One time a few years back I went to record vox pops outside Prague’s Nový Smíchov shopping centre. However, a strikingly high percentage of the men and women in the street whose opinions I was attempting to elicit were not what I was looking for. They weren’t Czech but were from Ukraine or other states east of here.
The condition of a Czech tourist in hospital in Hurghada, Egypt, has improved and the man was able to leave the medical facility on Wednesday. His wife and eight-year-old daughter, however, died on Tuesday in as yet unclear circumstances. There has been speculation the cause of death may have been food poisoning. The man collapsed after finding his wife and daughter already dead in their room at the resort where they were staying, according to reports.
A new demographic projection released on Tuesday makes for bracing reading. It suggests that the population of the Czech Republic will fall from today’s 10.5 million to in the region of 7.7 million by the year 2100. As the percentage of elderly people shoots up, the birth rate is set to fall markedly – a problem that demographers say cannot be solved by an influx of foreigners.
The summer tourist season is half way through, and the numbers suggest it will be a good one for the Czech travel industry. Despite the protracted economic recession, the number of Czechs holidaying abroad has risen slightly. The Czech Republic has also reaffirmed its position on the global tourist market and more and more foreign tourists have began discovering the country’s regions rather than only spending a few days in the capital. In this edition of Marketplace, I discuss this year’s tourist season with Klára Droznová of Mag Consulting, a Prague-based
The population of the Czech Republic could fall from today’s figure of 10.5 million to around 7.5 million by the end of the century, according to a projection carried out by the Czech Statistics Office that was released on Tuesday. The report suggests that the over 65s will account for a third of the population in 2101, while life expectancy will be 10 years longer than it is today. An influx of foreigners will not make up for the falloff in the number of Czechs, the authors of the projection said.
Less than a third of Czechs return rested and relaxed from their holidays, according to the outcome of a poll conducted by zamestnanci.com. According to the poll results only 28 percent of respondents said they felt reinvigorated after their time off, as compared to 39 percent in 2008. The poll revealed that Czechs increasingly opt for shorter holidays, mostly for the duration of a week, and many of them remain on-call, dealing with pressing work issues over the phone. They also try to pack as many sights and destinations into that brief time as possible, often leaving them exhausted upon their return.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has issued a fresh warning to Czech tourists in Egypt. The ministry urges Czech citizens to stay away from the big cities, such as Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor and to refrain from making solo trips to the north of the country if at all possible. The ministry says that while Egypt’s Red sea tourist resorts are still considered safe, people should exercise caution at any location and stay away from public gatherings and demonstrations.
Police have launched a nation-wide search for pop singer Iveta Bartosova who has been missing from her Prague home since Wednesday evening. The 47-year-old Bartosova, who is believed to have a serious drinking problem, left her home in the company of an admirer whom she once claimed to have stalked her. Her live-in partner reported her missing to the police, saying she had been abducted by the said admirer. He admitted that he and Bartosova had had a fight prior to her disappearance.
In the warmer summer months Praguers have started flocking to cafes, just as much as to beer gardens, enjoying a dark cup of joe, good company, and often pleasant street-side seating. Some cafes around the city have begun to offer much more sophisticated coffee choices that the traditional infamous Czech ‘Turek’ coffee or the misnamed ‘presso’. To find out how and what’s brewing in Prague these days, I went to visit Jaroslav Tuček at his small, but quite well-known, café in the Karlín district.
Some 25,000 children are set to go on summer camps organized by the Czech Scouts and Guides this summer, the group said on Friday. The number of their camps has grown to over 1,000, despite the economic crunch felt by many families. The camps last some 15 days on average, and cost between 800 and 1,000 crowns per child and week. Last year, around 170,000 children went to summer camps organized by schools and various groups.
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