Prague’s Parkhotel is to be considered for protected status after a group of experts from the Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture filed a petition with the Ministry of Culture. The 1960s structure, one of the city’s leading hotels when it opened, is located in the Holešovice district near the Výstaviště exhibition grounds. The ministry can take several months to decide whether to make a site a cultural historical landmark.
Hotels, pensions, and camps across the Czech Republic enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Czech Statistical Office. The total number of guests came to 18.3 million, 6.9 percent up on the figure for 2015. The total of overnight stays was 5.4 percent higher year on year. The biggest increase in guests occurred in the Karlovy Vary region with a 13.2 percent rise. The Ústí region had the biggest rise in overnight stays at 10.6 percent.
One of Prague’s landmark hotels is changing hands. The US investment company Blackstone has sold the Hilton Prague Old Town to Singapore based M&L Hospitality Trust. The news was given by the consultancy company JLL, which helped Blackstone with the transaction. The five star hotel is located not far from Náměstí Republiky and has just over 300 rooms. Blackstone acquired the hotel in 2007. The Hilton names is used for another hotel on the banks of the Vltava river in Prague but is not affected by the latest sale.
The Czech Republic’s new electronic cash registers system, designed to provide the state with immediate information about cash transactions at venues, has entered a month long trial-period ahead of the official launch in December. Pubs, restaurants, and hotels, to officially begin using the system first, have 30 days to get used to it.
The Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism, the Czech Chamber of Commerce, and Atrium Czech Real Estate Management (managing the Flora shopping centre in Prague) held a joint-press conference on Monday warning that legislation passed this year – forcing large retailers to close their doors on seven state holidays – will lead to a net loss in revenues of around four billion crowns across the Czech Republic. Additionally, the grouping warned that the new law would lead to job losses, not just among cashiers or sellers but also cleaners and security. By contrast, the bill had support from the unions as it would allow employees in the service sector time off. October 28 is one of seven state holidays when large retail stores will not be allowed to sell products.
A four-star hotel opened at Prague’s landmark Dancing House building on Tuesday. Most guests at the city’s best-known building of the post-1989 era can enjoy views of Prague Castle from the two-storey part of the structure that has been converted into the hotel. One of the investors in the project, former soccer star Vladimír Šmicer, said the hotel might be expanded in a couple of years if the venture proves a success. The Dancing House was designed by Frank Gehry and local architect Vlado Milunic and was opened in 1996.