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Tourism in accommodation establishments in the SR in February 2024

Last update: 11.04.2024
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Publisher: Statistical Office of the SR
Topic: Sectoral statistics
Domain: Tourism
Publish Date: 11.04.2024

Foreign visitors returned to Slovakia, only 5% was missing from the record numbers of foreign visitors in 2020

The total number of visitors to hotels and guesthouses almost reached the values from February in the successful year of 2019 in tourism. The number of foreign visitors grew year-on-year in 6 out of 8 regions, in 3 of them at a double-digit rate. Žilinský and Trnavský kraj reached a record number of foreign visitors.

425,000 guests visited tourism accommodation establishments in Slovakia in February this year, which was by 4.5% more than in the same period last year. The number of visitors reached almost the values of the successful year 2019 in tourism, but it was still by 12% behind the values of the last February unaffected by the pandemic in 2020.

Guests spent 1.1 million nights in hotels and guesthouses, while the average length of stay in February was 2.7 nights.

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In the structure of accommodated guests, more than 60% were domestic visitors. Their total number was comparable to last year's numbers of visitors and slightly exceeded 267,000 people. However, the number of domestic guests was still by 50,000 (16%) lower than in February just before the pandemic in 2020. On the other hand, the number of foreign visitors in hotels and guesthouses increased significantly in February of this year, the number of foreign visitors exceeded last year's figures by almost 12%. Accommodation services were used by 157,000 foreign guests, which are comparable values to the successful year 2019 in tourism. Only less than 5% of foreign guests were missing compared to the values in February 2020.

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From a regional point of view, the number of visitors of individual regions was affected by spring holidays and snow conditions in February. While domestic guests most often went to accommodation establishments in regions focused on winter tourism – Žilinský kraj, Prešovský and Banskobystrický kraj, the number of foreign visitors was mainly divided between Žilinský kraj (55 thousand), Bratislavský kraj (43 thousand) and Prešovský kraj (25- thousand guests). However, the number of foreign visitors increased year-on-year in almost all regions except Košický kraj and Trenčiansky kraj. In three of them – Trnavský kraj, Žilinský and Prešovský kraj – it grew at a double-digit rate. Žilinský kraj surpassed the high values from 2020 by 19% in the number of foreign visitors staying.

In total, for the first two months of 2024, 799,000 visitors stayed in tourism establishments. This is a year-on-year increase of 6%, compared to the first two months of 2020, 14% of guests were missing. The number of foreign visitors increased year-on-year at a faster rate than the number of domestic visitors did, by 11%. The number of domestic visitors rose by 3%.

Note: The statistics of accommodation establishments contain data from all legal entities and natural persons with assigned registration number, which are kept in the Register of Accommodation Establishments of the Statistical Office of the SR and provide temporary accommodation to visitors of tourism.

Source of data database DATAcube.:

Monthly data – year-on-year comparison (the corresponding period of the last year = 100):

Monthly data:

Detailed monthly data are available in the central DATAcube. database in Chapter 4 - Sectoral statistics / 4.5 - Tourism / 4.5.1 - Statistics on accommodation establishments / 4.5.1.3 - Monthly data. They contain indicators on the number of visitors for individual months from 2017 up to the level of districts (including data on foreigners in the classification by country of origin) and selected cities and municipalities that are not confidential (more on the methodology in the Methodological Explanatory Notes on Tourism Statistics).

Quarterly data:

The extended quarterly tourism data are available in the DATAcube. data-base in Chapter 4 - Sectoral statistics / 4.5 - Tourism / 4.5.1 – Statistics on accommodation estab-lishments / 4.5.1.2 - Quarterly data. They contain indicators on the number of visitors, but also on turnover and capacities of accommodation establishments in the SR, including new indicators, such as average number of available bedrooms, net occupancy rate of bedrooms, etc. Data are available at the level of the SR, regions and, more recently, at the level of districts and municipalities from 2017 to 2023.

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