Slovenia: Number of tourists plummets amid draining measures to curb the pandemic

Slovenia: Number of tourists plummets amid draining measures to curb the pandemic

One year after the Slovenian government introduced the measures against coronavirus, the tourism industry is still trying to find its footing in these new conditions. The new data for March 2021 collected by the Slovenian Statistical Agency show that the situation in this sector is anything but good.

The Agency announced that in March 2021 the Government Ordinance on Temporary Suspension of the Sale of Goods and Services to Consumers in Slovenia was still in force, and tourist accommodation establishments operated only under the conditions set out by the Ordinance.

Almost 24,500 tourist arrivals were recorded (69% drop YoY) and almost 103,800 overnight stays (58% drop YoY.) Domestic tourists generated 11,700 arrivals (67% down from last year’s March) and 52,500 overnight stays (54% down from last year’s March), while foreign tourists generated 12,700 arrivals (71% dip YoY) and almost 51,300 overnight stays (61% dip YoY).

Most foreign tourist overnight stays in March 2021 were recorded by tourists from Croatia (just over 5,300 or 10% of all foreign overnight stays). They were followed by tourists from Italy (almost 5,200 or 10%), Serbia (7%), Germany (7%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (6%) and Austria (6%).

Most tourist overnight stays in March 2021 were recorded in health (spa) resorts (almost 31,000 or 30% of all overnight stays), followed by mountain resorts (24% of all overnight stays) in the municipality Ljubljana, in the capital (14%) and in urban municipalities (12%).

The only municipalities with more than 10,000 tourist overnight stays in March 2021 were Ljubljana (15,000 overnight stays) and Kranjska Gora (11,300 overnight stays).

Most tourist overnight stays in March 2021 were generated in hotels (65,800 or 63% of all overnight stays), followed by private accommodations – rented rooms, dwellings (19,400 or 19% of all overnight stays).

The number of tourist overnight stays in the first three months in 2021 marks a 86% downfall compared to the same period in 2020.

In the first three months of 2021, tourist accommodation establishments recorded 55,000 tourist arrivals (92% fewer than in the same period in 2020) and 255,000 overnight stays (86% fewer than in the same period in 2020). /ibna