General Industry

Slovenia Sees Tourism Growth In 2019 Despite January Fall

By Dave Simpson
Slovenia Sees Tourism Growth In 2019 Despite January Fall

Slovenia expects the number of tourists that travel to the country this year to rise by at least 4% despite a year-on-year dip of 5.5% in January caused by a lack of snow for skiiers heading for its mountains, the Slovenian Tourist Board has announced.

Tourism accounts for nearly 13% of gross domestic product in Slovenia.

The Board said in a statement prepared for Reuters that a mild winter had contributed to the lower number of tourists in January. It did not give a reason for its forecast of higher overall tourist numbers for 2019.

Domestic Vs Foreign Numbers

The statistics office said the number of domestic tourists fell by almost 10% in January while the number of foreign tourists was down by 3.1%.

Revenues from foreign tourists reached a record €2.7 billion in 2018, the Tourist Board said, helped by an annual jump of about 15  in overnight stays by foreign tourists, mostly from other EU member states.

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