A SUMMER holiday is in the books for 36.7 percent of Slovaks this year. Out of those taking a holiday, only 43.4 percent plan to spend their holiday in Slovakia, reports the Summer Holiday 2007 survey, carried out by the TNS SK agency on a sample of 1,005 respondents in May. The survey showed that Slovaks' summer plans have not changed much since last year.
As much as 51.9 percent of Slovaks said they do not plan on taking a holiday and 11.3 percent were undecided.
A quarter of the holiday-takers (25.2 percent) will organise their holidays themselves and 11.5 percent plan to employ a travel agency.
Croatia remains Slovakia's most popular holiday destination with 23.3 percent planning to spend their holiday at the "Slovak sea", as the Croatian seaside is known in Slovakia. Greece was chosen by 9.8 percent, followed by the Czech Republic and Hungary (5.7 percent each), Italy (5.4 percent), Bulgaria (4.6 percent) and lastly Spain and Egypt (3.5 percent each).
"The survey's results confirm that after Slovakia, countries with coast, particularly Croatia and Greece, are among the most popular destinations for Slovak holiday makers," said Martin Vígh, the survey's project manager. "Croatia is preferred mainly by the middle-aged, who plan to spend Sk15,000-Sk20,000 (€445-€595) on their holidays."
The groups most interested in having a holiday included people in the age ranges of 15-17 and 40-59, citizens from the Trnava, Žilina and Trenčín regions, people without a higher education and respondents from towns with lower populations. Significantly more men than women said they were planning a holiday.
Those who plan a holiday in Slovakia plan to spend Sk7,000-Sk10,000 (€209-€298) on average.
Hotels are the most popular form of accommodation for Slovaks, with one quarter of respondents rating them as their top preference. Next came private houses (16.6 percent), guest houses (12.8 percent) and camping (6.6 percent).
Compiled from press reports by Jana Liptáková
9. Jul 2007 at 0:00