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Slovenian Tourist Officials Expect Good Summer

Ljubljana, 02 May (STA) - Slovenian tourist officials expect a good summer season, head of the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) Maja Pak has told the STA, acknowledging that the growth of tourism will be somewhat slower than last year, mainly because of fewer domestic tourists.

According to Pak, the May Day holidays have been a success, as "health resorts around the country and hotels at the coast are full". She expects similar trends for the summer season.

Pak however said that growth of the international tourism industry will slow down, as projected by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Slovenia registered a record year tourism-wise last year, but 2012 will be somewhat slower due to the difficult economic situation on several key markets, especially in Italy, she noted.

"But Slovenia expects to achieve growth on the international market despite this," Pak stressed, adding that the number of domestic tourists was expected to drop due to the crisis.

While the crisis also halted investment in tourist infrastructure, she does not expect any major problems. "Much has been invested in infrastructure over the past few years."

"Of course there are fewer investments in time of crisis, but much has been done already. Now, we have to market these capacities well," Pak stressed.

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