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News from Slovenia July 2013

EuroBasket 2013 - the biggest sporting event in the history of independent Slovenia is less than two months away. Join the countdown as euphoria rises!

Matevž Lenarčič wins the Aviator of the Year award and also beats the "Fearless Felix". Hostel Celica – award winner as the most innovative hostel, placed among 25 most unique hotels in the world and ranked among the top most popular hostels according to the world tourist guide "bibles" such as Lonely Planet and Rough Guides - is at its 10th anniversary also one of the most extraordinary and innovative places from all the continents described in the publication 501 Great Places to Stay.

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Main July highlight news
Less than two months before EuroBasket 2013 euphoria rises
Less than two months before EuroBasket 2013 euphoria rises
EuroBasket 2013 - the biggest sporting event in the history of independent Slovenia is less than two months away. Tickets for the first round of EuroBasket went on sale on the 1st July and the official video of the anthem of the championship is now publicly available. The underlying theme of the video is Slovenian fans, the winners of the "I Feel Basketball" competition. The video wants to show the euphoria before the championship and stress the important contribution of Slovenian fans to the success of the team and the championship. The new issue of the EuroBasket 2013 Magazine is also about to be published very soon. more...
Matevž Lenarčič wins the Aviator of the Year award
Matevž Lenarčič wins the Aviator of the Year award
The Slovenian extreme pilot Matevž Lenarčič received the majority of votes and won best aviator of the year at the Flightglobal Achievements Awards. Lenarčič flew around the globe for the second time with a Pipistrel ultralight aircraft. This year he flew above the North Pole and thus convinced the highest number of people to vote for him. His victory is even more important because the competition was very strong. more...
10 years of Hostel Celica - among 501 Great Places to stay
10 years of Hostel Celica - among 501 Great Places to stay
Hostel Celica is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary and has been listed among the most popular accommodation facilities in the world. This renowned hostel in Ljubljana, which used to be a military prison and was later artistically renovated and turned into an accommodation facility with a unique concept and special artistic value, was selected by the British publishing company Octopus Publishing Group and included in a prestigious guide 501 Great Places to Stay. more...
New charter flight between Great Britain and Slovenia
New charter flight between Great Britain and Slovenia
In June, the British travel company Inghams set up a new charter flight connection between London and Ljubljana that will connect the British and Slovenian market once per week. The charter flights will operate during the prolonged summer season between Gatwick airport in London and Jože Pučnik airport in Ljubljana from the end of May to September 2013. more...
Spa trade show SPA-CE moves from Slovenia to Hungary
Spa trade show SPA-CE moves from Slovenia to Hungary
A specialised trade show for spa and wellness tourism has been successfully organised in Slovenia on four occasions and is now changing its location to Hungary. The trade show was meant to have an effect beyond Slovenian borders from the outset and it is now well recognised on the professional market in the Central European region. The interest in hosting this trade show in other European countries with a long lasting spa tradition has made the trade show even more high-ranking and popular. more...
Culinary senses in Ljubljana and the region are awakening
Culinary senses in Ljubljana and the region are awakening
Culinary development is on its way. This can be seen and felt everywhere regarding numerous projects that are currently in the running in Ljubljana and throughout the entire Central Slovenia Region. In line with the national culinary strategy that has been implemented by the Slovenian tourist organisation for many years under the slogan "Taste Slovenia", Ljubljana has set up a regional culinary strategy and issued a culinary guide entitled The Taste of Central Slovenia, which features the best suppliers of culinary offers from the region. more...

Slovenia green

Beekeeping tourism in Slovenia, the land of good beekeepers
Beekeeping tourism in Slovenia, the land of good beekeepers
Beekeeping has been an important traditional farming activity in Slovenia, which dates long back into its history. Today it is increasingly becoming a tourist product offering an authentic experience in close harmony with nature and heritage. The beekeeping tradition in Slovenia is very long. Anton Janša was the first beekeeping teacher in imperial Vienna. It has also some particularities such as the unique painted beehive panels and the special traditional architecture of the bee houses. more...
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Tourism statistics

The excellent tourism statistics trend once again continues
The excellent tourism statistics trend once again continues
Despite rainy weather in May, tourism statistics trends were excellent especially regarding foreign visitors in Slovenia. In May 2013, 11% more tourist arrivals and 9% more tourist overnight stays were recorded than in May 2012. In the same comparison the number of foreign tourist arrivals and overnight stays increased by 14% and 13%, respectively, while the number of domestic tourist arrivals and overnight stays increased by 5% and 2%, respectively. The results for the first five months have thus improved after a couple of poor months and are almost the same as last year. more...


Other highlights
Slovenian UNESCO treasures tour
Slovenian UNESCO treasures tour
Slovenia used to have only one site on the UNESCO world heritage list for almost thirty years - the unique underground world of the Škocjan Caves. However, in the past two years, another two cultural sights were added. The first is the small town of Idrija with more than 500 years of mining tradition and the second one is the prehistoric crannogs at the Ljubljansko barje moor, the unique marshy plains south of the Slovenian capital. more...

The first articles written by young bloggers about Slovenia
The first articles written by young bloggers about Slovenia
Six young bloggers who visited Slovenia, or more precisely Ljubljana, Radovljica, Bled, Bohinj, Solčavsko and Maribor - the European Youth Capital 2013, between 18th and 23rd June have already published their first posts. more...

Publication of a leaflet on tourism statistics in 2012
Publication of a leaflet on tourism statistics in 2012
Slovenian tourism in numbers is an annual publication that has been published by the department for research and development of the Slovenian Tourist Organisation (SPIRIT agency) since 2002. The publication features a coherent overview of the results of Slovenian tourism and it is based mainly on statistical data on tourist turnover that is gathered and published by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia. more...


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