Foreign tourist overnight stays (67.2% in total) increased by 20.0% y/y in November, thus accelerating from 12.2% y/y growth in October, according to preliminary data released by the stats office on Wednesday.
The print is good news as November is definitely out of the high season, while the winter holidays are in December. Domestic overnight stays increased by 13.6% y/y in November (slightly down from 13.7% y/y in October). The overall number of tourists overnight stays thus increased by 17.9% y/y in November, speeding up from 12.4% y/y in October. Most of the foreigners’ overnight stays in November were of visitors from Germany (12.5% share in overnight stays) and from Slovenia (11.6%).
Meanwhile, the arrivals increased by 21.0% y/y in November, up from 13.3% y/y in October, whereas foreign arrivals were up by 25.4% y/y (nearly double the 12.8% y/y increase in October) and domestic – by 13.3% y/y. The November print overall bodes well with the data compiled by the tourism ministry on the basis of the eVisitor and eCrew online tourist check-in and check-out systems.
Tourists realised altogether 18.3mn arrivals and 88.9mn nights in commercial accommodation establishments in January-November, which represented 7.0% y/y and 3.9% y/y increase, respectively. Foreign tourists’ arrivals climbed by 6.6% y/y to 16.4mn, while foreign overnight stays – by 3.6% y/y to 82.7mn with the most foreign tourist nights being realised by tourists from Germany (24.1%), Slovenia (8.7%), Austria (8.5%), Poland (7.3%), the Czech Republic (6.2%) and Italy (6.0%).