Melania factor boosts tourism in Slovenia
May 25 2017 01:38 PM
Melania Trump
US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Queen Fabiola Children's University hospital in Brussels on Thursday.

Reuters/Ljubljana

The number of tourists in Slovenia rose by 8% year-on-year in March, boosted by the fact that new US First Lady Melania Trump was born in the country.
Overnight stays in Slovenia by tourists from the United States jumped 30.6% while the number of domestic tourists rose by 22.5%, the statistics office said on Thursday.
Analysts said domestic tourist figures reflected improved economic conditions in Slovenia, a country which narrowly avoided an international bailout for its banks in 2013 but expects economic growth of 3.6% this year versus 2.5% in 2016.
The unemployment rate fell to 10.2% in March, down from 12% in the same month last year.
The statistics office also said business sentiment in May reached 9.5 points, lower than in April but 5.7 points higher than a year ago, mainly due to improved confidence among consumers and in the service sector.



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