FOCUS SHORT

Locals boost tourism in High Tatras

LOCAL tourism appears to be key for higher occupancy at accommodation facilities in the High Tatras. According to the regional destination management organisation in the High Tatras, OOCR Región Vysoké Tatry, this was proven in 2013 when as much as 63.4 percent of visitors in the Tatras were Slovaks. Traditionally, Czech tourists made up the biggest group of foreign visitors, followed by Poles and Ukrainians, the TASR newswire reported.

LOCAL tourism appears to be key for higher occupancy at accommodation facilities in the High Tatras. According to the regional destination management organisation in the High Tatras, OOCR Región Vysoké Tatry, this was proven in 2013 when as much as 63.4 percent of visitors in the Tatras were Slovaks. Traditionally, Czech tourists made up the biggest group of foreign visitors, followed by Poles and Ukrainians, the TASR newswire reported.

“Statistical data help us to get oriented and hold up to us the always needed mirror,” said Lenka Maťašovská, director of OOCR Región Vysoké Tatry, as cited by TASR, adding the numbers showing that Slovaks dominate confirm that local tourism is the pillar of tourism in the Tatras.

Ukrainians became the ‘jumpers’ of the year when they climbed from the sixth position to third. They were followed by visitors from Korea, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Austria, Lithuania and the United Kingdom.

In total, the number of visitors accommodated in the High Tatras in 2013 reached almost 518,000, with Slovak visitors accounting for the biggest part of the increase.

According to Maťašovská, the pre-crisis year of 2008 was the most successful year for the High Tatras region. At that time the ratio between Slovak and foreign visitors was much more balanced, with 58.5 percent from Slovakia and 41.5 percent from abroad. The region had already overcome the impacts of the economic crisis in 2011, and it achieved this largely through a massive increase in Slovak visitors, up to almost 62 percent of all accommodated visitors.

Top stories

New headquarters of ECB in Frankfurt, Germany.

GDP growth estimates revised up

SLOVAKIA’s economy is expected to grow in 2015 faster than originally forecast, benefiting from quantitative easing by the European Central Bank, which weakens the euro, and low crude oil prices. 

Activists created the solgan "stop to extremism" with candles during Human Rights Day, on December 10, 2013 in Banská Bystrica.

Government taking note of online extremism

WHILE the amount of racially motivated crime is in decline, extremists are adopting increasingly sophisticate ways of spreading their message online, experts say, and the government is taking this into account as it…

Delilah

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between April 3 and 10, including Easter ones, expat get-together, jazz, opera, and more

Ryanair opens new base in Bratislava

IRISH low-cost airline Ryanair has opened a base at Bratislava’s M. R. Štefánik Airport after nearly 10 years of operating flights to and from Bratislava on March 30.

MOST READ ARTICLES