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CORRECTION: Slovenian tourism bullish in first half of year

Foreign arrivals increased by almost 8% in January-June, not 16% as wrongly stated in Wednesday's copy. Below is the corrected version.Ljubljana, 31 July (STA) - Slovenian tourism continued to boom in the first half of the year. Arrivals were up by over 6% compared to the same period last year to 2.6 million, with accommodation facilities recording 6.3 million nights, an increase of 10%, fresh statistics show.

While domestic arrivals increased just 3% to 733,000, foreign arrivals increased by almost 8% to 1.8 million, mostly due to increases in arrivals from the most important source countries.

There was a 13.5% increase in the number of guests from Germany, with arrivals from Austria and Italy rising by almost 6% and 3%, respectively, the Statistics Office said on Wednesday.

The picture for nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments is similar: foreigners spent 4.3 million nights in Slovenia, a rise of over 6%, while nights by domestic visitors were roughly flat at just over two million.

Among the largest source countries, the biggest increases were recorded for guests from Germany, Austria and Italy.

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