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Tourists worried: 'Guests simply did not come and neither will they'

Slovenian tourism is already experiencing the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. If we listed almost 99 last year. 000 arrivals of Chinese tourists and almost 160. 000 Overnight, with the WTO designating China as one of its most promising markets, this year being canceled. The global economy is also experiencing increasing problems, as Hubej Province is the world's hub for vehicle production. How does Slovenia say?

The number of visitors from China has decreased significantly in Bled. PHOTO: Shutterstock

Slovenian tourist workers were almost listed last year 99 . 000 arrivals of Chinese tourists and almost 160. 000 overnight stays, Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) ), however, has identified China, the most populous country in the world, as one of the most promising markets. Compared to the year 2018, the number of Chinese tourists coming to Slovenia last year increased by 13, 5 percent, and their number of overnight stays increased by 17, 1 percent.

However, the coronavirus outbreak has reversed the upward trend, and tourism workers are already anxious about China. '' Typically Asian destinations such as Bled, the coronavirus is already being felt very much, with the cancellation of entire serials, ie not just one group, but entire group bookings. for the whole year in advance. We think that the current situation is very worrying. In Ljubljana we are recording about 15 – the percentage drop in bookings especially for the following months, the most currently being the month of March '' recalls Gregor Jamnik

, President of the Hotel Association of Slovenia.

There are also concerns in Postojna Cave, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia.

'' We felt it to the fullest in February because the guests just didn't come and neither will they. However, we can not overlook the fact that China is often an intermediate station for Japanese and Korean guests, as well as guests from Hong Kong or Singapore. This means that this year's serials are somehow lost, '' says Marjan Batagelj , Chairman of the Board of Directors of Postojna Cave.

In his view, the outlook is also rather poor: '' 15 – percentage drop is only intermediate, March after showing that the decline in Asian guests will be significantly greater. I also dare say that there will be as many as half, if not more, of them. When flights do not operate, guests cannot arrive. ''

The problems of the world economy

Hubei Province is a hub for the production and shipment of vehicle parts to the world. PHOTO: Shutterstock

And how do the world's most populous states affect the global economy? China is the third largest economy in the world behind the United States and the European Union, and Hubei Province is the hub for the production and shipment of vehicle parts to the world. Works from this province are being installed in millions of vehicles worldwide. Nissan, General Motors, Honda, Renault and Peugeot have large production capacities in Vuhan since January.

Due to a lack of parts from China, Hyundai even had to halt production at its South Korean factories. German Volkswagen has around 24 manufacturing plants in which cars and components are manufactured in China, which represents 40 percent of the total global production of the German giant. BMW, which also halted production in China, announced today that their three factories will resume work as expected 17. February. German manufacturers in China together generate about 150 billions of euros in turnover per year, or 600 million euros a day.

What about our economy?

We have companies that work for German automotive giants whose production is in China. Many other industries are also linked in one way or another to the Chinese market, which, although it does not represent a strategic point for our companies, most Chinese companies only supply cheaper material, which they later use in finished products. '' The good news for Slovenian companies is that stocks of these products are available for at least two or three months, but of course if this epidemic would last a long time and lead to later product purchases, this would also be a problem for our businesses, '' explains Bojan Ivanc from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

The question is whether inactivity will continue to spread across Chinese companies, but they say at the Chamber that this is for the time being a problem for China and not for Europe. '' More than not, the ratings are negative for China, while the negative impact for Europe should not be felt, but probably in the second quarter, should this panic or security reinforce it for another month, '' Ivanc says to me.

However, the first changes have already been felt in the Vinakras of Sežana, which exports its products to China. '' The fact is that we have already been contacted by our Chinese partners and the situation is that sales are somehow stopping and going online, but it takes time. Something will be known in the sale, for sure, '' said Director Marjan Colja .

Bojan Ivanc advises entrepreneurs to pay attention to the changes that the coronavirus brings to the economy: '' It is important that companies monitor the situation closely and keep in touch with their local suppliers. Above all, it is important that they get in touch with other companies they partner with in Europe and that they somehow share their experiences or news from this market. ''

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