Slovenian travel agencies expect domestic tourists, who will spend the rest of their tourist vouchers, to dominate this year’s tourist season and make the most of the tourist nights.
“This year we expect tourist coupons to be once again a great success as they saved our season in Bohinj last year,” said the author of the survey on Slovenian travel trends 2021 Anže Čokl, manager of two hotels from the area around the Alps Bohinj Lake, northwestern Slovenia.
Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists will depend heavily on vaccination levels that will be essential for easing restrictions, reopening borders and a return of air travel.
Local and foreign experts expect tourism to first recover at the local level, where destinations can be reached by car.
Tourists are expected to book shorter vacations closer to home, while local tourists will expect to receive even more for their money, the survey shows.
The main problem is with destinations closely linked to large groups from more distant parts of the world like Asia, Čokl explains.
However, people will return to old travel habits as soon as possible.
High standards of hygiene are meanwhile there to stay and will play a big role in the choice of accommodation. Meanwhile there should also be an increase in boutique accommodation and interest in less visited destinations.
“As all the hotels closed during the epidemic, there was a little more time for education and preparation for next season, so I was interested in learning what Slovenian experts expect from this summer season,” writes Čikl, explaining the purpose. of the study. He thus spoke with hotel directors, tour operators, researchers and other experts.
He said the structure of tourists in Bohinj changed completely last year, with the number of Slovenian tourists skyrocketing from 8% in the pre-coronavirus year of 2019 to 90%.
“Slovenians are good guests, but they have different travel habits compared to tourists from abroad.”
The experience at Bohinj Eco Hotel shows that they like to spend much more time outdoors staying in Bohinj for fewer days than foreigners.
Although he is not worried about the summer season, the problem is the events industry, a source of revenue in the fall and spring, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.
“When it comes to recovery in business events, unfortunately we are talking about years instead of months,” says lokl.