Czech Republic seen boosting tourists to 15.8 million in 2017

The Czech Republic hosted 15.8 million tourists in 2017 according to preliminary figures from the Ministry for Regional Development.

That figure would represent an increase of 6 percent on the previous year.

Minister Klára Dostalová said there was some success in getting tourists to visit other cities and attractions outside the capital, Prague. She said the problem is that most of these visits are currently day trips and what is needed is trips of two or three days.

The minister denied that Prague now has too many tourists and could experience the backlash against them which has occurred, for example, in Venice and Barcelona.

Much of last year’s increase in tourists was due to ever increasing numbers from China and South Korea.