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Sustainable Development Strategy for Slovenian Tourism 2017-2021

Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

At today’s session the Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Sustainable Development Strategy for Slovenian Tourism 2017-2021.


The strategy for 2017-2021 is based on past experiences and the development specifics of Slovenian tourism, the development of competitive advantages and the promotion of systemic solutions in this area, the effective linking of national, local, regional and entrepreneurial interests in the area of development of tourism, the promotion of global, national and local tourism products, where Slovenia has noticeable competitive advantages, and on the understanding and introduction of modern management methods and techniques in the area of strategic planning and focusing of companies’ competitive networks.


The strategy is focused on a scenario of accelerated tourism development, and is designed to achieve the following tourism development objectives by 2021:

  • a currency inflow of EUR 3.7 to 4 billion;
  • 5-5.5 million tourist stays;
  • 16-18 million overnights;
  • average length of stay 3.1-3.4 days;
  • 18,000 to 22,000 new tourist rooms, of which 8,500 renovated and
  • 6,500 new rooms in the hotel sector;
  • increasing full-time employment in the tourism sector from 8,000 to 12,000 employees.


The proposed new strategic vision for Slovenian tourism is: Slovenia is a global green boutique destination for demanding guests who are seeking a diverse and active experience, peace and personal well-being.


The Government also adopted the draft Exercise of Rights to Public Funds Act and submitted it to the National Assembly for discussion and adoption under the regular procedure. Changes to the law were necessary due to the planned introduction of an informative calculation. Through the informative calculation we want to eliminate the burden on clients of the annual submission of applications for exercising rights to public funds and the burden of administrative procedures on social work centres. The draft act eliminates identified discrepancies with the Constitution and various other changes, including the removal of austerity measures in the area of child benefits. Thus children from families whose monthly income is less than EUR 1,019.86 per family member (e.g. EUR 4,079.44 per month for a family of four) will also be eligible to receive child benefits in the coming year. 


The Government approved the draft Act Amending the Republic of Slovenia Budget for 2017 and 2018 Implementation Act. In accordance with the draft act, the Government will provide funds for covering surplus expenditure over income at public healthcare institutions, which is regulated in detail in an already-adopted emergency law, through the redistribution of rights to use of budgetary funds in the budget adopted for this year. Taking into account the new estimate of income and expenditure for individual purposes and the effects of the temporary suspension of the assumption of new liabilities, the Government concludes that a rebalance will not be necessary. The fiscal policy objectives, i.e. the path to the medium-term sustainability of public finances, remain unchanged.



The Government adopted the draft Roads Act and sent it to the National Assembly for discussion and adoption by regular legislative procedure. This draft act transposes into the Slovenian legal order the European directive laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorised dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorised weights in international traffic, in the part relating to the establishment of systems for recognition of vehicles or groups of vehicles which alone or together with their cargo exceed the authorised weights for individual types of vehicles or those limited by traffic signs, and to the obligations of the forwarder in the transport of containers and swap bodies.



The draft Act Regulating Additional Concessionary Duty on Students' and Pupils' Earnings from Occasional and Temporary Jobs, the text of which was adopted by the Government today, will enable increased flexibility in the use of funds. It follows the principle of economy, since in the case of available concessionary duties it also enables the direct (co-)financing of investments.





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