In most respects 2016 was a good year for tourism not least in the Czech capital, which saw yet another increase in the number of visitors. But there were complications as well, among them heightened security introduced at Prague Castle mid-season which led to unexpected and unprecedented lines, at least for a time. Still, on the whole, Prague offers more and better possibilities than ever, something Radio Prague discussed with the head of Prague City Tourism, Nora Dolanská. We began by asking her first how she rated 2016 overall.
More than half Prague Segway rental sites have shut down since the Czech capital introduced a ban on the two-wheeled vehicles in most of the city centre. Czech Radio reported that so far this month, police stopped some 18 users, leading to symbolic fines of 100 crowns being handed out. They, however, can run as high as 2,000 crowns (around 74 euros).
A group of Czechs who wished to visit the French Riviera accidentally ended up in Serbia, Novinky.cz reported, citing Slovak news site topky.sk. The four had believed they had bought tickets to Nice and didn’t discover that they hadn’t until their plane from Bratislava landed in the Serbian city of Niš, according to the website. It said the four, two couples, had been surprised that it was so cold and damp when their Ryanair flight landed.
The number of tourists staying in Airbnb-style private accommodation in the Czech Republic grew by 40 percent year on year to 2.2 million in the first nine months of this year, suggests research conducted for CzechTourism. The state agency also said on Tuesday that the overall number of visitors had grown by 12.6 percent in the first three-quarters to reach 9.3 million. Hotels saw an upswing of 6.3 percent in overnight stays in the same period.
A group of six tourists from Slovakia and four from the Czech Republic was attacked while traveling in southern Ethiopia on November 7, news site iDnes reported with confirmation from Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Irena Valentová. A group of six attackers threw rocks at their vehicle, then shot and killed the group's Ethiopian driver and guide. The attackers then robbed the tourists at gunpoint. None of the Czechs were hurt but one of the Slovaks suffered injury. All of the Czechs have since safely returned home, Ms Valentová confirmed.
A group of seven Czech travellers, four men and three women, are planning to ride across Latin America on scooters, covering 11,000 kilometres from Mexico to the most southern tip of Argentina. They hit the road next weekend in Cancun, and if everything goes according to plan, they should be back in Prague in June next year.
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