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BusinessHefty fines for some of Prague’s notorious tourist traps

14-04-2014 14:51 | Jan Richter

Photo: Kristýna Maková 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

Current AffairsPrague ranks fifth in popular Travelers’ Choice survey

09-04-2014 16:00 | Jan Velinger

Prague, photo: Filip Jandourek 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

In FocusCzech chateaux and castles ready for new season

08-04-2014 16:17 | Jan Velinger

Konopiště, photo: CzechTourism 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

NewsCzech climbers caught in avalanche in High Tatras

27-03-2014 17:25 updated | Chris Johnstone

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. 

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21-03-2014 15:37 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek 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

NewsDutch tourist killed in bobsleigh accident

20-02-2014 19:33 | Daniela Lazarová

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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07-02-2014 14:08 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Barbora Kmentová 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

MarketplacePrague authorities threaten to curb nightlife noise with drastic measures

29-01-2014 16:32 | Jan Richter

Dlouhá Street, photo: Gabriela Setničková 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

NewsPrague to join WTCF

23-01-2014 19:07 | Daniela Lazarová

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.  

MarketplaceWilderness trumps insensitive development of Šumava says study

22-01-2014 14:03 | Chris Johnstone

Šumava, photo: Barbora Kmentová 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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