In 2014, 3.5 million tourist arrivals and 9.6 million overnight stays were recorded in Slovenia. Foreign tourists generated 6 million overnight stays, the highest number ever recorded. The number of arrivals and overnight stays of domestic tourists was the lowest in the last seven years.
Foreign tourist overnight stays for the first time exceeded 6 million
In 2014, the highest numbers of tourist arrivals and overnight stays ever were recorded; 3,524,000 tourist arrivals were registered in tourist accommodations, which is 4% more than in 2013. Tourists spent 9,591,000 nights, which is approximately the same as in 2013.
Foreign tourists generated almost 2,411,000 arrivals and over 6,090,000 overnight stays (7% more arrivals and 2% more overnight stays than in 2013).
However, there were fewer domestic tourists: they generated 1,113,000 or 1% less arrivals and more than 3,500,000 or 3% less overnight stays than in 2013. The number of arrivals and overnight stays of domestic tourists was the lowest in the last seven years.
More overnight stays by tourists from Austria, Italy and Germany, fewer overnight stays by Russian tourists
In 2014, foreign tourists generated 64% 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 (12%), Germany (11%), the Russian Federation, the Netherlands and Croatia (5% each).
As regards more important tourism markets, compared to 2013 in 2014 tourists from Hungary generated 16% more overnight stays, tourists from Austria 8% more, from Italy 4% more and from Germany 1% more. Tourists from Serbia generated approximately the same number of overnight stays as in 2013. In the same comparison tourists from the Russian Federation and from the Netherlands each generated 8% fewer overnight stays and tourists from Croatia and the United Kingdom each generated 4% fewer overnight stays.
Ever more tourists come to Slovenia from non-European countries
Tourists from non-European countries contributed 12% of all foreign overnight stays. Compared to 2013, in 2014 there were 146% more overnight stays of tourists from the Republic of Korea, 24% more from China, 13% more from Japan, 11% more from the United States, 8% more from Canada and 5% more from Australia. On the other hand, overnight stays of tourists from Israel decreased by 11%.
Foreign tourists most often slept in mountain resorts, domestic ones in health (spa) resorts
In 2014, the highest number of overnight stays of all tourists was recorded in health (spa) resorts, almost 2,999,000 (31% of all overnight stays) or 1% less than in 2013. Regarding the number of overnight stays, second placed were mountain resorts with 2,246,000 overnight stays (23% of all overnight stays), which is 5% less than in 2013. Seaside resorts (22% of all overnight stays) recorded a 2% and municipality Ljubljana (11% of all overnight stays) an 8% increase in the number of overnight stays.
Foreign tourists generated most overnight stays (27% of all foreign overnight stays) in mountain resorts and domestic tourists in health (spa) resorts (48% of all domestic overnight stays).
In camping sites 7% less overnight stays
Compared to 2013, in 2014 a significant increase in the number of tourist overnight stays was recorded in youth hostels (by 13%) and in private accommodations – rented rooms and dwellings (by 7%). An increase in the number of overnight stays was recorded also in hotels (by 1%). In the same period mountain huts recorded 10% fewer, camping sites 7% fewer and apartment settlements 4% fewer overnight stays.
Most foreign overnight stays generated by Italians, most of them in hotels in seaside resorts
Tourists from Italy and Germany spent the highest share of nights in hotels in seaside resorts and tourists from Austria, the Russian Federation and Croatia in hotels in health (spa) resorts. For Dutch 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 2014 domestic tourists stayed in tourist accommodations 3.1 nights and foreign tourists 2.5 nights.
Tourists stayed the longest in health (spa) resorts (3.7 nights), followed by seaside resorts (3.3 nights), mountain resorts (2.6 nights) and Ljubljana (1.8 nights).
More than a half of overnight stays by tourists in municipalities Piran, Ljubljana, Bled, Brežice, Moravske Toplice, Kranjska Gora and Koper
In 2014, foreign tourists generated more than a half of their overnight stays in municipalities Ljubljana, Piran, Bled, Kranjska Gora and Brežice.
In the same year more than a half of domestic overnight stays were generated in municipalities Piran, Brežice, Moravske Toplice, Podčetrtek, Koper, Izola and Kranjska Gora.
More than 123,000 bedplaces available to tourists in Slovenia, a third of those in hotels
In 2014, more than 43,000 rooms or apartments with more than 123,000 bedplaces were available to tourists in Slovenia. This is the breakdown of bedplaces by accommodation establishments: 40% in hotels and similar establishments (motels, boarding houses, etc.), 19% in camping sites and 41% in the other accommodation establishments.
In 2014, in hotels 33% of all tourist bedplaces were available to tourists, which recorded more than 5,852,000 overnight stays (61% of all overnight stays).
In 2014, camping sites had more than 7,300 camping places to accommodate their guests, where guests could camp in tents, caravans, mobile homes or rent bungalows. Camping sites were able to accommodate more than 23,000 people, which is approximately a fifth of all bedplaces that were available to tourists in different tourist accommodations. Camping sites recorded almost 1,219,000 overnight stays or 13% of all overnight stays.
Private accommodations – rented rooms and dwellings recorded 6% of all overnight stays and apartment settlements also 6% of all overnight stays.
Table 1: Tourist arrivals and overnight stays, Slovenia, 2014