More tourists stay overnight in Bratislava in Q12013

Foreign tourists no longer see Bratislava as a place to “party” or as a “quick excursion” out of Vienna while travelling across Europe, Bratislava regional governor Pavol Frešo said on Wednesday July 31.

Foreign tourists no longer see Bratislava as a place to “party” or as a “quick excursion” out of Vienna while travelling across Europe, Bratislava regional governor Pavol Frešo said on Wednesday July 31.

It's becoming ever more common for visitors to spend several days in Bratislava, he told the TASR newswire. Citing figures from the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ), Frešo noted that the number of overnight stays in the Slovak capital went up by 24.2 percent on the year over the first three months of 2013. In the same period, the number of foreign tourists coming to Bratislava region rose by 23.1 percent over the same period, which translated into close to 200,000 people over the January-March period.

Most visitors to Bratislava are natives of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. “These are the right markets for us, as they're sustainable. It's so-called neighbour tourism,” said Ivo Nesrovnal, regional deputy governor.
Both officials foresee further increases in tourist numbers.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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