As the summer approaches many Czechs have begun planning their holidays, and those keen on travelling abroad couldn't choose a better time than now. The weakening US dollar, dropping tour prices, and above all higher spending power have all had an impact. In short, many vacations abroad for Czechs have never been cheaper.
This week, the Agriculture Ministry, Food Chamber, and food quality control bodies are holding various seminars and conferences for the general public. What have been titled "Food Safety Days" will run until Sunday and their main aim is to educate consumers about the country's food quality monitoring system and about their rights.
Prague is set to get its own version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Lidove noviny reported. There are plans to place the hand prints and signatures of film greats such as director Milos Forman and cameraman Miroslav Ondricek under thick glass on Na prikpe Street in front of Slovansky Dum, home to a multiplex cinema. In the mid 1990s a Walk of Fame was planned in front of the now closed cinema 64 U Hradeb, but the project never came to fruition.
This week: a gingerbread biscuit in the form of a large-than-life ear; the secret of packing a pipe; a neckerchief for a steel lookout tower and wreaths for military dogs made from bratwurst sausages. Finally, pictures by a painter who never was are on display in galleries around the country. That and more in Magazine.
In business news this week: management and trade unions at Skoda Mlada Boleslav resolve long-standing pay dispute. The state-controlled Czech airline CSA reports another rise in passenger traffic in the first quarter and, the world-famous fashion brand Giorgio Armani may have its suits made at Czech clothing producer OP Prostejov.
"Chalupareni" which loosely translates as "a country-cottage lifestyle" is a Czech term coined in the second half of the 20th century when Czechs could not travel and when all their time and money was invested in their country cottages. As a result Czechs now top the European statistics in the number of country-homes owned per head. "Chalupareni" is still going strong but as Czechs get richer many are looking around for a different kind of holiday home.
According to figures released by the Czech Statistical Office, the number of Czechs who prefer to spend their holiday in the Czech Republic is on the rise. The number of Czechs who stayed in hotels around the country in 2006 grew by 4.3 percent year on year to 6.3 million. The South Bohemian region remains the most popular destination for domestic tourism, followed by South Moravia and the Hradec Kralove and Liberec regions. Since 2005, Czechs have been spending more on domestic holidays than on stays abroad.
Libena Rochova is one of the Czech Republic's best-known fashion designers, whose work has turned heads both abroad and at home. Last October, viewers were able to see "Dialogue" - an acclaimed exhibition featuring twenty-nine of her designs at Prague's Kampa Museum. Now, Libena Rochova has taken the show a step further: in April, seventeen of those pieces will go on exhibit at the Czech National Building in New York City.
Prague is not known as a city of fashion. However, the country's most important event in this field - the twice-annual Prague Fashion Week - is getting more popular every year. The tenth Prague Fashion Week opened on Monday night with a show presenting the latest outfits in black and white by top Czech fashion designers, such as Tatiana Kovarikova, Jaroslava Prochazkova or E.daniely.
In today's Mailbox we reveal the name of the mystery person from our February competition and announce the names of the four lucky winners. There is also a brand new question for the month of March for you. Listeners quoted: Helmut Matt, Henry L. Umadhay, Sandhya Yadav, Henrik Klemetz, Doug Sebranek, Harold Yeglin, David Eldridge, Christine Takaguchi-Coates.
Jana Ciglerová: Americans say their lives are fantastic, Czechs say everything is terrible – neither is true
“There is good, better and then there is the USSR.” – New book depicts life in communist Czechoslovakia through memories of people who experienced it
Czech IT specialists organize “hackathon” to give government online motorway vignette sales system for free
CzechTourism head hints attracting tourists no longer agency’s main goal
Minister: Czech Republic won’t take in 40 child refugees from Greek camps