Ljubljana, 23 September (STA) - The number of tourists in Slovenia fell by 4% in August over the same month a year ago. The drop was caused primarily by a significant decline in the number of domestic tourists, the Statistics Office said.
The number of Slovenian guests in August dropped by as much as 15% over last year, while the number of foreign guests increased by 2%.
The total number of overnight stays in August was down 3% compared to last year.
Tourist numbers in the first eights months of the year were meanwhile flat to that for the same period in 2009.
Among the key markets for Slovenia, the number of overnight stays by tourists from Austria in August grew by 7% year-on-year, from France by 4% and Germany by 3%.
While Italian and British guests made a similar number of stays as in August 2009, the number of stays by Dutch guests fell by 14%.
Seaside resorts recorded 6% and mountain resorts 7% fewer tourist stays than in August 2009, but Ljubljana and spa resorts recorded 14% and 4% more respectively.