BRATISLAVA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Slovakia registered a record number of 5.4 million tourists, both domestic and foreign, in 2017, up 7 percent year on year, local media reported on Sunday.
Slovak tourists made up 60 percent of all tourists with 3.2 million registered.
Among the foreign tourists, Czech visitors topped the list with more than 645,000, which was followed by Poles, Germans, Hungarians and Austrians.
"Czechs enjoy the advantage of geographical proximity and accessibility, security, the minimum language barrier and the plentiful offer of sights of nature and culture. More than 88 percent of Czechs are happy with their visit of Slovakia and approximately 97 percent would return to Slovakia again," said Slovak Transport and Construction Minister Arpad Ersek.
According to the minister, the number of tourists from China also significantly increased in 2017.
"We are also happy, that the number of tourists from China exceeded 61,000 last year, which is twice as many as in 2016," said Ersek.
The most attractive Slovak towns or places were Bratislava, Kosice, High Tatras and region Liptov in the Northern Slovakia.