Tourism is one of the biggest industries in Prague, with millions of people visiting the Czech capital every year. One important element of the business is “convention tourism”, when visitors come to attend conferences, seminars and trade fairs. The Prague Convention Bureau promotes congress tourism in the city – I discussed its activities with marketing manager Andrea Libová.
Justice ministers from each of the European Union’s 27 member states have attended an informal meeting in Prague. Top of the agenda for the talks at the city’s Congress Centre was the issue of family law across Europe. The meeting was chaired by Czech Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil and took place as part of the Czech Republic’s EU presidency. It follows an informal meeting of EU interior ministers held in the Czech capital on Thursday.
Before moving to Prague from Dublin in 1993, I was in the habit of going to a lot of rock concerts, and the relative dearth of decent gigs here took some time getting used to. Still, the city wasn’t completely off the musical map by any means, and I seem to recall that Beck, Pavement, Tindersticks, the Cocteau Twins, Yo La Tengo and a number of others performed here in a relatively short period of time. Joe Strummer played a rare one-off gig and Nick Cave was here so often he ended up writing a song about what was for a bit my local, the Thirsty
Residents in Prague’s north-eastern Žižkov area have been up in arms over reports that the long-planned D Metro line, will not after all be extended to the area. A Metro line can undoubtedly be good for local economies, bringing much-sought infrastructure to the harder-to-reach areas of Prague. But the plans have changed – so what exactly is going on?
Local representatives in Prague 3 are calling for a new line of the city’s underground rail network to reach their district, as originally planned, the newspaper Lidové noviny reported. A project to build a “D” line envisages five stations in Prague 3’s Žižkov district. However, there have been suggestions it could instead end at Náměstí republiky in the centre of the city. A Prague metro representative said no decision on the matter had yet been made.
Visitors to Prague often take away a couple of words of Czech, and ‘herna’ is very often one of them. The word, meaning ‘gaming bar’ is written all over the city, with nearly 1,500 hernas squeezed into the capital. In the last year, Prague City Council has pledged to close down a large number of these hernas - which have long been associated with money laundering and other forms of crime. City Hall is claiming that the results of its drive are starting to become apparent:
A 22-metre-high Christmas tree was erected on Prague’s Old Town Square on Monday night. The tree will be illuminated on Saturday evening, at the opening of the Christmas market to be held on the square. The spruce tree came from the Krkonoše Mountains in the north of the country, and will be one of the most visible symbols of Christmas in the Czech capital. Organisers of the market said that they had taken special care to anchor the tree firmly into the ground after six people were injured in 2003, when the tree blew over in high winds.
Members of the legendary British rock group ELO are set to perform two concerts in Prague on Sunday. Organisers added a second concert in the afternoon after tickets for the evening were largely sold out. ELO Former Members will perform with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. It will be the band’s second appearance in the Czech Republic.
The Secretary-General of the European Council Javier Solana will arrive in Prague to meet with President Václav Klaus as well as the country’s prime minister in early December. It will be Mr Solana’s first official visit as the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. Topics that are expected to be discussed in Mr Solana’s meeting with Mr Klaus include foreign policy issues as well as the Czech Republic’s upcoming six-month EU presidency. The talks are expected to be closely-watched not least because Mr Klaus is a well-known critic of further European integration, as well as the Lisbon treaty.
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