Chinese tourists are spending big money on their foreign travels and countries with tourist industries are vying to attract their attention. The Czech Republic, which recently “reset “relations with China, is among the contenders, with plans to introduce a direct air connection between Prague and Beijing and cultural exchanges focused on highlighting the many tourist attractions of the Czech capital. More
Around eight million foreign tourists came to the Czech Republic last year, 3.5 percent more than in 2013, according to freshly released figures from the Czech Statistics Agency. There was a marked decline in visitors from Eastern Europe but that fall was offset by a jump in travelers from China and South Korea. The overall upswing has been chiefly attributed to the weakness of the Czech currency, the crown. More
Czech Minister of the Interior Milan Chovanec has said Prague will back the idea of a European system for exchanging data on air passengers. Chovanec was speaking at a two day conference on security and the fight against terrorism in Riga. Chovanec also said that supported EU moves aims bolstering arms regulation. EU plans focus on forcing airlines to pass on all details of passengers to a central data base which could then be accessd by national police and security agencies.
Prague City Tourism is preparing to conduct an extensive three-year survey among tourists to Prague to find out why they chose to spend time in the Czech Republic and the level of satisfaction with services offered. The agency plans to address some 1,500 visitors from different countries twice a year. According to the agency’s spokeswoman Prague City Tourism needs more comprehensive data about visitors to Prague in order to attract more tourists and improve services. At present it relies on information provided by the Czech Statistics Office.
In Business News this week: Finance Ministry and central bank advise against setting date for euro adoption; next year’s budget criticized as “unambitious”; Czech Republic to miss out on 20 billion from EU funds; Spirit sales return to levels seen before methanol scandal; and record numbers of tourists spend expected in Prague for Christmas and New Year. More
A record 200,000 visitors are expected to visit Prague for the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to Prague City Tourism. There should be fewer visitors from Russia this year, but more tourists from Germany, Britain, Italy, China and South Korea. On the other hand, the number of Czechs visiting the Czech capital for the holiday season is expected to drop. Prague hosted over 5.8 million visitors in 2013, with 86 percent of them being foreign tourists. Recently Prague City Tourism launched a campaign to attract more Czech visitors to the capital.
The Czech Republic is marking 25 years since the start of the Velvet Revolution which toppled the communist regime. The country has since undergone a dramatic transformation from totalitarianism to a free-market democracy, affecting virtually all areas of life. The changes have been especially marked in Prague and other big cities but in the regions, the transformation has been less smooth and often more painful. In our special programme today, we look at how two historic Czech towns, Mikulov and Stříbro, have changed over the last 25 years. More
One on OneSearch for authenticity driving “insider” tour trend, says Mirka Charlotte Kostelková of Eating Prague Tours
Tailored tours for relatively small groups with particular interests have become a trend in the tourism industry in recent times. One such excursion available in the Czech capital goes under the banner Eating Prague Tours and sees locals taking visitors to restaurants, cafés and food stores and offering them an “insider’s” insight into Czech cuisine. I discussed its services – and more – with Eating Prague Tours’ operations manager, Mirka Charlotte Kostelková. More
In Business: Czech financial institutions revise down their economic growth forecasts for this year, the government favours nuclear and coal power in its long-term energy plan, the forex interventions launched by the Czech National Bank last year have attracted more foreign visitors to the Czech Republic and the largest Czech hotel – Hilton Prague - has been put up for sale. More
The forex interventions launched by the Czech National Bank last year, in order to weaken the crown, have brought a higher number of tourists to the Czech Republic. In the first two quarters of 2014 the number of tourists from neighbouring countries rose on average from 6 to 10 percent, with the highest number of visitors from Austria and Slovakia. However the interventions negatively affected the profit margins of travel agencies.