Seventy-five percent of Czechs have never holidayed in an exotic location, according to the results of a survey conducted by the NMS agency. Three percent of Czechs said they picked exotic destinations for every holiday while 9 percent they enjoyed this luxury occasionally. The most popular destinations are currently Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates. On average such a holiday costs 40,000 to 50,000 crowns per person.
This week, Prague has been transformed into a hub for designers from the Czech Republic and further afield for the annual Designblok festival. Almost everything under the umbrella of design – including fashion, home design, art, architecture, lighting and jewellery – can be found in a plethora of exhibitions, shows, seminars and presentations at several locations around Prague.
A recent survey of shopping habits by the KPMG agency suggests that organic food products have lost their initial attraction: shoppers find them too expensive and often question their superior quality. According to the results of the poll only 4 percent of Czechs buy organic food on a regular basis. 37 percent of respondents said they did so occasionally and approximately the same number of people said they had tried organic products in the past but no longer shopped for them. So are Czechs losing interest in organic food and should organic farmers
The Czech Association of Scouts and Guides has complained about a commercial campaign by the mobile phone operator T Mobile. In the series of video commercials launched in July, the firm pokes fun at the scouting movement whose members are presented as impractical and dull fools running around in the forest with phones and tablets, the association said. The operator has denied the claims, and said they had offered to sponsor the organization. However, the scout association said the firm never delivered on its promise.
Life expectancy for both men and women differs significantly in different regions of the Czech Republic, the Czech statistics Office reports. In Prague the life expectancy for women is 82 years and 77 for men, while in the Usti region, in north Bohemia, the figures are 79 years for women and 73 for men. Life expectancy is highest in Prague and lowest in the Usti, Karlovy Vary and Moravia-Silesia regions. The national average life expectancy is 75 years for men and 81 for women.
Two former Scout leaders suspected of child abuse have gone before a regional court in Usti nad Labem. They have been charged with rape, sexual abuse and related crimes in the case of around 40 children. The violations took place for over five years before the authorities were alerted to their activities by a 13-year-old boy. If convicted they face up to 12 years in jail.
A boutique butcher’s called The Real Meat Society was established last year in Prague’s New Town. Since then, the small shop has become a popular stop for carnivores looking for meat from “happy” animals. With only three employees, the butcher’s sells one cow, some five pigs and two lambs a week that are processed from nose to tail, a concept that many Czech butchers seem to have forgotten. I sat down with one of the Real Meat Society’s founders Michaela Jorgensen and asked her about the shop’s philosophy.
Around 1,000 people received a free lunch on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Tuesday in a campaign highlighting food waste. A group called Save Food handed out meals prepared from products that would otherwise have been discarded by supermarkets as they neared their expiry date. The ingredients were supplied by Makro and Tesco, the only supermarket chains cooperating with Czech food banks. The organizers said Czech legislation should allow retailers to hand out nearly expired foodstuffs to groups working with homeless and socially handicapped people.
Some Czech travel agencies have decided to renew the sale of holiday packages to Egypt, despite warnings from the Foreign Affairs Ministry for tourists not to travel to the country. Travel agencies in the Czech Republic suspended trips to Egypt in mid-August, when the political situation in the country became unstable and protests broke out in major cities. Some travelers were asked to return to the Czech Republic before the end of their scheduled holiday. Three major agencies are planning to renew trips during September, saying that the situation in the outlying resorts has been stable and safe throughout. Although the Czech Foreign Ministry’s travel alert is still in place, some agencies cite the fact that the British Foreign Office has issued no warnings to tourists travelling to Egypt.
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