A former minister of regional development, Rostislav Vondruška, has
received a suspended sentence for corruption. On Tuesday the Prague 2
District Court found him guilty of using gift vouchers paid for by the
CzechTourism agency – which he then headed – for his own private
purposes. He also gave them to friends.
Mr. Vondruška, who served in a caretaker government nine years ago, was also ordered to pay almost CZK 150,000 in compensation.
In most respects 2016 was a good year for tourism not least in the Czech capital, which saw yet another increase in the number of visitors. But there were complications as well, among them heightened security introduced at Prague Castle mid-season which led to unexpected and unprecedented lines, at least for a time. Still, on the whole, Prague offers more and better possibilities than ever, something Radio Prague discussed with the head of Prague City Tourism, Nora Dolanská. We began by asking her first how she rated 2016 overall.
A British national who went missing during a stag weekend in the Czech capital has been found dead, a family member confirmed for the BBC. His death has also been confirmed by Great Britain's Foreign Office but not yet by Czech officials. Karl Law, 34, disappeared on November 15 during a visit to Prague with 12 others; his body was recovered from the Vltava River on Sunday. Mr Law leaves behind a fiancé and three-year-old son.
The Czech Republic is becoming more popular with foreign tourists. The latest figures show that in the first three months of this year, almost 1.3 million tourists visited the country which represents a 13-percent increase compared to the same period last year. German tourists continue to top the list of foreign visitors, followed by Russians who are the fastest growing group. RP discussed the development with Rostislav Vondruška, the head of the state agency CzechTourism.
“And I regret some of the recent behaviour that Russia has exhibited, and I’ll be glad to talk about that later including the reduction of oil supplies to Czechoslovakia after they agreed with us on a missile defence system…” That was Republican presidential candidate John McCain talking in New Mexico earlier this summer.
Recently, a couple of friends visiting from England opened up a Pandora’s Box when they asked a seemingly innocent question. “What is the stereotypical image of Brits in the Czech Republic?” I sighed, knowing that this was a tricky subject. Stereotypes are obviously an inherently prejudiced way of making generalizations, usually negative, about certain groups of people. Yet, political correctness aside, and taken with a pinch of humour and self-deprecation, it is hard to say that at least a grain of truth can’t be found in many of them. So, being
It has been a number of years now since Prague was first named as a favourite destination for weekend revellers intent on boozing: stag or hen parties celebrating a friend's last weekend of freedom, a chance to live it up. Such parties are now fairly common here and are showing no signs of letting up.
The Czech Republic has come fourth on a list of countries where British travellers need the most consular help, behind Thailand, Australia and India. The list was released by the British Foreign Office on Thursday. Between April 2005 and March 2006, 845 Brits needed consular assistance, 445 lost their passports, 36 were arrested and 52 went to hospital in the Czech Republic, mostly in Prague. A spokesperson for the Foreign Office linked the large number of accidents to the 'massive influx' of British stag and hen parties to the capital.