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Italian travelers are number one on the list as Slovenia’s top foreign visitors for May, new figures released by the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) have revealed.

Italian travelers are number one on the list as Slovenia’s top foreign visitors for May, new figures released by the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) have revealed.

According to the new figures, 69 percent of all foreign overnight stays was accounted for by visitors from Italy with 23 percent, Austria with 15 percent, Croatia with 13 percent, Germany percent, the United Kingdom with percent and Hungary percent.

STB said that 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 percent year on year. The number of overnight stays of domestic tourists rose by 5 percent, whereas the number of overnight stays of tourists from abroad dropped by 5 percent. In April 2008 compared to April 2007, tourist accommodation facilities registered an 11 percent drop both in tourist arrivals and overnight stays.”

Furthermore, the STB added that overnight stays of tourists from abroad accounted for 53 percent of the total number of overnight stays recorded in the first four months of 2008.

Where on earth is Slovenia? The Slovenian Tourist Board recommends several guidebooks and monographs have come out recently. The below is a few of the tourist board’s suggestions:

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Jože Plečnik – In Ljubljana and Slovenia, a guide and map to architectural masterpieces by Jože Plečnik, a widely known and recognized architect at home and abroad, was published in 2007 by Cankarjeva Založba 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.

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 English.

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.

Moja Slovenija (Slovenia, My Country) is a photo monograph by Joco Žnidaršič, 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 AŽ, 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.

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.

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