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Slovenians travelled more last year, mostly to Croatia

Ljubljana, 5 June - Slovenian tourists travelled more last year, which resulted in over 4.5 million leisure travels, a 7% increase compared to 2017. More than half of these journeys were international, with Croatia being the most popular destination, show data by the Statistics Office.

Makarska, Croatia
Peak summer season at the Croatian seaside.
Photo: Hina/STA

Almost 70% or some 1.2 million Slovenians, aged 15 or above, travelled for pleasure at least once last year, an increase of three percentage points compared to 2017.

International travel accounted for 59% of all leisure travel done in 2018. Croatia remained a hotspot for Slovenian tourists, accounting for the majority of all leisure international travels - 61%. Among popular destinations were also Italy (7%), Austria (6%) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (5%).

An average leisure travel included 4.5 nights, with trips abroad being longer (5.8 nights) than those within Slovenia (2.7 nights). Average daily expenses amounted to some EUR 50 per tourist - EUR 40 in Slovenia and EUR 53 abroad.

A tourist who was staying at a hotel or a similar facility spent the most money per day on average - EUR 90. If they stayed in Slovenia, their daily expense rate was lower (EUR 67 on average), while it reached EUR 100 on average if they stayed at hotels abroad.

Tourists staying at their own holiday accommodation spent only EUR 18 in Slovenia and EUR 19 abroad per day on average.

Slovenians, aged 15 or above, also travelled for business or educational purposes, which resulted in some 616,000 business or student travels. The majority of them were international journeys (80%).

An average business travel included 3.3 overnight stays - 3.6 abroad and 2.2 in Slovenia. During such travels, average daily expenses per tourist amounted to EUR 181 - EUR 129 in Slovenia and EUR 189 abroad.

© STA, 2019