About Park

Realize, get to know Sečovlje Salina

Visiting

Experiencing Secovlje Salina

History

Past of the Sečovlje Salina

Management

Understand the responsibility to KPSS

Gallery

Seeing Sečovlje Salina

Contact

Contact Details KPSS

Visitation trend in Sečovlje Nature Park

This trend can be defined as direction into which the people's spare time habits are moving. Trend is the basic direction, presenting the effect of factors that work on the long run.

This direction, however, is not linear. Direction of these peaks and valleys is stipulated by trend's direction and visitors’ habits. If we are having a sequence of higher peaks and valleys, we are talking about increasing trend. These factors can cause this phenomenon reflecting the tendency of constant increase or constant decline, or the expressed tendency can even change in a longer period of time. Trend enables us an easier and more illustrative comparison between phenomena, prediction of the probable development of the phenomenon in the future, and mitigates determination of other components of the phenomenon as well as indicates its strength and significance (Arh, Pfajfar, 1998).
Of the total 127,440 visitors in the 2010-2012 period, the area of Lera (where the Visitor Centre is also located) was visited by 77.9%, while the Museum of Salt-making was visited by a little less than a third of them. The Park was entered via land by 91% of the visitors, while 9% of them arrived via sea by boat. A good third (33.7%) of the visitors opted for guided tours. 76% were domestic visitors, a little less than one fourth (23.74%) foreigners, the majority of which were English-speaking (13.9%), followed by Italian-speaking (4.7%) and German-speaking visitors (3.1%), while a little less than 2% of the guided tours were conducted in other languages (Russian, Croatian …). Regarding the structure of visitors, the first place went to primary/secondary school children and students (46.3 %), followed by adult visitors (28.1%), journalists and business partners (6.5%), and pensioners (5.8%). A good two percent (2.4%) were persons with special needs.
The results of the carried out statistical analysis indicate that the number of visitors is rising and that the main «season« in the 2010-2012 period was covered by July and August, when the number of visitors surpassed the monthly average (Fig. ). Very close as far as their mutual resemblance (calculated on the basis of the Bray-Curtis index) is concerned, were the winter months of December, January and February, when visitors were few. The greatest similarity was noted between May and October, when the Park hosts mostly school groups. These are followed by all summer months (Fig. ).
In order to ascertain potential links between the weather and visitation, data on visitation and weather data (temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, height of snow layer) were being sent during the 2008-2012 period to the firm Trademark Italia within the framework of the CLIMAPARKS project, with which the first comparisons were made. In April and October months, the Park was visited by 21,821 people in 2008 and 35,896 people in 2012 (+ 64.5%). In the same period, the precipitation was reduced by 28.2% (488.8 mm in 2008 and 350.8 in 2012). Average annual temperature for the April-October period reached 18.7°C in 2008 and 19.8°C (+1,1°C ) in 2012. We expected that the rainfall and temperature would significantly affect the visitation trend. Detailed monthly analyses for the 2011-2012 period (April-October) indicated, however, no significant correlations between the number of visitors and the amount of precipitation and no correlation between the number of visitors and air temperature (Tab. 1,2 ). 

Quite interesting is the time trend or time of entry to the Park, with the August peak between 10.00 and 11.00 hrs. Figure ?? shows that the highest numbers of visitors enter the Park between 9.00 and 13.00 hrs during the summer. Judging by climatic conditions at Sečovlje Salina, the trend of temporal visitation in this period is everything but normal, although expected. It turned out that the visitation by school and other groups was closely associated with duration of bus transport from distant places, visitation by tourists from nearby tourist destination with their departure of beaches in the hottest part of the day, as well as with insufficient information by hotel receptions and tourist agencies on the possibilities and places for recreation or visits.

trend obiska

Trend of linear increase (Trend) and No. of visitors (N) in the Park during the 2006-2012 period indicate a moderate increase (p<0.01).

stevilo obiskovalcev meseci

No. of visitors in the Park per months in the 2006-2012 period.

trend ure

Visitation trend in the Park during the year with regard to the time of arrival to the Park in the 2010-2012 period. Only those visitors were taken into account who bought a ticket at Lera and the time of their arrival was registered (N=53,613).



Tab. 2 No. of visitors and precipitation amounts

Precipitation (mm)

Visitors

2011

2012

Var (%)

2011

2012

Var (%)

APRIL

10.4

45.2

334.60

4,292

4,557

6.2

MAY

54

88.8

64.40

5,326

5,976

12.2

JUNE

37.2

29

-22.00

6,141

6,625

7.9

JULY

142.6

3

-97.90

3,106

3,776

21.6

AUGUST

4.2

21.2

404.80

3,069

4,177

36.1

SEPTEMBER

67.2

77.4

15.20

4,755

6,596

38.7

OCTOBER

116.2

86.2

-25.80

4,234

4,189

-1.1

TOTAL

431.8

350.8

-18.80

30,923

35,896

16.1

 

 

Tab. 2 No. of visitors and air temperature

Temperature (°C )

Visitors

2011

2012

Var (%)

2011

2012

Var (%)

APRIL

14.1

12.8

-9.2

4,292

4,557

6.2

MAY

17.8

16.8

-5.6

5,326

5,976

12.2

JUNE

21.8

22.5

3.2

6,141

6,625

7.9

JULY

22.7

25.4

11.9

3,106

3,776

21.6

AUGUST

24.5

24.6

0.4

3,069

4,177

36.1

SEPTEMBER

22.4

20.5

-8.5

4,755

6,596

38.7

OCTOBER

13.9

15.7

12.5

4,234

4,189

-1.1

TOTAL

19.6

19.8

0.8

30,923

35,896

16.1



KPSS © 2006 - 2011, All rights reserved!   |  About Cookies Web production: Editor Studios