Even though there was not much snow and
despite the fact that the number of skiers dropped by half, the 2006/2007
winter season was a success, the head of the Slovenian Tourist Board
Dimitrij Piciga told the press on Tuesday.
The number of visitors between November 2006 and January 2007 increased by
7% year-on-year, while the number of overnights went up by 5%, according to
unofficial data from the National Statistics Office.
The most frequent guests were Italians, followed by tourists from Croatia,
Austria and Germany.
While last winter was very successful, the number of skiers fell by half
this season, said the secretary of the Ski-lift Operators Association,
However, there were no cancellations of bookings during holidays despite
the mild winter, which tells a lot about the supplementary offer of
Slovenian ski resorts, added Bozicnik.
Certain ski resorts are still operating, as Kanin (NW) will be open until
the end of April, while Krvavec (central Slovenia) and Vogel (NW) will
operate until the Easter Holidays.
On the other hand, Slovenian spa operators had 10.8% more vacancies
available this February than in the same month in 2006, while hotels
operated at 61.9% of capacity, an increase of 0.2%.
In February, Slovenian spas had 21.1% more guest than in the same month of
2006, while the number of overnights increased by 16.4%, according to the
secretary of the Slovenian Spas Community, Rudi Rumbak.
According to the Slovenian Tourist Board, this year’s objectives are 4%
growth in overnight stays, 6% growth in the number of guests, and 8% growth
of income from tourism.