Bratislava, July 30 (TASR) – The largest numbers of tourists in Slovakia head to the traditional region of Liptov and the nearby High Tatra mountains, while Bratislava has the busiest accommodation facilities, according to a UniCredit Bank analysis released on Monday.
Domestic tourists continue to make up the majority of guests in Slovak accommodation facilities, while foreign tourists predominate only in Bratislava region (54 percent).
Conversely, foreign tourists occupy only a 15-percent share of accommodation in Banska Bystrica region.
Trnava region also has a relatively high number of foreign tourists, but this is mainly due to the internationally renowned Piestany Spa, noted UniCredit Bank.
While tourist interest in accommodation in all eight of Slovakia’s regions increased by 7 percent in 2017 when compared to 2016, the average length of accommodation stays fell from 2.81 to 2.78 nights. When it comes to this indicator, spa towns far exceed the average, while Bratislava and the Small Carpathian mountains are at the opposite end.
Gross occupation of accommodation facilities in Slovakia in 2017 increased to 21 percent – the highest figure in at least the past 15 years. The highest gross occupation of accommodation facilities was seen in Bratislava – 42 percent, followed by most spa towns (20-30 percent) and the High Tatras (28 percent).
The analysis pointed to an extremely low occupation rate for facilities in the traditional regions of Zemplin (eastern Slovakia), Kysuce (north-western Slovakia), Zahorie (far west) and Novohrad (southern Slovakia).