Slove­nia sees tourism boom, thanks in part to Me­la­nia Trump

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

LJUBLJANA, Slove­nia — The tiny Euro­pean na­tion of Slove­nia is un­der­go­ing a tourism boom partly be­cause it’s the na­tive coun­try of U.S. first lady Me­la­nia Trump.

The Slove­nian Statis­tics Of­fice said Mon­day that some 1,939,000 tourists vis­ited the Alpine coun­try of 2 mil­lion in the first half of this year, a 15 per cent in­crease from the same pe­riod last year. An­a­lyz­ing the im­pact of the Slove­nian-born first lady on the tourism growth, the statis­tics of­fice said the num­ber of U.S. vis­i­tors has risen 15 per cent since Don­ald Trump took of­fice in Jan­uary.

Slove­nian tourist agen­cies have been or­ga­niz­ing “on the foot­steps of Me­la­nia Trump” tours show­ing the places where she lived, stud­ied and worked be­fore she left in her 20s to pur­sue an in­ter­na­tional mod­el­ing ca­reer.

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