slovenian running event − 16th Ljubljana Marthon, and the central autumn wine-culinary event, the 14th Slovenian Wine Festival and the 4th Culinary Festival.
St. Martin's Day is the main autumn thanksgiving holiday when must is symbolically transformed into wine. It co-shapes the modern image of Slovenia as a developed vineyard and wine country. In the celebration of St. Martin's day, each of the three Slovenian wine-growing areas (regions of Primorska, Posavje and Podravje) has its own habits that represent the heritage of St. Martin's Day.
Slovenia's Idrija will hold the 17th World Lace Congress in 2016, following Caen, France which will host the Congress in 2012 and Adelaide, Australia where it will be held in 2014. Maribor is getting ready for the eleventh Old Vine Festival, which will take place in Maribor between the 16th and 25th September. The Festival is prepared in the honour of the Old Vine, the oldest in the world.
Slovenia was ranked among the top 10 countries with highest potential for development of adventure tourism. Martin Strel, the ´Big River Man´ who swam the length of the Amazon, has launched a holiday company for those who want to paddle through Slovenian waters in his wake.
The Hotel Wellness Park Laško was awarded the EU Ecolabel. Thermana explained the reasons for deciding to obtain an environmental label: »Additional incentives came from the Slovenian Tourist Board which guided us to sustainable tourism as the one development concept that is the right way for Slovenian tourism and is also the only one which can be competitive in long term!
Festival summer in Slovenia is still in full swing! Velenje – in anticipation of the 2012 European Capital of Culture – will come to life with one of the most beautiful children’s festivals in Europe, the Pippi Longstocking Festival. Astrid Lindgren, the author of the story about the young main character the festival is named after, has described this Festival as one of the most beautiful embodiments of her work. Slovenian Istria will bask in sweet-coloured tones, with Sweet Istria (Dolce Istria) Festival. Join us in the festival journey through Slovenia.
In the midst of summer, the Slovenian capital is not only being characterised by the rich festival activities but is also embracing an opening of new hotels – the trendy Cubo Hotel is new in the heart of Ljubljana city centre. The Slovenian Istria experience is now made richer with new and innovative accommodation in the Houses of Slovenian Istria. The houses bring to life authentic Istrian architecture and stories.
In the summer months, Slovenia’s most recognised tourist icon Bled was featured on the cover of two worldwide renowned magazines − Food and Travel Magazine and National Geographic Traveller.
Bled has so far hosted three World Rowing Championships at its unique and internationally famous natural course at Lake Bled, and after 22 years the World Rowing Championships is returning to Bled this Summer. Bled is ready for World Rowing Championships 2011!
The pre-summer festival happenings in Slovenian cities are intensifying in these summer months. Festivals give cities a fresh spirit, while both locals and visitors experience the cities and other venues, which turn into lively settings, in a different, less touristic way. Join us in the festival journey through Slovenia.
Slovenia is considered s small nation, but with numerous achievements in the field of sports, culture, science, medicine, and economic innovations. Recently, Slovenia has marked two outstanding achievements. Do not miss the information that Slovenia ranked 10th on the List of the Safest Countries (Global Peace Index 2011). And last but not least, Slovenia’s crannogs has just made to the Unesco’s World Heritage List.
In June 2011, a great many events will take place in Slovenia upon the occasion of Slovenia’s 20th birthday (25th June 1991 marks the day when the National Assembly declared Slovenia`s independence) united under the invitation “Homecoming”, together with a range of attractive and internationally renowned festivals beginning in June that give the tourist offer of Slovenia a special note. The biggest “Homecoming” event event will take place in Ljubljana on 1st July 2011. The event is entitled WELCOME HOME.
In May Slovenia got this year’s winner of the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) competition in Slovenia – the title has been give to the destination of Idrija with the tourist product »Idrija – A Story for All Times«. In May, the Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of all Lipizzan horses in the world, became richer for the Lipikum Lipizzaner Museum. UNWTO has announced the Ulysses award winners and Slovenia is among them.
May will be the month of competitions, celebrations, festivals, grand openings and world-record-breaking events. Four finalist destinations in Slovenia are competing for the EDEN award − the theme of the 2011 European Destinations of Excellence competition is ‘Tourism and the Regeneration of Physical Sites’.
On 21 May, Bohinj will become the host of the International Wild Flower Festival for the fifth consecutive year. Bled castle will be celebrating a thousand years since its first mention in written records; the main ceremony will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 May 2011. Predjama Castle will give birth to a very special edition of Erasmus Sparkling Wine.
The renovation of once very popular pearl of Slovenian tourism, even visited by English royalty and numerous local and foreign tourists, began a few years ago. The completely renovated Rimske terme spa is reopening its doors at the end of this May. Hostel Celica in Ljubljana has been awarded several times so far by international tourism industry professionals; now it received the Hoscar award. The Secondary School Graduates` Parade has been entered into several editions of the Guinness Book of Records as a world-record-breaking synchronous dance. This year it is to be held on 20 May.
According to the new Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index for 2011, Slovenia has taken 33rd place among 139 countries, and has thus climbed the ladder by two places since 2009, and by as much as 11 places since 2007. After excellent January tourism results the February of 2011 levelled with last year’s arrivals.
Maribor is focusing its development potentials on major projects in the coming years. One of the biggest challenges is the title of European Capital of Culture 2012. Slovenian Coast is getting ready for two events. The festival of salt making at the beginning of May is a real treat, followed by INTERNAUTICA International Boat Show, the Adriatic`s most significant marine lifestyle event with a long tradition, held from 10 to 15 May in Portorož.
The forest in Slovenia is a symbol of the country’s recognisability and a reflection of its attitude towards sustainable development. Slovenia, too, has joined the activities regarding the International Year of Forests.
The Lipica Stud Farm, the pride of Slovenia and a cornerstone of the country’s national identity, as well as being the cradle of all Lipizzaner horses in the world, will be offering a musical and stage spectacular this March (11th) in Ljubljana, in a unique fusion of white ballet provided by the world-famous Lipizzaners and superlative music from the Slovenian and international treasure trove. The event will become a yearly tradition.
This year Bled’s Grand Hotel Toplice is celebrating its venerable 80th anniversary. It was back in 1931 that one of the most modern hotels in the entire region was built on the site of the former Luisenbad Hotel on the shores of Lake Bled. The anniversary will be marked with a host of events. The Old Vine in Maribor, which is more than 400 years old, is noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world. The Old Vine House, on whose façade grows the Old Vine, is a shrine to wine tradition and culture, and is set to host a number of events in 2011. These events will offer an attractive overture to 2012, when Maribor becomes European Capital of Culture.
At the beginning of the year Alan Rogers, one of the best acclaimed European camping guidebooks, named Kamp Koren of Kobarid as the 2010 European winner for accommodation facilities. Meanwhile a major indication of outstanding Slovenian tourist facilities is provided by the Sejalec awards, which are presented by the Slovenian Tourist Board in the desire to promote new, high-quality and innovative approaches to developing services and facilities. The Bohinj Park EKO Hotel became a Gold Sejalec in 2010.
Slovenia has also been involved in the European Commission project “European Destinations of Excellence” since 2008. Three destinations in Slovenia now boast the title EDEN destination of excellence, and in 2011 the title will be awarded to the destination that makes the best showing in the published call on “Tourism and the Regeneration of Physical Sites”.
Preliminary data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia show that compared to January 2010, in January 2011 9% more tourist arrivals and 6% more overnight stays were registered in tourist accommodations in Slovenia.
In 2011 Slovenia will be celebrating 20 years since its declaration of national independence. For this jubilee year, the Slovenian Tourist Board together with its partners has devised a “Homecoming” project, through which it is seeking to attract to Slovenia as many Slovenians as possible living around the world, as well as their relatives, descendants and friends, with the focus on socialising and getting to know Slovenia and its heritage.
March will be dominated by two major traditional sporting events. From 17 to 20 March 2011 Planica will have its sights set on new ski flying records, while Kranjska Gora is set to host what will be the 50th Vitranc Cup, on 5 and 6 March. March will also come alive with a range of colourful Shrovetide Carnival events. The most recognisable of these include the Ptuj kurenti, the Cerkno laufarji and Drežnica pustovi, and the best-attended of the Carnival events is the Kurentovanje in Ptuj. This, the 51st Kurent festival in succession, will take place this year from 26 February to 8 March.
Meanwhile Slovenia has kicked off 2011 with three new hotels – read about Ljubljana’s new Antiq Palace boutique hotel, about the new hotel at the Golte mountain tourist resort and about the new hotel in Idrija, which this February is assuming the title “Alpine Town of 2011”.
Slovenia has several dozen ski areas, currently opening in readiness for this years skiing season. Each in its own way offers a perfect experience of fun and enjoyment on the snow.The Golden Fox Trophy is a classic women`s World Cup skiing event with a tradition dating back 46 years, taking place in Mariborsko Pohorje ski resort on 15 and 16 January 2011.
At the closing ceremony of Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the Slovenian pavilion, which was thematically dedicated to Ljubljana, the World Book Capital, received the Gold Award for Creative Display (interior design) in the C category (pavilions up to 2,000 m2).
At a meeting in Munich on 5 December 2010, the Board of FIBA Europe decided that at the end of August and beginning of September 2013, Slovenia will host what has to date been its biggest sports event, the European basketball championship.
The electronic version of PR! magazine, published by Ljubljana Tourism for tourism professionals, journalists, tour operators and meetings organisers, has this year reached the finals of the Digital Magazine Awards 2010 in the Travel Magazine of the Year category.
In December, the centre of Ljubljana is wonderfully vibrant. Its streets host a festive fair and countless other free events. In the beginning of December, Maribor also starts to glow in a festive atmosphere, with the switching on of the Fairy`s Ball festive lights that weave through the old town centre.
The Spa & Wellness Hotel Paradiso is a newly opened family hotel located in Dobova, on the edge of the Posavje region.
The Tourist Association of Slovenia has presented awards for the best entries in the project My country – beautiful and hospitable. This project, which now spans several decades, has long followed the principles of what is termed green tourism in the context of sustainable development. Among the bigger urban centres, the highest marks were given to the young city of Velenje.
Slovenia has a long tradition as a wine-producing country. The most important holiday for all winegrowers and winemakers is without a doubt St Martins Day, 11 November.
Slovenian Wine Festival and Culinary Festival for many years draw together suppliers and consumers of exquisite wines and culinary delights. The aim of the Slovenian Wine Festival is to present the wines of Slovenia and abroad and spread the culture of wine drinking.This year we expect more than 250 excellent winemakers and producers of culinary delights as well as selected chefs to be presented.
On 7 October 2010 the 22nd Biennial of Industrial Design – an international exhibition of industrial design, design concepts, product graphics and information design – opens at the Museum of Architecture and Design. The exhibition includes a selection of 132 innovative, comprehensive, functional and durable design solutions from 24 countries. The best solutions will be presented with BIO Design Awards by the international jury at the opening of the exhibition.
Slovenia ranked 24th in the list of the best countries to live in The American weekly news magazine Newsweek has published its list of the best countries of the world to live in.
The Ljubljana Marathon is the biggest running event in Slovenia. It gets bigger every year and the number of competitors is constantly growing. Last year almost 20,000 running enthusiasts took part and this record participation was followed by two new Ljubljana Marathon records, set by runners from Kenya.
The World Rowing Championships 2011 will take place on Lake Bled between 28 August and 4 September 2011. The World Championships will at the same time be the qualifying rounds for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Over the summer, the Jakopič Walkway in Ljubljanas Tivoli Park has been turned into the setting for a photographic exhibition of theatre events.
EasyJet has introduced a new air service connecting Ljubljana with Paris and Milan. One-way tickets will be available starting from EUR 19.99, including airport taxes and fees. Compared to this year, the number of easyJet passengers in Slovenia next year will increase by almost 70 percent.
Maribor Slovenia will be host to the 1st Eco Marathon Maribor on the 18th and 19th of September this year. The two day event will consist of a cycling marathon (82 km and 144 km) and running marathon (10 km and 21 km) and will be organized by sports management Agency SEM and the City of Maribor.