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What’s new in Slovenia tourism?

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eTN Staff writer  Mar 13, 2008

TOURIST FIGURES FOR 2007
Slovenia is also becoming an increasingly frequent destination for tourists. In 2007, the number of tourists recorded as staying in Slovenian tourist accommodation was 2,672,939. This is 8 percent more than in 2006 and this means that 8,244,349 nights were spent, 7 percent more than in 2006. In comparison with the previous year, the number of nights spent increased by 8 percent while the number of nights spent by Slovenian tourists went up by 5 percent.

Of the nights spent by tourists in 2007, 59 percent of them were by foreigners and in 2006 this figure was 58 percent. In 2007, most guests (70 percent of all foreign nights) came from Italy (19 percent), Austria (14 percent), Germany (13 percent), the UK (6 percent), Croatia (6 percent), the Netherlands (4 percent), Hungary (3 percent), the Russian Federation (3 percent) and France (2 percent).

THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS IN SLOVENIA IN JANUARY 2008
In January 2008, the number of guests recorded as staying in tourist accommodation in Slovenia was 135,925. Most tourists visited spa resorts (40,507 guests) and mountain (37,527 guests) resorts. The figures are promising as they indicate a 1 percent increase compared with the figures from January 2007.

A total of 473,486 nights stayed were recorded, a figure similar to that of January 2007. Of the nights spent by tourists in January 2008, 60 percent were spent by foreigners. Most foreign tourists (68 percent) came from Croatia (28 percent), Italy (22 percent), Austria (8 percent), the Russian Federation (5 percent) and Serbia (5 percent). The number of nights spent by foreign tourists has gone down by 4 percent while the number of night spent by Slovenian tourists increased by 7 percent.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
The President of Slovenia Danilo Türk unveiled a statue of Primož Trubar, the work of the sculptor Tine Kos, in the National and University Library in Ljubljana on 7 February 2008. This was the official beginning of Trubar’s year, which Slovenia is celebrating to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Primož Trubar (1508–1586). Trubar was the founder of Slovenian as a literary language and the leader of the Protestant reformation movement.

Primož Trubar, one of the most important contributors to the development of Slovenian culture, was born in 1508 in Rašica near Velike Lašče. He died in 1586 in Derendingen in Germany. As the central figure of the Slovenian Protestant movement, he worked in accordance with the belief that church services should take place in the language of the people. Following persecution by the religious authorities of the time, he escaped to Germany. In 1550 in Tübingen, he published the first two Slovenian books, the Katekizem and the Abecednik. His great importance for European culture is also acknowledged in the rest of Europe.

The series of events in Ljubljana will, besides the main celebration in June, also include events throughout the year, including a large exhibition on Trubar’s life and work which will take place in the National Museum of Slovenia (in the new museum building on Metelkova ulica in Ljubljana) from 6 March until 31 December. In May, an exhibition will be opened in the National and University Library entitled: “Trubar’s and Ungnad’s Gift to Europe”, which will enable the Slovenian public to see for the first time the famous collection of books which came about under Trubar’s leadership in the Biblical Institute in Urach. The Digital Library of Slovenia, meanwhile, is preparing a Trubar website which will offer the complete texts of Slovenian Protestantism in digital form. More on: www.nuk.uni-lj.si/. In the Technical Museum of Slovenia, “Trubar’s Days” will be celebrated between 5 June and 8 June 2008 in Ljubljana’s old centre and on Ljubljana Castle. Medieval Days will be prepared between 9 and 10 September 2008. The list of events will be added to by the organisers.

There will also be events all over Slovenia, in places where Trubar worked, and there will be a great celebration on 8 June in Rašica, Trubar’s birthplace, where the house where he was born can be visited. To mark Trubar’s year, the Bank of Slovenia has issued a special commemorative two euro coin featuring Trubar’s image and Pošta Slovenije has also issued a special stamp.

Trubar’s outstanding importance for European culture has also been recognised on a global level by UNESCO placing the anniversary of the birth of Primož Trubar on its list of most important anniversaries in the world this year.

Source: slovenia.info

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