Bohinj surprisingly saw in 2015 for the ten months to October a 17% increase in overnight stays, with the exceptional weather in July and August accounting for growth of 39% and 25% respectively. Despite suffering from a chronic lack of tourist accommodation, especially at the Ukanc end of its eponymous lake, climatic variables continue to be the decisive factor that determines the number of overnight guests, rather than the large decline in hotel beds since the closure of both the Zlatorog and Ribcev Laz-based Bellevue, each of whom could also accommodate tourists in annexes immediately adjacent to their main buildings.
Whilst it is inevitably easier for domestic travellers to venture to Bohinj at short notice as the weather dictates, it is the overseas market that has seen the largest increase of overnight patronage, presumably stopping off in the Bohinj region as part of wider tour of Slovenia. It is though possible for significant numbers of cross border tourists to travel without long-term prearrangement thanks to the close proximity of Hungary and Austria, and relatively short overland journeys from Germany, three countries whose tourists constitute a large proportion of Bohinj’s visitors. The three comparatively lean months of 2015 were January, March and April, when disappointing snow depths again emphasizing the fragility of a tourism sector heavily reliant on a capricious alpine climate.
With the Zlatorog and Bellevue out of commission and sister hotel Bohinj operating in the midst of damning online reviews and long term uncertainty, it is the campsites within the area and popular budget operators such as Hostel Pod Voglom picking up the slack, along with the respected Jezero, Kristal and Gasperin hotels that have benefited from astute ownership and sustained inward investment. Although there finally appears to be some positive news regarding the future of the Zlatorog, nothing as of yet has materialised to suggest its reopening is anything other than a distant prospect.
Source: Gorenjski Glas – Bohinj sees increase in both domestic and foreign guests