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17-10-2014 15:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In Business News this week: Czech farmers expect bumper harvest this year; Škoda seeks to boost sales of Fabia on local market; number of Russian tourists drops by 15 percent this year; Less Mess Storage acquires three storage facilities in Czech Republic; and local distilleries expect good season this year.  More

Current AffairsNew site offers unusual tours of Prague

28-08-2014 15:39 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Guidilo Tour de Beer, Hula-hoop in Prague, Roast Sausage or River Valley Jogging Tour – these are just some of offers on a new website called Guidilo. The unusual travel service wants to help visitors from all around the world to get to know Prague through an authentic experience. Basically anyone living in Prague can register on the site to offer their own original tour of the city.  More

Czech LifeThe “Old Bohemian” Trdelník

23-08-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Trdelník, photo: Kristýna Maková Old Town Square in the middle of a typically busy tourist-filled summer’s day. In front are several food stalls, which are a relatively new feature for the Old Town. They are selling crepes and hams and sausages and one unmistakable stall is selling what is known as Trdelník. It is a sweet delicacy that is baked on a coal fire; it is tube-shaped, so it rotates around the heat much like a spit roast piece of pork. And it has become quite an unmistakable item, which has been marketed as something which is “Old Bohemian”. I am going now to find out what some tourists that have bought the pastry make of it.  More

BusinessChinese and Koreans make up for declining numbers of Russian tourists

04-08-2014 14:08 | Tom McEnchroe

Photo: CzechTourism While in past years the surge of Russian tourists visiting the Czech Republic seemed to outpace all competition, this year has seen a 40% downfall in their numbers. However, the country’s rising popularity among Chinese and Korean visitors has managed to prevent losses for the tourist industry although it’s not clear whether they will be able to compensate for the strong Russian tourist base over the long term.  More

Letter from PragueGuidebook to the past

02-08-2014 | Ian Willoughby

Recently, at an old house down the country, I happened upon an interesting guidebook, or “bedeker”, as Czechs call such publications, in reference to the famous Baedeker guides that originated in the 19th century.  More

BusinessBreweries banking on branded hostelries as pub sales of beer decline

30-07-2014 16:08 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Radio Prague While Czechs are among Europe’s most prodigious consumers of beer, the percentage sold in the country’s pubs has fallen to a historic low. This has led breweries to push their own branded restaurants, linking the pub experience to sport and quality dining and introducing other innovations, the newspaper Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday.  More

BusinessTourism stagnates despite massive state spending

28-07-2014 17:10 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Patrycja Cieszkowska, Free Images While the Czech Republic has made an enormous investment in tourism in recent years, the injection of funds has failed to yield positive results, according to a new report.  More

Current AffairsTest finds foreigners charged more in central Prague restaurants

25-07-2014 15:19 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague Some restaurants in Prague’s central district discriminate against foreigners, according to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. The agency says that in several restaurants in the area, English-speaking inspectors posing as tourists were automatically levied with a service charge – unlike their Czech-speaking colleagues who dined in the same place at the same time.  More

Current AffairsFourth edition of Prague USE.IT map launched

16-07-2014 14:36 | Jan Velinger

This Wednesday saw the launch of the new Prague USE.IT map, the fourth edition of a map which takes visitors off the beaten path. USE.IT, with a history dating back to the late 1960s, represents “no nonsense” tourism for young people interested in getting closer to the heart of the city and real life.  More

NewsMasterCard: Prague ranks as Europe’s ninth most attractive city for visitors

16-07-2014 13:11 | Jan Richter

Around 4.89 million people are set to visit the Czech capital this year which makes it the ninth most attractive city in Europe, according to the MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities for 2014. London, with an estimated 18.7 million visitors, tops the global index, followed by Bangkok, Paris and Singapore. Prague, which last year ranked 10th among Europe’s most popular destinations, is supposed to attract 400,000 more visitors than in 2013, and 1.1 million more than in the previous year. MasterCard CEO for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Miroslav Lukeš said that in total, tourists are expected to spend around 3.8 million dollars on each day of their stay in Prague. 

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