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.
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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
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The Czech capital is bracing itself for thousands of young Danes who are expected to arrive during the upcoming school winter holidays in their country. The authorities in both countries have started preparing for their arrival in an effort to prevent the dozens of alcohol-fuelled incidents of violence and destruction Prague saw last year. More
The authorities in Egypt have concluded an investigation into the deaths of two Czech tourists who died of poisoning in the Hurgada resort last summer, a spokeswoman for the Czech Foreign Ministry said. The result of the investigation is not clear, according to the ministry, which is yet to receive an official report on the case. A 36-year-old woman and her eight-year-old daughter were found dead by the father of the family in their hotel room last July. The man was held in Egypt for several months but was released and returned to the Czech Republic in October.
The company Plzeň 2015 has begun an international campaign to promote the west Bohemian city of Pilsen to potential visitors from abroad. Pilsen is one of the cities which was named as the European capital of culture for 2015, and Plzeň 2015 was tasked with preparing the city for this purpose. In the past, former capitals of culture had increases of up to 10 percent in tourism during the title-holding year. The campaign already began in Munich and will continue in Latvia, Sweden, Austria and other countries.
Prague is gearing up for end-of-year celebrations, with thousands of people expected to join the annual mega-party on Wenceslas Square. Also, with 180,000 tourists about to descend on the Czech capital hotels and restaurants are stocking up on champagne and preparing gourmet menus for the big night. More