Slovenia: 2020 tourist overnight stays tumble 42% YoY

Slovenia: 2020 tourist overnight stays tumble 42% YoY

Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, in December 2020, tourist flow in Slovenia was stunted. Tourist accommodation establishments recorded around 70,000 overnight stays, accounting for only 9% of overnight stays recorded in December 2019, based on an analysis by the Slovenian Statistical Office.

In December 2020, exceptional tourist overnight stays were clearly defined by the Government Ordinance on the Provisional Prohibition on the Offering and Sale of Goods and Services to Consumers in the Republic of Slovenia. In November 2020, the Government issued detailed explanations of the mentioned Ordinance to the field of accommodations, where exceptions were listed. Additionally, according to the explanations, the Ordinance does not regulate the field of business-to-business performance.

In December 2020, tourist accommodation establishments recorded around 9,300 tourist arrivals (97% nosedive YoY) and 70,600 overnight stays (91% drop from December 2019).

While domestic tourists generated 5,000 arrivals (accounting for 5% of the December 2019 arrival levels) and almost 40,000 overnight stays (14% of the overnight stays levels of December 2019), foreign tourists generated around 4,300 arrivals (2% of the arrivals recorded in December 2019) and almost 31,000 overnight stays (6% of the overnight stays in December 2019).

Most foreign tourist overnight stays in December 2020 were generated by tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina (more than 4,800 overnight stays or 16% of all foreign overnight stays), Serbia (14%), Croatia (8%), North Macedonia (7%), Germany (7%) and Italy (5%).

“Most overnight stays were generated in health (spa) resorts (around 24,300 or 34% of all overnight stays), followed by urban municipalities (16% of all overnight stays), seaside resorts (14% of all overnight stays) and the municipality of the capital of Ljubljana (also 14% of all overnight stays). 57% of all overnight stays in December 2020 were recorded in hotels,” the Agency reports.

In 2020, tourists generated just over 3 million arrivals (51% drop from 2019) and just over 9.2 million overnight stays (42% drop from 2019).

While in 2020 domestic tourists generated 21% more arrivals and 33% more overnight stays than in 2019, foreign tourists generated 74% fewer arrivals and 71% fewer overnight stays.

Most foreign tourist overnight stays in 2020 were generated by tourists from Germany (almost 814,000 or almost a quarter of all foreign overnight stays), followed by Austria and Italy (both 11%), Croatia (7%), Hungary and the Netherlands (both 5%). /ibna