Monthly press news for March 2011

The Lipica Stud Farm, the pride of Slovenia and a cornerstone of the country’s national identity, as well as being the cradle of all Lipizzaner horses in the world, will be offering a musical and stage spectacular this March (11th) in Ljubljana, in a unique fusion of white ballet provided by the world-famous Lipizzaners and superlative music from the Slovenian and international treasure trove. The event will become a yearly tradition.

This year Bled’s Grand Hotel Toplice is celebrating its venerable 80th anniversary. It was back in 1931 that one of the most modern hotels in the entire region was built on the site of the former Luisenbad Hotel on the shores of Lake Bled. The anniversary will be marked with a host of events. The Old Vine in Maribor, which is more than 400 years old, is noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world. The Old Vine House, on whose façade grows the Old Vine, is a shrine to wine tradition and culture, and is set to host a number of events in 2011. These events will offer an attractive overture to 2012, when Maribor becomes European Capital of Culture.

At the beginning of the year Alan Rogers, one of the best acclaimed European camping guidebooks, named Kamp Koren of Kobarid as the 2010 European winner for accommodation facilities. Meanwhile a major indication of outstanding Slovenian tourist facilities is provided by the Sejalec awards, which are presented by the Slovenian Tourist Board in the desire to promote new, high-quality and innovative approaches to developing services and facilities. The Bohinj Park EKO Hotel became a Gold Sejalec in 2010.

Slovenia has also been involved in the European Commission project “European Destinations of Excellence” since 2008. Three destinations in Slovenia now boast the title EDEN destination of excellence, and in 2011 the title will be awarded to the destination that makes the best showing in the published call on “Tourism and the Regeneration of Physical Sites”.

Preliminary data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia show that compared to January 2010, in January 2011 9% more tourist arrivals and 6% more overnight stays were registered in tourist accommodations in Slovenia.

Read more in press news for March.


March highlight news from Slovenia
Bohinj Park EKO Hotel becomes gold “Sejalec”
Bohinj Park EKO Hotel becomes gold “Sejalec”
In just a few years the Sejalec prizes have become established as a distinguished award for the best and most innovative tourism projects in Slovenia. They are presented by the Slovenian Tourist Board in the desire to promote new, high-quality and innovative approaches to developing services and facilities. At the same time the Sejalec prizes are an excellent pointer for foreign audiences, who can in this way get acquainted with the latest achievements in Slovenian tourism. The Bohinj Park EKO Hotel became a Gold Sejalec in 2010. more...
Bled’s Grand Hotel Toplice celebrates 80 years
Bled’s Grand Hotel Toplice celebrates 80 years
This year Bled’s Grand Hotel Toplice is celebrating its venerable 80th anniversary. It was back in 1931 that one of the most modern hotels in the entire area was built on the site of the former Luisenbad Hotel on the shores of Lake Bled. In the Sava Hotels Bled company, the parent group of this sole five-star hotel in Bled, the anniversary will be marked with a range of events. more...
Over 2 million tulips set to bloom again near Ljubljana
Over 2 million tulips set to bloom again near Ljubljana
The Volčji Potok Arboretum is the most popular botanical park in Slovenia. It is easily accessible from the capital city Ljubljana, and makes a great day out at any time of year. It is especially enchanting right at the time when spring is fully awakening, as April shifts into May, when the traditional display of tulips involves the blooming of more than two million flowers. This year’s tulip exhibition will be the 20th in succession. more...
Plenty going on at the Old Vine House in Maribor
Plenty going on at the Old Vine House in Maribor
The Old Vine in Maribor, which is more than 400 years old, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world. The Old Vine House, on whose façade grows the Old Vine, is a shrine to the wine tradition and culture of Maribor, the Štajerska region and Slovenia – and in March it is due to host the first of the planned cultural events that should become permanent fixtures, since Maribor is set to be the European Capital of Culture in 2012. more...
Postojna Cave marks almost 200 years, but offers new stories
Postojna Cave marks almost 200 years, but offers new stories
Postojna Cave is a unique 20-kilometre labyrinth of dripstone passages, galleries and chambers, into which experienced guides have accompanied more than 33 million visitors over a period of almost 200 years. This is the biggest cave of the classic Karst, the most visited tourist cave in Europe and one of the major tourist caves in the world, its fame being enhanced by a range of features which, alongside the dripstones, can only be seen in Postojna Cave. Its attractions are being bolstered continuously with new stories. more...
In March unique presentation of Lipica in Ljubljana
In March unique presentation of Lipica in Ljubljana
The Lipica Stud Farm, the pride of Slovenia and a cornerstone of the country’s national identity, is the cradle of all Lipizzaner horses in the world. In the picturesque Karst setting, the breeding and selection of this outstanding and noble breed of horse has been going on for more than 400 years. Marking the venerable 430th anniversary, which the Lipica Stud Farm, one of the oldest studs in the world, celebrated last year, this March a slightly different kind of show will be presented in Ljubljana, and it is set to become an annual tradition. more...

sLOVEnia Green

Start of new selection for EDEN destinations of excellence
Start of new selection for EDEN destinations of excellence
Slovenia has been involved in the European Commission project “European Destinations of Excellence” since 2008. A key feature of the chosen destinations is their commitment to social, cultural and environmental sustainability. Three destinations in Slovenia now boast the title EDEN destination of excellence, and in 2011 the title will be awarded to the destination that makes the best showing in the published call on “Tourism and the Regeneration of Physical Sites”. more...
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Statistical data

January 2011 with 9% more arrivals and 6% overnight stays
January 2011 with 9% more arrivals and 6% overnight stays
Preliminary data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia show that compared to January 2010, in January 2011 9% more tourist arrivals and 6% more overnight stays were registered. Foreign tourists represent 58% of all overnights in January 2011. The highest shares of those were contributed by tourists from Italy (28%), followed by Croatia (22%), Serbia (9%), Austria (7%), the Russian Federation (6%), Hungary (4%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (3%) and Germany (3%). more...


New publications & Highlights
New promotional publication “Nature Parks of Slovenia”
New promotional publication “Nature Parks of Slovenia”
Slovenia is a country that bases its tourism services on nature. The Slovenian Tourist Board is concertedly developing green and responsible tourism, with the least possible environmental impact. Its activities here include the promotion of protected areas. An important new acquisition is the promotional publication “Natural Parks of Slovenia”, which it published at the beginning of 2011 in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. more...

Cycling Map of Slovenia published
Cycling Map of Slovenia published
Slovenia’s diversity at the meeting point of the Alps, Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean, and its varied terrain, offer plenty of attractions for cyclists. With the aim of getting the very best out of Slovenia’s cycling excursion and holiday possibilities, in the last couple of years the Slovenian Tourist Board has pursued a number of activities to develop and expand the specialised services and facilities for cycling. As part of these efforts, a new informational cycling map of Slovenia was recently published. more...

Kobarid’s Kamp Koren receives gold Alan Rogers prize
Kobarid’s Kamp Koren receives gold Alan Rogers prize
At the beginning of the year Alan Rogers, one of the most highly acclaimed European camping guidebooks, named Kamp Koren of Kobarid as the 2010 European winner for accommodation facilities. This popular Kobarid campsite, situated in the unspoilt nature of Triglav National Park right by the emerald River Soča, also received a number of other awards in the past year. more...

50 top tourist attractions in Slovenia
50 top tourist attractions in Slovenia
Slovenia has an amazing wealth of attractions and features. We have narrowed down the choice to the 50 most popular Tourist attractions in Slovenia. more...

I feel Slovenia e-shop
Welcome to the Slovenian Tourist Boards online shop. Our e-shop features a variety of official souvenirs of this small but beautiful country, which offers enjoyment, hospitality, beauty and opportunities in equal measure. more...


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