More than 4.3 million tourist arrivals and almost 11.2 million overnight stays were recorded in Slovenia in 2016. Foreign tourists generated 7.3 million overnight stays, which is 11% more than in 2015. Domestic tourists generated 3.8 million overnight stays, which is 3% more than in 2015.
For the first time more than 11 million tourist overnight stays
In 2016, the highest numbers of tourist arrivals and overnight stays ever were recorded; almost 4,318,000 tourist arrivals were registered in tourist accommodations, which is 10% more than in 2015. Tourists spent 11,180,000 nights, which is 8% more than in 2015.
Foreign tourists generated more than 3,032,000 arrivals and over 7,342,000 overnight stays (12% more arrivals and 11% more overnight stays than in 2015). This means that compared to 2015 in 2016 on average every day 1,988 more foreign tourist overnight stays were recorded.
Growth was recorded also by domestic tourists: they generated more than 1,285,000 or 5% more arrivals and almost 3,338,000 or 3% more overnight stays than in 2015.
Tourists from all key markets generated more overnight stays
In 2016, foreign tourists generated 66% of all tourist overnight stays in Slovenia. Key European markets, from which the most overnight stays of foreign tourists in Slovenia were recorded, were Italy (16% of all foreign overnight stays), Austria and Germany (11% each), Croatia (5%), the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation (4% each).
Tourists from all more important tourism markets generated more overnight stays than in 2015. Tourists from Hungary 22% more, from the United Kingdom 14% more, from Croatia 10% more, from Italy 9% more, from Austria and Germany 8% more and from the Netherlands 6% more.
The number of overnight stays by tourists from non-European countries continues to grow
Tourists from non-European countries contributed 14% of all foreign overnight stays in 2016. Compared to 2015, there were 28% more overnight stays of tourists from Israel, 25% more from the Republic of Korea, 19% more from China, 12% more from Australia, and 11% more from Canada and the United States. On the other hand, overnight stays of tourists from Japan decreased by 17%.
The highest increase in tourist overnight stays in municipality Ljubljana and in mountain resorts
In 2016, the highest number of overnight stays of all tourists was recorded in health (spa) resorts, almost 3,166,000 (28% of all overnight stays) or 4% more than in 2015. Regarding the number of overnight stays, second placed were mountain resorts with more than 2,867,000 overnight stays (26% of all overnight stays), which is 12% more than in 2015. Seaside resorts (20% of all overnight stays) recorded a 5% and municipality Ljubljana (12% of all overnight stays) a 13% increase in the number of overnight stays.
Foreign tourists generated most overnight stays (29% of foreign overnight stays) in mountain resorts and domestic tourists in health (spa) resorts (45% of domestic overnight stays).
In hotels 7% and in camping sites 4% more overnight stays
Compared to 2015, in 2016 the number of tourist overnight stays increased in all key types of tourist accommodations: in youth hostels by 26%, in private accommodations – rented rooms and dwellings by 22%, in hotels and in apartment settlements by 7% and in camping sites by 4%.
Most foreign overnight stays generated by tourists from Italy, most of them in hotels in seaside resorts
Tourists from Italy spent the highest share of nights in hotels in seaside resorts and tourists from Austria in hotels in health (spa) and seaside resorts. For Dutch and German tourists it was characteristic that they spent the highest number of nights in camping sites in mountain resorts.
Tourists stayed in tourist accommodations on average four days, the longest in health (spa) resorts
On average, in 2016 domestic tourists stayed in tourist accommodations 3 nights and foreign tourists 2.4 nights.
Tourists stayed the longest in health (spa) resorts (3.6 nights), followed by seaside resorts (3.1 nights), mountain resorts (2.5 nights) and Ljubljana (1.8 nights).
More than a half of overnight stays by tourists in municipalities Piran, Ljubljana, Bled, Brežice, Kranjska Gora, Moravske Toplice and Bohinj
In 2016, foreign tourists generated more than a half of their overnight stays in municipalities Ljubljana, Piran, Bled, Kranjska Gora and Brežice.
In the same year a half of domestic overnight stays were generated in municipalities Piran, Brežice, Moravske Toplice, Izola, Podčetrtek, Kranjska Gora, Ankaran and Zreče.
In 2016 more than 100,000 tourist overnight stays were recorded in 20 Slovenian municipalities.
More than 130,000 bedplaces available to tourists in Slovenia, a third of those in hotels
In 2016, more than 45,000 rooms or apartments with more than 130,000 bedplaces were available to tourists in Slovenia. This is the breakdown of bedplaces by accommodation establishments: 39% in hotels and similar establishments (motels, boarding houses, etc.), 19% in camping sites and 42% in the other accommodation establishments.
In 2016, 33% of all tourist bedplaces were available to tourists in hotels. Hotels recorded more than 6,625,000 or 59% of all overnight stays.
In 2016, camping sites had almost 7,900 camping places to accommodate their guests, where guests could camp in tents, caravans or mobile homes, or rent bungalows. Camping sites were able to accommodate more than 25,000 people, which is approximately a fifth of all bedplaces that were available to tourists in different tourist accommodations. Camping sites recorded almost 1,397,000 overnight stays or 12% of all overnight stays.
Private accommodations – rented rooms and dwellings recorded 8% of all overnight stays and apartment settlements 6% of all overnight stays.
Table 1: Tourist arrivals and overnight stays, Slovenia, 2016
With the survey monthly data are collected using full coverage with a threshold. The monthly data on accommodation facilities and tourist traffic do not cover establishments with fewer than 10 permanent bedplaces, but only within some types of accommodations (more in Methodological explanations).
Annual data also include units that have fewer than 10 permanent bedplaces; therefore, the sum of monthly data on tourist traffic is not equal to its annual figure.