A growing number of Czechs prefer to travel on holidays by car, rather than by plane, according to a survey by ERV, a network of travel insurance experts. This year, more than 50 percent of Czechs will use their car to reach their holiday destination. The survey also suggests that a growing number of Czechs prefer to travel on their own, without the help of a travel agency. Last year that figure amounted to 58 percent. Most Czechs want to spend their holidays at home or in Europe and they prefer bed and breakfast facilities and camping places over hotels.
The traditional pub Baráčnická rychta in Prague’s Malá Strana district is set for closure at the end of June, E15 reported. The old society of baráčníks (cottage owners) to which the pub belongs failed to reach agreement on extending the contract of the current operator and instead made a deal to lease it to an upmarket Italian-owned hotel located next door, the newspaper said. A hall joined to the pub is a well-known venue for social events and concerts.
Prague has become one of the most popular destinations among Airbnb travellers. More than 10,000 people in the Czech Republic are currently offering their rooms or flats for rent via the Airbnb home-rental site, which is an 86 percent increase on the previous year, the economic daily E15 reported on Wednesday. According to the data provided by Airbnb, Czechs accommodated some 362,000 guests in 2015.
Slovakia has become the most popular tourist destination for Czech tourists, overtaking Croatia. Some 837 thousand Czechs travelled to the neighbouring country in 2015 – rising by nearly three-quarters compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office this week.
Over 350,000 Chinese tourists could visit the Czech Republic in 2016, according to the state agency CzechTourism. Last year the figure was 285,000. Most visitors from China enter this country from another European state. However, the number arriving by air last year reached 50,000, a year-on-year jump of nearly 50 percent that followed the introduction of direct flights between the two countries.
Chinese last year for the first time became the biggest spending non-EU tourist in the Czech Republic according to figures released by the travel services company Global Blue. Their spending in Czech shops amounted to a quarter of all total spending by non-EU tourists and just pipped the spending volume of Russians. Russian tourist spending slipped dramatically in 2015 to 24 percent of the total from 44 percent a year earlier. Taiwanese tourists were third with 7 percent of the total. Global Blue deals with returned VAT payments for tourists outside the EU.
The Czech Republic has been voted the best camping destination of 2016 by the Dutch holiday site zoover.nl, finishing ahead of Portugal and Luxembourg, the Czech Tourism Agency reported on Thursday. Dutch tourists rank among the most frequent visitors to the Czech Republic. According to the data of the Czech Statistical Office, more than 200,000 visitors from the Netherlands visited the Czech Republic last year.
Prague hotel U Zlaté studně has been voted Europe’s number one luxury hotel in Europe by the tourist website TripAdvisor, which provides recommendations for hotels, resorts, inns, vacations and travel packages around the world. The five-star hotel, situated in the district of Malá Strana, was placed third in the worldwide ranking. Another Prague Hotel, Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa, finished in the 11th spot.
Prague's Václav Havel Airport handled a record number of passengers last year. The airport registered over 12 million arrivals and departures, an increase by 7.9 percent compared to 2014 and the highest increase in the past decade. The numbers are expected to increase even further this year with the introduction of new regular long-distance flights. Ruth Fraňková has more.