Several restaurants in central Prague were among two dozen eateries fined last year for severe breaches of consumer legislation. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority found that nearly 40 percent of restaurants inspected broke the law; the most frequent problems include short measures of beer and other drinks, overcharging, as well as automatically including tips in bills without the guests’ knowledge. More
Travellers world-wide have grown increasingly accustomed to checking tourist website TripAdvisor when planning vacations and also ranking top destinations they visited. The annual Travelers’ Choice survey where cities are ranked by visitors themselves, have just been announced. The good news? Prague ranked fifth out of 25 top destinations listed. More
The Czech Republic boasts hundreds of castles, chateaux, and summer palaces visited by countless visitors each year. It is, in short, one of the biggest attractions. The new season began on April 1 (individual sites may vary) and in this week’s In Focus, I talk with The National Heritage Institute’s Simona Juračková about upcoming exhibitions and events not to be missed. More
Two Czechs were seriously injured when they were hit by an avalanche in the High Tatras, Slovakia, and dragged around 100 meters down the slope on Thursday. The two were taken by helicopter to Poprad hospital after initial treatment to their injuries in the mountains. The 36 and 49 year olds were part of a five member team. Czech climbers have died over successive weekends in the High Tatras.
In Business News: Czech Post receives record fine; Guides Association calls for return of tough exams; new tourist ads to air; Czechs continue to grab lunch away from the office. More
A twenty-six-year-old Dutch tourist was killed in a bobsleigh accident in the Harrachov ski resort late Wednesday, the ctk news agency reports. The man careened off the closed track and smashed into a tree. He died on impact.
In Business News this week: church selects fund manager; ČEZ seeks massive tax refund; more tourists but shorter tourists stays; more readers chase fewer papers; and distillers mount spirited resistance to surveillance demands More
Prague is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, with an annual five million visitors. For some of them, however, the combination of the city’s night life and cheap alcohol is a far bigger attraction than its historic heritage. In parts of the city centre, severe problems with noisy and drunk tourists have prompted the authorities to consider imposing a 10 PM closing time deadline on some of the notorious watering holes, a move which has earned them accusations of reviving communist-era rules. More
Prague is joining the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF). The non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Beijing has 72 members, all tourist frequented cities who benefit from an exchange of information and know how in the field. According to Prague city councilors, who approved the motion, Prague’s membership in the WCTF can help open the way to the Chinese market.
The Czech Republic’s biggest national park has become a battleground for those fighting over its future development. Academics and green groups this week delivered what they hope will be a decisive rebuttal to what they see as moves to open up the park to developers and loggers. More