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First Lady Melania Trump’s small hometown in central Slovenia is booming with business thanks to her ascendance to power and fame in the United States, according to the town’s mayor.
In Sevnica, Slovenia, Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs before she came to the U.S., eventually marrying future U.S. President Donald Trump. Now, Sevnica, with a population of about 5,000 people, is enjoying its position of having a connection to one of the world’s most famous women.
“Melania put us on the world map,” Sevnica Mayor Srecko Ocvirk told NPR in an interview.
“A lot of people are coming from Europe, Japan, China and the U.S.,” Ocvirk said in the interview. “From an anonymous little town, we are now on the world tourist map.”
Now, tourists to Sevnica can visit Melania’s hometown elementary school and apartment building, and can take a five-hour walking tour of the neighborhood in which she grew up, for just $90. The all-about-Melania tour is just one of many that tourists can choose from in the tiny town.