Almost 1.8 million people decided to spend their holidays in Slovakia in the first five months of this year, according to the latest data published by the Slovak Statistics Office.
Slovak mountains, castles, towns and spas were visited by 1.1 million domestic and 690,000 foreign tourists. Compared to the same period of last year, the number of domestic tourists grew by 20.3 percent, while the number of foreign holidaymakers went up by 21.6 percent. The total number of tourists who spent holidays in Slovakia rose by 20.8 percent year-on-year, the TASR newswire reported.
“Slovakia is a stable and peaceful country, which plays a significant role in the choice of holiday destination in the current geopolitical situation,” said Transport Minister Roman Brecely (Sieť), as quoted by TASR.
Meanwhile, the number of overnight stays approached 5 million, which was an increase of 18.9 percent compared to the first five months of 2015. Domestic and foreign tourists spent 2.7 nights in Slovak accommodation facilities on average.
The highest number of foreign tourists came to Slovakia from the Czech Republic. They were followed by visitors from Poland, Germany and Hungary. The number of British, Italian, Austrian, French, Dutch, Israeli and American tourists who decided to spend holidays in Slovakia increased as well.
Meanwhile, the number of Russian holidaymakers in Slovakia again posted significant growth following two years of decline caused by political and economic developments in the country. Their number slightly exceeded 14,000, an increase of 22.7 percent y/y. The most significant growth was reported for Spanish tourists at 68 percent y/y, followed by Chinese visitors (51 percent y/y), TASR wrote.
Developments in tourist figures before the summer indicate a successful main tourist season, according to the Slovak Tourist Board (SACR).
“Still more domestic and foreign tourists prefer a holiday in Slovakia partly with regard to the current unstable security situation in the world,” said SACR representatives, as quoted by TASR. “Hoteliers in the most visited tourist resorts, as well as several accommodation websites, report high demand for summer stays.”
An increased visitor rate recorded by the national tourism website slovakia.travel attests to this as well, said SACR.
“As many as 1.68 million visitors checked information on interesting tourist destinations, events, relaxing or active activities between January and July, which was an increase of 59 percent y/y,” stated the agency, as quoted by TASR.
"If the upward trend in the number of visitors in Slovakia continues, the summer of 2016 will be the most successful ever in the history of the independent Slovakia,” said SACR head Rigor Donoval.
3. Aug 2016 at 4:54 | Compiled by Spectator staff