Summer season at the coast assessed as very successful
In Portorož and Piran, tourist nights figures in July exceeded last year's "exceptional" results by a percentage point, according to the Portorož Tourist Association. In August, hotels recorded two percentage points more nights than in the same month last year.
Based on hotels' reports, this year's revenue is expected to exceed last year's also due to somewhat higher average prices.
Tourists are increasingly looking for experiences, with gastronomy being the top attraction. Short trips inland are also popular along with various summer events and festivals, says the association.
In Portorož, quite a few tourists are still expected in September, so the season is expected to slightly exceed last year's record-breaking results.
Izola was also fully booked in July. The local tourist association recorded 1% more stays in hotels, while the number of guests in hostels and inns went up by 9%, and in camps by 6%.
In July, the number of Czech, Hungarian and Belgian guests went up. The ratio between domestic and foreign guests was the same as in the first six months of the year.
On average, guests stayed 3.4 days in Izola. Slovenians stayed the longest, followed by guests from Germany and the Czech Republic, who on average staid for five days.
The statistics for August are not in yet, but hotel operators say they were fully booked and that they are happy with the season.
In the first seven months of the year, 162,833 nights were recorded in all types of accommodation in Izola, and a 29% rise was recorded compared to the first half of 2017.
The most popular type of accommodation in Izola in the first half of the year was hotels (108,000 nights). Some 59% of the guests were Slovenians, 13% Austrians, 7% Germans and 5% Italians.
The outlook for September is also very good, as most hotel capacities are already booked.
In Koper, the season is also expected to be better than last year's. The municipality recorded 20% more arrivals and 10% more nights than last summer.
Compared to last year, the coastal town saw a rise in the number of German, Belgian, Polish and Swedish guests as well as domestic visitors.
In September, Koper is expected to attack visitors with its many events.