Prague Castle remains to be the most visited site in the Czech Republic, according to figures put together by Czech Tourism agency. Prague castle attracted some 1.8 million tourists last year, while Prague Zoo, which was placed second, was visited by nearly 1.4 million people. Among the other top 10 most visited landmarks is Prague's Old Jewish quarter and the Petřín tower, as well as the newly opened museum of brewery in Pilsen.
The Czech travel agency Marine Tour, specialising in holiday destinations in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece, has declared bankruptcy, leaving around 900 of its clients stranded abroad. Generali, which insured the agency against bankruptcy, will now pay for the return of the agency’s clients back to the Czech Republic. Another 4,000 people, who were supposed to leave for their holidays as of Friday, will have to cancel their holidays in light of the development.
CzechTourism has launched a new mobile application enabling users to visit spots in the Czech Republic used as locations in domestic and international film productions. The state agency said on Wednesday that the Czech Film Trips database contained information on around 300 movie locations around the country and would be constantly updated. The app is free and is linked to the website http://www.zemefilmu.cz/en.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, says the influx of refugees into Southern Europe does not pose a threat to Czech tourists in the region. He said his officials did not believe asylum seekers in Italy, Greece and in particular the Greek island of Kos represented a heightened security risk. However, speaking at the launch of this year’s tourist season, Mr. Zaorálek warned Czechs against visiting countries where Islamic State radicals were active. As every summer, the Czech Republic is opening temporary consuls at destinations popular with Czech holidaymakers, such as Rijeka and Split in Croatia.
Prague will remain the ninth most visited city in Europe and the 19th on a world scale, according to a survey released by the credit card company MasterCard. The list of most visited world cities was topped by London, followed by Bangkok, and Paris. Prague is expected to host nearly 5.5 million visitors this year, compared to 5.2 million in 2014. The study estimates the foreign visitors will spend altogether some 82 billion crowns in Prague in 2015.
Czechs are booking their holidays in increased numbers this year in spite of the low level of the crown making some vacations more expensive, according to the Association for Travel Agencies and Tour Operators. Increased booking have also resulted from an ebbing interest in last minute offers, the association added. Many destinations outside Europe are more expensive due to the strength of the dollar against the crown. Some though have seen price cuts with Dubai around a third cheaper than last year and Tunisia around a quarter less expensive.
Long-term disputes about the future of the Šumava National Park may have finally come to an end. The government on Thursday approved an amendment to the law on nature and landscape protection that should make the Czech Republic’s four main national parks more accessible to tourists. I spoke to the deputy head of Šumava National Park, Martin Starý, and first asked him about the main changes proposed in the new legislation:
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.
The Czech Foreign Ministry on Sunday reiterated that no Czechs were injured in the devastating earthquake in Nepaland said the vast majority of them had now returned home on commercial flights. A group of seven Czechs who were stranded in the mountains following the quake were airlifted from the Lho region by a Nepalese army helicopter on Saturday. Meanwhile a Czech trauma team has started providing first aid in the town of Melamchi where they are attending to the injured from several mountain villages which were cut off after the quake.
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