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
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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.