Ljubljana, 30 October (STA) – Slovenia recorded 3.8m tourist arrivals in the first nine months of the year, a 14% year-on-year increase. Overnight stays increased by 12% to 9.9 million, the Statistics Office reported on Monday.

Foreign tourists accounted for 2.8m arrivals, which is an 18% improvement, and for 6.8m of overnight stays, a 16% increase.

Arrivals by domestic tourists increased by 5% and their overnight stays by 4%.

In September the total arrivals figure was 458,000, a 7% increase compared to the same month a year ago. Overnight stays were also up by 7%, to 1.1 million.

Foreign tourists accounted for 357,000 of the arrivals, a 12% rise, and 802,000 overnight stays, up 11%.

Contributing the most overnight stays in September were German tourists (16%), followed by the Austrians (12%), Italians (9%), the British (6%), US tourists and the Czech (4% each). The figure rose the most for the British, by 21%.

The biggest year-on-year increase in overnight stays for September was recorded by Ljubljana, where the figure grew by 12%.

Resource: Invest Slovenia