The number of Czech citizens still unaccounted for in earthquake stricken Nepal has is fifty, according to the information from the Czech embassy in India. There were around 166 Czechs travelling in the area at the time of the disaster, the ambassador to India, Miloslav Stašek, said on Sunday. No Czech national has been reported dead. Foreign ministry officials believe that those unaccounted for are unable to reach due to damaged telephone lines and infrastructure. The ministry has set up a special hotline for tourists who are in the affected areas and has advised Czechs not to travel to Nepal. The Czech ambassador also said the authorities were ready to assist the Czech tourists in their evacuation.
The latest snapshot of the Czech tourism sector presents mixed news with more guests overall but shorter stays. And while the relatively small top end of the market was surging ahead, the cheaper options were mostly struggling. More
Ukrainian police detained three Czech tourists who entered a 30 kilometre wide area known as the exclusion zone surrounding the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster in 1986. The news was released by the Rosbalt agency, which cited the interior ministry. The three Czechs, two men and one woman, are between the ages of 25 and 33. They face a fine for entering an area restricted due to radiation.
In Business News: Car sales in Czech Republic rise by 24 percent in Q1; Czech Statistics Office lowers GDP growth figure for Q4; Unipetrol “okayed” to acquire refinery; state-owned Railway Infrastructure Administration to renovate 200 largest railway stations; fewer Czechs vacationing abroad. More
Some of the country’s most popular castles and chateaux opened their doors to the public this weekend, marking the start of the tourist season. Among them are Karlšejn, Křivoklát and Konopište, which annually attract over half a million visitors. Prague Castle also opened its doors to visitors this weekend. The country’s other historical attractions are due to open the season on April 1st or the long Easter weekend with price cuts and special events for visitors.
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