Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

FOCUS SHORT

AquaCity expects increase in visitors

THE POPRAD-based AquaCity resort is forecasting a 15-percent increase in visitors this year. It recorded nearly 800,000 visitors in 2010, but says numbers so far this year are on course to be even higher.

THE POPRAD-based AquaCity resort is forecasting a 15-percent increase in visitors this year. It recorded nearly 800,000 visitors in 2010, but says numbers so far this year are on course to be even higher.

“2011 is developing significantly better than last year,” AquaCity director Richard Pichonský said in early July, as quoted by the SITA newswire. He added that in June alone 38,000 pupils and students visited the water park at the end of the school year.

Slovaks make up the largest portion of visitors to AquaCity. They are followed by Poles, Czechs, Britons and, during the summer months, Germans. While the High Tatras region has registered a consistent outflow of Polish tourists over recent years, this has not been the case for AquaCity.



“It is true that in 2009 there was a significant outflow of Polish clients, but they returned in 2010,” Pichonský said.

This year AquaCity has not added any new water attractions as the company’s management has focused on a new target group – sport stays. This is closely linked with the Continental Hockey League in Poprad and a planned football training centre. Further investment in water attractions depends on the completion of technical infrastructure in the locality that is required for the planned construction of the second phase of AquaCity.

The AquaCity project, by British investor of Czech origin Jan Telensky and the city of Poprad, uses geothermal water and solar energy to heat and power the resort. It consists of outdoor and indoor pools, water attractions, a wellness and spa centre, two hotels on the AquaCity resort premises and another in the High Tatras.


Topic: Foreigners in Slovakia


Top stories

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico

Ecocide! How Slovakia destroys its national parks

Officially, the number of forests in Slovakia keeps growing but satellite shots of the national parks evoke horrors.

logging at Muránska Planina