Almost 17 percent of Slovaks took relatively-long holidays in Slovakia or abroad in 1Q08, while 74 percent said that they couldn't afford one, according to a poll released by the Statistics Office on June 23.
The poll showed that 6.9 percent of the respondents went on short holidays in Slovakia, with areas around Poprad (Prešov region), Liptovský Mikuláš, Martin (both Žilina region) and Bratislava as the most popular destinations. Of this number, approximately 50 percent visited relatives, while 34 percent went to the mountains.
An almost identical number of people took short holidays abroad, with Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary the most popular destinations. The average short holiday in Slovakia cost Sk2,347 (€77) per person, while the average short holiday abroad cost Sk7,505 (€247). Longer holidays in Slovakia were chosen by 11 percent of the respondents, while 5.5 percent went abroad. More than 80 percent of these holidays lasted five-eight days. Around 68.1 percent of domestic holiday-makers and 38.2 percent of travellers abroad went by car. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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