For this summer, most Slovenian tourist destinations and providers, especially campsites, report good occupancy and excellent results.
According to provisional official statistical data, more than 2.5 million arrivals and more than 6 million overnight stays were recorded in the first half of 2019, which is 6 % more compared to 2018 in arrivals and 4 % more in overnight stays.
In the first half of this year, 460,088 arrivals and 909,950 overnight stays were generated. The average length of stay was 2 days (with the longest average length of stay being 2.1 days in January). Compared to 2018, arrivals this year went up by 11.7 % and overnight stays by 9 %. The average growth rate of overnight stays in the first half of the year was 8.6 %, with the highest growth recorded in April (+18.1 %) and June (+11.9 %). According to the data collected by the Ljubljana Tourism Board – the statistics include data from 20 hotels and 2 hostels – approximately the same number of overnight stays for July was recorded, more precisely 3.6 % more overnight stays as in July 2018, with the occupancy being 89.8%. In the first six months, the majority of overnight stays was made by tourists from Italy, Germany, the USA, other Asian countries (not including guests from China, Japan, Korea and Israel), the United Kingdom and Austria.
Maribor and the Maribor – Pohorjetourist destination recorded excellent statistical results from January to June. In Maribor, tourist arrivals went up for 7% and overnight stays for 10 %. In the area of Maribor - Pohorjedestination, the number of overnight stays as well as tourist arrivals went up by 17 %. The average length of stay exceeded 2.4 days. Most overnight stays in Maribor were made by the guests from Croatia, Germany, Serbia, Austria, Poland and Italy.
In the first six months, the number of overnight stays increased by 5 % compared to 2018, and by 8 % in June alone. Most of the guests were Britons, followed by Germans, Italians and Americans. There is a surprising increase in the number of domestic guests as well; in the first six months the number went up by 25 % compared to the same period last year, thus ranking them 7th. This year, tourists from as many as 169 countries, including Swaziland, Nauru, Bhutan and Fiji, have visited Bled, a significant growth in the number of guests from South Korea has also been spotted. An average leisure guest spends about $130, while business guest spends about $ 500 a day (this includes accommodation and other daily costs).
Bohinj experienced a real tourist boom in June and recorded as much as 30 % more overnight stays than in the same period last year. Over 85,000 overnight stays were recorded, which is more than in the first three months of the year. The majority of the guests is still (almost a third) domestic, followed by 12 % of Germans and then Britons, Hungarians, Czechs, Croats and Dutch. The length of stay has decreased compared to last year.
The number of visitors to Kranjska Gora is on increase as well, also thanks to the new accommodation providers (Jasna and Slovenian Railways holiday units). Among the guests, Germans, British, Italians, Koreans, Czechs, French and Belgians prevail. Compared to 2018, the largest growth was recorded in February (8 %) when domestic guests prevailed, and in May, when 7% growth was recorded. In 2018, about 280,000 overnight stays were recorded in July and August. This year, 10% growth is expected. In June, more than 11,000 arrivals and over 30,000 overnight stays were recorded, which is about 13 % more than in 2018. The overall statistics picture is strongly influenced by the first five months, when, due to bad weather, fewer nights were spent in the area despite higher number of visits.
Portorož Tourism Board collects data on overnight stays in the hotels of the municipality of Piran. In July, they 175,000 overnight hotel stays were recorded, which is the same as in July last year. Foreign tourists dominate, accounting for 80 % of all overnight stays. There were 715,000 overnight stays in the first seven months of this year, which is 4 % more than in 2018. No precise data on the nationality of the guests has been given, but so far there Austrians prevailed, followed by Italians, Germans and Hungarians.
Ankaran is dominated by domestic guests, who represent as much as 65% of all guests. In the first half of this year, they recorded as much as 27% more overnight stays.
In Postojna Cave Park this season is better than 2018. The number of visitors increased by 10% until 15 July. The key growth, 17%, is recorded at Predjama Castle.
In Celje, domestic tourists dominated in June, followed by tourists from Austria and Germany, Croatia and Serbia. They expect the same trend in the summer as in 2018.
In Ptuj, a 2% growth with more than 27,000 arrivals was recorded in the first half of 2019. Just under 60 % of visitors were foreign guests. According to official statistical data, accommodation providers listed almost 65,500 overnight stays in the first half of the year, of which almost half were foreign guests, which means that the number increased by more than 4% from the previous year.
Brkini and Karst
The tourist season is at its peak when the holidays begin in Italy, which means that the increase in numbers is expected in Brkini and Karst. The number of overnight stays increased by 20 % in the first half of the year.
By the end of July, a record visit was made to Velika planina as more than 35,000 passengers visited Velika planina by cable car. The total number of visitors, including those who climb up, was more than 100,000. Half of the visitors in the summer are from abroad, with prevailing nations being French, Spanish and Italian. The percentage of foreign visitors is currently 20%, with the numbers expected to grow every year.
Slovenian Natural Spas Association reports that Slovenian natural spas are very well occupied in the summer, especially during the weekends. In the first half of this year, they recorded about the same number of arrivals as last year and a 3 % increase in overnight stays. The following markets recorded high growth in overnight stays: Israel, Czech Republic, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the first six months, good results were also noticed in the key markets (Austria, Russia, Italy and Germany), which accounted for the largest share of the total number of foreign guests. Domestic guests account for about a half of all arrivals and overnight stays at Slovenian natural spas.
Excellent occupancy of Slovenian campsites
National statistics show a significant increase in the number of camp arrivals and overnight stays. Between January and June, camps recorded a 16 % growth in arrivals and an 11 % growth in overnight stays compared to the same period in 2018. According to official provisional statistical data, the highest increase in overnight stays was recorded in camps in June – the numbers went up 28 % from last year. In June 2018, 224,000 overnight stays in camps were recorded - this year, the number has risen to a good 287,000. There were almost 110,000 tourist arrivals or 25,000 more than in June last year.