Prague was ranked fifth in Europe for the number of foreign visitors’ overnight stays and seventh in the total number of overnight stays, according to the results of the European Cities Benchmarking Report by European Cities Marketing. For the first time in recent years, the increase in overnight stays of domestic tourists (6%) was higher than the increase in the number of overnight stays by foreign visitors. With the total number of 16.7 million overnight stays, Prague came out ahead of such cities as Vienna and Amsterdam.
An increasing number of Czech tourists are spending their holidays on luxury cruise liners, the daily e15 reported on Thursday. The interest in cruises has nearly doubled over the past five years. Czechs are not interested only in the Mediterranean but they also look for more exotic destinations, such as French Polynesia, the daily wrote.
The Czech Republic could attract a record number of foreign tourists this year and has a chance of crossing the ten million mark, according to the government agency CzechTourism. In the first quarter the number of tourists reached 3.6 million, an 11 percent increase year on year. The growing tourist numbers are driven by renewed interest from Russian tourists and a sharp increase in the number of visitors from China, South Korea and Israel. CzechTourism says that, despite its optimism, the end-year figure will depend on the security situation, the weather and the strength of the crown.
The number of visitors in the Czech Republic accommodated via the Airbnb room rental site reached 710,000 last year, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. That figure is an increase of 59 percent on the previous year. The average length of stay was three days. There are currently nearly 16,000 rooms or flats on offer in the Czech Republic, with 11,500 of them in Prague. The number of Czech tourists, who searched for accommodation abroad through Airbnb increased by 100 percent last year to 265,000.
Prague belongs among the top ten Airbnb destinations this summer, according to a survey released by the travel company this week. The Czech capital was placed ninth, one spot behind Lisbon and one spot ahead of Amsterdam. The most popular destinations among Airbnb travellers are London, Paris and Barcelona.
Some 1,380 000 people visited Prague in the first quarter of 2017, spending over three million nights in the city, according to data released by Prague City Tourism. After years of downfall in the number of Russian tourists, the office has recorded a significant surge in the number of Russian tourists. I discussed the newly released data with Prague City Tourism’s spokeswoman Barbora Hrubá:
The number of passengers passing through Prague’s Václav Havel Airport increased by around 19 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, the airport announced in a press release on Thursday. Among the main factors behind the increase are new routes introduced this year as well as increased capacity on the existing lines. In total, the airport handled 2.7 passengers in the quarter between January and March of 2017.
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