Slovenia: Vouchers saved the tourist season

Slovenia: Vouchers saved the tourist season

The tourism vouchers have made a good season in Gorenjska, one of Slovenia’s prime tourism regions with its Alpine lakes of Bled and Bohinj and the mountain centre of Kranjska Gora. Tourism officials said for local media that domestic guests have almost fully offset the drop in foreign tourists, an exception being Bled where some hotels have remained closed.

According to the director of the Kranjska Gora Tourist Board Blaž Veber, vacancies in the Upper Sava Valley in the north-west of the country are almost fully booked. Some vacancies remain in camps and in mountain huts since the weather has been a bit capricious this year.

Veber hopes the voucher system will be continued into next year, “since we know that the global situation is still very critical, that new hotspots are emerging and that things will not quickly get back to what they were before 9 March”.

As many as 90% of the guests in Kranjska Gora this year have been Slovenians. Many have also been coming only for one-day trips, a development that has been observed for Lake Bohinj as well, where this is being stimulated with more frequent and cheaper bus lines.

The director of Tourism Bohinj, Klemen Langus, said that capacities are 90% or 95% full and it seems that July and August will show similar figures as last year, after only 30% of last year’s performance was recorded in June before the state-subsidised vouchers were introduced.

As many Slovenian only come for a one-day hike or a swim, domestic guests have been less dominant in accommodation facilities, but they have nonetheless been accounting for 60% to 65% of overnight stays.

Slovenian guest has traditionally been a minority at Bled, where they usually account for only 5% of overnight stays.

Some hotels have remained closed this year, while the open ones have reached 70% to 80% of their capacities filled. Private room providers and the camping sites are happy with the figures.

“Given the situation, we are fairly happy with the visit in August,” Romana Purkart of Tourism Bled explained. July, with 60% of capacities filled, was much better than June was but it cannot compare to last year, she added./ibna