Prague is considering a campaign aimed at alerting tourists to sharp
practices by currency exchange booths and those offering currency exchange
on the streets. The move is being weighed following a similar one already
carried out targeting dishonest taxi drivers. It could include leaflets in
hotels and tourist hotspots.
Tougher moves, regulating the exchange rate offered, have been proposed by the Pirates party. The Czech National Bank is the main organ regulating exchange offices and has increased the number of checks and actions taken against them over recent years.
Many tourists exchanging money at such offices or on the street are unaware of what the official exchange rate is or what Czech bank notes look like, making them easy prey to conmen and sharp traders.
Prague has been placed as the sixth most attractive city in the world for
tourists on their own by the news server Business Insider.
It created a ranking of the 50 best locations based on evaluations from users of the biggest credit card companies, personal security, and cost of living. The first placed location was Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
A Czech tourist has drowned in the sea near the Ayia Napa resort in Cyprus on Monday afternoon, the daily Cyprus Mail informed on Tuesday. The 59-year-old Czech was found unconscious by lifeguards in the sea off the Aya Thekla beach. Police have ruled out foul play as no external injuries were detected.
Prague was ranked fifth in Europe for the number of foreign visitors’ overnight stays and seventh in the total number of overnight stays, according to the results of the European Cities Benchmarking Report by European Cities Marketing. For the first time in recent years, the increase in overnight stays of domestic tourists (6%) was higher than the increase in the number of overnight stays by foreign visitors. With the total number of 16.7 million overnight stays, Prague came out ahead of such cities as Vienna and Amsterdam.
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