Czech travel agencies have noted a steady rise in clients over the age of sixty, reflecting increased spending power among seniors looking to enjoy – in many cases –a long overdue foreign holiday. With the population rapidly ageing, this demographic will be an ever-greater part of agencies’ clientele. And a demanding one, at that.
Český Krumlov, which draws over a million tourists from around the world
every year, is to impose charges on buses entering the South Bohemian town
in a bid to regulate short-term visitors and raise revenues, Czech
Television reported. The scheme, the first of its kind in the Czech
Republic, will begin in June. The local authorities say 16,000 coaches
arrive in Český Krumlov every year, with figures reaching up to 100 a day
A deputy mayor told Czech Television that the number of buses stopping off in the small UNESCO-listed town represented an enormous strain.
A representative of Český Krumlov’s tour guides association said groups of Asian tourists sped through the town taking photos before soon departing for other destinations.
Each coach entering the tourist hotspot will have to pay CZK 1,250 with advance booking or CZK 1,500 without.
Viewing the sights of Prague from a beer bike with a cold lager in hand and fifteen friends around you may seem like the perfect tour of the city, but “partying while you pedal” may soon be a thing of the past. Following the example of cities like Amsterdam, Prague City Hall wants ban to beer bikes from the historic city center and, if possible, other areas as well.
Earnings from the tourism sector amounted to 2.9 percent of the total Gross
Domestic Product in 2017, the Czech Statistics Office reported on Thursday.
Total earnings from tourism rose by 7.4 percent in the past year to 292 billion crowns, which is the highest figure since calculations for the sector started in 2003.
Nearly 35 million foreign tourists visited the Czech Republic last year, accounting for 56 percent of the overall turnover.
Czech hotels and other accommodation facilities saw a record number of
tourists in 2018. According to the data released by the Czech Statistical
Office on Thursday, the overall number of tourists accommodated in Czech
hotels, bed and breakfasts and camps reached 21.3 million, which is an
increase of 6.4 percent on the previous year.
The number of overnight stays in the Czech Republic increased as well, reaching over 55 million. Over 10.6 million foreign tourists visited the country last year. The biggest number came from Germany, followed by visitors from Slovakia, Poland and China.
A special role has been created to regulate the excesses of Prague’s nightlife. Councillors of the Czech capital’s City Hall elected Jan Štern as “night mayor” on Monday. A special commission made up of district and police representatives will help him out. The man in charge says that he first wants to analyse the situation in detail and meet with his counterpart in Amsterdam for inspiration.
A direct flight line connecting Prague with Bangkok could be established by the end of 2019. The plan is the result of a meeting between a Czech delegation led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and representatives of Malaysian airline Air Asia, in Bangkok. If the plan goes ahead the prime minister believes it would help boost trade and tourism.
More than 600,000 tourists are expected to visit Prague during December, many of them coming especially to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in the city. Among the biggest highlights is the traditional Christmas market on Prague’s Old Town Square, which will open this Saturday with the lighting of Christmas tree. I asked Barbora Hrubá from Prague City Tourism to tell me more about what visitors to Prague can see and do during the festive season this year.
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