Two helicopters, the Croatian coastguard, as well as a number of
volunteers have been searching for a Czech tourist who went missing on
Sunday off the Croatian coast, near the island of Brac. The young
tourist was reportedly swimming with an inflatable mattress when he was
pushed out into the Adriatic by 100 kilometre winds. So far authorities
have searched an area of approximately sixteen square kilometres but
have been unable to find any sign of the swimmer.
The incident is similar to other developments on Sunday when, for example, a group of four Czech tourists was also swept out on an inflatable mattress and raft - but was rescued.
As any visitor to the city will know, tourism is an absolutely huge industry in the Czech capital Prague. Millions of people from all around the world visit the city every year - almost three and a half million in 2004, according to figures just released by Czech Tourism. Prague was the sixth most visited city in Europe last year, with the greatest number of tourists coming from the United Kingdom.
International and national experts came together at Prague's Charles University this week to discuss the legal aspects of counter-terrorism. Besides political, technical, and human rights issues, the conference also focused on inter-state cooperation. Washington and Brussels have clear-cut ways of dealing with terrorism but what about smaller individual countries, such as the Czech Republic, where the threat of a terrorist attack is far smaller?
Prague's reputation as one of Europe's most beautiful cities has been growing over the last decade or so ever since the city opened up to the world after the fall of communism. Every year more and more tourists are coming to the Czech Republic to sample the wonders of the "city of a hundred spires" But there are those who claim building developments in the city aimed at catering for the growing numbers of tourists are destroying the city's character. Some people are so concerned about the situation that they held a public debate attended by the
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A million Britons are set to visit the Czech Republic in the coming year, with well over half of them holidaying in Prague. The rise and rise of the 'budget airline' has given Brits a feasible - and cheap - alternative to a weekend at Butlins, or in the Yorkshire dales. But British tourists are gaining a certain notoriety here in the capital, with the number of visiting British stag parties also on the rise. Rosie Johnston looks at the positive and negative effects of the low cost flight.
"Tell you what mate; all the fittest birds in the Czech Republic - supermodels every one of them! And the blokes here - they live like kings! And they've got the best football team in the world....and the beer....." These are words from a TV commercial, selling a Czech beer brand. This is how many Czechs would like their country to be seen abroad. But many others would prefer a slightly more sophisticated image. So how should the Czech Republic sell its image abroad? That's a question that the government is trying to answer, as it launches a new
Rob Cameron's guest on One on One this week is Rostislav Vondruska, head of the Czech tourist board Czechtourism. Believe it or not a famous tourist destination like the Czech Republic does need promoting, especially in order to persuade tourists to leave Prague and see what else the country has to offer.
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