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Foreign tourists staying overnight in Slovakia up 16 percent

The number of visitors who stayed overnight in accommodation facilities throughout Slovakia posted a sound annual rise in the first half of 2013, with the number of specifically foreign visitors growing faster than the overall pace.

The number of visitors who stayed overnight in accommodation facilities throughout Slovakia posted a sound annual rise in the first half of 2013, with the number of specifically foreign visitors growing faster than the overall pace.

The total number of visitors rose 10.9 percent on the year, while a rise of 16.1 percent was recorded in foreign visitors. As far as Slovak tourists are concerned, the rise amounted to 7.6 percent, the Slovak Tourism Board (SACR) informed the TASR newswire on September 18.

In actual numbers, the year-on-year increase translated into close to 200,000 more tourists. A total of some 1,892,000 nights were spent up in Slovak accommodation facilities between January-June, with 771,000 of visitors coming from abroad.

The largest numbers of tourists came to Slovakia from the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and Russia. The most notable annual increases were for tourists from Ukraine – an increase of 162 percent, followed by those from Russia (47 percent), Hungary (26 percent) and Austria (19 percent). The numbers of tourists arriving in Slovakia from India, Brazil, the United States and China also posted increases in 1H13. According to SACR, positive developments are also being seen when it comes to tourists from Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, the Netherlands and Spain.

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