STA, 25 April 2022 - Slovenia recorded close to 700,000 tourist arrivals in the first quarter of the year, a more than ten-fold increase over the year before and more than in the same period in 2021, Statistics Office figures show.
Domestic tourists accounted for roughly 53% of the total, with guests from Croatia, Italy, Austria and Hungary accounting for the bulk of foreign arrivals. Total tourist stays were just below two million.
In March alone, arrivals similarly rose by a factor of more than ten on the year before to 264,000, with tourism establishments reporting a combined 725,000 stays.
A portion of the uptick in March is attributed to Ukrainians fleeing war who temporarily registered as tourists, either en route to other countries or before applying for asylum.
More than 9,000 Ukrainian guests were registered in March, and they stayed on average for three nights.