The second quarter has seen an increase in the number of foreign visitors
to the Czech capital, according to data released by the Czech Statistics
Office on Thursday.
The number of tourists in Prague in the second quarter reached 5.8 million, which in an increase by 4.9 percent on the previous year.
German tourists are the most frequent visitors from abroad, followed by tourists from the US, Great Britain, Russia, China and Italy. The number of Czechs who visited the capital city was slightly over 300, 000.
The world’s largest airline, American Airlines will launch direct flights
between Prague and Chicago as of next year. The five-days-a week service
will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and will be launched
on May 8, 2020. Tickets will go on sale on August 12.
Chicago is one of the top five destinations in North America and the service will offer passengers a large number of connecting flights. It is expected to serve around 48,000 passengers a year. Passengers can also fly direct to New York, Philadelphia and Newark.
Prague’s traditional New Year’s fireworks display, held annually on the
evening of January 1, will be replaced with video mapping, city councillors
decided on Wednesday.
Prague city councillors consider it as a step towards accommodating residents’ who are sensitive to loud noise, but also to animals that are subjected to unnecessary stress.
Last year’s New Year’s Day fireworks show lasted around 10 minutes and cost some 1.7 million crowns. The venue of the planned video mapping lightshow has not yet been announced.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic increased to 2.7 percent in July up from
2.6 percent in the previous month, the Labour Office announced on Thursday.
The number of jobless last month was 205,120, an increase of about 9,400 people compared to June. Nevertheless, it is still the lowest figure for the month of July since 1996, when the number of jobseekers stood at 158,252. The number of vacancies increased in July to 346,563.
Windstorms and hailstorms in the first six months of the year caused
damages amounting to 1.2 billion crowns, the Czechs Association of
Insurance Companies reported on Wednesday. It is the highest figure since
2011, when detailed monitoring began.
The Czech Republic’s biggest insurance company, Česká pojišťovna,
investigated over 30,000 incidents caused by natural events, with damages
amounting to 1.5 million crowns.
Czech insurance companies say damages caused by hail and windstorms in the first half of 2019 amounted to one quarter of all damages cause by extreme weather conditions. They have also recorded an increased number of damages caused by lightening during the first six months of 2019.
Czech Justice Minister Marie Benešová has rejected Russia’s request for
the extradition of Russian banker Alexander Bugayevsky, the ministry
informed on Wednesday.
The former Intercommerz bank board chairman, who is charged with embezzling over 45 million euros, was arrested in the Czech Republic in January 2018 on an international warrant.
Mr Bugayevsky denies the accusations and has applied for asylum in the Czech Republic.
The European Commission has accused Czech mobile phone operators O2 and
T-Mobile as well as the Czech telecom infrastructure provider CETIN of
breaching EU antitrust rules. According to the EC report, published on
Wednesday, the network sharing agreement between the country’s two major
operators restrict competition and harms innovation.
The network sharing cooperation between O2/CETIN and T-Mobile CZ started in 2011 and has been increasing in scope. Currently it covers all mobile technologies and the entire territory of the Czech Republic, with the exception of Prague and Brno, amounting to around 85% of the population, the report says.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková is the eight highest-paid female
athlete, according to the U.S. magazine Forbes, with total earnings
amounting to 6.3 million US dollars.
The Czech-born former World No. 1 has won four events over the past 12 months, winning 4.6 million US dollars in prize money and another 1.7 million in endorsements.
The list is dominated by Serena Williams with 29.2 million US dollars and Naomi Osaka with total earnings of 24.3 million US dollars.
The 23rd edition of the heavy metal festival Brutal Assault gets underway on Wednesday at an old army fortress known as Josefov, some 130 kilometres east of Prague. The event, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, will feature over 130 bands and is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors. According to organizers, tickets to the festival have already been sold out.