The year 2010 sees percentage point gain in arrivals

Published: 3.2.2011

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The year 2010 sees percentage point gain in arrivals

Preliminary data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia show that the country’s tourism sector ended 2010 with a percentage point increase in arrivals over 2009, but a percentage point down in overnights, with the number both of foreign arrivals and overnights increasing, while domestic guests made a poorer showing.

The year 2010 sees percentage point gain in arrivals

Preliminary data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia show that the country’s tourism sector ended 2010 with a percentage point increase in arrivals over 2009, but a percentage point down in overnights, with the number both of foreign arrivals and overnights increasing, while domestic guests made a poorer showing.

Compared to 2009, in 2010 Slovenia hosted 2% more foreign guests and 2% fewer domestic guests, contributing to an overall increase of one percentage point in arrivals. Foreign guests accounted for 62% of arrivals, while domestic guests took a 38% share. The overnight figures show, however, that the number of foreign guests staying overnight rose by 1%, and they accounted for 56% of total overnights, while the number of overnights by domestic guests fell by 4%. Overall this meant 1% fewer overnights in 2010 compared to 2009.

Main emitive markets in 2010 account for increased tourist numbers from Serbia, the Russian Federation and United Kingdom, but less from Austria, Italy, Hungary, Croatia and Germany

The highest number of tourist overnights in Slovenia were made by visitors from Italy (19.9%); they were followed by those from Austria (12.5%), Germany (11.5%), Croatia (5.5%) and the United Kingdom (4.7%), with similar shares held by the Russian Federation (4.2%) and Serbia (4.1%).

The biggest increase in tourist overnights in 2010 was by tourists from Serbia (by 53%), with the number of tourist overnights from the Russian Federation growing by 27% and those from the UK rising by 1%, while the number of German tourists staying overnight fell by 1%, those from Italy by 2%, from Austria by 4% and from Croatia by 5%.

Health resort and seaside municipalities record fewer overnights in December 2010, while mountain municipalities and Ljubljana record more overnights

A look at December 2010 shows that compared to December 2009 the health resort municipalities recorded 40% of all overnights, mountain municipalities recorded 23%, seaside municipalities 13% and Ljubljana 9% of all overnights. In December 2010 there were fewer tourist overnights than in December 2009 in seaside municipalities (10% lower) and health resort municipalities (5% down), but more in mountain municipalities (6% up) and in Ljubljana (7% up).

Slovenian natural health resorts end 2010 with fewer domestic guests but marked growth in foreign visitors

Slovenia’s natural health resorts – which account for around a third of all Slovenian tourist overnights – secured good results in 2010, especially in arrivals and overnights in hotels, and in foreign guest numbers. There were somewhat fewer domestic guests, as expected. Data collected by the Slovenian Spas Association for 2010 show that 15 Slovenian natural health resorts recorded 654,050 arrivals of all guests, which is practically the same as in 2009, and 2,753,000 overnights, which is half a percentage point less than in 2009. Positive results were recorded primarily in hotel accommodation, which saw 2% more arrivals and 2% more overnights. Domestic guests lagged by 2% in arrivals and overnights, while foreign guests showed an increase of 6% in arrivals and 7% in overnights. The ratio of domestic to foreign guests in hotels has changed considerably in favour of foreign guests, but they are still slightly fewer than domestic guests (48.5% foreign, 51.5% domestic).

Overview of statistics by month can be viewed here. The final data for the whole of 2010 will be available at the end of February 2011.

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