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The number of available beds and of overnight stays, in particular, has been growing constantly during the period in question (1992-2008). The distribution of overnight stays throughout the year, however, shows that tourist bed occupancy rates were highest during the summer months, when the majority of tourists visit seaside tourist resorts, with a slightly smaller share visiting mountain and health resorts. During the winter season, health resorts record the highest number of overnight stays.

The indicator shows the development of tourism in Slovenia with the trends in the number of available beds and the number of overnight stays of tourists, as well as their temporal and spatial distribution, primarily with regard to the type of tourist resort.


Figure TU01-1: Trends in the number of available beds and the number of overnight stays in Slovenia

Statistical Yearbook RS 1996-2002, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia; SI-STAT, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2009

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1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
overnight stays index (1992 = 100) 100 106 115 115 114 125 123 119 132 140
beds index (1992 = 100) 100 104 105 102 108 111 111 110 110 111
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
overnight stays index (1992 = 100) 144 147 149 149 151 162 165
beds index (1992 = 100) 112 112 110 110 113 115 116
Figure TU01-2: Distribution of overnight stays in Slovenia by month and type of tourist resort in 2008

SI-STAT, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2009

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health number (in 1000) 177 202 193 204 238 226 307 357 230 224
seaside number (in 1000) 45 71 99 117 164 234 409 417 205 124
mountain number (in 1000) 169 175 103 64 148 174 343 377 157 77
other number (in 1000) 96 94 110 134 156 158 210 216 159 135
month XI XII
health number (in 1000) 203 192
seaside number (in 1000) 83 65
mountain number (in 1000) 35 104
other number (in 1000) 100 131


Integrating and directing practices of biodiversity protection into all sectors, particularly into the field of using environmental goods, spatial planning and water regulation, regional development and tourism.

Following the drop in the number of tourists and tourist capacities in Slovenia in the wake of the War of Independence, tourism has been steadily regaining momentum since 1992 in respect of the number of available beds and, in particular, in the number of overnight stays. In 2008, there were 8.411.688 overnight stays in 83.157 beds, meaning that, on average, beds were occupied for almost a quarter of the year (i.e. 101 nights). The distribution of overnight stays throughout the year however, shows that tourist bed occupancy rates were highest during summer months, when the majority of tourists visit seaside tourist resorts (in August 2008, almost a third of total overnight stays were recorded in seaside tourist resorts), with a slightly smaller share visiting mountain and health resorts. Increased occupancy of existing tourist accommodation facilities entails a reduced spatial burden, while at the same time, placing a greater burden on natural resources. The latter especially poses a major problem at the peak of the summer tourist season.

Environmental pressure, increased by tourism development, is caused principally by the rise in quantities of drinking water consumption, waste water and solid waste, the burden on utilisation of land intended for tourist facilities, as well as gas emissions and other pressures arising from tourism-related transport operations. The relationship between the great biodiversity of many Slovenian regions, which, accompanied by the concept of “natural beauties”, constitutes one of the prime components of Slovenian tourist supply, and the stresses exerted by the tourism industry on natural beauties, especially in sensitive habitat types such as karst caves or areas where disturbance sensitive species breed, is particularly vulnerable.

Data for Slovenia

Objectives summarized by: the Resolution on National Environmental Action Programme for the period of 2005-2012 (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 2/06)
Source database or source:
- 1992-2002: Data from the Statistical Office of the RS, published in the Statistical Yearbooks of the RS 1996-2002
- 2003-2008: SI-STAT database, available on the Statistical Office of the RS's website: Economy > Tourism > Overnight Stays by Municipality > Accommodation facilities by municipality and type of accommodation, Slovenia, annual: Accommodation statistics by type of tourist resort > Arrivals and overnight stays of tourists by type of tourist resort, important place, country and type of accommodation facility, Slovenia, monthly
Data administrator: Statistical Office of the RS
Data acquisition date for this indicator: 8 May 2009
Methodology and frequency of data collection for the indicator: Data on the capacities of tourist accommodation facilities (number of rooms and beds) and on tourist arrivals and overnight stays is reported monthly to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia by companies and other organisations providing accommodation to tourists or providing such services as that of an agency, as well as individuals who rent private rooms. The data is based on total coverage.
Data processing methodology: An overnight stay is every night that a tourist actually spends (sleeps or stays) or is registered (his/her physical presence there not being necessary) in an accommodation establishment.
A tourist resort is any place meeting the following specifications:
- attractive (natural beauties, health spas, cultural and historical monuments, cultural, entertainment and sporting events, etc.),
- has communications facilities (accessibility, transport connections, etc.),
- has reception facilities (accommodation establishments with accompanying trade, crafts and postal services as well as parks, promenades and bathing facilities, etc.).
Places meeting the above criteria for “tourist resorts” are further divided into the following groups:
- health resorts (i.e. places where the healing effect of thermal or mineral waters or other geological mineral components is medically or empirically proven. These include climatic, mineral water and thermal water health resorts which, as a rule, also provide suitable facilities for recovery and rehabilitation of the health of visitors.),
- seaside resorts (i.e. places located along the sea's coast),
- mountain resorts (i.e., as a rule, places situated more than 500 metres above sea level or in the territorial area of a mountain), and
- other tourist resorts (i.e. places with particularly attractive elements, e.g. climate conditions, cultural or historical monuments, etc., riverside and lakeside areas and other places that cannot be classified among any of the above-mentioned places and the Slovenian capital – Ljubljana).
Information concerning data quality:
- Advantages and disadvantages of the indicator: The data is official.
- Relevance, accuracy, robustness, uncertainty:
Reliability of the indicator (archive data): /
Unreliability of the indicator(scenarios/projections):/
- Overall assessment (1 = no major comments, 3 = data to be considered with reservation):
Relevance: 1
Accuracy: 1
Completeness over time: 1
Completeness over space: 1