The travel and tourism industry continues to thrive in Slovenia, thanks to both the varied natural beauty on offer, and the well-planned strategic promotions of the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB).
One current aim of the STB is to draw visitors away from the more trafficked sites to some of the “hidden gems” of the country. It was with this in mind that we took a look at the statistics for “tourist beds”, as supplied by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS). It’s here one finds a rather astonishing fact, that five municipalities actually have more beds for tourists than for local residents.
According to the most recently available data – for 2016 – this is the case for Bovec (1,534.9 tourist beds per 1,000 local residents), Bohinj (1,378.8), Kranjska Gora (1,253.5), Ankaran (1,177.6), and Solčava (1,157.4). Other high-ranking municipalities include Jezersko (886.7), Bled (826.1), and Piran (810.5).
The full data is available in an Excel file here, while you can see a graphic representation of the number of tourist beds per 1,000 people below, although note that the darkest brown represents more than 150 beds, and that this hides the fact that 20 municipalities have more than 200.