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Main Players in the Tourist Industry
SATA is available online on http://www.sacka.eu/
SATA-Slovak Association of Travel Agents
is the only self-regulation body in this industry based in 1991. With some 150 members and 90-95 percent of the industry turnover covered, the Association is one of the most influential non-government bodies in the tourism sector.The SATA is a voluntarily organization incorporated in a legal form of Civic Association.
Mission and activities :
SATA's activities cover all Slovak territory. Main task of the Association is to promote tourism development in Slovakia. Increasing professional standards of the members and promotion and protection of its members' interests is a major professional duty SATA. These interests must be in accordance in accordance with SATA's major task - tourism promotion and increasing professional prestige.
SATA – major tasks and activities
The Association has several major tasks and activities:
◦to promote business interests of the SATA members
◦to lobby for the members' interests with the State authorities and other relevant bodies
◦to co-operate with the State authorities in field of elaboration of travel and tourism related laws and regulations
◦to develop business and policy contacts with travel and tourism bodies in Slovakia and abroad
◦to promote fair competition on the travel and tourism market
◦to disseminate relevant information on travel tourism business
◦to watch fair execution of Conduct of Business Rules and Business Ethics
◦to advise customers and public on relevant travel and tourism topics
◦to promote fair handling with the customer comments and complaints
◦to represent Slovak travel agents with similar travel and tourism associations abroad
SATA - activities
Slovak Tourist Board
Slovak Tourist Board
is an organization receiving contributions from the State Budget specialized on marketing and state promotion of tourism in the Slovak Republic. It was established in 1995 by the Ministry of Economy. It markets tourism at the national level, provides information on travel opportunities in Slovakia, promotes Slovakia as a travel destination, contributes to creation of a positive image of Slovakia abroad and supports the sale of travel products of the Slovak Republic. SACR has been authorized to officially represent the country abroad and establish detached offices both at home and abroad.
SACR is actively cooperating with V4 countries from CEE region on remote third markets. Main target of this united effort is to gain competitive advantage on these markets. V4 countries are organizing common marketing and promotional activities on the overseas markets of USA, Japan, China and asian part of Russian Federation since 2003. We have identified 6 target product groups: capitals, historical cities, UNESCO sites, jewish sites, spas and MICE.
We are organizing common participation on the tourist fairs and exhibitions, info trips for press and media, trips for tourist operators, publishing of common promotional brochures and maps, internet presentations and exchange of statistical data. Detailed information is available at: www.european-quartet.com
Union of Hotels and Restaurants region on remote third markets
Organized SK Tourist Trips Market Worldwide
Slovaks in organized trips abroad – BG Market vs World
According to last official data of Statistical Office nearly 81 500 Slovaks visited Bulgaria in 2013 out of them 66 000 during the summer tourist season. In 2012 it was more than 90 000 Slovak citizens.
To help these tourists to cope with emergency situations we have opened the Honorary consulate in Varna which since last year can also issue emergency travel documents for Slovak citizens (13 out of total 17 last year).
Slovak Embassy has 24/7 diplomatic duty to help our citizens in emergency.
Main problems we faced during the summer tourist season were bancrupcies of Slovak travel agencies (A-Tour in 2013), bus and car accidents, small robberies of valuables and documents, death (8 cases in 2013) and injuries.
All Slovak travel agents are obligatory insured against bancrupcy.
In majority of the cases were Bulgarian authorities very supportive. Problem was lack of translators at the police stations
Number of Tourist in SK from BG
Tourists from the World in Slovakia
Tourists in SK - BG vs World
Organized tourism by Slovak Statistical Office
SlovakRepublic in Europe
Memberships:EU, NATO,OECD, UN,WTO
Population:5.404.322 /31.03. 2012/
Borders:Hungary /654,8 km/
Poland /541,1 km/
Czech Republic /251,8 km/ Austria /107,1 km/
Ukraine /97,8 km/
How to get to Slovakia
internationalconnections and rivercruises and trips
Networkofinternational and domestictrains
Bratislava - City on theDanube
Bratislava - City on theDanube
The village of Market Vlkolínec
Old mining town ofBanskáŠtiavnica
Attractive gothic town ofBardejov
The Spiš castle - the largest medievalcastle complex in Central Europe
Caves of theSlovak Karst
Fujara – folk musical instrument