The Balkans come call­ing

In 2016, Slove­nia recorded 20,000 In­dian overnights. Indo Eu­ro­pean Trav­els in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Indo Asia Hol­i­days is work­ing hard to in­tro­duce the des­ti­na­tion to the In­dian mar­ket to in­crease this num­ber.

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In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Indo Asia Hol­i­days, Air In­dia and CII from In­dia–un­der the aegis of the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Slove­nia and Slove­nian Tourist Or­gan­i­sa­tion (STO)–Indo Eu­ro­pean Trav­els, a DMC spe­cialised in Eu­ro­pean travel for the In­dian mar­ket, is pro­mot­ing Slove­nia, Cen­tral Europe and the Balkan re­gion. The or­gan­i­sa­tion con­ducted its road­shows in New Delhi, Mum­bai and Kolkata.

Dra­gan Lju­sic, Busi­ness Owner, Indo Eu­ro­pean Trav­els, notes that when com­pared to 11 mil­lion overnights de­rived from more than 4 mil­lion tourists in 2016 in Slove­nia, the In­dian ar­rivals of 20,000 is a very small fig­ure. Elab­o­rat­ing on the des­ti­na­tion’s tourism as­sets, Lju­sic says, “There is no dearth of tourism prod­ucts for MICE, FIT and leisure trav­ellers. Prod­ucts such as ther­mal spa re­sorts, casi­nos, golf tourism, ac­tiv­i­ties like hik­ing, ski­ing, kayak­ing, ad­ven­ture parks, adren­a­line parks, moun­tain bik­ing, zip lin­ing, paraglid­ing, scenic flights or spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences like tours through wine re­gions, food tast­ing, cy­cling through aban­doned un­der­ground mines etc. are on of­fer.”

Slove­nia of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tions rang­ing from deluxe to lux­u­ri­ous 5-star ho­tels while an in­creased num­ber of lux­u­ri­ous bou­tique ho­tels are also open­ing up. Slove­nia is also a cost ef­fec­tive des­ti­na­tion and can be com­bined with neigh­bour­ing des­ti­na­tions like Aus­tria, Italy and Croa­tia, claims Lju­sic.

Sudesh Be­hal, Di­rec­tor, Indo Asia Tours, elab­o­rates, “In­dia is a ma­tur­ing mar­ket and an in­creased num­ber of peo­ple are look­ing at ex­plor­ing new des­ti­na­tions. I be­lieve Slove­nia and the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries of­fer this op­por­tu­nity and we are geared up to han­dle all queries for this re­gion. It is also in­ter­est­ing to note that Slove­nia has the big­gest casino in Europe and there is a seg­ment of trav­ellers in In­dia that may be in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing this prod­uct.”

Dra­gan Lju­sic Busi­ness Owner Indo Eu­ro­pean Trav­els

Sudesh Be­hal Di­rec­tor Indo Asia Tours

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