Foreign tourists and their expenditures, Slovenia, April–May 2019

Foreign tourists who stayed in hotels in Slovenia in April or May 2019 spent on average EUR 178 per day

In spring (April–May) 2019 four out of five foreign tourists who stayed in hotels in Slovenia decided to visit Slovenia for private reasons. For accommodation, food and drinks, transportation in Slovenia, free time activities and for other shopping and services they spent on average EUR 178 per day.

  • 10/16/2019
  • |
  • provisional data
In spring 2019 holidays the main reason for foreign tourists to visit Slovenia
80% of all foreign tourists who arrived to Slovenia and stayed in hotels in April or May 2019 came to Slovenia for private reasons, 18% for business reasons, and 2% stayed overnight on their way to another country. Three quarters of those who came to Slovenia for private reasons came to Slovenia for the purpose of holidays and leisure. The share of foreign tourists who visited Slovenia for business reasons was the highest in Ljubljana (30%).
Nine out of ten foreign tourists who stayed in hotels in mountain or seaside municipalities declared that they visited Slovenia for private reasons.

Three quarters of foreign tourists arranged accommodation in Slovenia without the intermediation of a travel agency
31% of foreign tourists who visited Slovenia in spring (April–May) and stayed in hotels booked their accommodation directly at the accommodation establishment, 26% used web reservation systems or intermediaries, and 25% booked their accommodation with the help of travel agency. For 16% of foreign tourists accommodation was arranged by other organizers (e.g. organizer of the event, employer, school, etc.).
There are differences among municipalities compared to the Slovenian average in how foreign tourists booked their accommodation. The share of foreign tourists who booked their accommodation directly at the hotel was the highest in health (spa) municipalities (49%); web reservation systems or intermediaries were used by 37% of foreign tourists who stayed in mountain or seaside municipalities and by 22% of foreign tourists in the municipality of Ljubljana.

One in five foreign tourists was travelling alone
Most foreign tourists who visited Slovenia and stayed in hotels in spring 2019 travelled with a spouse or partner (45%); 22% of them were travelling alone, 11% with their family, 11% with friends, 8% with colleagues or business partners, and 3% with relatives.

In spring most foreign tourist from Italy, Austria and Germany 
Of all tourists who travelled around Slovenia in April–May 2019 and were staying in one of the hotels, 81% came from foreign countries. Most of them came from Italy (15%), followed by Austria (12%) and Germany (8%). The majority of Italian tourists came to Slovenia for private reasons (93% – four fifths of those for the reason of holidays or leisure) and 6% for business and professional reasons. Also for four out of five Austrian and German tourists the reason for visiting Slovenia was private (mainly for holidays and leisure). The share of Austrian and German tourists visiting Slovenia for business or professional reasons was higher than the share of Italian tourists (among German tourists 19% came to Slovenia due to business or professional reasons and among Austrian tourists 16%).

Estimated average daily expenditure of foreign tourists the highest in Ljubljana
In April–May 2019 foreign tourists spent for accommodation, food and drinks, transportation in Slovenia, free time activities and for other shopping and services on average EUR 178 per person per day; the amount was the highest in Ljubljana (around EUR 249) and the lowest in the mountain municipalities (EUR 129).

On average the highest daily expenditure was recorded by tourists from non-European countries (around EUR 264). Average daily expenditure of tourists from European countries was substantially lower: tourists from Austria spent on average per day EUR 135, tourists from Italy EUR 126 and tourists from Germany EUR 124, while tourists from other European countries spent on average EUR 151 per day.
Average daily expenditure (EUR) of foreign tourists accommodated in hotels by country of residence, Slovenia, April–May 2019 – provisional data
Country of
residence – TOTAL
AustriaItalyGermanyOther European
countries
Non-European
countries
Foreign tourists – TOTAL178135126124151264 M
M less precise estimate – use with caution
Source: SURS
Average daily expenditure (EUR) of foreign tourists accommodated in hotels by type of tourist municipalities, Slovenia, April–May 2019 – provisional data
Type of tourist
municipality
– TOTAL
Health (spa)
municipalities
Mountain
municipalities
Seaside
municipalities
Ljubljana,
the capital
Urban and
other municipalities
Foreign tourists – TOTAL178137 M129134249 M196 M
M less precise estimate – use with caution
Source: SURS
Foreign tourists accommodated in hotels by characteristics of their visit and arrival to Slovenia by country of residence, Slovenia, April–May 2019 – provisional data1)
Country of
residence – TOTAL
AustriaItalyGermanyOther European
countries
Non-European
countries
Foreign tourists – TOTAL436,65952,08366,07935,103160,511122,883
Main purpose of the visit
Private reasons348,38341,64661,59827,942118,42098,777
… holidays, leisure262,32833,31348,88025,83985,61868,680
… recreation7,798NN-NN
… sightseeing of natural and cultural attractions31,138NNN12,10316,032
… other personal reasons47,1185,4709,739N16,355N
Business and professional reasons80,3368,2834,2496,61839,86621,321
Transit and other reasons7,940NNNNN
Travelling
Alone97,23011,5296,9548,14134,04036,566
With spouse or partner194,49924,46034,36517,16366,36852,144
With family47,5756,43013,223N21,345N
With other relatives11,165NNNNN
With friends49,8686,4269,394N15,63515,149
With colleagues or business partners36,321NNN20,487N
Organization of the accommodation
Direct booking at accommodation establishment136,08321,56832,3897,44752,04722,631
Via web reservation system of intermediaries113,57216,98424,6069,68247,74514,555
No booking made in advance5,628NNNNN
Travel agency110,8256,0095,22110,63326,79062,171
Other organizers (employer, school, club, trade union, etc.)70,5527,3762,9225,54731,85622,850
1) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
N too imprecise estimate to be published
- no occurrence of event
Source: SURS
Foreign tourists accommodated in hotels by characteristics of their visit and arrival to Slovenia by type of tourist municipalities, Slovenia, April–May 2019 – provisional data1)
Type of tourist
municipality
– TOTAL
Health (spa)
municipalities
Mountain
municipalities
Seaside
municipalities
Ljubljana,
the capital
Urban and
other municipalities
Foreign tourists – TOTAL436,65954,69793,11573,794114,554100,499
Main purpose of the visit
Private reasons348,38348,47588,43768,47077,03865,963
… holidays, leisure262,32837,61868,86354,67259,45941,717
… recreation7,798NN4,521NN
… sightseeing of natural and cultural attractions31,138N13,584N9,069N
… other personal reasons47,1188,3604,4886,4887,50920,273
Business and professional reasons80,3364,7333,043N34,00433,548
Transit and other reasons7,940NNNNN
Travelling
Alone97,2308,46311,3777,57931,89737,915
With spouse or partner194,49929,91255,26341,70844,28123,335
With family47,57510,28512,97610,7216,980N
With other relatives11,165NNN6,010N
With friends49,868N11,17110,42811,11612,563
With colleagues or business partners36,321NNN14,26817,480
Organization of the accommodation
Direct booking at accommodation establishment136,08327,02723,49128,55335,23721,776
Via web reservation system of intermediaries113,57215,84634,61127,16625,24510,703
No booking made in advance5,628NNNNN
Travel agency110,8257,59533,09612,62028,84128,673
Other organizers (employer, school, club, trade union, etc.)70,5523,952NN24,54236,724
1) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
N too imprecise estimate to be published
Source: SURS
METHODOLOGICAL NOTE
Provisional data for July–August will be published on 17 December 2019.


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