Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

More than 5m people spent holidays in Slovakia

The majority of holidaymakers were locals.

The High Tatras(Source: TASR)

A record number of tourists visited Slovakia last year, exceeding the five-million threshold for the first time in the country’s history.

Altogether 5,023,629 visitors spent their holiday in Slovakia in 2016, which is 16 percent more than in the record year of 2015, the SITA newswire reported.

“We are glad that expectations were confirmed and that last year’s tourist season was successful,” said Transport Minister Árpád Ersék (Most-Híd), as quoted by SITA, adding they want to keep up this trend and continue promoting the country and improving services.

Read also: Read also:Hotels registered a record number of visitors

Up to 60 percent of holidaymakers were Slovaks, which represents nearly 3 million people. It is nearly 15 percent more than last year. Their stay lasted four days on average. Though they visited mostly the Žilina Region (653,000 tourists), they spent the most nights in the Trenčín Region (4.2 in average).

The number of foreign tourists amounted to more than 2 million in 2016, which is 18 percent more than the year before. They mostly visited the Bratislava Region (44 percent of the total number), where they also spent the most nights.

The most foreigners came from the Czech Republic (30.7 percent), followed by Poland (9.3 percent), Germany (8.8 percent), Hungary (4.5 percent), Austria (4.3 percent), the United Kingdom (3.8 percent), and Italy (3.2 percent), SITA reported.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: Tourism and travel in Slovakia


Top stories

NAKA detains businessman Kočner

The shady businessman featured in several scandals was detained June 20 in connection to questionable promissory notes and tax-related crimes.

Marián Kočner

Last Week in Slovakia: Farmers staged a protest by driving across the country Audio

Listen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.

Farmers also met President Andrej Kiska in Bratislava

Report: Slovak-made arms could end up in terrorist hands

A report published at GLOBSEC points out that arms coming form Slovakia were used in Charlie Hebdo and Munich mall attacks.

Illegal arms keep surfacing in Slovakia as well. Illustrative stock photo

What are the biggest challenges of Slovak journalism?

Trust in the media slightly increased following the murder of journalist but it may not last.