TOURIST INFORMATION FROM SLOVENIA – June 2008
1. Slovenian tourism statistics for April 2008
2. Discover Slovenia through books
3. Kranjska Gora attractive year-round
4. Beautiful summer in mountain centres
5. What's new in Slovenian spas
6. Piran with a new look
7. Ugar 2008 fei world cup
8. Prem castle joins Slovenia’s renovated castles
9. Vrtojba watchtower nominated for European museum of the
1. SLOVENIAN TOURISM STATISTICS FOR APRIL 2008
Tourist accommodation facilities registered 659,121 tourist arrivals and 2,022,199
overnight stays in the first four months of 2008. The total number of overnight
stays in the first four-month period was down by 1% year on year. The number of
overnight stays of domestic tourists rose by 5%, whereas the number of overnight
stays of tourists from abroad dropped by 5%. In April 2008 compared to April
2007, tourist accommodation facilities registered an 11% drop both in tourist
arrivals and overnight stays.
Overnight stays of tourists from abroad accounted for 53% of the total number of
overnight stays recorded in the first four months of 2008. Sixty-nine percent of all
foreign overnight stays was accounted for by visitors from the following six
countries: Italy (23%), Austria (15%), Croatia (13%), Germany (8%), the United
Kingdom (6%) and Hungary (4%).
2. DISCOVER SLOVENIA THROUGH BOOKS
Several guidebooks and monographs have come out recently on Slovenia and its
natural splendours, attractions and distinctive features, by both Slovenian and
foreign authors and photographers.
Jože Plečnik – In Ljubljana and Slovenia, a guide and map to architectural masterpieces by Joţe Plečnik, a widely known and recognised architect at home
and abroad, was published in 2007 by Cankarjeva Zaloţba in the Slovene, English
and Italian languages. His work left an indelible, unique mark on Ljubljana,
matching it with the beauty of other European capitals.
Od dobre gostilne do nobel prenočišča (From a good inn to a great place to spend the night in Slovenia) is a tourist handbook by authors Drago Medved and Peter Rebernik, which came out in 2007 in four language versions
(Slovene, English, German and Italian). On 172 colour pages, it features a selection
of 160 good inns, guesthouses, tourist farms and hotels from all over Slovenia. It is
primarily intended for travelers who tour Slovenia without predefined itineraries,
who choose a place to take a break on the fly. Zaloţba Pozoj, 2007, tel. ++386 (0)3
897 01 22; firstname.lastname@example.org. An online version of the book is available at
Okusiti Slovenijo (Taste Slovenia), by Janez Bogataj, examines the overlapping influences of three distinct cultures (Alpine, Pannonian and
Mediterranean) from the viewpoint of Slovenian gastronomy. Published by Rokus
Publishing under the National Geographic trademark, the book is available in the
Slovene and English languages. It is divided into 24 chapters, each focusing on a
distinct gastronomic region, and includes 170 recipes and 190 colour photographs
on 452 pages. https://www.darila.com/default.cfm?Jezik=Si&Kat=00
Ustvarjalna Slovenija (Creative Slovenia), by Janez Bogataj, is written as a guidebook to Slovenia. It features presentations of individual regions, gives an
overview of the creativity of craftsmen, innkeepers, winemakers and
internationally renowned Slovenian companies, and lists all of Slovenia's patented
products. It was first published by Rokus Publishing in 2005. The book lists 162
craftsmen with detailed contact information and 193 inns and winemakers with
full addresses; it also boasts 27 maps and 464 photographs. Also available in
Slovenija v presežnikih (Slovenia in Superlatives) is a monograph by photographer Tomo Jeseničnik, whose photographs and descriptions feature
Slovenia's distinctive attributes, such as the most popular spot, the deepest natural
lake and the highest waterfall. The 223 pages contain 101 superlatives and 303
photographs. Published by Mladinska Knjiga Publishing House, Ljubljana, in 2008,
it will soon be available in English and German.
Preprosto Slovenija (Simply Slovenia), in print and CD versions, is a photo essay with 160 remarkable photographs by the well-known Slovenian
photographer Bogdan Kladnik, along with Slovene and English-language poems
dedicated to Slovenia, written and performed by Shirlie Roden. Published in 2007
by Zaklad Publishing, www.zaklad.si, tel.: ++00386 41 633 328.
Moja Slovenija (Slovenia, My Country) is a photo monograph by Joco Ţnidaršič, author of several photo monographs on Slovenia (The Lipizzan Horses, Slovenian Vineyards, See You at the Market, Golf in Slovenia), available in
English, and The Lipizzan Horses also in German. All the monographs were
published by Veduta AŢ, d.o.o.
Cerkniško jezero (Lake Cerknica) is a 247-page photo monograph by Andreja Peklaj, with Slovene and English-language descriptions of the intermittent Lake
Cerknica, an unmatched phenomenon in this part of the globe, whose dry bed
during the year is a place of ploughing, planting, harvesting, mowing, hunting and
fishing. The Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO crowned the book with
the Decade Label in recognition of its important contribution to the protection and
preservation of Slovenia's natural and cultural heritage.
Best of Ljubljana is a 2006 guidebook published by Lonely Planet
(www.lonelyplanet.com), one of the world's leading publishers of quality tourist
guides. Fionn Davenport takes readers on a walking tour of Ljubljana, highlighting
its special attractions, which are sometimes overlooked even by the locals.
Slovenia is the tourist guide from the Lonely Planet series, in which author Steve
Fallon describes Slovenian cities, towns and wine regions, and lists adventure sites
and interesting places to stay. It comes complete with maps.
The Rough Guide to Slovenia, from the Rough Guides series, written by Norm Longley, discovers Slovenia, from the capital Ljubljana to magnificent lakes and
mountains, karst phenomena and possibilities for adventure and exploration.
3. KRANJSKA GORA ATTRACTIVE YEAR-ROUND
In spring and summer, the Upper Sava Valley is a perfect spot for all nature
lovers. The spectacular panorama and rich natural and cultural heritage offer
endless possibilities for individual or family trips, on foot or by bicycle. Tourism
operators make sure that ski slopes are interesting in the summer too.
Kranjska Gora, known primarily for its winter sports activities, offers many
possibilities in other seasons as well. Children will love the Besna Pehta summer
toboggan run. At 1,500 metres in length, it offers both adrenaline-filled and slow,