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Most tourists went to Bratislava region last year

The number of tourists in Slovakia increased by 4.5 percent over 2005 to more than 3.5 million in 2006. The largest number of tourists, 840,800, stayed in Bratislava region, which is an increase of 6.9 percent year-on-year. The number of foreign visitors to Bratislava region came to 511,300, which was an increase of 8.2 percent year-on-year, the Economy Ministry's tourism policy department reported.

Prešov was the second most popular region, reporting over 647,000 tourists last year, followed by Žilina region with 652,800 visitors. The lowest number of tourists, namely 215,700, visited the Nitra County. Trnava region was visited by 237,000 tourists and Trenčín region by 260,800 tourists. Košice region reported 306,000 tourists and Banská Bystrica region 423,700 visitors.

Tourist accommodation facilities in Slovakia reported sales of almost Sk7 billion last year. This is an increase of 10.6 percent in current prices as compared to 2005. From this amount, foreign tourists paid Sk4 billion, which is 8 percent more than in 2005. Their share in total sales dropped by 1.4 percentage points to 62.2 percent, the Slovak Statistics Office reported. Hotels and boarding houses reported revenues of Sk5.8 billion, 66.8 percent of which came from foreign tourists.

The average period of stay at an accommodation facility remained unchanged at 4.1 days. At the end of December 2006, 2,490 facilities provided accommodation services in Slovakia. In total they operated 48,200 rooms with 124,300 beds.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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