Portorož, 14 October (STA) - As part of the Days of Slovenian Tourism, the Slovenian Tourism Association awarded the most well-kept and hospitable tourist places around Slovenia which have entered its traditional competition My Beautiful and Hospitable Country. The honorary speaker at the award ceremony on Tuesday was President Borut Pahor.
The port city of Koper took the award in the category of big towns or cities, the oldest Slovenian town of Ptuj in the category of medium-sized towns and Cerklje na Gorenjskem in the category of small towns.
Besides Cerklje na Gorenjskem, the north-western region of Gorenjsko won several more awards: Kranj as the best city centre, Kamp Bled as the best best camping site and Hostel Pod Voglom celebrated in the category of youth hostels.
Podčetrtek, which is home to spa Terme Olimia, became the best spa town and the coastal town of Izola the best tourist town.
Awards were given out in a total of 14 categories, including for well-kept and most tourist-friendly petrol station or fire station.
The competition aims at encouraging sustainable development in a tidy and healthy environment, providing for greater tourist attraction of Slovenian towns.
It was organised for the 23rd year in a row in cooperation with the tourism and internationalisation directorate of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.
The Tourism Association believes that in its long history, the competition has developed into an all-Slovenian movement for well-kept environment and hospitality.