nycflyer
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Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:15 am

Good article in the NYT Travel Section today credits Easyjet (largely) for a 23% increase in Ljubljana tourism.

I haven't heard of a single airline revolutionizing a city/region like that since WN in Manchester, NH. Does anyone know of anything comparable?

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/07/3.../31ljubljana.html?pagewanted=print

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"When EasyJet started flying here last year things changed dramatically," she said. "Between 2003 and 2004 we had 23 percent more guests in the city."
 
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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:52 am

Quoting NYCFlyer (Thread starter):
I haven't heard of a single airline revolutionizing a city/region like that since WN in Manchester, NH. Does anyone know of anything comparable?

The only sort of comparable thing that comes to mind is something I've read. Hawaii really developed as a tourist destination only after the 707 and DC-8 made it a reasonably short and comfortable flight from the US mainland. That's of course not entirely comparable to U2 and LJU as it wasn't a single airline involved, though UA might have handled the bulk of Hawaiian traffic.
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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:04 am

i believe it. i was there in Feb and met an american couple living in london that decided to fly there for a long weekend just because it was cheap to fly eventhough they didnt know much about the city or the country. They mentioned the easyjet flight was packed.
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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Touris

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:34 am

My guess is Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Krakow, Vilnius/Kaunus, etc. all experienced increases in traffic similar to, but perhaps not as large as that seen at Ljubljana when an LCC moved in.

Most all of these cities have lots to offer, they have just been hard/expensive to get to in the past when only flag or mainline carriers flew there. Now any student in search of cheap beer or couple looking for a romantic castle getaway or businessman looking to colonize new Europe can get there for 20 Euro if they plan ahead.

In Jan of this year I used Easyjet and GermanWings to travel around eastern and western europe. My route was SXF to PMI on Easyjet, PMI to CGN on Germanwings, CGN to ZAG on GermanWings, train between ZAG and LJU (one hour), LJU to SXF. If I remember right, all those flight segments together cost less then $225 tax included.

Like the article said, there's lots to do in Slovenia. The airport at LJU was great. Small with an open air observation deck and restaurant on top and the alps rising up behind it. ZAG was good too. Since Croatia isn't in the EU yet the city still has more of the old Europe/non- Schengen frontier feel to it.

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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:39 am

Whilst U2 would definitely have made many ignorant peolpe who had never heard of Slovenia a little bit wiser, I doubt very much that U2's two flights per day would increase tourism by 28%!

Much of Eastern Europe is going through a tourism boom since joining the EU. Drunk yobs no longer automatically choose AMS or DUB for their stag do, but now look further afield to an over-whelmed PRG and a soon to be inundated KRK, RIX, VNO and TLL. Whilst Croatia and, to a lesser extent, Slovenia have avoided the masses of drunk chavs, like a hoard of locusts they are on their way looking for cheap booze.

The Balkans are now getting much more attention in the media. Croatia in particular has done a hell of a job in promoting the Adriatic coast and attracting the more elegant and well-mannered tourist despite no EU admission (yet). This, combined with newly acquired EU membership is almost certainly the most dominany impetus in boosting tourist numbers. That's not to say that U2 haven't contributed to the impending decline of LJU as it battles British and German undesirables soon after it got rid of the Serbs, but I personally wouldn't credit them with a significant increase.
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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 2:13 am

The same happens here in Basel, Switzerland. Hotel bookings year-round went up more than 30% after easyJet started flying here. And they started with only 4 daily flights. Now that they build up a base here we probably need to build new hotels.

Oh, I forgot, easyHotel is opening this September.  Wink

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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 3:44 am

Quoting BAxMAN (Reply 4):
Whilst Croatia and, to a lesser extent, Slovenia have avoided the masses of drunk chavs, like a hoard of locusts they are on their way looking for cheap booze.

How true. My ex-roommate is from Domzale, not far from Ljubljana and they have seen a constant influx of tourists over the past year. Just as the tourism and the hotel industry has benefited from this, crime is also on the rise and frankly local residents are concerned about this sudden change.

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RE: Easyjet Credited With Boom In Ljubljana Tourism

Mon Aug 01, 2005 3:57 am

With Easyjet turning up Adria have lowered prices considerably and this is a far more civilised way to arrive in LJU. Chavs use Easyjet, tourists and business people use JP.

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