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Bratislava registers record tourists

LAST year the capital of Slovakia drew its highest number of Slovak and foreign visitors in the last 20 years. In 2012 more than 823,000 visitors arrived in Bratislava and stayed in the city for an average of two days. Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftáčnik announced the positive figures at a press conference on April 24 about tourism last year in Bratislava.

LAST year the capital of Slovakia drew its highest number of Slovak and foreign visitors in the last 20 years. In 2012 more than 823,000 visitors arrived in Bratislava and stayed in the city for an average of two days. Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftáčnik announced the positive figures at a press conference on April 24 about tourism last year in Bratislava.

“We reached positive numbers, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us,” said Ftáčnik, as cited by the SITA newswire.

Last year the number of nights visitors spent in Bratislava increased, too. Foreign visitors spent on average two days in the capital, while Slovaks spent as many as three days. According to Ftáčnik, this means that Bratislava is no longer just a day-trip destination.

Bratislava collected almost €2.5 million in accommodation tax last year.

New hotels that opened in the capital last year increased the total number of hotels to 81. The average price for accommodation decreased to €36.42 per night. Foreign visitors prefer higher class hotels and most Slovaks opt for three-star hotels.

The Bratislava city council along with the local destination management organisation, the Bratislava Tourist Board, wants to make Bratislava even more attractive for visitors, with the main theme being the so-called coronation Bratislava, which celebrates the period between the 16th and 19th centuries when Hungarian kings and queens were crowned in Bratislava.

František Stano from the Bratislava Tourist Board believes that this is an appealing theme, which they want to manage in a way that attracts tourists throughout the entire year.

“In this respect maybe a lot of us perceive that there are some coronation festivities,” said Stano. “What we want to change is that we do not have here one large event per year, but to have a product which will span the whole year.”

According to Stano, foreign tourists appreciate Bratislava’s calm atmosphere, which is a result of its size compared to other metropolises.

The city also wants to promote trips to the Small Carpathian mountains and Bratislava’s wine-making regions.

“Wine-food tourism is one of the main topics on the global scale,” said Stano.

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