The Czech Republic is becoming more popular with foreign tourists. The latest figures show that in the first three months of this year, almost 1.3 million tourists visited the country which represents a 13-percent increase compared to the same period last year. German tourists continue to top the list of foreign visitors, followed by Russians who are the fastest growing group. RP discussed the development with Rostislav Vondruška, the head of the state agency CzechTourism.
Dozens of state-owned castles, chateaus and other historic monuments on Saturday opened to visitors for the new season. The season at monuments run by the Czech National Heritage Institute begins with a project entitled “Living Monuments” which offers interactive family tours through the heritage sites. A spokeswoman for the institute said entrance fees would be kept at the same levels as last year while visiting hours at some of the monuments would be longer.
A record number of 5.2 million people visited Prague in 2011, according to an analysis by the consultancy firm Mag Consulting released on Monday. Most visitors to the Czech capital – around 4.5 million – came from abroad. The number of visitors to Prague broke the previous record from 2010 when some 4.7 million people visited Prague, according to figures by the Czech Statistical Office. The Mag Consulting firm also registered a record number of 13.2 million hotel stays in Prague last year.
Data published by Mag Consulting indicate that the government’s efforts to bring more tourists to the Czech Republic have proved successful. Between June and September of 2011 the Czech Republic attracted 15 percent more foreign tourists that in the same period last year. More Czechs are also reported to have holidayed at home this year, spending money at Czech wellness spas and summer resorts. The rise in foreign tourists is partly being attributed to the political upheaval in the Arab world which made some people reconsider their holiday plans.
In today’s business news: A debate on tax reform has been postponed due to a dispute over flat expense deductions between the prime minister and the finance minister, the bankrupt betting giant Sazka is to be sold in a public tender, grocery chains launch online discount coupons, the Czech Tourism agency announces a campaign targeting gay and lesbian travelers, and an American journal finds that Czech banknotes have some of the world’s highest levels of a potentially dangerous chemical.
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Nearly 9 percent more tourists visited the Czech Republic between April and July than in the previous year, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office on Friday. The number of foreign visitors increased by over 13 percent while the number of Czech tourists rose by more than 3 percent. The highest increase – of 18 percent – was registered in five-star hotels. In total, the number of overnight stays in hotels reached 9.6 million in the second quarter of this year with Prague, Central Bohemia and Ústí regions registering the highest increase.
The National Heritage Institute which is responsible for the protection and preservation of the country’s historical monuments has over 100 palaces, castles and manor houses in its care. Over the past 20 years it has worked hard to restore many of those long-neglected buildings to their former glory and today they represent the best part of the country’s national heritage. Regrettably, many of those outside Prague remain undiscovered by foreign tourists. Tomáš Brabec of the National Heritage Institute says this is something that the institute is