More than 3.7 million revenues and almost 10.5 million overnight stays in the first eleven months of 2021

Published: 24.12.2021

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More than 3.7 million revenues and almost 10.5 million overnight stays in the first eleven months of 2021

From January to November, more than 3.7 million tourist arrivals and almost 10.5 million tourist overnight stays in Slovenia were recorded. Foreign guests generated 1.7 million arrivals and 4.5 million overnight stays. 2021 will go down in the history of Slovenian tourism as another year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 3.7 million revenues and almost 10.5 million overnight stays in the first eleven months of 2021

The data on arrivals and overnight stays in Slovenian tourism from January to November are better than last year, but still significantly below the level of 2019. In the period from January to November 2021, 37% less tourist arrivals and 30% less tourist overnight stays than in the same period in 2019 were recorded . By the end of November, 3.7 million tourist arrivals and 10.5 million tourist overnight stays were recorded, or 21.4% more tourist arrivals and 14.8% more tourist overnight stays than in the same period last year. Of this, foreign guests generated 1.7 million tourist arrivals (47.2%) and 4.5 million overnight stays (43.6%), which is 44.4% more tourist arrivals and 37.7% more tourist overnight stays as in the same period in 2020. Domestic guests generated 1.9 million tourist arrivals (52.8% of all) and 5.9 million tourist overnight stays (56.4% of all) in this period, which represents 6.2% more tourist arrivals and 1.7% more tourist overnight stays than in the same period last year.

The majority of foreign guests from Germany

In the first eleven months, guests from Germany generated the most overnight stays (23.1% of overnight stays of all foreign tourists), followed by guests from Austria (9.1%), Italy (7.2%), the Czech Republic (7.1%) and the Netherlands (6.8%). Before the pandemic, the distribution in the markets was similar; only the order and market share changed (in the same period in 2019: Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic).

The ratio between the percentage of overnight stays of domestic and foreign tourists in the first eleven months of 2021 is 56:44, in favour of domestic guests (in the same period in 2019 the ratio was 27: 73 in favour of foreign guests).

Most overnight stays in mountain municipalities

From January to the end of November, most tourist overnight stays were created in mountain municipalities (30% of all overnight stays), followed by coastal municipalities (25%) and health and spa resorts (22%). In comparison to the same period last year, more tourist overnight stays were recorded in all destinations: in mountain resorts by 10% more, in seaside resorts by 16.3%, in health resorts by 4.5%, in Ljubljana by 48.4%, in urban areas by 19.3% and other municipalities by 29.5%. From January to November, domestic and foreign tourists generated the most overnight stays in hotels (45.6% of all overnight stays and 15.7% more than in the same period of 2020), followed by other accommodations and then campsites.

In summer and autumn seasons, Slovenian tourism recorded a good realization of tourist traffic, to which tourist vouchers made an important contribution, as well as continuous promotion on domestic and foreign markets. However, since 19 October 2020, Slovenian tourism has faced the closure of accommodation establishments (closure from 19 October 2020 to 24 April 2021), which had a key impact on the results in 2020. The estimate is that Slovenian tourism will record 3.9 million tourist arrivals and 10.9 million tourist overnight stays in 2021.

In the first ten months of 2021, the value of travel exports amounted to 1.28 billion euros, which is 14.6% more than in the same period in 2020, but still as much as 48.6% less than in the same period in 2019, when the value of travel exports amounted to € 2.5 billion.

Global tourism in 2021

According to the World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO), there were 20% fewer international tourist arrivals between January and September 2021 worldwide than in the same period in 2020. This represents a significant improvement compared to the first six months of the year, when a 54% decline compared to the same period in 2020 was recorded. Mediterranean Europe achieved its best results in the third quarter of 2021, when arrivals approached and sometimes even exceeded pre-pandemic levels. The data for the third quarter of 2021 are thus encouraging, although revenues are still 76% below the level of 2019, and the results remain unequal in different regions of the world. According to the latest UNWTO forecasts, international tourist arrivals in 2021 are expected to remain 70% to 75% below 2019 levels, a similar decline as in 2020. The European Travel Commission (ETC) predicts a 60% decline in international tourist arrivals in Europe in 2021 compared to 2019.

According to the UNWTO survey, tourism will reach pre-pandemic levels in 2023 or 2024.

Photo: Iztok Medja, www.slovenia.info

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